Before I comment on this shot, you know the drill: message me if you want in on a sweet deal on my upcoming photo book about the Venice Beach culture. Now about this photograph: This is a candid backstage scene from the latest Muscle Beach body building contest on Labor Day. An aspect of the contest that fascinated me was the couples who participated in the contest and obviously shared this passion of body building. Here you're looking at a middle aged husband and wife who are obviously pretty serious about their hobby: They came all the way from Spain for the event and are getting themselves ready to go on stage. You can see by their bodies that a fair amount of steroids was involved over a long time and didn't leave the same marks on the husband than it did on his wife. Judging by their interactions they looked like a very sweet affectionate couple. What I love about this image is the gender bending aspect with the woman looking very masculine and the man looking effeminate with his delicate use of the fan despite his massive build. Enjoy this image and feel free to sign-up for my upcoming (free!) talk at the B&H Event Space on October 25. You can livestream the event but you need to sign-up for free using the link in my bio.
It’s hard wanting to take a cute pic of your friend but then they end up refusing because they think they don’t look good enough for one. But you’re just standing there wanting to strangle them because you think they always look beautiful.