The Ogie files.

Men Without Clothes

   Mon, January 30, 2006 - 5:34 PM
Those who know me well know that every so often (or even more) I get connected in doing something out of the ordinary, off the wall, or just plain eclectic. Yesterday was no exception...

I had a photo exhibit featuring some of the male art-nudes I've taken over the past year (I photograph female nudes too... but this showcase is just featuring men)... the location of this exhibit- an alternative mens yoga studio in West Hollywood. And just what makes this particular studio 'alternative' may ask?... Well it's a yoga studio geared for men who like to practice yoga without the restriction of wearing clothes. So to repeat myself in other words... it's a naked Yoga studio for men. I met Phil (the one in charge of the studio) a couple years back at an artist/figure drawing group... That was around the time he started "Naked Yoga". Last night they were having an open house event where people could get to know the studio and it's instructors (in a clothed environment) and to make that night something different then an ordinary potluck, I was asked to hang some of my art on the walls. And as an added bonus I decided to set up a complete photo studio in the main room and photograph artistic nudes right there on the spot. For me it was a chance to get my work shown, let people see how I work and perhaps connect with potential future clients who may want nudes done of themselves... and to perhaps have more images for my own projects. I didn't think many people would want to be photographed naked in front of everyone at a potluck so I brought in a couple models that were willing to pose for me there... Little did I know that they all seemed to want to fling off their clothes and stand in front of the camera. I spent the entire night photographing a random assortment of nude men... stretching, posing,... even dancing. It turns out it was the best night the studios had for an event.

Bring camera... get naked...point... click... shoot. The ingredients to a successful event! (at least in West Hollywood)

*Naked Yoga (photos taken of men that night)- Photography by Roger Fojas (c) 2006


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Mon, January 30, 2006 - 5:51 PM
wow, Roger.. you got some great images!! and how cool to be part of "a best ever event"... not that I'm surprised... here's hoping you get some clients, as well..
Mon, January 30, 2006 - 6:17 PM
I'm just wonderin whether Tribes gonna yank these pics off their site because the men are all naked (Oh my!!)
Mon, January 30, 2006 - 7:25 PM
Their ART
Your photos are more than nude men (which indeed they are) but they are photos showing movement and the human body in graceful poses. Certainly there is more to them than just a naked man standing in front of a camera. But then I recently attened an art exhibit that had two paintings of nudes (one female, and one with the backs of two men facing the viewer) and the museum felt it necessary to display aa small printed text as you entered the display that there were pictures that might be found offensive to some. As always you have a great eye with your camera.
Mon, January 30, 2006 - 10:30 PM
Oh you poor dear.

Nice work Roger
Mon, January 30, 2006 - 11:12 PM
Beautiful work
As you know, I am a fan of yours Roger. You create a space where folks feel safe to be uninhibited. That's a great gift.

Tue, January 31, 2006 - 6:02 AM
Those are some fabulous shots "on the fly."
Yes! Here's hoping you get lots of work from this event.
Tue, January 31, 2006 - 6:19 PM
Those are gorgeous. And I love that you have different body types. Beautiful! - Tania :)
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