SOME PHOTOGRAPHERS BEGIN WITH CLOTHED OR UNDERWEAR SHOTS. I LIKE TO START SHOOTING RIGHT OFF THE BAT WITH THE FULL FRONTAL NAKED SHOTS. WORKING THIS WAY, THE POTENTIALLY SCARY PART IS GONE RIGHT AWAY, TAKING AWAY THE NERVES IMMEDIATELY AND MAKING THE REMAINDER OF THE SHOOT MUCH MORE COMFORTABLE AND RELAXED. – PATRICK HALLATU, PHOTOGRAPHER -
There is only one way to maintain a site like BeautifulMag for as long as we have been doing it. Passion for what you guys – photographers and models out there – are doing. We love it. So if it then happens that a new young photographer approaches us for exactly the reversed - he is inspired by what we are doing – how can we not give him a place on BM. And I'm sure you will agree, a well-deserved place.
Except for the fact he is only 28 years old and a student with a passion for photography, there really isn't that much we know about Patrick Hallatu. He is Dutch, we know that. He lives in Rotterdam where he got his own studio. And he loves creating male art. And he does it well. By focusing his light on the naked model he is able to create a strong dark and light tension that makes the model seemingly emerge from the darkness. As if he is created by elements of light and shadow.
Like many other photographers, Patrick Hallatu started out shooting architecture and landscapes. I have always been convinced a mix of those two is a great foundation to shoot artistic nudes. The sense of light and natural beauty that you get from landscape studies, combined with the strength and beauty of manmade architecture is something that can be applied when photographing naked men. Patrick love the male form, and it is his objective to capture it both as a physical and emotional manifestation of beauty. He likes to keep things simple and clear, focussing solely on the object with as few accessories as possible.
Often when it comes to shooting nudes, it is the photographer's job to make the model feel comfortable. But how does that work for the first time a photographer shoots nude portraits. Patrick Hallatu's first nude experience – in photography that is of course – was a perfect one. He had the opportunity to work with a model that was very experienced and who was capable to actually make Patrick comfortable. They spent quite some time discussing their mutual objectives which really helped setting the right mood. A technique Patrick follows in all his artistic nude sessions, to avoid any surprises during the work. Finding models is not difficult for Patrick. Finding models that want to go all the way, is an entirely different story though. He learned to make his subjects feel at ease and takes his time to make them feel comfortable with the idea. But when it comes to shooting, he also believes that the best way is to just step outside of your comfort zone and go with the flow. And find inspiration if what you both can create. Patrick found inspiration in what we do. We definitely are inspired by Patrick Hallatu. –BM-
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