By Haris Giannouras
Rick Castro is an iconic figure in the world of bondage and sado-masochistic sex photography, a kind of a modern day Marquis de Sade who explores and captures even the darkest and most vulgar sites of human sexuality.
For the aw14 Rick Owens menswear campaign he recruited models aged from 65 till 90, placed in a dark cold background, dressed in total leather outfits, high knee black boots, oversize long T-shirts and headpieces resembling a goth inspired burka.
The most interesting and mesmerizing about Catsro’s work is not only the way he created an ideal atmosphere for Owen’s collection, an aesthetic frame in a direct dialogue with the designer’s signature expressive vision, yet also how he managed to overcome the limits of a fashion presentation and approach that of a pure art creation.
His dark fetish monks, either starring directly into the lens or turning their backs against it, can’t help but bring in mind images from a medieval fairy tail, or even a religious byzantine iconography, bold compositions showcasing a figurative depiction of Pasolini’s dreams, with a small touch of Abramovic’s early sexually charged work.
In the end the serene balance between the religious and the violent, the compressed and the libertine is what is imprinted in the viewer’s mind, stills from a fashionable porn movie and at the same time a bold photographic project.
Photography courtesy of Rick Castro ©
RICK CASTRO: MASTERWORKS from November 15th, 2014, to commemorate the 9 year anniversary of Antebellum Hollywood