Friday, October 30, 2009

MY GOLDEN PIRATES-COSMO MACDONALD

Earth wind, self portrait with paint

Our Second in a Series: Model Cosmo MacDonald
From a Distance—London to New York

MY GANG OF

GOLDEN PIRATES:

THE PHOTOGRAPHY OF

COSMO MACDONALD

Full Name: Cosmo MacDonald

Age: 21

Homebase: London, England


How did you first fall in love with photography?

I ran around like crazy exploring this life, this consciousness. My father, who paints, and my mother, who gardens, gave me a camera and I started taking photos of what was around me.


Your work is quite personal, usually about love, friends and the physical landscape surrounding you. Why are you drawn to this subject matter?

It's easy to forget just how special this second, minute and day is in our lives, just being here, a celebration of life. My friends are great, my gang of golden pirates. Getting high and going on wild adventures. A creative freedom oozes out of us when we are together.


How did you learn photography? Was it through observation when modeling? Which photographer's work inspires you?

My father is an artist. I remember watching him as a little kid photographing his big canvases outside. He had this sequence photograph of four snaps showing his friend: in a big black coat, wild orange hair, smashing an old Tuscan vase on the verandah and looking onto Tuscan fields. That really inspired me. There were always cameras around. I enjoyed taking photos. I guess I learned shooting through adventure and my father.

There is a great group of photographers I am inspired by: Bruce Weber, Dash Snow, Peter Lindbergh, Miroslav Tichy, Harmony Korine, Man Ray, Richard Avedon, Larry Clark and Basquiat. The surrealist movement inspires me a lot as well: Marcel Duchamp, Jackson Pollock, Salvador Dali, Aurel Bauh and Francis Bacon.


Which do you prefer-modeling or shooting?

I find inspirations in both equally.


Rainbow Ridge


What is your view of the modeling industry?

Fashion is a strange world. Pretentious grandeur is not really my thing. I don't really know that much, the mood can be pompous and patronizing. That should change. People shouldn't be working their asses off for nothing, for fashion's sake.


What has been the highlight of your modeling career thus far?

Shooting with Bruce Weber for Italian Vogue was special.


Is photography the direction you see yourself

heading after modeling?

Photography for sure. Visuals and music keep me alive.


We are seeing more and more models getting into photography. Is it easier to break into the industry, since, as a model, your foot is already in the door? Does having good looks make the process easier?

It's a world where aesthetics rule, a facade. This consumerism vacuum, this idea of flawless beauty is bombarding us everywhere we look.

There are a lot of talented people out there. I guess modeling does open up some doors to these different worlds. These days, anyone can be a photographer, it is much more accessible nowadays with digital photography. If anything, I hope it inspires new creative ideas and ways of collaboration.


How did you enter the world of modeling? If you hadn't, where would you be doing today? Would your life be very different?

I was working at shop in Hampstead on my lunch break, buying some pita and hummus in Tesco. This young lady was talking on the phone, then hung up and walked up to me. That was it. It came very randomly. Modeling never crossed my mind at all. For me, it had always been photography and going out. If I hadn't entered modeling, I would probably be in Argentina riding a Triumph motorbike to the shack on the hill.


Cosmo, Self Portrait


Traveling is always a big plus for any model. Which of the places you've visited were your favorites? Where would you like to go that you haven't been?

Naples was amazing. I would love to go to places like Madagascar, Africa, and Argentina.


What is your dream camera?

A fucked up dreamcatcher.


What is your craziest memory of shooting?

The English countryside, in some distant wood, completely wasted in the dawn fog. My friends ran down the green hill. I thought I was in Tibet, high up.


Your have been making short films for quite a while. How do you come up with the concepts?

It's the Psycho Honey Breeze—View one of the film below.

For additional films, please visit: www.cosmoalexander.blogspot.com


Define Psycho Honey Breeze.

Lust, harmony, freedom, youth, and hallucinogenics.


