Hat from Brick Lane, American Apparel vest, Marks & Spencer boxer shorts
In fashion, sex sells. Duh, we know. From the just-been-fucked aesthetic of American Apparel ads, to that infamous Dolce & Gabanna campaign which was basically just glamourized images of gang rape, to Tom Ford’s iconic photo of a naked and seemingly ecstatic Sophie Dahl for YSL (and basically everything Tom Ford has ever done, for that matter), fashion photography is all about the suggestion of sex. Sure, hot, whatever. My question is: Why not just cut to the chase?
New Era cap
Recently, a photographer friend of mine told me, “Fashion photography is all about capturing that magic moment. It’s about the money shot.” Now, maybe it’s because I’m not a (real) fashion photographer, and my brain doesn’t work in metaphors, but when I hear the term "money shot" I immediately think of ejaculation, AKA orgasm. Newly inspired by his words, I decided to stop beating around the bush and take some photos of boys cuming. Because, really, this is what everyone is getting at, right? Fuck suggestion. The real thing is hotter.
If I’m honest, initially I was quite nervous about embarking on this task. For one, it’s a bit strange/scary to approach someone and ask, “Hey, can I take pictures of you jerking off until you cum?” Also, before this I had never watched someone masturbate in a non-intimate situation, which seemed like it could be vaguely awkward. However, the whole thing turned out to be really fun. It was actually weirdly unweird, if you know what I mean. Or maybe I’m just bad at gauging when a situation is uncomfortable. I’ve been told that in the past.
Anyway, after taking these photos, the conclusion I came to is this: People are hot when they cum. That might sound obvious, but the severity of this statement needs to be reinforced. Even the ugliest person is desirable in their moment of complete release. That moment when ecstasy abducts your body, and it feels so good that it hurts but you want more and for a second you die a little. And whatever’s left of you when it’s over is better for it.
Burton trunks, Cheap Monday jeans, New Era cap, vintage belt,
I’ll leave you now with my favorite orgasm quote, said so well by Derek Jarman: “An orgasm joins you to the past. Its timelessness becomes the brotherhood; the brethren are lovers; they extend the “family”. I share that sexuality. It was then, is now, and will be in the future.”