by HANS FAHRMEYER
by HANS FAHRMEYER
The Greeks proposed the existence of five basic elements; fire, air, water, earth and spirit. Of the four physical elements, water is often thought of as the most powerful. The commanding liquid, especially in movement, has the ability to sustain life and just as quickly wash it away. On hot humid summer days, humans flock to beaches and dive into the ocean to cool, refresh and renew. Those on the East Coast of the US recently experienced the destructive power of this same body of water.
Water is the only physical element intrinsically linked to sex and sexuality. We use water before, to prepare. To wash our bodies, our skin, our genitals to be clean, fresh and free from odor to ensure we are presentable to our sexual associates. We use that same aquatic regimen after, as part of the conclusion. To once again clean up, this time not to prepare, but to remove any signs of what just transpired.
No matter what we put our bodies through, no matter how dirty we may become, water can generally make us again clean, at least on he outside.
Photographer Hans Fahrmeyer was born in Hamburg, Germany where he developed both his professional and artistic skills. After leaving Germany, he worked in Paris, Cannes and London. He immigrated to the US in 1979, establishing a studio in the West Village of New York City concentrating on portraits for private clients, agencies and the Performing Arts.
He has successfully combined great technical skill in all aspects of photography (black & white, color and digital) with creative inspiration devoted to presenting the human body as sculpture, concentrating on the interplay of content and light and shadow. He has achieved his own unique quality in the creative art form of capturing both male and female models, concentrating primarily on the male His photographs have been published in International publications including; Time, Newsweek, Harper's Bazaar, Vogue, Burda, Madame, Connoisseur, Opera Monthly, and Camera & Darkroom.
I have been fortunate to have Hans Fahrmeyer as a regular contributor to FH since 2009. Going back to my first feature with R Pierce water has been a crucial element in the artists work. His three previous books (Colors Of Men, Between Men and Women and Between Men) reflect his development as a photographer. In Water Moves, Fahrmeyer takes the viewer, through beautiful colorful images of the aquatic world of men not just with or in water but interacting with it. His use of body and water mirrors the effect of joining the static to the moving in a still image.
WATER MOVES features Fahrmeyer's signature blend of male beauty and raw sexuality with provocative images featuring many of the men, Santiago Peralta, Roman Sugatov, Phil Fusco, Nick Ayler, Marcel and dozens of others whose images from Hans have become the favorites of many.
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WATER MOVES by Richard D. Piper