BELLE THE SLEEPING CAR SAID IT BEST WHEN SHE POINTED OUT THAT LOOKS AND YOUTH AIN’T EVERYTHING AND EXPERIENCE IS A QUALITY THAT COUNTS FOR A LOT. SHE SAID IT IN A NOSTALGIC SENSE, BUT REGARDLESS OF THAT SHE SAID IT AS A TRUTH AND IT MADE PEARL REALIZE THAT TRUE LOVE GOES DEEPER THAN LOOKS AND AGE.
You have no idea what we are talking about, do you. Above introduction is a reference to Starlight Express, the musical in which toy railway trains played by actors on roller skates come to life inside the mind of a small boy. In a Cinderella kind of setting, the characters race to become the fastest engine in the world. At the end, old locomotive Rusty takes the unexpected victory, triumphing over the muscled diesel Grease Ball and the sleek computerized Electra. Flanked by his race partner Belle, the older glamorous sleeping car he eventually wins the best price of all: the heart of observation car Pearl.
I’m not saying anything new when I tell you we are living in a world driven by youth and beauty. It is a social thing, really. Where ever you look – in magazines, on billboards, on TV, yes even in bars when you go out – it seems like so-called perfection is staring you in the face, and it is getting younger and younger. And it is probably no surprise either when we tell you this is certainly a given for the whole gay culture. There definitely seems to be a youth-obsession thing going on. But we seem to forget we are getting older. All of us. But don’t be scared. Getting older does have its advantages as well.
Max Dennis is wonderful. He is a fashion model but – as photographer Marlen Boro discovered – is also very comfortable when asked to push the bar a bit higher. See, that is one thing that comes with age. Sensibility. Confident. Calm. "We did a shoot that was designed to be very sexy," Marlen Boro explains. "We played with masculine outfits, combined with playful rhinestones. I really like the outcome. A good mix of images that tell the story of the day: mature playfulness, a naughty undertone and a sexual vibrancy." Marlen Boro’s work generally has a strong sexual element, but always in a very classy style. With Max he went for a very in-your-face direction. “The ‘I’m sexy and enjoy my own beautiful body’ feel to the images as a whole is key to the story and the point being made. That as we age as gay men, we don’t need to be respectable, somber or boring. We can contribute to be playful, sexy and proud.”
The point is, life is more than being 20 or 30 years old. Our ways of living has shifted from some generations ago and age should not longer be a limitation. On the contrary. Experience, knowledge – yes - having lived, adds a level to physical beauty that so often seems to be missing in the stereotypes we see around us every day. It is called personality. Character. The ability to actually pull that train and make a difference. –BM-
MARLEN BORO | BEAUTIFULMAG