Happy birthday Kylie

This woman has provided many amazing memories throughout the last 31 years. Since she released Locomotion in 1987 and was derided in the press for being a flash in the pan, she’s constantly proven herself tackling different styles of music and selling out massive tours. She’s not everyone’s cup of tea I know, but she’s mine. I’m not one of the new generation of fans that send death threats to anyone who criticises their idol but if anyone spouts bullshit about Kylie not being able to sing, I’ll shout you down.

One thing I don’t think she should be doing is acting. She may have found fame acting in Neighbours but she’s made some awful movies.

Regardless, today she turns 50 and looks absolutely incredible for it. She seems to have eased up on the botox these days which leaves her looking much more natural and still just as gorgeous.

In honour of her birthday, below is her new music video for “Golden” from her latest album of the same name. Now I’m just waiting for her to release tour dates for here in Australia. C’mon Kylie!

Philippe is available now!

I promise to keep up the pace of releasing a download every week for as long as I can. Today I photographed what may be the last outdoor nude until after winter. It feels a bit mean to be getting models naked outdoors in Winter which officially starts in a few days here in Sydney.

Today’s release is Philippe which I photographed a little over two years ago. He took me by surprise with his gorgeous looks and dark skin when he announced he was from the Ukraine. Quite possibly I’m a bit ignorant about geographic and racial mixes but I wasn’t expecting a black man to come from Eastern Europe.

The morning we shot this, you can see a yacht in the background of a few of the shots and it turns out it was some friends who spent the night on the water. Later in the day I spent the day on the water with them, naked as the day I was born. Bliss.

Photographing the gorgeous Philippe nude that morning was just so lovely. He’s now enjoying some success in the U.S. Sadly I don’t expect to see him back here in Sydney any time soon because it would be fun to work with him again. If you want to see all of Philippe, and he does go frontal in this series, head on over to my shop to buy the download.

It was bound to happen

Sharing my life like an open book on social media is fraught with a little danger. While I was looking for work I put my personal Instagram account on private as well as my Facebook account. Now that I’m safely in a permanent role in a great company that is very liberal in it’s thinking I have restored my Instagram to public.

Up til now my colleagues had found out about my Photography Instagram and my Wedding Celebrant Instagram and that was that. Yesterday I found out that a few of them have now found my Personal account. Yes, the account full of nude selfies and naked travel images and silly shenanigans.

Thankfully they all just laughed it off as fun, no problem whatsoever. They also didn’t make fun of my butt or my back fat so we are all good.

Getting Itchy Feet

Given that I have not long started a new job and won’t really be able to plan any decent holidays this year I’m now looking towards next year.
In the past I’ve spoken about my plan to do an international trip every two years with a domestic in between. So far the domestic plan hasn’t worked out with one “domestic” year being hijacked for a trip to Bali for a friend’s 40th which was great fun. This year’s is being sacrificed to the working gods.
Of course, my travel plans always include some options for getting naked as much as possible and the timing works well for escaping Australia’s winter and enjoying some warmth on my butt in Europe. At this stage after a conversation with a  well travelled, nude-inclined friend of mine I’m thinking of Corsica or Sardinia, Sicily, Portugal and possibly finishing off with a few days in a gay clothing optional B&B in the South of France that I’ve read about.
Obviously it will depend on costs and timings but I think it’s workable. There is also the option of doing another Saltyboys gay clothing optional sailing trip and after speaking to them they are likely to do a trip in Sardinia or Corsica which would work perfectly.
The spanner in the works is that I’m also thinking of a safari in Africa. SO much of the world to see.
Anyone got any suggestions?

Carry on…

In all the years that I’ve been quite open about my naked tendencies I’ve become acutely aware of just how uncomfortable some people are with nudity. Anyone that has read this blog for a while will realise that I’m pretty much an open book. Oversharing is probably a term that some people might use. When I finally acknowledged that I was into guys it was only six months later that I had come out to everyone in my life at the time.

