Naked adventure!

The Naked Werewolves have made a few appearances on this blog and just before the start of 2018 we had Wolffest #1 at River Island nude camping. The vlog I did of that is below. It was a smallish group of about 10 of us camping naked, swimming, going for hikes and even nude slack-lining.

This weekend is Wolffest #2. Given it is still Winter here in Australia we aren’t camping this time. Instead we have hired a couple of cabins a few hours north of Sydney right near a nude beach. Fingers crossed we have some more of the beautiful weather we had yesterday and on Saturday where it should be very comfortable to be nude in the sunshine.

I think this time around we have a few more than last time and it should be a lot of fun as long as everyone is there with the right intentions and a fun sense of adventure. I’m considering this a little mini holiday since I’m not really taking any full holidays this year, saving them all for my intended European naked adventure next year.

As much as I love Sydney and being in a bustling city, it’s important to get out of the city from time to time and I’m challenging myself to do things where I meet new people. Last weekend was a birthday party with a work colleague. This weekend at least I know all the guys will be into being nude and I assume most of them are gay so there is a slight chance of meeting someone. Slight.

Back up to speed

It’s been several weeks since I did a photo shoot and I’ve just about exhausted my list of downloads that were prepared before I moved to my sister’s house. So this weekend I am picking up the camera again.

It’s been quite nice to have a break but I’m looking forward to getting back into it. This weekend I’m going away for a weekend with the Naked Werewolves Instagram group and I’ve organised with one of the guy to do a shoot. He’s a very sexy beefy guy. The shots are quite likely to be anonymous but he’s happy to be nude and do full frontal.

I’m obviously putting the vibes out there in the world that I’m getting back up to speed. I’ve had two models that I’ve worked with before get in touch today to organise shoots in the near future and yesterday a guy that I’ve photographed before and ran into on the nude beach over the weekend agreed to another shoot. 

Fingers crossed you all enjoy the results.

In the Woodland

I’ve photographed Jorge three times now, the most recent time being early this year. It was possibly my least successful shoot with him. Nothing to do with Jorge. He always turns up looking amazing with a great attitude. I was just off my game a bit that morning.

It’s no surprise that the latest download “Woodland” has already sold relatively well. Jorge is very popular with my Instagram followers and his the behind the scenes video of his first shoot has over 117,000 views on YouTube. Amazing. For some reason in the past few months my youtube channel has just been gathering subscribers, now sitting at just over 1,200 subscribers. I haven’t uploaded anything in months, but I plan to do more.

I’d love to work with him again and I know you all like seeing him. Most of you want to see all of him but Jorge doesn’t do full frontal so you’ll have to put up with the rest of his spectacular body.

Head on over to my shop to buy Woodland and all the other downloads now.

A nice try!

If I get invited to a party or an event where I don’t know anyone I’m pretty talented at saying no. Over the weekend a work colleague took me to the birthday party of a friend of hers. He’s a gay man in his mid/late forties and at his previous parties, she said he had lots of single gay friends there.

So on Saturday night I met up with her, her boyfriend, his brother and another friend and had a drink before we all went to the birthday boy’s apartment.

There were precisely zero eligible gay men at the party. All the gay men were either in couples or of vastly different ages to me. We are talking 15 years older or younger. My colleague swears it was a very different party to the years previous that she’d gone to. 

It was very sweet of her to think of me and try to help my absolutely dire relationship status and in the end we all had a really fun night with lots of laughs which is a pretty awesome result.

It’s a good day

I know I complain about Winter and being cold. This winter here in Sydney has been pretty amazingly mild. July was one of the warmest July’s in decades. Summer is my happy place and last summer was long and glorious, pretty much lasting all the way through our official Autumn.

It’s not unheard of to get a few random beach weather days in August here in Sydney even though it is still technically winter and yesterday we had one. The whole week was pretty mild but yesterday got to 25 degrees celsius (77F) so a mate and I took off down into the National Park to the nude beach down there for the day. It was beautiful. The beach was surprisingly quiet but there were still some hotties to look at but with lots of space and blue sky to enjoy.

Today the temperature has dropped back to a more normal temperature for this time of year, 14 degrees celsius (57F) so it’s quite a change but still sunny out there. It makes me feel even more grateful that we got to be naked in the sunshine for a few hours yesterday, get some fresh air and exercise. Fingers crossed to lots of great naked adventures and a long summer ahead.

