“One thing I noticed in the depiction of nude men today is that it tends to focus on hunky, muscular guys with and a very stereotypical version of masculinity — which leaves out a lot of different ways of ‘maleness,’ so I want to challenge those stereotypes with my self-portraits and present my own version of masculinity, which includes having the courage to be vulnerable, to appear androgynous or feminine at times, and that doesn’t conform with expectations of what a man is supposed to be.”

Model/Photographer: Varian Viciss

Model/Photographer: Varian Viciss

“Many men are insecure these days about what it means to be a man, and my self-portraiture also in an inquiry into that question — and on top of [that] I try to go beyond gender fixation, examining more fluid concepts of sexual identity, sexual orientation and I-ness.”

The images do not have an erotic effect on me, but that’s not the goal of Viciss’ project. I do like his line of thought. I believe men should be able to show there femine side, just like we girls should be able to show the male inside us.

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