If you see a naked man, how do you look at him?

 

Nude men with beautiful bodies have always fascinated me and attracted my gaze.

When you notice over time that an interest continues inalterably, a moment arrives when you understand that you're dealing with a profound personal impulse that, as such, carries within it an energy that should be utilized. In that moment you feel the necessity to allow this anxiety to express itself in some way and see where it leads you. You want to channel it and develop it, perhaps through reflection and creation and then by sharing it with other people.

At first, you don't know what to do nor how to do it. You must pass through a time in which ideas, bound for no port, go sailing through your head, until one fine day opportunity knocks and lets you see clearly what you were looking for; you seize it and this is how you arrive at where you are now.

This is what happened to me when my friend Floren suggested I make a 2006 illustrated calendar with the photographs of nude basketball players. Without thinking twice and lacking any prior experience in the field, I bought a new camera and threw myself into it. I intuited that photography was a way to set off down a path I had wanted to follow for a long time, even though until that moment I had never been especially interested in a medium that had seemed to me too flat and static to adequately satisfy the yearning for the movement, three-dimensionality, and interactivity of the real world.

Subsequently, wanting to continue working in the field of the nude, I began the project “What are you looking at?” with the publication of a book of photographs entitled LOOKING, and with the creation of this website where I post my latest works. It is a personal labor totally self-financed and free-access, born of the conviction that the vision of the male nude has a great force and never leaves one indifferent. For this reason I find it interesting to research the impact caused by its contemplation, as I simultaneously struggle to free it from all the taboos and prejudices that still condition and inhibit our ability to freely admire the male nude in public spaces, in all its splendor and beauty.

People like nudity, one only has to look at the enormous market that revolves around erotic images, in photo as well as video form. But we have to take into account that its distribution is carried out through limited channels and directed to a specific set of consumers. On the street and in media directed towards the general public (advertisements, press, television, commercial cinema, etc.), total nudity appears very rarely. And when it does, it is mostly the female nude. Man rarely appears completely naked, and never viewed from the front. In fact, not even in the gay milieu does it enjoy total normality, given that, except in the specifically pornographic market, what is seen most often in magazines and generic advertisements are naked men with their genitals covered, in one way or another, with a cloth or handkerchief, or with shadowing or the use of postures that are somewhat forced.

If no one is horrified by Michelangelo's David being exhibited proudly in the middle of a plaza, why don't we see complete nudes on the giant billboards that fill our streets and highways? Why is it so difficult for our society to accept the image of the nude male shown earnestly in public? How is it possible that, despite the great expansion of liberties we have achieved, nudity has still not been normalized? These are the questions I pose, and the questions that stand behind my photography.