Portraits of Christian

27 December 2013

For the second time, New York photographer Haylee Barsky presents Boys by Girls with a wonderfully simple portrait series. This time of German born Christian Ochsenfahrt at VNY Models. This candid collection of images presents Christian “just being himself” as the pair explore New York, bringing a soft and unpretentious atmosphere to the photographs, shot predominantly in black and white.

Discovered in summer 2010 in his hometown of Cologne, Christian was immediately signed with agencies all over the globe and told Boys by Girls that “ever since that moment, everything in my life changed”. He was immediately booked for campaigns with Jil Sander, Uniqlo and Topman, as well as an editorial for L’Official Homme and starred on the cover of Dazed and Confused. As if this isn’t already impressive enough, Christian has also opened the YSL show and walked for Prada, Louis Vuitton, Kenzo, Dries Van Noten, Kenneth Cole, Acne, and the list goes on.

Aside from modeling you can catch Christian playing volleyball, cycling, or “building things” - he is quite the craftsman. He is currently in his fifth semester of Electronic Engineering back in Germany, and proves that models aren’t always just a pretty face!

Haylee depicts Christian cooly relaxing in an urban environment in these images, and with simple and casual styling by Jessica Wu, this collection of images is pleasantly easy on the eye.

Words by Ama Samra.

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