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These Nude Photos Are Helping Men Get Over Their Body Issues

August 1st 2016

By:
Laura Donovan

Male body image insecurities are often overlooked in society, but one Montreal-based photographer is tackling this issue through a series of nude male photos.

Jean Mailloux, a photographer in Canada, recently opened up to Queerty about taking photos of nude men to combat his decades-long body image issues. Several of the photographed men described their own body images issues as well, he said. Most of them are regular people — not models by profession.

Jean Mailloux Flickr

“I had a very poor self-image until I was in my 30s,” Mailloux told Queerty. “Eventually I became more confident with my own body and learned to like who I am. I would say that a large number of the men I photograph have had same issues. I often discuss that with them.”

Jean Mailloux Flickr

Mailloux told ATTN: via email that he is most interested in photographing people who are "natural and true," and that he wants to show male vulnerability and sadness.

Jean Mailloux Flickr

Mailloux noted that a lot of men are insecure about their appearances because of "perfect" male bodies frequently depicted in media.

Jean Mailloux Flickr

Jean Mailloux Flickr

Queerty also noted that the images are powerful displays of "homoerotic art."

Jean Mailloux Flickr

Jean Mailloux Flickr

Here are some positive and supportive reactions to Mailloux's artwork:

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ATTN: reached out to Mailloux for further comment and will update this story if he responds.

You can check out more of his work on his Flickr page. His artwork has been featured in galleries across Quebec.

[H/T Queerty]