Partners in life and partners at work, Ivan and Gabo are celebrating the male beauty in all its form through their lenses and create glam and sexy illusions, sometimes with a dark sense and other times with a trash aesthetics. The Argentinian couple is coming to YASS and they share their fantasies with us!
How would you describe yourself and your work?
We are two crazy fun guys , and our work is a reflection of that, mixed with a little of dark sense, and a bit of glam & trash aesthetics.
Where are from? Tell us a bit about you.
We are both born in Buenos Aires Argentina. As soon as we met each other, we discovered we had a passion for art and specially for photography. Around 2007 we started to take pics more professionally. In the beginning we were shooting our friends, but soon more people started to ask us for portraits.
Where do you find your inspiration and what do you prefer to photograph?
Anywhere, from nature to all kinds of arts ….. it’s really diverse. Now we are mainly focused in male nude photography as a group. Ivan is also very passionate for macro and nature photography.
What does the ideal model look like?
There’s not an ideal “look” is more an attitude issue, we work with all kind of bodies, ages, genders. Diversity is amazing, all kinds of beauty must be celebrated.
Talk to me about the pink aesthetics in some series of your work. What does pink symbolise and what is the message you want to portray through your pictures?
Its kind of a bittersweet story, we had one girlfriend, she was an amazing artist and activist, her name was Effy Mia, the last time we saw her was in one Pride march. She was recovering from her gender reassignment surgery and she was wearing a diaper. At the same time, she was holding a huge sign with a “PAMPERS” advertisement on, portraying girls’ pink diapers as “princess” ones and boys’ blue diapers as “champions” ones. It was a protest about how heteronormativity affects us since the time we are born. A few days after we discovered she committed suicide, so the pink series is an homage to her, with boys wearing only pink clothes.
How does LGBTQ+ culture influence you?
LGBTQ+ culture is about pushing limits, opening peoples minds, changing society, being more open and inclusive (at least in theory). We try to show that in what we do, not only in our art but in every aspect of our life
How does sexuality affect your work?
Our work is very explicit, we are not into “subtle nudes” or stuff like that, we love to mix very sexualised images with theatrical environment, images that look erotic but also scary sometimes. It depends on the moment and the series we are working on.
Have you ever captured your own fantasies during a photoshoot?
All the time, but mixed with other concepts and ideas.
How did your career start and when did you decide to become a photographer?
We had artistic interest before we met each other, including painting, writing and of course photography. And as soon we started to talk we discovered that we had many things in common, so we started to experiment taking pictures together, and before we even noticed, we were doing it almost all the time.
Have you ever been aroused during a photoshoot and how did you handle it?
Luckily no, most of our experiences with the models had been fun and very positive, we even made friendships with some of them.
Who are your inspirations and the people you admire?
The list is huge! One of the biggest ones is our friend Gianorso, he’s an amazing photographer, he was the fist one we saw making portraits of bears and big men, changing the concept where only “perfect” gym sculpted bodies are allowed to pose nude and be sexy. Also we are very much inspired by other masters of photography like Mapplethorpe, Ritts, Newton, and Avedon.
What is the first thing you intend to do when the quarantine is all over?
Go to visit our family and friends.
What is the beauty of the male body?
The variety of it. We are all beautiful no matter how different we are, everyone is unique in their own way.
Who would you like to work with?
We like to work with any LGBTQ+ artists, the mix of different disciplines could have amazing results.
How has social media boosted your career?
It is all around social media now , it is the way you show your work to the people, it is the link to them that allows a bidirectional interaction. Most people contact us to model by social media platforms. Unfortunately, it is getting more and more difficult for artist that work with nudity to have their work on social media now, especially for the LGBTQ+ community.
How has this pandemic affected you and your work?
Everything is paused now, all photoshoots are suspended, but i have been keeping doing costumes , especially for the “warriors” series and also, I have been thinking of new ideas.
What is the most common reaction of someone who has been photographed by you after seeing your pictures?
Most of them love the results, and the experience in general, because we create a fun and relaxed environment.
What are your future plans?
We want to start new series, the idea of making a “freak-show” inspired one has been in my head for a while now, we just need to make it real!