Dylan Rosser is a London-based photographer who began his career in Cape Town, South Africa. He regularly travels to New York and Los Angeles. I mention this because I have the feeling that many of these models are American. Sorry if I sound chauvinistic, but let’s face it: Most of the super-carved, super-buff guys are U.S. gym rats. (Many of them also sport those all-American good looks.)
Rosser has given us a great collection here of men in the all-in-all, dressed only, as fellow photographer Rick Day says in his introduction, "in beautiful lighting" and "saturated color."
It’s the quality of the color and the color reproductions that really make this book stand out. Rosser poses his men in stark backgrounds, either as colorless or as monochromatic as possible. These backdrops serve to accentuate the flesh tones on his models, who range from pale Caucasian to tan to a few black men.
The result is a fierce book that will delight anyone who appreciates the male form in its most perfect guises.
Thin Is In
One of the remarkable aspects of this book is the relative variance of body type. Of course, everyone here is perfectly formed; only here, some of the guys are on the thin side, as is this model.
I can only show you part of the photo. One of the great things about this book is that it breaks the "frontal-nudity barrier" common to such male erotic art books: great for the reader lucky enough to own the book (but not on this site).
As the photo here shows, the most erotic are the couples, which are uniformly locked in an embrace. Seeing two such perfect bodies embracing is much sexier than any out-and-out porn in my book!
Not all of the shots are full-body ones. There are a generous handful of close-up portraits. When the model is as handsome as this one, the effect is stunning.
"Naked" is a wonderful book to give and to get. The super-heavy paper stock makes the color and the precision of the photographs really "pop." Rosser has a real gift for lighting his subjects in such a way as to bring out every sinew of their muscular bodies. This is truly an erotic art book.
Naked, by Dylan Rosser
112 pages, all full color
Hardcover with dust jacket
Published by Bruno Gmüender