Photographer Ross Spirou tells us:
I was born in Cyprus but Melbourne/Australia has been my home for most of my life.
At the age of eighteen, I bought my first camera and studied photography for 6 months but gave it up. But in my early forties, I went back to school and completed a diploma in photo imaging and now at fifty six years old, I still love doing what I do.
Originally, I started as a nature/landscape photographer which is why to this day, I still describe myself as a nature influenced photographer, for I love spending time in the great outdoors which now has become the background for most of my photo shoots.
Around ten years ago, I did my first art nude shoot and photographing men has become a real passion and even though I photograph both male and female models, I mainly concentrate on photographing men. I love capturing male beauty, sexiness, sexuality, sensuality and since I love abstract art then abstract photography is also a part of what I love doing and especially when it leaves people wondering what it is they are looking at.
In 2015, I contributed three images to the local Men On Men art exhibition/competition and one of my photos won first prize and was described as a perfect example of a photo showcasing masculinity, and right there and then I was hooked on exhibiting my work. In 2016 I had my first solo exhibition titled “exposed” which showcased my men and everything else that I do with my photography. In 2017, I had a second exhibition which was in collaboration with three fellow photographers and the exhibition titled “fourms” showcased the beauty of the human form, shape, the beauty of both men and women. Early in 2019, I contributed six prints to an exhibition titled “Kings and Queens” and the Fourms team is back talking about holding another Fourms exhibition.
Over the years, my photography has earned many awards and has also been published in a few magazines. In 2018 I joined the team at a magazine which showcases art nudes from around the world.
And as for the future, at fifty six years old, I have not done anywhere near what I’d like to do and I look forward to the future and what it brings!