‘Für die Welt bist du irgendjemand, aber für irgendjemand bist du die Welt’

‘For the world you are someone, but for someone you are the world’

For weeks, on an almost daily basis, I have been staring at this picture. It hangs in the shop where I work, next to the register, and I think it is breathtaking. This image is a great example of how naked men can be photographed in a way that they look absolutely stunning and erotic for women like me. I mean, doesn’t his body look fascinating and gorgeous? The whole image, the light, the composition, it is all very well chosen and tasteful, and… you even see his cock. The image makes me curious, it makes me want to see more…
And don’t you just want to be the woman standing behind him? Or even better: wouldn’t you want to have a similar picture of your boyfriend? I sure do. So about two weeks ago I decided to write the Austrian artist behind this picture, Joe Malina, an e-mail to ask if I could post ‘Umarmung’ (Embrace) on my blog. One week later he came by the shop and we agreed on talking about it in more detail, which we did today.

Malina mostly takes erotic pictures of women. Not because that is his choice; it’s because men are not too eager to be photographed naked. A woman’s body has always been observed as beautiful and erotic, but somehow it has been different when it comes to the male body. Men do not mind to stand in front of the camera with a weapon or a tool, but naked is a whole different story. There are women though who want to have an erotic photo of their partner or boyfriend, for they do consider his body sexy and good to look at. That’s how Malina has had the opportunity to put the man in front of his camera and capture his essence. And how! His images of male nudity are the best I have seen so far. What a thrill to fantasise how Malina would capture male nudity on film…

Want to see more? Go to the Gallery Joe Malina on my blog or visit his webpage.