Sacred Youth

Simon Paul, Usedom 2018

Sacred Youth

Photography — Paul James Hay

Models — CORE Artist Management

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The following story was shot by photographer Paul James Hay, It contains nudity with the intent to entertain and showcase artistic talent and not with the intention to offend. All models shot naked were of legal age and gave consent to be shot this way. This story is intended for mature audiences only, Viewer discretion is strongly advised. Viewers under the age of 18 are advised to continue only with the consent of a parent or legal guardian. If you do not wish to see images of the male or female body in its natural form please refrain from viewing this story. 

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Simon Paul & Sarah Allick, Usedom 2018

 

Simon Paul & Lucien, Usedom 2018

 

Simon Paul, Usedom 2018
Simon Paul, Usedom 2018

 

Sarah Allick, Usedom 2018
Lucien, Usedom 2018

 

As my own youth has come to an end, I have a different appreciation for the sacredness of youth and that, as the wise man said, ‘’Only when it has faded do you understand the value of it.’’
So I wanted to document. And as I compiled photographs did I begin to realize the value of the history that I was recording. And that’s why it became sacred.

I’m photographing this for the people involved. My aim is that in time the subject that is looking at that photo is able to say ‘’My God, that’s an amazing photo’’ or ‘’What an amazing experience that was, look how young and beautiful.’’
We all lose that eventually, not in your heart and not in your mind, but the visual side.
Creating this body of work has been about celebrating life and the frivolity of your 20s and the sense of discovery.

It is not about vanity, but a recording of a period of time and spirit.
The onset of puberty through to manhood or womanhood is a sacred period of time in ones life.
Sacred Youth is expressing the spirit of becoming mature and becoming who you are.
When I’m shooting and when I’m working there’s an absolute room for serendipity, it’s always going to take a life of its own.
I tried very hard in this project to sit with each of the subjects and ask them a series of questions in order to make sure the photo came from an organic place in their mind and that the answers and stories they gave me would create an arena for something new.

What has excited me most, is that it has unified most of the people I have shot over the last years.
A lot of people made friends, a lot of people have opened up to me and given me so much trust.
That in itself, has been such an honour.

We, CORE Artist Management, turned five this year and we didn’t really have time to celebrate.
This project is a great way to commemorate all the people that have been a part of CORE; staff, friends of the family, people along the way, the models we represent and to show them in a human way.

Photography is the way I communicate, it’s my way of celebrating what all this is and who we all are and who we are together.
And a really beautiful way of saying thank you.

Paul James Hay – September 2018

 

Paulina Knebel, St. Peter Ording 2018

 

Sarah Allick, Usedom 2018

 

Max Eichholz, Neustadt 2015

 

Dagmar Vieljans, Neustadt 2016

 

Sidney Hurricane Vieljans, Robinson Island, Kenia 2010

 

A close friend, Neustadt 2018

 

Stefan Mar, Neuruppin 2018

 

Stefan Mar & Vera, Neuruppin 2018
Stefan Mar & Vera, Neuruppin 2018

 

Karina Machajska, Schlachtensee 2018

 

Kilian, Neuruppin 2018
Kilian, Neuruppin 2018

 

Kilian, Neuruppin 2018

 

Tobias Huebertz, Neuruppin 2018

 

Ivan Goldfinch, Hamburg 2015

 

Lynn Amelie, Osten 2012

 

Amanda Mitchell, Flughafensee 2018

 

Maik Peter, Neuruppin 2018

 

Jocette Coote, Teufelssee 2018

 

Johann Kohlhoff & Helena Sofia, Flughafensee 2018

 

Paula Bluck, St. Peter Ording 2018

 

Max Eichholz, Neustadt 2018

 

Benjamin Nord Paskin, Berlin 2017

 

Elena Bartels, Berlin 2018

 

Amelie Schindler & Kim Dall´Armi, Osten 2013

 

Kenzie Hancock – PA to Paul James, Berlin 2017

 

Finn Wiesner, Berlin 2017
Chris Kightley, Hamburg 2011

 

RJ Mitte, Osten 2015
Nessima Schaefer – Agent, Neuruppin 2018

 

Tomas Rabbering, St. Peter Ording 2018

 

Marc Frick, Osten 2015

 

Vera Hilmars, Neuruppin 2018

 

Alistair Morrell, St. Peter Ording 2018

 

Charlotte Kay, Osten 2015

 

Joe Arzinger + Baby, Neuruppin 2018

 

Johann Kohlhoff, Teufelssee 2018

 

Johann Kohlhoff, Teufelssee 2018

 

Leo Lindemann, St. Peter Ording 2018

 

Damon Nixon, Berlin 2017

 

Fabio Stapel, St. Peter Ording 2018

 

Edward Moll, Neuruppin 2018

 

Tronje van Ellen – Content Editor, St.Peter Ording 2018
Merle Holst, St. Peter Ording 2018

 

Maj van der Ven, Neuruppin 2018

 

Maik Peter, Neuruppin 2018

 

Frederick Jauch, St. Peter Ording 2018

 

Frederick Jauch, St. Peter Ording 2018

 

Anna-Maria Nemetz, St. Peter Ording 2018

 

Tomas Rabbering, St. Perter Ording 2018
Elena Bartels, Hamburg 2012

 

Tomas Rabbering, St. Perter Ording 2018

 

Kathy, St. Peter Ording 2018

 

Lorenz Moll, Flughafensee 2018
Tobias Heubertz, Neuruppin 2018

 

Aviya Frank, St. Peter Ording 2018

 

Sienna King, St. Peter Ording 2013

 

Luisa Ghermann, St. Peter Ording 2018

 

Leon Beitz, Teufelssee 2018
Anne Lailach, Neuruppin 2018

 

Ingrid Tolentino & Michel Förtsch, St. Peter Ording 2018

 

Nina Hnizdo, St. Peter Ording 2018

 

Greta Dethlefs, St. Peter Ording 2018

 

Tronje van Ellen, St. Peter Ording 2018

 

Jocette Coote, Reinfeld 2009

 

Lynn Amelie & Marc Frick, Hamburg 2012

 

Lorenzo Weck, Hamburg 2008
Michael Lange, Osten 2012

 

Corey Wallace, Hamburg 2008

 

Anna-Maria Nemetz, St. Peter Ording 2018

 

Toni Jebens, St. Peter Ording 2018

 

Madeleine Reichert, St. Peter Ording 2018
Anthon Guethe, Berlin 2017

 

Niklas Söder – Grafik Designer, Hamburg

 

Elena Bartels, Berlin 2015
Konstantin Datchev, Berlin 2017

 

Peter Badenhop, Hamburg 2017

 

Susan Penquitt, Sankt Peter Ording 2018
Michael Anderson, Neustadt 2016

 

Mario Galla, Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia 2015

 

Allistair Morrell, St. Peter Ording 2018

 

Sienna King, Sankt Peter Ording 2013

 

Tronje Van Ellen – My left hand and Art director, Jaipur, India 2016

 

Niklas Soeder, Dear friend and creative collaborator, Hamburg 2007

 

Julius Conrad, Dear friend, CFO and co-founder of CORE Artist Management, Paris France 2015

 

Zillah Matilda Hay – My daughter and my great love, Sankt Peter Ording 2018

 

 

Paul James Hay 2018

 

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