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Welcome to mitchmen, home of Mitchell's Art.

I only post occasionally here but in the sidebar you can connect to my two principal sites - my blog (where I talk about my work and pay tribute to artists who excite me) and my Yahoo! Group (where you can join my mailing list, read my stories and see my latest pictures).


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hank you for your interest and support.
Mitchell (updated Aug 2017).

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Locker Room Mood

Bruno Bernal in shorts
I often ramble on about how well-chosen clothes enhance the male physique. This shot of chunky Bruno Bernal makes out a good case for my thesis. The tight tee is a classic device of course for bringing out the attractions of the upper body and though Bruno does not have the widest of shoulders, look how glorious his arms look emerging from the curving grey hem of the garment. For that matter see how thick and strong his neck looks.

The black shorts in contrast are not tight at all, nor particularly brief, but the leg is cut just high enough to produce a similar emphatic wow for Bruno's chunky thighs. The black socks play a supporting role by obscuring the more tapered part of the leg which might detract from the blocky squareness and by virtue of their colour produce a bulkier look to complement the shorts. 

The picture of Bruno below (from his Twitter feed) illustrates the opposite effects. 
Same body, different clothes. 
Clothes that allow his personality through

 

You shouldn't have any difficulty finding pictures of Bruno without clothes for further comparison. 
The UK Hot Jocks picture at the top of this article is part of a series of which you can find more here

Monday, 30 October 2017

The Elixir

Sotiris Thomaidis beached (click to enlarge)

 This colourful image is a great ad for the bottom enhancing qualities of Modus Vivendi swimwear! The curvy seams shamelessly copy the classic styling of denim jeans but then, no-one ever got bored looking at them! 

The bottle of turquoise liquid, suggestive of idyllic locations, is a constant and mysterious presence in the pictures of this advertising campaign. In this particular image though, the photographer has conjured up a feast of ideas which epitomise the world of advertising - the handsome man reaching out for a prized, precious object, which appears to have been spilled and nearly lost. But these are ideas that have a resonance for our everyday lives too which gives this picture a touch of true art.

Model: Sotiris Thomaidis photographed by Panos Misailidis for Modus Vivendi's 'Contrast' Line (2016)

Monday, 4 September 2017

Music and muse

Apollo V by Thomas
A piece of male art that you could hang on any wall. It is not intended to be erotic or sensuous but succeeds in being both by dint of the sheer beauty of the model, subject matter and colouring. The pensive muse reaches out to our emotions as we wonder what he is pondering. The artsy crowded patterns suggest a complex life, perhaps a struggle to master a difficult composition. Lovely.

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Another Spring Shower


This image of Dwain Leland presenting an arching body to the sprinkling water of the shower showcases his fine physique but there's a sense of reckless abandon in the pose, underlined by the soggy, sagging underwear and turned-down waistband which his mother would scold him for. (Photographer: Mark Jenkins)

If you look at Dwain Leland's Instagram you'll see he's a man that loves to show off his body also at White Steel

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Cycling Shorts


They say that cycling's having a bit of a boom at the moment but if all the men rode dressed like this we'd all be out there watching. This isn't the sort of garment you think of when the words cycling shorts are usually uttered but the clever pairing of blues makes it seem the most natural combination in the world. It's quite a complex design which itself gives it man appeal. The blue side flash also deceives the eye into thinking these are skimpier than they really are. Put 'em on a stunning model and Bob's your uncle. Where's the nearest bike shop? The crossbar is a very underhand trick though.

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Young Masculinity

Phil Hunter

Phil Hunter's shapely, slightly fleshy physique and rugged face seems the epitome of young sporting maleness. The slightly precarious pose (sadly I can't credit the photographer responsible) shows off the curves and bulk of his body extremely well. It also conveys a nice sense that he's here to do someone else's bidding . His pulled back arms and the brightly coloured costume emphasise the display of his his lower body area. You may have read elsewhere that he won't do full nudity and his slightly disgruntled facial expression here makes the irony of this still provocative pose all the more delicious. This is a memorable picture that he may never equal in his modelling career, a worthy entry in my 15 minutes of fame gallery (see label below)

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Olympic Wrestling


The sight of one man bodily lift another using only his strength is one of the most thrilling of sporting moments. These two images show that Greco-Roman wrestling, not only has drama but also moments of unexpected grace and artistic beauty. The leotards help to capture the essential beauty of the human body without dimishing the masculinity of the wearer - at least they do as long as they fit well!