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EDITORIAL

I recently mentioned to a model I was publishing an ezine. I told him it would be based on Texasmade male photography to which he jokingly said something like “well, that’s kind of a shrinking industry isn’t it?” He’s right. It is. Photographers and even parttime models once cashed in on their collaborations...now, not so much. However, that hasn’t stopped photographers and men from creating stunning work. There is an artistry to shooting the male form so making money isn’t always in the equation. It has to be about passion too.


It is that passion coupled with the mystique of a Texas man that I want to bring to you each month. You will discover work from Texasbased men and photographers - established and aspiring - who are willing to share their passion and talent with you. I hope to inspire, entertain and excite you in a way that will help you see Texas male photography in an entirely new light.

Patrick Mark

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PICTORIALS \\ JULY 2011

06 // DALLAS

58 // AUSTIN

FEATURE \\

34 THE MAGIC OF MEETUP

A new Austin group bringing male photography to light


TREVOR ADAMS

Instinct Cover Model

QUESTION/ANSWER 40 // HOUSTON

22 // SAN ANTONIO


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S MIRK A WINNING SMILE IS ONE THING BUT A KILLER SMIRK IS AN ENTIRELY DIFFERENT WAY TO SEX UP THE LENS. CHRIS FROM DALLAS... IS ONE OF THOSE GUYS WHO CREATES AN INTIMATE MOOD WITH A SIMPLE EXPRESSION AND INCREDIBLE E Y E C O N T A C T I ALWAYS THINK OF HIM AS ONE OF THOSE ‘DESPERATE H O U S E W I V E S ’ K I N D - O F - M E N

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when i first worked with chris it was a bit of a surprise . i only had photos of him to work from so meeting him in person was interesting . he is an easy going guy w i t h a n a l mo s t s of tspoken personality. it was a shock to see him step in front of the lens and turn on this kind of charm . plus his body naturally captures light in a most beautiful way. as a photographer i love it when that happens.


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HE AT ONE OF THE TOUGHEST AESTHETICS TO GET RIGHT IS A SWELTERING LO OK. TAREK OF SAN ANTONIO HAS GOT IT DOWN IT PROBABLY HELPS THAT HE’S an actor and a chef. WHO KNEW A HOT KITCHEN WOULD BE a rehearsal hall FOR HEATING UP A LAYOUT. CI3P PHOTOGRAPHY POURS ON THE SWEAT... BUT NOT TOO THICK. it is a combination that is sensual without becoming slimey.

PHOTOGRAPHY BY Ci3p PHOTOGRAPHY


you can purchase shots of tarek plus Check out ci3p photography at

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Lights, umbrellas, screens go up and black draping is taped to the floor of a studio on Austin’s east side. Pandora is pumping through the speakers as a team of photographers tweak their equipment, unpack swimsuits and blow air into a lime green inner tube.


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of meetu p An athletic, tan model walks through the door as the clock nears one. He trades his gym shorts for a pair of black briefs and takes his mark in front of the lights. Flash! The creative juices are flowing and the magic of this meetup has begun...


Meetup is a website that allows people with similar interests to form groups, network, learn and interact with each other. Such is the purpose of the meetup devoted to “Photographing the Male Model.” This band of photographers, formed in April by designer Robert San Roman, hires a male model then uses the time to practice techniques plus share ideas and props...like a lime green inner tube. The setting is professional but lacks the intimidation that you might expect. Photographers can be a competitive bunch by nature. But there is no room for that here. Even Roman who has a Masters degree in Art History and operated a successful photography line as a side business in the 90’s says he finds real value in the workshops coordinated thru Meetup.


As does Monica Smith, owner of JuJu Foto Factory where most workshops are held. Like this group, her studio is less than a year old (in September JuJu turns 1) so this meetup helps reach out to Austin’s creative community. For models, it is a valuable opportunity to work with multiple photographers in one professional setting. Themes range from fashion to full nudity, however models are only expected to bare what they dare. Roman adm i t s t he biggest hurdle for interested photographers is usually the price. Joining Meetup is free however workshops run around $135. Smith points out that the more photographers become involved, the more likely rates will go down. - MEETUP / PHOTOGRAPHING THE MALE MODEL


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Houston’s Trevor Adams knows a thing or two about the male model industry. His eye-popping physique and Hollywood good looks opened the doors to high profile work in fitness magazines, music videos and even as an extra for WWE Wrestle Mania. His personal life intersected with his hobby of modeling in 2009 when he was offered the cover of the openly gay magazine INSTINCT. The accompanying article was a raw coming out interview in which Adams held nothing back. Two years later Trevor is still baring the brutal truth when it comes to his life and the reality of this industry.


