Without a doubt, the greatest joy I have found in making 100 NUDE Shoots is in the amazing collaborations the project has given me the opportunity to make. It is LGBT Pride month, and no better time to present to you this transamerican collaboration, a nude manifesto and visual poem that is a photo series of me by photographer Yeu Sánchez, from Costa Rica, and interpreted and adorned with a 3-part poem by poet Dave Russo from the United States. It speaks of the freedom to be, to show oneself, naked, unharassed, unhindered, unspoiled, uncensored, unharnessed, unleashed. A statement and a stance against oppression, abuse, ignorance and control.
Dave Russo is a retired attorney enjoying a second career in the creative world. His personal philosophy about the non-finite nature of love and beauty of polyamorous relationships is deeply entrenched in his poetic work. He is a political activist, mentor and patron of the arts. Yeu Sánchez is a fashion photographer from Costa Rica who loves beautiful faces and human shapes. Having been extensively covering the brazilian fashion scene for the past few years, Yeu developed a special interest in male nude photography.
But enough talk. Here is “Pride”, a 3-part nude manifesto and visual poem by Dave Russo, Hugo and Yeu.
Why must I struggle for dignity
flanked by insults and peril.
The barriers along my path,
are erected by affected piety,
reflective of individuals
long-poisoned by pulpit,
quaint delusions of propriety.
You foster public condemnation,
with weapons of black ink to obscure,
scissors to censor,
urgency to protect the unharmed
and redeem the sinless.
The blind and timid
shake their heads,
clatter in frenzied indignation.