We have had a winter with cold to very cold days. Even here in Paris, where we hardly see snow, we’ve had some icy and snowy days. Even worse, it was a winter without end. It just went on and on until it slowly transcended into spring, which really didn’t bring that much difference. Gray skies, heavy rains, cold winds and temperatures far under the average. It was such a depressing pattern that the summer seemed very far away, if present at all. Heaters made overtime, burning even until the beginning of June. But all of a sudden in July, it all changed. The sun broke through the heavy covering of clouds, chased the cold and rains away and claimed its rightful place in a sky that was bright blue and only saw a tiny thin cloud every now and then. And it has stayed like that for weeks now.
A hot summer at the end, but for some of us it came rather late if not too late. Some of us had made plans for a summer earlier in the season, and didn’t have any other choice than to change their plans last minute. Like Thomas Bourry. Thomas lives and works in and around Cologne, located in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. A center European location that suffered much from the strange climate we all experienced in our part of the world this year. There in Cologne, Thomas focuses primarily on making photographs that tell a lot about male desire, passion and lust. Thomas doesn’t believe that a photo can be truly natural or realistic. He believes that the presence of a camera influence the subjects behavior, making every image a construction and every frame a specific reality. Which then becomes a universe by itself, a small rectangular world that has its own story to tell.
Thomas Bourry doesn’t like to work in a studio. Though according to his opinion a photo is a deliberate staging he does like to work with natural light. But the many rainy days early summer 2013 forced the young artist back to his roots. Meaning less outdoor action and mostly photographic home stories. Though not a fan of studio work, Thomas does not shy away from indoor photography. But instead of the cold and industrial studio atmosphere, he prefers the personality of a staging in a real concrete room. The intimacy of a real home. Guys at home and their hidden lust and feelings. That’s is Thomas Bourry’s playground.
Even though his portraits are staged constructions, exploring the mystery of desire is a real life mission for Thomas Bourry. His art always flirts with the big questions in one’s personal life with as result the creation of intimate tales full of sense and sensibility. Lust and passion, Love and sadness. With his photographs Thomas likes to ask questions like small riddles, where no answer is given and all solutions are possible. It is his greatest challenge to unveil the naked vulnerable soul of a man, mostly hidden and rarely seen by anyone but himself. According to the artist, a nude man should be more than just an exposed perfect body in order to show real beauty.
Thomas Bourry spent his summer days trying to fulfill his quest. To discover the universe of doubts that accompanies our entire life, that is beauty to Thomas Bourry. Thomas is a photographer who presents riddles in his work, but there is one riddle that he himself cannot answer. He seeks endlessly and restlessly, eager to find the key but knowing it will also take a lifetime and more to discover the solution to that one riddle. If possible at all. –BM-
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