The likeness of Donatello’s David is striking, the football being the head of Goliath.
The instinctive contrapposto of boys, one hand casually touching the waist, the other ready to grab the sword, is timeless.
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Nicola shot the photo in Italy in 1977.
40 years later, the boy is given the recognition he demanded and deserved at the moment of the shoot. His picture is printed on a sturdy card, UV varnished and ready to light up the day of many more people.
On that subject:
According to the classical Greeks, the Boy’s beauty consists of, as Michel Foucault puts it in volume two of The History of Sexuality, “the signs and guarantees of a developing virility. Strength, endurance, and spirit also formed part of this beauty; hence it was good in fact if exercises, competitions, and hunting expeditions reinforced these qualities.”
The Boy was thus a kind of valuable raw material, and it was society’s duty to gently shape it in the right way, taking care of the boy’s nascent power which would not reach its peak until years later. This is how Pseudo-Demosthenes puts it in Eroticos, his tribute to the boy Epicrates. Foucault notes that “as if it were a matter of a work of art to be finished, he urges all who know Epicrates to give this future figure ‘the greatest possible brilliance’.”
Mankind is beautiful, and Destroyer was a declaration of love for mankind – an attempt to give it “the greatest possible brilliance”.
(Excerpt from Gay Man’s Worst Friend – the Story of Destroyer Magazine, available here.)
Watch his skills (when he was even younger):
Barry Cotter, 16, has joined the Irish soccer club Limerick FC’s sub-17 team.
“The boys are very welcoming”, Barry commented.
Alexander Nanau’s documentary Toto and his sisters (2014) is so touching that you can’t stop watching it. I think this screenshot, with young Totonel on the sofa next to someone shooting up, gives you a good idea of the misery. But there is also hope and happiness in the movie. Be sure not to miss it if it screens at a cinema in your area.
Notice how modern the photo looks beyond the sepia; the haircuts, the clothes – those socks! – and the overall confident looks, so far from the usual nervousness around the camera back then. I guess what I’m trying to say is: They’re boys!