- Hardcover: 64 pages
- Publisher: Bruno Gmunder Verlag Gmbh; Bilingual edition (February 1, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 3867870454
- ISBN-13: 978-3867870450
- Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 7 x 0.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,178,800 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Through My Eyes Hardcover – February 1, 2010
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It would have been nice, though, if some of these lovely lads had been posed in full frontal nudity. Their masculinity just "drips", sweetly and fragrantly (not blatantly), from the page and it would be worthwhile to see all of it, fully nude, for a few of these fine young men, so long, of course, as any of them so singled out for potentially full frontal nude treatment would be willing, without any reluctance or pressure upon him as a condition to pose at all for such a book, to be photographed completely naked. The book`s introduction, however, claims that Didio (pseud. of Antonio Bezerra) intentionally was avoiding the typically posed positions of most male erotic photography, in order rather to capture images of handsome youths in casually informal everyday views (mostly in outdoors settings, at that), which in "real life" as usually experienced (apart routinely from athletic locker rooms, public showers, some public indoor or naturally-occurring outdoor swimming areas, or at nudist camps) one only very seldom would encounter men "au naturel", i.e. entirely buck-naked, even on public beaches! So, for the sake of consistency and for its prevailing mood, perhaps the book is better off, in this regard, just as it is, to such memorable effect.
I am perplexed at why the cover of the book, at least in the printing that I received, has the photo so much darker and less detailed than in the luminously bright and refined clarity of the same photo as reproduced, in the larger form, in this Amazon entry promoting and describing the book. Since this particular photo, the best to my eyes of a truly wonderful bunch, does not recur in the book, that is rather a pity. I cannot tell, not having seen any other printings of the book (if, indeed, there really are more than a single printing), but I am hoping that other photos in the printing which I received do not thus suffer from any more excessively dark contrast than whatever "Didio" may have intended. Perhaps it is from one of the publisher`s printings to another that such variations in degrees of light and dark contrast derive, though I do not know that to be the case; more likely is simply that such high dark-to-light ratio in the images reflects the photographer`s own aesthetic, especially since, admittedly, the results are images, alike that particular one and others, of such intensely, low-glowingly rich texture. Some who acquire this book may wish to print out the Amazon "take" of that photo, in order to have it in another, more brightly luminous form, and to insert that photocopy, "tipped into" the book, as I am doing.
And while the majority of these artistically beautiful images are of young men alone, Bezerra also shows some models interacting with each other, from the quite poses of two men in gentle black and white sense of friendship to a very special image of two men languidly posing in camaraderie on the beach of Brazil. In the center of the book is a celebratory double page image of eleven men in swimsuits tumbling in a explosion of goodwill and games that is as wonderfully noisy as the surf behind them - and just as lasting.
In short, this is a collection of photographs of the vitality, the beauty and the vulnerability of the young men who communicate with both the photographer, and subsequently to us, the unposed, unfettered, unplanned moments of being comfortable in their bodies, all as seen through the eyes of a gifted photographer, Antonio Bezerra, March 10