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."