Is it really necessary?

A while ago I mentioned that I had done a photo shoot with a guy I know in an attempt to get him on the cover of DNA. This guy is gorgeous and I’ve just been doing the editing and retouching on the shots to submit to the magazine. A lot of retouching is just minor adjustments to issues with the photography like lighting, contrast etc but when you are submitting to a magazine there is a whole other world of retouching that happens. Generally with my photography I don’t like to do a lot of photography. People look the way they look and the slight flaws make people human. Obviously I shoot beautiful guys so it’s easy but this morning I’ve found myself removing scars and moles, shading in abs and doing a lot more vanity retouching than I usually would.

While I know I am helping to perpetuate the problem by doing this, I am also struggling with it. It’s no wonder that teenage boys are obsessively going to the gym, using steroids in larger number than ever before and ending up with a completely warped body image. Social media and the mainstream media have built up a perception of what it takes to be “beautiful.” If I’d had my way while retouching these shots I would have left the scars and the moles. The scars tell a story of a medical history that very few people know about and moles are just a part of life.

Let’s see what DNA says. Fingers crossed.

The images above are all shots I’ve taken of beautiful guys and done almost no retouching on apart from colour/lighting etc.

Show us your Mangina!

There are a few tumblr blogs that I follow that are full of straight boys getting nude and rowdy. One thing that just about every man has done at some point in his life that is now being captured for posterity on Instagram is the Mangina. It’s uncomfortable and totally ridiculous but still funny. Men seem to love getting nude and doing stupid things and that should be applauded. These guys all some how still look vaguely hot while doing it. Of course it helps that they all have really nice bodies. I want to see the two in the middle without their tuck. What inspired them to do this? Were they just wandering around the apartment nude?

I’ve made sales!

In a fantastic first week of the Tribe images being out in the world officially, I’ve already made a few sales. Seven prints have been ordered from here in Sydney, from California, the UK and up north in Queensland. After the fairly lacklustre response to my Freedom exhibition in terms of sales, it’s been great to have such a positive start to TRIBE. With no overheads for the exhibition because it was online, I am not struggling to break even.

The most popular image so far in the series has been “Joshua 1″ which is the central image above. I’ve sold one large and two smaller prints of that already. “Joe 1″ on the right above has been popular too with an order for a large print and an order for a small. It’s always interesting to see which of the images people respond to. I love it.

I hope he wins

This story came to my attention yesterday and I actually got a bit emotional about it. Trans rights and even just trans awareness is a frontier that has been increasing in publicity lately. Awesome trans folk like Laverne Cox being on the cover of TIME magazine is a huge step forward, but the media circus around Bruce Jenner’s possible, as-yet-unconfirmed transition to female proves that we still have an enormously long way to go before the war is won.

One of the pioneers doing amazing things for the cause is Aydian Dowling. Aydian is currently in the lead in the public voting in Men’s Health Magazine’s search for a cover model. While Dowling is currently the frontrunner in the voting, winning the public vote doesn’t mean he’ll end up on the cover. There are other criteria such as professional success, fitness and community giving. Aydian looks amazing and he works hard on his body and he’s helping others too by training other trans people in Oregon.

A masculine ground zero like Men’s Health would do so much for the trans community by having a gorgeous, muscled, hot trans man on the cover. It’s astonishing that he’s leading the vote. Not because he doesn’t look the part but because of people’s discrimination. Or maybe trans supporters are being damned enthusiastic in voting.

Who are the top bottoms?

Broadway Bares is one of those events that is sitting on my bucket list and will probably (sadly) be there for a fair while yet. The lavish campy burlesque show raises millions of dollars for AIDS research and does it with plenty of flesh. So it’s no surprise that their promotion uses the same tactic. This video has been doing the rounds for the last couple of days so I thought I’d share it.

What can I do?

It seems like it’s becoming a “thing” to take a nude photo when you are traveling somewhere cool. Even though Instagram technically doesn’t allow nudes, there are plenty on there and #nakedadventures¬† #thebottomlesstour and #naking are some fun tags to look for. With a European trip coming up full of naked time (hopefully) I’m trying to think of what my signature pose might be. These photos all popped up on my radar a few years ago and they were all tagged “libertie”. I’m not entirely sure why but they are all seeming to embrace the environment before them which I will certainly do.

Some people take a little toy on their travels and take photos of that everywhere. Others do a little dance or a cliched peace sign. I wonder what mine will be?

