Exciting opportunity

As with all things in a typical Libran person, my excitement over celebrities is balanced out by my cynical view that they are just regular people doing an unusual job.

I’ve posted a few times here on the blog about my wish list of celebrities to photograph and while it is unlikely, I may be about to take my first steps on the road to photographing celebrities

A couple of months ago I was lucky enough to spend a lovely night at the pub with friends and meeting new people through friends. One of those new people was Alfie Arcuri. He won the Australian Voice in 2016. He’s also a gay man who released a single “Love is Love” (below) during the fight for marriage equality just over a year ago.

Alfie is releasing a new single next month and after seeing some of my photography asked if I’d be interested in shooting some promo shots for him. A fabulously talented Australian photographer, James Demitri has done the music video and some of the visuals (I’ve had a sneak peek) aren’t wildly dissimilar to my work. So this weekend as well as shooting two other models for download, I’m photographing Alfie. I can’t wait to work with him. He’s absolutely lovely!

Maybe it’s you?

Advertising has a lot that can be criticised. For a long time it’s played to obvious stereotypes and often been guilty of misogyny, homophobia and racism. I think companies that try to redress that should be applauded.

This week one of the companies most guilty of misogynistic advertising for decades, Gillette has done their part to shift their approach. Their ad talks about the culture of toxic masculinity and how “boys will be boys” is not good enough any more. There have been arguments that it’s attacking men but I disagree. To me it feels like it’s handing people an opportunity to do better. To recognise bad behaviour and be a part of the solution.

Obviously the same men that think women are being given all the opportunities and claim it’s impossible to even flirt with a woman now that #metoo has had such a (positive) impact, are now threatening boycotts against Gillette saying that it is PC gone mad and people aren’t allowed to be men any more.

My take is that if you really have a problem with an advertisement asking you not to be an asshole, then you might just be an asshole.

How?

Today I watched the video below about dating. This woman made some very valid points. Rather than going in to a date asking if the person is “the one”, ask if you actually even want to spend a few hours having dinner with them. It seems like common sense but it doesn’t feel like it’s that common.

What I want to know is how are people finding dates? I haven’t been on a real date in over a year. In August 2017 I went on a couple of great dates with someone which unfortunately went nowhere but pretty much nothing since. In this video she talks about Tinder but that for me has been pretty useless. If I match with someone there are maybe one or two messages sent but it never seems to go anywhere from there.

I have half-jokingly thought about issuing a date challenge on the blog asking for dates but the caveat is that I blog about them but then I don’t know if I want to do that. As soon as I’m legitimately interested in someone I don’t think it’s a great idea to blog about it.

Steven

Sometimes it just takes a while for things to fall into place. Steven is a young guy I chatted to on Grindr probably 18 months ago. He’s a bit of a nudie and at one point was going to come to one of our nude drinks nights but that never happened.

We’d also talked about doing a photo shoot and like the drinks, that didn’t seem like it was going to happen. Then a couple of months ago we started chatting again and I mentioned the shoot and he was right up for it.

So one day in December we headed off to the National Park to a nice private spot that I’d been to before. I managed to get us a little bit lost a couple of times but in the end, there we were, nude by a stream in the sunshine in the Australian bush.

Steven has a wholesome boy-next-door look and these photos felt right to me in black and white. He could almost be a returned World War II veteran on his time off relaxing in the sun shine.

Steven, the download not the man, is now available from my shop. Click here to buy that download or any of the others!

Slow start

My body image issues have been a recurring theme on this blog over the years and right now is no different. I have no problem being nude with my mates or nude on beaches and in the locker room in general but I see photos of myself and really don’t like what I see sometimes.

I remember years ago a guy I was rowing surf boats with complaining that as he hit his 40’s he had a bit of fat on his lower back, kinda love handle area that he had never had before. He said it was almost impossible to shed.

Now I know what he’s on about. When I take photos nude for instagram, they are mostly from behind and that is the angle where I see my problem areas.

Sadly, with the new year I haven’t been blessed with a new sense of motivation or inspiration for training and eating. The eating is marginally better than it was but my “fitspiration” at the gym seems to have stayed missing. How on earth are all those people who are good at training, so consistently motivated?

Fingers crossed as I move into the new year I’ll build up some momentum!

One x Two

This week’s download is “one x two”. One man, photographed two ways.

Chris is one of the most classically handsome people I’ve ever met. 1950’s Hollywood would have cast him as the leading man in every big movie.

