Michael Alago’s Hipstamatic hotties hit Atlanta

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Sexy guy photographer Michael Alago returns to Atlanta on Friday, trading his "Rough Gods" for a new batch of sexy of “Beautiful Imperfections" that apparently have phobias of shirts. When Alago asked himself what's left to do after 25 years as a music industry executive, booking U2’s first New York City show, signing Metallica and Nina Simone, working with Cyndi Lauper and partying with Iggy Pop and Robert Mapplethorpe, fortunately for us, his answer was to follow a passion for photography Alago (second photo) arrives in Atlanta on Friday for an exhibit of photos from his latest book, “Beautiful Imperfections,” at i.d. LAB. The collection has the distinction of being the first commercially published book of photos shot entirely with the Hipstamatic iPhone app. He's no stranger to the city, having delighted fans during a show last year (view photos) that included some of his "Rough Gods" models. Project Q Atlanta spoke with Alago about the new book, how he finds his models, and what we can expect during the event at i.d. LAB. What were your inspirations for “Beautiful Imperfections"? Men are always my inspiration. How is “Beautiful Imperfections” different from your previous work? How is it similar? I think the work is similar because my approach is simple and raw. Find a man and a cool location and if you make a connection with the subject, then most likely the image will be great. With the new book the only real difference is it’s my most commercial book to date, and this one time it has no full frontal nudes but the images are still so damn sexy. What qualities about the Hipstamatic app made you choose to use it to shoot this entire collection? I wanted to be adventurous and I hadn't heard of anyone making an entire Hipstamatic book with the iPhone so I took a chance. I saw that the images were coming out great so I went for it. With a variety of the film’s lens and flashes, I noticed what I called imperfections and those imperfect film choices led me to the name “Beautiful Imperfections.” How do you find your models? I find the men I shoot online and on the streets of any and every city I visit. I have no fear, so I hope to charm the pants off the men (sometimes literally) and the session happens. What can we expect at Friday’s exhibition? This trip to Atlanta is for a book signing only this Friday night (April 19). So I will be signing books and I have some original prints for sale, too. It's gonna be a blast as it always is when I visit Atlanta. Do you have any ideas in mind for your next project? No concrete ideas for a next book as this one only came out a few weeks ago, but I am always shooting pictures so eventually it will take shape in to another project. I would love a new “Rough Gods” book out Christmas this year so I am crossing my fingers. Photos via 'Beautiful Imperfections' by Michael Alago

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