After I saw the Bare Men gallery for the first time, it took just minutes to decide to participate. After that, I had several months to get nervous about having my very average naked body photographed and shown to the public. I went back and forth a couple of times and each time, I’d go look at the Bare Men gallery again. Abigail presents us regular guys in such a dignified way that I just knew I wouldn’t be the one funny looking guy in the gallery. I got hooked on doing the shoot all over again after every gallery viewing. Finally the big day arrived and I was so relaxed that I met Abigail at the front door in nothing but my bathrobe. Within minutes, I was a bare man and enjoying the feeling of freedom of expressing my character in my home environment. My typewriter, fountain pens, camera, and even my dog! The results of Abigail’s work is astonishingly real and ... me. I’m proud to be in the gallery. I hope you decide to participate too. You’ll never regret it.
I love the photos. But seeing my photos on your web page was even more of a surprise. My first reaction was that I am “normal, just another guy.” Strange and unexpected thought and reaction. Somehow I never felt like a typical “guy.” Whatever that is.I hope that the experience photographing me was a useful meet for you. I certainly enjoyed meeting you and posing for you. Thank you for being so patient and kind. I needed to unload my past as I stood there naked. What I need more than ever is to feel that I have some future. I am not dead yet. There is more to be done.Again, thank you for meeting me and photographing me.
Posing for Bare Men series was fun and due to Abigail’s professionalism I was very comfortable being naked in front of her, and for her keen eye very flattering too me as well, I have no regrets and would do it again. The experience has made me a better person in that I am less inhibited and more accepting of my personal perceived flaws I have about myself, she has made the male nude body natural and not as ugly as society trains us to believe. If you’re thinking of scheduling a shoot I say go for it, no matter your body type her depiction of you will be better than you can imagine.
When I first thought about posing naked while a woman took my picture, it was exciting, but also something that made me pretty anxious. After all, I’d be completely naked and vulnerable and then there was the possibility of someone I knew seeing my photos in one of your galleries or publications. When I first showed up, I was nervous and unsure about going through with it, but once I met you, it became the most natural thing in the world to strip and take the various poses you suggested. It was entirely comfortable even including the erotic photos that you took. After we were finished it really did leave me with a sense of empowerment, so thank you for that.
It was an honor and a pleasure to work with you... it was fun and it was personal and healing for me. I got a lot out of it and enjoyed it on many levels. I am very grateful to have gotten a chance to express myself through your photography. I think this is very important work allowing men to get in touch with their bodies. And it contributes to better understanding and harmony.
Why is it that the naked female body is considered a thing of beauty, yet the naked male body is either comical, or threatening? These men (literally) bare it all to beat the stigma.
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