This is my first post on my web site. If you happen upon it, please check back. This is not representative of a standard post you will find here. At the moment I’m still getting this site and my head together. This first post is sort of test.
I decided to write a brief post about the work of an artist who I quite admire – Walt Cessna.
Walt Cessna has led a fascinating life in both the arts and fashion. As well as the twists and turns that life can take us on whether we want to go on them or not. He has recently published an exceptional book:
FUKT 2 START WITH SHORT STORIES & BROKEN WERD by Walt Cessna
I highly recommend it. His “broken werds” carry power and are potent.
However, it is his work as a photographer that I most admire. While he began as a model and then a fashion photographer, his work has evolved into something that defines genre. Gay? Yes. Overtly Sexual? Yes. Erotic. Yes. Neurotic? Yes (the best erotica is always neurotica) Pornographic? Depends on your perspective. Brilliant? Most certainly – YES.
What strikes me about Cessna’s photography is his unrestrained devotion to subjects that attract him. His photographs are like invitations into his erotic interests and, from time to time, his despair and vulnerability.Self-Portrait NYC 2010 Photograph by Walt Cessna
Walt Cessna’s use of light, shadow, composition and perspective are unique and alluring. The subjects he photographs are always compelling. And, the people he captures in these photographs are at once so many things: Beautiful, broken, strong, weak, sexy, perverse, innocent, charming, dangerous, rough, soft, fucked-up, highly intelligent, hot, cold, distant, close – to sum it up — Walt Cessna’s lens brings humanity to the front. There might be a fetish of clothing or some other item, but what lingers is the feeling that we get a sense of knowing these subjects. And, perhaps even more crucial, these models are people that most of us can relate to on some level.Daniel Ford TN 2011 Photograph by Walt Cessna
Danimal in a t-shirt by Scooter LaForge SF 2011 Photograph by Walt Cessna
Everic & Carlo NYC 2011 Photograph by Walt Cessna
Erotic photography doesn’t have to only be about leading the viewer to “getting off” — it can be a way for the viewer to get his or herself in ways that many never contemplate. Like all great art, Walt Cessna is holding up the mirror.Self-Portrait NYC 2011 Photograph by Walt Cessna
You only need to look at the reflections he has captured to experience the emotions emerging from the images.
Please note that the above photographs are Photography by Walt Cessna and are copyrighted. For more information or to purchase prints or his new book please visit the following Walt Cessna sites: