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Some inspiration


There’s an idea I’ve had for a piece to be included in my next photography series that would be quite a stand alone piece but hopefully work with the rest of the tribal images.

While all the shots I’ve done so far have been simple set-ups in the small studio space we set up at home, I’m taking inspiration from the piece above called “The Prophecy” which was the result of Beautiful Mag collaborating with models and photographer and digital artist Aymeric Giraudel. The trick is going to be finding a suitable location to photograph, under the right conditions so that I can put all the models, which will be photographed in the studio, into the location in a realistic or believable way.

If it all works I’d love to print it really large to be quite an imposing piece in the exhibition. Whenever that happens.

Running away…


This week has been a really tough week at work with some successes and some frustrating technical dramas and management rubbish, but one of the highlights of the week was my copy of Virgin Island arriving in the post. The latest collaboration between model Todd Sanfield and photographer Kevin McDermott is so lush and beautiful that it couldn’t do anything but put a smile on your face and a lump in your pants.

Todd has made a real name for himself with his modeling, his underwear line and that ridiculous body. He’s also a seriously intelligent, squeezing all the modeling and underwear mogul activities in between his pharmacy studies. Down the track he wants to make headway in HIV research. From everything I have ever seen and can find on Todd, he’s always avoided specifying his sexuality which I think is great. If he’s straight he’s smart enough to not alienate his primary audience, gay men, and if he’s gay he’s keeping the gay boys interested by being mysterious.

It’s rare that one model can hold interest for an entire coffee table book and Todd does it easily in this book and the predecessor, Motel Hotel. Mostly through beautiful photography by Kevin McDermott combined with Todd’s amazing body and beautiful masculine brooding looks but also partly because he’s not afraid of getting it all out for the camera and even getting it hard.

The right inspiration

Back when I was studying graphic design all those many years ago, my illustration teacher told us that if you are going to use reference material then you need to choose the RIGHT reference material and she was dead right. So many people in the performance or artistic world are being “inspired” by the wrong material. Just because someone else has done it doesn’t mean it’s good. Sure you may be able to use it to build something magical but maybe not. Conversely choosing great reference material doesn’t always guarantee success. How many times have we seen up and coming celebrities being made up like Marylin or Audrey Hepburn for a photo shoot and looking like a cheap Halloween knock off.

Thankfully Bell Soto have done a stellar job with this video. I’m not sure if it was actually for a fashion label or as a bit of an editorial promotion like a video version of a magazine spread. The two male models look incredible in this not just relying on the pouty androgyny that is so common these days. They look like old school performers getting ready for the theatre backstage. When I saw this I immediately thought of the image above of Vladimir by the legendary photographer Herb Ritts who died 11 years ago. I would even guess that Ritts was inspired by performers like Nureyev.

Wherever the inspiration has come from using classic theatrical makeup references and using male models who are masculine but comfortable in that slightly feminine realm has really worked to create a beautiful video.

PERFORMANCE from Bell Soto on Vimeo.

Another tribal shoot

Some of you might remember seeing Nathan before on the pages of this blog. He was the brave soul that let me paint him in the window of an art gallery at an opening a few months back. That also led to me introducing him to Ross Watson and Nathan being immortalised on canvas.

Today I painted Nathan again in a similar way for the tribal series of photos that I’m working on. It was a technically challenging shoot today as I was forced to use just one light as a globe exploded yesterday while I was doing another shoot and there was something going on with the one light that was working. Despite all that, I’m really happy with the results. Nathan is very easy to work with and takes direction really well.

I still haven’t workout out when I’ll put this exhibition on for public display. Financial concerns are the main issue and I keep having ideas that will work well with the theme. Stay tuned.

Would it work?

A lot of friends have started asking about when my next exhibition is going to be. To be honest I have no idea. The last exhibition “Freedom” didn’t sell very well and putting on an exhibition is a costly exercise. I’ve been incredibly lucky to have AussieBum sponsor both Shrouded and Freedom exhibitions which helped enormously with covering costs but an exhibition is an expensive endeavour to put on. The total cost of putting on that last one was about $4,000 including printing, framing, gallery hire and the costs associated with having an opening night.

One way I had thought of doing it was to start a kickstarter or similar crowd sourced project with varying levels of support garnering different benefits. This time around I’m toying with the idea of having one large image (60cm x 90cm) and 2 or 3 smaller images (20cm x 30cm) from each of the shoots and each image would be available in a limited number in either size. If someone paid $500 (for example) they would receive a large signed, limited print of their choice from the exhibition or if they paid $100 they would get a signed, limted print at the smaller size of their choice.

The draw back would be that the people donating the money, or effectively buying a print, wouldn’t receive their piece until some time after donating. I’m just not sure I can afford to outlay all the money to hold an exhibition again and not cover my expenses.

So many hits!

Fourteen months ago I uploaded a video trailer for my photography book Aussielicious Men to vimeo. I can’t believe that it’s had over 94,000 hits! That’s so awesome. It still averages over 100 hits per day. The book hasn’t sold many copies at all on blurb but that’s ok. It was a book that I felt that I needed to put together for myself as much as anything. It was never a money making venture that’s for sure. If I’d been planning on getting rich from it I’d be sorely disappointed by now. I wonder if we can get it up to 100,000 views? Feel free to share it.

Aussielicious Men Trailer from Brenton Parry on Vimeo.

