SLAM-SEX. CHEM-SEX. SEX ON DRUGS. IT IS THE HYPE OF THE MOMENT. EASY TO FIND AS WELL. AND EVEN THOUGH SOME SAY IT IS THE BEST SEX THEY EVER HAD, THE TREND DOES RAISE SOME SERIOUS QUESTIONS IN THE GAY COMMUNITY AND AT HEALTH CARE CENTRES. NOT JUST BECAUSE OF THE INCREASED RISK OF TRANSMITTABLE DISEASES, BUT ALSO BECAUSE THERE IS A SERIOUS ISSUE OF ADDICTION. ONCE YOU SLAM, IS THERE STILL A WAY BACK?
Ryan Colford Photography, located in New York City, shoots fashion photography, portrait photography, commercial, headshots, magazine and editorial images. Ryan has worked with a variety of models and is specialized in shooting male model portfolios from some of the most well known agencies in New York. He has been published in fashion and lifestyle magazines in America, England, Norway and Australia with a variety of features on international and local websites. His portrait photography shows an ability to connect with the subjects and to present the inner self in an intimate and personal light. Something he explored even deeper in his recent collaboration with Benjamin Horen.
In 2009 Ben Horen decided to give up his teaching job in Manhattan in order to pursue a potential career in acting. Though daring it turned out to be a good decision. Over the past years he has landed several important stage roles while working as fitness trainer during day time. It seems safe to say that Ben’s choice to follow his artistic ambition was a good one. He is courageous and daring, a bundle of talent and good on the eye as well. Which made him the perfect model for one of Ryan Colford’s latest, and most daring, projects: Dark Night Dawn.
The latest trend in gay sex, slamming, has rapidly stepped out of the shadows of taboo into a more destigmatised light. Log on to any gay dating app and you’ll see chem sex, and especially slamming, has become glamorised. Cool. For those not familiar with the term: slamming is the act of injecting drugs such as mephedrone or crystal meth, giving users a more intense high. It commonly takes places at sex parties which can go on for several days, more often than not without food, not much to drink and no protection.
Dark Night Dawn was a great collaboration between Ryan Colford and the model/actor Ben Horen. Ben wanted to do something darker and edgier to really push the envelope more. The creative duo took it from such a dark place of a night of non-stop partying and drug induced sexuality. Conceptually it goes from the night when all your personal demons roam through your psyche and flows through to a contemplative dawn. The questions intentionally left unanswered are: has the model conquered his night and seeming war on all his hard work with his body or will it continue as a repeated battle night after night? The outcome of the photoshoot is an amazing visual symbolic take on the journey that so many people go through at many points in their lives and what their final outcome is.
Dark Night Dawn, the collaboration of Ryan Colford and Ben Goren is not only a beautiful set of photo’s, showing one of the darkest sexual fantasies and realities of the moment. It is also a warning. A warning that reaching too high for the ultimate pleasure can result in a low deeper than one can handle. –BM-
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