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Time for changes

A couple of months ago I made the decision that I wanted to shake up my life and make some changes. Along with posting an instagram every day for the year of being 41 I decided it was time to move house. Living in a big apartment complex has finally gotten to me and I’m moving to a small terrace place in a suburb about 10 minutes drive away.

The packing is essentially all done. Tomorrow morning I’m picking up my brother in law who is going to help me with the few pieces of furniture that I’m taking with me and then I’ll be going backwards and forwards all day, possibly all weekend moving everything I haven’t thrown away. It’s been very cathartic throwing lots of things away that I’ve held on to for too long, possibly emotionally as well as all the physical stuff.

I’ve warned my new housemate about the likelihood that he’ll see me nude and he doesn’t care which is nice. Like here, it probably won’t happen a lot but it’s nice that it’s not going to cause problems.

This is the last blog post from this apartment. Blogging will resume in the next couple of days from the new house. I can’t wait.

Spooky self portrait.

Kent has sent in this very eerie self portrait for the challenge today. It’s rather appropriate that I’m posting it tonight as it’s Halloween already here and this is rather spooky.

Keep the entries coming in. There is a week tomorrow to get your photos in before the deadline!

Is there another way?

Now that I’m pretty much finished shooting for the tribal series which I started shooting in July last year, I’ve been thinking about how to go about putting another exhibition on. Is the printed and framed images on a gallery wall the way to go? It’s a very costly way to go and there is absolutely no guarantee of making my money back. I had thought about doing a kickstarter to raise money but there are holes in that plan as well.

It’s all well and good having a lovely opening night in a gallery but 95% of the people who come along are friends and family who aren’t in the photography buying world. So I’m happily taking suggestions on alternatives. People have suggested hanging works in cafes but given my work is nudes I’m not sure that there are many cafes willing to do that.

If you’ve ever seen a creative, outside-the-box way of exhibiting work then please let me know. I’d love to hear some ideas. Unfortunately I am not rich enough to hijack everyone’s phones and get apple to put my work directly onto people’s devices. Shame.

Two more self portraits

With only just over a week to go to get your self portraits in for the challenge, this is looking like the smallest bunch of challengers yet.

Andreas has taken part in fitness challenges here on Aussielicious but this is the first of the photography challenges that he’s taken part in. This self portrait really appeals to me with it’s quirky bonkers aesthetic. Not a lot of people would pose in a tiara in the shower but I say why not!

Mark has taken a nice self portrait out on the water. I’m not sure where Mark is in the world but he did send another cheeky shot in the snow and said it was -30 degrees celsius so it’s somewhere cold!

Just never enough

A few years ago I met a guy through friends a few times socially here in Sydney. He was originally from Britain and hadn’t been living here that long but he was a very good looking man and could have done fashion modeling. He was tall enough and lean enough to do high fashion catwalk. He had a really nice slim athletic body. Recently I stumbled across his instagram account. It turns out he’s succumbed to the Sydney curse where nobody thinks they have enough muscle and muscle is the only commodity that is attractive on the gay scene.

He’s clearly taken steroids because no one changes their body shape so much naturally. If it were left up to nature and hard work he could have put on size but now his head doesn’t fit his body at all. This once beautiful man now looks a bit bloated and totally out of proportion.

A guy I knew several years ago was a slim, shorter but beautifully built guy. He always said that he never felt attractive in Sydney because it’s a such a body image city. He moved to London a few years back and before we lost touch he told me how much more diverse and accepting of other body types London is

Maybe it’s the outdoor sporty lifestyle here in Sydney but it really does feel body obsessed here. One friend who is a bodybuilder won’t be happy until he’s the massive size he wants to be. Sadly, that involves so many steroids that he’s had heart problems in his very early thirties and doesn’t care if he dies young. The tragic part is that the body dismorphia is so strong he will never be big enough.

Dave’s self portrait

The entries have been very slow in coming in for this Self Portrait Challenge. Maybe the challenges will have to take a break or find an easier theme for the next one.

Dave has sent this very interesting self portrait in. It’s a very moody portrait but with such a bold colour which for me is happy. Dave says the portrait is a bit of a contemplation on aging but also hoping for a bright future. That is something that a lot of us can relate to.

A different direction

Early this year I was a part of a group exhibition in Melbourne and here in Sydney called “Company of Men”. Even after all the dramas of my prints being lost in transit by the courier company, I’m taking the plunge again and being a part of it early next year. I did a shoot today specifically for the exhibition and it’s a bit of a departure from what I’ve been doing lately and anything I’ve done in the past but I think it’s still quite me.

The exhibition is an opportunity to do something a bit different as it’s all queer artists and they are some bold artists. Last year aussie porn model Rogan Richards was doing performance installations in a sunken pit in the gallery that involved wigs, mirrors, nudity and masturbation. I’m going to be showing 5 or 6 images side by side with this couple in them. I haven’t fully resolved what I’m trying to say with it and I don’t know that I will. Sometimes it’s more interesting for the audience to make up their own interpretation.

