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It’s been done

Quite often when you browse modeling or photography portfolios in the less professional end of the spectrum you see a lot of images that are heavily “inspired” by famous images. When I say inspired, I clearly mean very much ripped off. You see a lot of muscle guys dressed up like a Spartan from 300 or bodypainted to look like Avatar. Why? Sure they look good but it’s been done before with a much bigger budget and better photoshop. There’s no point recreating an image like that. You can’t actually use the image anywhere other than your portfolio. Someone else owns the rights to those characters.

Above I’ve included a selection of images that I see regularly ripped off on Model Mayhem profiles. In the middle is Robert Mappelthorpe’s VERY famous Man In a Polyester Suit. Yes it’s great that you have a big wang or you’ve found a model with a big wang but this image is iconic so why recreate it and not quite as good? Djimon Hounsou posed for Herb Ritts lots of times and is the star of the equally iconic shot with an octopus on his head. Now I’ve done some strange things to models but I’ve never draped them in a dead sea creature. This shot is so well known for it’s absurdity as much as it’s beauty so I find it baffling that so many people have draped models in dead octopus trying to copy it.

The same with Herb Ritt’s photo of the hot guy holding the two car tyres. This one has been ripped off so many times it’s crazy but at least I can kind of see why. Holding tyres like this accentuates the muscles and gives the model a reason to flex but guess what? It’s been done before and better by Mr Ritts. Stop.

Different flavours.

Growing up, I would say that the vast majority of the ice cream that I was served was Vanilla. I was all for experimenting with different flavours but let’s face it, in a Napolitana tub of ice cream the strawberry was usually left behind and a lot of the time you go back to what you know. My sexual tastes are a bit vanilla as well but different flavours are what really satisfy you in those moments that you need something different.

Last week a reader and I were having an email discussion about sexual tastes and he brought up the fact that most of the guys on this blog are fairly typical white guys. Quite possibly. That’s what I grew up around so my sexual awakening was surrounded by swimmers and surfers in a largely white part of the world. It’s also what is predominant on tumblr where I find a lot of my imagery these days. Just like ice cream, my tastes in men have evolved over the years and I’m quite partial to trying new flavours. Chocolate ice cream is now firmly near the top of my list whereas caramel hasn’t really been explored as much. I’m quite partial to a nice scoop of mocha too from time to time.

Jose Miguel Garces is a particular scoop of ice cream that I could savour for hours. I have no idea what nationality Jose is but with his looks and his name the closest I’ll guess is somewhere of Latin origin. LOOK at that gorgeous skin, the bedroom eyes and the lips that I want to savour my vanilla goodness.

Mini Beau #1 is coming!

Luke Austin, the very talented Aussie photographer is now based in L.A. with his new husband. He’s photographing the hordes of beautiful men over in La la land and putting together his Beau Book. The Beau Book is an extension of his photography blog The Shady Beau. Luke takes beautiful men and photographs them in a way that captures not only their sexiness and beauty but their vulnerability too.

While he’s in the process of putting together his book he’s also releasing five themed Mini Beau Books. The first will be 50 pages of nude men reading books in Luke’s bed. It’s going to be a little book and Luke is running a Kickstarter program to fund the release of the mini books. At $20 each for 50 pages of hotness I think it’s a pretty good deal. I think they’ll make a really nice little collection when all five are done.

Ooh la la Fabien!

Today I photographed a model that I recently discovered on Model Mayhem. He’s only been in Australia for a month and is living in my home town of Wollongong. Fabien is a 22 year old French guy who left his home town a few years ago and seems to be a dedicated world traveler for the moment. At 22, why not? He was an absolute dream to work with. I’d been looking for a suitable model to re-shoot some photos that the previous model had decided he didn’t want released. After a few false starts finding the right model, along came Fabien.

Yes, he has a striking masculine look and an intensity in his eyes in front of the camera but he was so sweet to talk do and did that disarmingly French thing of kissing me on both cheeks when I dropped him back at the station. I’m really enjoying this tribal series that I’m working on and I’m very happy with the results too. There are at least 3 more shoots that I have lined up for the time being that are for the series. Let’s see where it goes.

Mike is back!

There are downsides to doing photography. One of them is getting up early to get good light to shoot in. That was completely offset and more on Saturday morning when I got to collaborate with the lovely Mike again for some more shots. Can you believe he nearly postponed the shoot because he wasn’t feeling in shape? I’d kill to be in that shape. Mike is a total sweetheart and a lot of fun to shoot. He takes direction really well and doesn’t complain when I ask him to get wet.