The shoot was broken up into three parts, but for the purposes of this download I’ve used two of them. One of them has been thoroughly re-worked with colour overlays and “glitches”.

The second is classic black & white. Sometimes you just can’t beat the classic look. If you want to buy this week’s download or any of the others, click here.

A great finish

While the first week of my break went really slowly and deliciously, the second week has FLOWN by. While I’m not entirely convinced I want to go back to work tomorrow I have had a great finish to my break.

On Friday morning I picked up two mates and their camping gear, squeezed them in to my little car, along with my own camping gear and drove to River Island for a couple of nights of naked camping. We spent Friday swimming in the river and finding any shade we could to try and escape the scorching heat. Yesterday morning (Saturday) five more guys joined us and we had an amazing day exploring the river, swimming in the “cascades” and playing card games until nearly midnight. We decided at that point that we’d had enough and we were tired, tipsy and very happy.

Early this morning I got up along with one of the other guys to do a photo shoot. Doing a photo shoot for me usually means the model is nude and I’m clothed but if we are nude camping and it’s one of my nude mates that I’m photographing then I’m not bothering with pants. One of the other guys joined us mid photo shoot and took this cool “behind the scenes” shot (above).

So tomorrow morning my gym training and re-vamped approach to eating starts hopefully with a lot more enthusiasm than I had at the end of 2018.

Not very impressed

It wasn’t the best start to my new year in a couple of ways. Being sick was one of them. The other was receiving a message from one of my models all in a fluster because someone had sent him one of the full frontal images on twitter.

Apparently he hadn’t really thought it through when he agreed to pose full frontal with no pressure from me, and signed a release form for these images to be released. Not only did he say it felt like a violation of privacy if someone buys the download and puts it online but he also said that selling them for “$6 is not art but… selling like a bakery sell bread”

There is a language barrier and I don’t think he meant to be offensive but Fuck. Right. Off. Telling me I’m selling my work like bread is damned offensive. If I charge more, nobody buys it. No one is buying the limited edition prints because they are too expensive and people get to see all the images they want at a cost effective price.

Even though he has signed a release form and I technically didn’t have to remove the download as he requested, I have. I don’t want my models hating me but this has left a very sour taste in my mouth.

If you own the “Bohemian” download, you are now the owner of a limited edition download.

P.S. I have used an image of Jorge, but it’s not him. He’s awesome.

Not quite to plan

Catching up with friends you haven’t seen for 2.5 years, over New Year’s Eve should be a fun filled time. And I definitely loved seeing my friends but my New Year’s Eve did not quite go to plan.

On Sunday afternoon I landed in Geelong and spent the afternoon relaxing at my mate’s house catching up and having a light meal before we went out to Piano Bar. Now Piano Bar is Geelong’s only gay bar but my god it’s fun. A live pianist/singer, plus drag queens and a lot of laughs and wine meant for a fun night. Sadly it was as we were leaving there was the first sign of trouble.

See, the next nearly 48 hours were spent with many many rushed visits to the toilet. On New Year’s Eve I spent the night quietly on my mate’s lounge while they went to the party I was supposed to be at with them (no point them missing out) and I was in bed by 9pm.

All in all though I’ve spent some great time reminding myself why these guys are such amazing friends. It’s always great to catch up with friends you haven’t seen in ages and it’s as easy as if it were yesterday.

What a year!

It’s that time of year. All the best-of compilation posts are out and about. Best song, movie, celebrity feud, fashion statement. You name it and there’s a list for it.

Some of my friends have had a bloody awful year with all sorts of medical, emotional and economic issues to deal with. Thankfully my family have had a smooth sailing kind of year and on a personal level I’m in a good place.

There were no holidays for me this year because it was my first year in a new job and I’ve been saving my leave up for a big European adventure next year. That doesn’t mean my year hasn’t been good. I’ve done the most photography I’ve ever done and even made a bit of money from it. My wedding celebrancy work has been going well and makes the romantic in me very happy.

This year I also ticked off a bucket list sex fantasy. There are still more to go but I’m quite content with that aspect of my life at the moment. A bit of romance wouldn’t be a bad thing in 2019. Let’s see how that goes?

Wherever you are reading this blog and however often you drop by to read my ramblings, thank you. I wish you all the very best for 2019 and let’s see if we can’t do our bit to make the world smile!

