THERE ARE CERTAIN PERIODS IN OUR RICH HISTORY THAT WE DON'T LIKE TO LOOK BACK UPON. WORLD WAR II BEING ONE OF THE MORE RECENT ONES. A BLACK PERIOD THAT CAUSED MUCH SADNESS FOR MILLIONS. SADNESS THAT FOR MANY STILL CAN BE FELT TODAY. BUT THE 1930'S AND 40'S SHOULD NOT ONLY BE REMEMBERED FOR THE DARKNESS THAT COVERED EUROPE AND THE REST OF THE WORLD. IT SHOULD ALSO BE REMEMBERED AS A PERIOD IN TIME THAT, JUST LIKE OTHER DECENNIA AND ERA'S, CHARACTERIZES ITSELF BY ITS OWN STYLE.
Kike Llorca is a 38 years old actor and singer from Valencia, Spain. Active on television as well as in theatre, Kike is most noticeable for his role of Billy in the Spanish version of the musical Chicago, for which he also worked as musical and stage director. Kiki is also celebrated as opera singer and performed in many productions such as Bastia i Els Amors Bastiana, The Song of Forgetting, Lucrecia Borgia and Bastien und Bastienne. Today Kiki Llorca stars on a very different stage.
We have come to know Pascual Ibañez Sebastián as a most talented photographer who touch himself the skills by photographing rock formations in various of the many prehistoric caves that surround the city of Valencia. Since then he has moved on to above the ground activities, focussing on fashion and male art photography. Always refreshing, always original, we were not surprised to see how Pascual found inspiration in an abandoned car parts factory located just outside of the Spanish city.
Leave it up to Pascual Ibañez to transform an abandoned industrial area into something different. For his shoot with Kike Llorca, Pascual found inspiration in the Germany of the 1930's. A dark period in the history of Germany and the rest of Europe, as this was the time we saw Nazism rise up and change the face of the world. A sensitive subject to use as backdrop for a photoshoot that features both male fashion and male physique. But, for that same reason, also interesting and challenging. And if there is something Pascual won't move away from, it is a challenge.
Together with actor Kike Llorca, Pascual Ibañez created a Nazi-inspired photo set, using current fashion props that, placed in this abandoned surrounding, are transformed in objects of those dark years. The black and white treatment gibe the whole set a more historic and dramatic look. Make no mistake, it is not Pascual's intention to glorify the Nazi regime of early 20th century. No, this series merely shows a period in history in a contemporary way, displaying the face of a political regime that has brought disaster and destruction. –BM-
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