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Danny Short has embraced his online life as Ben Fisher. Talking openly about the amateur porn he creates, and sharing with his fan-base why being a creator of gay porn has become a big part of his life.

I caught up with Danny/Ben to talk about what happens next.

Earlier this year you merged your YouTube identity of Danny Short with your porn identity of Ben Fisher. What led you to decide to bring those two worlds together?

On YouTube I was well-known, but after my break-up I stopped uploading content to YouTube and the views went down over time. It didn’t make sense to me to try and be popular on two different stages, so I decided to bring them together and see what happens. I want to continue using YouTube so that users can understand what kind of porn work I do, and to help build my popularity.

What sort of response did you get from your YouTube audience when made that move?

Half of the people that watch my videos already knew, so they were waiting for me to come out about it — like a gay closet. For the people who didn’t know, I’ve had a good reaction — they just want to watch my porn.

How has bringing your Danny and Ben content together changed the style of content that you’re producing?

Nothing has changed really, other than me trying to update YouTube with insights from the world of Ben Fisher.

Is OnlyFans a platform that’s working for you?

I have a full-time job as a sub-contractor, so I have to do all of the porn in my spare time. I’m using OnlyFans until I have a website of my own.

Are you still using Grindr to find the guys that appear in your videos?

Yes, but it’s not as easy as it sounds as most people back out, or they just want to meet and have sex. Or the ones who want to film aren’t my type. Most of the time I’m looking on Twitter and my Snap Chat to find guys for the videos.

Can we talk underwear?

I always wear boxers. I like Calvin Klein, but I wear Hollister most of the time. I also prefer guys in boxers, I’m not into jockstraps or briefs.

What are some of your goals and ambitions for the months ahead?

I want to start working on a website for my porn.

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Outdoors Cruising: the art behind the bushes

On a quest for anonymous and casual sex? ‘Cruising’ is not dead!



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© Still from "Cruising in the Park", Antonio da Silva (Edited)

Outdoors cruising is not dead!

We have all heard stories of the ‘old days’, before mobile apps and even gay bars, when homosexuality was a taboo – and in many countries illegal – outdoors cruising was the only way for gay men to be able to find a sexual encounter.

Nowadays, homosexuality is no longer criminal in most of the western world and technology is here to stay. Socialising with our friends or acquaintances behind a screen and finding a sexual partner has never been easier. But some still prefer the rush and the forbidden pleasure of a casual outdoors hook up with a random stranger.

If you think that the rise of new technologies and that the closure of gay adult entertainment venues is killing cruising – think again.

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© Still from “Cruising in the Park“, Antonio da Silva

From underground culture to art

Outdoors cruising has been source of inspiration for many artists, Touko Laaksonen (a.k.a. Tom of Finland) being one of the most recognisable names exploring the artistic potential of cruising.

Many young artists have proved that this element of the sexuality of gay men is alive, well and more popular than ever and their artwork exhibited in screens and galleries all over the world.

A brilliant example of that new generation of artists is Antonio da Silva – a young award-winning Portuguese experimental filmmaker that explores the hidden side of homoerotic culture in a voyeuristic and indie way.

On his official site he explains:

“I have always been fascinated by male sex and sexuality. I became increasingly frustrated with how moving image explored this and have begun to make it the subject of my films over the last three years. I do not consider myself a pornographer but a filmmaker who use my background to choreograph short films with explicit sex themes.”

Since 2011, when he launched his first short film “Mates” – an intimate view into the world of online hook ups – Antonio has been exploring many current themes of the gay culture such as fetish, voyeurism and, of course, outdoors cruising.

Each film is a mystic combination of sound, image and movement that captivates the viewer from the first second and has granted him a space in some of the most wanted film festivals all over the world.

From the ‘hidden camera’ documentary style of Bankers, the dance-based choreographic scenes of Dancers, to the futuristic – and almost stroboscopic – view into the world of online gay sex of Spunk, Antonio keeps experimenting and delighting his viewers with the most captivating homoerotic short films.

“Cruising in the Park” – a sensorial immersion into the cruising scene

On his most recent work – “Cruising in the Park” – Antonio teamed up with Fabio Lopes to take us on a journey into the world of outdoors cruising. Moving away from the mainstream staged pornographic cinematography, it combines low angle and close up shots with a real audio experience and narrative giving us a sensation of first-person experience.

And, if just like me, you are a massive fan of movie/series adaptation of dark themed comic books like Jessica Jones and Watchmen, you will fall in love with Rodrigo Penalosa’s deep voiced narrator’s commentary throughout the film.

Don’t believe me, then watch the trailer (NSFW) below:

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