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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.

Self portraits are still coming in!

There have been a couple more self portraits sent in for the challenge.

Rob has sent in this quirky image of himself wearing a fake mustache giving some good character face.

Dennis has sent in a shirtcocking shot at a beach somewhere in the world. Cheeky!

Two more self portrait challengers

There have been a couple more self portraits submitted in the last two days. With only a handful of days left to get your photos in these could be the last ones.

McGregory sent in this rather candid self portrait with a rather intriguing look on his face and his trousers open. Why not? Artists throughout the ages have portrayed themselves wearing less.

Capturing his days living in Sydney a few years ago is Paul with an absolutely gorgeous shot of himself. I can’t work out if he is reflected in the window through to the view or if the view is reflected looking through the window to him. There is such detail in this shot, even capturing the mesh of the fly screen on the window, all while giving the sense of daydreaming and thoughtfulness.

Less than a week to go.

This self portrait challenge has had a fairly small number of entries which is a little disappointing but it’s understandable. Taking photos for these challenges requires making extra effort and we all lead very busy lives but I do really enjoy seeing what people do for them.

There is only 5 days or so to get your entries in for the challenge so as a little bit of inspiration I’m sharing the work of Lars Stephan whose self portraits flooded the internet a few years ago. They were bold, raw and honest. Lars wanted to experiment with shooting people and found himself to be the most available model. If you want to check out a whole lot of Lars’ self portraits in one place, check out the tumblr Fuck Yeah Lars Stephan.

Clearly I’m not expecting all of you to take such challenging images, nor as nude. Feel free if you have the time but it’s not a requirement.

This month on The Male Form

For those that are subscribers, Dylan Rosser’s The Male Form website is a constant source of hotness. Because Dylan takes submissions from photographers all over the world as well as shooting some stunning men himself, the site has a broad range of hot guys from beefcake to lean guy, furry to smooth.

Novembers updates are just as diverse with the sexy muscular Christian to the lean and ripped Dima.

I’ve been trying to find guys here in Sydney willing to model for me to submit to the site but so many Sydney guys will send sexy shots on Grinder etc at the drop of a hat but pose for what will hopefully be beautiful shots that show them in all their glory and they refuse. Thankfully I have found someone willing to do a shoot for the site. We are just trying to organise a date to do the shoot now. Fingers crossed, pants off.

Is there another way?

Now that I’m pretty much finished shooting for the tribal series which I started shooting in July last year, I’ve been thinking about how to go about putting another exhibition on. Is the printed and framed images on a gallery wall the way to go? It’s a very costly way to go and there is absolutely no guarantee of making my money back. I had thought about doing a kickstarter to raise money but there are holes in that plan as well.

It’s all well and good having a lovely opening night in a gallery but 95% of the people who come along are friends and family who aren’t in the photography buying world. So I’m happily taking suggestions on alternatives. People have suggested hanging works in cafes but given my work is nudes I’m not sure that there are many cafes willing to do that.

If you’ve ever seen a creative, outside-the-box way of exhibiting work then please let me know. I’d love to hear some ideas. Unfortunately I am not rich enough to hijack everyone’s phones and get apple to put my work directly onto people’s devices. Shame.

A different direction

Early this year I was a part of a group exhibition in Melbourne and here in Sydney called “Company of Men”. Even after all the dramas of my prints being lost in transit by the courier company, I’m taking the plunge again and being a part of it early next year. I did a shoot today specifically for the exhibition and it’s a bit of a departure from what I’ve been doing lately and anything I’ve done in the past but I think it’s still quite me.

The exhibition is an opportunity to do something a bit different as it’s all queer artists and they are some bold artists. Last year aussie porn model Rogan Richards was doing performance installations in a sunken pit in the gallery that involved wigs, mirrors, nudity and masturbation. I’m going to be showing 5 or 6 images side by side with this couple in them. I haven’t fully resolved what I’m trying to say with it and I don’t know that I will. Sometimes it’s more interesting for the audience to make up their own interpretation.

Bart’s looking at you!

In only our seventh submission for the Self Portrait Challenge, Bart has sent in this image that he took of himself in extreme close up. Bart said he is always fascinated by eyes and I have to agree. If someone’s eyes sparkle and smile when their mouth smiles then I’m going to respond so much more than if they don’t.

If you want to get a self portrait in to this challenge you still have a couple of weeks to do so. Get creative. Remember the winning image will be given as a prize to whoever wins the next challenge so it has to look good!