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Instalicious – Kim David Smith

I’ve posted about the gorgeous Kim before but I thought he was worth sharing again. Kim is an Aussie living with his husband in NYC performing exquisitely bonkers cabaret in the old school, creative style singing in Kylie Minogue covers in German and a whole bunch of other cool styles. Kim is also a prolific model. He’s not your typical beefcake model that a lot of photographers are shooting. There’s nothing wrong with that at all. I shoot beefcake and those guys are fun to shoot, but Kim has a look that is from a bygone era. He could be a propaganda posterboy for the First World War or an artists muse from the 1920’s.

Kim and I have spoken online and one day, when he’s back in Australia visiting we aim to collaborate on some gorgeous images. Mr Smith is very comfortable nude as you can see and no doubt I will photograph him just as nude, but if he ever breaks into the big time as a singer I can see him in a beautiful Burberry campaign or something as gorgeous.

Head on over to Kim’s Instagram and drink in his beauty.

Joe

On the weekend, as I posted before, I did a photo shoot that I’m not happy with. It wasn’t the complete disaster that I initially thought. There are a handful of images that are ok. Just ok. None of them are at all creative or even wildly visually interesting. The creative concept I had just wasn’t working and I was thrown by that and the fact that I had a complete crush on Joe but that is what it is. He’s a great guy and wants to do another shoot soon so I do have a chance to redeem myself.

Above are two of the images that I’ve played with a bit. For shots as lacking in creativity as they are, they should have been really good technically in terms of lighting exposure etc but they aren’t. I’ve had to play with them a fair bit to even get them to the level that they are at now. I’ve been trying to find the positives in it and use it to push myself to do better. Let’s see how that goes.

Not sure how that went

Well after yesterday’s model cancelling on me for the photo shoot, I put a call out on Facebook for another model. The Reluctant Prince nominated his mate to do the shoot and he said yes. So this morning I did the shoot I had planned for yesterday. The only problem is that I have a total crush on the guy that I photographed. He came to my place months ago when I first spoke to Reluctant Prince about his shoot and I was a smitten fool that day. Today I had him wandering around naked in front of me for a shoot that I didn’t feel prepared for. The lighting was quite tricky and the origami boats that I’d made for the shoot didn’t really work as intended. When the youtube tutorial that I used to learn how to make them, told me that they float I guess they weren’t technically lying. They do float but they float on their side. If you ever book a boating trip and the boat looks like origami, don’t get on board.

I’ve blogged in the past about how I get when I’m infatuated or crushing on someone. I go from an intelligent guy who can hold a good conversation to a dribbling fool. So take that unattainable crush (straight, 15 years younger and in a relationship) and then get them nude in front of my camera. Not a recipe for awesomeness on my behalf but I’ll download the photos later and see if we got anything I put together.

After realising the origami boats weren’t going to be a wild success in the water, once I’d finished shooting Mr Hot Crush, I then shot the boats out of the water at all sorts of different angles to try and photo shop them in later. Fingers crossed.

Aussielicious Men Trailer from Brenton Parry on Vimeo.

A bit frustrating.

This morning I was supposed to be doing a photo shoot with a model that I found through Model Mayhem. He’d been keen to collaborate but hard to get a hold of through the week. Late last night a text message came through saying that he had to go help his sister who was having some serious medical issues. He was very apologetic and the situation he described doesn’t seem like the kind of thing anyone would lie about so my instinct is to believe him and just accept his reasons.

As an amateur photographer I’m at the mercy of sometimes flakey models. Unlike this guy, lots of guys just change their mind, some after the shoot. It’s a pain in the arse but until I can afford to pay professional models, then this is just something that is going to happen. I’ve put a call out on Facebook to see if anyone wants to do the same shoot I had planned. I was at the nude beach today where this morning’s shoot was supposed to be and the conditions were perfect. No wind at all, and no swell. Just perfectly calm clean water.

Behind the scenes

When I was putting together the book of images from my TRIBE series over the weekend I remembered that I’d put together a couple of timelapse videos of the shoot. I hadn’t posted them anywhere because they contain full frontal nudity but over the weekend I went back and checked my model release forms and a couple of the guys had ticked that they were ok with frontal. If you order the book you’ll notice that there are a couple of spreads of images from these timelapse videos.

I also decided to upload one of the videos to my vimeo account and without even posting it anywhere it’s had over 250 views in 24 hours. I’d hardly call it viral but I’m happy with it. So I thought I’d share it with you here. Remember all of my photography is available to order as limited edition prints as well, just visit my website www.brentonparry.com. If you don’t find the image you want there, email me to discuss an order.

