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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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SorinDanut Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
lana del rey :fish:
sportjockhh Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
wonderful dancer and wonderful expression, lovely!
beachelf Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2015
Fav fella (Badge) by Ehsan-m Excellence!
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 :)
davidkawena Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Professional General Artist
Sure! just give me a note/send a message/tag me in comments so I can see it as well O.K.?

Good luck, and thank you for asking permission :)
Modelbob7 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014
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.)
Yagamikun Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Indeed, reminds me of Caravaggio as well :)
Victoria-Summerheart Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014   General Artist
This is just beautiful
theodusa Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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.
unusualsen Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014
me encanta.!!!! I love it..
FrodoPrime Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
lovely portrait and great lighting 
RedHeart200 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Student General Artist
Gou Matsuoka (Sexy Body Fangirling Alt) [V2] Cutie!
beachelf Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014
:iconclappingplz::iconclappingplz::iconclappingplz::iconclappingplz: Bravo!
namaira Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is a lovely shot!
jdurnen16 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
what a beautiful man XD lol
newjazzmuzik1988 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Flower Child
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