In the old times the means to immortalize people were limited to only a few techniques. You could paint or draw a portrait of someone, or sculpt a statue. Two skills that took an enormous amount of time and sometimes the result didn’t even reflect the reality. Photography, and especially digital, has made all that a lot easier. Now you can just pick up a camera and start making photos. And if they aren’t good enough, you just erase them and start again. It really doesn’t have to take too much time either.
But some people like to approach things a little differently. Some still like to conceptualize and visualize an image that is born in their creative mind. Some like to play with elements and create a composition. Much like sculptures liked to play with a block of marble or a piece of clay, and painters with a blank canvas and a spectrum of colors. David Wagner is such a person. David lives and works in Los Angeles and in this city of angels he has access to some of the most beautiful models in the country. Which should make his work a lot easier. But David is not the kind of guy to for for easy. David is a visionary, who likes to imagine first what he wants to create before looking for the right ingredients.
“What I was trying to do with these images was to create a set that was very simple and emphasized the lines of the body (thus the plain white background contrasting with the models darker skin tones). I wanted to create images that were statuesque yet fluid and lyrical. Those are somewhat opposing themes: statuesque and lyrical. But in my mind I saw this body that could create the wonderfully fluid lines that could evoke movement in static poses. So I did a casting for a model/choreographer.” Obviously David Wagner wanted a lot more than just shooting a model in a studio. David had an image is his head for which he planned to use his camera as a chisel. All he needed to do was to find the right person who could function as his block of marble.
Brandon Anthony, hails from Indiana and holds a BFA in Theatre, Music, and Dance from The Theatre School Conservatory of DePaul University in Chicago as well as certifications from ACE and Schwinn. He is the master trainer for the YogaWorks DanceWorks program, leading trainings nationwide, and has been featured in SELF Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, and on E! Entertainment as a dance and fitness instructor. Brandon is also an accomplished musician, choreographer, and dancer and that fire and love of music drives every one of his incredibly Fun and Epic classes. Brandon basically grew up on stage, has been dancing his entire life and created choreographies ever since he was 10 years old, influenced and inspired by Bob Fosse and Michael Jackson. Brandon Anthony was exactly what David Wagner was looking for.
“Brandon submitted his photos and resume to the casting call. We met, discussed the concept and I did a couple of test images. From just the three test images that I took, I could tell immediately that Brandon was the perfect choice.” From the moment David Wagner and Brandon Anthony started the shoot, magic happens. From the very first click of the shutter, Brandon’s posing and movements were bringing David’s thoughts to life. Every movement that Brandon made felt like a beautiful composition. The experience was one of art and expression and at the end Brandon brought David’s concept to life, under the skilful eye of the photographer himself. -BM-
DAVID WAGNER | BEAUTIFULMAG
BRANDON ANTHONY | BEAUTIFULMAG