Ah you sexy European.

Australians are unexpectedly shy when it comes to nude beaches. Even after all these years of me going and more publicity around nude events like the Sydney Skinny nude swim, there are raised eyebrows and looks of confusion when I mention that I go to nude beaches. Lots of people giggled awkwardly when they heard I was doing a nude cruise through Croatia last year.

In Europe it’s just so different. Nude beaches are common and even celebrities use them. Spanish born actor Quim Gutierrez was photographed enjoying some nude beach time a while back. I hope that one day Australia and the U.S. catch up to Europe and we don’t influence them the other way.

Getting frustrated

The last couple of weeks have been a struggle. Work has been a source of frustration, tension and tiredness. Nothing horrendous is going on, it’s just a period of change, mess and a bit of chaos at the moment and that is going to be short lived.
My gym routine has been nothing but pathetic. I’m barely going, let alone training properly at all, which is frustrating since I have a trip to Bali in two weeks and I would rather be in shape than out of it for that but I know the friends I’m going with don’t care.

Last week I had a dinner with a guy that has been reading my blog for years and he said that he thinks I’m too hard on myself. Deep down I know that but it’s been playing on my mind. Sadly it hasn’t brought on any epiphany and change. It seems to have made me more self conscious if anything. There’s no doubt that this glum phase will pass and hopefully soon, but right now I feel like curling up in a ball and retreating from the world.

This weekend I have a friend arriving to town. He is one of the guys whose wedding I photographed last year. He and his husband were in town a couple of months ago for a visit and his husband dropped by briefly a few weeks ago. The guys are great and it will be fantastic to spend some time with him while he is here. They are both the kind of friends that I can have a really good cuddle from and a good cuddle will do wonders for my disposition right now.

Dimitry (above) is my gymspiration for today. I have no desire to work out so much that I look like him. Life is too full of good food to do that but it is inspiration to get my butt to the gym in time for Bali.

Always relieved

On the weekend I thought it was high time that I went and got myself tested for all the various “boy germs”. It had been way too long since the recommended time frame is 6 months. Sure, I may not get a lot of action but there has been some here and there and you never know what your gentlemen callers might be bringing along with them. Obviously precautions are taken but none of them, even PrEP are fool proof and that doesn’t protect you from anything by HIV.

Everyone has to make their own decisions and take responsibility for their own health and I choose to use condoms. I don’t have enough sex to warrant going on PrEP anyway. If I found myself in a relationship with a man that is HIV positive then I would definitely add it to my arsenal of protection but for now it’s unnecessary for me.

So on Saturday I took myself off to the clinic that was conveniently open for drop ins on a Saturday and does the rapid HIV test. It’s amazing that no matter how little sexual activity I’ve had or how safe I’ve been, between the test and getting the results there is always a level of anxiety. Obviously, if I came back positive for something I’d treat what I could and work out the rest. Thankfully for now, everything came back negative. It’s always a relief.

Shooting Andrew

Yesterday morning was another weekend early start for a photo shoot. Once again it was a model that I’ve been talking to about a shoot for at least two years. We were shooting in a location I’ve used before and never had any problems with people being there at that hour of the morning. Yesterday, while we still got the shots we wanted there were some options that we just couldn’t do because people turned up and it’s not a location that you are supposed to have men running around nude.

When we arrived there was a tent right in the area I was planning to start shooting. You aren’t supposed to camp in the National Park but hey, they were and they came out of their tent just after we arrived. Then later on two or three families of what I think were muslims arrived. The women were wearing head scarves and we just pretty much assumed they weren’t going to be ok with a naked man doing a photo shoot.

Andrew is an actor as well as an occasional model and has a really beautifully expressive face. He was great fun to work with and very cooperative, not batting an eyelid when I asked him to roll in the sand. I really love the photo above. It’s not a “pretty” photograph but it has a lot of emotion and expression in it for me.

Teething problems

It would seem that the new look of the blog has caused a couple of issues. Well, one really. Commenting is not quite as easy as it used to be. After a little bit of research, it would appear that if you want to comment on a post, you have to click on the title of that post and it will load the page with just that post and underneath that is a section to comment.

It really is just the same number of clicks to comment. It’s just not as obvious and I’m not sure I can actually change the template. Thanks for your patience.

Enjoy the image above. It’s purely for visual pleasure.

