THE HUMAN BODY IS A PIECE OF ART CREATED BY NATURE AND HARDLY EVER EQUALIZED. MANY ARTISTS HAVE TRIED OF COURSE, AND SOME EVEN CAME VERY CLOSE. AND WHEN THEY DID IT WAS USUALLY WITH A STUDY OF THAT SAME ANATOMY. SUCH AS THE WORKS BY MICHELANGELO AND DA VINCI. BUT NO MATTER HOW SPECTACULAR MANMADE ART CAN BE, IT SIMPLY DOESN’T MATCH WHAT NATURE CREATES. SO SOMETIMES YOU JUST NEED TO LET NATURE DO THE JOB AND SIMPLY EMPHASIZE IT.
Ever since we started following Pascual Ibañez Sebastián he has demonstrated us he is a talented artist with a detailed look on human anatomy. His sensational work shows a clear understanding of the physique in all its beauty. Pascual seems to understand the true art of the human form. Yes, even respect it as an art form all by itself. And uses it to celebrate that beauty often by adding simply few accessories or the perfect lighting. For his series Tears, Silk & Rain he did exactly that. A series that, even though very different in approach, reminds us of his earlier Anatomy, Silk and Flowers.
Can there be anything more beautiful than the anatomy of man. The perfect hamony of bones, muscles and beautiful skin. The constant change when the subject moves, creating new shapes and forms, each single one of them a celebration of what nature has bestowed upon us. A male body. Sensual and strong, delicate and rough. If your objective is to glorify the male anatomy, how else to do it than compliment it with other natural wonders that in their own way demonstrate that same beauty and strength. For this exercise Pascual Ibañez Sebastián choose the softnessand sensuality of silk and the glistening transparency of water. Both delicate, unique and cherished products of nature, both steadfast and firm in their resistance and consistency. Just like the male body.
If we didn’t know Pascual Ibañez Sebastián was born and raised in the Spanish city Valencia, one might have thought he is a direct descendant of the Florentine artist Michelangelo. Though he is using light and his camera to capture his vision of the perfect male anatomy whereas the great Renaissance master worked with mallet and chisels, the result is the same: a perfect manifestation of the male form. His series Tears, Silk & Rain features Seve Montoro, a Valencian actor and model based in Madrid. The photos where taken in a simple bathroom and bedroom using backlight that gives the photos a sensuality that the model transmits to the camera. Pascual shows the human body in all its splendour. And, not surprisingly so, he once again succeeds. –BM-