Up Close With Edward Po … aka AragonPrime

Here is a man that I have become quite fond of in a short time. Don’t ask me why. Maybe because something comes through his personable face. Maybe because his photographs reveal an interesting man. Maybe because we have walked down some of the same roads during our decades of life. I’ll never meet him because he lives too far away. But one thing I can do is imagine the great friendship he and I might otherwise have.

Edward is an “amateur” photographer. You might think “highly skilled” photographer would be a better way to put it after looking at his stunning work.

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We bantered about the condition of our asses, mine being so much less photogenic than his. But then he’s out taking pictures while I sit on mine writing all day, which probably explains it.

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Is it the pose that makes this photograph so appealing? Is it the natural lighting Edward has captured? Those things are certainly part of it. But it’s also the the male beauty, the man at one with his body and with Mother Earth. It’s the subtle suggestion that it’s the simple things in life that count.

Here Edward is having fun experimenting with pixel manipulation. He told me his Photoshop skills are not great. Like me, he doesn’t have the patience.

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The male form in silhouette. The model: Edward Po. The mood: intoxicating … at least for those who know how to appreciate it. How many men half his age would envy his body?

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A winter day in upstate New York. A man alone in a hot tub, contemplating, so it would seem, the gift of life, captured for posterity by an “amateur” photographer. I personally would call him a thoughtful and imaginative photographer. What Edward is showing us is nudity is natural. He’s showing us that it’s okay to be in touch with your body and enjoy living in it.

During the course of our email discussions, Edward said this: “I love the capture of the play of light and shadows, as well as capturing the human form – male or female.  I use myself as model most of the time as I am available and cheap and willing to put up with a demanding photographer.”

So you may wonder why I call Edward Po an intriguing man … this photograph helps explain it. When I saw it, my imagination ran amuck. Though he probably did all of this alone, I pictured two men painting each other, then photographing the results. Continue reading

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Body Odor … Our Most Powerful Sexual Stimulant

A man steps out of the shower, puts on a pair of tennis shoes and some running shorts, then runs three miles without deodorant on a warm morning. He is still clean but he has worked up a sweat. There is a certain smell about him. Different parts of his body generate different odors, each of which are distinct to that particular art of the body and unique to each individual man.

Overall his body has a rather sweet smell. Under his arms the smell, noticeably masculine, is stronger due to the glands in this area and rapidly growing bacteria. Lower on his body, his loins have also developed a distinct smell. The odors here are influenced by a number of things: specialized glands, hair, and compressed skin. If the man stopped to urinate during the run, you might detect a hint of urine. If the nylon fabric of his running shorts rubbed his penis, it might have caused a secretion. His anus is also playing a roll, considering the fact that even a freshly washed anus will still smell like an anus in a short time and influence this area, especially after a three mile run.

All of this adds up to a purpose. And remember I’m not talking about an unclean body. If the innocuous growth of bacteria that lends itself to our natural body odor remains unchecked, it leads to filth. On the other hand, just as our body chemistry responds to the sense of touch and visual stimulants, the purpose of the sense of smell, as it relates to our sexual desire, is to stimulate us, and it does so powerfully. Without the sense of smell, without exposure to our natural odors, intimacy is more of a mechanical endeavor practiced on the surface.

If you are worried about your stock portfolio, chances are the above image will not have a great deal of impact on you. But if you were actually smelling this man’s body, then fretting about stocks and bonds will instantly leave you mind like mist in the hot sun. When the smell of your lover enters your nostrils, an instantaneous chemical message spreads throughout your entire body. These odors spark passion. You are drawn further into the depths of desire and all other worldly issues are soon lost deep within the far recesses of your mind. You are driven to experience your lover with absolute abandon, all of which is within the blueprint of Mother Nature’s grand design. If, on the other hand, his or her smell puts you off, it’s likely because the two of you are not chemically in sync, which is precisely why no one should ever commit to a marriage without first sleeping with their prospective partner.

There is a clear reason for this. The areas of your body that produce the most distinct odors also produce and secret a chemical known as pheromones. Pheromones are designed to impact the behavior of the individual that breaths them in. They are individually specific and affect different people differently. In other words, you may be instantly stimulated by a person’s pheromones and indifferent to someone else’s, or even put off. Conversely, your pheromones will affect other people the same way.

So our natural smells are part of the scheme of things. Perfume, deodorant and body wash manufacturers spend zillions of dollars convincing us that even the slightest natural body odor is a bad thing, when just the opposite is true. On a clean, un-deodorized body, sweat is a good thing. The ingredients of human sweat is a good thing. So when we sanitize our bodies before getting into bed with our lovers, are we actually cheating ourselves and them?

NATURAL BODY SMELLS & INTIMACY (check one)

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Anything Yours Can Do . . .

On the small side of average? Don’t fret … you’re no different than half the men on the planet.

