Sunday, January 23, 2011

Abstract Beefcake - First Serving



Abstract Beefcake
First Serving


Leandro Okabe
Leandro Okabe

In response to the previous post "The Naked and the Nude", I am pursuing the discussion in further detail in appreciating the Asian male physique.  Previously, we have discussed the difference between the naked and the naked and its forms.  With this, let us explore the abstract beefcake.

To define the term, it is indeed worth lifting a quote from the Cambridge Dictionary Online (2010) , wherein beefcake is defined as an attractive man with big muscles, or men with such bodies as shown in pictures or in shows. 


Art and Popular Culture (2009) published a post about Beefcake magazines, on which have been in existence since the 1930s to 1960s. These magazines featured muscular men in athletic poses. Initially, the market were generally men since the magazines promoted fitness and health (Ibid.).

From the definition of beefcake, to define abstract beefcake, we can define it from the perspective in Photography, wherein these are photos of men with good physique, big muscles on which the face is not the focus (often neglected) so that the body or the physique is the center of attention.

So here are some of the Asian hunks, all in duotone photos, to illustrate abstract nude or abstract beefcake. As you may notice, if you have read the previous post on The Naked and the Nude, we have featured  here some of the hunks previously included.



Nicky Sura Teerakol
Nicky Sura Teerakol


Allan Wu
Allan Wu


Victor Basa
Victor Basa

Ha Seok Jin
Ha Seok Jin


Alfred Vargas
Alfred Vargas

Yamapi
Yamapi


References

Art and Popular Culture (2009). Beefcake magazines. Retrieved from http://www.artandpopularculture.com/Male_physique.

Cambridge Dictionary Online (2010). Beefcake. Retrieved from http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/british/beefcake

Friday, January 21, 2011

The Naked and the Nude

The Naked and the Nude


In appreciating the beauty of Asian Men, sometimes, I can not stop myself from being analytic and too academic. For some time, I tend to interchange the terms naked and nude when referring to an unclothed god (or hunk) until i stumbled upon this author Louis Giannetti of the book Understanding Hollywood.


Giannetti (2008) gives an interesting differentiation of the naked and the nude:

For Giannetti (2008), the term nude or seminude is for a picture meant to be looked at, meant to be admired....We're drawn to the sensual beauty of the sculpted bodies, and we want to touch, perhaps possess. Wherein, naked is usually embarrassed to be seen publicly without clothes on (Ibid.).

Moreover, Francisco(2000) in the foreword of the Brief Encounters (2000) defines the following terms:

  • Fashion - showing the garment (in this case, product) being worn (or use as a cover) by the model who exudes style and mood
  • Advertising - promoting visible products
  • Abstract nude - depersonalizes the model by eliminating the face
  • Beefcake - brings out the texture and tone of the model;s body while his eyes are suggesting frankness and intimacy
  • Erotic - having an air of mystery, soft focus, and low-lighting that creates shadowy effects

The following photos illustrate the use of high contrast lighting that emphasizes the texture and angles of the body.

Click here for the pics

Monday, January 3, 2011

longing for someone

From the point of view of a single person. Regardless of sexual preferences, whether gay or straight, no one is exempted for searching for your other half. 

Here are some photos of Asian men, an illustration of partnership.

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