I Am Ben IV
I Am Ben IV

Male nude by troy schooneman

“I Am Ben” is a series of portraits that reflects upon the renaissance of the human spirit following childhood trauma caused by bullying and psychological abuse. Specifically, the portrait subject of the series is a 20-year-old man from the United Kingdom who was regularly taunted, beaten and bullied during his formative years in rural England simply because he was born with red hair and a pale complexion.  Ben recounted to me how he was frequently taunted and, on occasion, even spat at while walking to and from school – all because he looked different from the other children.  The scars of this childhood bullying ran deep and it took Ben many years before he was able to regain his self-confidence.

 

Anyone who has been the subject of bullying understands all too well the sense of despair that often descends into a frightening hopelessness and lack of self-confidence.  Many young people who are bullied become withdrawn from their peers and from their family - and thus often experience a deep sense of loneliness and isolation, unable to talk about the source of their sadness. 

 

My aim with these portraits was first to show Ben his unique beauty by accentuating the very things that caused him to be taunted – his red hair and pale complexion.  I then asked Ben to recall the range of emotions that he experienced both during and after his childhood ordeal – from confusion, isolation, despair and ultimately self-acceptance.   “I Am Ben” aims to celebrate the beauty of human diversity and shows us that, despite trauma, the human spirit is capable of great strength and, ultimately, of renaissance.

 

Interestingly, Ben is now a primary school teacher.  He works hard to instill in his pupils a sense of self-confidence and self-worth and teaches them the importance of, and indeed, to celebrate, human diversity in all of its many manifestations.

The Betrayal
The Betrayal
Memories of Avignon
Memories of Avignon

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Ode to Nietzsche
Ode to Nietzsche

Ode to Nietzsche is a beautiful religious-themed male nude photograph by Australian artist Troy Schooneman is available for purchase as a fine art limited edition print signed and numbered by the artist.

Harrison
Harrison
The Last Marquess
The Last Marquess

The Last Marquess is a beautiful contemporary male nude photograph by Australian artist Troy Schooneman

The Carpathian
The Carpathian
I Am Ben
I Am Ben

“I Am Ben” is a series of portraits that reflects upon the renaissance of the human spirit following childhood trauma caused by bullying and psychological abuse. Specifically, the portrait subject of the series is a 20-year-old man from the United Kingdom who was regularly taunted, beaten and bullied during his formative years in rural England simply because he was born with red hair and a pale complexion.  Ben recounted to me how he was frequently taunted and, on occasion, even spat at while walking to and from school – all because he looked different from the other children.  The scars of this childhood bullying ran deep and it took Ben many years before he was able to regain his self-confidence.

 

Anyone who has been the subject of bullying understands all too well the sense of despair that often descends into a frightening hopelessness and lack of self-confidence.  Many young people who are bullied become withdrawn from their peers and from their family - and thus often experience a deep sense of loneliness and isolation, unable to talk about the source of their sadness. 

 

My aim with these portraits was first to show Ben his unique beauty by accentuating the very things that caused him to be taunted – his red hair and pale complexion.  I then asked Ben to recall the range of emotions that he experienced both during and after his childhood ordeal – from confusion, isolation, despair and ultimately self-acceptance.   “I Am Ben” aims to celebrate the beauty of human diversity and shows us that, despite trauma, the human spirit is capable of great strength and, ultimately, of renaissance.

 

Interestingly, Ben is now a primary school teacher.  He works hard to instill in his pupils a sense of self-confidence and self-worth and teaches them the importance of, and indeed, to celebrate, human diversity in all of its many manifestations.

The Other Crucifixion II
The Other Crucifixion II
The Stagehand II
The Stagehand II
Brayan, 22, France
Brayan, 22, France
After Weston
After Weston
Blue Narcissus
Blue Narcissus

Fine art male nude photography by Troy Schooneman.

The Final Reckoning
The Final Reckoning
The Young Olympian
The Young Olympian
The Haitian Youth
The Haitian Youth
The Madman
The Madman
The King in the North
The King in the North

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White Rodin
White Rodin
The iPhone Age
The iPhone Age
Philip of Pompeii
Philip of Pompeii
Ilya, 25, Israel
Ilya, 25, Israel
Portrait of Victor Morrow
Portrait of Victor Morrow
The Fourth Element
The Fourth Element
The Animus
The Animus
Blue Boy
Blue Boy
The Wandering Soul
The Wandering Soul

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The Utopian Soldier IX
The Utopian Soldier IX

The Utopian Soldier IX is a fine art male photograph by Troy Schooneman that is part of a collection of male portraits focused on the sport of Muay Thai.  All of the portrait subjects in the series are professional Muay Thai fighters.

