Summer sweetness

This morning I was up and about early and naked on the beach by 9.30am. Wind was predicted for this afternoon and the timing of the tides was perfect to get down there early and spend a few hours relaxing au naturel before coming home to get some blogging and study done.

Unlike the time a couple of weeks ago when I went down to the beach the nudies were in the majority and the beach had a really nice relaxed vibe about it today. What really struck me was the number of couples down there. I always see couples down there of course but today I saw some really sweet interactions. There was a straight couple in their mid-late forties who were just really sweet to each other, having a laugh and relaxing. One of the other couples I saw down there was a guy I have known of but never met for several years. He’s a prominent member of the gay rugby team the Sydney Convicts so I’ve seen his face around in promotions and interviews for years.

He’s a big stocky rugby player guy with spectacular thighs and a good body. His boyfriend is a lean athletically built guy with what would be called a really tight swimmers build. They were just enjoying some naked sunshine time together but watching them in the water brought a smile to my face. The water was quite cool but not uncomfortably so. They were floating around hugging and giving each other little kisses. Before they came out of the water they were standing apart and they kept looking at each others cocks. From behind them I couldn’t tell if they were waiting for boners to go away or worrying about shrinkage but it looked like a sweet little interaction.

It was a great way to start the day and coming home at barely lunch time I felt like I’d had a full day down there before the wind picked up and I decided to head home.

For the world

This week’s news has been scary and sad with the world feeling very uncertain with Trump at the helm of the U.S. I’m not going to discuss the very slim chance of the Electoral Colleges blocking his rise to President, nor Michael Moore’s plan to impeach him. I’m not informed enough to discuss it all. He terrifies me and while I would never encourage or endorse an assassination, I genuinely think I would struggle to mourn him in the slightest. That would only leave Pence in charge and I believe he’s worse to be honest.

What I will do instead is talk about how I believe there is way too much good in the world to think we won’t triumph in the long run. Perhaps this radical shift towards conservatism and extreme bigotry will force a rising up of all the open minded people in the world to push us further ahead than we ever dreamt. In the spirit of multiculturalism and a big hug across the world between all nations, here is an old video of a swimwear fashion parade where all the swimwear bears the flag designs of all different nations, lovingly displayed on incredibly hot men.

There are three minutes of other swimwear model men before the flags but that won’t hurt international relations if you watch that too. I promise.

Defining moments

I’m always intrigued by how people choose to define themselves to the rest of the world. Sometimes that very much aligns with how the rest of the world sees them and sometimes it doesn’t. We all know someone that will tell anyone who stands still for a moment that they are crazy “just ask my friends!” when really they are not at all.

One area that I’ve noticed that people choose to define themselves is in their choice of a screen name or profile name online. On grindr or Scruff etc it seems perfectly logical to choose a sexual term to define yourself as that is what the purpose of those apps is. Don’t tell me they are for dating because I will give you a sceptical face. It’s when those sexual definitions of yourself spill over into the non-sexual world that intrigues me.

Someone I’ve known in vague online terms for a while has an Instagram name that incorporates very specifically one of his sexual practices. Is it really important for your mother, sister and all of your Instagram followers, when looking at your holiday shots or photos of your food, to know what you get up to in bed? I have no problem with whatever sexual choices someone makes unless it’s illegal and/or hurts someone else. That part I don’t care about but I don’t think it’s really appropriate or necessary to use your sexual adventures to define to the world who you are. When I was coming up with my not-very-creative Instagram of @aussiebrenton I didn’t at all contemplate using @bumsex or @watchingpeoplefuckisfun. To be fair if it were to accurately describe my sex life it would be @myrighthandistired.

I know we are all out and proud gay men and people have very active sex drives but let’s stay classy people.

Change of plans

Today I thought I’d bite the bullet and book a room at the Geranium Hotel for my three nights in Mykonos next year but apparently they are all booked up for that time. I did know it was a busy time of year in Mykonos but I didn’t think it would be totally booked out at that time. So it looks like my idea of lazing naked by the pool has gone out the window. I had a feeling it was going to be a bit more of a party place than I’d like anyway so I’m not devastated.

