Male Sensuality in Pictures … Young and Old

male sensualityTwo men, one 27, the other 64. They don’t know each other, but they are at one in their souls. They view the world much the same way. They understand male sensuality. As they make their way down new roads, they wonder why men have to keep secrets. They wonder why things are the way they are. There is a sensitivity about them you may appreciate. To some degree that sensitivity has been expressed in their pictures.male sensualityTwo men, getting out their cameras, posing and waiting for the timer to snap the shot, then having a little fun with Photoshop. Are they men like you, or men you would like to meet? Are they exhibitionists or simply having fun with their bodies?

male sensualityThe younger man, posing seductively, revealing the perfections and marvels of youth, anxious, ambitious, full of vitality and ready for the adventures destiny will send his way.

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male sensualityThe older man has traveled many paths, some joyous, others unpredictable. He has weathered the storm. Now he has mellowed and he sometimes thinks about what it would be like to be young again with the mind he has now. He suffers few regrets, but there are many things he would do differently … wouldn’t it be fun to experience them in a young man’s body with an older man’s brain?

The younger man faces challenges he hasn’t dreamed of yet. He feels a desperation that’s like a physical presence in his body. He yearns for a friend of like mind, a friend that understands, a friend with whom he can share his secrets and his body. Finding this friend is but one of his many challenges … such friends are rare and hard to find.

The old man wonders how he has lived so many years without ending up with such a friend. There have been many acquaintances but never the magic. He thinks about other men out there his age, men with careers that are coming to an end, men that have scattered families. How many are like him, older men with the same undying dreams, with the same thoughts and the same feelings in their hands. Maybe some things simply weren’t in the cards for him.

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Digital Male Nudes … The Astounding Work of Jim Ferringer

Jim Ferringer’s Digital Male Nudes

digital male nudesThere are works by certain artists you never tire of, images created by canvas and brush, by stone or clay, or by ink and paper … Jim Ferringer uses pixels to create digital male nudes. Take a really good photograph, or even one of his own, let him work his magic and you end up with a photographic masterpiece. Top that off with the fact he uses images of the male form and you have fantasies like you’ve never experienced before. Not perfect men, bursting with muscle and bodies most of us couldn’t hope to attain, but everyday average men like you and me. Jim doesn’t simply present them in photographic images, he immortalizes them.

digital male nudesCall him a master, a pioneer, a great artist … I call him a man that sits atop his profession. In my relentless search on the World Wide Web, I’ve never discovered anything that equals the digital male nudes that Jim creates, unless you care to go as far back as Michelangelo.

digital male nudesTo learn more about Jim Ferringer and see much more of his work, or to buy a print, visit his website

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Original photo by Jan Griffioen

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Ed Barron … Professional Model, Beautiful Man

Ed Barron has long since been comfortable in his own skin, whether he is being photographed or being painted or drawn in an art class. He often works in the nude, chosen by artists and photographers not because he is a youthful Adonis, but simply a photogenic, beautiful man. Chosen for the character in his face, his well-shaped body, and for his understanding of the elements that must come together to make fine art.

More about Ed at www.edbarron.com

nude male photographyEd will turn sixty next month. He grew up in Florida and is currently living in Boston. When asked, he says he is from many places. He has lived in North Florida, Arkansas, Japan (military), California, Oregon, Washington, Amsterdam NL, Washington again, Arizona, South Florida,

nude male photographyEd is one of Michael Bilotta’s favorite models. More on Michael here.

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nude male photographyEd was married for 28 years, has 3 children and 2 grand children. He started modeling for artists when he lost his business in the economic crash of 2008. He had always had attractions to men and when his marriage ended he decided to embrace and explore his same-sex feelings. When an opportunity to model with another man came along, it turned out to be the first time he had ever touched another man. The encounter got sensuous and at times a bit erotic but never sexual. Ed has been openly gay ever since. The following is a photograph taken at that shoot with Rick.When asked what motivated him to enter the world of nude male photography:

 ”I am an exhibitionist. I love the nude male body and am quiet proud of mine – given my age. The only thing I like better than being nude in a public setting is being the only one nude in a public setting. So, modeling for the camera is a natural extension of this propensity to show off.” Ed says he has always been an exhibitionist. He can remember playing nude with his friends growing up in Florida. Skinny dipping has always been part of his life. When he was married, he took many nude vacations with his family; they were members of a nude club in Washington State.

When asked if he shares his photographs.

“I share my photos selectively. I am not ashamed of any of them but I have done everything from erection/ejaculation shoots to classic fine art nudes. So not everything I do can be shown to a wide audience. But, I haven’t been getting much call for the erotic stuff lately. I haven’t pursued it and it hasn’t pursued me so I don’t know if that phase has passed or not. My favorite type of shoot is one with a theme like the one with Rick. I also have enjoyed working with Michael Bilotta because he is so creative.” What does Ed think of the male body in general?

 ”I think the male body is a beautiful masterpiece. I love all body types but really like a hairy chest. Not into the shaved look that so many are going for these days.” Like most everyone, whether they admit it or not, he is tempted to look at male nudity in locker rooms or anywhere the opportunity presents itself.

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From The Creative Mind of Michael Bilotta

For some photographers it is more than the right light and a good camera … it’s emotion, thoughtful planning, an eye for the beauty of the human form, it’s composition and the artistic trials and errors of editing that follows the shoot. Such a photographer is Michael Bilotta. The world of art and art lovers can enjoy the results of his work because he has chosen to make his contribution.

