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So much shooting

I’ve just spent a very nice relaxed naked day in the sunshine down in the National Park at the nude beach down there with a friend doing a photo shoot. It’s the first time I’ve been nude for an entire shoot. There have been other shoots that I’ve ended up stripping off to get in the water for a swim or to do part of the shoot but today we were nude the whole time. It was a friend that I’ve been nude around before so there was no awkwardness at all.

Today’s shoot makes four photo shoots that I need to do the editing on. One was a commissioned photo shoot, one is the wedding which is a very daunting but fun task. Last weekends shoot which is the hopeful shoot for DNA and now today’s. At least today’s was just for fun and I have no specific goal for it or deadline.

The wedding shoot has just under 1,000 images to sort and edit. There is also the task of double checking the images for the Tribe exhibition which is happening on twitter in two weeks time. I’m going to be a busy boy at work and after hours it would seem. That’s good. It keeps me entertained and let’s face it, the guys are ridiculously hot.

Tribe is coming!

After starting photographing this series in July 2013 and doing the last shoot in October last year, Tribe is ready to happen. As I’ve said previously, the option of printing and framing and doing a traditional gallery exhibition just wasn’t available to me this time around. It’s just too expensive. This forced me to get creative and in just over a month, #brentonparrytribe will be launched as a live twitter conversation over the space of a couple of hours.

Lots of artists and photographers show their work online and some traditional galleries now sell more of their work online than they do in their physical gallery. So why not have a twitter conversation and release Tribe to the world? The logistics of being on the other side of the world to the majority of the world and the people that read this blog means that timing had to be carefully thought out.

At 7am Sydney time on Sunday 12th April, it will be 11pm Saturday in Berlin, 9pm Saturday in London, 5pm Saturday on the U.S. East Coast and 2pm Saturday on the U.S. West Coast. That’s a whole lot of different time zones encompassed and I realise that 7am on a Sunday isn’t ideal for those people in Sydney but it’s the best I could do. I’m looking forward to sharing the final images with everyone.

Stunningly preserved

Blake Little is a photographer that has caused me to get lots of comments and messages online of late. We’ve never been in touch but because he seems to have a tendency to cover his models in honey, at least for this series called Preservation, everyone thought I should enjoy his work. The name came from the look that the models take on when covered in gallons of honey, like they’ve been encased or preserved in Amber. Blake has photographed a wide variety of models drenched in honey, 900 bottles I believe. The models included a 1 year old and a dog. They are beautiful photos, enjoy.

Chatting to the right people

In the past month or so I’ve decided that I really should be trying to make more of my photography. There have already been a couple of paid photo shoots in the past few weeks but I didn’t charge enough for those so the rate will be going up a bit to factor in all the time that needs to be spent after the shoot, downloading, adjusting and retouching.

Yesterday I was at the Ross Watson exhibition opening enjoying his beautiful artworks when I spotted Andrew Creagh, the editor of DNA Magazine. I’ve met Andrew a few times before and he’s lovely. He runs a tight ship over at DNA and I wanted to get a word with him beyond just social chit chat. Having my photography on the cover of DNA has been on my list for a while now and I wanted to get his advice. We discussed how far in advance he likes to book in photographers/shoots for the cover, what he needs from a cover and what kind of guys sell covers. Of course Andrew made no promises but he was very helpful and was keen to see if we could find a suitable model for me to work with and see what we come up with.

I like it when people who are in a position of power take their time to give advice to people that need it. With a magazine like DNA it makes sense to nurture new faces and names to get some fresh ideas into the magazine, so he benefits as well. Let’s see what happens.

Picking up the camera

It’s been nearly three months since I have done a photo shoot and that’s a bit slack on my part. The last shoot was with Johnnie above shot at a location called Gordon’s Bay in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs.

This coming Saturday I’ll be picking up the camera again for a paid job. I’m not sure I’ll be able to share any of the shots as it’s for a client and it isn’t for me to share them. The client is ridiculously hot though so if there is a way for me to share them I will.

A couple of weeks later I’ll be doing another paid job. That one is another private job. The client is someone I met a couple of months ago doing a photography favour for a friend and he saw my work and liked it and is commissioning me to do some artistic portraits of him before his 50th birthday. He said he’d been wanting something a bit different to standard professional portraits that you might get at one of those studios that charge a fortune and aren’t very creative. I hope I come up with some great shots but I believe we are both on the same page in regards to what we are trying to achieve.

Well that’s disappointing.

On the weekend I hear a story about a fairly well known photographer of naked men and how a model had a bad experience with him. Sadly it’s not the first story of it’s kind that I’ve heard about a gay photographer here in Sydney, nor the first about this particular photographer. The stories differ from photographer to photographer and model to model. Sometimes you hear of a photographer touching a model inappropriately or getting sexual or in the case that I heard about on the weekend, making the model feel really uncomfortable.

All photographers develop a way of getting the most out of a model. When I’m trying to make someone smile naturally I try and crack a joke and if I want a cheeky/naughty smile I might make a dirty joke or ask them to think of something a bit naughty. Being a model is partly like being an actor. To be convincing you need to be thinking of something to get the right emotion on your face. In the past I’ve heard of photographers getting quite aggressive verbally with their model to try and get an angry look but pissing a model off is never going to produce good results.

It’s also important to have a model’s trust. There have been a few instances in the past year where models have withdrawn permission for photos to be released or asked for some edits to be done. I now have a clause on my release forms that implicitly s either allows or denies permission to use frontal imagery. I don’t want angry models coming after me if I use a shot that shows more than they are comfortable with. Sadly I’ve heard of several photographers not respecting that wish. It is as much for my own benefit as theirs for me to respect their boundaries. Not many models are going to want to shoot with me if I get on the bad side of everyone I shoot.

The definition of insanity

“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” Albert Einstein.

When you see people doing the same thing over and over again and not succeeding it can be equal parts frustrating and amusing. On model mayhem, a networking site for models, photographer and makeup artists they have a Photo of the Day competition. There is the general one, the adult only women category and the adult only men category which features nudes. The contributors quite often consist of the same photographers and models fairly regularly.

The competitions are voted by members of the site and I guess a win is a vote of confidence from your peers but as I’ve posted before, people are blinded by a big cock and often don’t vote for the most creative, beautiful or skilful photo. There are also a number of the contributors that have submitted the same photos over and over again for the past couple of years but they never do very well.

If your photos don’t do well in the competition wouldn’t you try different photos? If they are neither beautiful nor horny maybe aim for one of those? Surely it would benefit your photography to see that people aren’t responding to what you are doing and change it up a bit?
Clearly I’ve selected examples of GOOD male nude photography for this post.

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!