Everything To Sea’s Eddie Rahadian talked with Patrick Emmanuel, the founder of MaleBodyPoetry.net, in which he rejoices both male nudity and the beauty of nature. Check out our Q&A with the Hilderbeg-based guy below.
Can you tell us more about yourself? Where did you grow up? Perhaps tell us about your childhood?
I was born in Chicago as the son of a Swiss father and an Austrian mother. When I was three, I came to Germany, to Heidelberg. My father was a father at university, so he was called there. I grew up in Germany, so I feel more or less like a German.
My childhood was kind of Christian, and also I developed a strong personal relationship with God. Which then led to the fact that I gave my life to God. Through this, I started to do a spiritual ministry for several decades, which means 25 years, with like-minded people, who, like me, were thinking in a very anti-institutional way. In a way, it was different from the usual Christian setting; but at the same time, many of the teachings were very conservative and classical, such as the rejection of homosexuality, so I didn’t live my homosexuality until I was 47. I was still a virgin.
When did you realize that you wanted to do what you’re doing right now?
Maybe I should separate that into parts. The first part was when I was kicked out of this spiritual ministry. I then started the journey to find myself, looking for conversion therapy and finally ending up with the gay community and embracing my sexuality. This was the first part.
The second part was not only about homosexuality but also sexuality as a whole, because I had always seen it as something negative. I was not able to live it because in my world only heterosexual marriage was the only way to live your sexuality. So for me, it was a very important step to embrace that when I started to accept my sexuality for the first time with a good conscience and praising God, celebrating it.
The third part was what I could refer to when you say, “What am I doing right now?”. When you refer to my photographic work… it was through several very deep psychedelic trips that I realized that I don’t want to do anything that is not totally myself. I’m also no longer taking into consideration whether people think this is appropriate or not appropriate because it is just myself. I always like to be naked in nature. I always like to take pictures. And nude pictures, I already did that when I was 17. But of course, I wouldn’t allow myself to publish anything like that or even show it to somebody. It was only through these deep inner experiences that I broke through to do it. And I realized that people would not diminish their appreciation of me; it’s the opposite. They liked people who honestly and authentically live who they are.
Tell us more about Body Poetry…
When I started to do my photography, I soon realized that what I was interested in was to display the beauty of the male body and the surrounding reality, most of the time in nature. These two kinds coming together, I believe, speaks about something beyond the visible. Because where does beauty come from? It shows a reality or a harmony that’s beyond. This is my real interest in naked pictures.
For many people, including myself for many years, nudity and also sexuality is considered dirty, something to be hidden. It was so important in my coming out process to realize that in reality, [sexuality] is something wonderful, something to have a positive attitude about, something I can celebrate. This is the reason why I also like to put nudity or even eroticism sometimes into a holy context, where everybody knows that this cannot be profane or vulgar because if it was, it would be total blasphemy.
Recently, I took pictures at a cemetery like this. I think it’s a message in itself. About the name, when I started to do it, I had a friend who is a poet and said, “This is like poetry.” So then I was thinking of a name like Body Poetry. It already existed on the internet, so I took Male Body Poetry as I am clearly focusing on the male form. This is how it was created.
I just realized that at a certain point that I did have the desire to share these pictures, because I consider them as art. So when it was about sharing on the internet, I simply wanted the pictures to be traced back to me, that it was clear where they came from, because everything on the Internet is shared around. So I needed a name and this is how Male Body Poetry was created.
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