With thanks to La Nuit des Crazyvores and ES Collection.
Photography by Gérard.
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Yesterday was the day of Gay Pride here in Paris. And even though it was only a mere 22 degrees, this didn’t stop us from going out there and marching along all the way from Place du 18 Juin 1940 at Montparnesse-Bienvenue through the city along Boulevard du Montparnasse, Boulevard St-Michel, Boulevard St-Germain, eventually crossing the Seine at Pont de Sully, and finishing at Place de la Bastille. After which we went home to ready ourselves for the big party we organized together with ES Collection and our dear friends from La Nuit des Crazyvores. It was a great day, especially since France officially legalized same sex marriage and adoption rights this year after a long and much discussed battle. Which, believe me, is not over yet. It was also a great feeling to know that only a few days ago the Supreme Court in the United States overturned Proposition 8 and restored equal rights in California and gave the right to each state individual to legalize gay marriage. Two huge steps forwards in recent history.
Now I know I probably sound like a broken record. This isn’t the first time I mention this and I’m afraid it won’t be the last either. If only. Tough we are in a festive mood, and have every right to be so, there are others who’s gay pride marches are probably less celebratory. If they can have a Pride parade to begin with. So many countries still do not accept same sex couples as equal to heterosexual. So many countries go even further. Condemn homosexuality as unacceptable, unnatural, illegal and punishable. A feeling often fed by religious fractions. Its’ bizar really, when you think about it. If living in such a country, would one really think that if the general believe is that homosexuality is unnatural and thus a choice, you would make that choice knowing it can put you in jail. Or worse, have you executed? Russia recently extended the anti-homosexuality law that was already applied in Moscow to state level. For a big country like that, which was so well on its way to a more positive future, having a government that actively provokes its citizens to hate other citizens, this is a huge step back. Which makes us even more grateful to have the honor to work with people such as Kathrina Zakharova, the wonderful photographer who signs of on today’s cover and the following cover article in which she explains a bit more of the current situation in her country.
But like I said, before pointing fingers to others, we too are still not out of the woods. Last week a beautiful open-air photo exhibition here in Paris about equality, showing imaginary same sex couples photographed by Olivier Ciappa, was destroyed. And if that was not enough, it was followed by a hate video on YouTube (YouTube, you should be ashamed of yourselves to publish videos that are discriminating, hurtful and even have fascist opinions and expressions in it). Still this is nothing more than the small-minded hatefulness that some people just cannot resist in expressing and no matter what, it will always be that way. We feel privileged to live in a country that is at least governed and inhabited by a majority of people who think and believe otherwise. We also feel privileged to be able to express our feelings and opinions here, in a open letter to you all. But an open letter is just that. Words. And if there is anything we have learned from the past, going back to the riots of Stonewall in June 1969, words are not always enough. –BM-
Cover photogrpahy by Kathrina Zakharova.
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NEXT TIME WHEN YOU ARE IN YOUR LOCAL GYM, HAVE A LOOK AROUND YOU. YOU ARE PROBABLY SURROUNDED BY SOME VERY FIT, GOOD-LOOKING GUYS. NOW THE CHANCES THAT ONE OF THEM IS A PROFESSIONAL MODEL ARE SMALL. BUT YOU WOULD BE SURPRISED TO KNOW HOW MANY OF THEM ACTUALLY DID STAND IN FRONT OF A CAMERA AT LAST ONCE OR TWICE.
When Alexandre CK was younger he himself worked as model and actor, and is therefor quite familiar with the world of spotlight and flash light. Now, in his early forties, Alexandre changed place and tries his luck behind the camera instead of in front. Not surprisingly so as Alexandre has been fascinated by photography ever since he can remember. As a young boy he was given his first camera by his parents and he has been on a quest for beauty around him since then.
