Welcome to my photographic portfolio dedicated to male beauty. This artwork is only suitable for those 18 or older...
In Print and pixels: some of my most popular men, at their most revealing!
Part carnival, part road-show, part state fair or arcade… behold an eclectic mix of aerial artistry, contortion, acrobatics… juggling, magic, games… and sexy men - a feast for the eyes, and a few tricks on the eye too… all in an urban industrial setting... Step right up - the show is about to begin!
Graffiti... it sends a message, be it strong, edgy, erotic, colorful, artistic, sexy, imperfect... it is there to be admired but might be a little rough around the edges... It invites bad behavior... It pushes boundaries, and is often outside the law, and in your face... It's unpredictable... You have to steal a second glance...
it sounds a lot like Man
Bedtime Stories has grown from an unexpected find... Out exploring with a hunky new model, we came across an abandoned building and rooms full of old twin mattresses. Soon we'd stacked several together and he was jumping with happy abandon. Catching his breath afterwards he stretched out and we started wondering about the stories these beds might tell if they only could. Soon our straight boy's hands drifted south and his story went from playful to teasing... Bedtime Stories was born!
Beds are the arena where much of our life is played out; scenes of passion, sleep, eating, socializing, reading, playing... To date over 30 men have shared their Bedtime Stories with me - they have trusted me to capture whatever story they revealed. Oftentimes only they know if I was privy to a realistic slice of life, or just maybe there was a little Devil sitting on their shoulder whispering in their ear what to do...
Watch for an upcoming large-format coffee table book of Bedtime Stories!
Dancers are heaven on earth to create with. They create the most amazing lines and shapes with their bodies, knowing not only what their arms and legs, and fingers and toes, are doing, but envisioning how it might look for the camera. They can simply do things I can't even imagine, taking me and the viewer to wondrous places we hadn't yet envisioned. Dancers rock!
Settings of urban decay fascinate me. They are the domain of bold masculine shapes, strong lines, rough textures, strong light and shadows. Old buildings or structures are mysterious and unknown, often with a forgotten past. They create not only bold backgrounds but interactive settings to engage a model. They are like an adult playground to climb over and around and explore, all the while creating interesting art!
One day we came across a crushed velvet orange couch. It looked terrible, yet it made everyone who sat on it look great.
I had no idea Utah was so amazing before my first visit. Even driving around it feels like around every turn in the road there will be some amazing new rock sculpture or vast panorama. Everything seems oversaturated and oversized. It amazes. And it inspires. Today I return annually to create there, capturing scenes of human beauty agains these otherworldly backdrops...
There is something innately sexy about cars and trucks. Especially older ones. They have sexy shapes and deep voices. Nicknames like Muscle Car or Hot Rod...
I live in California, where we have over 800 miles of beautiful coastline. Rocky shores, wave and wind sculpted cliffs, and miles of sandy beaches all make for amazing backdrops...
Who doesn't love to skinny dip? That feeling of sliding into the water on a warm day, and feeling its caress as as you glide along...
Cuban Spanish is infused with sultry slang. A mango is a hot man - someone who stands out from the crowd by virtue of his looks... Looks alone do not make the man in Cuba, an island where beautiful people are everywhere you look. There is an attitude too - a self assurance, or confidence. And an underlying sweetness... There's probably no pubic hair either, although I've come to think that's probably just every man in Cuba!
Nature and the natural world amaze. What's really better than warm sunshine on bare skin? And water! Water is a wonder of light and reflections and movement. The color palette amazes as well, complimenting skin tones marvelously. Then add in the textures of tree bark or rock or leaves... As I said, nature amazes!
Black & White
Back when I shot mostly 35mm film nearly everything I did was black and white. I loved the rich black and the contrast. There is something so special about b/w imagery.
Alas, now that I shoot digital everything comes out of the camera in color. I've quickly been seduced by that vibrancy of color and the warmth of skin tones...
But there is still something about a b/w image. Today I'll occasionally digitally edit to create b/w or duotone images...
Oh how I resist the idea of working in a studio whenever possible. Being outside and exploring with a model is what fires my imagination. That and natural light. I'm not generally a big planner, so a studio with its blank walls and flat backdrops can be a terrifying thing! Besides, so many photographers turn out amazing art in a studio, why would I want to compete with them?!
There are times when a studio is ideal though. It is a controlled setting where you can manipulate the light. It's private. It never rains. It's warm. And there might even be a bathroom and shower.