ON NEW YEARS DAY THERE IS A TRADITION THAT IS HELD IN SEVERAL COUNTRIES AND SEEMS TO BE GROWING IN POPULARITY EVERY YEAR, SPREADING TO OTHER CULTURES. THE NEW YEAR’S DIVE. NO MATTER HOW LOW THE TEMPERATURE, PEOPLE JUMP IN THE OCEAN. AS IF TO WASH AWAY THE OLD YEAR AND FIND SOME KIND OF BAPTISM FOR THE NEW ONE. FRESH AND PURE.
Jeffrey Horvitz calls himself a portraitist. He photographs people. And he does it well. Very well. Sometimes he gets paid for it, but even if he wouldn’t he would still do it. It is what he loves. He finds inspiration not just in the work of other photographers. Jeffrey’s interests are broad. His influences include Annie Liebovitz, Duane Michals, Stevie Nicks, the cities Savannah & New Orleans, Anthony Minghella's cinematographer, Ritts & Weber & Meisel & La Chapelle & Klein & Seliger… He loves Peter Beard's photocollage thing... the guy that shot Audrey Tatou for the Chanel ad on the train.... every great photographer and model and makeup artist and crew that really brought it and created magic and beauty to show the world.
The relationship between a photographer and his subjects can be an intense one. It can get a little complicated. It’s intimate and fragile. It’s based on trust and also on power exchanges. It’s the photographer’s job to illicit this trust with their subject and to let the subject know they are in safe hands. This is an unwritten rule for every type of model photography, but even more so when the model is naked. Jeffrey Horvitz does it perfectly, which he shows with his bathtub series. “Mostly I think three things make a great portrait. Lighting, composition.. and expression,” Jeffrey comments on his tub work. "The light in this room was exquisite. The way it cascades over the walls and the bodies gave perfect illumination.”
Jeffrey Horvitz likes the contemplation one is allowed when bathing and he loves the naturalness one holds as well. His bathtub series is the perfect example of a balanced and harmonious collaboration between photographer and model. All models seem perfectly at ease being observed by Jeffrey and his camera. For us this was a perfect beginning of this year. Jeffrey’s bathtub series shows his men in peace and quiet, in their own intimacy, and we can imagine this is the last bath they take in the old year, or the first in the new year. To purify, to cleans, to start anew. –BM-
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