The two shoots with Mike have been for his own use. The fact that he came back for a second shoot suggests that he was happy with the first shoot. We’ve discussed as a bit of a trade for doing these shoots that he will pose for me for on of my art shoots. He’s always up for a challenge so I now have to figure out what paint/prop combination I’ll throw at him!

Congratulations Allan!

The entries are in, the voting has been done and the winner of the Movement Challenge is Allan! Congratulations Allan. With 19% of the votes Allan’s photo of a friend jumping from a sand dune was voted by you, the readers as our favourite entry. Allan will now receive a print of Sung-Li’s beautiful photo of lacquered plates that won the Group challenge last time. Thanks to everyone that sent in photos for this challenge.

Which movement is your favourite?

Now that all the entries are in and organised, it’s time to vote for your favourite! Remember, you need to vote for the most creative or beautiful shot that fulfills the “MOVEMENT” theme. There are some beautiful entries and some that express movement better than others but I’m glad that everyone took part and hopefully had some fun with the challenge.

Update: Sorry guys! I forgot the link to see them all! Click here to view them all to make your selection!

Which MOVEMENT shot is your favourite?

  • 8 Allan, Jump (19%, 37 Votes)
  • 18 Max, Nude (15%, 30 Votes)
  • 10 Michael K, Jellies (15%, 30 Votes)
  • 22 Ojo, Bike (9%, 17 Votes)
  • 11 Michael W, Lights (8%, 15 Votes)
  • 13 Sean, Dervish (6%, 12 Votes)
  • 23 Mark, Rain (6%, 12 Votes)
  • 2 Deon, Dog Walk (5%, 9 Votes)
  • 5 Dennis, Jacob (3%, 6 Votes)
  • 20 Gary, New York (3%, 6 Votes)
  • 1 Franck, Waterfall (3%, 5 Votes)
  • 3 Jim, Surfer (2%, 4 Votes)
  • 19 Michael, Woodpecker (2%, 4 Votes)
  • 9 David, Clouds (2%, 3 Votes)
  • 16 Andy, Windmills (2%, 3 Votes)
  • 21 Tim, Dancefloor (1%, 1 Votes)
  • 12 Sue, Snow (1%, 1 Votes)
  • 17 Avi, Dog (1%, 1 Votes)
  • 15 Bart, Kayak (1%, 1 Votes)
  • 14 Shawn, Bee (1%, 1 Votes)
  • 7 Raymond, Alligator (1%, 1 Votes)
  • 4 Manny, Surfing (0%, 0 Votes)
  • 6 Jay, Hong Kong (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 199

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A beautiful collaboration

Mikel Marton is a photographer and artist that has featured on this blog several times over the years. His aesthetic is edgy, ethereal, blatantly sexual but also based in mythology and ancient themes. Some of his models are stunning, some are more alternative types. This is Vlad who he has photographed before (I didn’t know the model’s name then). Vlad is a circus performer and acrobat who lives in Canada and has a stunning physique. I’ve put these photos together using the borders that Mikel had on them as that was how he intended them to be viewed.

I don’t know if there is something of an exhibitionist nature about physical performers but Vlad clearly isn’t particularly shy, nor does he have any need to be. A lot of the people at my circus school are also fairly comfortable with their bodies and showing at least some of them off. One friend of mine who I train with is quite shy in person and apparently he and his boyfriend both close the door to the bathroom when showering etc but he does a full strip burlesque aerial silks routine. He is completely nude up in the air but manages the fabric so as not to show his genitals. It’s quite a talent.

Feathers and paint

On Friday night I had a photo shoot with a young guy from Melbourne. It was a bit of an odd shoot. The dynamic between the model and I was quite different to what I expected and it felt quite awkward at times. The model didn’t seem as relaxed and comfortable as I expected. He’s quite a creative and free spirited guy from my interactions online with him but he was very reserved on Friday night. As a result I took a lot less photos than I normally would have during a shoot like this. Ultimately though I’m very happy with a few of the shots and that is all I need. If we’d been shooting an editorial piece for a magazine or something it would have been different but working towards an exhibition, one or two shots from each shoot is all I need.

And the movement has stopped!

That’s it! These are the last of the Movement photography challenge photos. The deadline for entries passed yesterday and these are the last three that came in. As usual there was a wide array of entries. This kind of challenge always impresses me with how differently we all see the world. It’s a good thing to keep in mind some times when you are struggling with dealing with someone.

Tim sent in this photo of a black tie party in Houston Texas. Everyone dressed up and dancing on the dance floor lit by the coloured lights look pretty cool!

