“9 years ago I went to my doctor for a preventive medical checkup without any problems and got out of doctor’s office with the diagnose of testicular cancer. Three days later half of my crown jewels had gone! It took time for me to get myself accepted, but after a while I came to the conclusion that losing one ball doesn’t bother me. In the meantime, I take it as my dearly purchased victory vs. cancer and don’t have any problems in public (sauna etc.).
Until last week on Friday: again a preventive medical checkup without probs and once again the diagnose cancer; this time the prostate. And once again I don’t give up fighting. But maybe it’s the last time I can be proud of my “wounds” and this could be the last chance to take a pic of my penis before the doctors once again come with their knifes making a stabile man an old guy wearing napkins or cutting nerves, which are extremely important in special situations….”
“My Beautiful Penis is My Life time partner and it is very special for me and that i feel my special friend my penis has always been with me right through out all of my life and till this very moment in time and i love my life partner my penis which has given me a lot’s n lot’s of sexaul enjoyments and from those enjoyments i have to beautiful 2 children and i can not find any words enough with which i think i can thank my very powerful friend my penis enough so please let me thank you and give you my blessings and may god be always be with you once again thank you.”
Well, after a bit of a hiatus I’m back in Melbourne and ready to keep shooting for 101 Penis. The work hadn’t actually stopped, though I mainly use Facebook 101 Penis page and my email list (subscribe here) to reach out for participants.
Please check out the 101 Vagina website to see what the completed 101 Penis book will end up looking like. There are some example photos and stories there and you can purchase the book.
If you’re interested in participating please have a read of the “Participate” page on this site and email me at email@example.com
Onwards and upwards :)
“With a raging horn at the crack of dawn
Nick decided to watch some porn
Comparing his prick
Upset poor old Nick
As clearly he’d been cheated when born !
Doubtless his cock was smaller than the norm
And its shape a somewhat strange form
With a size about half
Always got a laugh
Hence, his love life was a tad lukewarm !”
My penis is a paradox.
It is at once the symbol of masculinity, of potency, of power, of
virility, and the most delicate, fragile, vulnerable part of me. It is
a source of pride and of shame, of pleasure and of pain. Sometimes it
is hard, sometimes it is soft — and in either state it can be a source
of great embarrassment. If it’s erect, you can tell through my
clothes, and I feel like I’m being judged as a sex fiend — even if it
was just the steady rhythm of the train that did it.
Think about yoghurt. Think about yoghurt. Damn, turns out my penis
thinks yoghurt’s sexy. Stop thinking about yoghurt.
I was circumcised as a kid, because I got an infection — at least
that’s what I was told later. I have no memory of the infection, or of
being uncircumcised. I have no opinion on whether I’d rather not have
had that done, since my whole experience of how a penis feels and
behaves is based on the one I’ve got. Nonetheless, I sometimes wonder
if it’s big enough. I have no memory of having a bigger penis, either,
but still I speculate. Would I rather have a longer one? What if it
were the same length, but thicker? Would I be more self-confident if I
possessed more pendulous genitals?
Why do I wonder about that part, and not others? I never wonder if my
fingers are an adequate length, or if larger feet might have altered
Is it big enough? Is there even a definitive answer to that? It shifts
about so much through the day that it seems pointless to wonder even
how big it is. It’s bigger after a hot shower than after a cold swim.
Sometimes it dangles — satisfyingly, confidently, like a lizard who’s
found a safe warm rock to sun itself — and sometimes it seems to want
to hide among my pubic hair like an acorn in the undergrowth. Do they
all do that?
It’s the one I’ve got. Don’t laugh.
Finally I am going to do some photos in Sydney for the 101 Penis project!
I will be in Sydney from 25 Nov – 5 Dec. That’s NEXT WEEK!!! and the week after.
There will be perhaps 2 or 3 sessions I will arrange where everyone can come in at once (still private one on one sessions for the photos) though I will also be available to do private shoots if you either can’t make it during those times or you are concerned about anonymity or you simply feel shy or vulnerable. I want to accommodate everyone who wants to participate.
The shoots are likely to take place around the inner West.
If you’re interested in participating please reply to this email letting me know what times would generally be best for you (weekday evening? weekend morning? etc) so I can arrange some times that suit most people.
