Author Archive for Brenton

Well that was unexpected

Last week I went to have a massage to try and sort out the knots in my back and neck. While the massage was one of the most painful and deep tissue massages I’ve ever had and exactly what I thought I needed, it didn’t really work. Even so, I would recommend the masseur as he did his job well. It was a perfectly legitimate massage and no happy ending was requested or offered, just a good firm massage. Then yesterday, nearly a week later I got a text message out of the blue saying “Wasn’t sure if it was what you were after or not but if you’d like a more sensual massage next time I can do that for you.” I have no idea where that came from. Maybe he likes to suss out clients in advance before that kind of massage which would be fair enough. You don’t want to offer an intimate service to people that you may not want to give it to.

The text messages went back and forth for a while because, as I’ve said before, I love a sensual massage as long as the massage portion isn’t rushed making all about the happy ending. Unfortunately I can’t make the times that he usually sticks to for those kinds of massages but it will be interesting to see what, if anything, comes of it.

Basti aus Berlin Massage part 1 from Marcel Bruckmann on Vimeo.

Thank you Steve

Steve Grand made all the gay blogs talk when he came out publicly last year with his song American Boy. Thankfully Steve, who has graced the pages of DNA in the past decided to take a different approach to the Ice Bucket Challenge. Instead of wasting water like most people (notable exception is Matt Damon who used toilet water) Steve jumped naked into Lake Superior which I’m going to assume was a bit chilly if it equates to an ice bucket. Either way, we should all be grateful for the glorious vision of Steve naked. The post on his facebook page says there is a video to follow. Please please please.

You could light up a room!

There’s a guy I know through facebook. I have no idea how we first connected on there but we are friends and have been for a couple of years. We’ve never met face to face and I make no claim to know the ins and outs of his day to day life. One thing that strikes me every time I see a photo of him on facebook or instagram is the fact that I’m yet to see a photo of him where he’s not smiling. I don’t mean just a polite smile. It’s always a smile that could light small towns with it’s brightness. You get the impression that life is fun and a sense of adventure for this guy and that he finds joy in a lot of little things. His birthday is coming up and today he posted a photo of milk in the supermarket. Yes, milk. Why? Because every year a little bit before his birthday he gets a chuckle out of the fact that he sees all the bottles of milk lined up with their expiry date all showing his birthday. It’s such a simple thing but it makes him smile.

It’s very easy to get caught up in things that annoy you during the day but I’m trying to take a leaf out of this guy’s book and find all the things that make me smile.  This morning I was going down in the lift to my car and a young family was in the lift. I bent down to pat one of their dogs that was bouncing all over the place all excited and their little boy was bouncing a ball which went off course and hit me in the face. It was a big, light, harmless ball and when his parents apologised I pointed out that it didn’t hurt and the ball had a smile printed on it so it’s all good.

Just keep swimming

This morning I did something I haven’t done for far too long. With my neck and back being all knotted up even after a brutalising massage I took myself to the pool for a swim. There is a new-ish pool ten minutes drive away and this morning at 10am it only had one or two people in each lane. I’m a good swimmer when I’m swim fit but I haven’t swum laps in years. As a teenager while I was at school I was swimming 3-4km a day comfortably. This morning just getting one kilometre done was more challenging than I care to admit. It’s a beautiful pool and the weather was gorgeous for the last day of Winter here in Sydney. I think it has helped my back too. If I swim regularly I find my back doesn’t get anywhere near as sore and knotted up as when I don’t. Need to keep it happening. It will also work well with the strength needed for aerial circus, strengthening my lats.

Now if only Sydney had some nude swims at a regular pool. The Sydney Sunboys have pool parties but I would love for a pool to have a nude swim session so I could go and do laps nude. I know such things happen in London and other cities around world. Kirill from Active Naturists has posted about a Paris sports complex that has nude sessions in their gym and pool.

Outdoor winter pool in Berlin (Badeschiff) 1 from Active Naturists on Vimeo.

Aloha Chris!

Yesterday on the DNA Blog, a vision appeared. Chris DiPrete has appeared on my computer screens before with his modelling work but I was really struck by the photos that I saw yesterday and then with a little more googling this morning. Chris lives in Hawaii so it makes perfect sense that he looks relaxed, sexy, exotic and not wearing very much. He’s still wearing too much for my tastes. Someone like Chris should be nude as a rule in my humble opinion. Chris is only 22 years old and has that body! Talk about winning the genetic lottery.

With no tattoos or piercings Chris lets that gorgeous skin shine on through and it seems to me that his eyes and that smile are just as captivating as the rest of him, if not more so. He stands at 6′  tall and has a size ten shoe. Now, we just need him to travel to Sydney so I can do a shoot with him.