Note: This video doesn’t have any soundtrack

Shane Timelapse from Brenton Parry on Vimeo.

TRIBE – The Book

At the persistent but gentle urging of a follower of my photography, I have compiled all the images from my TRIBE series into a book. Tribe – The Book is 56 pages of photographs of all the 11 shoots that featured in the twitter exhibition as well as a few extra images from those shoots and photos from two shoots that didn’t make the online launch. I’ve also included a bunch of behind the scenes images that were taken on a GoPro set up to capture timelapse imagery.

The book is dedicated to Fabien Ardoin, one of the models in the series who features on the cover. Fabien tragically passed away two months after the shoot for this series while out bushwalking with friends and his girlfriend. He was only 23 years old and had so much to offer the world.

The book is available through my Blurb store. Click here to buy the book.

Bonkers but kinda hot

Candy Ken is rapper and dj from Germany who is apparently obsessed with Hello Kitty as would appear to be very evident in this photo shoot. It’s always a surprise to see people who are in the public eye who have no qualms about getting their gear off and going full frontal as that just doesn’t happen that frequently here in Australia or in the U.S. etc but Candy is from Germany and we all know the Germans are much more relaxed about that kind of thing. Candy also looks really good nude with a beautiful body, great skin and a pretty good tan.

My problem with this series has nothing to do with Candy Ken. The photos were taken by taken by “celebrity photographer” Terry Richardson. Firstly Terry’s photos are never creative or ultimately that interesting. These photos of Candy Ken are fun but it’s almost like a drunken fancy dress party at your friend’s place that’s gone a bit out of control. How long did it take to get those stick on tattoos off his face?

What is interesting is how Terry has gotten the level of success that he has. He has been accused many times of sexually taking advantage of his models, mostly young women. There are photos in his books of him with his erect cock in model’s mouths or him nude with a young female model. I’m certain a large portion are willingly along for the ride but any professionalism goes out the window even if one of the allegations are true.

Shooting Clinton

Just over a week ago I photographed Clinton, who an old family friend had suggested I shoot when he moved to Sydney. We’ve met a couple of times since he moved to town recently and we got the shoot done fairly quickly. I have to admit that I didn’t really have a solid plan going into the shoot. The one idea I did have fell through as I couldn’t organise the props that I wanted in time. There are a few images that I’m happy with from the shoot but the majority of the shoot was for Clinton rather than for me and I believe he’s happy with the results.

Sometimes I just need to remind myself that every shoot is good practice. In the editing process I’m constantly learning and trying new techniques that hopefully work well and end up with a result that I’m happy with.

Self absorbed?

On Friday I took a day’s leave from work and went to a photography workshop run by three young photographers. There were some great technical tricks in the workshop but what I wanted to get out of it was tips on how to improve my creativity and make better use of inspiration and challenge myself to take my images further.

One of the things that I got from all three photographers, David Talley, Rob Woodcox and Kiara Rose, as well as a few other photographers is that they’ve all done quite a lot of work in the realm of self portraits. I’ve spoken about doing some self portraits before but never got around to it. So yesterday with some spare time on my hands, out came the tripod and the camera. I was starting simple, using natural light in my house and a photoshop technique to replicate the old wet plate printing techniques of photography pioneers.

While I still find it confronting to look at photos of myself too much, it was an interesting exercise in trying to create good images rather than worrying about whether I look good or not. Taking selfies at the beach, and photos of my bare butt at the beach for instagram is very different to taking a real self portrait. Now that I’ve started simply, let’s see where I can go with it.

Ibiza is all kinds of naked

Dylan Rosser is one of the most successful photographers of the male body around and he’s just launched a kickstarter program to fund his new book. There are a few levels of donation and each one guarantees you a copy of the book Naked Ibiza, filled with stunning men from around the world wearing not a stitch of clothing and with no inhibitions. Looking at the teaser video it seems safe to assume that Ibiza is some kind of magical land that is stunning at every turn and exclusively populated with amazing men with the promise of mighty penises.

Dylan has already surpassed his kickstarter goal of £14,000 in just a matter of of days. The book will be available through Amazon and bookshops at a later date but if you want one sooner rather than later you’d better go along to this page and support the project!

NAKED IBIZA from Dylan Rosser on Vimeo.

