SOME PHOTOGRAPHERS START BY TAKING PICTURES WITH AN OLD CAMERA THEY GOT FROM THEIR PARENTS. OTHERS LEARN THE ART AT SCHOOL, SOMETIMES NOT EVEN PLANNING TO MAKE A CAREER OUT OF IT. THERE ARE ALSO THOSE WHO ARE PASSIONATE ENOUGH TO BUY THEMSELVES EQUIPMENT AND LEARN EVERYTHING BY TRYING THINGS OUT. THERE ARE MANY WAYS TO BECOME A PHOTOGRAPHER AND MASTER THE ART. JUST LIKE THERE ARE MANY WAYS TO BECOME A MODEL AND LEARN WHAT IT TAKES TO BE A GOOD ONE.
If you think that taking a selfie is something recent, think again. Many great artists from the past painted their own portrait – there is even a theory that the Mona Lisa is actually a self portrait of Leonardo DaVinci - and many photographers use themselves to be their first model and learn the art of lighting and posing before working with others. But it is more rare to find a model who actually did the same. Alan Barton is such a model though. Alan is 42 years old and has always been interested in modelling and photography. He started off taking all of his photos himself. Purely learning from having a passion for something artistic, he has always tried to photograph himself and learn from his own experience of what works and does not work in photographs. It is because of this practise that Alan Barton is such a great model, who has no problem taking on different roles in front of a photographers camera.
Graham Martin is one of those who was exposed to photography at very young age but tried many different creative disciplines before finally turning to the photographic art as a profession. First Graham sought creative expression in the arts, including music, drama and fine arts. But a couple of years ago he decided to return to his first love: photography. He found that this medium was just perfect to translate his other passion, which is the love for the male form. Always looking to create more than just a beautiful image, to express that passion and a boldness that make the viewer sit up and pay attention eventually led to the launch of his website MenArt in the beginning of 2012.
Together with Alan Barton, Grahman Martin recently left his city London and ventured into nature to shoot a series of photos. They found this forest with a lush vegetation and a small muddy lake and decided to use this a their location. A very good choice it turned out to be. Alan, as mentioned before has perfectly mastered to art of modelling and, always ready to expand his horizons and try new and different things, is not shy to strip down. Posing in the cold water against this backdrop of thick foliage and an intricate pattern of low hanging branches, he seems to seamlessly integrate into the nature. Whether in his crisp white undies, forming a nice contrast with the different shades of green in the back ground, or naked, rising from the water and emerging from the trees, Alan seems to have transformed himself into some kind of male forest nympf, a magical creature that lives and hides in the darkest areas of ancient woods.
Graham Martin is often told that the men in his photographs look very artistic and sexy which reflects his intention to do more than just snap beautiful men. And so Graham is always open for new ideas and themes. We have seen some interesting sets from him earlier, shot in cruisy surroundings or using props that flirt with s&m fetishism. His work with Alan Barton in the lush nature of England is yet another of his excellent photographic studies, creating an atmosphere that is sensual as well as magical. This set with Alan is definitely a highlight in Grahams already very rich portfolio of male physique photography.
GRAHAM MARTIN | BEAUTIFULMAG
ALAN BARTON | BEAUTIFULMAG