Ojo, another long time reader and commenter on the blog has sent in this photo which I really love. It’s a simple shot but there’s a story in there. Art and photography mean different things to different people and shots like this make me build a story in my mind. Where is the girl going? Is she ok? Where is she?

Rainy days may force you to be stuck inside but sometimes you get a great shot out of them too. Mark has sent in this photo of rain splashes. Nice!

Last chance for Movement!

You don’t have long left to get your submissions in for the Movement Photography Challenge. The entries close at the end of February which here in Australia is only about 29 hours away. Elsewhere in the world you have a bit longer but not a lot! I have three more challengers for you tonight.

This first one looks more rude than it is. Max has sent in this photo he’s taken from some footage he had of this young man running around on Wreck Beach in Vancouver. I’m pretty confident that he’s not running around with an erection but he’s actually just bouncing around. Looks like he’s having fun!

Michael has sent in this very cool shot of a Pileated Woodpecker in mid flight. That’s a very tough shot to get. Birds are very difficult to capture in focus while they fly!

Last up for tonight and possibly the challenge is Gary with this very cool shot of a business man on his morning walk to work in New York City.

Not long left!

For those of you who are still thinking about getting a photo in to the Movement Challenge, you only have until the end of Friday to get your submissions in. Email them to brenton.parry@gmail.com and keep in mind you are only allowed one photo and it has to show or express movement. The idea is that someone may win a print of your photo next time if you win this time so it should be beautiful and interesting to someone who doesn’t know you. There have been some great entries so far.

Avi has sent in this cool shot of his dog in it’s younger days when it used to be able to run around a lot more.

More movement challengers

Tonight I bring you four more challengers in the movement photography challenge. Just a reminder, the challenge is about trying to capture or express movement. It’s hard to express or capture movement sometimes in photography but it can be done, as you can see. There is only one entry per person for each challenge so please bear that in mind. You have ten more days to get your entries in.

First up is Sean with his photo of a whirling dervish from Cappodocia in Turkey. These guys in action are a spectacle to behold. I imagine they’d be very hard to capture as well. Well done.

Next is Shawn with a photo of broccoli flowers which at first I didn’t understand as they aren’t moving but there is a bee in the photo buzzing around pollinating and doing his worker bee duties.

Bart has sent in this photo of a Kayaker braving some wild rapids and the cold. Looks pretty intense to me.

Andy has captured these windmills at night for his entry into the challenge!

Movement mega post!

It’s time to share six more movement submissions for the photography challenge with you all this morning. People are getting nice and creative and I like it!

First up Raymond has sent in this cool shot with a little alligator swimming around reflected in the water of his tank. It’s an unusual perspective and a cool one I think.

Allan has taken this photo of what I’m assuming is a mate or boyfriend leaping in some sand dunes! He sent in a few but I made him choose one as it is only one entry per person. Taking a photo of someone jumping is hard work! I’ve tried.

David is a regular contributor to photography challenges here on Aussielicious but he is usually nude in his photos. This time though he’s not even in the photo but rather he’s shot the clouds drifting across the sky in Joshua Tree Park.

The first of two Michaels today, Michael K has sent in this absolutely stunning photograph of Jellyfish in the Monterey Aquarium in California. Jellyfish aren’t strictly speaking that beautiful but photographed like this they look amazing and the way they move is almost hypnotic.

Michael W is a local Sydney boy and long time reader of the blog. He often goes on weekend adventures camping with mates and on one adventure he photographed a mate of his with a long exposure playing with some LED finger lights. Cool effect.

The lovely Sue is a very long-term blog buddy and one of the first bloggers I connected with many years ago. She shot this photo after trekking through knee-deep snow lugging her tripod along and breaking her glasses during the shoot. All to get this photo of a school for “wayward boys” as she called it. A big brick building, unmoving but contrasting nicely with the falling snow.

Live public art!

Tonight I will be body painting the lovely Nathan in a live art piece for the opening of the Sydney leg of “Company of Men” Exhibition. The exhibition is split across three venues for it’s Sydney run. Platform 72 (72 Oxford St, Darlinghurst) is where I’ll be painting Nathan in the window from 6.30 – 7.30 tonight and is also where a few of the artists work will be displayed.

The photography will be displayed in the Oxford Hotel. Starting downstairs in the underground bar initially but it will be moved upstairs in a few days time. Rogan Richards will be continuing to perform his sexually charged performance piece live in Oxford Art Factory through the run of the exhibition. Come along and watch me paint Nathan tonight or have a look at the other venues!