 

The Soul Catcher
The Soul Catcher

The Soul Catcher is a beautiful fine art male portrait by Australian photographer Troy Schooneman

Perfect Timing
Perfect Timing
The Reclining Nude II
The Reclining Nude II
I Am Ben III
I Am Ben III

“I Am Ben” is a series of portraits that reflects upon the renaissance of the human spirit following childhood trauma caused by bullying and psychological abuse. Specifically, the portrait subject of the series is a 20-year-old man from the United Kingdom who was regularly taunted, beaten and bullied during his formative years in rural England simply because he was born with red hair and a pale complexion.  Ben recounted to me how he was frequently taunted and, on occasion, even spat at while walking to and from school – all because he looked different from the other children.  The scars of this childhood bullying ran deep and it took Ben many years before he was able to regain his self-confidence.

 

Anyone who has been the subject of bullying understands all too well the sense of despair that often descends into a frightening hopelessness and lack of self-confidence.  Many young people who are bullied become withdrawn from their peers and from their family - and thus often experience a deep sense of loneliness and isolation, unable to talk about the source of their sadness. 

 

My aim with these portraits was first to show Ben his unique beauty by accentuating the very things that caused him to be taunted – his red hair and pale complexion.  I then asked Ben to recall the range of emotions that he experienced both during and after his childhood ordeal – from confusion, isolation, despair and ultimately self-acceptance.   “I Am Ben” aims to celebrate the beauty of human diversity and shows us that, despite trauma, the human spirit is capable of great strength and, ultimately, of renaissance.

 

Interestingly, Ben is now a primary school teacher.  He works hard to instill in his pupils a sense of self-confidence and self-worth and teaches them the importance of, and indeed, to celebrate, human diversity in all of its many manifestations.

The Eternal Winter
The Eternal Winter
The Renaissance Child
The Renaissance Child
The Orphan Boy
The Orphan Boy
Portrait of Christopher Nightingale II
Portrait of Christopher Nightingale II
The Keeper of Ashes II
The Keeper of Ashes II
The Art of Man
The Art of Man

Renaissance inspired portraits and fine art male nudes by Troy Schooneman

The Last Farewell II
The Last Farewell II

Male Nude Art by Troy Schooneman

Monsieur III
Monsieur III
The Young Van Gogh
The Young Van Gogh
The Blessed
The Blessed

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The Promise of Tomorrow
The Promise of Tomorrow
The African Prince
The African Prince

The African Prince

Fine Art Photography | Portraits by Troy Schooneman

The Alpha II
The Alpha II
The Third Symphony
The Third Symphony
Monsieur II
Monsieur II
The Power of One
The Power of One

The Power of One

Fine Art Photography | Portraits by Troy Schooneman

Alexis, 23, France
Alexis, 23, France
The Fragility of Hope
The Fragility of Hope
Son of Sam
Son of Sam
The Son of Modigliani
The Son of Modigliani
The Final Vision
The Final Vision
The Fifth Man
The Fifth Man

The Fifth Man

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The Impenitent Thief
The Impenitent Thief
The Lost Son of Nefertiti
The Lost Son of Nefertiti

The Lost Son of Nefertiti is a beautiful fine art male portrait by Australian photographer Troy Schooneman

The Young Hercules
The Young Hercules
Ode to William Blake
Ode to William Blake
The Atonement
The Atonement
The Alpha III
The Alpha III

Fine Art Photography | Portraits by Troy Schooneman

Gregory, 28, United States
Gregory, 28, United States

Fine art male portraits by Australian artist Troy Schooneman

The Renaissance Lover
The Renaissance Lover
The Dawning
The Dawning

The Dawning is a fine art photography by troy Schooneman that is inspired by the revelation of Jesus Christ and is a beautiful example of how Troy Schooneman takes themes from religious art of the Renaissance and creates stunning contemporary male nude portraits and fine art male nude photography.

Monsieur I
Monsieur I
The Calling of Saint Matthew
The Calling of Saint Matthew

The Calling of Saint Matthew is a fine art male portrait inspired by the art of the Italian master painter, Caravaggio.

Pink Narcissus
Pink Narcissus
The Keeper of Ashes
The Keeper of Ashes

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Black Saturn
Black Saturn
The Prince of Siberia II
The Prince of Siberia II
The Stagehand
The Stagehand
Monsieur V
Monsieur V