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MY BOYS, 20 Strangers and Lovers, Vol. 1. PARIS, is a photography book of artistic and erotic nudes, made up of 20 men’s portraits, offering an intimate and priviliged exposure. Each boy is revealed through a 16 pages series, associating portraits, anatomical details and suggestive poses. Photographed in their own places, their universe offers the authentic frame and the accessories used for the mise-en-scene at the same time. This work, with high-quality finishes, will contain 200 clichés presented on 320 pages.
We all know someone called Matthieu, Paul, or Julien, this boy who makes us fantasize. Chosen because of an encounter or a crush, there is no necessity of showing perfect bodies, but faces and looks which are inspiring. It is about studying the human body in its beauty and its small defects which make each one’s personality.
This first volume is initiator for a vaster one, ambitious but not pretentious. Benjamin Guillonneau, the photographer, would like to export this minimalist process to other cities. For this first volume, it’s quite naturally that he chose Paris, his city, where the meetings with exciting people contributed to initiate the project.
20 FIRST NAMES, 20 LIVES
MY BOYS is organized like a first names directory. To each model’s first name is associated a text, written as an erotic narratives, mixing intimate confessions and one-night stands. Inspired by images, etymology, or great men of this world, we raise a fictionalized portrait of each man and present, between glorified reality and poetic fiction, their generic personality. With MY BOY, you won’t see these first names, your first name, in the same way anymore. (All texts will be translated in French and in English).
Some of these boys already knew the lens of a photographer, for others it’s a new experience. However, for all, the complexity of a successful photography session lives in the confidence and the letting go, especially when you are naked. Thanks to this authorized voyeurism where sincerity, intimacy and excitement are key words, the human body became the best witness of life.
Almost all will go much further than planned in this personal introspection that is this nude exercise, agreeing to show their body without gene even with one certain pride, in the idea to be seen and arouse desire. MY BOYS is the promise of an “exciting” and wrongly autobiographical content of boys who are not afraid of anything.
This book will be a luxurious case dedicated to photo report. Advantageous dimensions, 24x34x3,5 cm, weighing 1,5 kilo, a thick hardcover with a leather finish , and a printing of engraved text mirrors (by hot silver), a silver edge old-books-style and a protecting varnish. Printed on 170gr paper, MY BOYS lines up in the category of beautiful art books, those whom we expose proudly in our bookcase, and those whom we offer to aesthetes.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Benjamin Guillonneau is art director and works in advertising, fashion and photo for more than 12 years. On a daily basis, he helps brands with their products’ valuation strategies and manages production and post-production via his communication agency. Managing director of RAISE for 6 years, photography, contemporary art and trends magazine, he collaborated with various photographers. Naturally and in a self-educated manner, he begins photo to put in images his own ideas. This book represents its first constructed, thoughtful and organized work as photographer. He chose a really vital theme for him, as much as drink, eat or sleep: the boys.
In this very personal project, he is joined by Florian Bardou for the texts-writing. He brings a new look, an outside look but more than anything a neutral look. The author doesn’t know “the boys” or their lives, he offers his own interpretation of images and names, without knowing what really connects every model to the photographer. Florian is a young independent web and print journalist, working for Slate.fr, Streetpress, Metronew, Trax or ça m’intéresse (and others). Past voice of LGBT press (Yagg and Têtu), he is especially passionate by social movements, environment, Americas, current music, but also attractive boys.
TIMELINES AND PRODUCTION
Already 12 boys (out of 20) have been shot. Next steps:
- May/June: Launch on KICKSTARTER (30 days) + Last 8 boys shooting, one will be selected via a social networks competition
- July/August: Editing of 200 pics + layout of the books + text writing + translation
- September: Printing
- October: Launch of the project + dotation post sending + vernissage and printing exhibition + launch of the website
This kickstarter will allow financing the printing of 500 copies minimum and goodies, the website’s creation, to pay the author for his texts, the translator, and the book’s layout. If the project overtakes his goals, it will allow increasing the edition and employing a press agent to promote the book launch and the private viewing exhibition.
By supporting MY BOYS via Kickstarters by buying in pre-order the book or the goodies, you will benefit from a 33 % discount on the book’s final price. You can also get yourselves 20 postcards, one for each boy, a tote bag which perfectly fits the book and can accompany you every day, and even condoms in effigy of the project. Each photography will be available in edition. And if you have always dreamed to strike the pose in front of a photographer (naked or dressed) by ego or to settle some complexes, because it helps, you can offer yourself a photography session with Benjamin Guillonneau.
AN AMBITION / A COLLECTION
MY BOYS is also a project in perpetual reinvention. That way, the photographer considers good to make his work travel all over the world. Every destination will give rise to a new volume, a reflection of a unique journey or city. Decline it to others countries, it’s also a way to prove that this is not a motionless project but an evolutionary one which will progress thanks to meetings. This first names guides will also become a social and cultural guide, offering you a panel of the most beautiful boys of each big city: Barcelona, London, Berlin or New York for example.
MY BOYS ON THE SOCIAL NETWORKS
To take part in the competition and become the last boy to participate to this first volume of MY BOYS portfolio and/or to obtain exclusivities on the project, follow us on :
• Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/myboysbook/
• Photographer’s instagram - https://www.instagram.com/bencmoi/
Florian for his texts, Samuel for this artistic direction, Vincent for the video, Charly for this expertises, Jérémy Whistler for his music, Andrea, Pierre and Olivier for the translation, Paul and Emeline for their expert eye, Fabien for his camera lend several months ago, Rémy and Florent for their apartments and of course all the boys in this book who granted me their confidence, their intimacy and their time.
Thanks for you love and your support <3
Risks and challenges
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