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PENIS SIZE, Part three (check up to 3)

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Roberto Ferri

Roberto Ferri (born 1978) is an Italian artist and painter from Taranto, Italy. His stunning work is represented in important private collections in Rome, Milan, London, Paris, New York, Madrid, Barcelona, Miami, San Antonio (Texas), Qatar, Dublin, Boston, Malta, and the Castle of Menerbes in Provence.

As a modern-day talent, painting in a classical style, Roberto Ferri is giving the world an artist’s view of the beauty of the human form. His work is stunning.

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Bodypix … Photography by Tom Clark

There are photographers that have a gift for putting us in touch with the sensuality inherent in men and the beauty of the male form. They understand raw masculine emotion stripped of autocratic indoctrinations and frivolous material pursuits. They breathe with such creativity, they see things the rest of us can’t, then they capture it on film. Artists such as Robert Siegelman, Terry Cyr, Alejandro Caspe, and of course Jim Ferringer comes to mind. Tom Clark ranks among them.

Tom has led an eclectic, interesting life. He grew up in Rome, where art and an appreciation for the human form are part of everyday life. As a kid, traveling throughout Europe with his family, he had the habit of capturing images with his Kodak. Later, while giving piano lessons and studying music, he realized his love for photography was more than a hobby. There was only one thing to do: pack up, move to southern California, invest in some first class photographic equipment and get started. The rest is history. Tom is currently adventuring in Utah.

Click here to visit Tom’s website, to see more or buy a print.

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Model Kevin Lawrence from the Mulholland Series

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Jenny Saville’s Dramatic Art

Fulcrum, 1999

Creativity often lurks in the shadowy recesses of the human mind, manifesting in lyrics and musical notes, or images captured by a camera, or brush strokes on a canvas, or replications of life in the performing arts. Jenny Saville uses the canvas. Her creativity has combined with ghosts from her youth and a fascination with the physical drama of the human condition.

Jenny Saville was born in Cambridge, England in 1970. In 1990, midway through her BA course at the Glasgow School of Art, Jenny Saville exhibited in Contemporary ‘90 at the Royal College of Art. In 1992 she completed her degree as well as showing in Edinburgh and in Critics Choice at the Cooling Gallery, London. Following the success of her show at the Saatchi Gallery in 1994, which generated a great deal of publicity for her work (the images were ubiquitous that year), Saville went on to take part in the exhibition American Passion, which toured from the McLellan Gallery, Glasgow, to the Royal College of Art and the Yale Center for British Art in New Haven, Connecticut.

Saville’s fascination with fat appears to have formed during her youth while sitting on the floor watching her piano teacher. Her view from there was big, thick thighs, a thick tweed skirt and tights. The image stuck in her mind as she stared at the way the teacher’s thighs never parted and how the flesh would rub against the tights, which is a similar experience some have by looking at one of the big early Savilles. Saville wanted to capture a mix of awe and intimacy. “I wanted both in those pictures. A large female body has a power, it occupies a physical space, yet there’s an anxiety about it. It has to be hidden.” She believed part of her endeavor was a search for intimacy, “as if being in a mother’s arms”, whereas part of it was discomfort, “the anxiety that comes from living with flesh”.

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Bisexuality … One Woman’s Challenge

I often hear from women that are grappling with their husband’s or boyfriend’s bisexuality. Often their story touches my soul. Pam’s challenge for example. She has been going with her boyfriend for five years, basically a marriage when it comes to affairs of the heart. Three years in, she learned her boyfriend has had a quickie with another woman, which led to his confession about his bisexuality and his countless encounters with men.

Here are Pam’s own words:

“I stumbled on your website and signed up immediately after reading your pages on bisexuality. My boyfriend is bisexual and it took nearly 3 years before he told me about it. We have been together for five years.

His experiences in our relationship were frequent anonymous encounters with men and occasionally a female, but his attraction is mainly to men. When he told me about it, it came about after I discovered he has slept with another woman. Telling me that it was rare for him to be with another woman, left me extremely hurt because I didn’t believe him. But, when he told me about being with other men and that he had been with hundreds, I realized we had a more than his bisexuality to discuss. Continue reading

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Hung Naturally

How do politicians like this get elected?

DENVER — Circumcisions would again receive state funding under a proposal introduced by several Colorado lawmakers.

The bill would allow Medicaid to again cover circumcisions. The procedure was dropped from Medicaid last year as a money-saving move. Several states have stopped covering circumcisions amid concerns that they’re not medically necessary. Colorado projected that it would save about $186,500 a year if it stopped covering circumcisions.

Colorado’s bill was proposed Thursday (1-19-12) by several Democrats. It awaits a hearing in the Senate.

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Note from Martin:

Those of us that have been circumcised, to some degree, have accepted it, albeit grudgingly. Circumcision is not natural. It’s not the way we were born. I’m usually not so opinionated on subjects that are considered subjective, but this issue is not subjective, it is wrong to cut off part of a male infant’s penis. There is simply no religious or medical reason that justifies violating a newborn’s human rights.

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Circumcision (check up to two)

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