In his photography, James Houston created a dialogue between the beauty of the human body and the changing forms of nature. Colour and shapes meet in an almost sensorial experience. You can feel the heat and the touch just from looking at the images. Stefano Tonchi, Editor in chief, W Magazine.
In April 2013, during Earth Week, Houston’s latest multimedia project, Natural Beauty, was launched in New York at MILK Gallery to bring awareness to environmental issues and to raise funds for non-profit, Global Green USA. The series features captivating portraits of some of the world’s leading models and celebrities including Emma Watson, Christy Turlington, Adrian Grenier, Anja Rubik, Arizona Muse, Elle Macpherson and many more – all of whom are advocates for environmental awareness. The project included a 12-part web series, The Making of Natural Beauty, directed by Houston (available for viewing at www.youtube.com/thehoustoneffect), as well as several film installations incorporated in the exhibition.
Follow my journey and the making of Natural Beauty through the 12-part webisode series available for viewing on The Houston Effect YouTube Channel. You can also follow The Houston Effect on Facebook or Twitter for updates.
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A year ago I set out on a mission to create a photographic project that would celebrate the environment and raise funds for Global Green USA. I decided to record the journey in a twelve part webisode series which launches at the end of March on TheHoustonEffect. I really want to let you, the viewer, in and to not only see what goes on behind the scenes of shooting a project like this, but also how I work in my Headspace to make it happen.
Join me on my Natural Beauty journey, through this web series, and please share it with all your friends and family. Here’s a taste of what to expect.
For his latest multimedia project, NATURAL BEAUTY, Houston turns his eye to nature for inspiration, with the goal to raise awareness and funds for the environment and sustainable living. Created in partnership with MILK and environmental non-profit Global Green USA, Houston shot a series of striking portraits featuring some of the world’s leading celebrities and models including Adrian Grenier, Emma Watson, Christy Turlington, Karlie Kloss, Arizona Muse and Anja Rubik. These captivating photographs bring together two of Houston’s great passions – the human form and the natural world.
The Natural Beauty Project was created in partnership with MILK Studios.
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Renowned New York based photographer and activist James Houston announces his latest project, NATURAL BEAUTY, a stunning photographic book and event series featuring some of the world’s most prominent celebrities and top models. In collaboration with MILK Studio, the NATURAL BEAUTY project will raise awareness for the environment and sustainable living with proceeds from book sales and supporting initiatives benefitting Global Green USA...
PHOTOGRAPHER JAMES HOUSTON PRESENTS ‘NATURAL BEAUTY’ PHOTOGRAPHY BOOK AND EXHIBITION SERIES
Celebrity Portraits forEnvironmental Awareness in Collaboration with Global Green USA® and MILK Studios
Renowned New York based photographer and activist James Houston announces his latest project, NATURAL BEAUTY, a stunning photographic book and event series featuring some of the world’s most prominent celebrities and top models. In collaboration with MILK Studio, the NATURAL BEAUTY project will raise awareness for the environment and sustainable living with proceeds from book sales and supporting initiatives benefitting Global Green USA.
The NATURAL BEAUTY book of portraits will be released in late spring of 2013 and will follow with an exhibition in New York City in April. The book includes 120 stunning images of some of the world’s leading models and celebrities advocating with Houston for environmental awareness, including Emma Watson, Christy Turlington, Adrian Grenier, Brooke Shields, Arizona Muse, Elle Macpherson and many more. Houston looks towards the beauty of nature as the inspiration for this body of work, incorporating natural elements into many of the images.
“This project merges my longtime interest in the human form and my passion for the natural world,” says Houston. “NATURAL BEAUTY was created to celebrate the beauty of nature, emphasizing what we still have versus what we have lost. I hope to raise environmental awareness among the younger audience through this project.”
Houston is recognized as one of the leading beauty and body photographers in the world, and works regularly with leading celebrities such as Hugh Jackman, Jessica Alba, Kirsten Dunst and Cate Blanchett as well as high-profile brands such as L’Oreal Paris, Donna Karan, Hugo Boss and GAP. Four award winning international books have been published on his work. The most recent, titled MOVE (PowerHouse Books), was created to benefit various HIV/AIDS charities and raised close to US$500,000. The book project titled MOVE FOR AIDS was launched in 2006 with the support of Elton John, Hugh Jackman and Baz Luhrmann.
“I was honored when James came to Global Green asking if we would be his charitable partner and beneficiary on NATURAL BEAUTY, knowing the incredible work he has done to support important causes in the past,” says Petersen, President and CEO of Global Green USA. “When an individual like James goes to great lengths to take responsibility and action, it helps inspire others to join the fight against environmental degradation and climate change.”
Launching simultaneously with World Earth Week 2013, NATURAL BEAUTY will debut at MILK Gallery in New York the evening of April 23rd. The exhibition will be open to the public at MILK Gallery until May 5th, 2013 from 11:00am to 7:00pm Monday through Friday and 11:00am to 6:00pm Saturday and Sunday. The exhibit will also be promoted through a web series on ‘The Making of the NATURAL BEAUTY Campaign,’ which will include interviews with the high-profile figures involved in the NATURAL BEAUTY project and behind-the-scenes footage from the photo shoots. NATURAL BEAUTY the book will be available for sale on www.damianieditore.com, major online retailers like Amazon, and select stores in the U.S. for US$50.00 this spring.
About Global Green
Global Green USA is the American affiliate of Green Cross International, founded by President Gorbachev, to foster a global value shift toward a sustainable and secure future. For nearly 20 years, Global Green has been a national leader in advocating for smart solutions to global warming, including green building for affordable housing, schools, cities and communities that save money, improve health and create green jobs.
MILK stands at the crossroads of the fashion, photography, art, music and design worlds. Based out of New York and Los Angeles, The Milk Group of seven companies spans contemporary culture and media and is a hub for nurturing creativity and supporting partnerships with some of the industry’s most visionary talent and innovative brands.