MONTREAL HOUSES THE NATIONAL CIRCUS SCHOOL, WHICH IS THE LARGEST NORTH AMERICAN SCHOOL DEVOTED TO ADVANCED CIRCUS ART. WITH ITS PRIMARY MISSION TO PREPARE YOUNG ADULTS FOR A LIFE AND CAREER IN THE SPECTACULAR UNIVERSE OF INTERNATIONAL CIRCUS, THE SCHOOL STANDS GUARANTEE FOR ATTRACTING TALENTED AND CREATIVE PEOPLE FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD TO THE ALREADY COLORFUL CANADIAN CITY. NOW WONDER THIS IS WHERE KALEB HAWKINS WANTED TO BE.
Even though its is close to a year that Paul Henry Serres was featured on BeautifulMag, the memory of his work is still fresh in our minds. Not in the least due to the strong and vibrant colors Paul Henry puts in his work. So you can imagine we were quite surprised to see the black and white series he sent us recently, featuring Kaleb Hawkins. But going through the individual portraits, it became clear that there was a very true reason why every trace of color was missing in this series. Kaleb is a young men who is colorful enough as a person to bring vibrancy to black and white portraiture.
Kaleb Hawkins graduated from the National Institute of Circus Arts in Melbourne, Australia before turning his gaze towards Canada. Knowing one of the world’s best circus schools and coaches are located in Montreal, this is where Kaleb wanted to be. And so he packed his stuff, bought himself a single ticket and changed the moderate oceanic climate of Melbourne for the dry continental climate of Montreal where he found a coach in Victor Fomine, one of teh best when it come to the art of trapeze. Here in the North of America, Kaleb improved and developed his skills as circus artist to perfection. Here in Montreal he specialized himself in swinging trapeze and arial tissue acrobatics. And here, in this second-largest Canadian city, he also met Paul Henry Serres and worked with him to create this stunning gallery of black and white portraits.
Even though Paul Henry Serres biggest passion is to photograph people, he is also a talented photographers of landscapes and architecture. The knowledge he gained by working in that particular field comes to light in his work with his models. Paul Henry’s work shows a high level of aesthetics in both beautiful lighting and amazing poses. He has a great eye when it comes to showing his subjects best sides and knows how to bring out their body structures as if it were carefully erected architectural masterpieces. In Kaleb Hawkins he found an acrobatic ability and dynamic energy that perfectly matches his won creative vision and abilities and together they stand guarantee for a set of photos that are both sober in color and brilliant in energy. His black and white work with Kaleb shows us a side we did not yet know from Paul Henry Serres, but that proofs that he rightfully belongs in the colorful scene of Montreal. –BM-
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