Review: Watermark by Mark JenkinsWatermark
Published by Bruno Gmunder
Reviewed by Michael Gellings
More than the subjetct matter, however, it is Jenkins' style that sets him apart. The San Francisco based artist says about himself that he is not a 'capture the moment' photographer. So the often uncontrollable element of water brings some spontaneity to his perfectly set up shots.
All of his models are male, young, and hunky. Jenkins captures them in various stages of undress. If there is still a piece of clothing on the men's bodies, their being soaking wet adds to the eroticism of the pose. The collection also presents quite a range of emotions. Despite their physical strength quite a few of the models betray a great vulnerability when they look directly into the camera. Others challenge the observer, or seem to be oblivious to the look directed at them.
The only criticism I have is not limited to this particular volume: one or two of the models seem to have overdone their steroids and biceps curls. They have moved beyond hunky into the grotesque. But all in all, it's asthetic nude photography with an unusual angle.
Michael Gellings is a freelance translator and historian.