Photography is a means of recording memories. It has the unique gift of documenting moments that shall no longer exist. A single image can speak a million different words in a thousand different tongues. A concept well executed through a camera can evoke the same feeling in anyone regardless of age, creed, nationality or gender. This ideology bleeds through Richard Stows work. His work has flown worldwide first class with Vogue, Elle, Marie Claire and German Playboy under his belt. His images command attention and are fierce pieces of work that could set the spirit of your heart on fire.
There is no doubt that eroticism is a dominant entity hovering over Stow’s photography, but it glows gracefully like a halo. His photography captures women as sexual desirable beings, but in a pure honest way. Stow’s shoot for German Playboy shows a rare eye for visual importance. His images may be simple in their composition with the attention being focused mainly on the model rather then the background, but the end result is impenetrable in worth and value.
His images are often minimal with just the face of a woman, but none the less, they hit your brain hard sending your mind to a highly sensuous climax of creativity. These carnal images of stunning women and men are explicitly pleasurable to look at, stimulating electricity, ready to shock and excite the hairs on the back of your neck, giving you Goosebumps all over your flustered body.
Young Siberian model Ekat is photographed by Richard Stow in issue 7 of Schön! He captures her raw beauty with the use of subtle colours that radiate from the page like a shimmering diamond. She is presented in a sexual daring manner with her skin being exposed seductively. The basal use of clothing emphasizes their importance giving relevant meaning to each garment individually.
His monochrome images are urbane and visual sheer works of art, although black and white, if you look hard enough, you can see the diverse colours of creativity beaming from them. I believe the reason Richard Stow’s photography flourishes with passion is that his seeds of skill are rooted in his initial love for life drawings and painting that blossomed while studying at Central St Martins College in London.
Richard Stow’s editorial in issue7 of Schön! is the perfect excuse to get spiritually naked. His fiery content will have you blushing and wanting to undress your soul.
Text by Kadish Morris