Wednesday, January 19, 2011


Landon Taylor photographed by Ivan Avila


We’ve all heard the expression and it seems to conjure up a standard vision of all American beauty: light hair, blue eyes, warm smile, collegiate physique and appearance. Landon has all that and more. What separates him from the pack in terms of expectations is the bold, uninhibited way in which he expresses and exposes himself for the camera. He can slip into the Abercrombie role with ease, but he is equally impressive behind the lens.

I first featured a few images of Landon on the PoP MalE blog in a model spotlight feature over a year ago, and he has since racked up the most views of any post featuring a single model. It would seem that his appeal is exceptionally broad based which made him the perfect candidate for a full feature in BLISS so the audience could get to know a little more about the man behind the photos.

In addition to modeling, he has stepped behind the camera and become a budding talent in his own right. His work shows that his work in front of the lens has translated into a good eye for talent, angles and composition.

His photography work can be viewed at

©2011 - Sean Dibble

Wednesday, January 12, 2011


Photographer Joe Lazara who was featured here in BLISS is interviewed on the Joshua Paul uncensored radio show where he talks about his art and BLISS Male Mag.

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In this age of Photoshop we have grown accustomed to images that hint at perfection in the models. Smooth bodies without any scars, faces without blemishes...or pores in many cases. Ab definition can be highlighted, eye color enhanced, endowment increased, skin tone adjusted, weight reduced, height increased, shape redefined and locations manipulated or added. Our eye is no longer a reliable source of information because what we see may not be rooted in reality.

There are many debates on the subject of photoshopping, both pro and con, but the answer should be rooted in what the viewer finds appealing. After all, art is subjective and is not always meant to document a specific truth. But putting that truth on display is what makes the images by Photofreedom so interesting to look at.

In the current age of digital possibility, it is bold to present models in a natural state, imperfections and all. Photofreedom revels in this type of boldness and the men he shoots are on display as is, even if that means a few pimples. This approach is refreshing and somewhat voyeuristic, as if we are catching a glimpse of these men in a moment that may or may not have been meant for sharing. This adds to the erotic appeal and builds on the sense of intimacy in his work.

Included here is a selection of his images. I hope to see much more in the future.

©2011 - Sean Dibble


David Costa