Friday, August 24, 2012
Rear Window: Joe by Shimuzu Photography
'Photography is everything to me. I photograph with my mind when there's no camera in hand. Life to me is like a series of photographs and am forever wanting to capture it at every opportunity I get.'
Matt Smith, Shimuzu Photography
I had an instantaneous reaction when first discovering these images of Joe from Shimuzu Photography. The telescope, the window, Joe erotically slinking along the carpeted floor. Joe is both voyeur & voyeuree, quietly and secretly watching, while at the same time, intimately inviting his own viewers in.
Matt's interest lies in aesthetics, and the detail in his images create not just a story you can see, but one you can feel. The environment he surrounds Joe in is rich in both texture and familiarity and it is clear Joe has an intimate relationship with every piece of furniture he mounts, everything he touches, whether fabric or feline, and everywhere he slides and places his body. Although Matt is capturing still moments, you can sense the quiet and erotic way in which Joe slithers though out the space.
Matt is an accomplished freelance graphic designer and a published artist of 3D generated art (Ballistic Publishing and Erotic Signature). Matt photographs wildlife, landscapes, architecture and portraits. Currently, the Hastings England artist is looking to expand into erotica which celebrates the male form, initially looking for unusual male models to collaborate with. Matt also recently delved into the world of Macro photography in which his incredible eye for detail will surely lead to some incredible creations.
'Photography was that dark horse in the running. Until now. The passion was recently rekindled by the introduction of the Nikon D200. I have spent the last year and a half getting to know the Nikon D200, and think I may have found a friend.'
There is obviously a large degree of trust between model and photographer and you can feel a blending of both sensibilities and artistic commonality between Matt and model Joseph Lee Ford. Although I don't know exactly how the process went, there is incredible symmetry and balance between what Joe is exudes and the moments Matt captures.
Joe describes himself as a creative person who enjoys looking after his body and making good use of it whilst it looks the way it does. The 28 year old model, gardener and conservationist, loves to experiment using his body in a variety of different scenarios and he is perfectly suited for the creative scenario brought to live by Matt Smith.
Shimuzu Photography Official site
Shimuzu Photography on ModelMayhem
Joseph Lee Ford on ModelMayhem
Keep an eye out soon for the link to Joe's new website which Matt is currently building!