THE MOMENT YOU LAND IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC YOU ARE IMMEDIATELY MET WITH BEAUTY. NOT THE TYPICAL ATHLETICS OF WHAT MOST AMERICANS AND EUROPEANS CONTEND AS BEAUTY: AIRBRUSHED, WHITEWASHED, WATERDOWNED VERSIONS OF BEAUTY. BUT AN AWESTRUCK BEAUTY THAT IS UNTAINTED, PURE, AND NATURAL: FRESH WITH NO PRESERVATIVES. IT’S THAT GOOD-FOR-YOU TYPE OF NATURAL ESSENCE DIRECT FROM MOTHER EARTH THAT SUSTAINS YOU. AND IF IT’S DOMINICAN PEOPLE, THE BLACK, BRON AND YELLOW-HUED PEOPLE WHO INHABIT THE ISLAND. ESPECIALLY THE MEN. – TERRANCE DEAN, AUTHOR, DOMINICANOS –
With over 15 years of experience, LeeStudiosNYC’ key photographer Ernest Montgomery, has been yielded as a distinct visionary leader in the business. LeeStudiosNYC has been consistent in capturing the beautiful tantalizing shades of brown, black, and yellow ethnic men. With bodies and faces sculpted, moulded, and magnificently framed for the camera, LeeStudiosNYC is able to uniquely tell each man’s personal story through powerful imagery.
Ernest Montgomery has an uncanny ability to photograph men in their natural state and environment. Undisturbed and delightfully pure. Among other places he has been doing this in the Dominican Republic for many years. Looking at his portraits of Dominican men it becomes abundantly clear Ernest was able to immerse himself into the culture and lives of these men. Ernest Montgomery has the ability to shed his own lens of American-ness beauty aesthetics and reimagine a new lens filled with exotic images that electrify your soul.
Ernest Montgomery’s photographs do more than exhibiting and showcasing Dominican male bodies. They give them a voice. Visibility. And an opportunity for the world to be invited into their lives, allowing us to imagine, wonder, and consider how beauty is designed. Ernest has captured something powerful and unique in his pictures. His keen eye and sharp wit have allowed him to harness these Dominican men in their natural environment and unsuspecting glory of beauty, using their natural environment of landscapes of green palm trees, white sanded beaches and rustic buildings to tell their stories.
The Dominican Republic is one of the most beautiful places on earth. Many travellers from Europe, Australia and the United States find themselves traversing to the island’s hot spot of Santo Domingo, Santiago, Puerto Plata and Punta Canta. However on the outskirts and nestled in the crevices far in the countryside and off-the-beaten track, there are places foreign to tourists. This is where the most beautiful Dominicans live. Untouched. Innocent. Ernest Montgomery invites us on a magical journey. A trip through the lens of his camera in which we can discover those secluded places and those beautiful men. Those years of work, in which Ernest shot many beautiful photographs, are now combined in one stunning volume, entitled Dominicanos. Dominicanos is a 128 page full color photobook, with hardcover and dust jacket. The book is a testimony of LeeStudiosNYC’s work in the Dominican Republic, a collection of Ernest Montgomery’s most erotic works. –BM-
Dominicanos, with photographs by Ernest Montgomery, LeeStudioNYC, and a preface by bestselling author Terrence Dean, can be purchased for € 49,95 / US $ 75.99 / £ 49.99 on the LeeStudiosNYC website and at Bruno Gmünder.
Parts of the text are extracts from Dominicanos and written by Terrance Dean.
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