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Joseph Simons by David Kawena - 01 by davidkawena Joseph Simons by David Kawena - 01 by davidkawena
Starting off the new year with new project, one I'm very very proud of. This is the first shot of this phototoshoot, featuring the brilliant Australian dancer / choreographer Joseph Simons. We were blessed enough to have an approval to shoot in New York's Grand Central Terminal on it's 100 anniversary.

I would like to thank Joseph for approaching me to do this shoot, my dear talented friend Slic Arts for serving as my assistant production manager and of course everyone at the Grand Central Terminal for being so helpful to us in making this shoot happen.

Check Joseph out at:

A whole lot more will come in the following weeks.
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Happy New Year Everyone!
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I really like the effect of the floral wreath that the man is wearing. Combined with his cool demeanour, it offers a slight contrast to the emotion he is conveying. The flowers seem lively, but they fade into the mood of the shot. They remind me of a crown mixed with the laurel wreath from Classical Greece. His body is wonderfully sculpted and smooth, like a kouros from the same age. Then again, the site of the cross makes me think of Adam, as the king of the Garden of Eden.

From a technical point of view, I find the image to be rather dark. Still, the contrast with the shadows highlights the model's youthful features. In addition, I feel that the image could be improved by more negative space, particularly on the right side just for the sake of symmetry.

This is a great photograph to be proud of. Keep it up.
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A balance blending between masculinity and femininity. This is what came to my mind when I first looked at the photo.

Flowers have often represents softness and femininity, while the muscular topless male subject brings out the masculinity side. To me, this photo tells us what a male dancer is about, someone often needed to balance between the gentleness and masculinity in a performance.

The lighting used brilliantly enhances the features of Joseph Simons, making him a more '3D' subject than just a 2D poster/photo.

It is a very soothing image where everything is kept simple, e.g. the pose.

The model expression makes me wonder, "What is he thinking?"
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princessdabby Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I'd like to draw an artwork of Joseph and your photo really inspires me, would you be ok if I use it at reference? It will be heavily modeled off the photo but I'm planning on changing the lighting and adding some extra things in. I will put a link back here to the photo when I post it on my social media websites but I wanted to check before using it.
HeyItsElectra Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Do I have permission to use his pose as a reference for some of my artwork? I will credit you :)
davidkawena Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014  Professional General Artist
Of course!
Please send me a link/tag me once you'll upload the final work so I'll be bale to see it as well O.K.?

Thank you so much for asking permission, I really appreciate it.
HeyItsElectra Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Of course ^_^ thank you for your permission!…
ccm800 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014
davidsobe Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
David, beautiful model.  I loved your Grand Central Station shoot.  That was inspired and inspiring.  And doing a shoot with a crowd of people milling around takes a lot of brass, it's also a lot of fun. 
Sinclair-milo Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014
i want to kiss him all over 
JamieMack Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014
I was struck by this photo essay the first time I saw it on the Internet.
Sinclair-milo Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014
my eyes popped out of my head when I saw this!
RJF2 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014
Im doing a character project and would love to use this model as a reference? of course I'll credit you :)
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