MY FAVORITE IMAGES:

BENONI DAN POOL—In Milan, after a striking hot day of castings,

at my friend Benoni's hotel pool with Dan swimming,

feet dangling in the water, smoking cigarettes, drinking cold beer.


FLETCHER SUNDAY SUBSCRIPT—On a placid sunday, my

housemate is tranquilized in Xanax state.

We just smoked a joint. There he sat perfectly still, healing in the sun.

I don't think he even knew I was there.


69.jpg—My friends were all hanging out at my flat in London,

drinking whiskey and taking uppers. Everyone else was in the living

room dancing, Tatiana and Naomi were in the bed with Errol.

His girlfriend and the other girls came in and asked, "So what's going on in here?" It was a real funny moment. The pineapples came out that night.


CATHARTIC STRANGE—This was my first shot I took on a medium

format Mamiya 665e. Magnolias, fresh wind, long, skinny legs

under all the magnolia tress.


DAMA 4—Amanda and Marlee, beautiful and amazing couple,

playing in a small park on the monkey trees.

Looking out to London town. Gripping it by its balls.

In warmth of love and youth.


CORRUPT FRANCO—A collage I did in Milan. It just accidentally

came together in spirit of Italian corrupted politics,

and how grandeur can bring loneliness.


SUNG TOGETHER—At a dark sea during blue dusk, sitting out

in the garden with my friend, Giorgia, having tea and cake, and

nostalgia ripped through us. It was in this five story Georgian house

in Fitzrovia. My mum's friends had kindly let her stay while she was in London.


MARYAM AFTER SCHOOL—We realized we were neighbours.

We had coffee. We decided to have her dressed up in my clothes and

went down to the blue wall where the wind was blowing.

AGENTS:

Christophe Sanchez-Vahle/Premier Model Management (UK); Agel Raya/NY Models (US)
MODEL: Cosmo MacDonald/Premier (UK) & New York (US)
IMAGES: Cosmo MacDonald-www.cosmoalexander.blogspot.com
CONCEPT/PRODUCER/CASTING: John Tan
COPY EDITOR: Brady Donnelly
Special thanks to Christophe Sanchez-Vahle at Premier (UK) for his long distance support and Agel Raya at New York Models (US) for Stateside support and to Cosmo MacDonald for providing and sharing his photography for this feature.

BE KIND REWIND: LOVE IS THE DEVIL

As featured in WestEast Men Magazine-
A Spring/Summer 2009 Story
Vintage hooded sweatshirt by Helmut Lang;
vintage veil by Dior Homme; fishnets by Wolford
Left page: Vintage hooded hat by Raf Simons; tee shirt by Jockey;
trouser by Dior Homme; vintage wrap scarf, stylist's own
Right page: Jeans by Levi's
Dress by John Galliano; leather biker jacket by THECAST
Left page: Coat, sneakers by Converse by John Varvatos;
jeans by Cheap Monday
Right page: Tuxedo by Agnes B.; shirt by Jean Paul Gaultier;
scarf by Converse by John Varvatos
Left page: Wetsuit by Quiksilver; distressed tee, stylist's own; boots, model's own
Right page: Vintage hooded sweatshirt by Helmut Lang;
vintage veil by Dior Homme; fishnets by Wolford

AGENT: Gene Kogan/DNA
IMAGES: Bell Soto-www.bellsotostudio.com
FASHION EDITOR/CASTING: John Tan
MODEL: Marcel Castenmiller/DNA
Special thanks to Gene Kogan and everyone at DNA Men's Board for their support.

