Seems a shame

Tomorrow morning I have a photo shoot with Woody Fox. Woody is a guy that I’ve known for a few years now and photographed for a couple of times for my second exhibition. Woody isn’t his real name. It’s his porn name. He’s back in Australia for a little while and we had talked about doing a shoot so that is what we are doing.

Now when a porn model wants to do a shoot with you, there is kind of an assumption that they’ll be ok with doing full frontal, possibly erotic shots. Now Woody clearly has no problem doing that but we can’t do any of that because of his contract with Falcon Studios. Apparently we are only allowed to shoot stuff that is “Instagram friendly.” Well damn, doesn’t that seem like a bit of a shame?

Having a porn model like Woody in front of my camera I naturally was thinking about the pdf download that we might get to produce. We will still be doing nudes but unless he’s changed his mind, there won’t be any of Woody’s wood.

Never Enough

Having shared a lot of my life over the12 years this blog has been going and sharing a lot of photography, very willingly, you start to learn a bit about human nature.

One thing that has come to my attention is that gay men are a bunch of horny folks and enough is never enough. If I post a shot of a super sexy guy in underwear, they want the undies off. If I post a non-frontal nude, they want frontal. If I post frontal, they want erect. If I post erect, they want it buried so far deep in someone else he may as well climb inside the person and use him like a sleeping bag.

I get it. I’m a horny homo myself and I love seeing hot guys naked but photographers post what they are willing to share. We aren’t going to go “Oops, sorry to post the modest stuff when I really must have meant to post the graphically detailed sex stuff!”

Sometimes I get the impression that gay men have never seen a cock before in their life. We all know that isn’t true.

Pro tip, if a model isn’t shown with his wang out, or the wang isn’t hard go to tumblr. There are THOUSANDS of cock shots, fuck pics, gifs, videos and cum shots on there. Easy. Get your cock out and have at it and enjoy.

And that’s me done!

In an attempt to overhaul my body a little bit, I bought an 8 week bodyweight transformation program. For a while there I almost enjoyed it. Today was the last workout of the program and I have to say I’m very relieved.

For the first half of the program I was feeling really good but by week 7 I’d hit the wall. I was feeling really run down and needed a few days off from the gym. Ultimately it took me 9 weeks to finish off the program.

In my usual way, I didn’t do as much as I could have to transform myself, not really changing my diet that much but I had no intention of looking like a Men’s Health Cover Model. As a result I haven’t actually lost any weight. What has happened is that I feel much better, my fitness has improved and my body has changed a bit. The back fat has decreased and everything else has toned up and even my butt is a little firmer than it was. I’d say that overall it has been a success.

From here I will be incorporating some of the workouts into my regular gym routine. I’m not sure I’ll ever go back to lifting heavy weights but I will go back to things like the battle ropes and kettle bells.

Above is a photo from the weekend. Yesterday, after photographing the beautiful Leonardo I took the opportunity of a beautiful morning combined with a nude beach at my feet, to go for a swim and Leonardo offered to take a couple of snaps for me. I can’t believe that it’s had so many likes on Instagram in one day.

Bohemian Rhapsody!

I make no secret of the fact I develop a crush on some of my models. Some I lust after, some I laugh with and the (thankfully) rare one I barely tolerate. Today was a crush kind of day. Leonardo is a 23 year old Italian traveller enjoying exploring life here in Australia. He’s a tattoo enthusiast and aspiring tattoo artist. He’s also a surfer and a bit of a hippy, free soul. Having never done a photo shoot before, he said yes when I asked. He even has “One life, one chance” tattooed on his knees.

Leonardo isn’t the type of guy that I usually go for at all. I’m not a massive fan of a lot of tattoos or piercings but there is something incredibly sexy about Leonardo. His vibe is very chilled, relaxed and open to whatever life brings his way. It’s that attitude that he brought to the shoot. Happy to do full frontal it was just something that he thought he was being given the opportunity to do so why not?

All of this definitely meant that I had a crush on Leonardo by the end of the shoot. In two weeks he is leaving Sydney and embarking on new adventures. I’m certainly glad that he agreed to do a photo shoot with me.

If you want to buy the booklet “Bohemian” celebrating Leonardo’s hippy, surfer vibe the head to my shop and download it! If anyone wants to buy a print of Leonardo, just get in touch and we can work it out!

Highs and lows

Life can take you by surprise and it does, often. Today it did, twice, for me.

In the past, I’ve posted about Active Naturists and the man who runs it, Kirill many times. A few weeks ago Kirill was in Miami and riding his bike to a nude yoga class and was hit by an SUV. Kirill was in the bike lane and observing all the road rules but still got hit. This morning I found out that he passed away.

Kirill was a pioneer for nudism around the world. He set up the Gymnasium nude camp at Burning Man a few years ago and was always promoting nude adventure travel around the world. He will be a huge loss to the nudist world. I only met him once in New York but a nicer guy you won’t meet.

