HARD HATS. CONSTRUCTION WORKERS. BUILDERS. YOU SEE THEM EVERYWHERE BUT YOU ARE PROBABLY SO USED SEEING THEM THAT YOU DON’T NOTICE THEM ANYMORE. AND THAT IS A REAL SHAME BECAUSE OFTEN THEY ARE DEFINITELY WORTH NOTICING. ESPECIALLY DURING THE SUMMER, WHEN THEY OFTEN WERE LESS THAN MORE.
True, you see them probably more often in the bigger cities. And it is also there that you overlook them more likely. Due to traffic, running errands, being busy. They however often don’t seem that busy. Not so busy at least to have a comfortable break, and a good look at the world, and people, around them. Of course it is a stereotype that builders spend more time having a break than that they actually work, but it is a nice stereotype and something to fantasise about.
London is such a big city where work always seems to be going on. Workmen are everywhere, doing their thing. Graham Martin noticed them and also thought that they often seem to be resting rather than working when they think nobody is looking. And when they do, Graham likes to think they are getting up to all kinds of naughtiness. And because Graham himself does not shy away from some naughty thoughts, he decided to let his own fantasy run wild and visualize his idea of London builders.
Graham Martin is passionate about the male form and has translated this in male photography for many years now. Though based in the UK, Graham doesn’t limit himself to British lads only. Models have travelled from every corner of the world to work with Graham. Graham martin’s work characterizes itself by his choice of models and the settings he creates. His portraits often display pure masculinity, both in person and the props used to create a certain ambiance. Whether it is leather gear, as he presented us in the BeautifulMag cover story Leather Underground, or simply workers outfits, Graham Martin always manages to create a sexual atmosphere, often where you least expect it.
Moving around in his city London, and noticing the many guys working in building, on the road or doing other outside construction activities, Graham Martin’s creative mind started to play around the London builder’s theme. He casted a handful of muscular men and placed them in different settings, only to realize that once you get into the theme, there are so many possibilities to choose from. Once the mind get’s going, there is no turning back. And so Graham decided to do more than just a series. Graham shot enough to fill a photo book: Hard Hats.
Hard Hats shows Graham Martin’s builders. And whether they are actually working or not, according to Graham they are always busy. If not with each other than with their tools. On roofs, in alleys, on construction sites, in parks… you name it. No place is sacred and no man is safe for Graham Martin’s Hard Hats. Hard Hats shows us a glimpse of what we all imagine might happen within the closed surface of a construction site. Hard Hats lifts a tip of the veil of the secret fantasies we have when we see a half undressed road worker drilling concrete. Hard Hats offers the ultimate answers to all the questions we might have about what builders actually do when they are seemingly not doing anything. -BM-