Water, Shorts, & Beauty

Black Yimps Shorts at Pool

In reviewing the proofs from our photoshoot, I have noticed some tendencies and predispositions:

  1. I like water.
  2. The shorts should look great in each shot.
  3. The image should be beautiful.

Water - Water seems to have a natural connection with luxury and leisure. Resorts. Beaches. Pools. Hot Tubs. We don’t necessarily try to depict Yimps as trunks per se, but in the anthropology of clothing, Yimps seem to be indigenous to water & pool settings. And of course, a quick dip never hurt a pair. Water makes things beautiful. If a woman is pretty, then a woman at the beach is more pretty. If shorts look good on a man, then those shorts look better on a man in a pool. Water is relaxation; it breathes like a slow tide. And a body immersed in water is completely mobile - free to move across three dimensions, but not rushed to do so. Water is a dreamstate fluid - an environment of escape. Once the photos are released, you’ll see how our use of water brought some otherwise unattainable geometry into our shots.

Shorts - This probably seems obvious, but it’s important to ensure the shorts look good in the photos. A photographer must juggle dozens of physical elements in staging each shot and capturing the moment, making it easy to overlook the raison d’etre. Countless times I have staged a shot and burned time, only to look at proofs and see that the shorts looked askew or wrinkly, or otherwise awkward.

Variables still vary. Things still fall apart. And a February pool party should have been by all calculations a disastrous affair.

Like a good recipe, beauty has a few ingredients: Shapes & lines, color & light composition, and the natural beauty of the subjects.

Beauty - Like a good recipe, beauty has a few ingredients: Shapes & lines, color & light composition, and the natural beauty of the subjects. I can’t wait to unveil some of the underwater shots - the shapes & lines offer such unique movement. When Michelangelo sculpted the human form out of slabs of marble, his chief talent was depicting sweeping motion out of a perfectly stationary object. It’s all about the lines & shapes. And with our water shots, I wanted to capture that level of motion - Baby Blue Trunks at the beachthe free flowing forms of two people coming together in a floating embrace. You have to relinquish control under water. Hair strays. The bodies sway with the movement of the pool. And managing those variables makes it all the more exciting to capture a good shot. Of the three items above, point #3 is of critical importance to me. Not every shot has to highlight the shorts. And certainly not every shot has water. But every shot must depict beauty, or in its own way, BE beautiful. It might be intelligent, witty, thoughtful, or symmetrical. Or it might just have stunning models. But every shot should make an impression. You want to be the man wearing these shorts. And this is the woman who will love you when you wear them.

March 31, 2015 by Matt Riley
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