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Now showing!

Last night in Melbourne the group exhibition Company of Men opened to large crowds and for at least one of the 21 artists, lots of sales. Sadly that wasn’t me. There are a very diverse range of artists with painting, prints, photography and some 3D artwork on display all featuring male flesh and sexuality as their theme. The lovely and raunchy Rogan Richards did another wild performance in “The Pit” at the gallery.

Unfortunately I am in Sydney so couldn’t be there but my works are up on the walls featuring the lovely Greg and Kane who let me throw a sheet and water all over them. When you present work for viewing you have to tell people what your inspiration was and what you are trying to say. Quite often I have no idea. With my Shrouded exhibition I didn’t really realise that I was exploring my insecurities with hiding behind things until I was about half way through the series. When it came to working out what I was trying to say with this series of six images once again it wasn’t immediately obvious.

The statement that I sent with these images was this. “A lot of my previous work has explored the face that we present to the rest of the world and how we hide our own insecurities or flaws behind a kind of mask to go through life. With this series I wanted to flip that and explore the perceptions from the outside of a relationship and the assumptions we make about people’s relationships and how they live within them. By hiding a couple underneath a wet sheet we get a distorted view of what’s happening in the sheets without really knowing. Unless both people (or all the people) in a relationship tell you how their sex life is run, then are only working on assumptions or your perception of it from the outside.

Company of Men runs at Brightspace Gallery, St Kilda until February 7.

Soaking in beauty

Instagram has become quite a playground for discovering talent for me lately both the eye candy and the photography variety. There is a model I started following a while back who poses for painters and photographers and following one of his links I stumbled across a photographer called Tate Tullier. He is working on an ongoing series called Tub Time With Tate and anyone is eligible to model for the series. If you are going to cross paths with Tate and you are willing to get nude and wet and sign over the rights to the image, you are in.

The series has a beautiful array of gorgeous people in various bathtubs in a few different cities in the U.S. and they are absolutely beautiful and intimate. For me, being in water whether it’s the ocean, a shower or a bathtub is a relaxing experience and even though there are some familiar faces on the website, they are unlike any other photos of that person. Maybe it’s the relaxing familiarity of bathing that inspires everyone to let down their guard. None of the photos are full frontal but they show a vulnerability in their subject.

If I was anywhere near Tate I would put my hand up in a flash.

Still one left!

With this year’s Company of Men exhibition coming up in two weeks time, I still have one large print left from last year’s event. These images of Matteo covered in talcum powder have proven to be very popular with people that see them and this final image is one of my favourites. It makes quite an impact in the size that it’s printed which is 60cm wide x 90cm high (2′ x 3′). All of the other three prints from that exhibition have been sold to various people as far afield as Texas!

If you are interested in purchasing the print, shoot me an email and we can discuss it.

This year’s Company of Men opens on Wednesday 21st at Brightspace gallery in St Kilda, Melbourne. A lot of artists from last year’s exhibition are making a comeback for this round as well as a bunch of new talent so if you happen to be in Melbourne you should definitely go and have a look. If you time your visit right you may just catch another sexy performance by Rogan Richards.

It’s going to happen soon!

In July 2013 I started shooting in earnest for another photographic series. I had dabbled with outdoor versions of what was to become the TRIBE series but wasn’t happy with how they were looking so I took the shoots back into the studio, kept the props and styling to a minimum and I’m really pleased with how they’ve all turned out. There is still some editing of the photos to be done and some decisions about which images make the final cut but I’m preparing for an exhibition to happen soon.

In a departure from the traditional gallery exhibition with the associated costs of printing and framing, I’ve finally decided that I’m going to have an online exhibition in the form of a live twitter conversation. There are a lot of finer details to be sorted out such as what time suits to make it practical to the widest number of people considering the vast time difference from Sydney to the rest of the world.

Obviously this means that there isn’t going to be an opening night with free booze and hot barmen wearing AussieBum but, as much fun as that was it was mainly friends and family who aren’t the ones who buy my work. I think having an twitter exhibition will generate a little bit of publicity as well, hopefully. I’m very excited to be finally preparing to show these photographs in their completed state. Stay tuned.

One of the best

GIACOMO from François Rousseau on Vimeo.

With the developments in technology and the world going digital, cameras getting smaller and better, it seems like the whole world is making videos and taking photos. For every one talented image maker, there are dozens and dozens of people trying.

Francois Rousseau came to my notice when he did the first really popular Dieux Du Stade calender for 2004. He got the balance of masculinity and homoerotica just right and the calendar went crazy.  In recent years he’s worked more and more in video to go along with his still imagery. Yesterday I was poking around the internet as I do and came across a few of his recent videos. They really are just gorgeous. Plain and simple. Francois really knows how to photograph people and make them look beautiful while also being very creative. The music that he chooses fits beautifully and sometimes it’s more of a minimalist soundscape rather than a musical soundtrack.

