Wessel O’Connor is very pleased to present
THE COMPANY OF MEN, a solo exhibition by photographer Blake Little.
This is his first new work for the gallery since his 1997 series
of nudes entitled “Dichotomy,” which also became a book
with the same title.
Blake explains how the project started: “I wanted to start
a new series yet I was bored with photographing nudes, I wanted
to take photographs that captured the strength and integrity of
each individual, distilling exactly what I find compelling about
men into a photograph without showing everything. I also wanted
to document a particular type of masculine gay male that I appreciated
and related to but that I did not see photographed anywhere else;
an alternative to stereotypes or what is usually seen as the physical
ideal of a man in the mainstream.
I started photographing my friends and then friends of friends all
over the country. I was able to connect with this large network
of men who share similar sensibilities. I photographed them using
the same process that I have developed over the past 20 years as
a celebrity portrait photographer but WITH several important differences
. I photographed them completely on my own ,with only natural light
, in their own clothes and in their own homes (or near where they
live), choosing environments that complemented the subject or told
a story. I photographed these guys more instinctively, reacting
to the way they made me feel.”
Blake Little works as a photographer based in Los Angeles. He photographs
actors, athletes, politicians and celebrities for magazines such
as Time, ESPN, Parade and Entertainment Weekly, as well as shooting
advertising campaigns for films including “Get Smart”,
"Austin Powers" and "Borat."
Patrick, Los Angeles, CA 2003