Male Author Portrait
The natural light, the informal situations, and boys that Mano selects make of his project a photographic statement of the artist’s perspective on the male erotic nude and the author’s photography.
How male erotic photography has developed throughout history it is of great interest for Mano. Only since the 70s artists began to represent naked men’s bodies from a plastic point of view, without any justification about the nature of their works. Until then, that tendency existed, but always hidden. In this sense, Mano’s work arises as a result of mixing his interest in the history of eroticism, in the representation of the male body in art, and in the attraction he feels for a certain type of masculine beauty.
One can not fail to mention the admiration that Mano feels for other male erotic photographers, which it’s led him to become part of this group of artists. His/their photography is a celebratory of the male body. Warhol, Pierre et Gilles, Bacon, Mapplethorpe, Weber, Ritts are, for Mano, those who first channel this tendency and helped to reach the first steps towards true freedom of expression and normalization of both eroticism and male nude in Art. .
Painting, either erotic or pornographic, was classified as Art and exhibited in museums, but photography was limited to private consumption. The representation of the reality through photography made artists to adopt the existing codes in other plastic arts, always citing Classical Antiquity, for the distribution of their work. Despite this, all that masked male erotic photography from 1839 to 1969 set guidelines and broke taboos, and it has influenced what is done today, not only at artistic level but also in advertising. It could be said that the male erotic without justifications in photography returns to Art the place it occupied before the arrival of Christianity, before the arrival of the prohibitions.
Mano’s portraits speak of himself and his gaze through other bodies. On the anatomy of his models he puts his desires and his feelings, seizes his gestures and, until a certain point, vampirizes them to capture in image the condensation of this experience.
Sometimes it is only voyeurism, others to take the male nude out of the closet and to represent man as an object, as the new pin up in the context of a new reality in which the different masculinities are increasingly visible.