Just not cool

Getting a number of gay men together to hang out nude is always a tricky thing. Back in the early days of my friends and I having nude drinks there were times when it got sexual even though that wasn’t the aim. Now we’ve settled into a groove with the right bunch of guys who know what it’s about and we are all friends anyway so for most of us those lines don’t get crossed.

If the mood is right, the crowd is right and everyone is on board the sure, sex is great and even sex with the right friends is great but you do need to “read the room”.

Next weekend I’m heading away for a weekend with a group of guys from the Naked Werewolves Instagram page. The guys that run the page are adamant that the weekend isn’t about hooking up but if you do, do it discreetly and appropriately. One of the guys who is coming has allegedly said that he loves masturbating and no one can tell him he can’t do it, whenever and wherever he likes.

Guess what buddy? You’ll have a bunch of guys telling you to stop, get dressed and go home. I am not one of those people that subscribes to the notion that “we are all gay men, don’t be uptight and just have some fun.” No. There are appropriate and inappropriate times and places for a good old wank, and over dinner with a bunch of people not interested is NOT the time.

Fingers crossed whoever he is, he behaves himself and enjoys the weekend for what it is.

Shake it up

With all the aches and pains my body has been giving me of late and a general feeling like I’ve been going backwards rather than progressing at circus class I’m going to shake it up a bit.

A few years ago I did a short, three week term of static cloud swing. It’s an apparatus that is somewhere between silks and a trapeze. I enjoyed the apparatus but didn’t like the teacher, who I’d also had as an instructor for silks at one point. A good friend has offered to give me a private class or two. It’s an apparatus that I’ve been interested in seeing ever since I saw Briefs for the first time many years ago and saw the very talented Mark Winmill do this routine (below) on the cloud swing.

Looking at the routine now it’s pretty simple and I can without being arrogant say that I could likely do most of this routine. Maybe this could be my new thing?

Get your Tribe

When I needed to get a bunch of downloads ready to go for the weeks I was staying at my sister’s place, I went through some old shoots and I decided that the Tribe exhibition could do with the download treatment.

The Tribe series was originally released as an online exhibition, shared via twitter. Now you can have a pdf of all the images from the “exhibition” plus some extras that didn’t make the official series. This is dedicated to Fabien, the cover star of this download who sadly passed away a couple of months after we did this photo shoot.

There were 11 shoots and 12 models that made the twitter release of the series but this book also includes another shoot that didn’t really fit the vibe of the series but it I was very happy with it regardless. Get all the downloads at my online shop here.

That felt good… sort of

Growing up, I learned to swim at about 3 years old and then swam pretty much every week day from the start of school years for about 5-6 months a year. By the end of high school we were doing 3-4km a day (2-3 miles) and I was so comfortable in the water. Through my years of life saving at the beach I was obviously in the water a lot but didn’t do lap training.

In the past couple of months I’ve had sore shoulders and a lot of tension in my neck so I thought this morning I’d haul my arse out of bed and go for a swim. Wow. It’s been a long time since I’ve done laps and I am not swim fit at all.

To say I didn’t swim for long would be an understatement. It was only a 500m swim but the shoulders and neck were sore but it definitely helped. Even though it is a glorious sunny day it is still technically Winter so the pool was very quiet, perfect for swimming, rubbish for perving.

This is scary

The search for social media fame and approval has become so formulaic that you can now predict what photos you will find on a popular Instagram page or sequences you’ll see on a popular Youtube page, especially in the realm of travel “influencers”.

This article that I saw the other day grouped together collections of all the Instagram cliches. It’s almost become like a game of Instagram Bingo. Feet dangling off a cliff over a river, tick. Girl in hat looking towards sunset, tick. Edge of infinity pool, tick.

I would actually add another one to the mix for the gays. A group of muscle guys in expensive speedos at a pool party holding a cocktail, tick. Funny thing is the caption is usually something like “best day ever” but no one is smiling because that causes wrinkles. It kinda terrifies me. Can’t we find our own adventures? Take a photo from a different angle? I know Instagram is rarely reality but shouldn’t it have a bit more variety?

Now that would be good

A good night’s sleep is always a very enjoyable thing. If only we could go back and tell our younger selves as children that they should embrace all the naps they are told to have rather than fighting it. As adults there are rarely enough opportunities for delicious naps. The other day, even after a good night’s sleep I was feeling tired and I wondered if this was my new normal.

Thankfully not. Being in the new place is proving good for sleeping at night. Quiet, comfortable and content. One thing that I have become very aware of over the years is that if my body temperature isn’t right, if I’m too warm particularly I will have some pretty amazing dreams. Amazingly weird sometimes.

