These images fail to leave the mind. This is a masterwork!
David Vance is known to every lover of fine art photography. His list of monographs is rather astonishing – EROTIC DREAMS, HEAVENLY BODIES, TIMELESS, ATTRACTIONS PHOTOGRAPHS, VISIONS, THE ULTIMATE BOOK OF NUDES, THE WOODS – it is unlikely that there is any lover of great photography who doesn’t own at least one of these.
But even the most avid lover of David Vance’s work will be astonished by this most recent volume – JUNGLE FEVER.
The quality of models (always a plus with Vance’s curatorial eye), the selection of a theme that is one to which all can identify is carried through with every image, and the creativity in finding accoutrements from the jungle habitat to serve as props to enhance the composition of these brilliant photographs is a pinnacle for Vance.
These richly color saturated images are of nude men who are perfect examples of masculine culture who are placed in context with the jungle them in ways so imaginative that they defy description.
Palm fronds, lacerated leaves, wreaths of twisted branches, and actual jungle settings provide the atmosphere that displays the beauty of the men with lighting that embraces every object and model with steamy eroticism.
Some of the models are painted with tribal insignias and elements of garb that suggest primal origins. Other images focus on men who are obviously gifted athletes – suspended in air on a single bamboo pole or pose with various forms of waterfalls.
The images are obviously carefully posed in order to gain the most sophisticated ‘natural painting’, but unlike other photographers who elect to stage poses Vance keeps his models focused on the message of the book – Jungle Fever.
The first look at the book will doubtless be one of arousal, the second one of wonder at Vance’s technical and artistic skill, and the third – well, call it unforgettable after burn.