Nothing screams summer like a nice frozen treat, and, even though the weather hasn’t quite been as balmy as one might expect, it’s still been warm enough to warrant a refreshing look at Matt’s shoot with dairy queen Kay de Courval. Not one to häagen the shot, Kay was joined by the barely pubescent assistant Lorne, who eagerly swapped his malt-shake for a 40oz of malt liquor and wasn’t averse to copping a cheeky feel while on the clock at the creamery. Thanks to stylist Rebecca Wengle, hair/makeup artist Sandra Yang, and especially to the ice cream vendor himself, Uncle Jimmy, who, due to Kay, was certainly kept in, erm, good humour.
A post bespoke for the forthcoming long weekend, Matt’s look-book for swim trunk outfit Bather is a slice of lake-abreast paradise. Bather, a byproduct of designer (and friend) Kyle Kaminsky, was born in 2013, thought up, rather appropriately, both on and for the beach, though its trademark line of slim-cut shorts (running the gamut from the polka-dotted to some subtly more subdued) can certainly be pulled off as street wear. Matt photographed some favourite talent of his for this project, as well as Barnes-virgin and stoke-aholic Dan Arnott - Ryan Holbert, James Forsythe, Taylor David, Yana Gold, Hailie Maria L, Morgan Reed, and the perpetual Matt-aside, assistant Kyle ‘Papi’ Topping. Whether you’re cottage-bound, or one of those urban pool-hopping devils one is always reading about, this Bather Trunk Company look-book is a symbol of that sun-soaked summer weekend - bask in more red-hot revelry post-jump and, considering it’s already August, Carpe Di-sun!
Matt Barnes was lucky enough to recently enjoy an exceptional New Orleans experience, in the act of photographing and styling actor Rick LaCour (cast by Matthew Morgan) in the guise of Haitian Voodoo Loa Baron Samedi. Master of the dead, as well as giver of life, Baron Samedi was a doctor of sorts, with the ability to cure and pacify any disease or wound through the practise of black magic. Matt was privileged to visit New Orleans to photograph in, and was aided by producer Shannon Parker and MUA Jonny Bullard in his eerie endeavour, one which resulted in a 4x6 foot resin coated print, sold in the acclaimed DOS art show in Toronto’s downtown core - an event where by Matt certainly drank and danced his fill, thanks to Clay Rochemont.
Drop a gift of cigars, rum or coffee at the jump, and you’ll be rewarded with the Baron Samedi series in it’s entirety, as well as a behind the scenes video and a collage of images shot by Matt (on his iphone, nonetheless), while on location.
Matt’s bicycling betrothal is no secret - if you are amongst his instagram adherents you’re bound to have caught him in his BOW team kit - so shooting the finely tuned folks of cycle emporium Bikes on Wheels was a match made in heaven. If accoutrements of a velocipedal variety are your thing, and you’re hungry for some man-candy, Bikes on Wheels is that one stop shop - pedal on past the gap for an eyeful of cycling-related beefcakery!
We teased you with this a little while back, but now it’s time to show off the goods - namely, the goods of our top athletes, those who are not only in peak physical condition but are upstanding members of the Canadian sporting community. Matt’s task of shooting athletes, while challenging at first, turned out to be a really cool, dauntless endeavour, as apparently athletes are the most down to earth group of people imaginable, and are a joy to photograph. From cycling with the hunky Adam Van Koeverden, to knocking back shots in Vegas with some of the luscious ladies of the Canadian Women’s Soccer team, working with Sportsnet was certainly one of Matt’s most memorable projects to date. The cherry on top was the fact that cyclist Emily Batty was selected for the cover, as her sport is one that Matt has more than an avid interest in. Be sure to ride the jump for the entirety of what we’re calling the “photographer’s cut” (Matt’s favourite images), including some that didn’t make the magazine - then make your way over to Sportsnet’s dedicated Beauty of Sport page for a more comprehensive look at our model Canadians.
Monday marks The Passing Shot’s release, and our first showing of, Rookie Blue's latest promo images, for their fourth season - currently three episodes in. This was Matt's third year photographing the cast of Global Television's hit series, one which is shot on location in Toronto, and it's a project that he always eagerly anticipates working on. More shots of the blue belles & blokes can be seen post-jump…
Rookie Blue airs on Global each Thursday at 10pm, EST.
After what seemed an enjoyable eon of toil and moil, Sportsnet Magazine's first annual Beauty of Sport issue, shot exclusively by Matt, is very nearly ready to launch. Toasting Canadian athletes who are as successful as they are seductive, this special edition features twenty-eight jocks & jockettes, and will be available on newsstands from July 18th.
To celebrate the release of this ravishing and prodigious publication, a little teaser has been prepared - one which features Lauren Sesselmann, Kaylyn Kyle & Emily Zurrer, who all, quite fittingly, play the beautiful game, and the equally impressive (Toronto’s very own) hundred metre Olympian, Justyn Warner. The entire Beauty of Sport experience, including Matt’s lively jaunt to Las Vegas, will air July 15th on Sportsnet at 7pm, but in the meantime the video on Sportsnet’s teaser page, as well as the images that sandwich this text, will surely suffice.
As Matt was expressing his affection for the west coast (he was in California for a bit of work ‘n play), he made the delightful decision to pair two personalities whom he thought would get along famously (or at least infamously): rapper T. Mills and porn starlet Lexi Belle. This pairing may not instantly strike as two who would (or should) be photographed together, but both fall into the canon of characters whose aesthetic Matt appreciates - a fact that more than warrants this photographic coupling. My first thought was of the juxtaposition between the two sets of fans, though when I really broke it down, what differs in both age and gender (old male fans for Lexi, younger females for T. Mills) is made up for in shared levels of reverent passion. Even further, both share a sort of guttural soundtrack to their lives, underlined by a proclivity toward exploits of a wanton nature - his lyrics are chock full of references to acts that she is celebrated for being adept at. Conclusively, both share an open affinity for the consumption of marijuana, in all of its forms; an affinity realized to a delirious degree while both were on set. View the intoxicating experience in full, post-jump…
True to our word about sharing Matt’s recent exploits in California, we visit the Hollywood home of polarizing pop culture pundit/celebrity cognoscente Perez Hilton, who was more than willing to play both ham and handsome for this candid series. The media maven, a charming & gracious host, certainly didn’t hold back, showing off his (relatively) new found fitness in a magnificent manner. Styling was handled by Marc Andrew Smith, while the ever-present assistant Papi was also on hand - he may even blown the inflatable ‘gator, erm, up…
An abundance of Perez can be found beyond the jump!
Last week Matt embarked upon an excursion to California (the photographic goods of which will be served up in the weeks to come), and, as a man who takes a great interest in the aesthetic pleasures in life, he made a point to return to the haven that is Hawleywoods Barbershop, in Costa Mesa (purveyors of Layrite pomade). Not content with merely an exceptional trim and taper, Matt made it his business to photograph the shop’s eponymous owner, Donnie Hawleywood, who looks as cool as his name would suggest…proof is in the pudding below.
Matt makes it a point to seek out a boss barbershop whilst travelling (like Rody’s ‘the Barber Shop' of Helsinki which appears post-jump), though he doesn't have to travel far to find his favourite; Toronto's Crows Nest. Matt has been photographing the Crows for several years now, and has even had the pleasure of having them on set, as was the case with barber Jimmy on Matt’s Outsiders shoot. A revamped Crows Nest website was recently launched, featuring several new snaps of the crew and their tools - the fruits of which can be found past the jump, alongside a bloodied razor blade still-life shot which Matt took while he was still working as an assistant.