Close shave

Welcome to CLOSE SHAVE, the online repository of images for Kent Waddington Photography’s ongoing photographic shave project. You are invited to witness the bizarre and sometimes exhibitionistic displays of models in the act of shaving.

View over 35 co-conspirators from Canada, United States and Europe as they lather up and scrape off their stubble.

What started out as a few random shots while waiting for a model to prepare for a photo shoot in Winnipeg a few years ago has led to a collection of over eight thousand images that show the models at this most intimate of moments.

About four years ago the privacy of the bathroom as the shaving location of choice gave way to far more public spaces such as a British courtyard, railroad tracks in downtown Toronto, kayaks near Georgian Bay, a Toronto hospital room, under Barry’s Bay’s model of the famous AVRO Arrow, a busy downtown Toronto bookstore, and along the banks of the Thames River in downtown London.

To date, over 35 models from such diverse places as England, France, the Czech Republic, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Florida, Toronto, New York City, and Haiti have accepted the invitation to participate in the shaving project.

These people who have allowed their lives to be put on public display come from a richly varied background. Two models are doctors, a third is a medical student; many have been university, high school and elementary school students. One from Madrid is an actor and part-time clown. Rounding out the mix have been writers and reporters, a software technician, flight attendant, building contractor, retired arts professor, and an auditor.

Two years ago a web master (www.closeshave.nl) and university professor in the Netherlands saw some of the images online and asked if we would participate in a fundraising site featuring guys shaving - benefits to help Villa Pardoes (www.villapardoes.nl), a themed holiday resort for children with life threatening diseases. Many of those images can be viewed at www.closeshave.nl/kentwaddington. To date our contribution has helped raise over $2800.

“I’m extremely pleased with the acceptance the project is getting from models and the general public and being able to turn it into a fundraiser for kids with cancer on the other side of the planet is a fabulous bonus.”

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