PIERRE YVES MONNERVILLE WAS AMONG THE FIRST PHOTOGRAPHERS WHOM WE PUBLISHED. AFTER HIS BEAUTIFULMAG DEBUT WE HAVE FOLLOWED HIM FOR SEVERAL YEARS UNTIL WE, SOMEHOW, LOST CONTACT. NEVER ON PURPOSE. SIMPLY THE RESULT OF HOW FAST TIMES FLIES. BUT OLD LOVE NEVER DIES, SO WHEN PIERRE YVES CONTACTED US RECENTLY, WE SIMPLY PICKED UP WHERE WE LEFT OFF.
Pierre-Yves Monnerville was born in the French capital Paris, but finds his roots on Martinique. The talented photographer now lives and works in the UK. His work is a wonderful example of mix ‘n match. Not only in composition and model choice, but also in concept. Pierre-Yves is a delicious creative talent, capable of mixing strong photographic visuals with deep, thoughtful musings, adding a whole new dimension to the concept of photographic stories.
Having discovered the work of Robert Mapplethorpe at the early age of 15 made Pierre-Yves Monnerville decide male photography was what he wanted to do. He started working for model agencies in Paris and London, but more and more he found his way in his own personal work, creating his own personal style. His concepts always turn around urban life…and urban guys…
But going beyond the labels Pierre Yves is more interested in people’s feelings and love, exploring what we have in common despite our superficial differences whether it’s loneliness, search for validation, love and companionship, etc. Those are the elements that make a person, and those are the elements that make a picture come to life. His work with Steven is a perfect example of that.
Pierre-Yves Monnerville met Steven Araujo, a gorgeous personal trainer from NYC, through Instagram where he has an account under the name Summerbody. Understandably, Steven has thousands of followers. He’s not just good looking. He’s also very humble and down to earth. He regularly posts videos demonstrating workouts and is always so humble and genuine in his advice and comments. And that is exactly the kind of mix Pierre Yves likes to capture with his photography. “I see in him a great kindness and a very strong but quiet and reserved personality. I hope it translates in the photos,” he says. “We've shot twice so far. I was a bit nervous to even message him at first but he’s so laid back and nice that I can’t see how anyone could not get on with him.” –BM-
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