Season’s Greetings: Jonathan Daniel Pryce

If there’s been one topic I’ve found myself writing about a ridiculous number of times to mention this year, it’s beards. No stranger to a hairy face, award-winning photographer Jonathan Daniel Pryce is partially responsible. Following the success of his recent 100 Beards project, this remarkable photographer, seasoned blogger and creative digital marketing mastermind barely needs introduction. Here’s what he’s thinking for the holidays…

Male-Mode: What are your plans for Christmas and the holiday season?

Jonathan Daniel Pryce: I’ve not been back to the City of Light since I moved from there to London so it’ll be lovely to see friends, eat great food, and relax. Paris is such a beautiful city, so last Christmas I just cycled around the empty streets with friends. It was truly magical, so I’m probably going to do something similar this year.

What’s been the highlight of your year so far?

There have been two highlights really. The first was winning my Scottish Fashion Award in June for Photographer of the Year; that really was a special moment for me. Following on from that, the success of my 100 Beards project where I photographed a new bearded man every day for 100 days.

The blog received so much attention from readers and press, which has led to me doing exhibitions in London and Austria, as well as publishing my first hardback photo-book. 2012 has really been quite an incredible year!

If you could give just one gift this year, what would it be?

Well, of course if I had enough copies it would have to be my 100 Beards, 100 Days book, one to everyone I know. But since I only did 250 in the first edition, it’d be a little tight.

And if you could receive just one gift this year, what would that be?

It would be to have all of my friends and family together in one room for one afternoon. There are too many seen, too little.

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Masters of Style: Seán Jackson’s ‘On the Street’ & ‘Capturing the City’.

Lest you think I’m an insatiable facial hair fanatic, what with posts like this, and the beard-fest that is this, cropping up of late, consider this a more photography-focused post, rather than another toast to whiskers.

 Following on from Jonathan Daniel Pryce’s immensely successful 100 Beards, 100 Days, Irish photographer Seán Jackson was commissioned by men’s grooming giant Gillette, to scour the streets of Dublin for similarly bearded and uniquely dressed men. The resultant series of 100 portraits formed ‘Capturing the City’ and ‘On the Street’, two exhibitions recently housed at the city’s Gallery of Photography. Somewhere between candid street-style shots and portraiture, Jackon’s impressive body of work presents an array of arresting personalities, while paying homage to the Dublin man’s modern love affair with his facial hair.
Above-centre is impeccably dressed and is unquestionably bringing the beard realness, but above-right and far below-centre’s jumper are spot-on style-wise – who’s hit the nail on the head for you?

Pierre Et Gilles: The Complete Works.

Why is it that whenever you’re in desperate need of buying presents for a someone else, you come across several options for yourself instead? The past few weeks I’ve been traipsing around trying to conclude the Crimbo wish-list but – being the selfish lout that I am – I’ve been steadily adding to my own wish-list. Top of which is this…
^ Pierre et Gilles Complete Works by Taschen
For those of you who are not Jean Paul Gaultier-devotees/Madonna-obsessed/homo-themed art dealers/avid fans of kitsch, Pierre et Gilles are a duo of French photographers who construct some of the most stunning portraits renowned for their unabashedly gaudy and gay aesthetic. 

^ Le Petit Communiste Christophe (1990)
Their work is heavily constructed with most of the portraits featuring sets and costumes designed by the pair (who are also lovers – cute!), half-naked models (most often male), mythological overtones and serious re-touching to give the effect reminiscent of cheap religious artworks (for Irish readers, think your Granny’s old Sacred Heart in the kitchen). They’ve also created invites for Thierry Mugler shows and count legendary Parisienne actress Catherine Deneuve as a fan. 
^ St. Sebastian of the Sea (1994)
^ La Madone au coeur blessé (1991)
^ Mercury (2001)
I’m not denying this is all youth-adoring fetishism and barely veiled (probably not at all, really) homo-eroticism but who said art had to be high-art in order to be appreciated? 
Anyway, it’s not all glitter and vacuousness, the Madone au coeur blessé is really quite subversive when you think about it – a pretty boy in drag as the Madonna? Religion, something usually seen as persecuting homo- and non-normative sexuality, is quite openly given a good bashing. What say you?