Refreshing change

In a rare burst of motivation I went to the gym a lot last week. Five mornings before work I hauled my arse to the gym as well as a group training session at work and circus class. Then on Sunday I decided I was in the mood to go to the gym again. It’s very rare indeed for me to take myself off to the gym on a weekend although it does provide opportunities to see other hotties that aren’t there at 6am on weekdays. New hotties to provide inspiration and eye candy are always good.

As I walked in to the locker room to get changed for my workout there was a guy just putting his stuff in a locker. He was standing there completely naked and totally unselfconscious. It’s rare to see guys completely nude in my gym locker room at the best of times and even more rare to see someone not quickly putting on underwear after dropping a towel or quickly making sure that no one sees them.

Even I had a moment of being self conscious this morning when I had just finished drying myself off and was about to fold my towel up before getting dressed when a friend walked in and for a split second I felt awkward. Then I remembered we’d gone with a group of friends to the nude beach and even though he didn’t get nude, he like a lot of people in this world has seen me naked before. So I just carried on as per usual.

It’s so nice feeling comfortable naked around friends and other people in general. It makes me chuckle at how prudish I used to be.

About the house

In a couple of days my housemate is leaving to go and visit his family in the UK while his mother goes through some medical treatment as well as being there for Christmas. While my housemate and I get along fine, he’s not at all a nudie and nudity just doesn’t happen around the house.

So for just over a month, the photos above give a pretty good indication of what my dress code will be around the house. It’s getting nice and warm here at the moment and while we do have neighbours, the windows that can see into our back deck are never really used. The back deck isn’t somewhere I can sit out naked but there might be times where I give it a try depending on how brave I feel.

Who knows, I may even see if I can give my mojo a kick start and have the occasional gentleman caller over. There’s nothing really stopping me from doing that at the moment but the walls aren’t very thick in this house and I’m not a fan of making my housemate listen to any shenanigans that might happen.

Summer is coming in Sydney and it feels like it’s going to be a great one.

My Man Crush Monday!

Last week I was watching a photography challenge on Canon’s Youtube page and the guest judges were travel photography gurus and brothers, the Jauncey brothers. They have amassed a following of millions on their instagram page @beautifuldestinations and individually have hundreds of thousands of followers for their own accounts. One of the brothers in particular, Jeremy made me feel a tingle in my special places.

This is a fine example of what happens when you have a mixed heritage of Colombian mother and British father, coupled with a dedication to fitness and a lifestyle that you absolutely love. You have amazing good looks, a rocking body and a big glorious smile that holds fools like me captive. That is until I get distracted by those pecs. Oh how content I would be sleeping on those pecs. It looks like Jeremy has a pretty cool sense of style and looks nearly as good in clothes as he does mostly out of them. We all know though, that I would enthusiastically encourage him out of all of them.

Jeremy has done really well for himself after selling a successful business which in turn enabled him to start a venture capital company which now funds Beautiful Destinations. Anyone who achieves so much by the age of 31 is clearly a driven man and that’s easy to understand when you are doing something as fun as travelling the world taking beautiful photos. As well as inspiring quite a healthy dose of lust, Jeremy is also inspiring my always present wanderlust.

Laughs and crafts

Yesterday morning I hauled my butt out of bed at 5.30 for a photo shoot with two guys that I’d been chatting to on model mayhem about collaborating. David, the less shy one of the two in the photos, is an artist working on his Masters in Art who is originally from Perth. He does a lot of beautiful photography himself (@davidcharlescollins on Instagram) and he decided he wanted to see what it was like on the other side of the camera. Adam is a gorgeous guy who has done some modelling in the past and just wanted to dip his toes back into that world. (@butlerstyling on Instagram).

