One of my favorite subjects has always been the male nude. I’m not alone. Many artists throughout the ages from Michelangelo to Andy Warhol have interpreted the male nude and explored masculinity in all the various available media.
Recently, I worked with a young model whose youthful yet dark good looks reminded me of the models of the Italian Renaissance. These shots were quickly converted to monochrome but were not otherwise altered in any way.
These days, with the advent of large capacity memory cards, a quick session can quickly lead to a scenario where you have a thousand photos to go through. How do you decide which shots are the most erotic? As always for me it happens in the eyes.
With literally thousands of fascinating digital effects available to the photographer these days it’s easy to get lost. The choices can become overwhelming to the point where you forget what you liked about a certain image in the first place. Sometimes I like to clear my visual palette and judge an image on its tonal value, composition, etc.
Switching to monochrome creates a gateway where I can allow myself to romanticize a subject.