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I caught up with erotic photographer and model Saul of Hearts to talk about his stunning photo shoot in the forests of Oregon.

When did you start exploring your love of being naked outdoors?

My first nude photo shoot outdoors was for a friend’s photography class in college, and I went to my first nude beach around the same time too. Over the years, I’ve been to clothing-optional events — from Burning Man, to the World Naked Bike Ride, and they’ve all been really positive experiences. I especially enjoyed going to the Ecosex Convergence near Portland, Oregon — a camping festival for people who enjoy sensual and erotic experiences in nature.

Would you describe yourself as an exhibitionist?

Not at all! I’m actually pretty shy about taking my clothes off in front of people. Consent is really important to me, so the last thing I want to do is be seen by someone who isn’t expecting it. Since my photos are mostly about connecting with nature, rather than showing off for people, I’m careful about doing shoots in remote locations, the more secluded the better.

What do you enjoy about taking photos of yourself when you’re naked outdoors?

I really enjoy the creativity. From picking the right location, to coming up with new poses and camera angles, to finding the best lighting, and time of day to shoot. Every experience is different, and I feel lucky that I get to share them with my fans and followers online.

The rainforest shoot from Oregon is really spectacular, how did that come about?

I’d gone for a few hikes in the Oregon forest, and had been talking with a photographer I met through ModelMayhem. I suggested we return to the location I’d been hiking in do to a shoot, and it turned out to be the perfect spot.
We started around sunrise, and spent several hours walking through the forest, stopping every time we found a new spot. We started out with simple nude shots, building to more explicit sexual content by the end of the day.
I’ve done plenty of solo shoots, but those tend to be more selfie-style photos for my OnlyFans page. Working with photographers gives me the opportunity to be a little more creative and artistic — I can focus on being the model for a while and let them bring their own unique vision to the project. I enjoy being on either side of the camera.

What do you hope that people feel when looking at these photos of you in the rainforest in Oregon?

I hope people feel inspired to spend time in nature. I love getting messages from people who also enjoy being naked outdoors, or who’ve tried outdoor sex for the first time after seeing my photos. I think seeing photos like these can help people lose their inhibitions, and think about their time in nature differently.

What’s next for Saul of Hearts?

My next projects will definitely involve more people. I’ve been working on a few photo and video projects with other models, and it’s been great to see them explore their own connection to nature on camera, and to get to shoot more explicit content. My goal is to have a few dozen projects completed by the end of the year, including duo shoots for my OnlyFans page and outdoor sex scenes for ManyVids. Of course, I’ll be blogging about my travel experiences and sexual encounters along the way.

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Samer Bo (image supplied)
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I caught up with author Samer Bo to talk about writing erotic gay fiction in Egypt.

What led you to start writing erotic gay fiction?

I was forgetting what was happening. I noticed that when someone asked me about what happened to me the previous week, I couldn’t remember the details.

I think forgetting was my defence-mechanism for all the pain and trouble.

So, I started by writing my diaries, which ended to be quite erotic sometimes. Then that moved to erotic fiction.

Where do you draw inspiration from for your stories?

Inspiration comes from my personal experiences and sometimes my friends’ experiences. Other times, I just meet a guy or watch a movie, and it inspires me to write a story.

Who are your target audience?

I write for myself before anyone else. I’d love all gay men to read and get aroused by my stories.

But I guess I do write for minorities — people who don’t usually get represented in media, porn, or erotic stories. I want people to see themselves represented in my novels.

What sort of feedback do you get from your readers?

I get a lot of positive feedback from people in the Middle East who finally find a voice speaking to them. Some see me as a role model — a type of Egyptian guy that they never see in the media.

Do your friends and family know that you write erotic gay fiction?

Only some close friends know. I’m not in touch with my family anyway. Samer is my real name, but I changed my last name to Bo.

Have you had any negative reactions to the gay erotic fiction that you write?

I only tell people about my writing if I know that they’re either gay or gay friendly. So I haven’t had negative reactions in that respect.

However, I have had multiple incidents of homophobia. I was arrested once.

Son of the President isn’t an erotic story, how did that story come to you?

That story is based on the real-life story of an older friend that I met a few years ago. I told him about my erotic stories, and he asked me to write an erotic story inspired by his experiences.

However, I felt that if I wrote it as erotica, it would take away from the essence of the story. So I left it as non-erotic story.

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What do you hope that people feel when reading your stories?

First of all, aroused from my erotic stories. Plus, I want people to feel represented.

Gay Arabs are not represented in any kind of media. We’re being suppressed and discriminated against. A lot of gay men in the Middle East feel that being gay is wrong, and that homosexuality is a sin.

This is my small way to help those men feel better about themselves.

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

More stories, maybe some non-erotic ones. I’m also helping a friend of mine to change his non-erotic short story into a play.

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