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Friday, 25 July 2014

On The White Sofa, Part I: Darius Ferdynand

Oh shit, I think I've just totally doomed this idea. The problem is that I've called it part one.

Part one suggests there will be a part two and so on. Let's just say I hope there will be. You're going to have to check back to find out.

So part one came about partly by accident, partly inspired by the veteran photographer Tom Bianchi. As a teenager I remember seeing a book of his, featuring guys on a brown leather couch in his living room.

I too have a large couch in my living room, or a sofa as we call it in London. It's white and not leather but I thought I would take inspiration. And Darius is the first guest On The White Sofa*.
* = note to self; need catchier title. What about, 'Sofa, so good'. Er.

Darius Ferdynand on the white couch

Darius Ferdynand photo by Robert Timothy

So, our first victim participant on the sofa is the model Darius Ferdynand. I met him on the streets of Soho in London about two years ago when he was dressed in Not Much.
Original photos of Darius are here. Back then we agreed we should work together. And finally it's happened.

Darius Ferdynand

Another note to self; I should ask the guys I photograph a few questions so that we have something else to write here other than 'here's a guy rolling around my living room'.
This project is very much in its infancy. Can you tell?

What about a video to go with the photos? And keep the underwear or lose the underwear, what say you? Actually don't say, let me guess what you're thinking. OK, I'm going to shut up. Enjoy the photos!

Darius Ferdynand Robert Timothy

Photo of Darius Ferdynand

Darius Ferdynand in London by Robert Timothy

Darius Ferdynand eyes

Darius Ferdynand by Robert Timothy

So you got this far, how did you enjoy Part I? We need videos, we need an interview, we need more photos. Yes, we also need a participant for On The White Couch (Part II).
Always use Roman numerals, it looks far more intelligent than standard numbering.

Perhaps when we're sailing like the wind we might get Darius back. Would you mind? In the meantime I'm going to find our second model. What about we run a public vote and you decide who to put on the couch? Promotional T-shirts. A nationwide couch tour!

Shit. This is rapidly turning into the biggest thing since the invention of the internet. Let's do it. Check back for our second instalment soon. If there is one.

And before you go, as a thank you to the legendary Tom Bianchi for the inspiration - go to his website here and check out his work. You may even want to buy the book. Tell him I sent you. Thanks Tom!

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Photographic collaboration with model and actor Stefano in London, sculpting with light instead of marble

I've worked with Stefano many times before, in fact he was one of the first guys I photographed and our very first shoot resulted in one of my most-recognised images so far. I can't understand why?!
The photo's reproduced at the bottom for you to judge...

Since that image Stefano's gone on to do a number of things, including star in the production 'Michelangelo Drawing Blood'. The show delves into and investigates the Renaissance genius's obsession with human anatomy.

The show is travelling to Edinburgh in August for the Fringe Festival (details at the bottom of this post) and it was great to work again with Stefano before he heads to Scotland.

When London provides good weather, lose it at your peril! So, I thought it might be interesting to try and recreate what one images Michelangelo's statues and drawings to look like, using natural sunlight to create the form instead of marble.

Although obviously form is only visible through shadow etc. etc. Anyway, I hope the photos are striking at least. I'm still in shock we had enough actual sunshine for long enough to get the pictures!...

Stefano, from Michelangelo Drawing Blood play, photo by Robert TimothyStefano, from Michelangelo Drawing Blood play, photo by Robert Timothy
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Oh, and that or rather that photo of Stefano Foster is produced here, for information purposes only. It goes to prove, sometimes in London you really can take photos that look like they were shot in Southern California. Details of 'Michelangelo' are below.

More information about 'Michelangelo Drawing Blood' on the Edinburgh Fringe page here
The play is on at Paradise in Augustines (Venue 152) ​from August 7-10 and 12-15 but check dates and times locally*.
From the play's website on Facebook:
"Inspired by Michelangelo’s theory of releasing a sculpture, this multimedia performance work combines music, physical theatre and video to examine the artist’s creative process." Details here.
* = obviously it goes without saying that I publish all information as correct as I can but there may be changed so pretty-please check!

Finally. Details of a high brow theatre production and a photo of a man in a Speedo. Don't ever say this blog doesn't have range!

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Male model Ariel C from D1 agency London photographed by Robert Timothy

Black print T-shirt, £120, Versace

Ariel C from D1 models and I got together. Ariel stood in front of the camera striking some poses (and moody looks) in menswear while I crouched behind the camera, snapping away. Here are the results.

Ariel C, D1 Models London wearing Versace Collection shirtAriel C, D1 Models London
Black shirt, POA, Versace Collection. Black jeans, £65, Levi's.

Because I know you're all about context, here are five facts about Ariel:
He's 6'1. He lives in London. He's been on the cover of Wallpaper* magazine. He speaks Spanish. He's spent many summers in Cape Town drinking at the same bar in Camps Bay as me (although we didn't know each other at the time but probably sat within two feet of each other. It's a small bar. And a small world!)
And since I know you love facts and evidence, a copy of that Wallpaper* magazine mentioned above is featured below. Thorough is our middle name!

Ariel C, D1 Models London wearing Versace Collection shirtAriel C, D1 Models London
White cotton shirt, £19.95, M&S Collezione.

Ariel C, D1 Models London wearing Versace Collection shirtAriel C, D1 Models London
Black T-shirt, models own.

Wallpaper magazine cover
Not wanting to be left out, here are five facts about me:
I'm 6'0. I live in London. I haven't been on the cover of Wallpaper* (although I am going to photograph one soon...) and I spent many summers in Cape Town drinking at various bars.
And not just summers.
Most of the time.
Ah, Cape Town. I could do with a drink now, just thinking about the place. White wine please.

And because I'm not one to forget, the photo of Ariel and Shirley Mallmann on the cover of Wallpaper is right.

Stockist information:
Versace and Versace Collection available online at here or in London (Versace only) at 183-184 Sloane St, London, SW1X 9QP KB
Levi's available online at here
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