Time for change

Last night I had a conversation with my flatmate as I’ve been feeling uneasy for a while. We’ve lived together for nearly two years and have quite different lifestyles at times. I’ve also lived in this apartment for five years and while I really like the space and the size of the apartment, the apartment just doesn’t feel like home anymore. So I’m thinking about moving. There is a lot of accumulated junk that I need to sort out and get rid of which happens all the time when you are in one place for a long time.

There is no rush for me to move and I don’t want to make any rash decisions. I’ve done that in the past and it’s not worked out well. If Sydney rental prices weren’t so crazy I’d give living alone a try but that’s not an option and I am a person that likes company so sharing with someone nice is the ideal. If the person I shared with was a nudie too that would be awesome but the truth is I very rarely wander around nude at home anyway if my flatmate is here so I’m used to not doing that.

Now that it’s out there in the universe, let’s see what happens.

As if you wouldn’t!

Anyone that has seen the movie Wolf Creek (even though it’s fiction) knows that the Australian Outback is a dangerous place and most of the time I’d be very wary of picking up a hitch hiker out in the middle of nowhere but let’s face it, if they looked like this guy and they were wearing just a pair of AussieBums and not much else, you wouldn’t really hesitate would you? The brakes would be on, the passenger seat would be cleared in a flash and you’d fling the door open quietly praying to yourself he wasn’t a lunatic.

Trek from aussieBum on Vimeo.

Something to look forward to

I’m getting restless. My road trip up to Byron Bay last month hasn’t satisfied my itchy feet at all. Having my mates on holiday over enjoying Burning Man isn’t helping at all. I think it’s time to start planning a trip so that I have something to look forward to. People have asked if I’ll be going back to Burning Man and I will but not next year. If I go somewhere I want to see somewhere new, hear a new language, meet new people. A couple of years ago I was thinking about what to do for a big trip before I turned forty and that ended up being the Burning Man trip last year with my friends. The alternative that had been on the cards at the time was a gay sailing trip around Croatia with Saltyboys. That is now back on the cards and where my mind is wandering to for next year.

I’ve been in touch with the lovely guy that runs Saltyboys and asked him to let me know when the calendar is all locked down for his trips next year so that I can try and make it happen this time. Sailing nude through the Croatian coastline will be absolute bliss. If I do that trip then I would make the holiday a three week adventure. There’s no point going to the other side of the world for a week. I would definitely hit London and catch up with some dear friends that just don’t seem to ever make it down here and maybe somewhere else that’s interesting. Maybe finally see Greece? Or maybe I’ll go and see some of the beautiful Scandinavian men running around nude in their long long days in Summer. Or maybe I’ll go to somewhere old world like Budapest. It’s all up in the air at the moment.

If anyone has any suggestions I’m willing to listen. Given it would be in the Northern Summer, anywhere with warm days, little clothes and beautiful sights is up for discussion!

I’ve been updated!

As a graphic designer there are many different avenues you can go down with your career. Sadly Web design has largely passed me by as it’s a very different mindset to print design which is my background. The idea, however, of getting someone else to do my website when I am a designer, is something that I’ve struggled with so I usually leave my website to languish unattended for way too long. Thankfully Adobe have come along with some great software that is very similar in it’s use to a print layout piece of software but which you can add web functionality to it and publish it to the web. So after way too long being neglected, my website is all fresh and new with a revamped layout and new content. The design is still similar to the old site and by no means will this win any awards but it’s all up and running, so go and have a look at brentonparry.com.

What is going on here?

The line between artistic genius and complete lunatic is often a very blurred line. Vincent Van Gogh was pretty much thought of as insane until long after his death when his true talent was realised. Not everyone calling themselves an artist is such a talent. There are many many people in the art world producing work that I just don’t get or don’t like and listening to people talk about their art and talk about extraordinary meaning behind a few smatterings of paint can be absolute torture. I’m sure there are people out there who look at my photography and wonder what the hell is going on in my mind. It is all good. Art is a very personal thing for people creating it and like music, we all have different tastes.

This video is one that for me just makes me wonder what on earth is happening inside this guy’s head? Having said that, it is quite beautifully shot and coloured and it adds to the sense of urgency and danger with this guy’s crazy antics. If you don’t understand what the message is that he is trying to tell you, and I certainly don’t, there is some gratuitous nudity to enjoy while you wait patiently for it to finish.

Me quedé en blanco from F U T U R E on Vimeo.

