In his short film, “Solar Beauty,” photographer Nicholas Valois captures model Daniel Di Tomasso in a series of shots that play like flashbacks of the dead lover you never had. This thing will turn you on while breaking your heart.
More and more we see modeling agencies, fashion designers, and online magazines turning to video in lieu of the old-fashioned photo editorial. Often, the results of this are stilted and awkward. See a picture of a long-limbed person cinching the waste of some ridiculous couture gown and growling at the camera and you may think that it’s a beautiful, dynamic statement. Watch as the same person awkwardly tries to arrange himself into that pose and you may think he just looks silly.
But it’s video like this that really realizes the potential of models on film. Daniel Di Tomasso probably has neither the stage presence of an actor nor the grace of a dancer. Thankfully, he neither speaks nor moves very much. Instead, Valois uses snippets of action—his lips curling into a smile, his hair blowing in the wind, the glint of the sun briefly obscuring his face—to create this beautiful, dream-like collage. And instead of thinking about how vapid he may sound or how awkwardly he may move, we just find ourselves thinking damn, he’s pretty.
· Daniel Di Tomasso by Nicolas Valois (vglmen.blogspot.com)