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  Many young people who are bullied become withdrawn from their peers and from their family - and thus often experience a deep sense of loneliness and isolation, unable to talk about the source of their sadness.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.

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.

The Brothers Mahmoudi
The Brothers Mahmoudi
The Soul Catcher
The Soul Catcher

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

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Star of David
Star of David
The Utopian Soldier IX
The Utopian Soldier IX
The King in the North
The King in the North

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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.

Mister Evil
Mister Evil
The First Born III
The First Born III
Kouros
Kouros
The Betrayal
The Betrayal
Ilya, 25, Israel
Ilya, 25, Israel
After Weston
After Weston
The Keeper of Ashes II
The Keeper of Ashes II
The First Born
The First Born
Son of Sam II
Son of Sam II
The Boy from Delos
The Boy from Delos
The Young David
The Young David
The Young Olympian
The Young Olympian
The Stagehand II
The Stagehand II
Eyes of August
Eyes of August
Mr. Havisham
Mr. Havisham
The Disciple
The Disciple
Brayan, 22, France
Brayan, 22, France
The Carpathian
The Carpathian
After Rodin X
After Rodin X
The iPhone Age
The iPhone Age
The Heretic
The Heretic
The Fallen II
The Fallen II
The Final Reckoning
The Final Reckoning
The Last Farewell II
The Last Farewell II

Male Nude Art by Troy Schooneman

The Last Marquess
The Last Marquess

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

Blue Narcissus
Blue Narcissus

Fine art male nude photography by Troy Schooneman.

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

White Rodin
White Rodin
Philip of Pompeii
Philip of Pompeii
Portrait of Victor Morrow
Portrait of Victor Morrow
The Reclining Nude II
The Reclining Nude II
The Architect
The Architect
The Animus
The Animus
The Son of Modigliani
The Son of Modigliani
Blue Boy
Blue Boy
The Wandering Soul
The Wandering Soul

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Le Fou
Le Fou
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.

 

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.

Perfect Timing
Perfect Timing
The Eternal Winter
The Eternal Winter
The Renaissance Child
The Renaissance Child
Victor
Victor
The Art of Man
The Art of Man

Renaissance inspired portraits and fine art male nudes by Troy Schooneman

Portrait of Christopher Nightingale II
Portrait of Christopher Nightingale II
Harrison
Harrison
The Other Crucifixion II
The Other Crucifixion II
The Young Van Gogh
The Young Van Gogh
The Blessed
The Blessed

Artistic Nudes

Artistic Male Nudes

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Artistic Male Nude

Fine Art Male Nudes

Male Nude in Art

Nude Photography

Male Nude Photography

Male Nude Photographs

 

 

The Promise of Tomorrow
The Promise of Tomorrow
The Alpha II
The Alpha II
The Third Symphony
The Third Symphony
Alexis, 23, France
Alexis, 23, France
The African Prince
The African Prince

The African Prince

Fine Art Photography | Portraits by Troy Schooneman

The Fragility of Hope
The Fragility of Hope
The Final Vision
The Final Vision
Son of Sam
Son of Sam
The Fifth Man
The Fifth Man

The Fifth Man

Fine Art Photography | Portraits by Troy Schooneman

The Penitent Thief
The Penitent Thief
The Lamb of God
The Lamb of God
The Impenitent Thief
The Impenitent Thief
The Young Hercules
The Young Hercules
The Infinite Wisdom
The Infinite Wisdom
The Haitian Youth
The Haitian Youth
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

The Renaissance Lover
The Renaissance Lover
The Power of One
The Power of One

The Power of One

Fine Art Photography | Portraits by Troy Schooneman

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.

Black Saturn
Black Saturn
Pink Narcissus
Pink Narcissus
The Bearded Youth
The Bearded Youth
The Prince of Siberia II
The Prince of Siberia II
The Lost Loves of Albert Harrington
The Lost Loves of Albert Harrington
The Keeper of Ashes
The Keeper of Ashes

Artistic Nudes, Artistic Male Nudes, Fine Art Male Nude, Artistic Male Nude, Fine Art Male Nudes, Male Nude in Art, Nude Photography, Male Nude Photography, Male Nude Photographs

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

Fine art male portraits by Australian artist Troy Schooneman

The First Born II
The First Born II