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Even More Visceral, Untamed, and Magnificent than Freeman's Other Books,
This review is from: Outback Brumby (Hardcover)
Paul Freeman's OUTBACK BRUMBY is for this viewer one of the most earthy and sensuous collections of photographs in the artist's long line of fine monographs. Perhaps much of the overall tenor of the book is defined in the title: as everyone knows, the 'Outback' is 'the vast, remote, arid area of Australia, although the term colloquially can refer to any lands outside the main urban areas. The term "the outback" is generally used to refer to locations that are comparatively more remote than those areas named "the bush".' A 'Brumby' is a feral horse, nearly untamable, and they brumbies populate the Outback. It is this message of the sense of the 'wild' that informs Freeman's photographs in this stunning volume.
The images are in black and white, color and toned format, most occupying the full pages of this very-large scale book. Using natural light and not staging setups allows Freeman to capture the spontaneity these images suggest. These are magnificently developed men in the raw - all with carved, muscular bodies without the posing stigma that too often accompanies photographs of men who know they are enviably endowed. Freeman's men are raw - some in tore pants, some in undershirts, or with hats, many are completely and very comfortably nude. The presence of horses is evident in many of the images - either men are tending to or riding astride or currying or grooming them. The feeling throughout this book of magnificent images is one of joie de vivre, as though these men in the Outback would not trade a moment of this time they enjoy each other or just themselves for all the urban activities far away from them. Freeman seems to have arrived at a level of comfort where the men he focuses through his lens are far more comfortable with nudity, and perhaps that is also part of the freedom of being in the wild. This is another fine volume by Paul Freeman, and he never seems to repeat himself. Highly recommended. Grady Harp, September 10