Bruce Weber: Wet and Wild

The Fashion Photographer Conjures a Robust Island Paradise for Giorgio Armani

Athletic model Simon Nessman rises from the wild surf in Bruce Weber’s short for Giorgio Armani’s Acqua di Giò Essenza. Revisiting his classic Acqua di Giò fragrance from 1996, Armani sought to produce a new, more intense remix of the original scent inspired by the Mediterranean island that has since become his home, Pantelleria. The largest of Sicily’s satellites, the “Black Pearl of the Mediterranean” bathes in the scorching heat of nearby Africa carried by the sirocco winds across its plains of dark basalt rock and simple white-domed dwellings, or “dammusi.” Over the years, writers such as Gabriel García Márquez, Truman Capote and Aldous Huxley have been lured by the island’s rare sense of solitude and its untrammeled landscape. Synonymous with the chiseled male beauties in his iconic images for the likes of Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren and Pirelli, Weber drew inspiration from the island’s serenity for his black and white film. “The idea was to capture, in my own way, that Mediterranean feel,” explains the photographer. “The connection to water, the sea, and bodily freedom on a beach.”

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  • Charleslv
    Superb use of B&W images of the sea Accented by a gorgeous model with eroticism.
    • Posted By Charleslv
    • February 12, 2014 at 12:26PM
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  • butler
    this looks like someone who just discovered motion....Move on ...I can't believe Bruce Weber had his heart in this...
    • Posted By butler
    • September 10, 2013 at 11:35AM
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  • L2431
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    • Posted By L2431
    • August 22, 2013 at 3:14PM
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  • Ms Maitland
    I fear that my age is showing. The line been adult and child in Nessman is a bit thin to me. The film is beautifully shot but as others have said, it lacks depth (no puns intended). I think the film would have worked better if Weber had gotten actor Matt Dallas (Kyle XY) to do the role. Dallas can do gently erotic without it touching that slightly creepy edge.
  • @
    Beautiful yet very vapid. I would love to see Mr. Weber start to use sexy older men, who have some life experience shining through energy and face. THAT would be something to send viral!
    • Posted By @
    • June 21, 2012 at 5:12PM
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  • ArmMarious
    Gorgeous concept very cool!!
    • Posted By ArmMarious
    • June 21, 2012 at 12:58PM
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  • natashanowing
    Yes it is pretty, but where is the emotional or intellectual depth? It is almost a parody of aesthetics.
    • Posted By natashanowing
    • June 21, 2012 at 9:32AM
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  • paolozollo
    AMAZING !!!
    • Posted By paolozollo
    • June 21, 2012 at 6:49AM
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  • the hun
    Baba cool
    • Posted By the hun
    • June 21, 2012 at 4:28AM
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