Through that openness about my love of being nude, I have met many people who are also keen to strip off. Tonight one of those friends, who I have photographed a couple of times, posted a photo on Facebook. He is travelling for work and staying in a hotel where the minibar attendant walked into his room and found him nude. The photo he posted was an apology note and a bottle of wine to say sorry. I have absolutely no doubt that the poor woman who saw him was way more concerned about the situation than he was.

Of course, if someone else is not comfortable with the nudity of the situation then that makes me uncomfortable. This is the reason that I don’t walk around nude in front of my current housemate. Being caught naked is one thing but forcing nakedness on someone who doesn’t appreciate it is another thing entirely.

My friend has done well out of it though. A free bottle of wine for something that caused him absolutely zero concern is a pretty good result.

It’s not a monopoly

A few years back I heard of a photographer asking a model not to work with any other photographers. Now I might be wrong but isn’t that how modelling works? You work with a bunch of different photographers over an extended period of time for a bunch of different projects and call it a modelling career. Back in the day a model used to be contracted to one fashion house just like movie stars used to be contracted to one movie studio. That system fell apart a long time ago.

Even if you have the rare fortune to become the muse of a particular artist and work with them over and over again, often providing them with their inspiration, it’s rare that you would never model for anyone else.

Tonight I’ve had a conversation with a model who has been put in a tricky situation by a photographer he’s worked for a few times. The photographer thinks the model is diminishing the photographers point of difference by posing for nudes with other photographers. Unless you sign an exclusivity contract and pay that model a living salary you can’t expect them to not work with other people. The only area you can complain about is if they do a shot that very closely emulates your work in style and execution. Even if a model uses a prop that you want to use with them, it’s probably in a very different way and you can’t say anything, especially if the model owns the garment or prop.

Thankfully I am on really good terms with a lot of the other male figure photographers here in Sydney and while we all have our favourite models we are happy for the most part to pass on contacts and introductions. It’s a small place and if you play hardball you’ll stop being invited to play.

Find your Balance!

Just a few weeks ago I was lucky enough to photograph the beautiful Antonio. As I mentioned in a previous post he was absolutely adorable and I may have fallen a little bit in love with him. Of course he’s back on the other side of the world performing and I’m fairly unlikely to see him again sadly.

Well now it’s your turn to enjoy the photos I captured of this beautiful man in this week’s download, BALANCE. I’m really happy with these photos and even happier we didn’t get arrested taking them. We were seen as it was a fairly public place in Wollongong on a beautiful morning. To be able to witness first hand this incredible athlete in control of his body, upside down and nude was a genuine privilege.

Antonio is a great example of someone shaking up preconceived ideas. I’m not usually into a lot of tattoos or piercings on a guy but he has fairly modest stretchings/plugs in his ears and a lot of tattoos but he carries it all off very well. When I saw him perform in the show Limbo he looked almost cocky but in person he’s softly spoken, genuine, and just divine. Apparently I’m still not over my crush.

Head on over to my shop to buy Balance and any of the other prints or downloads available there.

Getting scared

As usual, I’ve been excelling in procrastination. Even the occasional procrasturbation.

Today that stops. I’m heading out to my circus school to start putting together my performance for the naughty, more adult version of the performance nights that the school does. I’ve been campaigning for this to happen for years and it’s happening. Unfortunately one of my talents is not rehearsing enough and negative self-talk. The dialogue in my head says I’m shit at performing but that’s because I never rehearse enough. I don’t rehearse enough because I get so nervous about performing. Vicious cycle much? It’s not fun.

The trouble is that when I come to putting a routine together I worry that I’m not going to be able to do all the tricks that I have in my head so then I default to old tricks. Yawn. Time for some intensive rehearsal, workshopping and training.

I’ve decided that I’m too good at negative self talk in general. Making jokes about how old I am or how out of shape I’m feeling is now far too habitual for me and it’s a self perpetuating prophecy. So this afternoon is the first step in fixing all that.

