WE HAVE WRITTEN MANY TIMES ABOUT RUSSIA. MOSTLY IN OUR EDITOR'S LETTERS, EXPRESSING OUR DISBELIEVE AND WORRIES ABOUT THE POLITICAL AND SOCIAL SITUATION IN RUSSIA, ESPECIALLY WHEN IT COMES TO HOMOSEXUALITY AND EQUALITY. BUT NOT EVERYTHING ABOUT RUSSIA IS NEGATIVE OF COURSE. IT IS A BEAUTIFUL VAST COUNTRY WITH A RICH CULTURE THAT IS LIKE NO OTHER. AND THOUGH WE ALL SEE RUSSIA AS SOMETHING A BIT STRANGE, THERE IS ALWAYS AN OTHER SIDE TO THE DARK SIDE.
When Alexandre CK was younger he himself worked as model and actor, and is therefor quite familiar with the world of spotlight and flash light. Now, in his early forties, Alexandre changed place and tries his luck behind the camera instead of in front. Not surprisingly so as Alexandre has been fascinated by photography ever since he can remember. As a young boy he was given his first camera by his parents and he has been on a quest for beauty around him since then.
Alexandre CK shoots beauty in every sense of the word. Amazing landscapes, scenes in the streets of the city that is all around him, and people. “I often find I stumble upon beauty when meeting guys by coincident in the street,” says Alexandre. “It’s an earthly, pure beauty. Very sensual. It is my goal to capture that beauty in their daily activities.” Alexandre CK likes smiling and charming daces, strong bodies and natural beauty. And so he choses his men as they come. Real boy, all amateurs. They are the boys next door, real guys with their feelings and thoughts that took a moment in their lives to pose in front of Alexandre’s camera. They are the guys you can see in the gym and meet in the street.
One of Alexandre CK's latest models is maybe a little bit harder to meet in the street. That is of course if you aren't living in Russia. Anatoly Goncharov is a young and upcoming fitness model, who lives in Moscow. He has already some interesting jobs under the belt, literally, as underwear model for brands such as PetitO, Aware and ES Collection. Anatoly seems to know how things work in the industry nowadays and finds his professional contacts often through social networking in which he is very active. You'll find him in Facebook and Instagram.
Alexandre CK found Anatoly Goncharov in the South of France though, only a few weeks ago. He came to Marseille for a photoshoot and stopped by in Paris in his way to the sunny south. Prior to his departure to France, Anatoly searched his network for other possible photographers to work with while traveling and go in contact with Alexandre. And so, while being in Paris, they worked together on this shoot that shows indeed a very other side of Russia.
Alexandre CK’s work is simple and straightforward. Often colorful and always with strong light contrast. The foundation for this most likely lies in the fact he spent his childhood years in North Africa, surrounded by scents, colors and sun. Since that time he has always cherished colorful sceneries and photographed joy and happiness. On his professional website you will find three categories. Sexy, which doesn’t need much explanation. Art, which introduces more conceptual and created colorful scenes. And A Day, which follows his subjects during their daily activities. Asides from that Alexandre CK also has a Facebook fan page where he introduces us on regular base to new faces and bodies, both on photo and video. –BM-
ALEXANDRE CK | BEAUTIFULMAG
ANATOLY GONCHAROV | BEAUTIFULMAG