Also, please start working on your message for the book, which I need you to email to me BEFORE you come in for the shoot. This can be:
- between a word and a page long
- poetic or prose or any other style
- silly or serious, irreverent or reverent
- sharing a personal experience around your penis that shaped your relationship with it
- feelings, thoughts, philosophical or spiritual standpoint, etc.
Please take some time to consider your words. Imagine people reading them in a gallery or in the book. Perhaps a teenager, growing up and dealing with the confusion our society currently has around sexuality and our bodies. Perhaps an elderly person who has never felt permission to openly talk about these issues for their entire life. Perhaps a lover, perhaps even a hater.
Don’t let this restrict you in any way, but let it expand you. I want the book to reflect the vast breadth of experience, rather than the narrow views that the mainstream promulgates. See if you can find an edge somewhere. If you’re afraid of saying something then that might be a good place to start, or if you just want to make a wisecrack then that’s ok too :) I want to create a space of permission.
As with the messages, I really want to get as much diversity into the book in terms of physical appearance also. Please don’t let any doubts or shame or discomfort you have with your body in general or penis in particular prevent you from participating. You are welcome and needed :)
Since this is a project that will be published as a book etc I also need participants to sign a standard copyright release form. This is a standard model release form I downloaded from the RMIT university website.
Ok, looking forward to hearing from you all :)
Following on from the huge success of the recent 101 Vagina Book Exhibition as part of the Sydney Fringe and Melbourne Fringe, photographer Philip Werner is now gearing up to begin working on the next project, 101 Penis.
As with 101 Vagina, the 101 Penis coffee-table book will comprise 101 nude photos of the pubic area, along with a message written by each participant.
The aim of the projects to break down the taboo around our genitals and sexuality, generate debate, and help everyone feel more comfortable with themselves.
The feedback from the 101 Vagina exhibition was heartfelt and overwhelmingly positive. “Most people report that they find it confronting, but in a way that allows them to open, rather than closing them down.” Werner says.
“We tend to be more aware of women’s body image issues because they get more airtime in the media, but I believe penises are surrounded by just as much of a taboo as vaginas. The only issues the media talks about about is size and performance, but I believe that men’s relationship with their penises is much more nuanced than that.”
“The penis is the exposed tip of the heart.” James Broughton
Participation is on a voluntary basis and the men are asked to write a “message from or about their penis to the world” before the shoot. The message will accompany each photo in the book and subsequent exhibitions. Werner is seeking men of all shapes, ages, sizes and colours, everyone is welcome. The aim is to have the broadest range of men represented as possible.
Photographic shoots will be done in Melbourne and Sydney over the coming weeks and people interested in participating can get in touch via email or check the website for more details.
من به آلتم افتخار می کنم ، نه سانسورI am proud to my penis , not censored.
تا زمانیکه اولین تلاش هام رو برای تحریکش انجام نداده بودم هیچ ارتباطی باهاش نداشتم. حتی اطلاعات اولیه ! یه جورایی ازم گرفته بودنش. وقتی رابطه ام باهاش برقرار شد ، زیاد ازش خوشم نمی اومد ! فکر می کردم داره بهم ظلم می کنه ! فقط یه رابطه ضروری اونهم با زور و اکراه بود. بعضی وقت ها پیش خودم می گفتم آخه از جون من چی می خوای ؟ چرا ولم نمی کنی ، این داره شیره جونم رو ازم می گیره. یواش یواش داشتم ازش متنفر می شدم که چرا داره باعث میشه که ازش استفاده نادرست بکنم . این شد که یه چند مدت باهاش قهر کردم ، با اینکه یه جورایی ته دلم دوست داشتم باهاش بازی کنم ولی چند تا بی عقل از بیرون می گفتن بهش دست نزن. بعد از یه مدت نتونستم دووم بیارم. رفتم سراغش و بعد از منت کشی با همدیگه دوست شدیم و بعد از مدتی رابطه مون بهتر و بهتر می شد. تا وقتی که تصمیم گرفتم که بیشتر بشناسمش و باهاش کنار بیام .
تو همین دوران توجه زیادی به انحراف کوچیکش می کردم واسه همین به خودم گفتم شاید راه حلش داخل پورنوگرافی باشه وقتی آلت های مختلفی با درجه کجی ها و قطرهای متفاوت دیدم. هم تونستم به راحتی شکلش رو قبول کنم. هم فهمیدم که طبیعت “داروینی“انسان باعث می شه به این نتیجه برسیم که «همه انسان ها زیبا هستند.» و در نهایت یکی از فواید پورنوگرافی رو هم درک کردم.
