Ever since the dawn of humankind, sex and sexuality have been an integral part of it. While modern-day consciousness fights to stop this kind of behavior, a New York photographer introduced us a to a whole new world of the understanding of the human nude figure in art , as she solely focuses on the naked male body. She wanted to ask a question of the position of male nude photography in the contemporary art world. What happens when you expose Bare Men to a wider audience? You open a sort of a Pandora box. Abigail Ekue is a writer whose essays focus on a variety of things, but one of her main topics is erotica. In a way, their nudity becomes the less important part of her photos, while strong emotions, vulnerability and an expression of personal experience take over the narrative.
Light, Beauty, Desire, and the Art of the Naked Man
Ode to Nietzsche is a beautiful religious-themed male nude photograph by Australian artist Troy Schooneman is available for purchase as a fine art limited edition print signed and numbered by the artist. The Last Marquess is a beautiful contemporary male nude photograph by Australian artist Troy Schooneman. Over the centuries it has been inherited, lost, stolen, and labeled a forgery. In fact, Salvator Mundi is one of Leonardo's most copied paintings, with about 12 known examples executed by his pupils and others.
The Male Nude of Today
The representation of the male nude in the fine arts was once viewed as the noblest of artistic endeavours. In Ancient Greece, the male physique represented a potent symbol of Greek civilization, power, and superiority. This reverence for the power of the male nude is evident in the paintings, sculptures, pottery, and other decorative arts of classical Greek culture. The reasons for this decline are numerous and complex - involving issues relating to religion, homophobia, pornography, the dominance of the "male gaze" in art, and, perhaps to a lesser extent, the development and proliferation of visual imagery on the Internet and social media It is against this backdrop of the gradual decline in the status of the male nude in art that I seek to create male portraits that are as beautiful as they are timeless. A return to the days when the male nude was considered the highest form of artistic expression. My hope is to make a small contribution to restoring the male nude to its rightful place in the world of fine art without resorting to the unnecessary sexualization of the men being portrayed. Enter main gallery.
My love and passion was always for theater. When I was younger, I worked as a lighting designer and professional stage manager in theaters across the US. Eventually, I grew weary of living out of my suitcase and gave up that vagabond lifestyle to return back to my home in the mountains of Western Montana. I bought my first camera and took up photography; to began a new life, still in search of creative expression of the human spirit. The Naked Man Project was a twelve-month endeavor to expose that raw, sensual, and often sexual side of naked men. It was not just meant to be a study on homoerotic art, but involved men of all kinds. The daily writing of the blog became a meditation on sexuality and desire and how it is revealed in art; while the images that accompanied those blogs strove to defy the boundaries of erotic photography and reveal what we face at the core of ourselves; when we are naked, exposed and alone, and at our most vulnerable. The two became a personal exploration of my life; my dreams and aspirations, friendships, inspirations, delving into my own sexuality; a journey of discovery and illumination as a artist. It is an in-depth look into the heart and soul of artistic expression, drawing from my background in theater lighting design and a life-long fascination with art.