I’ve had a look around on Mister B&B and Air B&B and it looks like that will be a cheaper option than the hotel anyway. I’m looking at this like it’s happened for a reason. Lately I’ve been using these services and having some good luck with great hosts and it seems that it’s a great way to meet locals and get some good tips on what to do.

If I don’t have the option of a clothing optional pool terrace then I’ll have to make sure I hunt out those beautiful nude beaches of Greece that everyone has told me about for years.

He’s on my list

Tom Woodson… that is the name you might want to go and google. Be careful though there are a couple of people with that name and this guy is the only one you want to see so you might want to adjust that google search by adding the word nude.

Tom is a 43 year old model from Cologne in Germany. He’s modelled for pretty much all the good male physique photographers including Dylan Rosser and Mark Henderson. His look has changed over the years from less bearded to more bearded, shaved head to a full head of hair. There are some things that are constant though including the brooding sexy as hell face, rocking body and the other blindingly obvious trait, a beautiful penis.

Did you see where I mentioned that Tom lives in Cologne in Germany? Have you remembered where I’ve said I’m going next year? Yup. I’ll be in Cologne for three nights in July next year and I’m dearly hoping that Tom goes from my photography wish list to my portfolio with a shoot there. We have communicated on Model Mayhem and he paid me some very big compliments about my photography so there is a realistic chance that it will happen if we can work out the timing. The challenge for me will be to shoot him in a way that he hasn’t been photographed before and bring something new to both our portfolios.

 

It’s time to get WET!

Dylan Rosser is at the top of the heap when it comes to male figure photographers. It’s a tough business and to be able to make a living from it is a huge achievement.

Following on from the success of his Naked Ibiza book, he’s creating another book simply titled WET. It’s already been successfully funded on Kickstarter but you can still order your book by contributing to the project. Visit the Kickstarter here. I seriously don’t know how Dylan gets all these stunning men to get naked for him and go frontal so readily and beautifully. Maybe Europe holds the key. Dylan is now based in Ibiza, Spain and lures models from everywhere to come and enjoy the sunshine and do a shoot. It’s working.

This is a theme I’m very keen on. I was toying with making my “Freedom” exhibition a water based exhibition but chose not to. Dylan has kindly stepped up and photographed all these beautiful men wet and nude for us. Check out the sexy video promo below!

WET by Dylan Rosser from Dylan Rosser on Vimeo.

Just chilling with mates

Last night’s nude night was a very low key affair. A few guys couldn’t make it in the end so there were only 5 of us but it was great to just sit around and catch up. The conversation was lively and fun and it was the perfect way to wrap up the week.

It certainly wasn’t as lively and rowdy as a few of the other nude nights we’ve had in the past. There were no shots done out of foreskins and there was no sexual shenanigans. In some ways that’s good and some that’s not as good but with the friends that were there it’s 95% good. The only reason I would have liked it to get frisky is because I haven’t had any action in months but it wasn’t the right crowd for it anyway.

This morning I took a friend visiting from the U.S. and another friend who is going to model for me down to the nude beach. Unfortunately it was really windy and not very comfortable so we only stayed for an hour or so. So while not all the nudity went as planned it has been a lovely unclad start to the weekend.

A fun night ahead

It’s been a while but tonight some friends and I are having a nude drinks night. It looks like there will be about 8-10 of us and I’m sure there will be lots of laughs. These nights are always a lot of fun. As far as I know there are a couple of guys going that I’ve never met before but the others are all usual suspects and very easy going guys. One of them usually tries to start mischief by encouraging shots to be drunk.

Mostly these parties are pretty innocent nude socialising. They have gotten a bit frisky a couple of times but all the recent ones have been just socialising. Even with the non-sexual vibe, from memory at one of the parties someone did suggest, encourage and instigate some shots to be taken out of the few foreskins on offer. That’s not an easy thing to do. Essentially, if you don’t want to spill the booze, you have to put their cock right in your mouth, but that’s something none of us are strangers to.

