Test shots from ‘Brave or Beautiful?’ A photographic series on the acceptance of the middle aged body for what it is. This came about after a series of personal incidents where I was made to feel of less worth because my body did not adhere to an idealised version of what a gay man’s body ‘should’ look like if he wants to be considered ‘attractive’ (being trim and gym toned).

The series ‘Brave or beautiful?’ presents a naked, curvy middle-aged male body and asks the questions is the model,  brave for baring all or is his nakedness an object of beauty? On a deeper level, the real question is, who is to say what is brave, what is beautiful, or what is ugly.

The above tests shots are of the model checking out focus and lighting (It is bloody hard being both model and photographer!). In case you are wondering, yes this is me in my Pajamas’s! In winter I wear a t-shirt under the the miss-matched flannel pajamas and a woolen vest over the top. Luckily for you, my socks and sandals are out of shot! Don’t ask me why I was wearing over sized sunglasses, for some reason I had lying about in my studio!

matthew

'one second #88'
(27/01/14)
Saw some extended music film clips as part of ACMI’s ‘Spectacle: the music video exhibition' and I experimented with photographing them with a one second exposure, almost everything turned out crap, except for this image, which I liked. There is no online list of clips shown at the exhibition and i cannot recall what video or track the above image was photographed from, so apologies to the original owner/s!
matthew

'one second #88'

(27/01/14)

Saw some extended music film clips as part of ACMI’s ‘Spectacle: the music video exhibition' and I experimented with photographing them with a one second exposure, almost everything turned out crap, except for this image, which I liked. There is no online list of clips shown at the exhibition and i cannot recall what video or track the above image was photographed from, so apologies to the original owner/s!

matthew