MAN & MORTAR
Man and Mortar saw World Parkour champion Tim Shieff collaborate with friend, fellow Parkour athlete and photographer Jason Paul. Tim literally jumped naked across London’s buildings whilst Jason took photos from a great height. The hugely successful project launched with Beautiful Crime in November 2014 with many of the prints selling out. The meshing of Jason and Tim were interested in examining how within everyday life, we casually accept – or fail to even notice – artistic effigies of the naked human form such as statues or paintings, yet the sight of uncovered flesh within the same space generates consternation and surprise. ”Lots of the London architecture we shot against has a square, rigid and linear feel to it, contrasting starkly with the curves of the athletic, natural human form.” – Jason Paul.