I’m needing advice

Today I was poking around online and trying to do some research on where to stay for my time in Greece. I am pretty confident I’m going to stay at the Geranium Hotel in Mykonos as it’s central and it has a beautiful clothing optional pool terrace. For my time in Santorini and Naxos though, I hadn’t given any thought to the fact that the islands are quite large and I may not be able to get around them that easily. It also appears that there really aren’t many nude beaches in Greece these days which seems like a real shame.

For Santorini I’m leaning towards the town of Oia which seems to be the place to go for sunset views. As far as Naxos is concerned I have no idea at all. I was lead to believe that it is a nice relaxed island and that it has some nude beaches but once again the island is large and I don’t want to be staying a million miles from all the good stuff. So dear readers, I’m putting it out to you to give me some advice. If you have spent time in Greece and have some tips and tricks, please let me know!

Keep in mind I’m not a party boy so I don’t need to be near night clubs etc. Just good food, good beaches, things to do and hopefully some nakedness.

swimming naked in Saronida bay from Active Naturists on Vimeo.

Who do you choose?

Following on from last night’s post about a fantasy being ticked off the sexual bucket list, tonight I’m asking about who should be involved.

I mentioned that I’d drunkenly asked a friend to organise the scenario. I asked him because he is a friend with occasional benefits. We have fooled around on many occasions and we occasionally have an evening spent watching porn, drinking a  few beers and having a wank together. He also has a very healthy sex life and has more contacts so he’d be likely to be able to source the right guys.

Part of me wants the anonymity of strangers who I don’t really care what they think of me but on the other hand I like the idea of it being people I’m comfortable with and know, like my friend.

Some friends of mine went through a stage a few years ago when their sex life suffered from differing perspectives. One of them had lots of things he wanted to try but wanted to try them with people he didn’t know. His partner wanted him to try them with him. Both of them are valid points. One didn’t want to feel judged so wanted strangers. If it didn’t go well or turn out to be that hot, send them on their way and that’s that. The other wanted the comfort and security of the relationship to explore

I’m curious. If you, my lovely readers were to explore new sexual terrain would that include familiar faces or rely on the kindness or strangers?

Is it best left where it is?

As gay men, I believe we are in a privileged position where we have more freedom to explore our sexual fantasies and desires than our straight counterparts. We have already broken the rules of mainstream society so we may as well have all the fun we can dream of.

By a lot of gay standards I’m fairly restrained in my sex life. I’ve ticked off some fantasies and had a lot of fun along the way but there are still some things to tick off from my sexual bucket list. The question is whether or not they should just stay in that magical land of sexual fantasies where they never get spoilt by bad timing, a bad smell or the wrong partner to try them with. The longer I go without sex, the dirtier my urges are getting and on my birthday, I asked a friend to help me organise something that I’ve wanted to do for a while. Now we were both drunk and it’s unlikely to happen for a couple of reasons but I’m genuinely not sure if trying to fulfill this fantasy would ruin it or not.

In my typical Libran style I am firmly on the fence as to whether or not it is a good idea. In reality my mojo seems to be dying a slow and painful death at the moment and maybe a good slutty fantasy session would kick start it again and give it a good old fashion kick in the pants.

The differences…

Thursday night was the Finale of the second Australian season of The Bachelorette. A girlfriend of mine and I regularly catch up to watch it with some dinner and a couple of glasses of wine. Last night I was most definitely on #teamLee (centre) and Lauren was on #teamMatty (just to the right of Lee). Lee won and looked so bloody damn beautiful doing it. The man is seriously my type.

We have also watched the most recent season of The Bachelor and there are some striking differences between the two series. Sure, they both have some people who are there for fame (see Rhys and Sam above at either end, who spent more time bitching about each other than even thinking about wooing the lovely Georgia) and the locations and dates are all fairly similar. The main difference I noticed is that the men are all quite supportive of each other and it becomes almost a male bonding exercise with some dating competition thrown in.

