Photographer Luke Austin uncovers the beauty of men relaxing in the raw.
Los Angeles based photographer Luke Austin is something of an Instagram sensation. He gained popularity after sharing adventures with the world as he photographed and connected with his followers. Along the way, he fell in love got married and achieved commercial success as a working photographer.
Though he has quite the following on Instagram, it’s Austin’s booklets that helped become incredibly successful. He’s published more than half a dozen books featuring images of men unwinding unclothed. Austin told Paper magazine, “It was originally just a fun little idea that I never expected it to get as big as it did,” says Austin. “But people really responded to them and its been fun being able to continue the series.”
Austin occasionally works with professional models. However, most of the time he shoots his friends or guys he finds scrolling through social media. “I’ve always preferred shooting the ‘regular’ guy as opposed to professionals,” states Austin, “because there’s that little resulting awkwardness that really works in the photo.”
There’s a voyeuristic quality to Austin’s natural, unposed images, which seldom feature macho men. “I like softening the macho, and I think it’s refreshing to see muscle guys shot like that,” remarks Austin. “No posing, no flexing — just beautiful shots of the naked male body.”
Explore some of his hot shots below, and, if you’d like to see more of his work, visit his website.