More nude Olympians

Every year ESPN releases a Body Issue full of nude athletes and this year is no exception. Any time you get a talented photographer taking photos of celebrities you are usually set for an interesting result. When those celebrities are nude athletes in prime physical condition then the results will be something that should be on a gallery wall. Michael Phelps joins the ranks this year and boy does he have a tanline. Also featured is Aussie sailor Jimmy Spithill on the far left. I can’t find who the photographer was on this edition. I assumed at first that it was Annie Leibovitz but watching a couple of the behind the scenes videos on the ESPN site, it’s a guy that I don’t know.

I don’t know who a lot of the athletes are but Giancarlo Stanton, who apparently plays baseball for the Miami Marlins looks so sculpted on the cover. I swear, you can’t go wrong with adding water to a beautiful body. Shiny goodness. The basketball player in the middle looks fantastic. Firstly he’s a beautiful guy with an absolutely rocking body but his image is saturated in beautiful delicious colours and lighting that is perfection.

Congratulations Peter!

After the initial round of voting and now a tie-breaker round of voting we finally have a winner. Congratulations to Peter who sent in this adorable photo of himself smooching his boyfriend on for the Portrait photography challenge. Peter will receive a print of Allan’s winning movement challenge photo from the last challenge as his prize. There were some stunning shots in this challenge so thank you to everyone who took part. Give me a couple of months to come up with another theme and we’ll have another challenge.

Time for a Tiebreaker!

Well the voting has closed on the Portrait Challenge and we have a tie! So now we need to vote again but this time just between the two portraits that both received 31 votes (13%). The two portraits are the images featured above. On the left is Peter’s Portrait of a Kiss and on the right is Ali’s portrait of Paul. Voting closes on Friday Sydney time to resolve this deadlock. Congratulations to the two entries and to everyone that entered. Let’s see who is the favourite!

Which Portrait should win?

  • Peter's portrait of a kiss (65%, 188 Votes)
  • Ali's portrait of Paul (35%, 100 Votes)

Total Voters: 288

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Climbed the Ranks

Brisbane based photographer Ali Choudry is working on a photographic series that is all about physical success. He’s photographing elite athletes and performers and capturing their physicality and beauty. Photographed above is Jake Eve, a skipper of all things and it looks like he’s a lot better at it than me, Travis Scott the talented and popular male pole dancer and Olympic Medallist Diver Matthew Helm. If you are an elite athlete or performer in or around Brisbane email me and I can forward details on to Ali. I never get tired of photos of people who are so attuned to their physicality.


Anthony McGovern is a fellow Sydney photographer that I have met several times through friends. He’s a very talented guy who specialises in beautiful landscape photography. He recently decided to really challenge himself by doing a series of nude self portraits that he’s calling his Fractured series. Some of the images are being featured in the current issue of DNA magazine which is fantastic for a first effort at self portraits.

They are beautifully dark and moody images of Anthony. He’s also photographed another model in the same style but those aren’t released. If I get my butt into gear I’m going to use Anthony as inspiration and do some self portraits. I’ve spoken about it before but I’m not in the shape I want to be yet.

Anyone who takes a lot of photos will want to check out Anthony’s iPad app, Picster too.

The last portrait is in!

Peter scraped in today with the last submission for the Portrait challenge. This photo is a beautiful romantic kiss that Peter planted on his boyfriend. Very sweet. Now that the entries are all in it’s time for me to get organised and get the voting ready to happen. I’ll have that ready to go in the next couple of days.

The last of the Portraits?

It’s the last day of June here in and even in the time zones furthest behind you don’t have a long time left to get any submissions in for the challenge. Tonight I have three more portraits which may or may not be the last ones.

Gary has sent in this portrait but unfortunately that’s all I know about it. Gary hasn’t provided any details on who it is or where it was taken but it is one of those portraits that makes you curious about what they subject is thinking or looking at.

Dave has also sent in an unnamed portrait but I do know that it is a friend of his and that it was taken in Brazil, near Rio.

Last but not least is Ali from Brisbane. This is Paul who is a friend of Ali’s and they were playing with the intrinsic duality within most people and in particular masculine/feminine aspects of identity.

Two more portraits! Not long now!

I’ve got two more portraits to share with you today in the Portrait Challenge. There are only 5 days or so (depending where you are) to get your photo in for the challenge. There are some great entries already in so get moving!

Bruce took this friend of his, Mike, in 1981. Sadly Mike passed away at the age of 27 but this portrait will endure. It’s very much a portrait of it’s time and almost harks back to the early days of Falcon Studios with the blonde surfer hair and high waisted jeans.

The other entry today is from Sue from Fairview (very NSFW). Sue is a wonderful lady who even though she is straight probably watches more gay porn than most of us gay men. This is a portrait of a sausage vendor in Budapest, Hungary. Now if the term Sausage Vendor from Budapest doesn’t conjure up dirty thoughts about Bel Ami porn stars then I don’t know what will. It’s a beautiful portrait of a gorgeous man.

Thank you Chris.

Sometimes I go into a photo shoot feeling well prepared and sometimes I feel less prepared. My recent shoot with Andrew was one of those well prepared shoots. On Sunday I did a shoot with a mate of mine Chris and it was somewhere between the well prepared and completely unprepared shoots. I’d known in my head that I wanted feathers knotted into string to drape and wrap around him but I made up the facepaint and bodypaint on the fly and afterwards I really wasn’t sure that I’d done the right thing. Now after a couple of days after the shoot I can say I’m happy with the results.

Chris is one of the few guys that doesn’t mind frontal shots being released. The frontal shot above is comfortable for me as it’s there but the rest of the shot is strong enough that his cock isn’t the focus or distracting. A girl I know didn’t actually even notice at first because she was looking at the feathers and the rest of the photo which to me, is how it should be. Chris isn’t a professional model and is as insecure as the rest of us at times about his body which is absolutely beautiful to the rest of us.