Twice as comfortable?

We all know I like twins. I love the idea of having sex with twins. It should be no surprise that I’ve pondered twins and many thoughts about twins for quite some time. One of those many thoughts I’ve had about twins is concerning nudity. If a set of twins is generally shy and doesn’t get nude in the locker room etc, does that shyness still apply to each other or does the fact that they look exactly the same over ride any shyness?

In my head the logic follows that even if they may be uncomfortable nude around others twins usually have such a close bond that they wouldn’t mind being seen by each other. Add to that the fact that they have exactly the same appendages then there would be absolutely no reason to be shy around each other. Any twins out there want to enlighten me?

Oh so talented

Most of the time when we see bodypainting it is for promotional work with a logo emblazoned on someone with a “character” painted on them. It’s the logical way to use bodypaint. Get a sexy body tantalise showing it off but giving the illusion of being covered. I would say it’s fair to say that most bodypainting is done on female bodies. Given they don’t have dangly bits like guys do it’s easier to give the illusion of being clothed. When you do see guys who have been painted they are usually wearing a g-string to get around that issue.

Brandon McGill is a very talented bodypaint artist based in Arizona that I found on tumblr in the last couple of weeks. He paints males and females but doesn’t avoid the obvious, that his models are nude and he paints ALL of the guys. Perhaps it is easier since he’s doing it for artistic purposes and isn’t trying to convince anyone that the bodies are covered in clothes but rather creating amazing, over the top gorgeous characters that blur the lines between fantasy and superhero.

Go and show Brandon some love. He’s a very talented guy who needs to know his work is being seen.

Totally rocks my world

A while ago I found a short video of a hugely beefcake bodybuilder walking through nature in just a pair of boots. He’s much beefier than I usually go for but there is something I really like about guys walking around nude completely unselfconsciously. I know he’s a porn model from the old days of COLT Studios and that it’s his job but even so, it’s damn sexy.

Well I’ve just found the whole video. The music is incredibly cheesy and unsuited to the video and the bodybuilding posing at the end isn’t at all my thing but my mind takes me to the thought of that freedom to walk around for miles nude, just enjoying the sun and breeze on your body. It sure doesn’t hurt that he looks amazing.

Some sexy advertising

Now I don’t know anything about Acai or much detail about healthy eating apart from the fact that we need fruit and veggies and not too much bad stuff in our diets. What I do know is that these guys have got their marketing right. The nude guys will appeal to the women and the fact that there are two of them hanging out in close proximity will appeal to the gays. Yes they are straight judging by the one on the left moving his mate’s hand at the end but it seems a lot of gay men fantasise about straight guys turning anyway and we gay men seem to be obsessed with our bodies so healthy eating is a good incentive.

This is cheeky fun advertising and it’s hitting the mark for me. Now if only they’d just move those pesky props.

Acai Brothers from Branch Collaborative Vimeo on Vimeo.

A bit of overshare?

In the past week or so I’ve ended up in conversations with friends where we’ve ended up exchanging sex pics. Not just nude pics of ourselves but sex photos and videos. Now there are some friends that I just wouldn’t do that kind of thing with, including a couple of mates that I have even slept with in years gone by.

What is it about some friends that it is perfectly acceptable to exchange that kind of imagery with each other while other friends it’s not? Is there a correlation to the friends that you are comfortable naked in front of as well? Or is it that the dynamic of some friendships allows for a more open discussion about sex? Who knows. What I do know is that it’s resulted in seeing some very hot imagery.

There were jokes made at my expense, which I’m fine with by the way, that I’d taken video of my recent shenanigans with a hot guy just to prove to myself that it was real and not a lack-of-sex-induced dream. No, I won’t be sharing.

It would cause a riot

How on earth did I miss this? I haven’t been as good at checking out the products from AussieBum lately. I have quite a bit of underwear and if I look at their site I just buy stuff which I don’t need.

Seeing Andreas bouncing around in this very sexy Riot jock strap with his massive package and gorgeous butt hanging out in a locker room is just about perfection. Perfect would be lots more guys just like him all in that locker room but we are now delving into my fantasy land. The question I have is now, do I need a jock strap?

Bart’s looking at you!

In only our seventh submission for the Self Portrait Challenge, Bart has sent in this image that he took of himself in extreme close up. Bart said he is always fascinated by eyes and I have to agree. If someone’s eyes sparkle and smile when their mouth smiles then I’m going to respond so much more than if they don’t.

If you want to get a self portrait in to this challenge you still have a couple of weeks to do so. Get creative. Remember the winning image will be given as a prize to whoever wins the next challenge so it has to look good!

Hiram’s self portrait

There haven’t been many self portrait’s come in yet. I hope we get some more or the voting won’t take long at all with this only being the sixth submission to come in. Hiram has sent in many photos to the blog over the years including the winning self portrait in the very first photography challenge. This is a very different shot for Hiram. Most of the images he sends in are nudes and this is a really cool departure. It feels a bit menacing with the covered face and the “rebel” on the scarf. Keep the entries coming guys!