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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).


There's also a link to a small gallery of my work here (last updated Aug 2016).
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hank you for your interest and support.
Mitchell (updated Aug 2017).

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!


Thursday, 30 June 2016

Overalls

Nick di Cristina aka Johnny V
Overalls are a very masculine garment and light blue always seems to showcase the male physique too for some reason. Add in sleeves rolled up just above the biceps and flyaway collar framing the neck and you've got a heady testosterone brew here even before Nick di Cristina's lusciously gym-honed muscles are revealed by his lowered zip.
In these mirror sun glasses, Nick bears a passing resemblance to Landon Conrad here. However, they are an incongruous accessory, projecting a sophistication and mystery which is quite at odds with the straightforward simplicity of the workman's garment. Great image though.

Saturday, 28 May 2016

Forbidden Dreams


This image from Cosmo (1911) could have more than one interpretation but we know which one we prefer don't we? Regardless of that it's a beautiful image despite breaking conventional rules of composition by having the two facing in opposite directions which creates a sense of awkwardness as soon as you look at the picture. Appropriately so.

Admire the unmistakeable characterisation of worker and aesthete which works not just through their clothes and actions but their faces too in an astonishing way. In 1911 this would have implied a vast cultural chasm we can barely comprehend today, think of 'Maurice'. The glimpses of flesh with both men are amazingly erotic even in our age of endless nudity and you might think it would have been shocking back then - but probably only for those who had eyes to see. 

Saturday, 12 March 2016

Wrapped in Celluloid

Wrapped in Celluloid (Photographer not known)

An interesting picture from more than one point of view.
The technical treatment given to the image has produced some delightfully soft contours around the models face. The interaction between him and the film strip and the cigarette are equally illusory but that doesn't detract from it's impact