Composer Stephen Sondheim wrote a deceptively simple song for the 1970 musical “Company” called “Barcelona”…which comes immediately to mind when we see the lovely nude male photographs taken by LeBeau Foto. The men of Barcelona in his deceptively simple photos would be just the type we’d love to sing a wistful morning after duet with.
The song, which is a gem, is a duet between a man and the sweet but ditzy stewardess he just had a one-night stand with. It’s sweet and lilting and highlights the momentary fear single people feel when someone who was just a passer-by of love decides to stick around longer than expected. There would be no fear if the Spanish hunks in LeBeau’s unadorned black and white photographs decided to stay, since their simplicity, their pureness of spirit, makes them most arresting.
The project, according to LeBeau, features “natural” guys in Barcelona (meaning non-models) who are shot in fully natural light. He strictly avoids photoshop. What you see is exactly what you’ll get and we’d love to get it nightly. On the rare occasion when you see one of the sexy subject’s faces, you’ll note they are undeniably handsome, in that non-model, everyday guy, fully attainable way. Most of the photos are exquisitely detailed close-ups. Scrolling though LeBeau’s blog is like tenderly kissing each body part of a swaggering Spanish stud. You admire every curve and vein in the sweet, sleeping, uncircumcised cock. You focus on every strand of sexy pubic and tummy hair lightly or thickly dusting the man’s body. They are elegant and erotic without seeming “porny.”
No that there’s anything wrong with “porny” of course, but it’s always a delight to be reminded that the naked male, along with being jack-off worthy, really is one of nature’s most exquisite objects of art—as simultaneously simple and complex as a Sondheim song.
· LeBeau Foto: A Blog Made in Barcelona (www.lebeaufoto.tumblr.com)