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.

Ryohei Hase dot com

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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.

John loves his body, as he should. He works out daily and it shows. Such a magnificent Continue reading

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Alessio … Out of the Darkness

One man’s analytical adventure with nude self-photography.

nude self-photogrpahyI had no idea of what to expect when Alessio and I discussed doing this feature. I knew he was an attractive man, not at all uncommon for Italians.  He told me he is going through a rather difficult period in his life that has affected his self-esteem. He believed by doing this piece, it would help reverse that.  Then he sent his portfolio and blew me away. My first thought was: “How can a man as gorgeous as Alessio suffer a problem with self-esteem?”

nude self-photogrpahyAlessio just turned thirty-two. He’s straight, never had a doubt. With a long future ahead of him, he has learned one of life’s most heart-wrenching lessons. Into his second important relationship, he has learned you can be beautifully compatible with a woman sexually and have serious problems with the other elements of the relationship. Conversely, you can be wildly in love with a woman, be compatible in many ways, only to find out your sexual perspective and hers don’t match.

nude self-photogrpahyWhile Alessio’s body would launch countless men into flights of fantasy, there are some women that would take his body with a grain of salt, hard as that is to believe. But it’s not a man he is concerned about, it’s his female counterpart. Alessio sees himself as metrosexual.

Alessio was born and raised in Trieste, Italy, moved to San Francisco for ten years, then back to Italy. He has taken nude photographs of himself to explore his sexuality. Plus he likes to keep his mind as open as possible, a good idea if you live in San Francisco for ten years. He believes nude self-photography is a good way to be more confident with his body, and hopefully with himself in general. Until now, he has only shared them with a girlfriend by the name of Daisy, a girl with whom he can share everything.

Like me, you probably think Alessio has an incredible body. For one thing he takes care of it. In fact he has become passionate about taking care of it by running and working out at the gym. His sport is volley ball, a game he participates in and is also passionate about.

I asked Alessio what he thinks about the male body: “I think it is an essential compliment to a woman’s body … it is as beautiful and harmonious like the female form. I believe one body is made to complete the other and there cannot exist one without the other … but this is my personal opinion; I have a lot of respect for gays and lesbians.” However, he has no problem with looking at other men in a locker room.

Alessio may be suffering a temporary self-esteem downturn, but he certainly doesn’t have a libido problem. He currently has an Japanese wife and a girlfriend, which he says is a long story. What can I say … he’s Italian … lot of testosterone running through those veins.

Akessio is spiritual in his own way, with personal beliefs that work for him. He likes to be nude, it makes him feel good, a feeling many of us identify with. Public nudity such as nude Continue reading

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Michal Tokarczuk … Fine Art Nudes

Michal Tokarczuk’s imaginative interpretation of fine art nudes.

fine art nudesIf creative imagination is what sets a photographer of fine art nudes apart, Michal Tokarczuk has more than his fair share. Most photographers know cameras and lens. Most know about light and focus and settings. Few have the artistic skill to imagine such breathtaking images and then create them for the world to see.

fine art nudesFor more about the artist see

Michal Tokarczuk-Fine Art Nudes

There are elements of drama, of passion and emotion. There are elements of human sexuality. All the necessary elements for such stunning, unforgettable photography.

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