Barney’s and Bruce

Bruce Weber is an icon in the photography world and one of my favourite photographers of all time. He’s the man responsible for bringing so much flesh to the Abercrombie and Fitch quarterly “catalogues”. He’s done a bit of film making as well and his collaboration with Barney’s features his signature bonkers style of incredibly beautiful people wearing odd combinations of clothes and props, like a child dressing up in mum’s good clothes and mixing it with things from dad’s garage, with your butt hanging out. It’s not a bad thing. Sexy and whimsical is a good combination in my book.

"It's a Man's World" for BARNEYS NY – 2015 from Bruce Weber on Vimeo.

Tribe is live!

This morning, after a restless night dreaming that I’d missed the start of the exhibition and nerves keeping me awake, I spent a really fun two hours sending the Tribe images out into the world via twitter.

A friend insisted that to have a proper exhibition launch I needed champagne. So he and his boyfriend had a champagne breakfast twitter exhibition party for me. There were four of us sitting around laughing and chatting as I uploaded the images one by one to twitter. They would retweet or favourite the images and comment on them. A couple of them needed a quick lesson in how to use twitter but it was a really lovely way to do it. If it hadn’t been for them I’d have been sitting at my computer at 7am this morning alone tweeting with much less merriment.

It was a really interesting way to launch a photographic series and I had some fantastic support from people in Brazil, Germany and France as well as lots of friends here giving me some twitter love.

My website is now updated with the images on there. I’m looking into the best options for an online store addition to my website but for now any purchase requests will have to be via email. The images are available in two sizes. The larger size is 30cm x 45cm (11.8″ x 17.7″) and each image is limited to 5 prints, all signed and hand numbered printed on beautiful Canson 310gsm Baryta Photographique Paper for $300. For the first time I’m also offering a smaller size of 21cm x 30cm (8.3″ x 11.8″) with each image limited to 10 prints, signed and numbered on the same Canson paper for $95.¬† The smaller option offers people to purchase all three images of a model.

For those of you that joined in the twitter conversation this morning, thank you very much for your support. It’s greatly appreciated. If you haven’t seen all the images yet, visit brentonparry.com

Advertising done European style

Here we are again. Europe is getting all naked in it’s advertising and giving us beautiful views of a beautiful man in a beautiful house selling us something that will apparently make you feel beautiful? This is the message that I’m getting from an advertisement that I can’t understand. I’m assuming that it’s convincing women that the product is so good and feels great so their man will want to steal it. Who knows? Who really cares? The guy is smoking hot and naked. What’s not to like?

Aldo Vandini – Meine Schönzeit – Nackter Mann from BloodActvertising on Vimeo.

The April fitness update

This month’s updates have been harder to get a hold of from the challengers. I’m still waiting on Sean’s but thought I’d post the rest. It seems like we are all struggling a bit. Now that the year is settling into a rhythm and work is getting busier the initial enthusiasm has waned. I know myself work has exploded in the past two weeks and I’ve struggled to eat well and work out properly. My weight has dropped a tiny bit and I’m not feeling too bad. That’s my cheeky douchebag locker room photos on the right in the towel.

Sam on the left has said his weight has stayed the same but his body scan said that he’s lost fat and gained muscle. Sam also tells me he’s feeling better in the workout classes and in life in general which is kinda the whole point isn’t it? Well done Sam.

Dermott feels like he’s going backwards but is still working out hard and trying to stay focused. He has the benefit of a nude circuit class once a week. I’d be a regular.

Barak has sent in his photos but hasn’t given me an update yet on how he’s feeling about his progress. Hopefully he’s feeling good.

A ways to go

A mate of mine and I were talking about porn and sexual exploits as we are prone to do and he said he’d been watching some interracial porn. It really struck me that in 2015 we still use the term interracial in regards to couples, sex, porn etc. and it makes me really sad. We are seeing a lot of racially motivated news stories of violence and protests around the world and it’s a bit scary that in this day and age race is still an issue. I have mostly caucasian friends but I was brought up believing, and I’d like to think practicing, that no one is lesser than anyone else.

This post is going to stick to the topic of interracial sex/porn for the main reason that it’s a nicer topic than violence and war. I’m also not informed enough to understand the politics and motivation for the violence. Sex is an act between two people that find each other attractive and I assume that the porn stars who are making “interracial” porn are into each other. Thankfully we are seeing the interracial label being used less and less and it’s essentially just hot guys fucking the hell out of each other but the fact that it’s still used at all is still a problem.

