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Well, I did it... and it was amazing.
Photos by Lee Baxter for Naked Boys Reading.
See previous post: Naked Boys Reading: True North
I'm not sure I could explain clearly the difference between portraits and headshots but I recently did a summer evening shoot in the side streets of Salford with Tony Gibbons, an actor and headshot photographer. He was doing a limited number of TFP shoots to test out a new lens. Here are a couple of the images from Tony's selection.
Tony was really easy to work with and I'm really pleased with the results. And he seems to be as talented an actor as he is a photographer.
Once our selection of the best shots has been properly edited - and I'm happy to say there are a good fifteen I really like from his basic edit - I will hopefully publish some more in the Modelling galleries on the main page.
It's good to challenge yourself, right?
I first became aware of Naked Boys Reading, the London-based literary salon event featuring - naked boys reading - a few months ago. I considered the idea of taking part myself maybe, in London, and had a look at their website to see if it was possible or what it might entail, especially as most of the readers are performers, performance artists, writers and porn boys.
Anyway, while perusing the site I spotted a gem of information: they were planning an event in Manchester.
Before I knew it I had emailed Bren O'Callaghan, the curator of the Manchester event - scheduled to be part of the Manchester Pride Fringe Festival - expressing my interest and with details of my performance CV. And I was in. That was a few months ago.
Naked Boys Reading: True North is this Friday (15 August).
Whilst completely happy with the idea of taking part, I admit to having a mild panic attack when the event went live on Facebook. When my name appeared on the event pages and digital poster. Somehow 'a great idea' suddenly seemed very real.
I am excited at the prospect, but in many ways NBR is the biggest performance challenge I have yet set myself. Firstly, there is no safety in numbers. It will be just me - one of five readers - with a microphone, under lights, in front of a paying audience. This is scary. Naked. And Reading. I'm pretty confident as a silent performer. But reading?
I'm now just days away. I have practised my reading. I have even practised my reading naked. I am going to do this. I really am. And if I fuck it up I will do it with humour and good grace. Obviously, I hope I will be amazing. I hope it will open doors and cement productive new relationships. And I get to be photographed by Lee Baxter, the offical Manchester event photographer, an amazing photographer who would not under normal circumstances have any cause to shoot me.
Let's see if I really am a performer. Maybe I can start to drop referring to myself as a 'performance art participant'.
NB: Not wishing to shatter any illusions, for this event, as usual for performance work, I'm doing this under my own name, not the Tim Peters brand.
Adam Wilson Holmes is an emerging fine artist from the north east of England. I met him in London in early-2014 when he arrived as a participant for Adam James' Jerwood Open Forest performances.
A very confident, likeable, unpretentious young man, he was very easy to get along with and I liked him immediately. Although we only met a few times - that first one-day workshop, the two-day intensive forest workshop, and the final performance that featured the full group of 20+ performers - we kept in touch via social media and talked quite early on about maybe working together in the future.
A gifted illustrator, Adam Wilson Holmes is also ambitiously working with performance, installation and performance - whilst still completing his fine art BA - all parallels with Adam James' practice.
Having already expressed an interest in performing with or for him, when Adam was planning to use group performance for his final degree show, it was an easy decision to support him and make the journey to Sunderland.
I won't say that much about the actual performance, as it is one of those pieces of work that is tenuous in its permanence. It leaves only a physical structure (that will be dismantled within a week) and the memory of what took place for the performers, Adam himself, and those people lucky enough to see a major new piece of work by a young artist I am sure is going places - even if they didn't realise it at the time. In fact, even during the performance there was much discussion and controversy even, over whether anything was taking place at all. Word of the show show featuring male nudity seemed to spread rapidly through the building and afterwards there seemed to be a sense that Adam Wilson Holmes had created the most controversial piece in the 2014 Degree Show 'Em Em Ex Ivy'.
NUDE MODELS/PERFORMERS WANTED (MEN - SLIM, AVERAGE OR MUSCULAR BUILD)
Nude male performers needed on the 13th of June 2014 and on several dates for the 2 or 3 weeks in leading up to that date for a performance art installation at Sunderland University. The performance will take place inside a 1ft space between a series of walls, involving between one and twenty performers at a time, depending on the preferences of each performer regarding interaction between other performers and the audience. It is not necessarily essential for the audience to see the performers.
Tim Peters is a UK-based mature photographic model and performer in photographic, performance and situational art installations.