WE HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR IT FOR SOME YEARS BUT THIS YEAR IT FINALLY HAPPENED. A EUROPEAN HEATWAVE IN LATE JUNE AND EARLY JULY HAS SMASHED MONTHLY AND EVEN ALL-TIME RECORDS. HEAT RECORDS SHATTERED IN NORTHERN COUNTRIES SUCH AS GERMANY, THE NETHERLANDS AND THE UNITED KINGDOM, BUT ALSO FRANCE HAD EXTREME TEMPERATURES AND THE SOUTHERN COUNTRIES, ALREADY HOT IN THE SUMMER, DID NOT STAY BEHIND. IT IS OFFICIAL. IT'S SUMMER.
Over the past few years for one reason or the other, Europe saw some very promising early spring months which eventually ended in most disappointing summers. Yes, even turning on the central heating in June whilst watching how people on the other side of the world didn't know what to do to find refreshment and shelter from the sun and the extreme high temperatures. This year Europe has its share, and trust me, I'm not complaining.
I'm not complaining for several reasons. First I love the sun. It makes everything looks better, feel better, taste better. I know it is hard working while it's over 30 degrees Celsius, but I find that a small price to pay for the pleasure a real summer can give. Secondly there is the fashion. Though in general when ever the temperature starts to rise people seem to put on – or take off – whatever they can, resulting often in the most ridiculous outfits. That by itself is already a booster for my mood. But when done well, especially on those men who have been working for exactly this occasion all year long, trust me, it boosts not only my mood.
Ah, summer. Time of sunshine and heat, bright colors and fresh drinks, swimming pools and sandy beaches. Can there be anything better than that? No wonder the summer is the season by definition people take holidays. To relax, to soak up the sun and reload their batteries. But unfortunately not everybody has the luxury to take time off and travel. To change horizons. Therefor we have decided to bring a little sunshine to you. And since France also basked under the recent heatwave, count on some extra hotness produced in France by nobody less than photographer Mateo Armand. Not alone of course. The talented artist had the help of models Fabien Ledentec and Andre Selves as well as hair and make up artists Nicolas Cueff and Alexis Mercier. You think it is difficult to pose for a photographer when the temperature breaks records? Try being a make up artist.
Green Grass and Hope
Fabien Ledentec is naturally smooth and to compensate that Mateo Armand choose a background with a lot of texture. This is how he came to the idea to use a grass wall. The bright green tints also perfectly fits Fabien's coloring, especially when combined with some red accessories. The whole ensemble creates an illusion of Fabien laying down in a field on a hot summer afternoon, soaking up the sun and thinking about the hot night to come. Somehow Fabien has a very Texan look, and the usage of the bandana only ads to that. Indeed, one can easily imagine him at a dusty rodeo. But make no mistake, Fabien is as French as they come. (hair and make up by Nicolas Cueff).
What can we say about Andre Selves except that the guy is clearly ready to search fro some refreshment in the pool. And he should because Andre is hot. In every sense of the word. Mateo Armand this time choose for an unconventional pool theme, using orange as the main color. As a pool normally is blue, and Andre is not in the water – yet – Mateo choose orange as it is blue's opposite. And let's face it, it does add a nice summer feeling to these portraits. Not that Andre needs anything in addition to look hot. In fact, you can't wait for him to drop his towel, especially if when he looks at you like he does on these portraits while setting his teeth determinedly in a piece of candy. (hair and make up by Alexis Mercier).
Two sets in one by French photographer Mateo Armand. With bright colors and men such as Andre Selves and Fabien Ledentec that makes your heart do overtime. Could the summer get any hotter than that. I think it is safe to say, the heat is on. Literally. –BM-
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