Could it be that Jack Guinness is the man who brought the beard back into fashion? If he did not do it on his own, then he is definitely partly responsible for the fashionable facial feature. Don’t get me wrong, I am one of those undecided types who grows a beard when it suits me, often during the winter months in the hope that it will keep me a little warmer. I also never saw my dad without a beard, so I have a long and affectionate relationship to the beard. In fact, I love it when my boys cuddle up and give it a good scratch. Just this morning my eldest son did just that and asked if I was going to N.Y. again soon? When I asked why, he said; “because you’ll shave off your beard.” Strange what stays in kids memories. Just over one year ago I had a beard and cut it off when traveling to NY to have portfolio appointments. I thought maybe that the hair overload would not be the best when I present myself and my work.
So, now that I have established my opinion about beard, and that my remarks on the beard’s popularity is not a criticism to the hipsters of Hackney, I will continue the character description of Mr Guinness, who lives and looks like we would all love to, in a “Cerebral Bachelor Fantasy”. Yes, the part of the man’s brain that on occasions wonders what life would be as a bachelor. Just a fleeting moment that is brushed off with the reality that I’m not 20 years old anymore and I am truly lucky to have a lovely family around me every day. In all honesty, I think I would be looking at my life as I have it now, with a lot more envy if the cards were dealt the other way and I was living a bachelor’s life. His home is an old warehouse flat, with big single glazed windows, A small bar in the open planned living room, in the middle of Hackney. (As I said – a bachelor’s dream). Jack is a man who ticks all the boxes of that bachelor life’s dream, (although I am not sure if he’s actually a bachelor,) cool industrial flat, big open planned kitchen/livingroom with a small bar, that boasts of a recent party. He’s not the arrogant, good looking, successful model with taste – but rather the friendly and interesting to talk to, successful and good looking model with taste.
This shoot was a portrait shoot and not Jack’s usual model shoot. Jack’s promoting his new website queerbible.com which is exactly what it says on the ‘tin’; a ‘bible’ of queer culture. The website serves to educate us on the history of gay culture, but in a stylish and creative way. On the shoot Jack explained that the information you can get on gay culture is plenty, but it is always presented in a dull way with little attention given to presentation. Yet gay culture is responsible for much of the best design and creativity in modern history. So now, queerbible.com gives us the information we need to know about gay creatives, but its presented in an interesting way with great design. It makes total sense, (unlike my incessant babbling above)!