Mature Men

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As we age our bodies change, inside and out. Many of us get a little thicker, usually around the middle. Our skin may not be as firm and tight. Some of us get age spots and our muscles aren’t nearly as firm. Others aren’t so quick to get those youthful erections that sometimes threatened to embarrass us. Some believe the outter changes are visually negative. But are they? Or are they reflections of wisdom, of balanced thoughts and perspectives, of mellower attitudes toward the trials of life? Are the “flaws” of age markers for a reborn appreciation for things we used to take for granted? Are they simply a display of natural beauty in a different form?

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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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Men Getting Naked

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Men have always enjoyed the natural camaraderie of getting naked together, apparently more so in days gone by. Today we have problems, especially in the U.S. Male social nudity is confused with male sexuality. We have have a problem interpreting what it means to be a masculine man. Except for gay or bisexual men, guys fear how being naked with other men might be interpreted. But for those not lugging this kind of macho baggage, keep celebrating being a man.

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This is a collection of thirty plus vintage photos of men getting naked together.

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