MADONNA SINGS THAT IF YOU WERE THE MONA LISA, YOU’D BE HANGING IN THE LOUVRE. A SIMPLE OBSERVATION AND DEFINITELY A DEFINITION OF IMMORTALITY. BECAUSE WHAT BETTER PLACE TO BE IMMORTAL THAN ON THE WALLS OF THE GREATEST MUSEUM IN THE WORLD. BUT DOES IT REALLY TAKE A PLACE ON A WALL AND A VELVET ROPE TO SEPARATE YOU FROM THE REST OF THE WORLD TO BE ETERNAL?
If there is on thing that makes everyone immortal, it is the art of photography. All time celebrities, such a Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, Princess Diana, Madonna and Brad Pitt are living (or not so living) proof of this. And even though digital photography makes it probably les permanent than analogue, all it takes is one shutter click and it’s done. But still it takes more than a photo to be truly immortal. It takes a certain beauty and a certain personality to be able to keep holding the attention. And then the Mona Lisa is indeed a perfect example with her enigmatic smile and penetrating look.
Some time ago, New York based photographer Frank Louis worked with model Julian. Quite pleased with the result of the shoot, Frank soon became disappointed when Julian’s agency decided to keep the photos under the wraps. We honestly don’t know why. After all the work is fantastic. But then again, does anyone ever know why agencies do certain things? Let’s just say in the best interest of those they represent, though keeping great portraits hidden from view really doesn’t help creating that aura of immortality.
What makes an icon. What was it about James Dean, Montgomery Clift and Rock Hudson that makes their images still appealing today. There is that macho handsome aspect, sometimes mixed with a boyish innocence that made these Hollywood stars the absolute heartthrob of many generations of young girls. And boys. But there was also a certain class. In their style and in the photography which we now so trendy call vintage. Frank Louis never forgot the photos he had done with Julian, captivating as they are (check: first definition of immortality) and after a quick asking around, he learned Julian was no longer with that agency and very happy if his portraits would be published. It didn’t take long for Frank to make up his mind and grand eternal life to this most handsome male model. And to make sure the work would indeed be long-lasting, Frank decided to give it a look as if they have been around for some time already: vintage and retro (check: second definition of immortality). So here he is, Julian by Frank Louis. Young, handsome, sexy and eternal. –BM-
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