Photography has become more than a hobby to me. As a young kid I started with video cameras and also used a Olympus OM10 to take pics. As a teenager I discovered my orientation for the same gender and started to video and take pics of my friends and boys nextdoor and at hollidays. Now at that age it is particulary difficult to get a “normal” picture from my subjects. If they spotted the camera they immediatley started to behave weird and making faces towards the lens. So I decided to make candids. With a straight forward camera that’s a hell of a job. A camcorder with a flippable LCD screen opened new ways to do that, but the stills where terrible of quality. With the todays cameras I have all oppertunities and with a professional DSLR I am confident enough to aproach people and to ask to pose for me. But there is nothing that can beat a good pic with natural behavior with non-posing subjects.
What makes Sinal unique?
You certainly know those pictures of boymodels that can be found all over the internet. Those boys are perfect from top to toe and even the most talented painter could not produce anything better by relying merely on his fantasy. For a moment, you stare at those boys almost in disbelief. But somehow, very rapidly, you’re growing tired of them. What is the reason? I think it’s their perfection combined with their posing. This makes them lose their personality and individuality while giving the impression of something artificial.
Now compare this with the boys you see in reality, in your city, at the beaches, at the pools, at sports events. Most of these boys will never make it to the model agencies, still, you never grow tired of looking at them, even if you are among the lucky ones that get the opportunity to spend some time with them. To my mind, this is because they are in their natural surroundings and there is no professional photographer who tells them how to move or behave. They are simply themselves, and this produces personality, individuality, and a kind of beauty that can never be matched by the super-perfect models.
And this is exactly where Sinal comes in. „His“ boys are these real ones and for some undefinable reason, you may call it magic, his pictures produce exactly this sense of personal, individual beauty, just as if you had been there personally, when the picture was taken.
No free lunch
Unfortunately, this beauty is not gonna come for free and, even worse, you’re not gonna get it anywhere else – and not in such virtually uncountable amounts. But this is absolutely fair. Hopefully Sinal can cover his costs, and if he makes a profit on it, then it’s even better. Why shouldn’t artists be rewarded for producing something great? Very often this isn’t the case because the internet has enhanced a mentality of simply reaping the fruits of other people’s work.
What do you get?
Most of the boys are in the 10 – 20 years bracket with the majority being from 12 to 16 (this is a preliminary impression, so don’t sue me if there are deviations). There are five or more pictures of many of the boys, taken in short intervals. For every file there is a preview displaying the highlights, which helps with the decision on what to download. Unfortunately, some of the previews and even some files are currently not available. This has technical reasons: There has been a change of servers recently and not everything has been re-uploaded yet. (All of Sinal’s pictures are already available for lifetime members via a cloud. More on the different types of membership below.) Further features which I have not really checked yet, are a video section and a section with pictures from outside contributors. There also used to be a forum which is, according to Sinal, currently out of order for safety reasons. By the way, Sinal himself is very helpful when a problem occurs.
Types of membership
You can find the most important facts on the website. What I haven’t quite figured out yet is the difference between Regular and Premium as far as the content is concerned. It doesn’t seem to be a difference of quality, maybe it is one of age with Regular focussing more on 14+ and Premium more on 14-. But I am not really sure on this.
Initially, I chose a four month Premium membership which was automatically extended to eight months by Sinal (without charging me more) probably due to the technical problems related with the change of servers. But I quickly changed to Lifetime membership and this is the one I think is most recommendable for three reasons. First, you have immediate access to all of Sinal’s pics via a cloud and don’t have to wait for the transfer to the new server to be completed. Second, even provided this tranfer is completed soon, not even eight months will be enough for there is so much material on the site, and you may not want to spend your complete freetime on Sinal’s website, even though it is really great. And finally, the contract with your internet provider may include a download limit, as is the case with me (9 GB per month). This is a relevant consideration because most files are between 0.5 and 1.5 GB and there seem to be hundreds of files.
To sum up
If you are into the boys of real life and their natural beauty, then this is really the place to be, with lifetime membership being probably the best option. Whereas, if you are exclusively into modelkids and/or modelteens other sites may serve your interests better – but then you may never learn what real beauty means.
Comment by: bodmor
Worlds of beauty : A Tribute to the photographic art of Sinal.
