Wednesday, December 4, 2013
You might think that in the world of photographing of the male form, the ability to skillfully shoot skin would be a given. Not always so... There are some great images of models that just don't work because the look of the model's skin was secondary to how much skin was being shown. This is not a problem for Southampton's Leigh Carter. I have been following Leigh's work on FH since 2009 and one of the things I love about Leigh's work is his ability to capture skin. Leigh not only shows us plenty, especially on his site boy:gender, he also beautifully presents every inch of skin on the men in front of his camera. No matter what the shade or body shape, Leigh places them on sheets and in front of backgrounds and lights, captures and edits the most incredible images of skin
Leigh has compiled some of his greatest images, and some of my favorite models in his first book, SKIN: The photo book, features over 40 stunning guys in their birthday suits. Spread across 92 pages of premium lustre paper and bound in a hardcover with dust jacket. You can check out a preview and order your own copy HERE:
SKIN is the title of Leigh Carter's much anticipated anthology of beguiling male nudes at their most naked and sensuous best. A distillation of the finest images from his widely admired Boy:gender collection, the pages between these covers will deliver an uplifting treat for all admirers of the male form.
Featuring a rich diversity of men from the boyish to the masculine, they are presented here at their most relaxed. Free of the concerns of the outside world and under the warm glow of the photographer's lights, these awesome charmers are displayed as nature intended them to be. As solitary, muscled figures emerging out of the shadows as marvellous new man-scapes the male eye will long to chart. Each picture is a private and intimate moment to which the viewer is granted exclusive access; these are surely images to spend time in the company of.
Leigh Carter follows in the spirit of the photographic greats that have inspired him, such as Mapplethorpe, Gorman, Vance and Freeman. With this exciting volume he proves himself a natural and talented observer who revels in the aura of mystery that surrounds the naked male figure.