TAKE A PHOTOGRAPHER FROM THE PHILIPPINES WHO ENJOYED HIS EDUCATION IN THE USA, A HOT MAN FROM AUSTRALIA BUT WITH A PASSION FOR EUROPE, A CLASSIC ANALOG CAMERA WHICH FINDS ITS ORIGINS IN SWEDEN AND A CAR THAT HAS ITALIAN STYLE BUT DEFINITELY FRENCH HERITAGE. MIX THIS ALL TOGETHER AND PLACE IT AGAINST THE WILD BACKGROUND OF NEW ZEALAND. THE RESULT IS A LIMITED EDITION SERIES OF PHOTOGRAPHIC PRINTS WITH A SENSUAL, SEXY AND MOST ORIGINAL VINTAGE FEELING.
After living for more than 20 years in New York City, where he also studied at the International Center for Photography, Rudyard Yap, original from the Philippines, moved to New Zealand. Taken by the breathtaking landscapes there he sought to find a career as landscape photographer, only to find out that many others were already quite active in this area. So fortunately for us, Rudyard looked for another source of inspiration and found this in combining models with the rugged New Zealand backgrounds. Rudyard prefers to use a classic all manual Hasselblad camera and develop his own material in a real darkroom. Having that said it has come to our ears that Rudyard now also has been caught using a digital camera, although these moments were ad frequent as Elvis sightings.
Born in the suburbs of Sydney, Shane Douglas now lives three quarters of the year in Europe, and only returns to Australia to escape the European winters. Shane attributes his good looks to a blond Scot and an Australian aboriginal forbears. For a man who always seems to be on the run to escape any kind of winter, Shane strangely enough is a fanatic skier and currently he can be found on the Swiss slopes (men of Switzerland, keep your eyes open). His other European home-base is Amsterdam, where he already has worked several jobs. Including displaying himself as probably one of the very few men ever in history, on an upperlevel window in Amsterdam’s notorious Red Light District. As said before, Shane likes to return to Australia where he spends his summers in Bondi Beach.
And that brings us to what is probably the real star of this shoot: the 1973 Citroen DS23 Pallas, nicknamed 'Goddess.' Introduced first at the Paris Motor Show in 1955, the DS stunned the motoring world by its futuristic style, designed by Italian sculptor Flaminio Bertoni, and its use of high pressure hydraulics to power the brakes, steering, clutch, and the ingenious self-leveling suspension. Production of the Citroen DS ceased in 1975 and the car has now become a cult object with a very well deserved respectable third place in the 1999 car of the Century Competition. This year the car has been voted Most Beautiful Car Ever, which probably explains its huge amount of gay fans. –B-