Off to a soggy start

Reports are hitting the news that Burning Man is in lockdown at the moment. The site has been closed to people coming in today and possibly for another day or two after heavy rains. People are being told to go back to Reno and hold off until they are given the all clear. I can only imagine the chaos with people trying to find last minute accommodation. 70,000+ people will be going to the festival this year and only a small portion of that would have been in already when the site went into lockdown. They site gets closed because, being desert it will just become mud and completely torn up in the wet and all those RV’s and vehicles would just get bogged.

I  hope that my friends got in before the site got locked down. At least for those already in they can just bunker down and relax as much as possible until the festival dries out. It has reaffirmed my decision not to go this year. I’m still a little jealous but this makes it that much easier.

The Bucking Duck ride from Brenton Parry on Vimeo.

Was it necessary?

A month or two ago I saw an image that I’d taken of the gorgeous Mike, but it wasn’t looking how I’d taken it. Someone had retouched it. If you see above, the original as I took it is on the left. The shot someone has retouched and cropped out my watermark is on the right. I have no idea why they felt the need to do that. I’m not offended by it but if you are into huge beefy guys, there are plenty of images already online of those guys. If it was to show off retouching skills then you are going to need to do better. It’s not the worst retouching job but they’ve made the waterline rather curved and there are some odd seams in Mike’s shoulders where they’ve cut and pasted him together again.

Moving on from butchering my photography, are we now at the stage where someone who works out 6 times a week and eats really well and has an incredible body isn’t enough? The obsession with body image in the world at the moment scares the hell out of me. If Mike’s body doesn’t stand up to scrutiny then I don’t know many guys whose body would. Fetishising unattainable bodies is not going to do anyone any good and if someone is only turned on by a body that is impossible then they aren’t going to find many people in the real world that turn them on are they?

Makes me smile.

Two very lovely friends of mine who live in a different state are getting married early next year. Despite our backward thinking government doing it’s best to never legalise gay marriage, they are forging ahead and having a ceremony to show their commitment to each other regardless. These lovely boys don’t have heaps of money for a lavish wedding so it’s going to be a very small affair with family and a handful of friends. Given that I don’t see them very often I wasn’t budgeting on being there, so it was a lovely surprise yesterday when I got a call from them asking if I would be interested in doing the photos at their wedding. Of course I bloody am!

I’m not a wedding photographer and they know that. There were jokes made about the wedding photos being nude with body paint but we decided the family may not cope with that. This is their way of being able to include me in their special day which means an enormous amount to me. There are no guarantees I’ll ever meet someone special so I may never get to have a wedding of my own so I’m just going to soak up all the love and happiness I can by enjoying my friends weddings.

Now I need to brush up on my event photography. Eeek.

What’s in a name?

JOSEY-NATE

Nate Green denies gay past. Becomes homophobic straight singer.

Music should be about talent and not sexuality, but I’m proud of mine nonetheless.” Those were the words of out and proud gay country singer Josey Greenwell when he graced the cover of DNA Magazine just a couple of years ago. Inside the magazine he frolicked in a photo shoot with his boyfriend of the time. Just last year Josey disappeared from all social media and media generally.

Fast forward to this year and straight country singer Nate Green has appeared on the scene. In the old age of Hollywood people could overhaul their image completely and a lot of indiscretions or overhauls of image could be handled much more quietly. Sadly for “Nate” the internet has been invented but he doesn’t seem to understand that the internet never forgets. Nate is in fact Josey, but Nate has obviously got homophobic management or has been caught by the ex-gay movement because he is actively blocking gay people from interacting on social media and threatening to sue people who allege that “Nate” is gay.

Not sure how this one is going to play out but it’s terribly sad that people are being manipulated in this way still with the perception that it will mean more widespread success when they purge the evil gay from their life. Whether it’s come from Nate/Josey himself or someone telling him to do this, he should know that you don’t piss off the gays and expect to be successful. Many have failed because of the gay boycott and negative publicity. Any artist worth anything embraces and appreciates the gay audience even if they don’t identify as gay, any more.

This would have been so much more successfully handled by saying, yes I was gay but I fell in love with a woman or I found god or anything but this nasty approach. Sadly I expect this will be the most publicity he gets.

Another gratuitous Ice Bucket Challenge nude.

Dan Osborne is a bit of a hot deal at the moment, especially in the UK but if you read the gay blogs you’d be forgiven for thinking he’s an international superstar. He is one of the stars of The Only Way is Essex, a show I’ve never watched and probably couldn’t stand if I did. Thankfully Dan is prone to posing nude for Attitude Magazine, jumping off high platforms in tiny speedos with Tom Daley for tv etc etc blah blah blah.

We like him for his intellect gorgeous body and lovely smile and now we like him even more because he’s just done the Ice Bucket Challenge nude. That tan of his has no white parts. We love that. The video is a bit dark, so you might want to ramp up the brightness on your computer screen.