Welcome to the new mitchmen blog

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).


There's also a link to a small gallery of my work here (last updated Aug 2016).
If you have problems with the link read this notice.


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

Monday, 26 October 2015

Problem with links at mitchmen


If you arrive at this site via the 'mitchmen.com' address the gallery link in the right sidebar may not work, but just display a blank page instead and freeze. I'm think this is connected with the redirect instruction on the domain name. The problem doesn't happen if you use the mitchmen2.blogspot address to get here.
The work around is to click on this gallery link.
Link updated 16th Aug 2016
If anyone can advise me of a more elegant solution I'd be glad to hear from you! Likewise if you have problems let me know (via comments)

Up for Inspection

Sergei by Vitaly Shiryaev

I have a thing about swimming trunks and also about the power photographers have to get their models to do things which they wouldn't dream of doing in real life. Like this pose where Sergei seemingly offers up himself for a hands on inspection. His expression doesn't suggest he's looking forward to it. It's nice to see Russian artists taking their place in the global family, let's hope that silly man in the Kremlin doesn't mess it all up for them.

Friday, 14 August 2015

You 'orrible shower!

Dillon Parkes

This image ties in with a couple of themes at this blog of which the most obvious is the watery theme, nicely capturing the thorough drenching of the model. The arms held up in the air allows the interesting speculation for darker minds that this is not a routine hygiene routine but some sort of hazing or punishment under restraint. The curious off-centre cropping helps by creating the impression of an unplanned moment not deliberately posed for publication.

The second theme picked up here is the '15 minutes of fame'. The picture that is the highlight of a model's career. Actually Dillon is a successful model with a disappointing penchant for being photographed with women, but this memorable homoerotic image that pops up everywhere seems to be a unique classic. Searching through his published pictures I have found nothing to match it and discovered that his normal appearance is a good deal more boyish than this picture suggests. Oh well, maybe in a few years.......

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Thor's Hammer


This is a truly masculine image, stereotypical perhaps but I'm not complaining about that! 
It's a great example of how simple clothing, like the humble T-shirt can showcase the body, 
in this case by demonstrating and emphasising the size of his biceps 
- and far more more effectively than a mere tape measure ever could.

The inexplicable watery downpour highlights the muscular details of his arms 
and has caused the wet T-shirt to produce a terrific sunray pattern around his shoulders.

At the risk of being picky, I might question whether the pile of whatever it is he is hitting (ice perhaps?) is a worthy target, it don't look that solid!

I can't credit the model or the photographer unfortunately, 
if anyone knows who they are please add a comment to the post

Friday, 13 March 2015

Cute and Muscley

Ben Mcavinew

Cute faces and muscular torso's don't always suit each other
but this chap is a notable exception.
Chunky arms emerging from snug-fitting Tee shirts are a favourite motif for me.

Friday, 6 February 2015

Belted Trunks

 
Swimming Trunks with belts incorporated into them have always hit my button. It's one of those incongruous combinations that makes the mind grope for an explanation. In the days before lycra and water repellent fabrics they actually served a purpose - preventing wet cotton and flannel trunks from sagging under the weight of water to an immodest degree. With modern fabrics the ubiquitous drawstring is man enough to fulfil the same role, but belts provide a showy fashion alternative.
No ID on the model yet, info welcome

Friday, 23 January 2015

Wet 2

Cory Mason photographed by Pat Lee
 
This heroic image uses water, not to reveal a man's physique, but to create an impression of toughness and resilience which Cory Mason's rugged profile seems completely right for. I find the hair on the point of his chin, seen as an outgrowth and not part of his profile embarrassingly cute!

The impressive, voluptuous dimensions of his chest muscles are flatteringly enhanced by the drawn back singlet (which seems to be squeezing them forward) and by the bright highlight tracing their outline. There's a similar 'bulking up' effect with his right arm and lower torso, which is actually more narrow-waisted than it seems at first sight.

 Pat Lee also cleverly uses the light here to capture the droplets of water cascading down Cory's torso and also the hair on his body to the point that you can't tell them apart. There's a similar (dry) hairy phenomenon in my post on Dmitri for Bad Puppy. 
 
The upward looking angle gives the hero authority and together with the water spattered on the camera lens draws us into the scene (I wish!). The addition of a water tower looming menacingly in the background like some alien robot (and seen by us but not by the hero) is witty. It draws the threads of the image together.
 
If you have a look at Pat Lee's website you'll see he has a knack for capturing rugged masculinity which is not totally dependent on muscularity.