Naming his Essence

(Sexually suggestive, but not explicit.)

From Daily Jocks on 9/14, with its ad copy (which an Austraian friend found deeply embarrassing) and my caption:


Aussie Essence captures the spirit of living in the great land of Australia. From sweating it out on the land, to closing the big deal in the city and catching all the waves in between, we celebrate the diversity of backgrounds we all come from whilst being proud of the aussie culture.

Sweating on the station, he was known as
Ned (the Outlaw) — in the city, where he was
Made by tons of Aussies, they called him
AbsFab and PecMate — on Bondi Beach he was just
Salty Dog


station. From the Macquarie Dictionary (1981):

a privately-owned rural establishment for raising sheep or cattle

Ned Kelly. From Wikipedia:

Edward “Ned” Kelly (December 1854 – 11 November 1880) was an Australian bushranger of Irish descent.

… Arrested in 1870 for associating with bushranger Harry Power, Kelly was first convicted of stealing horses and imprisoned for three years. He fled to the bush in 1878 after being indicted for the attempted murder of a police officer at the Kelly family’s home. After he, his brother Dan, and two associates fatally shot three policemen, the Government of Victoria proclaimed them outlaws. [Kelly was captured and executed by hanging in 1880]

… Despite the passage of more than a century, he remains a cultural icon, inspiring countless works in the arts, and is the subject of more biographies than any other Australian. Kelly continues to cause division in his homeland: some celebrate him as Australia’s equivalent of Robin Hood, while others regard him as a murderous villain undeserving of his folk hero status.

Gay Sydney. A photo of the Gay Bar, on Oxford Street in Sydney:


In your face, mate.

Bondi Beach. A publicity photo for S1 E6 (2006) of the tv show Bondi Rescue:


From Wikipedia:

Bondi Rescue is an Australian factual television programme which is broadcast on Channel Ten. The programme, which has aired since 2006, follows the daily lives and routines of the Waverley Council professional lifeguards who patrol Bondi Beach [in Sydney].

This brings me to Paul Freeman, the premiere chronicler of Aussie man-meat, notably in two series of high quality b&w male photography: an Outback series — Outback, Outback – Currawong Creek, Outback Brumby, Outback Bushmen, Outback Dusk — and a Bondi series — Bondi Classic, Bondi Urban, Bondi Work, Bondi Road:


From Freeman’s own (self-aggrandizing) website, announcing his latest book:

Paul Freeman is one of the most admired photographers of his generation, an important and astute recorder of the contemporary male nude with a style that is undeniably his own. His latest book, Outback Dusk, is a collection of over one hundred and eighty fine art nude photographic portraits of men captured in Australian outback settings.

(I have the first two Bondi books. Dramatically posed, high-masculinity images. Now quite expensive: $150 USD from Freeman’s site, somewhat less from Amazon.)

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