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Lest anyone thing I am sexist, I have photographed male nudes, but I found that they were MUCH harder to sell.
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:iconpearwood:
pearwood Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
And we men tend to be crappy models.
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:iconfallisphoto:
FallisPhoto Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2014
Not necessarily, but there is almost no market for male nudes.
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afterdarkII Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010
the pose looks a little akward but the model is very handsome.
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substar Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2008
The way you were lighting this has resulted in his penis having two shadows, which, for me, seems disconcerting. Was that done on purpose?
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FallisPhoto Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2008
Wasn't really looking at that. I was trying to capture the modelling of his torso.
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substar Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2008
Aaaaah, but I *was* looking at THAT :giggle:
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max67 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2007
I don't know, some male forms are quite nice to look at.
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tripperfunster Featured By Owner May 23, 2006
If you are interested in seeing some beautiful male nudes, check out [link] No, it's not my site *swoons* I wish! :D

I've never thought of it in a 'V' versus 'C or S' thing, but yes, many 'man' muscles form V's and so does the 'perfect' male torso. :roll:

anyway, I like your portrait. It's not the most artistic, but that wasn't what you were going for anyway.

cheers
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:iconfallisphoto:
FallisPhoto Featured By Owner May 24, 2006
Thanks. I did this mainly to use as a reference for a drawing -- one I did for a "Sword and Sorcery" fiction magazine.
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OibyrdsDDs Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2006
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FallisPhoto Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2006
Thank you. I used to do more of these, but I have found them much harder to sell than female nudes.
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kalany Featured By Owner May 13, 2005
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.

anyway, that's my personal opinion -- YMMV.
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FallisPhoto Featured By Owner May 14, 2005
Well, this was more a figure study than a fine art nude. Male nudes make me uncomfortable too, even though I've tried to get past that, and I suppose it shows.
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greybat Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2007
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.
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FallisPhoto Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2007
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.
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FallisPhoto Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2007
"... and the models are now wearing anything..."

"... and the models are NOT wearing anything..."

Damned typoes.
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greybat Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2007
That's very Gertrude Stein. It could be written around a circular mirror. Sometimes the genius lies in the typos!
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acearle Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2005   Photographer
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...

Good shot tho'....:-)....
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FallisPhoto Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2005
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.
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bozaman Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2005
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.
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FallisPhoto Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2005
Good point. Thank you.
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bearjari Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2005
Great and beautiful shot! I like it a lot!
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FallisPhoto Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2005
Thank you.
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comicboy Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2004
yup, true.
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FallisPhoto Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2004
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.
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comicboy Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2004
yea, that's true.
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Robokatt12 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2003
'Nice the way the two "swords" are at precisely the same angle , though. *chuckle* Beautiful subject, I might add.
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Wronglyaccused Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2003
wow you have guts

i have heaps of nude shots but i couldnt put them on im underaged lol
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FallisPhoto Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2003
Sorry to hear that. I feel I should point out that you shouldn't be looking at the photos marked "Mature Content."
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Wronglyaccused Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2003
Yeah i should be, nudity is just the human form i find nothing rude about it............ the body is a beautyful thing
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FallisPhoto Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2003
I agree. It is the legal issues that are a problem.
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downwitda Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2003
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.
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Telekon5 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2009
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.

:)
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FallisPhoto Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2003
That's what I found out. I was underwhelmed by the demand for my male nudes.
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