A WELL-KNOWN and one of the most sought-after local photographers Jay Amarante recently shared to me his latest project dubbed “Reset: Remember our duty to nature.”
Reset is a 2021 digital body calendar of Amarante’s 12 art photography masterpieces featuring two local models. It is a tasteful calendar celebrating the sensuality of the human body in communion with nature.
When asked what the concept of the whole project is, Amarante said, “It’s nature appreciation and conservation as it also highlights the natural beauty of the human body in nature. It aims to raise awareness to issues concerning global warming,” adding that “with the apocalyptic like events that happened this year with super typhoons, floods and Covid-19, it is time for us to hear the call for help from our Mother Nature. “
The photoshoot was done in an untouched river in Murcia, the Sta. Cruz. It featured the raw beauty of nature to remind us of its natural wonders. I was also told that the final photos will include powerful quote pieces from Wram Guanzon and Edmar Gulmatico that will bring back our senses in loving and preserving the environment.
I have to be honest I was having second thoughts about publishing the photos for general circulation as some of them were quite provocative and so I have to only share here a few of them (the most wholesome) to give us an idea of what the project is.
“The photos were purposely done sexy to attract attention, create noise and a sense of scandal to bring the message across. I think it will be a good messenger as it also symbolizes openness and bareness of nature to humans as nature has always been giving and nurturing but still widely abused,” Amarante shared.
When asked why only male models, Amarante said, “Mother Nature is perceived to be female, I used male models to create a drama of romance and relationship."
The two models are local stars Klein Mars Cuadra and Christian Mariano Perez of ICON.
Amarante further shared that, “the title ‘Reset’ means to restart anew. A time to reflect on the wrongdoings we have done against the environment. Year 2020 reminded us that our nature has been abused and mishandled badly. It is time to reset.”
The calendar can be downloaded free at their official Facebook page ICON photography. The venue and date of launching will also be announced soon on their page.