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Raw YouthReview - Raw Youth
by Jay Diers
Bruno Gmunder, 2008
Review by Christian Perring
Jul 1st 2008 (Volume 12, Issue 27)

Raw Youth is a collection of erotically charged photographs of young men.  It's aimed primarily at a gay and male bisexual readership, since it shows men having sex with men, but it may appeal to other readers too.  These models are healthy and muscular, cheerful and sultry.  They are shown with little context, lying on beds or couches, maybe at someone's home, or possibly in a nice hotel suite.  They wear blue jeans, boxers or skimpy briefs, and a little decorative jewelry -- a necklace or earring.  They stare distractedly at their penises or gaze knowingly at the camera.   About half the pictures are monochrome, and even the color photos have a restricted range of muted colors.  So this collection has a tasteful feel to it, and although it shows erections and in one case some ejaculate, it is never gaudy.  The work here is reminiscent of equivalent pictures of nude young women, done artfully in a coffee table format, although these pictures are not very ambitious.  Diers keeps his models in a small range of poses, and has a very narrow range of contexts.  So it is all about attractive young men with smooth skin, clear eyes, and firm buttocks.  The most interesting images here are those of a couple kissing and having sex (called "Young and In Lust" on his website), because they are more dynamic and the lighting is lovely.  It's here and in a couple of other images that Diers goes beyond the glossy homoeroticism of Abercrombie & Fitch ads.

 

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© 2008 Christian Perring

Christian Perring, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Dowling College, New York.


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