In the universe of artistic male photography, the theme of more extreme sexual tinted activities is not rare. Bondage is often part of that. But there is more to the act of bondage than just sexual pleasure. First of all it is of course a physical restraint that one person inflicts upon another. A sort of punishment. Artist Brian Thomas created a series of photos around the theme of bondage, but has given it a very different meaning. “In this series I wanted to demonstrate vulnerability within the constrictions of bondage. It takes more strength to be seen as weak and helpless than to dominate in my opinion. My crutch has always been to let go and submit to another.”
The term artist to describe Brian Thomas is deliberate, as Brian is so much more than a photographer. Brian Thomas is a man who has dedicated his life to the visual arts. A photographer, a director and an Emmy-nominated choreographer, Brian Thomas and his Artistic Dream Team transcend ideas into visual realities. He has been doing this with much success and is a trusted artist by legends and leading corporations in the industry, having worked not only with individual celebrities such as Usher, P!nk, Missy Elliot , Liza Minnelli and Michael Jackson, but also with large corporations such-h as Reebok, Chippendales, Time warner, NYC Knicks and MTV.
Brian Thomas created his Dark Angel photo series as a reminder to himself. A reminder of when he transitioned into the man he is today, learning how to let go and submit to higher powers and the universe. He chose extreme solar type effects to give his work the feeling of going to another dimension or level of consciousness within the darkness of creativity. For his character of the Dark Angel Brian chose to work with model Matt Griffin. Matt has a background in dance which made it easy for Brian to direct him. The result is a wonderful series that shows a new perspective on the theme of bondage and places the Dark Angel, often seen as the initiator, in the position of victim. Restraint but with the possibilities to free himself by accepting his own weakness and turning it into a strength. –BM-
BRIAN THOMAS | BEAUTIFULMAG