In this fun and lighthearted series entitled Men-Ups, 26-year old photographer Rion Sabean captured men in a series of stereotypical pin-up poses typically associated with women. The series was so successful that it spawned a calendar which promptly sold-out. Prints are still available and you can find the entire gallery on Rion’s Flickr Account, enjoy!
Rion Sabean – Aritst Statement
My works range between two different ends of a spectrum, both of which are held as just as important as the other. One half is overt social commentary, with most works focusing on gender and sexuality, wherein I attempt to bring light to the scrutiny and judgments of society and the nature of said society to define human beings under rigid, and closed-minded terms. My other half is rooted in deeply personal subjects relating directly to myself and my shared experiences with others, sexual or otherwise, in both an attempt to release and cope, but also to demonstrate an emotional side that exists, but is rarely seen by others.
All of my images are not only an exploration of my craft, but presented in a hyper-pseudo-reality through the use of exaggerated story-telling. By using dramatic staging, props, and Photoshop technics, I hope to further demonstrate a hyperbolized reality, that is just as comedic, or tragic as the real world is to me. It is the creation of a new, concrete reality within my images that hopes to jostle the viewer into both a deeper understanding of the metaphorical social and emotional implications therein, as well as just how possible it is for singular events or persons to shape modern society and those around us. [Source]