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It's raining men
on January 17, 2012
Essentially a collection of 500 portraits, this book comprises a lot of photographs of men, divided into the following sections of poses:
Head and shoulders
¾ length seated
¾ length standing
Full length seated
Full length standing
(Apparently real men don't recline) :)
Each photograph gives credit to the photographer, but no other information.
There's also a short section on posing basics and a long section about the contributing photographers.
Many of the poses were duplicated and uninspired, and the pictures are a random mix up of boys, older men, sportsmen, musicians etc. depending on the pose. One shot for example, is just a man squatting in the middle of the road, another is a man squatting next to a truck, and a third is a man squatting next to his golf clubs. I guess men squat a lot.
Also, work and formal wear are mixed in with sports and casual wear, so if you're looking for inspiration to pose a bridegroom, you have to flip through the whole thing. Most of the photos show quite small on the Kindle, and although each one can be zoomed for better viewing, it's really a pain on the original Kindle.
It would also have been helpful if some footnotes were used for each portrait, emphasizing a few significant elements of its composition and lighting. (eg - 3/4 view, medium light box, backlit, note the position of the hands and the torso angle)
The posing basics section was informative, and some of the portraits are useful as visual prompts for unwilling or pose-challenged male subjects, but on the whole it's a tad limited for practical use on a shoot.
Amanda Richards, January 17, 2012