Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Restricted Area: Drew by Photos by BIRON

After the swim meet has ended, the adrenaline flows....

When I was in Jr High, swimming was a twice weekly part of my life. During the school year, we bused into the city to go to the inside public pool, in the summer I spent many days at the outdoor pool at the boat club. As a young teen coming to terms with his sexuality, the swimming pool locker room brought on conflicting emotions. Waves of both excitement and fear gushed through my body at the prospect of entering the locker room after a swim.

It was exciting of course to be in a room where classmates, friends and strangers were stripping naked all around me. It was also terrifying at times, thinking about where to look, how much to look and most of all, not I was looking. My only real view of the naked male form at the time, other than my own, was the odd issue of Playgirl magazine that I get my hands on. But those bodies were adults, and perfect. It was in those pool's locker room and showers where I first saw bodies and body parts of different shapes, sizes and colors. The locker room wasn't just a place to change or shower, but for many of us, it was a place to learn.

I am not sure what I would have done if I encountered someone as breathtaking as model Drew Bacchae in that locker room, but thanks to Photos by BIRON, I get to imagine. Biron's work first appeared on FH back in 2011, (Content Warning) and some of you might remember Drew from a piece from 2014. (Fluidity & Grace) Drew has a beautifully direct and open way of presenting his body and sensuality which parallels beautifully with the Biron's honest and unapologetic stye of capturing the male form.

Biron has captured over 150 images of Drew in the restricted area, but welcomes everyone to come in and enjoy them. Drew invites viewers to enjoy both his body, and his time in locker room and his eyes and facial expressions indicate he enjoys, being enjoyed. Biron has compiled those 150+ images in a digital flip book on his site, that is free to all who enjoy his work, and all who would enjoy encountering Drew in the restricted area. Check out all of the book HERE:

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