Physique Photography

Dave was looking over my shoulder whilst I was proof-reading a part of  of our story. ‘Gosh, Tone, that’s a bit, erm, explicit, isn’t it?’ Well, I have written here and there about what gay boys do. I felt that it helped to explain to folks how we feel for one another, and I’ve tried to bring out the elements of tenderness and love – could I even win over the homophobes of Tennessee? Probably not!

Actually, I did run exactly that concern past the publisher. The days of being prosecuted for a single f*** as in Lady Chatterley are long gone. ‘It’s definitely not porn, Mr. C,’ they said. ‘And we think your writing style is particularly good’ *blush*. So you guys can be the judge of that, in just a few weeks. Actually, try this as an hors d’oeuvre. It explains a lot about us in one small bite!

One thing I know we’re definitely not good at is photography. I always get throughly confused with my f-numbers and whatnot, and never seem to have the right sort of lens. We’re privileged to know a couple of excellent sports photographers (links bottom right) and admire the work of many others. So here today is a collection of pix I particular like. Usually it has something to do with the lighting, and inevitably it has something to do with the bodies on the guys too. Drooling is something else gay boys do. And maybe a touch of posing oil helps.

This first one, by Kevin Calen, is something of an internet classic, but well worth the repeat here to show off the results of great efforts in the gym. Second, a neat use of shadow:

Even the stripes on the wall make their contribution to that composition.

Three more where the lighting seems to be the key element – and a ripped physique in front of the lens, of course:

Another great result from the gym there. Thanks to all the photographers for brightening our lives up. And Dave says ‘Never mind you woffling on about how we got shot at in Edinburgh – why not let’s just publish a book of all our favourite boy pix!’ Well, first things first. And at least you don’t have to worry about copyright when you write stuff yourself!


About tonycavanagh

Born Northampton UK; school Oxford UK and Oak Ridge Tennessee, where I met my wonderful partner Dave, also from UK. Oak Ridge is our main training base for acrobatics and circus stuff, but we also established a base in Wales (UK) to serve us when we are working in Europe. Our 'story', of finding gay love, learning the acrobatics trade and then of how we got shot at during our show (and worse was to follow - just to prove that the risks of being an acrobat are not always the most obvious ones!) are now available in my three books 'Loving the Boy', 'The Power of Love' and 'Against All Odds'. Links available on most blog posts. Actually, waiting for the imminent arrival of the first printed copies was far scarier than anything we do in performance. A fourth book - not about us but exploring the sadness of a gay Native American boy denied his true identity - is currently with an agent for evaluation. watch for 'Let The Future Find Me' in due time. And now to book five... another boy, another quest... seems its always boys...
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