Tone it down a bit

Have you noticed in the past couple of years, mostly since social media became the main media, that there is no middle ground any more? It’s become almost violently evident with the U.S. Presidential elections this year that you can’t simply have a differing opinion to someone these days. If someone disagrees with you they can’t simply have their opinion and move on in life, they must die a horrible violent death and be publicly denounced on Facebook/Twitter/Snapchat? Similarly if you say something less than glowing about Taylor Swift or Lady Gaga their fans will hound you online until you are crying in the corner afraid to go into the world.

The same can be said at the other end of the spectrum too. You can’t just like something or find it pretty good. There is a level of rabid passion that must accompany your endorsement. It’s not good, it’s AMAZING. It’s not fun it’s OMG THE BEST THING EVER!

On Model Mayhem, the website I use to network and find models, comments can be left on any photo in a portfolio and there is a Picture of The Day competition every day. I am all for encouraging people but I have seen “amazing capture” as a comment under some truly horrendous photography. It seems that if the photo contains someone that the person is sexually attracted to, regardless of how blurry, poorly lit or just plain mediocre the shot is, it will have many variations on “amazing” in the comments underneath.

Some of my own photos that aren’t particularly good have ringing endorsements underneath them and I think, “Really? That’s not one of my best by any stretch” but I guess that is the thing with social media and being online. We can all be as enthusiastic as we like, the recipient won’t see it in our face.

Creativity meets skill

A friend shared this video a couple of days ago on Facebook and it just made me smile. Being a (very) amateur aerialist as well as a graphic designer and photographer means I have some possibly too high standards when it comes to circus inspired videos. Most of the time there isn’t a lot of creativity in the way they are filmed or the soundtrack that goes with them. Of course copyright issues influence that last part and good free music is hard to come by.

So when a video like this one comes along it really makes me smile. This is a creative collaboration and experiment between the gymnast and slackline expert Louis Boniface and classical violinist Olivier Pierre. The project was art directed by Nicolas Romieu and it is just rich with style and class. The footage has all been graded (toned & adjusted) beautifully and the music, photography and action all work really beautifully together.

Slacklining is something I would really love to have a go at learning. Time for some research into classes in Sydney. Now if you’ll excuse me I’m going to go and watch Louis bounce and flip around a bit more on his youtube channel.

Colour me stunned!

Last night I submitted photos of Laria (above) to Themaleform, a website I’ve had a model on before and struggled to find willing models for. It would seem that not only do I have to find models willing to pose frontal and erect, I have to make sure they are the right colour too. This post is in NO WAY criticising Dylan who runs the site. He’s just making decisions to get the most financially out of his business. It turns out that the gay “community” is even more racist than I thought.

Not only do we litter our profiles with lists of all the people we won’t sleep with, we won’t even look at hot men of colour with a big old boner. That’s right. Themaleform doesn’t accept photo sets of black men because the subscribers don’t want them. An Australian gay magazine that is published around the world has said essentially the same thing to me before. When the magazine published an edition with a black man on the cover sales here dropped by 15% and sales in the U.S. dropped by 50%! That is outrageous.

I will now be making a very concerted effort in my own photography to be more racially diverse. Yes, most of my photography features white guys but not exclusively. People are always going to have a preference in who they find attractive and what appeals to them in a photograph but it can’t hurt for photographers, websites and publications to offer a more broad range of types which may hopefully encourage some widening of tastes.

Please, no more legends

I may not have been a die-hard fan, but there is no denying that Prince was a force to be reckoned with. His Diamonds & Pearls album was in my collection in my early days of buying music, with it’s sexy lyrics and addictive beats.

Prince may have toned down his blatant sexuality once he discovered Jehovas Witness later in his career but the man was still very edgy, sensual and about as cool as can be. It’s amazing that kids that are effeminate at school get picked on but the world is mourning, deservedly, a man who wore heels, eyeliner and very camp outfits.

Prince reportedly played 21 instruments, and is renowned for playing most of the instruments on his early albums. By all reports he was absolutely amazing on stage. It seems that modern pop stars could learn a LOT from the legends that we have lost of late. Heaven just got a little more purple.

It’s just hypnotising

I’m really quite a big fan of big balls. Big balls that hang low and bounce around as someone walks along the nude beach are always fun to watch. There’s a guy that I used to see at the nude beach I go to who was hung and had massive low hanging balls. When he walked up and down the beach, which he did a lot, it was lie watching a tennis match. The entire beach was turning their head from side to side as those things swung from side to side bouncing off his thighs.

