WITH THE MEN FROM EXTERFACE YOU REALLY NEVER KNOW WHAT WAS THE ORIGINAL IDEA BEHIND THEIR PHOTOGRAPHIC SERIES. WHAT INSPIRED THEM, WHERE DID THE CONCEPT COME FROM. AND HONESTLY, THAT ISN’T SUCH A BAD THING, BECAUSE IT GIVES YOU THE OPPORTUNITY TO GIVE THEIR POETIC PORTRAITS YOU VERY OWN INTERPRETATION. JULIEN AND STEPHANE, THE CREATE BRAINS BEHIND EXTERFACE ARE MORE THAN PHOTOGRAPHERS. THEY ARE DIRECTORS, PAINTERS AND SCENARIO WRITERS, AND THEY ARE ALWAYS READY TO PUSH THEIR MODELS TO REVEAL THEIR MOST HIDDEN SIDE.
In the current political climate, same sex marriage is a hot item, as well as adoption by gay couples. Looking at the latest Exterface series, one wonders if this could have been a source of inspiration for the two artists. If so, we can not see any reason why anyone who opposes adoption would not change their mind, after seeing this most adorable and huggable 'toddler' Claude.
Claude Simao is half French and half Portuguese. He studied in the city of Reims and moved three years after his graduation to Paris where he worked as Internet Marketing Manager until two years ago. He then choose a very different career path and found satisfaction in the real estate business. Working in this area allows Claude more time for himself, which he uses for several creative and artistic activities. Like taking singing and acting classes, and, since recently, modeling.
The men from Exterface immediately liked Claude after seeing some of his portfolio photos. His appearance is very different from the stereotype model and it was probably his masculine physics that inspired them to do the Baby Bomb series, giving the concept a pleasantly twisted approach. Baby Bomb is about maturing, learning and growing up. Now the photos shown here are a picture book example of how adorable toddlers can be, but there is a whole different side to Claude than what you might think at first glance. If you curious about his more naughty side, we strongly recommend you visit the Exterface website or Claude's own MySpace profile. In the meantime, we will start filling up the application forms to adopt this baby. Claude is 26 years old, but that is only a plus, don’t you think? –B-