When going through the Dallas photographers images for tMf6, I was once again beautifully reminded how his minimalist approach breeds such incredible silhouettes as his skill allows his camera to focus on nothing by outline, form and of course, what lies within. Whether shooting full body shots or portraits, profiles or with almost at any angle, the focus on shape, and consequently character, are magnificently unveiled and revealed.
20 year old model Eric Striker is a perfect example of what I love so much about Michal' work. Not only does he he have an incredible form to frame, his strong face and expressive brown eyes create a interesting contrast between the soft and the strong.
Eric describes himself as the athletic guy next door, very comfortable in my his skin and with nudity. Currently attending college, Eric maintains his shape playing football and soccer. Eric and Michal had been communicating for over a month before the shoot, but due to Eric's work schedule Thursdays were his only day off. This proved very problematic for Michal with his own full time job. Eventually...due to a well timed...hmmmm... 'doctors appointment,' they found a Thursday afternoon to work!
Michal reports Eric was great to work with, took direction very well and was open to his suggestions. Eric had no issue with nudity and said it had never really been a big deal with him. Eric reports that he that learned several things while working with Michal. The 20 year old Dallas model shared he often tried not to smile as he never really liked his smile that much. With encouragement from Michal, Eric discovered his smile was much more natural on film than the forced one he often attempted for the camera.
'Eric has one of the most naturally beautiful athletic bodies I have had the privilege to photograph and he still has a quality of innocence about him that comes across in the photos. He has the most amazing lips and a great combination of dark hair/eyes with pale skin, except of course for the "board shorts" tan. I feel EXTREMELY FORTUNATE to have had him in front of my camera and be one of the first few photographers to have worked with him.'
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