Men in shoes, or more precisely almost naked men in shoes. That’s what “Turnon: Sneax” is all about. This anthology shows off the work of more than two dozen photographers.
Since we can’t speak to them all The Mirror is featuring Patrick Mettraux from the book. Mettraux is a 43-year-old native of Switzerland where he’s been taking photos since he was a teenager.
Visit www.PatrickMettraux.com for more information about him.
What inspires your photography?
Well, a little everything, like movies, fashion, music, art, but most of all the person I shoot. I like to have a lot of spontaneity, so I like also to be inspired by the moment. Also whatever the person I’m shooting wants to share with me.
What are your favorite things you like to shoot?
People obviously. But I like to shoot male or female, model, professionals, friends, celebrities or unknowns. At the end of the day the good thing about this job is I get to meet so many different people and I enjoy learning about their personality.
How did you get involved with Sneax?
In my photo book “So Sexy It Hurts” there were already a lot of boys wearing sneakers. I love sneakers, so I always had them in my pics.
The book SNEAX is a compilation of many other photographers, so I’m happy the publishers asked me to be part of it. I shoot a lot of gay guys, some with different fetishes, different styles, this time the focus just happened to be sneakers.
What’s your favorite photo you took in this book and why?
I would say the cover of the book with Jordan Fox. He’s a great guy, nice body, and very cool to work with. I saw him once in a movie, and got in touch with him to do some photos.
What’s next for you?
Right now I’d like to shoot more outside, in the nature. I’m planning a few shoots in the mountains — some healthy, sunny, Swiss mountains. But it’s something really different for me since most of the time I’m in the studio. So I’m really to see how nature will inspire me.
Hardcover: 160 pages
Publisher: Bruno Gmunder Group
Dimensions: 11.4 x 9.5 x 0.9 inches
Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds
List Price: $54.99 (Amazon.com, $39.33; Barnes and Noble, $49.49)