If the Bears are not the only subject around which revolve Vincent Keith’s photographs, they are his main inspiration as emblematic figures of a masculinity pilosity or some wrinkles does not frighten, and those few portraits bathing in a shade that lets light face the surface are the proof of it, as those hands holding out and those close-ups loaded with a rare sensuality.
London, England, United Kingdom
Interview with Vincent Keith
What message(s) do you want to express through your work?
I am compelled by the beauty in the strength in the male form. I am very interested in masculinity – in all of its many forms. I’m a pretty big man, and society has very ingrained views about people who are big, tall, hairy and strong. I disagree with most of them, and I hope my photography shows a different and equally valid side.Which artists inspire you? Who are your masters?
When it comes to nudes, I love the work of Blake Little, George Platt Lynes, Anderson & Low, Bill Brandt and Edward Weston amongst many others. I think that the theme that binds them all is clarity, clean and sharp imagery and beauty.What have you gained by being on the internet?
Being on the internet has allowed me to reach a much larger and more diverse audience than I could ever have hoped. I like the discipline that it brings because I feel that I only want my best work to be seen. I also like that fact that it has allowed me to be a part of a community of photographers and artists from all over the world – seeing all of their work has been very exciting and inspirational.Did the internet enable you to meet new models, to find new exhibit places?
The internet has been great for meeting new models, they see my work and contact me to see if I’m interested. I’m very picky about my models, so the extra attention isn’t always great, but that doesn’t really matter. As for shows, I will be doing one in Cologne in the fall, and that came about through the internet.What projects mean a lot to you at the moment?
At the moment I am doing more shoots to build my portfolio. I want to get to 100 men, which I believe will give me a very strong body of work. From that, I would like to consider doing a book. We will see.Could you tell us a few words about the place you live/work in?
I live in central London, which I enjoy very much, and I’m lucky enough to have a small photo studio at home, which is where I do most of my work.Words gathered in August 2006
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