HE ENJOYS BEING WITH PEOPLE AND HAS TRAVELLED TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH TO EXPERIENCE DIFFERENT CULTURES. MOST IMPORTANTLY, HE ENJOYS ART AND HE ENJOY PHOTOGRAPHING THE HUMAN FORM AT IT'S MOST VULNERABLE STATE, NAKED AND IN NATURE SUCH AS DRY CREEK BEDS, FALLEN TREES, ABANDONED COTTAGES.
It might very well be the fact he has been a landscape and nature photographer for so many years that Ross Spirou is able to practise an almost endless patience in finding the right model, backdrop and timing. But when it all comes together, when he arrives at that moment when he simply knows he has all the right ingredients in the palm of his hand, he produces explosive work.
Ross Spirou, based in Melbourne, Australia, has won many awards in his category of photography before he made the switch to fine art portrait and nude photography. Not such a strange change if you look upon the human physique as a pure and undiscovered territory. The human landscape. Ross is not interested in pornography, nor in shooting glossy pictures that one can find in magazines such as Playboy, but he is interested in people who enjoy creating art. Someone like Andrew.
Adventure is about having fun, getting up before the sun rises, laughing at your own mistakes, it’s about just letting go and at the same time letting the world know who you are. The models that Ross Spirou aspires to work with should have that sense of adventure. An open mind and have a sense of pride in both themselves and what they do. He found those qualities in Andrew. Asked about himself, Andrew describes himself as a regular guy with a 9-5 job who just became interested in modelling because of the potential for creative expression. He has grown quite comfortable in front of the camera and works hard to ensure his physique and self awareness are constantly improving for the benefit of each photoshoot. He likes to challenge himself, push his boundaries and naturally gravitates to works combining the male form with nature, but l am eager to try new styles, locations, techniques and art forms. Hearing that must have been like music to the ears of Ross Spirou.
Ross Spirou is a well-acclaimed and much awarded landscape and nature photographer. Turning to another discipline, the male form, might seems like a small step, but when it takes you sort of out your comfort zone, it is an adventure nevertheless. So when the Men On Men (MOM) Art exhibition in Melbourne awarded one of his pieces in celebration of masculinity Ross was thrilled. One of the prizes was to hold his own exhibition at the Laird Hotel, the local bar that hosts the MOM, so last February and as part of the local Queer Festival, Mid Summa, he had my first solo exhibition and again, was overwhelmed with happiness. A happiness that shines through in his outstanding work. Not sure if his work with Andrew was part of this particular exhibition, but if not it most certainly will have to be in the next one. Because looking at these portraits, feeling that sensation of freedom and adventure, could there be a better way to map out the landscape of the male form? –BM-
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