After complaining about the freezing temperatures in my sister’s house the new place is really lovely and warm. On the weekend I had a pretty vivid dream that was definitely weird because it was a situation that I’ll never find myself in but it was awesome because I was hanging out with Chris Evans. Yep, Captain America himself. We were hanging out on a movie set that we were both acting in. I told you it was weird.

Apart from being quite happy to be hanging out with Chris for very obvious visual reasons, in the dream he was also as lovely as you’d hope, but I was very concerned about my own physical appearance doing shirtless scenes and standing next to him. Unfortunately I can’t tell you how it all turned out because I woke up but let’s just assume the movie was awesome and Chris and I became firm friends for life. Let’s just assume that. Please.

I’m trying

Do you ever look at your Facebook feed and think “seriously?” That’s probably an overwhelming yes on many many levels for a lot of us so I’ll clarify. In the past few months it feels like I’ve seen every single person I’ve ever gone on a date with or had a crush on has found the “love of their life” and they are getting married, moving in together or getting a goddam puppy.

Then there are the people who have been in long term relationships that have ended but they’ve gone on to find a new love within 6 months or so and it’s going brilliantly.

Trying not to be cynical or jaded but I’m over here thinking “when the fuck do I get a turn?” To borrow a line from the beautiful gay coming of age moving Love, Simon “I deserve a great love story” but I’m very much doubting it will ever happen. I’m trying to stay positive and I’m just getting on with enjoying my life but there are days when I just want to reach through Instagram and slap a couple upside the head.

A good friend asked me a couple of weeks ago if I’d been on any dates lately and I honestly can’t remember when I last went on a real date. That’s a bit fucking depressing.

Getting back to Nature

Sometimes it just feels good to get out into nature and take your clothes off. Andrew and I had been trying to organise a photo shoot for a long time and finally we made it happen and getting him naked in nature is exactly what we did. Andrew has a bit of a hippy dude vibe but with a bit of big city cool and regular bathing and grooming.

People have accused me of perpetuating unrealistic body types in the past and I admit that I usually photograph muscular guys but Andrew is one of those slim guys who really have sex appeal. He looked so at ease the morning we shot, sitting in the sand, walking nude up the river in the early morning light. Sadly we had to abandon plans to shoot in a beautiful, glassy lagoon at the location because two Muslim families turned up early to set up for their big picnic in the park and we didn’t think they’d respond well to a nude man nearby.

“Nature” is the new download available from my shop, along with all the previous downloads. Head on over there now to get your copy.

Productive

It’s been a long busy weekend but my god I’ve been adulting so hard. Yesterday and today I’ve been setting up flatpack furniture that I needed to get set up. Word of advice. Don’t buy furniture from Kmart. It’s dirt cheap and barely worth that money. A small bedside table with drawers that I bought wouldn’t actually go together. So I smashed it to vent my frustration.

A trip to Ikea this morning sorted out just about everything I needed. Although I’ve now bought two packets of light globes and neither of them fit the lamp that I have bought for my bedroom. So there have been frustrations.

All the frustrations are more than balanced out by how nice it feels here and sitting on the living room floor naked putting together furniture listening to good music is a definite plus. The apartment also gets beautiful sunshine so it’s delightfully warm, even nude in winter.

Tonight I also fulfilled a friend’s wish by opening the blinds and standing there nude so that he could finally see someone nude in the apartments. I see it as a community service. It’s unlikely that he will be the only one who sees me nude in the apartment from the street.

I’m IN!

I may have given my old housemate notice 11 weeks ago and had to stay at my sister’s place for 5 weeks but it has finally happened. I’m in the new apartment and 90% set up.

It feels so good to be here and I’m very pleased that I pushed through and got nearly everything organised yesterday. It was absolutely exhausting but having everything in it’s place on the same day you move in is a very worthwhile exercise. Last night I was so tired that I was in bed and sound asleep by 8.30pm and slept solidly for just over 10 hours. It was bliss to be back in my queen size bed.

My bedroom is quite small but since I only need my bed in there and a bedside table it’s absolutely fine. My housemate has said I can set up an area just inside the front door as my study area and that effectively doubles my space.

This morning I got up and walked naked to the bathroom and walked back nude. When I came out of my bedroom my housemate and his partner were standing nude in the living area checking out the new view. It’ going to be a good place to live.

I just need to find a bedside table and a chair and that’ it. All set up.