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A Thing Of Beauty - Jake Jaxson & RJ Sebastian

by JC Alvarez
Friday Mar 7, 2014
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The photo book "A Thing of Beauty" revels in the narrative backstory of porn filmmakers Jake Jaxson and RJ Sebastian; the latter of which provided the photographic imagery that fills most of the pages end to end. It’s a coffee table exploration of the popularity of one of the adult film industry’s more popular production houses CockyBoys and will be very appealing to the men who love them. Men who covet the often glamorized pseudo celebrity world of pornography.

Make no mistake, the tome’s opening narrative is mildly engaging and extrapolates on the infamy that has surrounded the CockyBoys brand, especially over the last several months. The studio after all was connected to the NSA spying controversy, and featured the Royal Winnipeg Ballet student who was expelled from the school because of his association to porn. The porn empire that Jaxson and Sebastian have built has made the mark it has because it not only features a handsome cast, but also because it makes strives to emotionally invest in content that has a level of passion.

In the images captured for "A Thing of Beauty" make no mistake -- the shots are blatantly pornographic and not at all necessarily artistic. To some of a particular eye (or appetite) the subject matter will be potently appealing, but what draws the intrigue in is a wrought display of emotion. There is a sense of intimacy, care to detail, in some of the shots. The models are engaged in each other, less than in capturing the light perfectly to ripple across their chiseled six-packs.

There is an attention to bringing light to "love-making" in some of the portraits, while others are bolder and blatant...and that’s fine. It’s that audience that this picture book is trying to make good with. The book becomes a fan’s look into a popularized product of titillation, and that’s exactly who it will appeal to. With a series of "Director’s Notes" that give a glimpse behind the scenes of CockyBoys as a porn production company, the sense that more than just fluffing is going on is perhaps validating -- at least there’s a story to explore. The set-up is as important as the "money shot" and can be a thing of beauty for sure.

Native New Yorker JC Alvarez is a pop-culture enthusiast and the nightlife chronicler of the club scene and its celebrity denizens from coast-to-coast. He is the on-air host of the nationally syndicated radio show "Out Loud & Live!" and is also on the panel of the local-access talk show "Talking About".

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