Any skinny man who falls in love with a painter will one day be asked to pose nude. This man may wave away such a request, may protest on the grounds of modesty (when he means "insecurity"), may say that he'll do it if he can wear briefs, or even suggest that his painter-lover find someone else. (He will not recognize, at first, the obvious complication of telling his own boyfriend to stare at some other naked man.) But the painter will continue to beg, then pout, demand, and argue--painters always argue--and in this way, he will prevail. The skinny man may be able to negotiate: he may, for example, specify acceptable poses, ones that don't reveal everything or look pornographic or show his face. The painter will agree to all terms because he knows that when he's taking photos in the spare bedroom, which is also his studio, he can shoot anything he pleases without the skinny man really knowing the difference, as he is on the other side of the lens, sitting there, naked.
To read the rest of "Look at Me," pick up a copy of vol. 8, no. 1 in our webstore. And don't forget, if you sign up for a 1-year subscription, you get vol. 8, no. 1 for free!