Monday, August 29, 2011
A Real Style: Denis Thyrsu by Von Melzer
'The beginning of a fetish, is that compulsive desire to explore other things in ways that we innately know are not the norm, but we somehow don't care!'
Fetish themed images have never really been something I have been particularly drawn to...until now. The work of Washington based photographer Von Melzer has me hooked. I think what I love so much about his work is that he taps directly into what fetish is really about, arousal and desire. So many fetish themed images focus on the the pain, the object, and not the desires that surround it. Von Melzer's images are all about longing, the secrecy, and the beauty that fetish can be.
'Wickedness is a myth invented by good people to account for their curious attractiveness of others.'
I was first introduced to Von Melzer's work through the work of model Denis Thyrsu. Denis' work has always impressed me. Denis has no desire to simply be the 'hot guy' in the photo, his goal is to tell a story by creating a mood and though conveying emotion. A photographer himself, Denis enjoyed working with Von Melzer who he calls a friend and says he learned a lot from him in their first shoot together.
'I admire Von Melzer because he is incredibly knowledgeable in art history, does so many styles of art beside photography (painting, sculpture, crafting...) and has a real style. He shoots very "clean" what you have is what you get, no post production, crazy photoshopping just light, mainly natural light.'
If you enjoy Von Melzer's style as much as I do, check out his extensive portfolio at his official website HERE:
Also check out Denis on Model Mayhem: