WHAT IS SEXY. LAST TWO WEEKS WE PRESENTED YOU THE BM SEX EDITION AND MANY OF YOU APPRECIATED THE MUCH REVEALING PHOTO SERIES DISPLAYED THERE. BUT DOES SEXY ALWAYS HAVE TO BE EXPLICIT. ALL-REVEALING? JOEL DEVEREUX DOESN'T THINK SO.
Joel Devereux is only 22 years old but already a name that, when mentioned in a room of people, will make some look up or turn their heads. Based in Brisbane, Australia, Joel is an upcoming visual artist, photographer and producer. The young Australian artist is not just a portrait photographer. No, Joel is quiet polyvalent. He attained his Bachelor of Creative Industries, with a major in Entertainment Industries and a minor in Visual Art, at QUT Kelvin Grove in 2013. Originally a painter, Joel has explored a wide variety of art forms over the years, including drawing, body art, sculpture, installation, film, photography, fashion and millinery.
Joel Devereux was one of the many photographers who answered to our call for submissions for the annual SEX Edition. But, not surprisingly so, his answer to the brief was so different, so original, we decided that it should have it's own place in BeautifulMag. "My series was more of an exercise in what is typically and commercially posed as ‘sexy’," Joel explains his approach. "Taking cues from girly calendars and the props they use and appropriating that to my style of dark creative portraiture. My work is more implied, as I don’t really like to expose everything about a body and I like audiences to use their imagination."
Joel Devereux' series has a high level of sexiness, that is not only provoked by the fact the models are (almost) all naked but shot in such a way that what you really want to see stays hidden. No, the men themselves are also adding to the sexy character of this set of portraits. Their bodies of course, which are each an example of male physical perfection. But mostly the look in their eyes. The way they look in the camera and seem to taunt you. They seem to radiate real boy power. Sexy doesn't have to be explicit nudity. Joel shows that implied sexiness can be just as desirable. –BM-
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