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PHOTOGRAPHY: “AUSTRALIA” BY MARK SEGAL

Posted on March 30, 2014

More often than not when a fashion shoot takes place within a natural environment, the photographer (or to be fair, the Art Director), doesn’t quite manage to capture that intrinsic synergy between the subject & their surroundings or show it within the final product, despite having fulfilled the creative brief & concept by producing a set of eye-catching images of this seasons finest. For me personally, that connection means everything.

Marc Segal marries Man (in this case Jarrod Scott) & Land (in this case his homeland Australia) so perfectly, that our slightly primitive & rather handsome model literally becomes one with the rugged landscape in the Australia editorial featured in the latest Vogue Hommes International, Spring/Summer 2014.

The physical aspects are simply breathtaking – the lush colour, the black & white post production, the tactful use of light, the gorgeous composition etc. But there’s something profoundly spiritual you feel when seeing this story as a whole which is what in my eyes sets this particular editorial apart.

Azza Yousif’s uncomplicated & rather “practical” styling (considering the context) of muddy worn denim, printed cardigans, folds, ribbed & perforated details from the likes of Calvin Klein, Haider Ackermann, Salvatore Ferragamo, BLK DNM, Phillip Plein & Zadig & Voltaire, harmonious mirror the native surroundings, whilst Jarrod gracefully meanders & mimics the moss covered roots of the trees surrounding his homeland. The aged & weathered barks merge seamlessly into the deep crevices of his chiseled torso & his body effortlessly nestles into the jagged alcoves of the rock formations like a missing piece from a puzzle – a unison of flesh & stone, two unrelated objects as one conveying a halcyon-like calmness, far from the weariness of our chaotic world.

If you hadn’t already guessed, I am in Love!

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