NO MATTER WAS GENDER OR RAGE OR RELIGION WE ARE, WE ALL PRETTY MUCH LOOK THE SAME THE MOMENT WE ENTER OUR WORLD. NAKED. UNASHAMED. INNOCENT. IT IS A MAGICAL MOMENT THAT ONLY LASTS A SHORT TIME. ONLY UNTIL SOMEONE WRAPS US IN A CLOTH. AND THAT’S THE END OF IT.
I don’t know where it started. Probably with a bear skin or a loin cloth. Or maybe a fig leaf. But somewhere on the long road of our existence we lost that total innocence of showing our naked self. And by doing so we started to distinctive ourselves from others. The better your clothes, the higher your status. The more adorned, the more superior you are opposed to others. But deep down, under all those layers of hypocrisy and snobbery, we are all still the same. Simple human beings, but oh so beautiful in our naked innocence.
Centuries of artistry have tried to expose us to ourselves for what we really are. Human beings that are all different and all beautiful in their own skin. Compared to sculpting and painting photography is a relative new expression of art. And though respected for what it is, it is also the only art form that seems to provoke an adversary towards nudity. And why is that you might wonder. Is it because photography is so real that it brings the nudity we respect in statues and paintings out of its abstract territory? Why can we not look at a beautiful naked man in stunning photograph the same way we can admire Michelangelo’s David?
We at BeautifulMag love photography and – and that is no secret either – we also love men. Men are sexy and sensual. Erotic and exciting. Arrousing in their nudity. Vunerable in their nakedness. But most of all, they are beautiful. Beautiful in their simple humanity. Over the past years we have stuck our necks out, exposing you to the naked man. And with us a lot of artists came along. And all together we have tried to change that perception of nudity. To shift the opinion that a naked man is something unacceptable. To alter the perception that showing yourself in all your glory would influence your future. We are not there yet, but we like to think we are at least making a change.
Today we introduce you to Simon Barnes, also known as Hotsnapz. Confused? I bet you are. It is not the first time Simon graces our digital pages. It is however the first time he shows u his hidden talents. Because besides shooting his stunning portraits of men in different settings and scenes, he now also proofs he mastered the art of nude male photography. And with that we welcome him to that select group of artists who is willing to help us to spread the message that the emperor really doesn’t need all those layers of short mindedness and outdated values and norms to show his beautiful self. There is nothing pornographic about a naked man. So let’s open our eyes and our minds and enjoy the beauty around us. In every sense.
Happy New Year. –BM-
BeautifulMag thanks all it’s readers and participants for another Beautiful year. And today we send a special thanks to Simon Barnes, Hugh, Jules, Kristian, Nathan, Nick, Olivier, Rich, Sam, Simon, Stu and Zero. You are the stars of tomorrow.
SIMON BARNES ‘HOTSNAPZ’ | BEAUTIFULMAG