Ori Paul Levi x Don Whitman

  • Ori Paul Levi

A couple of months ago I was approached by @westernphotographyguild to create a series of collages featuring the work of legendary physique photographer, Don Whitman. At the time I didn’t know much about Don or his work. but I was instantly drawn to the sensuality & beauty of his photographs. Don, who operated out of Colorado, lived at the time when being gay wasn’t as widely accepted as it is now, and I have so much respect for Don, and other pioneers like him, who were brave enough to create content that went against the “norm” of the day, and in a way stayed true to themselves. through conversations I had with Don’s nephew, Andy, who now operates his uncles estate, I got a glimpse into who Don was, and let me tell you, I fell in love. Don passed away in 1998, so he’ll never get to see these pieces I made in person, but I totally felt like his spirit was with me throughout my creative process. I hope that through my interpretation of his work, he’ll get to have the openly queer artistic expression that he never fully got. it’s been a true honor working on this series, and I’ve only just begun to scratch the surface, I’m constantly working on unearthing more work, and developing more negatives of Don’s fantastic work. A preview of the series was just released on @pornceptual and I encourage you to check it out - and give a BIG LIKE to Don’s work, to queerness and to self expression. A few pieces will be on display at an exhibit taking place the end of June, in L.A