The reluctant Prince

A couple of months ago I posted the photos of Mitch, the sexy beefy straight ginger boy that I photographed as a bit of a reluctant Prince. I always had the intention of recolouring the fabric that Mitch is draped in and yesterday I finally got around to doing that. The tone and colouring of the rest of the image was also tweaked to better suit the mood and I am really happy with the outcome. It was the first time Mitch had done a photo shoot and the poor thing was so nervous. Hopefully it won’t be his last as he’s got a gorgeous face and he’s a lovely guy with a great body. There will be definite pressure to pose for me again.

The frustration continues

Last weekend I submitted some photos to Dylan Rosser’s website Themaleform. I’ve had one model featured on there before but now, after they turned down the photos of this latest model I’ve photographed three guys for the site with only one successfully making the cut. They didn’t think his look was right for the site which I understand.

My frustration is not with the site at all but rather trying to find guys willing to shoot frontal. I understand people’s reluctance to do it because of the possibility of it hindering work opportunities etc but I’m quite stunned at how few Sydney guys are willing. Surely 99% of guys in this town, full of hot gym obsessed guys, aren’t aspiring to political careers or overwhelmingly shy?

I’m putting the call out. If anyone knows any guys in Sydney or nearby who have a great body and a great look and would be willing to shoot frontal, put them in touch. They don’t have to be gay guys but they have to be ok with being featured nude on a site aimed at gay men.

A bit of inspiration

Work today was a bit of a drag. There isn’t a lot of activity happening at the moment and there were a few people missing from the office for a variety of reasons. So today I spent quite a bit of time watching youtube videos on photography getting tips and tricks.

My personal photography has been a bit slow of late and I’m not sure of the direction I want to go but I do know I want to push myself. For some unknown reason I’ve had it in my head to work on one series from start to finish and haven’t given myself the freedom to play with a few different ideas at a time but that’s going to stop. I’ve got vague ideas for a few different things that I think will be fun and being personal work, I don’t have to put a timeline on any of them.

One of the videos I watched today was a behind the scenes video with Annie Leibovitz shooting for Moncler. Annie is a master at her craft and watching her work is inspiring. The budget on this campaign must have been enormous as I heard many years ago (about 12 years ago) that she commands $50,000 per day, has close to ten assistants and truckloads of equipment “just in case”. Take all that to Iceland for a shoot and this would have cost a fortune. Oh to have that kind of budget. Unfortunately though, having a client to please often means a lack of freedom.

Shameless self promotion

Last week I started a second Instagram account. My original account @aussiebrenton is doing nicely with nearly 3,500 followers but that is full of my own personal randomness and my arse at the beach. So I decided to start one specifically dedicated to my photography, @brentonparryphotography with the thought that it would provide a more professional impression and maybe lead to some commercial work and some sales of prints. At the moment I’m paying a monthly subscription to Shopify to sell prints but haven’t had any sales.

I haven’t mastered the art of timing all the posts to get maximum exposure yet but it’s nice seeing all the old work mixed up with the newer stuff. Feel free to go to the new instagram and click that follow button.

Never appropriate

There is a photographer that I’ve come across recently, who has been posting behind the scenes style videos on vimeo. In the videos he puts a GoPro camera on his head so that as the viewer, you are seeing his point of view. Sounds like a good idea and it could be, but as a photographer you are constantly turning your head to the side and moving around, looking up and looking down which makes for a very wobbly and seasick inducing video. That’s not my problem with what I’ve seen.

As a gay photographer you have to earn and keep the trust of the model. My last model had never done a photo shoot before and is a young straight guy, so if I’d been in any way inappropriate, he would have ended the photo shoot immediately, if not punched me in the face. Both would have been suitable options. I’ve heard lots of stories of photographers inappropriately touching models, or trying to with no regard to the model’s wishes or even sexuality.

In one of the videos the photographer has done some (terrible) bodypainting on the model and the video is obviously after the actual photo shoot. The model is in the shower getting the paint off but for some unknown reason the photographer, GoPro on his head filming, is washing the model… on the front. He even runs his hand blatantly over the genitals of the model. In another video he’s putting some kind of lotion on the model. That in itself isn’t unusual. Models are often oiled up or something for a bit of sheen but the photographer only puts it on the model’s butt, blatantly caressing his arse and nothing else. He even runs his hand very intimately up into the model’s butt crack.

Now I don’t know the actual reputation of this photographer or what any of these models thought of what was going on. Some models wouldn’t have the confidence to say no to something like that. Some may welcome it but I know that from watching his videos I would probably warn models about collaborating with him.

Aussielicious TV – Episode 3 from Brenton Parry on Vimeo.