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Men in Monochrome – with Josh S

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Two days and two different Joshs’! What are the odds? This shoot with Josh S is actually my second with him. When we sat down this morning with iced coffee, we figured out that our first shoot together was 1 year and 4 days prior. Apparently, we’re starting a July trend of him getting naked for my camera, and I’m definitely not sad about it. 

Before writing this post, I took a minute to read my post on our last shoot together. It’s lovely how much of this shoot was exactly like the last one; our connection was amazing, his smile was infectious and ever-present, our conversation was both sweeping in topics and effortless in nature. I think a difference this time was that we were both even more comfortable together from the get go. As soon as he walked in and used the washroom, he was naked and moisturizing his body while I made his iced coffee. If it were anyone else, it might feel weird, but it just felt really normal with Josh. 

Another difference between this shoot and the last is that this one was shot on my digital equipment versus a roll of film. That switch afforded us a differentiated experience in the aspect of instant feedback as well as being able to just continue shooting far beyond the 38 images I was at before. I put a limit on myself in film due to the cost of it, but today we just kept shooting together for almost 3 hours, save a few bio breaks. I actually took 256 images, narrowed that down to 69 favorites, and 27 of those made it onto the blog.

There’s a wide range of imagery here. There are images of me trying to shape daylight; there are images inspired by the art of others; there are images inspired by lust. Sometimes my process is to close my eyes, take a deep breath, open them and look at the scene with a revitalized eye, and there are images inspired by that fresh look. What I love about this shoot is that all the images are inspired. 

This is my third session this week, and each one has pushed me to create something a little on the fringe of my normal work. I fucking love that. I love that I’m actually not burning out right now; allowing my most creative self to flourish is helping me push myself out of my comfort zone on repeat, and I love it. 

I have a day off from shooting tomorrow, and instead of being excited about the break from the pressure to keep advancing, I’m actually kind of disappointed. But, at least I’ll get some things done around the house. LOL

As always, I hope you enjoy the images.

With Love, 

William