SOME PEOPLE LIKE TO BE SURPRISED, OTHERS CAN'T STAND THE IDEA. WE DO NOT KNOW TO WHICH CATEGORY ARMANDO SANTOS BELONGS, BUT WE DO KNOW THAT WHEN HE SAW WHAT MATEO ARMAND HAD DONE IN POST-PRODUCTION WITH THE PHOTOS THEY SHOT TOGETHER, HE WAS SURPRISED. HAPPILY AND POSITIVELY SURPRISED.
The Style (De Stijl in Dutch) was a Dutch artistic movement founded in 1917 in Amsterdam and is also known as neoplasticism. Consisting of artists and architects, The Style movement lasted until 1931 and can be described as a body of work advocating pure abstraction and universality by a reduction to the essentials of form and color. The artists basically simplified visual compositions to the vertical and horizontal directions and used only primary colors with black and white. Some of the most prominent artists of The Style were Theo van Doesburg, Vilmos Huszár, Bart van der Leck and of course Gerrit Rietveld and Pieter Mondrian.
Mateo Armand is becoming quiet the regular on BeautifulMag and not without reason. Whether you like surprises or not, you can't ignore the fact that Mateo knows how to surprise in the most original and pleasant way. His work is always refreshing. Always new. Always with original additions. He collaborated with Armando Santos before when he was working on his Blacklight series back in 2013. This time however he planned to shoot another session for his growing Concrete Wall portfolio. But things turned out differently.
The reason why we don't get to see Armando Santos against the concrete backdrop we already saw in other series by Mateo Armand is simple. When Armando showed up, Mateo had not prepared his studio for that particular body of work and decided to simply shoot Armando against a crisp white background. Nothing to worry about as Mateo is never without creative ideas when he starts a photo shoot. His Style inspired set was something he had been brooding on for some time, and somehow, with Armando, the time was right. The result is stunning. Not only presents Mateo us an Armando Santos who seems to have even more matured in his modelling work than he already had, the superposed Style inspired graphics give the portraits the idea we are looking at stained glass windows, turning Armando Santos almost in a religious icon.
The Style inspired, this photo shoot has become quiet international. Though French by origin, Mateo Armand comes from parents with Spanish and Italian bloodlines. Armando Santos was born in Belgium, but is of Portuguese/Lebanese origin and lives since his childhood in Paris. All that overlaid with art inspiration from early 20th century Netherlands and this is the result. Another triumph for Mateo Armand. And who knows, maybe we will still have the chance to see Armando Santos against that concrete wall in the future. –BM-
BeautifulMag archive for Mateo Armand: Clair-Obscur | Riou | Raw. The Concrete Wall | The Concrete Wall, Part II | Circus Boxer.
BeautifulMag archive for Armando Santos: Being Armando Santos | Armando Santos for Mr Gay Europe & World 2013 | Armando Santos. Mister Gay Europe and World 2013 | Mircius Aecrim View on Paris, Vol 3: Armando Santos | La Grandeur Parisienne | Of Desire and Seduction.
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