I just ran across a new (to me) photographer’s work that I though ya’ll would be interested in. Since I will undoubtedly be ripping off some of his pictures to illustrate articles on my blog in the future I thought the least thing I could do would be to provide a link to his site, and his work.
Ricci’s images are evocative of Caravaggio’s work, the play of shadow and light captured by his lens transcends the erotica genre of male anatomy; his photographs depict powerful imagery of masculine energy, they are captivating works that celebrate the beauty of man. And it doesn’t hurt that his models are all Asian men, fit, buff, and in the prime of their youth.
In his own words the photographer says, “I have become regarded as a photographer of the male nude, although it is not the male nude per se that interests me. What excites and fascinates me and motivates my explorations of the innate aesthetic beauty of the male body are the very same elements of image-making that have obsessed western artists for centuries: the interplay of light and form.”
In addition to being published in a number of international art magazines and fine art photography books, Ricci’s male nude photographs are held in galleries and private collections throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. His website spotlights approximately 100 pieces of his work; all images appearing thereon are available for purchase as fine art gallery quality prints.
Text on the site is limited to the home page, where it notes that ‘Dylan Ricci restores the male nude to its rightful place in the world of fine art photography by recapturing the purity and formality pioneered by Imogen Cunningham, Edward Weston and other master photographers of the 1920s and 30s.’
The artist lets his images do the speaking for what follows, a stunning collection of photographs that often rely on the male form rather than facial expression to set the mood and tone. Says Ricci, “My interest in partial views and extreme or unusual poses was born from the realization that the power of the face, with its countless associations and expressions, often betrays the pure aesthetic and sculptural qualities of the human body.”
His mastery in exploring the nude male as an object of art is comparable to that of Mapplethorpe or Herb Ritts, though in my opinion his work better captures the underlying beauty of his models. Browsing through his photographs is well worth your time:
(Your computer may show a Check Point warning when his site comes up; that is because it is new to the web, not because it has been flagged for containing harmful viruses.)