I met Howard one day last fall while I was out roaming the streets of Cleveland doing my street photography thing. I was waiting on the train at the West 65th Street station when this brown-skinned 23-year old cutie walked up to me and began asking questions about my camera. I could tell he was somewhat curious about the art of photography. And I was a bit surprised when he boldly pulled out his cell phone to show me some shirtless self-pics he had recently taken. I could see he was in excellent shape and was somewhat of an exhibitionist so I handed him my card and told him to give me a call if he was interested in shooting with me. A few weeks later he called and what you see here are the results of my time spent with him on a Saturday afternoon.
If I had to set forth a mission statement for my art, it would be to celebrate real men of all colors through the tasteful display of physique photography. I like to think of it as the MasculineCurves philosophy. The men I choose to shoot are REAL men who come from all walks of life. They've been business professionals, escorts, recovering substance abusers, former drug dealers, amateur bodybuilders, flight attendants, gay, straight, fathers, grandfathers -- you name it. Whenever I'm interviewing a potential model I'm always probing to understand his unique perspective on life. It's that unique perspective that provides me with my inspiration. It's that unique perspective I strive to convey in my art work.