All Images are the Copyrighted property of David Fagan 2003
Playgirl magazine just narrowed down all the guys who have ever appeared in the magazine - from the first issue to the current - and YVAN COURNOYER was chosen as one of the top twelve!
Not only was Yvan's body one of the twelve hottest - he was chosen for the cover to represent the group! CONGRATULATIONS YVAN!
This is Yvan's
fourth appearance in a Playgirl publication and damn - HE IS HOT!
The most recent one had him as one of the fifty hottest men in the
world, this new issue which chose him having the hottest bod is on
David Fagan: 'Capturing the dynamic
quality of the male physique'
The weekend after Easter I first met Yvan Cournoyer. We had a photo shoot scheduled in San Diego for Saturday morning, an event that would change my life. Ok, Im sure that sounds like hyperbole, but such occasions do happen. And, often, as may be the case with Yvan, the person who is the catalyst is completely unaware of the extent of his influence. Thats one reason Im particularly glad that you asked me to interview, so that I might have this opportunity to acknowledge my appreciation for Yvan and the debt I have to this man.
I have aspired to being a photographer since a kid when I first held in my hands a Brownie Hawkeye box camera. Life, captured on film and reproduced on paper, fascinated me and continues to do so. And as I grew and photographic technology grew, I soon became aware that the camera could be more than a recorder of history, that it could create art. That blending is what has drawn me to aspire to be a professional photographer.
yet find it a disconcerting to think of myself as a professional
photographer. Perhaps because I am not solely dependent on photography
for my living, but photography is definitely my lifes focus.
My first photographs were landscapes and city scenes. I enjoyed framing
slices of everyday life, and I still enjoy line and shape, the architectural
aspects of composition and those aspects are present in my work. However,
in the past two or three years, my sensibilities have changed, my
interests in subject matter has changed radically I think I
would say matured and my greatest ambition now
is to capture the dynamic quality of the male physique.
What I look for in a male model is first the mans musculature, the shape and form of the muscles that lie just below the flesh tones of the skin. In my pictures I hope to convey not simply the size or potential strength of those muscles Im not particularly fond of the massive bodybuilder physique I hope to present the beauty, the symmetry, the sensuality of the male form, a classic look with a contemporary view.
course, for this, you have to have the right model. And, for my interest,
Yvan Cournoyer is exactly that. Yvan possesses a physique that is
strikingly symmetrical, his musculature allowing for the dramatic
play of light and shadow over the muscles curves. He also possesses
a classic beauty. Now that term may not often be applied to men. More
often men are described as handsome or attractive, and both of those
terms would be appropriate for Yvan. But, from my perspective, a really
good model possesses beauty and not only in his physical characteristics
but also in his whole being. With the Greeks I believe that true beauty
in life is a balance between mind, body and spirit.
I guess, with the contemporary medium of the digital camera, Im seeking to do a similar thing -- to create an artistic rendition that, at a basic level, does homage to the models physical beauty.
But its not only the physical beauty that I want to portray. Im not interested solely in the exterior. A photograph is an intimate thing. So much so that there have been cultures that created a taboo against a camera capturing a persons image. Their fear was that the camera steals the individuals soul. And in a fundamental way, these cultures were right. In depicting human beings, the camera does have the potential to see inside the soul, to see and capture on film personality and passion as well.
Well, thats true IF the person being photographed has such depth, if the individual is open to revealing himself and alive to lifes passions. So this is another thing I look for in a male model. There are many men who may possess attractive, even strikingly beautiful or handsome features. Physiques that approach perfection abound. Ok, maybe not to the level of Yvans, but you know what I mean. There are lots of men with beautiful bodies. However, what interests me in a male model beyond his physical attributes is if he has a passionate nature, and, very importantly, if he is sufficiently comfortable with himself and the photo shoot to show that passion to the cameras lens.
Yvan has that ability. First, let me say that as a model Yvan is much more than his stunning physique and sensual aura. He is intelligent and highly articulate and, importantly for my interests, he is also confident in who he is, and, consequently, he has what I most want in a model he is capable of being vulnerable in front of the camera. He can allow his personality to flow through the cameras lens. Serious, humorous, even impish sometimes, and above all passionate, with a sense of the dramatic that I particularly like, Yvan allowed all of these aspects of his personality to be probed by my lens. He shared himself unreservedly. In fact, as this particular shoot developed, I found myself often following his lead as much as giving direction. It was a highly collaborative endeavor. I think I was very fortunate to have had the opportunity to photograph Yvan and hope we can do so again soon.
The photos with this article are by David Fagan and are not to be reproduced by any means. The photographs are copyright 2003 by David Fagan.
The photographer David Fagan lives in Houston, Texas. His pictures of Yvan may be seen at www.Queer-America.com and www.QueerSouthBeach.com , and soon at www.davidfagan.net where museum quality prints will be available in limited editions for private collectors.
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