Alexandre CK shoots beauty in every sense of the word. Amazing landscapes, scenes in the streets of the city that is all around him, and people. “I often find I stumble upon beauty when meeting guys by coincident in the street,” says Alexandre. “It’s an earthly, pure beauty. Very sensual. It is my goal to capture that beauty in their daily activities.” Alexandre CK likes smiling and charming daces, strong bodies and natural beauty. And so he choses his men as they come. Real boy, all amateurs. They are the boys next door, real guys with their feelings and throughts that took a moment in their lives to pose in front of Alexandre’s camera. They are the guys you can see in the gym and meet in the street
Alexandre CK’s work is simple and straightforward. Often colorful and always with strong light contrast. The foundation for this most likely lies in the fact he spent his childhood years in North Africa, surrounded by scents, colors and sun. Since that time he has always cherished colorful sceneries and photographed joy and happiness. On his professional website you will find three categories. Sexy, which doesn’t need much explanation. Art, which introduces more conceptual and created colorful scenes. And A Day, which follows his subjects during their daily activities. Asides from that Alexandre CK also has a Facebook fan page where he introduces us on regular base to new faces and bodies, both on photo and video. –BM-
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BIG CITIES ARE MAGNETS FOR PEOPLE BORN ELSEWHERE. THE CITY IS THE PLACE WHERE THINGS HAPPEN AND SO THAT IS WHERE YOU NEED TO BE. THE RESULT OF THIS IS THAT EVERY YEAR IT SEEMS HARDER TO FIND PEOPLE WHO WERE ACTUALLY BORN IN THE CITY. IT GOES FOR LONDON. IT GOES FOR PARIS. AND IT DEFINITELY GOES FOR NEW YORK.
New York City has approximately 19,5 millions inhabitants, which of course includes everybody from Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and Richmond. With that New York is the most populated city in the United States. Indeed 1 on 38 Americans lives in New York. So you can imagine the migration number must be very high. The counter side of that is that the number of real New Yorkers is relatively small.
Now I won’t say that finding a real New Yorker on the streets of Manhattan is like looking for a needle in the metaphorical haystack, but it is true that they become harder and harder to find. John Falocco managed to do so. John, himself residing in Warren, New Jersey, is a man of many skills. Not only is he a well acclaimed photographer, he is also the man behin Falocco Swimwear and Activewear Collection. Yes, indeed. Now you know why his name sounds so familiar. And on top of all that John is apparently also the kind of guy with a fine nose when it comes to finding native New Yorkers. And not just any New Yorker. John Falocco found Rob Eco.
Rob Eco was born and raised in the city of New York. Fitness enthusiast as he is, he managed to get his ISSA certificate and works as a personal trainer. “I find pleasure in training personally as well as helping people change their own lives through diet and exercise,” Rob comments on his career choice. “Having love for what you do translates into positivity and success.” Now 22 years old, Rob Evo began modeling a few years ago and has had the opportunity to work with several of New York’s finest photographers. His portfolio holds work from Jin Wang, Carlos Arias, Harol Beaz, Mike Schmit, B. Charles Johnson, Richard Rothstein and more. You can safely say Rob is experienced and finds being in front of a camera exciting and rejuvenating. Rob is familiar with fitness, fashion, editorial and commercial, but also doesn’t shy away from artistic and nudes. IN fact, he is always looking to shoot with new talented photographers and to add exciting new work to his book. And to gain even more experience.
Rob talks freely about all his activities and his personal life and experiences on his own perosnal blog, well named Project Eco. Here we learned that Rob is currently studying at HB Studio in New York. HB Studio was established in 1945 theatre training and practice for aspiring and provides professional accomplished actors. For Rob is is a new chapter in his life, but no matter what he does, Rob Eco is driven by creativity. “Creativity inspires me,” he says. “Whether that is sculpting my body, creating breathtaking images or playing a character that takes me completely out of my element. I'm here to build relationships with talented individuals and create with them.” And that is what he did with John Falocco as well. He created for us an image of a native New York City guy. –BM-
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