Portraits of Bryant McCuddin

19 September 2013

Not only is this relaxed portrait series Haylee Barsky’s first piece for Boys by Girls, but also her first time photographing a boy - something which is certainly not obvious in this shoot with Bryant McCuddin at VNY Model Management. Haylee can be identified by her uncomplicated yet artistic shooting style and these images are no exception as they encapsulate an air of cool simplicity - from the casual styling to the unpretentious location of a high rise New York fire escape window.

Bryant was flown to New York and booked for Calvin Klein in his first week of modeling, after being discovered by the owner of VNY at an airport (à la Kate Moss). His stern yet smooth expression creates an atmosphere of calm, something which resonates throughout the whole series; Haylee’s use of soft natural light adds further to the unadorned feel of the shoot. Notably easy on the eye and boasting an effortless blend of portrait, fashion and artistic photography, the series is shot predominantly in black and white with a single tone of placid blue.

We love Bryant’s haunting look and this portrait series offers a simple reflection of the mid-Wester that we just can’t resist, and we’re sure you won’t be able to either.

Words by Ama Samra.

Bryant11
Bryant2
Bryant3
Follow us on Instagram @boysbygirls
View The pink is a cacophony against the emptiness - a melody line paced in a second-hand birthday suit, easily hemmed... View And we are wild to make it stop: stuck in an empty booth, bold colours warming us up, no microphones... View He is light as a feather. Leather weighs heavy on him, adds ballast to his reality, suddenly makes it terrifying... View In the safety of a white suit, he blows himself about the empty space, spinning between instruments like a bird... View Like a hawk or an old hero, staring down the back of his future’s head, this boy takes to empty... View If change doesn’t arrive obediently, it will be chased down and hunted by the hungry. Peace is not prop for... View Falling apart at the seams and dripping onto the carpet of grass beneath bruised feet as the race for the... View Forget figuring out the bus routes, forge new passports with model mugshots and sprint for the border closing in around... View The traffic is stalled in the streets, halted by a punishing red light at every crossroads in every direction. City... View Tommy traces graffiti scrawled along paint, cement, and brick swirling in patterns denoting names and connoting beliefs while stylist Kayleigh... View Quitting a town named Stagnation in favour of an unfamiliar map revealing the temptation of breaking out into the unknown... View Rendezvous at the confidential hotspot for meaningful action. Setting the wheels in motion for an alternative living and imposing a... View Pushing through the crowd and negotiating the battlefield of elbows and toes, the commotion expands to a deafening silence. Chants... View This week’s exclusive Instagram editorial is ‘Standstill’ featuring Tommy Harragan at IMG models. Photographer Amber Grace Dixon captures Tommy’s standout... View A Renaissance man in every sense, @kalamaepstein writes/directs as well as acts and has a couple of shorts currently in... View View @kalamaepstein is photographed around Venice Beach, California - incidentally the location for one of his earliest projects, the short film... View View View Like a moth to a flame, some souls are drawn towards the light. Others seek solace dancing amongst the shadows...