I made books…

Early last year, when I had my Freedom exhibition I launched my book Aussielicious Men on Blurb. It hasn’t sold much because it’s not cheap. Publishing through blurb means that they only print the books as people order them so it’s not a cheap way to do it.

I thought there might be some of you out there who wanted to buy the book but couldn’t justify the price tag so I’ve just created a book each for both my Shrouded and Freedom exhibitions. They are smaller than the original book and softcover instead of hardcover which makes them both cheaper to buy. Each book is 20cm x 25 cm (8″x10″) and they both include all images from their respective exhibitions plus a lot more images that weren’t included in the gallery shows or the original book. When I shoot with the view to creating an exhibition then I’m only after a maximum of three images from a shoot so there are a lot of images that don’t get included even though they might be good images. This is where they are!

I realise this is a case of really dumb timing on my part as I’m doubtful they’d be delivered before Christmas but they’d probably make a nice present for yourselves if you are inclined! Both books and Aussielicious Men are available by clicking here!

In the Company of Men

Last year for Melbourne’s Midsumma Festival and Sydney’s Mardi Gras Festival, I was part of a great exhibition called Company of Men featuring the talents of Bad Behaviour Boys Publishing, Rogan Richards (yes THE Rogan), Damien Hinds and a LOT of other very talented Queer artists. There was a lot of drama getting my prints down to the exhibition when a courier lost them for several days.

Company of Men is making a comeback in January 2015 with some of the same artists and a bunch of new talent and I’m glad to be taking part in the exhibition again. I’ve just finalised the images that I’ll be sending down to Melbourne to go on the wall. If you are in Melbourne in late January I would HIGHLY recommend going along to check it out. There are a very diverse range of styles and techniques being exhibited and hopefully a bit of something for everyone. As the name suggests “Company of Men” will feature a lot of man flesh and deal with gay sexuality and imagery. Details for the Sydney leg of the exhibition are yet to be confirmed but it will be hitting town and hitting it hard!

Photography wish list – Colton Haynes

There are several celebrities on my photography wish list and most of them I have pretty much no chance of ever photographing. Nor do I have any idea of what I would do if I got the opportunity but I’d certainly give it a shot.

Colton Haynes is a star of Arrow. He’s done a lot of modeling and even has a bit of a gay scandal past in that his PR team have been doing their best for years to cover up a spread he did in teen gay magazine XY years ago kissing another guy. Whether he is actually gay or not is of no relevance. The man is so beautiful in a masculine but also very pretty way that I would LOVE to shoot him and see what images we could come up with.

Colton himself shared the shot on the far right on his tumblr the other day. He doesn’t know who put the image together but congratulated them on their flawless editing and he’s right. It’s a stunning photoshop job and looks beautiful. I’d seen it several times but hadn’t ever recognised him as the model in the shot.

Colton, if you are out there check out my photography and get in touch!

Not an issue

I’ve just got home from a lovely but sadly quick lunch with a Brisbane photographer that I’ve posted about before, Joel Devereux. He is a very prolific photographer based in Brisbane who shoots some stunning men. We were discussing how competitive the market is being a photographer specialising in male nudes. Joel is lucky in that he really only has one other photographer of a similar level in Brisbane but they get on well and have a very different style anyway so there isn’t any competition.

In Sydney however it’s quite different. Despite the many varied styles there can often be a real sense of being adversaries rather than friendly competition. Obviously not all the time. There are photographers I like and get on with well here but with others it can feel like they’d rather see you walk under a bus than share models or opportunities with you.

Photography is a hobby for me and I don’t know that it will ever be anything more so that kind of jealousy or competition doesn’t really interest me. There is a really limited range of opportunities such as DNA covers/spreads that we are all competing for if we choose to so the competition is real but there are different ways to approach it. Every photographer is going to take a different photo when presented with the same model and location, even the same equipment so publications or jobs will choose a photographer based on their needs. I just think, like in life generally, we should be a bit less defensive and more supportive.

Joel and I have very similar aesthetics and styles but I would LOVE to see him do great things.

TMF #14 is out now!

If you want to see lots of beautiful man flesh in the form of model profiles and photographer galleries then why not get your hands on TMF Magazine issue #14?

Dylan Rosser continues to compile beautiful collections of imagery from around the globe including the gorgeous men that he photographs into this publication. This issue features a book preview, photographer profiles and I was lucky enough to be asked to do a Q&A with former Mister Gay World Christopher Olwage. Chris was a delight to chat to (over email) and has an absolutely rocking body as you can see in his photos, but there is a lot more to him.

