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GARY BRECKHEIMER

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After working for three decades in the world of commercial photography, Gary transitions from fashion to fine arts and develops a penchant for black and white imagery. He focuses on the juxtaposition of beauty: making the feminine shapes perceptible in and against an industrial and manufactured environment. His intention is to allow the viewers to contemplate the relationship between the man and its urban environment. We come-up against elements of the unexpected combined with solitude, reflecting all the eroticism in his work. As an artist, his objective is to create photographs in which the story and meaning aren’t immediately obvious. The idea is to take pictures which attract the viewer and draw him to a deeper examination so that his vision on the relationship between man and sexuality can lead to infinite conclusions.

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW

Could you describe your work in a few words ?
My work embodies a stark sensuality. The naked woman is vulnerable in her utter exposure. She faces the surrounding world and its harshness with a strength of her own. Being naked is more profound than being simply without clothing. It leads us to the critical eyes of society, and my typical woman seizes this challenge with a daring claim. I love architectural curves and lines, and I like to associate them with feminine subjects which are taking a sometimes macabre, sometimes intimate pose which always requires to be interpreted.
 
How do you choose your locations ?
Choosing a location is often a question of rigorous and intensive research. I spend days, and each time, I realise that they are more than just locations. I must take the light into account, and the textures. The time of day is also a decisive factor. I must also be sure I can do it !
 
When do you undertake your shootings?
Obviously very early... Yes, I like when the sun is at its lowest point, in an overcast sky and sometimes rainy even weather.
 
What are the most common reactions of passers-by during a photoshoot ?
Most of the time, people are waiting until the end of the shooting, they applause and thank us for brightening their day!
 
I assume you have had some spats with the police ?
Yes, many times. The most memorable was in Beverly Hills, California. I had started to take a picture in front of the Beverly Hills Central police station. Right after, we were getting ready for the next one a few meters away. That’s when four police cars came out of nowhere! Flashing lights, car-doors bursting open with eight policemen coming out, gunin-hand. Intense! I thought this time I was going to end up at the station. They separated us and asked us what we were doing. So I spontaneously told the four policemen around me who I was and what I was doing, leaving the «nude» part aside. Then, one of them asked me if the model was wearing something underneath her coat. I smiled and said «nothing». After identification and a lot of questions, they took our handcuffs off and said: «If we get another call about you, you’re going to jail». Apparently, they weren’t in close collaboration with the policeman who arrested me the next day !
- Meet Gary Breckheimer in Normal Magazine issue 6 -
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