Julian WestPhotographer Male Oakland, California, US
My MM URL: http://www.modelmayhem.com/mysticjulian
Mayhem # 833999
I use the human figure to evoke moods, suggest stories and explore personas, so as to create timeless, magical worlds that convey a sense of indomitable vitality.
Many of my photos explore a person's intimate bond with their environment, especially Nature - a spiritual source of energy that gets absorbed and re-radiated by those who inhabit it, explore it or dance in it. Sometimes, the interaction involves other elements, often surreal - including unusual structures, fire, moonlight or animals. A recent body of work explores the extraordinary fluidity and mystical quality of the underwater environment.
Other photos focus more closely on the body itself - how it creates form, light, texture and movement, or how it creates contrast with its surroundings.
Stylistically, my approach is to introduce elements, such as garments or color, only if they serve a purpose.
I often explore psychological aspects, especially a sense of longing or quest. At times, I capture the energy between people - in particular trust, vulnerability and ritual; in some cases, the interaction encompasses the viewer.
I work with the unique energy that a person emanates, and I seek out a spectrum of emotions, from introspective to exuberant, from serene to agitated, from serious to whimsical, from strong to vulnerable - often blended in ambiguous ways.