Life is an adventure, go and enjoy it!

He’s your Island Boy

I’ve said it many times and I’ll say it again. I’ve been incredibly lucky with my models with very, very few of them causing me any drama. People I often haven’t met turning up and getting nude in places they often shouldn’t for me to take photos. It’s an interesting hobby, that’s for sure.

Taylor is my latest download and the last one for 2018. He is of Pacific and Cook Islands heritage and you can tell with just how happy being in and near the water made him.

He also has a stunning amount of energy! It was an early morning shoot and he was dancing and singing when most of my early morning models arrive clutching a coffee as if it is their only link to being alive.

Click here to buy Island Boy and any of the other downloads and feel free to recommend them to your friends to buy!

Obsessed

For a long time the comments weren’t working on this blog and sometimes I wish that was still the case. To be fair, the vast majority of interactions I’ve had with readers over the years has been fantastic.

When I posted a couple of weeks ago about someone claiming to be XL Hung at 7.5-8 inches I got a comment that perhaps wasn’t meant in a nasty way but it rankled me. “I feel like I live in a different gay world to you even though I am in Sydney also. Not everyone is obsessed with bodies and size. It seems like perhaps you aren’t attracted to anyone smaller than average and I wonder how much this limits you in relationships.”

Maybe I’m being overly defensive about it but that comment comes across as smug and superior, trying to tell me that I’m shallow and superficial. My requirements on body shape are very different in a photographic subject to what I expect in a partner. Commenting on someone’s claims about their own cock apparently makes me obsessed with cock size too.

Sorry, but if you are going to comment do it constructively. I’m sure they think they are doing me a favour by pointing out everything I’m doing wrong in the hunt for a partner but this comment was bullshit.

Experimenting

Churning out a photography download each week has felt a bit unsatisfying at times. Because I don’t have access to a free studio these days it’s much harder to execute some of my more creative and interesting concepts.

Shooting beautiful men nude in the beautiful outdoors is great and you all seem to like it but it’s hard to keep it interesting.

After doing several outdoor releases in a row, or shooting only outdoor things for a while I wanted to release something in a studio setting so I went back to the archives and looked at a shoot that I did two years ago that I hadn’t released as a download. It needed reworking and finally this week I had an idea on how.

David is a stunning human and he’s very content nude so playing with these images again was fun. The download will be released in a couple of weeks but I thought I’d share a few images now with you. As you all know I don’t really do a lot of manipulation on my images but I’m really happy with how these look. It also leads nicely into some of the treatments I’m thinking with the upcoming art-porn shoot.

A gentle nudge

I guess it’s not unusual at this time of year to evaluate what you’ve been doing and what lies ahead for the next year, five years or even just a month.

I’ve just finished watching the video below and it’s given me a gentle nudge to get back into making and posting vlogs and behind the scenes videos. I can’t make a behind the scenes video for every shoot that I do or I’d never leave the house and unless shooting and videos become my full time job, it’s just not an option.

This video reminds me of what I love about travel and video making. It’s so much fun capturing the moments on a trip and seeing if you can express a whole adventure in a 10 minute video through the selection of edits and music.

Captain Potter is a youtuber that has been a bit sporadic in his posting but when he posts I generally like what he’s sharing. I’ve found lately that some youtubers start to lose their magic or I get bored with them after a while. Some, like Ben Brown, lose the plot completely.

For now, enjoy this video.

Trolling the family Christmas

My family is pretty much expert level at keeping each other’s feet on the ground and preventing anyone from developing an ego. If anyone were to get famous in our family I’d be pretty confident in my family treating them exactly the same no matter how famous they got.

So I developed a plan to gently troll my niece and nephew for Christmas. About a year ago my sister took her husband and the kids and herself off to do a family portrait. As far as they go they are nice. There was one photo of my niece and nephew together that just makes me laugh. It’s a nice photo but they are typical teenage siblings and barely sit next to each other, let alone pose for cheesy photos.

So. I scanned the photo and had it put on a t-shirt. Then I wore that t-shirt to Christmas yesterday. The rest of the family were laughing their heads off. The kids thought it was crazy. Little did they know.

I had also had a photo taken of myself in the t-shirt which I then had put on t-shirts for them for Christmas. So much fun. Obviously they will never wear them but their reaction was totally worth it.

I hope everyone has had a great Christmas, however you celebrate or not! Lots of love from me here at Aussielicious.