"Entangled" Dress Rehearsal from Brenton Parry on Vimeo.

I wouldn’t know

We all know how Grindr works. Mostly endless chat with very little mutual gratification, often served with some attitude, rudeness or if you’re lucky a few nice cock shots.

Even though it is usually about getting naked and getting off I have heard of some mythical beings meeting their partners on the apps and forging a relationship which is nice to hear, as it is to hear that people actually get to meet someone for sex rather than the time wasting etc that seems so prevalent.

Over the weekend someone messaged me and we were doing a tiny bit of chat. He asked what I was looking for which at the time was some quick casual no strings fun. He said he was looking for a boyfriend. Sure, it’s not unheard of on Grindr. Then he asked me how to go about it and that my friends is when I was stumped.

Firstly he was asking someone whose profile clearly says “single” on it how to get a boyfriend. Possibly not a great start, especially had he known I’ve been single and had barely any dates in 7 years. Secondly, isn’t asking someone on Grindr how to find a boyfriend like going to McDonalds and asking for weight loss advice? It just doesn’t seem a natural fit to me.

Points for trying mate.

Checking in…

My family isn’t one to talk about feelings a lot. I have never been left in doubt that they love me, even when my mother wasn’t quite coping with me coming out all those years ago.

So it was a little bit unusual to get a text message from my sister starting with “Just checking in.” There was more to the message and it was all very casual but I started to think about why she might not have thought I was ok. Maybe I’m reading too much into it. That is an entirely possible scenario but while I was thinking about it I thought about my social media activity lately. It would be fair to say that I’m going through a lonely phase and there may have been a couple of statuses on Facebook that would hint to that but I didn’t think I’d been all “Woe is me” about anything but quite often people around you see you more clearly than you see yourself.

Anyway, I am fine but it’s given me a bit of a kick in the butt. Even though I joke about being old, fat and chronically single I don’t mean it but there is definitely a bit of cynicism about those things. I’m not enjoying certain elements of getting older at the moment and struggling to see the positives in being single and a “Mature aged gay”. My mental health is ok, I’m not suffering from depression or anything but I do feel like I need to be aware of these darker phases and not let them become too habitual. See them for what they are but always look for the positives.

It was very nice to know that my sister is looking out for me. Having seen a lot of sibling relationships that are awful at worst, a bit rubbish in other cases, it’s great that I get on with my sister and her husband and kids so well.

This wasn’t a post looking for sympathy or anything, just saying.

Garage out now

It’s Sunday afternoon here in Sydney and that means it’s time to release another download. This week I’m way back in the archives for another mini download of Kieran. It was his second shoot with me and once again we were in the middle of the night in a cold and unwelcoming environment.

Kieran seems to have deleted his Instagram account which is a shame so I can’t send you all there to look at him some more but I will forever be grateful to people like Kieran who took a chance on an inexperienced photographer who wanted them to do stupid things like get naked in a parking garage.

Last week I caught up with Brad who I credit with setting the tone for my Shrouded exhibition and a lot of my work since. November next year will be ten years since I took the image of Brad with his head wrapped and we’d lost touch but now he lives literally around the corner. We are trying to work out a way to do something for the tenth anniversary of the shoot, paying homage to it but not just recreating it. It’s exciting.

These images are grainy because of the lack of light and I think it really adds to the mood. If you want to buy Garage or any of the downloads, click here.

Aussielicious TV – Episode 3 from Brenton Parry on Vimeo.

