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.
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.
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?"
Hi! 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.
This reminds me of Caravaggio's Sick Bacchus, mainly because of the wreath on his head.
Very well done, well lit, and an interesting balance of soft and hard. (I'd say masculine and feminine, but I don't consider the flowers to be particularly feminine, nor the model to be particularly masculine. Rather, soft in the sense of the velvety and fragile flowers, to the strong figure of the young man wearing them.)
This photo hit me in the gut, emotionally. Mr. Simons looks as I imagine a late friend might have if he'd grown up, and the wreath reminds me of the one the from Dead Poets Society, that Neil wears for A Midsummer Night's Dream. The dark, almost sad pose and lighting only lend more to that spirit.