CLOTHING:
Quiksilver-www.quiksilver.com
Jean Paul Gaultier-www.jeanpaulgaultier.com
Converse by John Varvatos-www.converse.com
THECAST-www.thecast.com
Levi's-www.us.levi.com
Helmut Lang-www.helmutlang.com
Raf Simons-www.rafsimons.com
Dior Homme-www.diorhomme.com
John Galliano-www.johngalliano.com
Jockey-www.jockey.com
Wolford-www.wolford.com
Cheap Monday-www.cheapmonday.com
Agnes B.-www.agnesb.com

Saturday, October 17, 2009

SELF-PORTRAITIST-MARKO BROZIC

Our First in a Series: Model Marko Brozic
From a Distance—London to New York

SELF-PORTRAITIST:
MARKO BROZIC

Full Name: Marko Brozic

Age: 23

Homebase: London, England

From the photography series-With A Bit Of Green


What were you doing prior to modeling?

I was studying graphic design and working for a mobile company.

What are your future plans after modeling?

I would like to continue pursuing graphic design in the near future.

What are some graphic designers that inspire you?

At the moment, I really like the work of Kenya Hara because of his simple but very effective designs, and his use of clean lines and the minimal use of color in his designs. The combination of a neutral color palette and refined style lines is very elegant and appealing.

Tell us about your self-photography series. You have been shooting them for quite a number of years. Could you tell us how you decided to start the series and what the photos mean to you personally?

I started taking pictures of myself when I first got a mobile phone with a camera about four years ago. I took pictures to upload them on various internet communities that were increasing in popularity at that time. I wanted to have different, more original pictures, so I experimented with concepts, poses and compositions.

After I experimented with the mobile phone, I progressed to a basic family-range digital camera, I have not upgraded yet to a more professional camera as I still like the results from the one I still have.

I do self-portraits with the intention to develop aesthetic pictures of myself and to discover my body through the camera.


From the photography series-The Real Ketchup Suicide


Reviewing your portfolio, we noticed that photographers and fashion stylists love to feature you as a chameleon in editorials, from wearing the formal to the outlandish. If you were given free reign, describe your preferred character and locations for the assignment.

I think a shepherd would be interesting, placed in some old village in the amazing landscapes of Scotland. The dramatic scenery at various locations around Scotland could produce some excellent shots and portraits using the theme of the shepherd. I like the character of a shepherd because I like nature and rural ways of living, and also it would be a perfect escape away from the city.

You are originally from Slovenia. What's life like in Slovenia vs. living in London now?

Slovenia is a really small country with only a population of around two million people compared to the massive population of London. Life there is less stressful because life is slower. London is much more stressful but there are lots of opportunities and more things to see and do. I like life in Slovenia, but for me, I prefer life in London. In London, you get to meet people from various cultures and backgrounds unlike back home in Slovenia.


From the photography series-Hyper Relax


MY FAVORITE THINGS

1. Your memory of your favorite day.

I don't have one favorite day in particular, but I have a lot of nice memories that I keep in my mind.

2. Your favorite shoot to date and why was the shoot memorable for you.

It is difficult for me to choose because there are quite a few. I prefer shoot with a strong creative vision.

The most memorable was my first shoot for Dazed & Confused because I found the process of shooting fascinating, from setting up the lights, styling the clothes to hair/makeup and how long it requires to capture a shot perfectly.

3. Your favorite pastime.

I like jogging, watching movies—comedies or indie films—cook (Italian) and hanging out with my friends.

4. Your favorite dream destination

Iceland, because of the beautiful nature and unique people, and because I think it is quite a relaxing and diverse country.



5. Five of your personal favorite items you cannot leave home without and why.

NIKE SPORT BAG

The bag is spacious and waterproof. It protects all my items inside from the common rainy weather in London.

MOBILE

Must I explain? Can't anyone live without one?

IPOD

Contains all my favorite music: from pop, rock to mostly jazz. I listen to music while I am on the go, all the time.

NOTEBOOK

I love the art of keeping a journal. It is a great memory tool.

WALLET

I received the wallet as a gift. It is a bit worn but it has sentimental value for me.


