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Sensitive soldiers

by Hans van der Gaarden in Films & Books , 06 juli 2003


The cover of the latest Bruno Gmünder photobook Views by Kobi Israel shows an untidy group of young guys in their undies. Legs wide, they squat seductively or drape themselves over what might be an army vehicle against a brooding dark evening sky, sipping their tea with vacant, staring eyes. Some have a dogtag gracing their sculpted hairy pecs. Here and there a tattoo is showing, lots of white tangas and cool hairdos.

Photographer Kobi Israel let hismelf be inspired by his memories of his service in the Israelitish army as an 18 year old. Kobi wants to reveal the ordinary sensitive boy hidden under the macho soldier image.




In this book our ‘boy’ is caught taking a shower, swimming naked in a Hockney blue pool, or dancing in a disco amidst other sweating torsos. Plus other male bonding scenes, like taking a piss in the desert together or dream scenes at the beach.




Uniform fetishists are treated to some four pictures of our sensitive boy in full army get-up, always with the same vague look of longing in his eyes. He’s hitchhiking or looking in through a window into a tear-jerker interior.




Views is a photobook in the “catch me if you can” genre. Who likes fantasizing about yearning young men no doubt gets treated here to some better palm drive stimuli.



 






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