Every year we try to take two vacations during the summer season. We have a solid reason for it as well. We work hard during the year and know that the first days of a summer vacation are spent in catching up. In taking that so much needed rest. So some years ago we decide to break up our vacation in two. The first trip is supposed to be to slow down, the second to reload. And so here I am, in the middle of my first break. It’s been a good one so far. We’ve come with friends, we met old friends over here and we are making new friends on the way as well. We are relaxing, building up a tan and we are having fun. Vacation is important and I wish everyone had the possibility to take one or two. More than the end of the year festivities, I believe a summer vacation is the time when you stop running and take time to reflect.
This month is kind of special for us. This month is the first month of the 10th year of BeautifulMag’s existence. Next year around this time we can proudly say we have survived a full decennia. We started in a time when blogging was new and exciting and everyone did it. Many came and just as many went. People blogged about everything they could possibly think of. We simply decided to focus on what we liked and share that with you, hoping you would like it too. Male photography. Sure, we took some side streets in the beginning, reviewed films and books, talked about artists and fashion. But male photography has always been our passion. Needless to say, it still is.
In the past 9 years lots has changed. We haven’t so much though. We still strive to bring you a variety of male photographers and male photography. Something for everyone. BeautifulMag has undergone some changes of course. It is the way things go. It has been an incredible journey in which we look back on some very exciting and interesting things we have done. Interviews, photo shoots, big projects such as The Prophecy, sponsorships and parties. BeautifulMag has become an understanding. And with the introduction of our cover features the blog transformed itself into a real digital photo magazine, including a 2-weekly editor’s letter that gives us the opportunity to not only talk about photo’s and concept, but also shine a light on other things that are maybe less beautiful, but very important. Such as homosexuality, equality, human rights and AIDS.
Not many of you know probably that BeautifulMag was born as a passion and has stayed that way through the years. It is not a job. It is an activity that we do next to our daily job. But we do it with love. We do it for you because we know you love it. And we do it for us because we love to share with you. This month is the first month of our 10th year. We haven’t thought much about it yet, but we started to do it now, while being on vacation and while having this valuable reflection time. We will stand still by the fact while we move on, slowly but surely, to the anniversary date in 2015. We will offer you another SEX Edition (no we didn’t forget about it) and probably more. But most of all, we will continue to offer you beautiful images of beautiful men, created by beautiful artists. Doing that, sharing with you and making sure that those artists are recognized for their talent… that is what BeautifulMag is all about. It has been and will continue to be. –BM-
Cover photography by Logan Noh.
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