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What are your plans for the weekend?

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Here’s some up-coming events that have caught our eye:

Music, Theatre, and Art

River Stage Festival

AIDS Histories & Cultures Festival

Fernando Carpaneda

Naked Camp

CHRISTEENE

Fat Blokes — London

The Ginger Snapped — UK Tour

  • RPDR Alumni Jinx Monsoon is bringing her latest show The Ginger Snapped to the UK.
  • Dates run from November 2018 — April 2019 — check the website for locations and booking details.

Travel and Parties

Fetish Week London

La Demence Cruise

La Demence — Brussels

Hard On

Trough — London

  • Next party is 28 July 2018

Circuit Barcelona

Jamie HP — London

Things to watch

Mario

Happy Prince

Fagabonds

Eastern Boys

Things to read

The Orca Cross

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Class Comics

Gay’d in Dagenham

The Chemsex Trilogy

Can I Call You Uncle?

Un mal entendu

Tumult

Ripples from the Edge of Life

Lust

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The vanity of naked men

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Flavio and Omi. Photo by Paul Sixta (image supplied)
Flavio and Omi. Photo by Paul Sixta (image supplied)

I caught up with photographer Paul Sixta to talk about the challenge of photographing naked men.

When did you start to explore your passion for photography?

I started photographing and doing some videos when I was 12. I just loved fooling around with cameras. Photos were analogue and needed to be printed, which was kind of expensive at the time for a kid, so I didn’t do as much as I would have liked.

You’ve created a stunning series of work — photographing naked men. How have you sourced the subjects for this series?

I find most men online — Instagram, Grindr — it’s easier to approach people online so they can have a look at the work, see if it’s something they might be interested in, and feel more comfortable saying no if they’re not sure.

Cristian. Photo by Paul Sixta (image supplied)

Is this an ongoing series?

I’ll probably always be taking portraits of people. It’s probably a never-ending project. I’m always looking to meet and photograph new people.

What does this series of photographs tell us about men and their relationship with their bodies?

Women’s bodies are judged so much more harshly then men’s bodies, but men have their issues as well. Almost every man thinks their penis is too small, or they wish that they had an Instagram six-pack. It takes a moment when we start shooting to accept whatever you’ve got and try to let it be.

Even though I don’t Photoshop bodies or faces, my work isn’t that confronting. After the shoot, I talk with the person that I’ve photographed, to see what can be published and what can’t. That can sometimes be a struggle between a good photo and vanity. But I try not to push too much. It’s important someone feels good about what goes online.

I guess I’m a typical photographer who hates pictures of himself, so I understand that not everything needs to be shared with the rest of the world. Maybe that’s actually atypical these days.

Jacob and Ken. Photo by Paul Sixta (image supplied)

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

I’m trying to set up a gallery show, and I’m looking into book publishing options.

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Michiel. Photo by Paul Sixta (image supplied)
Alvaro. Photo by Paul Sixta (image supplied)

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