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Would you mind terribly if I saved this for anatomy reference? It's an extremely good ref picture, although I don't particularly like it artistically.
One thing I've found is that male genitalia tends to make a fair number of the women I've talked to uncomfortable, especially when presented in such an uncompromising light. I myself tend to prefer male nudes where the genitalia are present, but de-emphasized -- not entirely hidden, but not well-lit or not in a focus area of the frame.
Also, I think your light's a little harsh here, I think trying to bring out the forms of the body through light and shadow would have worked better. Here's another contrast between what I like in female and male nudes -- I tend to prefer female nudes that are well-lit and soft, and male nudes that are poorly lit with harsh shadows.
On the other hand, part of what charms me about the image is the lighting, which reminds of Edward Muybridge's studies of the human figure.
For many artists, particularly straight males, the female nude tends to be viewed in the possessive sense, whereas the male is viewed as an extension of the self. That may be why so many of our photographers are doing nude self portraits, which have a contemplative or connective sensibility that I love.
Don't be afraid to post more male nudes here, we're all friends.
Well, I do tend to like female nude photos from around 1890 - 1900. For a short time then, some photographers had a style of shooting that could be regarded as contemporary to this time, regarding pose and lighting, and the models are now wearing anything that could give away the date, and yet they have a certain something that suggests an older time. I try for that when I am shooting female models, but I wasn't aware that I was doing this with my male nudes too. They guy I was using for this shoot was a bodybuilder and wanted to flex, so I shot most of the stuff as if he was posing for a heroic greek style painting or statue.
I used to do a lot more male nudes, but there is a very limited market for them and I don't do them anymore, because I can't sell them. You see, I'm a PROFESSIONAL photographer and I need to make a living at this.
Maaan, the male nude is a challenge. The little bit that I've done has taught me that light and shadow are critical (and VERY different than for the female nude). I actually discovered that I had NO idea what made the male body attractive (errr, me big dumb ape, but me have friends who are straight women and/or gay men, so me asked). The TOTAL consensus was to photograph and look for V shapes (where as C shapes and S shapes seem to be the thing with women). One of these years I want to do more work with male nudes, saleable or not, from an artistic standpoint it is even MORE challenging than female nudes for some of us...
Well, it is not surprising that a hetro male will not have a clue what makes a male nude attractive. I was going for the "Conan The Barbarian" look, but my female friends tell me that they find the average farm boy's build much more appealing.
I think that nudes of any kind are among the most challenging of subjects, but male nudes are especially so, simply because I am not attracted to them and have no idea what would make them attractive to others. So I pretty much stick to female nudes, where I at least recognize beauty when I see it.
in my experience, i have found that male nudes are more artistically pleasing when the emphasis is made through delicate and controlled light and shadow. this is to emphasize the musculature of the male form. think only to the graphic novel depiction of the male form as an example - those are typically very well done because the emphasize exactly that. this shot does not seem to bring that form to it's most flattering. the light seems flat, despite the generally high-contrast nature of this shot in total.
In 15 years of doing illustrations for various magazines, including several that publish adult fiction, I only found two that wanted male nudes, and the biggest of them, Stygian Vortex Publications, went out of business several years ago. The female editor and her staff lived in Florida and the last big hurricane that ripped through there pretty much destroyed all their equipment. Too bad, since they published and printed several good magazines that won quite a few awards.
Rule of thumb though is that female nudes sell like crazy and male nudes hardly sell at all.
I'd definitely say, with some input from female friends, that I'd have to agree. The nude male form is not quite as picturesque as that of the female. One really has to be creative to get a nude male shot to be successful to the same magnitude as a female shot would.
I'd have to disagree with the statement "The nude male form is not quite as picturesque as that of the female." Male and female bodies are appreciated for different attributes of which neither is better than the other. They're simply different and that is all. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I believe the differences in responses to male vs female nudes has more to do with social conditioning than anything else.