Head on over to TMF Magazine to buy your digital copy now.

Paul is the winner!

After two rounds of voting, the winner has been decided. Congratulations to Paul for being selected as the most popular Self Portrait. This was one of my favourites as it had so many layers to it with Paul’s contemplative reflection, the view of the harbour with the stormy looking clouds being broken by the sunset. Paul now wins a print of Peter’s “Kiss” portrait from the previous challenge. Thanks to everyone for taking part in the challenge. One of the things I love about running this blog is the interactions I have with the readers.

Another tie breaker is needed!

The voting on the Self Portrait Challenge has closed and we have a tie! With 43 votes each you all seemed to really like Mikael’s modest nude self portrait and Paul’s very layered contemplative self portrait. So we go to the polls again. I’m only giving you 5 days to vote on this one to decide the winner. I’d be happy to see either of these images win. Which ever of these two images that you decide should win, by popular vote will win a print of Peter’s winning portrait from the last challenge.

Which of these two do you prefer?

  • 2 - Paul (52%, 186 Votes)
  • 1 - Mikael (48%, 172 Votes)

Total Voters: 357

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The europeans show us how once more.

I’ve often lamented the lack of guys willing to try social nudity and moaned about the lack of models willing to go frontal. This video shows that Europe is still way ahead of Australia and the U.S. with a couple of mates happily being filmed nude jumping into the water from a building. They just don’t seem to care.

Last week I did have a pleasant surprise however when I put out a call on facebook for guys willing to pose full frontal. I’m hoping to secure a feature in a future edition of Dylan Rosser’s TMF Magazine and Dylan likes to feature full frontal as, let’s face it, it sells. Surprisingly, I had a few guys put up their hands to do it which is good as I need a variety of guys and images to showcase should the feature happen.

One guy that has put his hand up to do it is Nathan that I have already photographed for my Tribal series. He’s been featured on Themaleform recently in all his glory and he’s not shy. Nathan and I were talking about the shoot and because he’s already been on Themaleform he can’t be on there again so we are going to do a series of photographs that hopefully tell a bit of a story and the plan is to do a video to go with it. I’ve had the thought to do a video to go with a shoot for some time now. Not just a behind the scenes like I have on my vimeo page but a little mini movie featuring the model. Now I just need to get it all happening.

Naked jumps from F U T U R E on Vimeo.

Pick your favourite Self Portrait

The entries are in and it’s time to get your vote happening. Just to clarify, the four images I posted last night are NOT part of the competition. They are just really nice self portraits that I have found online.

As usual, when you are voting for your favourite entry, keep in mind the idea behind the challenge. Whoever wins the challenge will donate a print of their winning image to the winner of the next so it will be on the wall of a stranger. Keep in mind the overall visual appeal and creativity of the image and whatever makes you feel good. Click here to look at all the entries.

Above is a cheeky self portrait I posted to Instagram last night. My housemate is away so I took the opportunity to wander around nude. As I am now.

Vote for your favourite Self Portrait

  • 17 - Mikael (17%, 43 Votes)
  • 13 - Paul (17%, 43 Votes)
  • 1 - Curtis (17%, 41 Votes)
  • 5 - Leo (14%, 35 Votes)
  • 16 - Matt (11%, 27 Votes)
  • 7 - Bart (9%, 23 Votes)
  • 8 - Dave (2%, 6 Votes)
  • 12 - McGregory (2%, 5 Votes)
  • 3 - David (2%, 4 Votes)
  • 4 - Scott (1%, 3 Votes)
  • 15 - Dennis (1%, 3 Votes)
  • 14 - Rob (1%, 3 Votes)
  • 2 - Kelly (1%, 3 Votes)
  • 9 - Andreas (1%, 3 Votes)
  • 6 - Hiram (1%, 3 Votes)
  • 11 - Kent (0%, 1 Votes)
  • 10 - Mark (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 246

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Two nude self portraits

It looks like we’ve got a flurry of activity right at the last minute for the self portrait challenge with two beautiful nude self portraits coming in in the last 24 hours. First up is Matt who lives in Tennessee but was living in Florida when he took this photograph of himself after seeing the light pouring into his bathroom one morning filtered by the shower curtain. Sometimes taking a good photograph doesn’t need a lot of technology. Great work Matt.

Second up is Mikael, a lovely reader and facebook friend from Copenhagen who has taken a gorgeous, contemplative self portrait in soft lighting while he sits nude in a classic Danish designed chair by Arne Jacobsen. Both gorgeous shots. Are they the last to come in. It’s already deadline day here in Australia but you have until midnight on 9th wherever you live to get the shot to me.