In stark contrast, this afternoon I had a catch up with some friends of mine and I was very very pleasantly surprised to find out they are having a baby after trying for 4 years and two rounds of IVF. I’ve learnt through several friends having trouble falling pregnant that you don’t ask or say anything about it unless told. When my friend came back from the bar with a soda water, in a pub I had my suspicions but I wasn’t going to say a word. Thankfully they confided in me. SO happy.

naked oil wrestling at Burning Man 2016 from Active Naturists on Vimeo.

Go do it!

A very good friend of mine is having surgery tomorrow. It’s big, important surgery that will have lasting effects. If he’s been aware that he was at risk and had recognised symptoms earlier he may not be in this position. What is the problem? My friend is only 41 and he has an enlarged prostate.

The surgery tomorrow takes out part of his prostate which has been blocking his urethra and cutting off the flow from the bladder. The only reason they found this was because it caused a life-threatening infection.

Looking back my friend had had trouble from this for years. We are all lead to believe that we only need to have our prostates checked over forty and I’m still yet to have a check at 44. I guess the message I have hear is to acknowledge symptoms. If you have trouble peeing, a low flow, pain or anything, get it checked regardless of your age.

One of the side effects of this surgery is that he may never ejaculate again. It’s a heart breaking result but ongoing infections, a failing bladder and constant ill health is worse. The ideal solution is to recognise symptoms early and get it fixed. GO GET CHECKED!

Equal parts

Sometimes you just need a friend to do recommend something you’ve always been curious about to give it a go yourself. No, I’m not talking about anything sexual.

About a month ago some friends of mine went to a psychic. They both had some absolutely spot on information come from the psychic without him having any way at all of knowing the details that he mentioned. In my typical Libran fashion I am equal parts sceptical about it and a believer. So what can I do? Go and see the psychic myself.

While I didn’t have any “rock my world” kind of moments, there were a few things that he said that made a lot of sense and he was spot on about. Like a lot of people, one of the things I wanted to hear about was my love life. Obviously there are no guarantees and the psychic doesn’t have any way of knowing for sure but he did say there was someone out there for me, but they aren’t someone who I know or have in my life right now.

It could be complete bollocks but even just hearing that from the psychic is comforting.

The return of Mike

The first pdf download I put up for sale of Mike understandably was very popular. We did two shoots so why not share them both with you? This time we have 36 pages of Mike showing a lot more of what he showed last time. This time he even has some fun with himself if you know what I mean.

Sadly Mike isn’t doing any more shoots these days. I’d love to work with him again. Just look at his body, and everything else!

This is the eleventh download I’ve put up for sale and while some have sold better than others I’m really proud of all of them. Visit my shop to buy “Mike, again…” or any of the other booklets for sale there. You might even want to treat yourself to a limited edition print.

There are more shoots coming. I’m photographing a beautiful Italian surfer hippy this weekend. Fingers crossed he lets me share all of him with you in a download too. Regardless we will get some beautiful photos.

Priceless friends

The word blessed is thrown around way too easily these days, just like amazing. It’s starting to lose it’s value and as someone that isn’t religious it feels weird using it anyway but at the moment I do feel pretty blessed. On Wednesday I posted a tweet about feeling alone. That evening a friend of mine who lives interstate gave me a call just to check in and make sure I was ok. He saw the tweet and was a little worried. To be clear, I do get lonely and have my “down” moments but I don’t suffer from clinical depression nor do I have any thoughts of self harm or suicide but my god it was nice that he called.

Just yesterday I was checking out the newly renovated iconic Imperial Hotel with friends and ran into a guy that I’d gone on dates with last year. Every time I see him it throws me a bit. It’s getting much better and last night we texted and are going to catch up for a beer as friends only next week. My bestie girlfriend does not approve. She doesn’t understand why I want to even be friends or in touch with someone who she believes treated me like shit. I disagree with her on that point. From my perspective he, like a lot of us, has some baggage that he needs to work through and sure, he didn’t handle things the best after he called it off but I firmly believe there was no malice or hurt intended. He just went into his own meltdown.

While we don’t agree on me catching up with him being a good idea, I am extremely grateful that I have such a dear friend keeping an eye out for me and making sure I don’t put myself in harms way. She’s not a violent person but I’d hate to be a person she believes wronged one of her friends.

These are the people we need in our lives. I’m not sure I’m always the best at being there for people but I do try. These friends are setting a great example for me.

Congratulations Iceland

Iceland, that amazing country that is so beautifully progressive and sensible. The incredibly stupid situation in America around guns, health care and even elephant hunting trophies looks even more wildly stupid when compared to some of the incredibly good legislation being passed in Iceland.

Not that long ago it was reported that Iceland had legislated that all bibles be sold with a mental health warning. Brilliant. That novel has done more harm than can possibly be justified by giving people hope that a man in the sky is going to forgive them one day for being a bit naughty, i.e. having fun.

