Author(s): James Houston
In collaboration with MILK and environmental non profit Global Green USA, Houston will shoot a series of striking portraits of some of the world's leading, environmentally conscious celebrities and top models. These captivating photographs, bring together two of Houston's great passions - the human form and the natural world. The first goal of Natural Beauty is to raise awareness and educate today's youth about pressing environmental issues by celebrating the beauty of nature - focusing on the details, the exquisiteness and artistry that exists in nature that we rarely take the time to stop and admire. The second goal is to raise funds and awareness for benefitting partner Global Green USA. By creating a photographic series inspired by nature and high-profile subjects, Natural Beauty will call attention to the serious threats against the environment and inspire young people to pay attention to the world around them. Launching in conjunction with World Earth Week 2013, Monday April 22, the Natural Beauty exhibition will run at MILK Gallery in New York and MILK Studios in Los Angeles. The exhibition will also be promoted through a number of events, including a public installation on the NYC High Line, a public panel discussion on the environment with leading politicians and public figures, and a web series on 'The Making of the Natural Beauty Campaign'. The Natural Beauty photography book will be published and launched in conjunction with the Exhibition. The book will compile 120 images of some of the world's leading models and celebrities that advocate for environmental awareness, including Christy Turlington, Adrian Grenier, Brooke Shields and Elle Macpherson. Each subject will be photographed with a simple natural object - for example drift wood, stone, coral or metal, or graphic images of natural objects - that depict human form with the beauty of nature. The book will include an introduction by Matt Petersen, President & CEO of Global Green USA.