THERE'S SOMETHING PLAYFUL AND TITILLATING ABOUT CATCHING A GLIMPSE OF THE GUY NEXT DOOR - IN THE MIDST OF A PRIVATE MOMENT - THROUGH THEIR WINDOW. PERHAPS YOU CATCH HIM UNDRESSING, TOWELLING OFF AFTER A SHOWER OR LAYING UNDRESSED IN BED. PLAYING HIDE-AND-SEEK WITH HIS SKIN.
The relations between photographer and model – a relation of seen and be seen, voyeurism and exhibitionism – is much discussed. Not in the least here on BeautifulMag. But that relation, that agreement, is one of mutual agreement. The photographer explains his vision. His concept. And the model agrees and sets the boundaries. But what if the model doesn’t know the photographer is there. What if the boundaries are not set. What if he shows his most inner self, his most intimate moments, his most private person.
Obviously a photoshoot as such wouldn’t be ethical. But one can fantasise, no? One can pretend. And when working on a creative concept, fantasy is all it takes to create that moment of erotic tension. Brian Thomas knows what it takes to create a scene that borders to reality but is pure fantasy. Emmy nomitaded choreographer, Glam Winner (Best Music Video 2013) and commercial photographer Brian Thomas has worked in all avenues of the biz over the past 22 years. Originally from Michigan, Brian moved to NYC in 1993 to pursue a commercial dance career. It didn't take him long to land his dream job, the 1995 MTV music awards dancing beside Michael Jackson in one of his best performances, Dangerous. In 1998 Brian started teaching at the Broadway Dance Center while working with numerous new recording artists as Creative Director and Choreographer. His education in film/photography started at School of Visual Arts in NYC where he studied for 4 years training under directors such as Bob Giraldi & Todd Stephens. His love of dance and film was obvious, and he continues to direct short dance films that inspire growth in the world.
But Brian Thomas is also an acclaimed photographer and his work with reflects his great talent in the area of performing arts. We have seen it before, in 2013, when he presented us his Dark Angel series featuring Matt Griffins, and again earlier this year with his highly conceptual and visionary Freakuency in which he placed model/dancer Ron Christopher in a world of fantasy, creativity and role play to expand the mind. When we spoke to Brian at the time of the Freakuency publication he told us “I recently finished the book “the Velvet Rage” by Alan Downs and I gotta say, I didn’t know I still had issues of shame of my “gayness”. Brian Thomas seems to have definitely taken care of those old established emotions with his latest series for which he used a model who prefers to remains anonymous. Something that only heightens the effect of this highly erotic and sensual set of work.
There's something playful and titillating about catching a glimpse of the guy next door - in the midst of a private moment - through their window. Perhaps you catch him undressing, towelling off after a shower or laying undressed in bed. Playing hide-and-seek with his skin. You avert your gaze and look away, trying not to linger for too long, overcome by a rush of excitement stealing another glance out the corner of your eye. Curiosity inching you ever closer to an unintentional stare. New York City life, surrounded by bodies stacked one on top of the other; blinds drawn, lights on and off - apartment building become peep-shows - the city placing people on display. It's inhabitants unknowingly exhibitionists, neighbors unsuspecting voyeurs. We couldn’t have asked for a better closure of our 2016 Sex Edition. –BM-
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