There is an old expression floating around and I don’t know where it came from or who said it and it was originally about war and racial tensions but it was something along the lines of “Instead of focusing on what makes us different, why not focus on what makes us the same?” That is so very true and especially suitable when you are trying to get your rocks off with some gorgeous guy. The colour of his skin doesn’t matter. Is he making you feel good? Are you making him feel good? Excellent. Have at it boys.

Not ready for winter

We here in Sydney are about half way through Autumn already and this week has seen a change in temperature. There will no doubt be a few more cheeky warm days, hopefully weeks, before the cold really takes hold. We don’t suffer the cold that Europe or North America has by any stretch of the imagination but as a solar powered nudist I’m all about being warm. Two separate groups of friends have recently been on holidays to Antarctica and while that’s on my bucket list I struggle with the concept of all that time off work and money to go somewhere cold.

This is a video of my friend Kirill from Active Naturists and some of his buddies having a traditional Russian Banya followed by a dip in the water through a hole cut in the ice. I’m sure if I was there I’d brave it briefly but the idea just looks so preposterous to me. Why would you jump in that stupidly cold water when there’s such a toasty warm and nude friendly sauna/banya right there with company? I know there are medical benefits to it but it seem so silly. Actually it looks like a lot of fun but I’d need to be coerced.

Banya with an ice hole at the Moscow River from Active Naturists on Vimeo.

Refreshingly unaffected

I recently photographed a guy for the third time and was struck, along with how gorgeous he is, how down to earth he is. In Sydney, the body and the looks reign supreme it would seem and far too many guys rely on that and that alone to get by. There are guys I know who are hot but have nothing to back it up. They might be intelligent but they don’t use it. They may be sweet but they don’t show it. Instead they rely on having a sixpack, pecs and a good jawline while displaying them at the right parties.

The model that I’m talking about tonight goes out partying but goes to have a great laugh with his friends. He gets photographed and like anyone, likes some attention. We all do, but he doesn’t need it or seek it. It took me a while to work out why he was so relaxed and lovely and I’m sure there is a lot more to it than the theory that I’m about to put forward but I’m sure it goes a long way.

He’s been in a happy monogamous relationship for a couple of years now with another lovely guy. He met and started dating his current boyfriend a few months after breaking up with a partner of six years. Given he’s only in his late 20’s now, that means that he’s been in happy relationships for his adult life. We were chatting on the shoot, the three of us that were there, about Grindr etc and he’s never been on any of them. He’s not jaded or bitter by being single on Sydney’s gay scene. He’s not been hurt and isn’t carrying around the baggage that the rest of us are.

So THAT is the secret! Too late for most of us.

Four days too long

As someone who doesn’t manage to get much sex, most of my sex life is solo. It’s not my ideal but it’s been my reality for a very long time now. Over the Easter break I was sharing a bedroom with my 12 year old nephew and a family friend’s 8 year old son. Again, that’s not ideal but they are good kids and it’s not that big a deal. One day maybe I’ll be able to take a partner along on a family Easter which would be really lovely because the Easter crowd are the people I have grown up with and they are very important to me.

Going for four days without being able to have a wank wasn’t a great chore but the wank I had yesterday was fantastic. It wasn’t a long session and I would have preferred someone else be involved but that didn’t work out so it was a fairly typical wank to some porn. Here’s hoping my sex life manages a bit more variety soon.

Beautiful Agony #2748, 2013 from Beautiful Agony on Vimeo.

Brenton Parry Tribe is this weekend!

My third solo exhibition is this coming weekend and everyone, around the world who wants to be a part of it, can be. This exhibition isn’t going to be in a physical gallery. Tribe will be held on Twitter. On Sunday morning at 7am Sydney time log in to twitter and follow the #brentonparrytribe conversation. There are 33 images from 11 shoots featuring 12 different beautiful men who were kind enough to share their time and bodies for my photography. They put up with being painted and posed for my art.

One of the models who is featured in this Tribe series is the late Fabien Ardoin, a 23 year old French model and engineering student who tragically passed away in an accident in June 2014. I only met Fabien on the day that we worked together on the shoot but he was a lovely guy, very generous and enthusiastic. The shots are some of my favourites for the series. Fabien is the model on the right, painted red.

With this Tribe series I didn’t want to directly reference any specific tribes or cultures but use them as an inspiration to explore the different “tribes” within society and specifically the gay community. With subcultures always appearing and evolving it felt natural to explore that.

If you want to know what time to log in to the conversation, use The World Clock. It will tell you what time it is currently and let you know the different times around the world at that time as well. If I can raise money and find a venue, this exhibition might become a physical exhibition one day.