THERE ARE MANY REASONS TO WATCH SPORTS ON TV. SOME PEOPLE LIKE TO WATCH BECAUSE THEY SIMPLY ARE SPORTS FANATICS. OTHERS WATCH BECAUSE IT IS A GREAT WAY TO PASS TIME WITH FRIENDS AND BOOZE. THERE ARE ALSO THOSE WHO LOVE WATCHING SPORTS BECAUSE IT MAKES THEM FEEL MORE ATHLETIC, EVEN THOUGH THEY DON’T LIFT A FOOT, EXCEPT FOR THE NECESSARY WALKS TO THE FRIDGE. AND THAN THERE ARE THOSE WHO LIKE TO WATCH SPORTS SIMPLY BECAUSE THE ATHLETES LOOK SO AMAZING. I HAVE TO ADMIT, I AM PART OF THAT LAST CATEGORY.
I know it is a stereotype. Many gay men love to watch soccer. Not so much for the game itself, but more for those 22 men who are playing it. Their strong legs, their firm buttocks, the way they move – especially in slow motion – and the way they jump and hug each other if for some unidentifiable reason a ball arrives in a net so big it is hard to miss in the first place. I admit, it can be exciting. Enthralling. I even dare to say for some it is a great foreplay. Personally I’m not such a fan of the game, and though the players can look hot, they just move to fast for me to even get an idea of what they really look like. No, my kind of sport is swimming.
Swimmers are by definition the most sexy athletes out there. If not for anything else, than for sure due to the fact they simply don’t wear anything but the tiniest swimming brief. All in the spirit of less is faster. The sport by itself guarantees a dry muscled, strong body. It is exciting to seE them arriving. It is stirring to see them taking their place on their individual blocks, their bodies tense and full of adrenaline and their gaze hidden behind dark goggles. It is exhilarating to see them dive, cutting the water like a knife and gaining speed with long impressive strokes. It is electrifying to see the first ones arrive, expressions of victory on their young, masculine faces. And it is arousing to see them walk away from the pool, the water shining on their skin and their wet hair glistening in the artificial lighting. Yes, if it comes to sports, swimming is definitely my thing. So just imagine how jubilant I was when Thomas arrived in our mailbox.
Thomas is 27 years old and French. In fact, he lives in Paris, which proofs the fact that you don’t always have to go far to find something good. As you can see on these photos, Thomas is in the very happy possession of a fantastic body. Something that doesn’t happen overnight, obviously. In Thomas’ case, he owes his muscular shape to years and years of swim training. And his physique isn’t the only thing he owes to training. Thomas is also a formal French National Swim Champion (drumroll please). Not sure if he still swims, but for todays’ set of photographs that is rather irrelevant.
Especially for Sydney based photographer Paul Smollen, ex-swim champ Thomas placed himself in several enticing poses both on bed and floor. According to Paul the shoot was a simple one in ambient light in the bedroom. Whether this bedroom was in Paris, Sydney or somewhere in between is not known to us, but that too seems unimportant. What is important is that Paul shot Thomas without any artificial light and the floor space and soft bed allowed Thomas to take natural poses. Paul choose crisp white sheets and rug to be a perfect backdrop that doesn’t distract and allows us to focus entirely on Thomas. The headphone is a nice accessory but also gave Thomas the possibility to react to the music and for Paul to capture those moments. A great setting, by a great photographer. Now as a swim fan I secretly admit that even without the sheets, rug and headphone, I would not have had any trouble focussing entirely on Thomas. And the fact he poses as he dresses to swim, with just a tiny protection of his groin – well – it just intensifies the fantasy, doesn’t it. –BM-