The women essentially want to claw each other’s eyes out. There is so much editing done to portray a villain, the hopeless loser, the naive guy, the underdog etc that I am certain it’s all in the eyes of the producers. But are they playing up to what we expect from men versus what we expect from women? I’m guessing yes, for the most part. It seems that women aren’t actually allowed to be friends if they are both single and there is an eligible man in the room in the eyes of the general public. It’s all totally manufactured drama but I’m pretty sure I know single women who would check the single guy out and then go back to their catch up.

Feminism doesn’t appear to have hit the Bachelor sets just yet.

A tragic adventure

A while ago I posted an interview with a guy that is known as a “digital nomad” Justin Alexander. Justin had sold up all his possessions and was living a pretty adventurous life on the road. Learning meditation skills in Nepal, living with an Indonesian family in a hut in the jungle, travelling the U.S. West Coast on a motorcycle and tracking wolves. It seems that sadly that adventurous spirit, which was leading him to more dangerous, solitary endeavours might have cost him his life.

Two weeks or so ago I received an email from a reader letting me know that he’d gone missing with a link to an instagram account. It was the instagram of a friend of his who was trying to raise funds for people to go looking for him. That was followed about a week later with a post saying that it appears that he has been killed. His belongings were found beside a waterfall in India and two men are allegedly in custody. That is all the detail I have at the moment.

My brief interactions with Justin over the internet always gave me the impression he was a very deep, if slightly troubled soul. Sometimes I wonder if we are only allowed so much adventure in one lifetime and some people use it up a lot more quickly than others? Such a loss.

Looking around

The Art Director has resigned from my workplace after a few years of pushing and pushing to get the business heading in a positive direction. Sadly our boss isn’t a very proactive man and he hasn’t cooperated and as a result the Art Director has decided enough is enough. We had a conversation today and he’s encouraging me to leave. After over 8 years in the same job I really do need to decide what my next move is. I’ve learned a lot in the time I’ve been there but I can’t see a long future for the company and certainly not for me there.

The trouble is, I think that while my salary isn’t anything wildly exorbitant, I might be just about at the top of the salary bracket for the kind of role/career I’m in. So even if I do move on to something else I think I’m going to have to look for additional sources of income. I don’t need to be rich but my car needs to be replaced very soon and my computer is struggling so some extra money needs to be found or some lifestyle changes need to be made.

Murphy’s law, all these expenses come up just after I’ve financially committed to my trip to Europe next year otherwise I might have postponed and saved to get the car replaced. But life is never that simple is it? Looks like it’s time to really push for some wedding photography or something.

It’s times like these, where money is causing stress, that I envy the hot, young, hung guys with no hangups who go and do a bit of escorting to fill up the bank account. However, that is just not for me.

RAW Twerk Off from RAW & Real on Vimeo.

Bucket list vibes

In the past few months I have started following a few Youtubers. Some of them have been fun for a while and others have stopped posting but I was late to the party. One of the guys I watch is Mr Ben Brown who has been a very regular vlogger for a few years now. He’s got just over 600,000 subscribers making my 34 subscribers look incredibly lame and it is pretty much his job now. As well as some professional photography and selling a bit of merchandise, from what I can tell, Youtube provides most of his income. It also provides him with some amazing opportunities.

One of those opportunities recently was to do a 13 day tour from Greenland to Canada above the Arctic Circle. The tour included daily helicopter rides and visits to glaciers, remote communities and all sorts of unforgettable experiences. Thankfully for us, Ben has great skill with a camera and along side his almost daily vlogs, he puts together a Visual Vibes video from time to time. He released his Arctic Visual Vibe video overnight and I’ve watched it a couple of times today. It is more like visual feast. The music, the editing and of course the footage are superb.

Ben was the man that mostly inspired my recent attempts at vlogging, so you can either thank him or blame him depending on your opinions of my efforts so far. While you make up your mind, immerse yourself in this beautiful seven and a half minutes.