From the photography series-jhvbl


AGENTS:
Christophe Sanchez-Vahle/Premier Model Management (UK)
Rodger Mikhaiel/Major (Paris)
MODEL: Marko Brozic/Premier (UK) and Major (Paris)
IMAGES: Self-Portraits by Marko Brozic
CONCEPT/PRODUCER/CASTING: John Tan
TEXT EDITOR: Jonathan Shia
Special thanks to Christophe Sanchez-Vahle at Premier (UK) and Rodger Mikhaiel at Major (Paris) for their long distance support and to Marko Brozic for providing and sharing his self-portrait photography for this feature.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

OBSERVE LA LUNA






AGENTS: Jason Rotan/Ford-Jesse Simon;
Andy Shane/Thomas Hassler/Next-Alisa Post;
Kevin Taylor/ReQuest-Oscar Garnica;
Michael Whittaker/DNA-Jaga Gajewska;
Alex Goldson/Fusion-Jody Gordon
IMAGES/VIDEO DIRECTOR: Bell Soto-www.bellsotostudio.com
PRODUCER/CASTING: John Tan
VIDEO EDITOR: Peter Hastorf
SOUNDTRACK: Jonathan Geer-www.jonathangeer.com
GROOMING/MAKEUP: Hiro Yonemoto for Lancome-www.hiroshiyonemoto.com
MODELS: Jason Rotan/FORD; Andy Shane/Next;
Thomas Hassler/Next; Kevin Taylor/ReQuest;
Alex Goldson/Fusion; Michael Whittaker/DNA
Special thanks to the models, agents, their respective agencies and most importantly, our creative team.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

THE INSIDER-Model/Artist Joseph Culp

What you didn't know...

The Artistic World of Joseph Culp


12 QUESTIONS WITH

JOSEPH CULP

Full Name: Joseph Culp

Age: 21

Homebase: NYC

How long have you been modeling: 2 1/2 years


1. When did your love for illustrating began?

From a young age really, my sister would read Dinotopia and I'd look at the pictures, but I really got into it around the end of freshman year in high school.

2. Who are some of your favorite artists that you are heavily influenced by?

Craig Mullins, John Singer Sargent, John Harris, Jaime Jones, Frank Frazetta, James Gurney, Richard Schmid, Frederick Church and Glenn Vilppu-the list goes on and on. Maybe in 70 years of constant work I can be half as good as any one of them.

3. Do you recall your very first drawing that you did that you love? What was the subject matter?

I drew a pretty awesome picture of a Saturn-V rocket lifting off when I was in second grade.

4. There's a dream-like, narrative quality to your work. The artworks are mainly consist of abstract, sci-fi fantasy and video games imagery. Are they purely from your imagination/dreams or are they based loosely on existing characters or fictional events?

Both, I just draw what I have fun drawing, sometimes its direct observation, sometimes its more narrative—just whatever is fun and evokes a feeling!


5. How often do you draw? What medium do you use to create your artwork? How big do your drawings tend to be?

I try to draw as often as possible, and want to draw more and more. Most of what I've done has been digital, painted in PS or in Painter, really getting into acrylics/charcoal lately though, real paint is the best way to learn (I have some gouache laying around here too, it needs a try). Most of the digital ones get painted big (3000 pixels usually) and scaled down, with acrylic I paint smaller cause I'm still getting the hang of it, and want to focus on the big value shapes rather than get swallowed up in detail noodling.

6. Most artistic works tends to be quite autobiographical or semi-biographical, could you share with us some of your thought process behind some of your favorite artworks? Why are they more special to you than others?

I think I try to live through all of them really, like pretend I'm there vicariously or something, but some I do better than others and those are the ones where I'm having fun. The most recent painting I did was of a big blue building set in some city, I kept thinking of Seoul or Tokyo, as those are some of my favorite places I've been. Painting is a visual language, and the best works communicate a desired thought or feeling from painter to viewer...I'm still learning this, will probably take 50 more years before I know what I'm saying!

7. It was fun spending an afternoon photographing you and seeing your artwork. We also had the pleasure of meeting your beautiful girlfriend, Hannah as well. She is featured in your drawings quite often. How does "falling in love" affected you and your artwork? Are we going to see a different side to your 'inner world of art'?

