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The photographer who likes an artful nude

Josh Humble strips down for the camera.

Josh Humble. Photo: Tom Nakielski
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I caught up with Josh Humble to talk about life on both sides of the camera.

What led you to start exploring the world of modelling?

I started modelling a little before I began shooting, but I didn’t do lifestyle or clothed modelling for agencies until my thirties. I’d always done nude modelling here and there for photographers, for friends. Art nude has always been just beautiful to me.

Did your passion for photography develop at the same time, or is that something that came later?

Even though my art modelling has gotten busy the past couple years, I’ve always been a photographer first, and it’s how I make my living. I picked up a camera in high school, and been obsessed with light, composition, shape and form ever since.

Josh Humble. Photo: Ernest Collins

Would you describe your work as erotica?

I think there’s a little erotica to all of it. Just like art nude, erotica is beautiful as well — and, if portrayed as art, can be very separate from what’s considered porn.

Who are some of your photography heroes or inspirations?

I like the standard set by Ansel Adams for landscapes and the deep tonality he used. Robert Mapplethorpe’s daring style was so great — I like to be daring but tasteful in what I present.

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What are some of the challenges in photographing the naked male physique?

A lot of guys refuse to bare all, and that’s understandable. It’s a risky, scary world, and life can really change for anyone who takes it all off.

What do you hope that people feel when they look at your photos?

I hope that they see art and the male form in a way they hadn’t previously. The male nude has a much harder time with the public that the female nude, and with that, there’s also so much poor photography and posing of men which turns people off. I think a lot of people just want to get naked — never mind the art.

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Josh Humble. Photo: Tom Nakielski

My rule is to only work with photographers who can make beautiful results. The best model in the world can be portrayed poorly if the photographer can’t light them well. Naked is great, if it’s artfully done and used sparingly.

What are some of your goals and ambitions for the remainder of 2018?

To expand and travel — I want to work with a variety of photographers and see where this goes. I’m so grateful and flattered to have the support I’ve had from people so far.

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Arts & Erotica

Japanese masculinity defined by art

Bara is the kind of #gaygeek anime art we can really get into.

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Photo: @musclebaracigars

I’m a bit obsessed with the style of graphic art from Japan known as Bara.

Bara is a genre of the manga art-form that focuses on sex between men.

Its origins can be traced back to the early 1950s, when magazines in Japan — such as Adonis — began to focus on gay art and content.

A rough training session between a master and his student | Photo: @shiro_usagi_kurona

While Bara can vary in its style, generally it features masculine men that you could categorise as muscle-bears.

Some of the leading creators of Bara include Gengoroh Tagame — published in the magazine G-men — and Susumu Hirosegawa.

I guess you could describe Bara as the Japanese equivalent of Tom of Finland.

Anyway, it’s hot.

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