Read more about Michael’s thoughts on his blog.

Michael doesn’t photograph only nude men, his interests are many. But through his work in this area it is impossible to deny the beauty of the male form, the grace and the natural elegance, the compelling lines and sensual components and textures that comprise the human male.

Michael is a native of Maine. He is currently living and working in Worcester. After studying music at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, he spent 10 years playing in local clubs as a singer songwriter, writing and releasing two CDs. In 2001, with the advent of digital photography, he picked up a boyhood interest that was not possible to pursue in the days prior to digital: photography and design. Since 2001, he has been honing his visual craft and has settled into a role as a conceptual/surrealist artist in the photographic arts.

See more of Michael’s work or buy a print at his website.

Michael is passionate about his work, techniques and ideas. What follows are his own words.

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“I started using models about a year ago. I was using myself for practice and it just became too difficult to be behind the camera and in front of it. I really wanted to shoot the naked body for a lot of reasons, the main one being the challenge, and the art of it. I also gravitate towards a timelessness in my work, and the thing that kills timelessness more than anything else is clothing. It instantly tells you culture, time period, fashion trend, etc. We are all naked, underneath all that, and that is truly a universal. For all those reasons and more, I wanted to shoot nudes. Plus, it certainly cuts down on the wardrobe budget!”

“As I started exploring the world of nude photography, I saw some conventions and trends I was not too fond of, and after a few months of exploring I would almost roll my eyes at some of it. The Flandrin Pose, for example, the one where the model is sitting on the ground, knees up to head, arms wrapped around lower legs, head usually tucked into knees, and yes, it’s a beautiful pose, but it also seems one that indicates shyness and shame of the male genitalia. That was the pattern I was seeing: shadows or hands over crotch to conceal, and very little full frontal nudity. I am speaking mainly of the Fine Art Nude Photography world. There are plenty of novice or semi pro or even pro photographers that don’t do this, but this concealment seems to be the norm.”

“When choosing my first model, I went the route of soliciting on craigslist, and I realized there we motivations behind those responding that were less than artistic, less than honest. I decided I needed a “real” model. After perusing ModelMayhem.com, I decided on Ed Barron (next picture), who is a professional art model, which seemed to make sense – he did this for a living, so obviously he was going to be comfortable posing naked. Ed brought to our first session not only utter ease at being nude, but an arsenal of poses to give me when my ideas ran out – this was, after all, my first shoot with a model, my first shoot with a nude model, and I had just gotten off a plane the night before and was tired! I just wanted to get my feet wet and didn’t get into anything involved with him, I just wanted to get it over with.” “After he left, I started editing, and I really liked what was done. I posted them where I could, mainly flickr.com, and there was a lot of response. Good response. After a couple months, I decided to do more with Ed, and this time had a bit of a concept to explore: mortality, aging, fear of dying. Ed was a trooper on this shoot, allowing me to pour flour and cornmeal all over him, the man was practically breaded! This shoot required more of an actor than a model, and Ed came through wonderfully. He is better than he probably realizes. This shoot really upped my exposure, and gave me some of my first “hits” online, hits being very relative.” “After this, I decided to broaden my portfolio, Ed was most of it at this point. I did back to Continue reading

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Jim Ferringer … Master of Male Imagery

Are male nudes really art? Are men as aesthetically pleasing as women? What about those penises and dangly bits you have to contend with?  We’ve all heard these old cliches and diatribes. Jim Ferringer puts the question to rest with his photography, his instinct for beautiful male images and his amazing creative ability to manipulate pixels.

No rational person can view Jim Ferringer’s work and not come away with a redefined perspective of nude male art. Men are one half of humanity, a  mutually complimentary part that, when combined with the other half, equals the whole. No one doubts or questions female beauty. Jim creates images that urge us to appreciate the masculine side of the equation.

A quote from Jim Ferringer’s website:

“I am fascinated and in love with light. It’s what draws me to the art of photography and what I strive to capture in my imagery. To me the art of manipulated photographs is the ability to see and paint with light and combined images. Through the manipulation of images and the overlaying of textures, most of my work ends up looking like paintings. I am captivated by the beauty of men, all men, and have embarked on a journey to explore that in my current imagery. These manipulated photos explore the world of the beauty of the male body and soul. My work is a reflection of my thoughts as I make sense of the world around me. They are my notes as I navigate through. They are part of a process of a releasing of my sense of self and finding what is beyond my limited thoughts. To me, there is something about the beauty of the human figure which stimulates contemplation of life’s deepest mysteries and stories.” -Jim

What is our most compelling ambition in life? What comprises our endless fantasies and dreams? What is physically and mentally associated with our most basic need? For virtually all of us it’s the need for a companion, a partner in life, and for many of us that happens to be a male. Jim Ferringer’s images explain why.

Original Photo By Jan Griffioen

Using his own photography or that of other photographers, Jim goes to work adding, subtracting, moving, remixing and manipulating pixels with his own unique style until the finished work can be construed as nothing short of original art.

Based on Original Photo by Aurelio Monge.

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Prints of Jim’s work are available at Red Bubble.

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Jim Ferringer, Digital Artist Extraordinaire

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If there is one person on the planet that has mastered the art of digital manipulation, it is Jim Ferringer.  Couple that with the subjects he chooses and you will come to know an artist with a wonderful appreciation for the male form.  See more of his work or buy a print at

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