It’s a hazy mid-summer in Cuba and Modus Vivendi has officially released my set of work on Megano Beach with Randy, Jose Alejandro and Hector for their new Rainbow Line.
James, sexy, smart and sleepy-eyed James, is based in the UK. When he contacted me to collaborate, he was enthusiastic when I proposed a duo shoot. And so I got in touch with Toronto-based Gabriel. For the initial part of the shoot, I kept the boys apart, and forced them to ignore each other. When they finally got together, James and Gabriel sparked such a natural and voracious chemistry and they gave me something really electrifying. With thanks and gratitude to Peter and Steve for their beautiful home. Look for the cameo by Billy the dog.
I recently had the opportunity to create work for THE EIGHTH in Cuba – where I worked with Jorge Luis and Ricardo and new recruit, Yunier in the heart of Old Havana in La Casa de los Marquéses de Arcos.
La Casa de los Marquéses de Arcos, like so much of Havana, is currently under renovation. Fernando, the construction boss, was happy to provide me with hard hats and overalls and even picks and axes. But, curiously, he had no boots. I had also arranged with Fernando to work on a Sunday when nobody was scheduled to work. However, Fernando called me on Saturday night to explain that deadlines and work have been recently accelerated and so there would be teams working. I was welcome to claim a space, he said, while assuring me that I would be left alone to my work.
When we arrived early Sunday morning before 8am there were already groups of tourists on Mercaderes street marveling at the old mansion. That’s a new trend: organized consumption. Inside, the construction boss gave me another tour of the space. I looked for an interesting space with more light and less workers. With groups of tourists wandering in off the street, it was smarter to work upstairs. And so we settled on a large room on the top floor facing Mercaderes street. We had spotted at least a dozen workers in various cavernous rooms that honeycombed off the main open square that cut right down the middle of the mansion. They were chipping at walls, or busy with woodwork or ironwork and, indeed, they had no boots. They were working in sneakers.
At our work, we were not left alone as much as we had been promised. At first, workers would pass by but much too slowly. Before long, the more curious or the more brave just stood around and watched. But there was nothing to do for it and the models did not mind. The painting on the wall in some of these photos is original work dating from at least before 1844.
THE EIGHTH visits Havana on The Underwear Expert: http://www.underwearexpert.com/2016/04/the-eighth-in-cuba/
I’ve also added a new gallery of El Toro to my portfolio: Brutal Tranquility – Studies of El Toro. I shot El Toro in Los Jardines de Hershey near Santa Cruz del Norte. We found a quiet spot by a river near a short but rambunctious waterfall and set to work. He appears as glorious as ever in his birthday suit on the top of the hills about the town that Hershey built. Yes, it was his birthday.
I know that it might seem like I have been missing. But I’m right here working through new work. I was in Cuba. And then I was distracted by life and a busted up thumb too. And I was working through a couple of commercial photo shoots. But my thumb mostly works and I’m still working too. I’m back on my own work and on my own schedule too. I hope to share some new work with El Toro in a couple of weeks.
Meanwhile, with all eyes on Cuba, the Advocate recently shared this gallery of my work: Eyes on Cuba.
From the Advocate: “Kevin Slack has been visiting his favorite exile, Cuba, since 2000, documenting the country and especially the men, while building an extensive portfolio. While that country is tilted on the edge of change, Kevin continues to return, trying to uncover the restless and vital spirit of Cuba and Cuban men. While he focuses mainly on Havana, Kevin has traveled the island from Pinar del Rio to Holguin.”
I’m still here. And I’m still working, I promise. I have been working on a couple of commercial photo shoots that I can’t really tell you about yet. And they are shot and edited and ready – well almost. But I can’t share them yet, until the companies are ready to launch their campaigns. Meanwhile, in a couple of weeks, I will be back to my own work and my own publishing schedule. And I hope my updates are a little speedier and a little more regular. Thank you for your support and your patience.
Modus Vivendi just released their new Virtus Line: heart and body warming underwear, singlets, and funky accessories. Shot in Toronto, Canada with exceptionally photogenic and handsome Cianan.
And you can watch the backstage video from the Virtus Line campaign here.
Check out my interview on BeautifulMag – Captain Cuba / Cuba Libre. Jorge Luis, Kevin Slack’s long-standing muse, is a monument of man and of Cuba too. One of his favorite models, favorite Cubans, favorite friends, Jorge Luis has already left Cuba. It was only by accident that they were in Havana at the same time, and found a moment to work together for one more last time: “And here I leave him, my Captain Cuba, my muse photographed in the museum.”
Jorge Luis wears a Cuba bikini by CA-RIO-CA Wear.
I have new work coming, I promise. I have two campaigns shot and edited and ready to launch and I can’t wait to share them with you. Meanwhile I will have new content published here in the next few weeks. For now, here’s Captain Cuba, aka, Jorge Luis in a CA-RIO-CA Cuba bikini.
I’m always happy to hear from my followers and fans. Ask me anything here. And if you’re really motivated, you can check out some of my, yes, older interviews here:
- Cuba’s Endangered Authenticity by Kevin Slack, OutTraveler
- Kevin Slack Interview (English), Burbujas de Deseo
- Kevin Slack Entrevista (Espanol), Burbujas de Deseo
- Kevin Slack, Mi Tierra Part 1, Beautiful Mag
- Kevin Slack, Mi Tierra, Part 2, BeautifulMag
- The MENagerie presents the Ringmaster Series with Kevin Slack
- What Do You Wear to a Cuban Beach Party?
- Photo’s Cuba Libre, the Advocate
- Sexy Men from Cuba with Kevin Slack, BoyzFeed
After waiting for too long to see again Marlon and Andro, the Honeybrown Twins, they spoiled me on the beach at Mi Cayito. They were tireless. Just after the end of this, we climbed up the sandy hills and enjoyed a few cold midday beers, Cristales, and got to know each other again. Featuring fashions from Modus Vivendi.