Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Inspiring Collabaoration: QABradford by YogaBear Studio

'It’s always a pleasure to work with someone with such a perfect physique, matched by a artistic approach to posing. It really was an inspiring collaboration.'

Although the male form is without a doubt the theme that drives FH, most who check in each day, know that it is the writer and creator within me that provides the fuel. That being said, it is always welcomed when the artists I profile also have a passion for writing and as you can, and will read, writing is just the beginning of the many passions that fuel Qamar Bradford.

David describes him as very driven, with a strong spiritual practice which the San Diego photographer shares brought a surge of creativity to the session. Within his work with David, Qamar channelled all of his passions creating an artistic depiction of the male form, strong, confident and powerful Qamar is soulful and spiritual, sensual and both sexually energized and knowing.

A Japanese language major and art minor in his undergraduate, Qamar specialized in comic books arts, pen and ink, computer coloring and graphic design. His many experiences culminated in studying at Osaka University of Arts where he began modeling. Qamar says that the rest now history, and poised him with his current career as an artistic collaborator, developer and marketer with, Qamar's personal studio which offers a a multitude of professional services.

Qamar on David and YogaBear Studio....

'I was first introduced to David through the male nude yogis Robert Grebleho, and then Timothy Schultheis of North Park Yoga. What I immediately noticed was David’s Japanese influence Jiraiya of G-Men Magazine. Since my community college years, after I took my first sexual psychology course, I began seeking what I could call a “sexual enlightenment”.'

'It’s beyond obvious that with all the divorce rates, alimony issues, rape cases, domestic violence, human trafficking, LGBTQIA legal battles, etc. many people in society use sex and gender at the expense of others. So I felt the class expanded my capacity for understanding. Additionally, I was heavily into Japanese language and I stumbled across a website called Books Rose--probably now defunct. But it introduced me to the world of Japanese homoerotica and gay culture including video companies and other artists like Gengoroh Tagame. Jiraiya is an artist who often illustrated covers for the Japanese gay periodical G-Men.'

'When I saw David’s art, there was a striking similarity and I was absolutely interested. As an artist myself, I could see his detailed eye for tonality, hue and photorealism and I was beyond thrilled to work with him. He was also very complimentary about my physique, which funny enough, although I work hard on it, compliments are a difficult thing to come by. I think especially in gay culture is easy because it's ok to be honest about the attraction to a well crafted figure, but in heterosexual culture it can only be said with a caveat if said at all. '

'What I liked most about David’s style is that not only could he pull off an Americanized feel Jiraiya in pin-up, his range broadens into artistic, painting realistic imagery. Rather than just ultra smooth touch ups, he produces interpretations reminiscent of Boris Vallejo oils. His skill is incredible and if the masses weren't as censoring of the male form, his work would popularly sell for high values in my opinion.'

Qamar on Masculinism...

'The world has a history of hierarchy and not just women suffer from male chauvinism and oppression, but men do to. I think in adopting thoughtfully integrating into masculine culture, there are valuable benefits of fraternity, camaraderie, social support, loyalty and even healthy and satisfying sexual expression. Masculinism is the other side of feminism and both are a means of fighting misanthropism. As an artist and performer I’m curious about real athletes, law enforcement, bad boys, etc. with unapologetically masculine traits, but also unafraid from the most intimate details of homosocial culture.'

'My experience in Japan gave me insight on how close men can be. And I think the sexual revolution creates a culture in the USA in which we can be closer. I like that. I think the world needs to see how tender and inoffensive it can be and how civilization--aqueducts, militias, arts--was built from those relationships. I feel the premature competition to reproduce and dominate interfere with our country’s ability to compete internationally in some ways. I think making sure that we men can express ourselves and still be respected as men is integral.'

'I also think that our cocks are beautiful and are unfairly censored and designated as obscene. Modesty is an honorable concept, but in a locker room, a group of guys, etc. shyness about your body is more an issue of isolation. It makes me wonder are we isolating ourselves or is society isolating the acceptability of masculinity. I think homosexuality and gay relationships is our real and organic training ground for learning tenderness, sultriness, seduction and sexual creativity before actually engaging in reproductive courtship.'

Qamar on Health and Fitness...

'My athletic background is in martial arts, yoga and then physique building. I practised Korean Karate for twelve years earning my second degree black belt. My instructor was also cross trained in yoga and hypnosis which gave me a strong foundation in meditation and stretching. I eventually moved toward weightlifting. I feel at home in a locker, gym and with other guys, grooming, pumping, etc. And I find those huge muscled bodybuilders and towering athletes irresistibly attractive.'

'In my maturity I’ve grown to love the beauty of my own physiology and that my real goal is longevity. The most important thing is that just like sex, muscle is a capacity that if you don’t use it, you lose it. Myosin and actin proteins make up your muscle and muscle not maintained naturally atrophies and comes out in our urine. Therefore I see exercise as religious and I try toward the gym daily if my schedule permits.'

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1 comment:

Michael A. Deer / Pride of Paradise Photography said...

Very well done!