WHAT IS BEAUTY? ARE THERE OBJECTIVE STANDARDS FOR THE CONCEPT OF BEAUTY? OR IS BEAUTY IN THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER? DOES EVERYONE FOR THEMSELVES DECIDE WHAT IS BEAUTIFUL AND WHAT IS NOT. WHAT ABOUT ART? MUST IT BE BEAUTIFUL TO BE GREAT? AND WHAT IS ART ACTUALLY. IS IT CREATED OR IS IT ORGANICAL. NATURAL.
The official description of beauty is a combination of qualities such as shape, color or form, that pleases the aesthetic senses, especially sight. But beauty is a very subjective concept. What we do know and safely can say is that beauty ideals. It is an idea and everyone’s idea of beauty is unique. The secret of beauty, of being attractive, has been a quest for mankind since the beginning of civilization. And most likely even before. Because even in prehistoric times men referred to the alpha male as their leader. The strongest, the healthiest, the best developed.
It is a fact that there is a social depiction of beauty. It is also true we are all afraid of it. Embarrassed by the fact we are sensitive for beauty. Haven’t we not all at least once answered on the question what attracts you most in someone else the stereotype that we don’t really care because real beauty comes from the inside. True of course, but let’s not forget, before discovering what is inside, the eye wants to be satisfied as well. And so, when looking for a partner, we do look for what attracts us physically. The phrase by itself explains it already. We look.
We believe that beauty is indeed organic. No matter what it is, a statue, a painting, a piece of architecture, nature or a fellow human being, beauty is something that doesn’t just come by itself. It grows. And sometimes it needs a little hand. And for that we have artists. People who sculpt objects, who draw paintings, who build cathedrals. And there are also people who develop their own beauty. Who live healthy, work out and patiently build their bodies and transform themselves into a piece of art. Like building that cathedral. And because we all secretly do like to look at this expression of beauty, we should fall on our knees and thank God for the fact there are also people who recognize this art and – with their owns skills – are able to immortalize it for all of us to enjoy.
Joseph Smileuske is a remarkable photographer. Inspired by artists such as Herb Ritts, Jim French and Bruce Weber, and regards upon talents like Justin Monroe and Rick Day as a benchmark, Joe has set off on a course to deliver a work that is not only a testimony to his great graphic design skills, but also a proof that he has a sublime eye for beauty. Drawn by the male form, he sees photography of male nudes as a form of creative expression. Joseph loves working with men who have sculpted their bodies into works of art. His style is simple but done with skill, focusing on exactly that what defines beauty. Which he does excellent in his work with Jeremy Rowback.
Jeremy Rowback takes life seriously, works hard and feel great. Possibly because all of that he also looks great. In fact, Jeremy is the perfect embodiment of beauty. Only 28 years old, he lives and works in both Amsterdam and New York City, being on a quest to spread not only the best image of himself, but also to help others in increasing theirs. And so it seems that Jeremy is indeed not only beautiful from the outside, but also in his personality. Joseph Smileuske seems to be the ideal photographer to bring those assets back to life in his portraits, simple and stylish, using only sublime lighting to show Jeremy on is best. If we can trust sight to be the judge of absolute beauty, we might just have found it with Jeremy Rowback and Joseph Smileuske. –BM-
JOSEPH SMILEUSKE | BEAUTIFULMAG
JEREMY ROWBACK | BEAUTIFULMAG