Many big cities have areas that were originally not intended to be inhabited. It’s those areas where you find big warehouses and old factories, historically built for industry and to provide work for those living in the city, but that ran out of fashion over the years due to cheaper accommodations usually in the suburbs. Often those abandoned giants are then adopted by urban project developers and transformed into living unites that than again become very popular. Dallas, Texas, is no exception to this. And Eric Ganison is one of those lucky persons to live in such a building.
Eric Ganison was born in the small town of Greenville, Massachusetts, but moved to Dallas, Texas in the early 1990’s. Here he started his creative career first in performing arts before turning to model instructing and eventually photography. After having worked for more than six years as a professional product photographer, Eric eventually ended up shooting more and more fashion at international level. Eventually, after having worked abroad for some time, he returned to Dallas where he opened Men’s Boars Management, the first all male management in the state of Texas, which offered him the opportunity to do what he liked most: training and managing models and shooting them as well.
Currently Eric Ganison lives on the 6th floor of an old industrial factory in Dallas. Thanks to the creativity of some developer, and doubtless to Eric as well, his home is quite contemporary. One day, when he happened to walk outside on the community patio, Eric stumbled upon a bunch of black mesh. Intrigued by the material, he picked up a large role and brought it home where he left it in a corner, allowing himself some time to find an idea of what to do with it. That idea came pretty fast though. In fact, that same evening Eric had planned a shooting in his loft, and when his model arrived and saw the role of mesh, he started playing with it. Fascinated with what he did, Eric asked his model to bring the mesh to the set and pose with it.
Happy with the result, but not thinking about the possibility of a series yet, Eric sat down to start the retouch of some of the images when another befriended model dropped by and saw what Eric was doing. Fascinated by what he saw, he asked Eric to set up a shoot in the same spirit and before he knew it, Eric has a second series with another beautifully shaped man, wrapped in the harsh, industrial metal mesh. Seeing how this came to happen, Eric then decided to make it an objective. He organized other models and played with the mesh, creating tantalizing images in which both man and metal became one. An unusual combination of materials that, together, become something entirely different: Body Mesh. That is how real creativity happens. Coincidental, casual and playful. -BM-
ERIC GANISON | BEAUTIFULMAG