I Heart Boy

With an erotic softness & quiet confidence, the young, fully-nude subjects in I Heart Boy exhibit a willingness to be celebrated by all for their beauty and openness. Posing in the intimacy of their own homes, often in studio apartments in Manhattan’s East Village and Lower East Side, lanky bodies are posed sensually against the minimalist backgrounds of naturally lit rooms with sparse furnishings.

Welcome to today’s gay ideal of the male nude, an aesthetic with nods to Larry Clark and the 80s underground music scene, and appreciated by the likes of designer Hedi Slimane, American Apparel, and the most popular indie bands from New York, L.A., London, Paris, and Berlin. Yatrofsky’s waif-like men—merely boys just a few years ago, bordering on androgynous, with an occasional tattoo and a bit of punk swagger to match their youthful naiveté—hardly resemble even the shadow of the beefcake of generations past. This is the undressed and carefree look of today’s urban trendsetter—whose style trickles out of the young, creative circles in cities, only to be copied elsewhere tomorrow.

 

With each photograph, these sexually charged images of male bodies invite the viewer to dwell upon the welcome tenderness of warm skin. Ultimately I Heart Boy is a series of nudity in the purest sense; of being simply bared as human before the world.

  

14 thoughts on “I Heart Boy”

  1. Reads like a press release… :/ Oh and the message you get when you have FF4 without Flash installed is an affront to my linuxy-geeky sensibilities. “Update to a modern HTML5-compliant browser”-Safari-Bullshit-My-Ass…

  2. Though short, this was great to read ^^. That’s why I frequent the blog, aesthetics, and this is just that! Is this an art book one can buy then?

    -xxx-

  3. Im not wild about tatts but they are a great looking group of young men. I have never cared for the massively overly proportioned ‘beefcake’ so common in homo erotica. This is a nice assembly of beautiful males that are a good modern representative. Im surprised the GOP evangelical nutballs haven’t had it banned and burned. Yet.

    1. Lol, ur last statement has your jaded side showing :-) but as for the rest of your statement, yup, I agree. It’s not like somewhat of a “beefcake” guy isn’t nice now and then, but this book proves that you don’t have to be that in order to be photographed, looked beautiful, and be sensual.

  4. “With an erotic softness & quiet confidence, the young, fully-nude subjects in I Heart Boy exhibit a willingness to be celebrated by all for their beauty and openness. Posing in the intimacy of their own homes, often in studio apartments in Manhattan’s East Village and Lower East Side, lanky bodies are posed sensually against the minimalist backgrounds of naturally lit rooms with sparse furnishings.”

    Load of pretentious horse shit if ever such a thing existed. It’s a bunch of cute naked guys, what else needs to be said?

  5. The young guy in the top picture looks like Joseph Gordon Leavitt-from the film Mysterious Skin. Although i’m not crazy about ‘INK’, it does suit him beautifully. As 4 the book, it looks brilliant.

  6. Looks lovely ^^

    but, can’t say why it occurred to me…

    But is every boy in that book Caucasian?

    If so, what a shame for boykind :(

    1. I’ve often wondered that about nudes in general. Perhaps American blacks and Asians in general have less of a willingness to be photographed nude, or perhaps it simply indicates the circle of available boys that the photographer had available? Or perhaps it simply reflects his personal tastes? Or maybe non-white nudes are not as commercially successful?

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