Thursday, August 9, 2012

The Simplicity of Summer: Greg Sage Photography

'I keep the science out of the art as much as possible, simplicity sets me apart.'

Photographer Greg Sage believes photography should be fun. For the Atlanta artist, making it fun is a must. What started out as a hobby 25 years ago has become a celebration of art, not to mention a beautiful release. For many photographers, their art is often restricted to evenings and weekends, weekdays are for a job that pays the bills. For Greg Sage, the only free time he has to shoot is during the day. Greg's nights are filled managing nightclubs throughout the US, and preparing for the opening a new restaurant in Indianapolis.

When your a kid the twelve months of a year tend to revolve around three things; school, Christmas and the summer. School is something you must get through in order for the other two to arrive. Summer vacation seemed to go on forever and time was forced to take a back seat during the long summer days.

I am fortunate to have a job where the summer remains a time for slowing down and taking it easy. Now that we are close to mid August however, the signs that summer is coming to a close are already beginning. Slightly cooler nights, the sound of the crickets and earlier sunsets are marking the transition. The images created by Greg Sage are to me, distinctly before these changes begin. Greg's images imply mid summer, when time is not important and life has slowed down, if only for a moment.

I love the sunlit men captured through Greg's lens. Each of Greg's models appear to have been captured in the middle of a beautiful lazy summer afternoon. Greg's goal and desire for simplicity sets his images apart and there is a quiet ease and beautiful lack of urgency which I really loved. So many images of the male form freeze heightened moments of intensity, the men in Greg's images appear in no hurry to leave or move beyond the environment in which they are in.

In addition to the male form, Greg says he shoots all kinds of photos, for all kinds of occasions; from photo content for magazines and catalogs to calendars, CD covers and greeting cards. Greg also specializes in helping models of all experience levels develop and diversify their portfolios.

1 comment:

David Asset said...

I'm loving Greg's bum! Thanks again for always publishing such a fine collection of posteriors.