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What is the latest on Trevor Adams?

Well I have pushed “modeling� to the back burner to pursue things in life that really count. Modeling has always been a hobby for me and not a job or even a career. Its good that I am able to work 9-5 as a Marketing V.P. for a mobile payments company and still have the free time to travel and pose for the camera, at my own leisure. I have done this for years now and have collected many great pictures that I have taken with many great photographers and have had a fantastic time doing so. This doesn’t mean that I will not get in front of the camera anymore, it just means that my shoots will be fewer and far between and with select photographers.


PHOTO: RICK DAY


PHOTO: RICK DAY


SCOTT HOOVER PHOTOGRAPHY

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What lead to your decision on modeling?

Preparing for a photo shoot is a very exhausting and expensive ordeal. If I took a look at what it cost me to travel to a shoot in certain parts of the U.S., versus the amount of money I may or may not make while doing a shoot; one could clearly see why modeling is a hobby for me and not something that pays the bills. You will still see refreshed images of Trevor Adams in the future but just not as many shoots.

PHOTO: RICK DAY


It’s been 2 years since you came out professionally and landed the cover of Instinct magazine...What kind of experience was that for you to reveal something so personal?

Quite honestly it seemed to be more of an “inspirational” thing for the fans that responded to this particular article. Most of the people that are gay are considered to be the “stereotype.” I didn’t really have any personal revelations to make and my overall goal was NOT to get people to reveal their inner sexual desires or to “out” themselves essentially, but to be aware of diversity in this world and to accept the fact that everyone is different and they should not discriminate against people for their differences. (continued on next page)


Lets understand one another, not recognizing gay people as citizens that can legally marry one another is ILLEGAL and is a violation of our constitution and the most blatant form of discrimination out there. In a bit of good news however, the largest city in the U.S., “New York City,� seemed to more liberal and understanding during this very painful time for many members of the gay and lesbian community by granting marriage rights to gays. I hope this is not overruled in the near future as it would be very counterproductive and a step back in time; very similar to the struggles that the African American community faced during the Civil Rights era. It completely blows my mind that it has even taken this long for certain cities to


implement marriage rights to gays and I can only hope that other cities will adopt this law soon. Best Advice you ever received while modeling:

“To go after the photographers that don’t go after you.” Worst Advice:

“You should model, you’ll make a lot of money.” (yeah right)

Get more information on Trevor Adams at www.trevoradamsgym.com


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S T RE NGT H is more than a muscular body. it is an intensity you can see in a man’s eyes that toughens up the tone of a photo . emmanuel of austin ... has that strength. not only in his stare but also in the frame of his physique. if you know this former bartender you know what a great smile and personality he carries. but i wanted to show more than that.

jewelry provided by chokerz 4 men

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jewelry provided by chokerz 4 men


for this shoot, i thought it was important to put emmanuel in a setting that played to his strength. the concrete, steel and structure gives his body an almost superhero quality. the final detail came from chokerz 4 men who sent the amazing neck piece you see in this layout. it adds a touch that is as masculine as it is decorative .

jewelry provided by chokerz 4 men chokerz4men.com


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A LOOK BACK This month’s cover shot is from a set I snapped almost 4 years ago. The cowboy riding this downtown wall is Tatum, a dancer whose brother I had photographed just a few months earlier. As we walked through alleyways near 4th Street, Tatum looked up, pulled out his bullwhip and mounted the brick. It was one of those great creative, spontaneous moments that sometimes happens between a photographer and his subject. A big thank you to Trevor Adams, Carlos at Ci3p Photography, Emmanuel and Chris. And to Don, my oh so supportive partner that always brings some silly into my life.

Patrick Mark

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PATRICK MARK EDITOR-IN-CHIEF editor@manofaustin.com MANofAUSTIN Magazine 2200 Panther Trl #208 AUSTIN TX 78704 All original articles, artwork and photography appearing in MAN of AUSTIN Magazine are property of MAN of AUSTIN Magazine and may not be reproduced without prior written consent. Photography submitted by models and/or photographers are the property of copyright holder and appear in MAN of AUSTIN Magazine with the permission of the model and/or photographer. The views expressed in editorial content do not necessarily reflect the views of the Publisher or Staff members. Appearance of someone’s name, image or Organization in MAN of Austin Magazine does not reflect or indicate their sexual orientation or the views of said Organization. Publisher and staff are not held responsible for advertisements or features that do not appear as scheduled in MAN of AUSTIN Magazine. All models appearing in MAN of AUSTIN Magazine are of age with proof on file or with the image’s contributing Photographer.

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MANofAUSTIN | Texas Male Photography July 2011