NO MATTER WHERE YOU LIVE, ALL CITIES, TOWNS AND YES, VILLAGES HAVE ONE THING IN COMMON. THEY ARE ALL CROWED WITH WHAT ONES CALLS STREET FURNITURE. WHICH IS BASICALLY A NICE WORD FOR SIGN POLES, TRAFFIC LIGHTS AND ARTISTIC AND OTHER UNSIGHTLY ELEMENTS ELEMENTS THAT ARE OFTEN PLACED MORE FOR THE PLEASURE OF THE CITY GOVERNMENT THAN ITS INHABITANTS. WE HAVE GOTTEN USED TO THEM THOUGH. YOU DON’T REALLY NOTICE THEM ANYMORE AS THEY INTEGRATED ON OUR DAILY LIFE. UNLESS ONE GIVES A VERY DIFFERENT USAGE TO THOSE EVERYDAY AND ANONYMOUS OBJECTS.
Thomas Haywood started taking photos at the age of 13 and tuned pro in 2006. His first endeavour was wedding portraits. Though applying a high professional quality, he would give them away to friends as wedding presents. Needless to say, it was much appreciated. From there Thomas moved on and developed skills in all kinds of photographic disciplines. What he calls generic, we sum up as portraiture, nudes, fireworks, landscapes and, obviously as he is displayed here, the male form. Now at the age of 42, Thomas strives to get a spontaneous sensation in his work: “I think that part of the relationship between Model and Photographer plays a vital part in getting good images. If both are having a good laugh doing the shoot, then the photos will shine through.”
Born and raised in England, Danny Charge now lives in Scottland since 8 years already. At 28 Danny is an accomplished photographer who has many prestigious awards signed to his name, including an award for Scotland’s most creative photographer. But Danny is the kind of guy who likes to defy gravity and do things the other way. And so, where often models turn photographer, Danny decided to put his camera to rest and place himself in front of the lens. In other words, Danny Charge became a male model. Like Thomas Haywod, Danny likes to busy himself with all kinds of photography. He is available for casual street and fashion to very classy nudes. Now modelling isn’t enough for a lively person such as Danny Charge and so he found another physical outlet for his creativity. Danny Charge is also a male pole dancer at competition level.
Pole dancing has become a huge part in Danny Charge’s life. Not only does he enter pole dance competitions, he also created a Facebook community under the name Urban Pole UK, dedicated to outdoor pole art using everything and anything the streets have to offer. Danny explains: “I love to be outdoors and my favourite activities involve climbing free, running urban pole (of course) and cycling.” Fitness is the key to Danny’s happiness and helps him to keep a strong and tones body which he is also not ashamed to show of at Buff Butlers Scotland. Exacty, that is where you knew him from.
With Thomas Haywood’s talent to shoot landscapes, both urban and rural, and Danny Chrarge’s ability to defy gravity wherever he goes, it could not have been otherwise than that a cooperation between the two skilled guys would result in a very special set of images. A set of images that add a whole new dimension to everyday street scenes, and a whole new meaning to straat furniture. –BM-
THOMAS HAYWOOD | BEAUTIFULMAG
DANNY CHARGE | BEAUTIFULMAG