SIT TALL. CROSS YOUR HANDS IN YOUR LAP. TILT YOUR HEAD TO THE LEFT. THESE ARE PHRASES YOU WILL NEVER EVER HEAR IN THE PHOTO STUDIO OF SCOTT BARNES. SIMPLY BECAUSE SCOTT IS A STRONG BELIEVER IN INTERACTIVE PHOTOGRAPHY. MEANING HE WANTS TO UNCOVER HIS SUBJECTS PERSONALITY AND GET HIM TO REACT TO HIM. BECAUSE SCOTT IS MORE THAN A PHOTOGRAPHER. SCOTT CAPTURES REACTIONS.
Scott Barnes is a man of convictions. He has opinions and he doesn’t shy away from sharing those. Which is a good thing. Creativity is all about expression. And that Scott’s work is creative, no one will doubt. One thing Scott Barnes strongly believes in is the beauty of the male body and sexuality. “I shoot the male nude form because it irritates me that thousands of years after the Greeks were carving nude statues of Apollo and Poseidon, today a male figure study is often dismissed as pornography. I believe that the human body is beautiful and I'd like to play a part in changing that stereotype.” Fortunately Scott Barnes does not stand alone in his believes. Many other photographers and models are on the same page, as are we.
It is regrettable that we live in a time in which puritanism dictates much of what we do and how we see things. Or not see things. Pornography is an understanding as difficult to define as art. It means different things for different people. Unfortunately for many it means disgusting, immoral and bad. But what is pornography anyway. Is it a woman, topless, touching her nipples and legs spread as a Playboy centerfold? Most will say no. Is it a man, naked, innocent and flaccid? Most will say yes. The question is why? The male body is a piece of art. And whether we like it or not, his sex is part of it.
Scott Barnes has dedicated a large part of his online portfolio to his Vir Impudicus – The Unshamed Man – series. Sets of photographs that show men in different situations, alone of with others, indoors and outside. And all these portraits of all these men together form a beautiful testimony that the male form is indeed something beautiful. Men are sensual and sexual beings and not afraid to show it. And because Scott Barnes is who he is, and likes his models to express themselves freely, it can happen that these beautiful men are getting carried away just a little bit and show more than the usual poses. There is a sense of liberty in Scott Barnes work that makes you realize that you only live once. You only get one chance to do the thing you want to do. Scott realizes this and much as he practices that believe himself, he also encourages his models to follow that path. Suggestive and provocative? Yes. Pornographic? No. Today’s one chance is the story of a rising star, moving away from where he is now, and someone being afraid to be left behind and desperate for the rising star to notice him, remember him, take him along. –BM-
Models: Jessy Colter and Rayhan Aranda.
Scott Barnes can be reached through his website and his blog as well as his Facebook page.
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