Men Out of Townby Eyal de Leeuw | 20.11.16
If you’ve lived in Tel Aviv in the recent decade you can’t not notice the style evolution that is happening among the city’s guys. It’s not Milan and far from London or Paris, but the new sartorial attitude is progressive and visible to the eye. One of the great documentarists of this slow change is photographer Ori Taub and his project mentlv. Telavivian recently sat down with Taub to discuss his work and present this new Out of Town production.
Hi Ori, can you tell Telavivian a bit about mentlv?
mentlv is a photography project taking place in Tel Aviv, where I shoot the city’s coolest dudes. mentlv was born out of my passion to photograph fashion, men and the city’s streets from my own point of view. Almost everyday there is a new mentlv on instagram—check it out!
How did it all start?
In the beginning I started to shoot just friends and their friends, but now I mainly work with model agencies and fashion brands. The project has great exposure through social media and I also get many requests from people I don’t know to take part in mentlv. So it’s fun and interesting.
This new production that we are showing here is a very non-urban one, can you tell us a little about it?
A few months ago, following the brilliant series Narcos, about the Colombian kingpin Pablo Escobar, I decided, together with my friend Matan Akerman to create a certain stylistic homage. We wanted to recreate something from the 80’s Colombian feeling and the mustache attitude of the actors Pedro Pascal Boyd Holbrook and of course Wagner Moura. Matan, who is a model and a very talented carpenter, suggested to leave the city and take a trip to the north of Israel where he grew up.
Courageous! Where did you visit in the north?
After a long day of traveling in the quiet fields of Kibbutz Gadot, we went horseback riding in the Biria forest where Matan used to do this in his childhood. The combination of nature and the quietness gave this production a certain atmosphere. Time passes there much slower than in the city. The result is dedicated to the timeless masculine model, carrying a mustache, between the Kibutz, Medellín and Bogota.