Michael Mayren is a young British photographer with an honest lens.
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With sensitive simplicity, Michael’s work captures people first and clothes later. A discreetly furrowed brow, the glint of an eye or the slight curl of a lip become all the more meaningful under Mayren’s spotlight as he brings an air of documentary making to the performative art of fashion photography. At a moment when burgeoning British men’s designers feel trail-blazing and exciting, and the models that promote it are both familiarly boy-next-door-ish and uniquely otherworldly, Michael makes for a magnificent documenter, focussing his camera almost exclusively on boyish lads, often in domestic designs. Here, for i-D online he drops the credits, photographing some of London’s new faces. No retouching necessary.
“The series is basically a documentation of male models just as they are. Normal boys. I photographed them stripped back from all the styling and focus on who they are. They were all photographed in their own clothes and in their own environment, which was important because I think that there is an element of comfort which you can only feel when you’re in your own surroundings.”
Now let’s let the pictures do the talking.
Text: Sean Baker
Photography: Michael Mayren