Sinal’s world is the streets of European cities, the beaches of the Northern sea or of the Mediterranean sea. He is a hunter, a fisher of beautiful beings, of beauty and youth. He is a hunter and a fisher who just catch youth and beauty, but he leaves his prey safe and alive, and most of the time, unaware of his hunting… He just captures light and shades, colours and outlines. Sinal is a photographer.
Sinal’s world is habited by the ephemeral beauty of youth, so present, so fragile, time is flying away, the photographer should catch the present, the beauty that is, and that will not last forever.
Boys, teens and twinks are the species Sinal is trying to find in the jungle of our cities, along the shores of our oceans. Either walking or sitting down, dancing or playing, alone or gathered in group, the young male beauty Sinal is interested in are strange beings. Their clothes have all the colours of the rainbow and even beyond, pink and blue, yellow and red, black and white. They love fashion, tee-shirts with odd inscriptions. They can’t stay very long without caressing a mobile phone or an Ipod, without having a drink or a snack.
Sinal loves to catch their beauty, the light in their hairs, eyes looking far away or deep inside the soul, fugitive expressions of sadness, or smiles shining as a sun through a Northern sky.
Each photograph by Sinal tells a story, or rather, it invites the viewer to imagine a story. What is hidden under such cute faces, under so gorgeous bodies ? What are the thoughts, the memories, the dreams going across a face as clouds across the sky ? Joys and pains, hopes and memories, feelings and sensations, fun or boredom, energy or lassitude : faces expression, body attitudes, the language of eyes, the pout of lips are catched by Sinal’s eye and camera and fixed forever, as enigmas the viewer will try to decipher.
Looking at Sinal’s splendid photographic albums, I share his gaze, I can walk across the same streets, along the same beaches. I feel the sun and the wind, the clouds and the rain. People walk around me, there is such a crowd in the street. Perhaps there is a show by a street artist, or just fashion shops attracting the youth. My attention is drawn by a face, by a silhouette, by a smile, by a cap, by a trendy tee-shirt, by beautiful legs, by golden hairs, by the grace of a boy shining like the sun. Looking at Sinal’s albums is caressing with my eyes teen and twinks I will never meet, but who will stay in my dreams : I would have so much to tell them ; I would love so much to hear from them, their life, their own story, their feelings.
Sinal’s albums introduce us into what is the most intimate part of the boys, teen and twinks he met : the beauty a soul, the grace of a body, the seduction of a unique human being who crossed the path of a photographer who was lucky enough to catch a part of his aura.
The albums Sinal generously shares with us touch the most sensitive part of the viewers, his heart, his inner feelings, his memories, his hopes. When Sinal’s music meets the viewer’s eyes, there is a harmony of feelings and desires, of dreams and longings : I would say that some of Sinal’s photographs add colours, an horizon, a perspective to our own inner paintings.
Love and desire, dreams and intimacy, admiration and brotherhood, deep sympathy and wonder are some of the feelings that Sinal’s photographic art inspire me.
His anonymous models are just silhouettes fading away, close encounters that will not happen again… Evanescent and fragile like shades on a wall, this archive of boys beauty lead the viewer, step by step, to love beauty, and not only the boys.
Thank you so much for the so many harmonics, for the feelings and dreams that your blog provides me with.
Ten years already… Sinal’s Original photography of the beauty of the young male is now a unique archive of youth and beauty, of candid photographs of teen and twink boys in various European beaches and cities…
No porn, no nudity, all the pics are G-rated…
Beaches and streets, parks and touristic sites are theaters of grace and innocence, of a unique choreography of beauty… They are like a virtual museum of young male beauty, of what makes a boy’s beauty unique, his face expressions, his hair, his clothing style, his body, pale or tanned, between sun and sea…
Those “stolen” pics — although most of the time the boys were aware of the presence of a photographer, and sometimes played with him — catch unique moments of life, of energy, of happiness, feelings of freedom, thoughts mirrored by a gaze, like clouds crossing a sky…
Sinal’s pics are, so to say, the dreamt memories of all the lovers of beauty, who notice a blond hair caressed by the wind, beautiful eyes, lost in inner contemplation, or just the casual look of late teen boys walking in the street, having fun with their friends…
Sinal’s pics could be used by anthropologists of the next century, to understand the way of life of youth in European cities, their games and their social rules, their clothing style, their use of magical objects such as smartphones and mp3 players…
For me, Sinal’s albums are visual poems, visual stories, where I am free to find my own words to express the unique feelings they inspire…
In the world of Sinal, viewers are as creative as the photographer: they share obviously the same gaze and they hear the same harmonics….