Saturday, July 6, 2013

Paradise Island: Mark Montovio for Nelson & Carreras

When I first saw these new images from Mark Montovio of Mount Photography, my mind drifted back to my summers as a kid, outside, spending hours under tree's reading comics. Archie, Richie Rich, The Family Circus, Spiderman and the Superfriends. of course Wonder Woman was a favorite, a woman holding her own, surrounded by hot buff men all of whom could not help shooting her glances at that metallic bra of hers.

Now if your wondering how I connected the female comic book superhero with Mark's glorious images of Cristian, Antonin and Sergio, just think Island. Diana Prince was born and raised on Paradise Island to a race of Amazon Warriors. Whenever this island was depicted, in print or on screen, it was always a beautiful lush, green and tropical location full of beautiful scantily clad Goddesses. Like most gay kids, the media didn't really provide fantasy's tailored for our Saturday afternoon day dreams. Most often, we were forced to improvise and switch up what was provided for the mainstream audiences and tailor it to meet our needs.

So, for me Paradise Island became a land of hundreds of nearly naked men, relaxing, horse playing and running in slow motion on the sand and through the waves. Pretty much as depicted in these shots by Mark.

In reality, Paradise Island is Cordoba Spain, but the outfits; see-through underwear, sari's and leather thongs are pretty much what I envisioned the men of the island wearing. Mark shot the images for Nelson & Carreras, a Spanish fashion and design company whose motto is Beauty & Elegance.

'I am very interested in the human form and although my work sometimes has a slant towards fashion photography I prefer working with the figure in more abstract ways thinking about the figure's relationship to space and creating dynamic representations.'

Some of you may recognize some of the models shown here, Mark has shot Cristian, Antonin and Sergio numerous times. I have been fortunate to be able to share some of those shoots in the past, one of my favorites being Expressive Masquerade last Halloween. You can check out those previous posts on FH HERE:

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