This video is supposedly some high art tribute to another artist featuring a porn star Brad Rock. I’ll have to go google his work to see if he is as attractive from the front as he is from this angle. Watching these big low balls swinging around is so hypnotic. I love a good pair of smooth balls. It still surprises me when I “meet” someone and discover they have hairy balls. What man doesn’t at least trim these days?
Update: It seems you have to watch this video on vimeo, not on here. I suggest you do.

Francesco Vezzoli, The Return of Bruce Nauman's Bouncing Balls, 2006 from KALEIDOSCOPE Videoclub on Vimeo.

A nice change

On Sunday last weekend I photographed the lovely Laria again. This time we got more bold shooting some nude, erect frontals for themaleform.net

It’s a very different photo shoot asking someone to get hard for a camera. There are new levels of diplomacy to be used compared to even a regular nude (non-frontal) shoot. You have someone who is very vulnerable, no matter how confident they are, and they pretty much have to stop and keep masturbating in front of you. Thankfully Laria is very comfortable in who he is and had no qualms about it.

I’m also trying to broaden my horizons in terms of my models. There aren’t many black models in Sydney so it’s a nice change to be able to photograph a really nice guy like Laria and work with different skin tones. So I’m now on a mission to work with models of different ethnic backgrounds.

The video below is not Laria but a good example of another hot black man completely shaved, just like Laria.

ARTEO Photo ~ Getting Wet With Mardi – VERS.II from The Naked Black Guy on Vimeo.

Bares On Demand

Broadway Bares is one of those shows that is on my bucket list to see sometime. It’s the annual burlesque, circus flesh baring extravaganza in New York City that raises millions for HIV care and research. The show is massive in it’s spectacle and sexiness with men and women showing nearly all they have while entertaining the enthusiastic crowd.

This year’s theme is “On Demand” and it promises to be as sexy and fun as all previous years. Sydney really does need something like this. There are so many beautiful people here in Sydney working as performers and we should really show them off, literally.

The naked ninja warrior

The Ninja Warrior is one of those athletic obstacle course shows where very fit people race the course against the clock and try and beat each other’s times. The U.S. version has lots of rah-rah hype and yelling OMG kind of stuff. The various versions around the world are similar in format but maybe with less rah-rah hype.

Those crazy Europeans have done it again. I’m not sure if this was a publicity stunt because I’m pretty sure there was something similar in the U.S. version. Unlike the U.S. streaker on the show, this European nude ninja warrior doesn’t have the crazy amount of pixelation. Just enough to cover the guy’s modesty which he clearly wasn’t worried about. It’s interesting to note that there are all kinds of spectators including children and no parents are covering eyes or causing a fuss. People are having a laugh and encouraging the streaker to keep going. Amen.

Maybe this entire show should be nude.

There has to be more

Yesterday I found myself chatting to a model in Germany that I’d met on modelmayhem. We added each other on Facebook thinking I’ll be in Berlin next year hopefully and we can collaborate. He has two profiles on Model Mayhem. One is more mainstream and the other is more graphic. He has an enormous and beautiful cock and loves to show it off.

He started talking dirty and talking about how he loves being watched and showing off and people worshipping how big his cock is. As the talk went on it was evident that most of his sexual kicks were based around everyone loving his massive cock.

Now I love seeing a massive cock wandering around and sure, they are fun to have some fun with but if the sex is all about that big cock and you reassuring their delicate ego that yes you acknowledge its enormity and love it, then I’m going to lose interest pretty fast. Sex is something between two or more people to enjoy each other. A woman I used to work with used to joke that “the ugly guys try harder” and she’s right. If you throw two of us regular guys into bed together then there is a mutual appreciation and a lot of fun. Those guys that think they are special either in the looks or the cock department and just lie there and let you do all the work are just a bit of a yawn.

Let’s see how we go

A few weeks ago I photographed Laria and this weekend I’m photographing him again. This time I’m shooting him to submit to themaleform. I’ve posted a few times in the past few years about the struggle to find guys willing to pose full frontal here in Sydney. Posing for themaleform is another step up requiring frontal and erect. Thankfully Laria is not shy at all and wants to push it and see what we can come up with.

Now I just need to stay focused while I have this good looking man with a killer body walking around with a big boner in front of me and I need to make sure that while we go for sexy, we keep it beautiful. Unfortunately, if the shots are accepted by themaleform I won’t be able to share them on here. Let’s be honest though, there will probably be a couple of shots that I keep to use myself.