NO BIRTHDAY GOES BY UNNOTICED OR UNCELEBRATED. EACH YEAR WE GET A GIFT OF AN EXTRA YEAR OF LIFE AND FLOWERS CAN BRIGHTEN THESE CELEBRATIONS. WE CAME INTO THIS WORLD NAKED IN OUR MOST PURE AND NATURAL FORM. THIS PURITY CAN ALSO BE FOUND IN FLOWERS: AS FRAGILE AND BRITTLE AS THEY ARE POWERFUL AND PASSIONATE. JOHAN VOS AND STEFAN VAN BERLO COMBINED THESE TWO WONDERS OF NATURE IN ONE STUNNING PROJECT. THE PURITY AND STRENGTH OF THE MALE BODY. THE RICHNESS AND DELICACY OF BEAUTIFUL FLOWERS.
What once started out as a hobby rapidly grew into a fulltime occupation next to his job as engineer. Johan Vos is a man with a passion for photography. Especially the photography of male models. Photographing the male body, both nude and in fashion, is one of his specialities. It’s one of the reasons why a lot of starting male models love to be in front of his camera. As a photographer, he also regularly gets invited to Fashion Weeks and international modelling contests that have brought him all over Europe, the Caribbean, India and other exotic places in the world.
Throughout the years Johan Voss also discovered with the world of floral arrangements. Not so much to make them but to photograph them. Which is a whole different discipline by itself. Creating that perfect picture of a floral arrangement is not simple task, but also this challenge was accepted with the same passion Johan already showed for the male physique.
Stefan van Berlo is a young, ambitious and much awarded floral artist. Like Johan Vos, he doesn’t shy away from a challenge and so he decided that this year, the year that mark his 35th birthday anniversary, he wanted to create something that honours his own achievements. He went looking for a project that fits his personality and would let him show his love for floral art. He found it with Johan Vos.
Two driven professionals came together to find a challenge in combining both of their passions: floral creations and the male body. For a project as such, trust is a very important part. And so is a good connection between the artists. Years of collaborations ensured this connection and trust and resulted in a stunning series of portraits, now available as birthday calendar. The floral arrangements were all created by Stefan Van Berlo who was given total freedom in his creations. For the shoots Johan and Stefan selected models that shared their passion to produce artistic pictures. They would like to thank the models for their cooperation in this project: Lars Van Regenmortel, Andy Kiangebeni, Nicolas van den Berghe, Thibaut Claeys, Tiemen Bormans en Ilias Janssens. For their guts, strength and frailty, but also for their passion and showing their most fragile, pure side. Like the purest and strongest flower. –BM-
The Flower Illusion birthday calendar is available for purchase on bloem-illusie.be.