همه جنبه های شخصیتی و بیولوژیکیش رو خوب مطالعه کردم فهمیدم که چه اشتباهاتی کردم. و فقط خودم رو تو این مدت آزار می دادم. از وقتی که با واقعیت های جدیدی در موردش آشنا شدم و به حرف خودم گوش دادم بهترین ارتباط ممکن رو باهاش دارم. و ازش لذت می برم . حالا دیگه وقتی تحریک میشه لذت بخش ترین غلغلک دنیا رو درونش احساس می کنم و بعدش از کارم احساس راحتی و رضایت فوق العاده ای می کنم.
همیشه خودت باش ، خودت.Always be yourself , Yourself.
“I am average length and girth, and don’t have anything that is really any more special than a million other men out there.
I was circumcised, as was the way on the 60’s, without any say, or understanding of the issue while a baby. I had no awareness of this, and thankfully, no memory.
During my youth, I was fascinated by one other kid in the neighborhood who was uncircumcised. When we would play in the scrub behind our houses, and take a piss together against some tree, I would notice the difference. I asked my mother about the difference, and that was the first time I became aware that I had been modified.
I thought nothing about it for many years, believing the old wives tales about cleanliness, sexual enhancement and disease repelling – none of which makes sense to me anymore.
I am now aware of what was done, but what the effect may have been, I can only imagine what might have been.
Am I concerned about this? Does this keep me awake at night? No it does not.
I have what I have, and I’ll do the best that I can.”
101 Penis is finally getting off the ground!
Yes, the website http://101penis.com has already been up and running for a while, but I haven’t had the space to actually begin photographing and collecting stories for the 101 Penis book until NOW !
So, I am hereby announcing the first couple of dates for photo shoots for 101 Penis.
Please spread the word ! :)
Participants will need to:
1. Send me their message to be included in the book before they come to the photo shoot. This is just so that I don’t end up needing to chase people for their message down the track.
2. Sign a release form on the day of the shoot.
I have created Facebook events linked below that men can join and share, though joining the FB event is not necessary.
Below is are the details for the photo shoots as posted to the FB events also:
It begins !
First photo shoot for the 101 Penis project.
Tuesday evening 23rd April 5pm – 7pm.
Second photo shoot:
Thursday evening 25rd April 7pm – 9pm.
This is the companion project to the 101 Vagina project, the book of which was recently launched on the 22 March 2013.
See and buy the 101 Vagina book here: http://101vagina.com/
See also the 101 Penis Facebook page where other photo shoot events will also be posted: https://www.facebook.com/pages/101-Penis-The-taboo-smashing-coffee-table-book-project/314575851960096
So that this project does not take me another 2-3 years (like the 101 Vagina book did), I am organising a few times where a few men can come in at once for a shoot. The actual shoot will still be individual (one person in the studio at a time), but we can also have tea etc and sit around and share stories and talk about issues/experiences/thoughts/feelings if it works out that way.
The shoot will be at my studio in Brunwick, I will give address details individually as people confirm their attendance.
What I need from participants:
– You need to write and email me your “message to or from your penis to the world” BEFORE you come in for the photo shoot. This can be a statement, message, poem, story, or personal experience about/around your penis. This is your opportunity share a message about your penis with the world, a world which I believe misrepresents penises very profoudly.
– You will need to sign a release form on the day giving me the rights to publish the material.
Please email me, Philip, to confirm your participation and send me your message, or with any questions you may have at:
Please feel free to invite other men, but they will each need to confirm their attendance and get their message to me before the shoot. Note in particular that I am hoping to get diversity into the project, diversity of age, physical appearance, ethnicity etc. All men are welcome!
NOTE!!! PARTICIPATION IS ANONYMOUS. BY COMING IN TO THE SHOOT YOU ARE ALSO AGREEING NOT TO MENTION ANYONE ELSE’S PARTICIPATION TO ANY ONE ELSE WITHOUT THEIR EXPRESS PERMISSION.
If for any reason you are uncomfortable coming in for a shoot at the same time as other men we can arrange a time for you to come in individually.
I’m very much looking forward to seeing how this project evolves!
It has begun !