Falling in love is great for my artwork because the more love, the better the art. For it to really work you have to love painting and love the subject, so it works out that I'm in love! (especially if I paint a picture of Hannah) I think we see a different side of my 'inner world of art' everyday, since I really don't know what I'm doing!



8. If a book publisher will gave you an opportunity to create/illustrate an original concept for a illustrated fantasy book, could you give us a possible synopsis for it? What would the illustrated book be about? What would be the title for your illustrated fantasy book?

Since I suck at writing the book will be doomed! But I think I would do a book on the workings and ways of some massive futuristic city, cause that would be fun to explore. I like to walk around New York and try to amp up the visuals in my brain, make stuff more appealing based on sounds and designs...Usually I end up seeing things alot bigger and grander, lots of dust clouds and lava in the subway. As for the title? Can't come up with anything that doesn't sound too cliche!

9. You use a combination of mixed media and digital technology in your artwork. How would you like to envision the future for artists? Will artists still be creating paintings with canvases or do you see a revolution in the ways artists will interpret art?

Well, I think the camera changed things when it came along, and the way people express their artistic impulse is always changing for different reasons. I think if people keep having fun, learning, and creating we will all be just fine, no matter how we do it. I think people just don't want art to be lazy and easy to achieve, they want it to be a struggle. Usually the struggle is about not understanding though, instead of it just being hard to put paint on. Real paintings will always hold great value though, they are awesome.

10. We have to cover some questions regarding modeling but with a twist: How would you like to see changes be made to the wonderful world of modeling in terms of runway and presentation?

I think lots of changes could be made, but it's all about $$$. Wouldn't it be cool to have robot models? Or venues that are more interesting and interactive with the guests? I don't know how, mind you, but fashion, while based in the clothing, is about more than just clothing. I think clothing represents lifestyle (a second skin) and the venues could be amped up to reflect that...somehow.



11. You have been modeling for a number of seasons now. What do you enjoy the most about your profession now with all that you know?

The chance to adventure and explore, meeting interesting characters along the way. I don't remember many shoots or shows, but I remember vividly all the traveling and adventuring involved with going to new cities and countries.

12. What would be the highlight, as a model, to date? Which modeling project you have done would you say is as close to getting the same satisfaction from creating your artwork?

Probably this! That's cheating though since it involves the artwork...hmm, its hard to say since modeling isn't such a creative job (everyone else on set is being creative though). I enjoy many jobs, have a lot of fun, but it just can't compete with the joy I get from painting!

Bonus Question: What's your motto in life?

"Do your best!" also "Work hard. Play hard. Eat hard."

My best friend enlightened me with that second one.


JOSEPH CULP'S PERSONAL FAVORITES

1 I like how this one turned out because I like a peaceful night, this was when I first started thinking about the big shapes being so important as well, and it ended up coming together nicely.
2 This character is based on my favorite little legoman I played with as a kid (still am a kid I guess). Yes, it's the ice explorer dude with the transparent orange chainsaw, pretty self explanatory why that's awesome. Its my dream to get paid thinking about such things.
3 This is a scene where two armies are facing off, one side civilized, knightly guys and the other a horde of evil barbaric conquerors. I guess the bad guys aren't doing too well cause why would they be having peace talks?
4 This is the city-scene mentioned in a question earlier, I was thinking of some of those awesome Asian cities, and Blade Runner also (did I mention I love Syd Mead?). So this is what ended up on the canvas.

PIRATE JOE: JOSEPH CULP'S SELF PORTRAIT
HANNAH LEE: AN ARTIST'S PORTRAIT OF HIS MUSE
IMAGES: Sebastian Vikkelsoe-Pederson-www.sebastianvikkelsoe.com
CONCEPT/PRODUCER: John Tan
TEXT EDITOR: Jonathan Shia
Special thanks to Jody Gordon and Fusion for their help and support.
To Hannah Lee for being there for Joseph.