You can’t argue with science

It seems the world is hell bent on being science deniers. Why teach evolution when you can teach creationism? Why do good things for the planet when you can deny climate change and champion the use of coal? The Australian government has been cutting funding to science in recent years which is awful.
Thankfully there is a scientific stronghold fighting the good fight for sensible, rational research. Buzzfeed. If you’re a reader of Buzzfeed, you’ll know that by picking your favourite from a series of multiple choice images, you can without doubt, scientifically predict just about anything.
Sadly for me, in the past few weeks, Buzzfeed has confirmed through three different highly scientific studies (i.e. Multiple choice questionnaires) that I will be single for life. I will never find love and nor will I have a Marvel Superhero husband. Can you imagine how devastating it has been to know with such certainty that I will never be Mr Hemsworth, Mr Pratt or Mr Evans… Not even Mr Hiddleston?
I’m crushed. It could take some time to get over this.

I hope they’re ok

Sydney’s summer was long and hot. Unusually so. As a result, people like me who are solar powered enjoy the longer period of beautiful weather. With summer feeling like it was never going to end, I just kept planning photo shoots.

Oops. All of a sudden, Autumn has hit hard. Tomorrow is going to be a lot cooler than it was even just last week. Compared to other parts of the world we have very mild winters so even the shoots that I have planned in the next few weeks outdoors are not going to be life threatening but I do hope the models don’t hate me too much afterwards. I hope they are ok after I get them nude on beaches and outdoors.

The way I make it up to them is to buy them a hot breakfast after their shoot to warm them up. God knows I can’t afford to be sued for giving them hypothermia.

By the time I have the planned outdoor shoots completed we will only be a few days away form the official start of Winter. Oops.

Only what?

People. My god they make me wonder at times.
Having this blog and sharing my life and my photography has meant I’ve had some fairly strange interactions over the years. Most of the interactions I have are fantastic, but there are times I’m left shaking my head. From people wanting a photo shoot with a massage attached, to people just being plain rude. Thankfully my trolls all disappeared a while back. It’s one of the benefits of a declining readership.
There are a handful of people who have asked if I will be starting an onlyfans page, or suggesting I start one. It’s not something I plan on doing at this stage. Most of my shoots don’t result in the kind of content that people want from an onlyfans page and I’m certainly not putting myself jerking off on there. For the most part, onlyfans leaves me a bit cold. I have been following people for a month and then switching my subscription to someone else to see their content. Dylan Rosser has a lot of great content of shoots he does with beautiful models but pages of just one guy jerking off or even fucking gets a bit dull.
To watch other people’s onlyfans I have an account but I have absolutely nothing on there myself. So you can imagine my surprise when I got a notification that someone had subscribed to my page. Didn’t they notice I had nothing on there? I hope they aren’t going to patiently wait for me to post heaps of raunchy content because it’s not happening.

What a ride!

On Saturday, as I posted about before, I did a shoot with Tate Ryder who has now retired from studio porn work. He is however still doing an Onlyfans page. So we did a shoot for me for the next issue of QAMA Magazine that I’m dying to show you but I need to hold off until the magazine comes out. Trust me it’s hot.

We also did a bunch of different shots for him to use on his page. To say that Tate is a good looking man is an understatement. I have no idea what his ethnic background is but it’s working a treat. He has the most amazing eyes and beautiful lips and jawline. From the time when I first met Tate and photographed him (before his porn career, using his real name) when he was a skinny guy, he’s worked incredibly hard on his body and has totally transformed it. He is now a qualified Personal Trainer so it makes sense that he looks the way he does.

It also makes perfect sense to photograph him looking sexy as fuck, preferably naked. Tate isn’t one to mess with boring conventions. He’s not afraid of being bold and creative and you can see that in the “outfits” he brought to the shoot. He freely admits that one of his inspirations is Francois Sagat who is also never one to stick to the rules of masculinity. As a result we had a lot of laughs on this shoot. Even Tate wondered if a rainbow neck pillow as a headpiece might be too much but I said no way.

Working with guys who have done porn is a lot of fun. You can pretty much suggest anything and they will at least think about it. At one point towards the end of the shoot when we’d got all the erect stuff we needed and just had a couple more shots to do, I turned around and Tate was filming himself jerk off and cumming on the floor of the studio. Hilarious.