Manscapes – a showcase of male nudes against beautiful Australian landscapes.
Byron Bay based artist John Bortolin’s passion for landscapes and male nudes has come together in an exquisite 2019 Calendar to raise awareness of men’s mental health and building support for men in need.
My Manscapes 2019 Calendar is a tribute to some of my friends who have lost their lives to suicide. It makes me more determined to make a change for men who suffer with mental health issues, whether it be from raising awareness through my posts and sales of the Calendars, to making these guys feel better about themselves from the images I take of them.
I do love showing a guy what others see through a picture. A side they don't see in themselves. Sometimes we all need a reminder of how fabulous we are. Most of the men that model for me are non professional models that live around the Byron Bay region and its surrounding towns. Manscapes 2019 Calendar is donating part of the profits to QUAC (QLD Aids Council), who will allocate the funds to mens mental health causes.
This year I’ve proud to be working with the charity Quac. Their mission is to enable lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people to increase control over and improve their health, as a resource for social, economic and personal development and an important dimension of quality of life. Money raised will be allocated to mental health.
For the last 4 years I’ve had the privilege to photograph their Balls Out Bing Fundraising calendars which feature the boys from the Balls Out Bingo nights at the Sportsmans Hotel in Brisbane. The Quac Calendars can be purchased from Quac’s website.
I'd like to thank the men who have participated in my Manscapes projects. Your support is paving the way for men to be able to speak up and express their feelings. In many ways getting naked in front of a camera is very symbolic of a stripping away of ego and fear.
If I could make any difference to any of these young men, or the people who look at the book, then I would be honouring Rhys and all of those men who feel trapped, unsupported and unable to express themselves.
Even though I’ve always loved what I do, I feel now that I have somehow uncovered my true purpose.