Appreciation for the Male Form

Russell Windle

Are you ready for testosterone overload?

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If you are one of the many that believe the male form is among Mother Nature’s finest work, Russell Windle creates photographic art that you will appreciate.nude male

Like me, Russell is a native Dallasite. He grew up in the Oak Cliff suburb of Dallas.  On his thirteenth birthday in 1963 he received his first camera.nude male

The first shots he took were of the floral tributes that covered the grassy knoll area near Dealy plaza outside of downtown Dallas after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. nude male

He has had a camera with him ever since and endeavors to capture “moments in time” that tell a story or set a mood.Nude Male

Russell worked as a wedding photographer for many years and afterwards he worked with a number of agencies in the North Eastern part of the US; focusing on sportswear, casual, formal, and swimwear photography.Nude Male

One agency Russell worked with, Eagle Male, changed the direction Russell would follow for the remainder of his photography career.Nude Male

Russell’s work with the Eagle Male introduced him to working with the male form in a more pure light, not enhanced by form flattering clothing, the use of makeup, and overt illusions of associations to commercial products. Nude Male

For Russell, this type of photography was truly liberating and refreshing – the opportunity to capture the beauty of male musculature, the character found in a man’s face, and the power of the male presence highlighted with only simple shadows.  It was at this point that Russell found his niche in the world of fine art male model photography. Nude Male

Russell is a friend of mine. He has offered to take some pictures of me, not promising to make me look as good as the beautiful men illustrated here, and I’m not hoping to become a key representative in Russell’s huge portfolio. Nude Male

Visit Russell’s website at http://naturalstateofman.com/home/

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The incredible thing about the male body is every part of it is designed to be functional. Nature’s genius is in making all these body parts come together to make a visually beautiful whole, which is masterfully captured in Russell’s work. The question is: is this composition of male parts actually beautiful, or have we simply been programmed to see it that way?Nude Male

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Lars Stephan … Model/Photographer

Lars Stephan is a German model and a gifted photographer. He is also one of the most beautiful men found on the Internet. But it goes beyond what you see on the surface. There is an underlying sensitivity inside him, an appreciation for life, a soul that speaks to a camera lens with masculine eloquence.

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From an interview with Lars in PREF magazine

“I grew up in a small town in Germany and after finishing college in Hamburg I moved to New York to be with my boyfriend of that time. I was always drawn to the visual image and after working a couple of different jobs (modeling, assistant eye-wear designer, camera intern on a motion picture) I decided to explore photography. I started taking pictures of myself as a means of learning the art of photography. Through trial and error I began to find my way of expressing myself as an artist, as a photographer, and every time I pick up my camera I keep on learning.”

“I took the first self-portraits because I wanted to see if I could capture myself better than the photographers had done during my time as a model. As I grew as a photographer, taking self-portraits became a way for me to get over certain issues that date back to the days when I was a closeted gay teenager growing up in a homophobic environment in Germany. My first self-portraits were about getting over self esteem issues. Now, I am much more interested in the landscape of the human body. I find that the body is a timeless piece of art when it is stripped of its clothing. I am aiming for a timelessness in my images that makes them currant no matter whether we look at them now or in 10 years time.”

“I don’t have a clear definition of beauty. I am drawn to a healthy body, a classic physique as you would find in antiquity. But that’s just one part. A lot of models have beautiful bodies and faces, but they don’t interest me since oftentimes they are unable to show that they are vital and alive. There is nothing less beautiful than a bland unblemished surface. The important part of beauty for me comes from within, it is expressed through how a person carries themselves and through the life in a person’s eyes.”

See a previous article about Lars Stephan.

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The Circle by Spencer Tunick. Munich 2012

Spencer Tunick’s RING – Munich Opera Festival 2012 from Bureau Mirko Borsche on Vimeo.

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Pavel Kiselev Photography

Pavel Kiselev is to women what a ray of sun is to a orchid. A camera becomes magical in his hands. His work reminds us that it was a good day indeed when Mother Nature designed our female counterparts. It often seems a preponderance of great art comes from Russia; there must be something in the genes. Pavel is from Moscow, a city where life itself can be a form of art, a city of beautiful women that this photographer captures on film and shares with the world.