They were both up for wearing silly paper pirate hats and wielding cardboard swords to go along with my theme of adults not wanting to grow up. Honestly I’m not entirely convinced that those paper hat shots are the best ones from the day but we had a lot of fun on the shoot. It ended up being a very quick shoot, even quicker than my usual fairly fast shoot. The guys got on really well and worked well together. It makes my job so much easier when models bring a sense of fun and adventure to a shoot. I keep my shoots fast and light hearted even when I’m doing something bonkers to the models like covering them in sticks etc. These guys were laughing a lot because their pirate hats looked absurd and also kept blowing away.

A very lovely friend, Tim also came along to film the shoot for us so that I can share with you, the behind the scenes. It’s a big ask to request a friend to get up before 6 on a weekend but Tim seemed to enjoy himself.


Another day, another shoot

Tomorrow morning getting up at a stupid hour of the morning for a photo shoot. It’s another shoot with some paper/cardboard props. This time I’m shooting two young beautiful guys with cardboard swords and possibly paper hats almost like they are two young kids that are playing pirates near the water.

I’ve somehow managed to get a friend to get up at a that ridiculous hour to come and film the shoot for another behind the scenes video. I guess there are perks for him, getting to film two beautiful nude men even if it does have to be at that hour of the morning. He is the same friend that did such a good job filming for the kite shoot with Andrew a few months ago.

Sometimes I do wish this hobby of mine didn’t mean getting up at 5.40 in the morning. To make it worse I’m not at work today because I’m going to a 50th birthday lunch of a friend which will no doubt be a very boozy affair. Obviously I will have some drinks but I can’t get too pissed because being hung over and trying to be professional tomorrow morning is not a great plan.

I hope so

I’ve just got home from a pub meal with a couple of friends. It was a quick and early meal but as we were leaving I ran into a couple of women that I hadn’t seen in a few years. They are people I met through my last boyfriend which ended 5 years ago now. They are both friends on facebook and one of them especially I have lots to talk about as we both work in creative fields and have a lot of passion for art and creativity.

Because we hadn’t seen each other in a few years we did the usual chat updating each other on life. She’s with a lovely partner having a ball and loving life. She asked if I was dating etc which got clearly a no in response. I asked if my ex was seeing anyone as he is a very private man and you would never know from his social media if he was seeing anyone or not. While he was the one to end the relationship and I was gutted at the time, it didn’t take long to realise that he had made the right decision and just had the balls to make it earlier than I did.

We have very different lives and we just weren’t a good match. While I didn’t agree with all of his reasons to break up at the time, I do know that he made the right decision. I genuinely hope that he does find Mr Right because he is a total sweetheart and I’d like to see him happy. Unfortunately I would hazard a guess that his career choice and lifestyle makes it a little harder to meet someone. It’s weird being on social media at times and wondering if any of the people with him in the photos he posts are someone he’s dating when realistically it’s none of my business.

I don’t have many exes at all and I’m friends with a few of them on social media. One that I was besotted with even though it was a very brief relationship is now happily loved up and the most recent, as I’ve said I would have no idea. Back in the “olden days” we never used to be able to see what our exes were up to and maybe that was a better arrangement.

Rub me the right way…

When I haven’t had any sex in a long time, which isn’t that unusual for me and I haven’t been dating or having any cuddles of any kind which has been AGES, I start to crave physical touch. I’ve blogged about that in the past. This is when I typically find myself looking for a massage. First up, I just plain old love a good massage. They help get rid of the knots in my muscles and the tension in my neck from sitting at a computer for far too long. Secondly, I firmly believe that we are programmed to desire physical touch. It is good for the soul. While I am saving for my big European adventure, treating myself to a massage isn’t in my budget.

A few years ago I was a member of a site called massage exchange but it was pretty rubbish. It was all about finding people to swap massages with and I had some minor luck on there. Well there is a new player in town. Zenbrisa is a new website that so far only has a handful of people (pardon the pun) on it in Sydney but it looks way more legit than the other site did. As expected most of the men seeking massage exchanges with other men on there have ticked the “sensual” massage box as well as the theraputic. That’s perfectly fine by me. It doesn’t have to end in a happy ending but if they’ve ticked that box we are both likely to be nude and there won’t be any nervous hands dodging the good bits will there?

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.