Camera Work 2: Cody Caissie & David J Romero
Imbued with vulnerability and queerness, the work of these five photographers has been an inspiration and delight to our eyes this year. While we’ve made so secret of our appreciation for Cody Caissie, Tristan Harris, and David Romero in past issues, this time we’re also happy to introduce two new arrivals: queer-friendly Jérôme Bertrand, and photojournalist Anna Grigorian. We hope to see a lot more of all of them in publications and galleries near you.
- Simon Vermeulen as seen by Cody Caissie for 2B’s 10th Anniversary Issue
- David Romero’s “The Service” vernissage tonight
- ONE NIGHT STAND in Ottawa with 2B, RG & Être
Cody Caissie – “Frank Wolf, summer 2012”
Readers may already be familiar with Cody’s work from the “Leap of Grace” photoshoot that made the cover of our April 10th anniversary issue. An admirer of superstar photographer Annie Leibovitz, Caissie’s fashion portraits strive to convey some of the same gravitas that captures the person behind the mere moment. His sleek finish and flashy lighting are deliberate elements that he wants to develop as a fashion photographer “to create something beautiful.”
His idea of the perfect shoot? Canadian model Coco Rocha in New York City. In the meantime, here’s a teaser image from a superb series he took of 19 year-old web personality and androgynous Japanophile and self-made model Frank Wolf. We hope to keep seeing more of Cody Caissie’s work everywhere this year.
David Romero – “Vanilla Sideways” from Studies of Red in Colour and Black & White
“It’s basically artsy-porn,” the brilliant and eccentric Montréal-based imagist tells me of his latest series of nude photos of his new muse, Monegasque grad student Jérémy Feret. Already a familiar name in these pages from our very first Lifestyle issue (April 2011), David Romero has been published in North America and Europe and his work exhibited in group shows, but this year saw him kick it up a notch. The 30 ft-long photo installation he created for Concordia’s FOFA gallery display window in May was his most ambitious and zany project yet: using friends for models and his own baroque personal mythology, Romero remade Jan van Eyck’s 15th-century Ghent Altarpiece along with an in situ performance for the vernissage entitled “The Service”.
His latest project with Feret will feature “HD videos, sound recordings, golden showers, and some old-fashioned grooming and trimming… all that jazz,” he says of the series he hopes to show in Europe later this year. We like the play on words, even if there were some more explicit shots that could not be published here…