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I only post occasionally here but in the sidebar you can connect to my two principal sites - my blog (where I talk about my work and pay tribute to artists who excite me) and my Yahoo! Group (where you can join my mailing list, read my stories and see my latest pictures).

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hank you for your interest and support.
Mitchell (updated Aug 2017).

Friday, 23 January 2015

Wet 2

Cory Mason photographed by Pat Lee
This heroic image uses water, not to reveal a man's physique, but to create an impression of toughness and resilience which Cory Mason's rugged profile seems completely right for. I find the hair on the point of his chin, seen as an outgrowth and not part of his profile embarrassingly cute!

The impressive, voluptuous dimensions of his chest muscles are flatteringly enhanced by the drawn back singlet (which seems to be squeezing them forward) and by the bright highlight tracing their outline. There's a similar 'bulking up' effect with his right arm and lower torso, which is actually more narrow-waisted than it seems at first sight.

 Pat Lee also cleverly uses the light here to capture the droplets of water cascading down Cory's torso and also the hair on his body to the point that you can't tell them apart. There's a similar (dry) hairy phenomenon in my post on Dmitri for Bad Puppy. 
The upward looking angle gives the hero authority and together with the water spattered on the camera lens draws us into the scene (I wish!). The addition of a water tower looming menacingly in the background like some alien robot (and seen by us but not by the hero) is witty. It draws the threads of the image together.
If you have a look at Pat Lee's website you'll see he has a knack for capturing rugged masculinity which is not totally dependent on muscularity.