“I began working actively in the sphere of photography in 1980. I have never limited myself by certain scope, conventionalities, traditions, which are very numerous in photography. I always experiment a lot: with myself – while taking photographs, with the spectators – while showing them. These experiments are not the attempt to show my originality, but a special internal need in development and movement forward.”           Pavel Kiselev.

“The main purpose of my work in the sphere of photography is finding out a sensual component but not the formal one. To my mind, in the perception of a photograph the leading part is played by the image energy, but not a form or decoration. That is why I photograph people a lot; such photos include a lot of emotions, emotional states, sensuality.” Pavel Kiselev

Pavel Kiselev’s website.

Pavel’s Book: Photographic stories of the life models and students in my school

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Imagination, Darkness and Fear … Ryohei Hase

If art is imagination, Ryohei Hase’s mind is a mountain of it. His imagination goes beyond comprehension. Harnessed, it would light an entire city.

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Ryohei is telling us that art can be your darkest dreams. It is sadness and fear, paranoid and absurd, yet beautiful and bold with whispers of sensuality. If insanity were a vast foreboding lake, Ryohei is allowing you to stick your toe in. His astonishing images are real and surreal at the same time, illusions most of us could never dream.

To see more of Ryohei’s work or buy a print visit his website.

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Closeups … Intimate Photography by Ludovic Seth

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 If you travel through France, you may come to realize Frenchmen have a penchant for the finer things in life. I’m not talking about pricey watches and expensive cars. They understand the simpler things are what counts: good wine, lively conversation, the natural beauty in the world that Mother Nature has given us; in this case the human form. Ludovic Seth is a photographer that appreciates the beauty of the human male, the intricate details and the intimate nuances that come together to form a man, masculine features that all men have in common, but vary dramatically from one man to the next in color, shape and size. What a masterful eye he has for shadow and light.

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I can’t help but think about connection these Frenchmen make, photographer and subject, planning their shots, the poses, the camera angles, the remarkable intimacy that is so beautifully defined through the lens of a camera. What wonderful bonds they must have.

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To see more about Ludovic Seth or buy his book, visit his website here.

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Visual Poetry in the Form of a Young Man

nude male photographyShadows and silhouettes back-lit by the glare of sunlight. Add to the recipe masculine virility in the form of a young man. Poetry is the only word that can describe it. His name is John. He doesn’t profess to be a master of nude male photography, yet his photos almost suggest the opposite.

nude male photographyJohn is twenty-three, from a small town in Texas. He takes nude photographs of himself for a number of reasons. Sometimes something as simple as seeing himself in the mirror after a shower, or when he is feeling ‘frisky’, he might be in the mood to reach for his camera. Sometimes he just wants to send something sexy to his girlfriend.

nude male photographySexy is the key word. Considering the thoughtfulness behind his photography, I haven’t run across many 23 year old men quite this sexy. When they say “youth is lost on the young”, it doesn’t apply in John’s case. He knows how to enjoy his youth and his body, which means he knows how to enjoy life.

nude male photographyGiven his sensitivity, his creativity and sense of adventure, John and his girlfriend must make a dynamic couple, especially if they have these qualities in common. Part of his world view includes an appreciation for the male body (like most of us, he is occasionally tempted to look at other men in the gym locker room). He says: “I think the male body is a sexy, well proportioned form. I absolutely appreciate the beauty and sensuality of the human body overall, and this appreciation is not limited to either the male or female body.”

I asked John if he likes public nudity such as nude beaches. He says he loves the idea of getting naked in public, especially exhibitionism. With a body like his, would that be exhibitionism or would it be a public treat?

So how much does John enjoy being nude? “I like to live my life nude when I am in private. Normal activities such as cooking, exercising and just lazing around all become so much more sexy and sensual when nude.”

John’s most compelling fantasy is having his girlfriend take control over him, using him as her own personal sex toy. They have discussed and plan to have her use some sex toys on him anally, a scenario that just might give the rest of us some ideas. Perhaps the picture above is the position he will be in when the time comes.

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