SOME SWEAR BY STUDIO WORK, OTHERS LOVE TO SHOOT PHOTOS ON LOCATION. BUT IF THERE IS ONE PLACE THAT IS TRULY MAGICAL, WHERE YOU CAN REALLY CAPTURE A TRUE ESSENCE IN YOUR WORK AS PHOTOGRAPHER, IT IS PROBABLY IN THE WOODS. SURROUNDED BY NATURE, BY TALL TREES AND LUSH BUSHES, THIS IS OFTEN WHERE MODELS ARE COMPLETELY AT EASE IN GIVING THEMSELVES COMPLETELY TO THE CAMERA. IT IS ALMOST AS IF THEY FEEL HOME, AT EASE WITH NATURE.
Bruce Weber is often named as a great source of inspiration. An example for today's young photographers. True, Bruce's work has been widely published in renowned magazines such as Vogue, Vanity Fair GQ, Life, Interview, Elle and Rolling Stone, and who doesn't dream of that. Sure Bruce is also known for his fashion work for brands such as Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Revlon, Versace and Abercrombie & Fitch, and who doesn't dream of that. But Bruce Weber is mostly known not for where his work appeared, but for that specific style of photography. Though sometimes in color, most of his work was shot in black and white or toned shades. It is that specific style, that moody, nostalgic – yes – almost melancholic atmosphere that one can only create with these tuned-down shades that has made Bruce Weber the legend he is today.
Bruce Weber is an example for many photographers. Matt Lee being one of them. Matt Lee is a London based photographer who loves creating bold and striking images that have an ethereal, other worldly quality about them. For Matt there is something truly exciting about that moment you capture an image of someone at their most awe inspiring. It is what he strives for. One of his favourite models is Archie, and one can see immediately why. Archie has that rare quality to adapt himself to every situation and conceptual vision a photographer puts him in. Already we saw a splendid example in Matt Lee's Film Noir, a shoot inspired by the distinctive stylish Hollywood crime drama's that were so popular in the 1950's. For Woodlands, Matt took Archie out in the nature. Inspired by Bruce Weber, Matt Lee used toned shades for his Woodlands series and was able to capture an ambiance of youth and innocence in the countryside. Woodlands is once again an example of the magic that can happen when a great photographer and a great model come together. –BM-
MATT LEE | BEAUTIFULMAG