A bill is currently before Icelandic parliament to ban most circumcisions. The bill says that circumcision should only be practiced when there is a medical necessity and that it is wrong for any genitals or part thereof to be removed from a child. If an adult chooses to be circumcised later in life then that is up to them.

Understandably some religious groups are angry. Circumcision is a very ritualised and important part of the Jewish faith and part of me thinks that should be allowed. I definitely don’t agree with people cutting off part of their newborn sons just to make it look neater or “more like daddy”.

I bear no ill will towards my parents for having me circumcised because it was so common back in the 70’s here in Australia. There is no need to do it these days. Sure there is some evidence that it lowers the risk of STD transmission but that is an adults situation to be dealt with and you can easily teach a teenager to wear a condom.

Just not ok

We all know by now that I’m keeping an eye out for a new living arrangement. I’m not in a desperate hurry to move but it’s time for things to change I think. So last week I put a post on Truenudists saying I was looking for a room. All good. Why wouldn’t I, as someone fond of not wearing anything, want to possibly find somewhere to live where that would be fine?

Someone commented on the post that they had just found a place in the right area and it was a shame as he thought we’d work well as housemates. His new housemate doesn’t do the nude thing. Nothing weird so far right?

It was the next bit that told me that we were definitely not a match to live with. After saying his housemate wasn’t walking around he followed it with “I still show him my boner though”. Um. What the fuck? It’s just not ok to walk around waving your boner at people that don’t want to see it. It used to be called flashing, now it’s called sexual assault.

It’s a bit sad how often the nudist world is tarnished by the more perverted element.

Giving it another go

Several years ago I had an idea for a coffee table book and I even started to shoot for it with a few guys putting their hand up to be in it.

It is an idea that is, I imagine going to be hard to find models for. I’m not going to go into detail but it requires full frontal nudity although to soften the blow, the participants can be as anonymous or identifiable as they like.

The topic came up again today in a conversation with David, who has modelled for me twice now. He’s happy to join in this project and I’m hoping he will be the first of many. Now the challenge is to find other models who are up for the adventure. It’s going to be fun. If anyone out there reading this is in Sydney or going to be in Sydney and wants to know more, please get in touch!

Wrestle me

Gays and their wrestling. It seems to be a match made in heaven. I’m not so into wrestling myself but I certainly get the man on man appeal.

About 9 years ago I had an email from some readers of this blog who put their hand up to do a shoot with me. They made no claim to be professional models but just thought they’d see what I said. I said yes. We got up early one morning to go and do the shoot in some sand dunes about 30 minutes away. We hadn’t budgeted on the boot camp groups and football teams all running up and down the sand dunes.

Once we found a quiet, out of the way spot, the guys got their gear off and started to wrestle. You might think that a gay couple, wrestling for a photo shoot might have taken it easy. You’d be wrong. These guys really wrestled, worked up a sweat and took it very seriously.

The shots are much less posed than most of my shoots. As a result it has a different and more candid feel but it worked really well with the rough and tumble nature of what the guys were doing.

In the years since, these two guys have become good mates and it was really fun to go back through these shots and have a giggle about that day. We never did get caught.

Head on over to my shop to buy the 40 page download, which does contain full frontal imagery.

Queer Eye in my eye.

A little over a week I had a quiet-isa weekend so I found myself trawling Netflix to find something to watch. When I saw the new version of Queer Eye, I was apprehensive. Was this necessary? Would it be too cheesy? In 2018 the gay rights movement has come so far with Marriage Equality legal in a lot of countries around the world, would the show still be relevant?

I have to admit that Jonathan the grooming guy was a bit full on at first. Shortly after though I, like a lot of others, bloody loved him. He’s completely over the top and camp as hell but he’s just being fiercely himself and he won over every single guy they made over.

The whole team are likeable and do a brilliant job of revamping the lives of all the guys. It’s far from a cosmetic, superficial transformation. They genuinely get to the bottom of why these guys have ended up the way they have. As a result I ended up crying in every damned episode apart from one. One of the guys just didn’t seem to embrace the experience or give any emotion back.

Going with your gut

There were a few people coming to Sydney for Mardi Gras that I wanted to work with. Sadly most of them were all only here for a short time at the same time which makes shooting them all difficult. When one of them is the delightful Timothy, you lock that one in. Sure, I’ve already photographed him three, , before but he’s always worth it.

One of the other candidates was someone I’ve been chatting to on Instagram for a while now but he also lives interstate. Josh doesn’t have the dance background that Timothy does but he’s a singer, actor and burlesque performer. They seemed like they would be a good physical match. I also had a pretty good gut feeling that their temperaments would work well together.

The end result as you can see is pretty homoerotic and sensual without being too graphic or sexual. Some of the shots where they look like they are dancing on the cliff are so good. I am pretty sure I’ll release one or two for limited edition print sales and stay tuned for a future download.