All Rights reserved
Mike Rubio has a knack for capturing men, nearly naked, who look as if they are all worked up and about to take it out on someone. Read more below.
Alpha masculinity isn't necessarily toxic. Especially if you are into it. Mike Rubio @monkeyshots finds the punchy part of a guy's personality that may be lurking beneath the surface and teases it into the light for his camera to catch and deliver to us. It could be the flush that accompanies a sudden emotion, a shadow over a pronounced frown, the flash of white teeth in a grimace. Even the more passive men in Mike's images have an edge of furious abandon.
Mike tells us:
"I've always been something of an introvert and a loner, so photography was a natural fit for my creative side.
After starting out roaming Manhattan and shooting lots of inanimate objects, street scenes, and urban decay, I took some classes at SVA and used myself as a model to practice lighting techniques.
Eventually, the work of artists like Peter Hujar, Robert Mapplethorpe, and Isauro Cairo inspired me to muster the nerve to approach people with whom I could collaborate.
I like to explore themes of eroticism, power and the darker side of the human psyche, and where they intersect. I also enjoy photographing in nature and documenting activism.
Recently, I began a portrait series of more senior members of the LGBTQIA community. I feel there's a richness of beauty, wisdom, and history there which is often overlooked."
See more: Mike Rubio @monkeyshots.