He ain't heavy, he's my brother

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© Michel González Brun
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He ain't heavy, he's my brother. (song lyrics by the Hollies)

When I started taking photos he was quick to encourage me and volunteer to be a model in such photos as this one. And although I haven't seen him in over four year and despite that our contact has become quite limited he's still as close as ever deep in my heart!

This particular photo was part of an experiment where I tried changing male and female roles. In the painting that inspired this shot two women sit in a tube and yes there is a nipple pinch in the original as well!

37 responses

  • Laurie Search

    Laurie Search gave props (14 Oct 2008):

    Love it!

  • Richelle Forsey

    Richelle Forsey said (15 Oct 2008):

    This is a hilarious homage of the time old tradition of parents photographing their young naked in the tub!

  • Denman

    Denman (Deleted) said (15 Oct 2008):

    excellent shot accompanying a great song... think it might be worth a reprint to bring out tones, and get the full appreciation of the image and the boys!

  • Michel González Brun

    Michel González Brun said (16 Oct 2008):

    Cosmin... you're dead on... bravo for seeing that!
    I tried to keep true to the orginal by keeping it all left handed... good eye mate!

  • Cosmin

    Cosmin gave props (16 Oct 2008):

    • I posted earlier a comment which might have been interpreted as not quite "gender neutral, linguistically appropriate, politically correct", smth in the lines of "BRILIANT, F****** BRILLIANT" =] what I meant to say, anyway, is that it is not the resemblance to the original that makes it unique, but the ironic reinterpretation thereof... sure, there are two siblings, one grabbing the nipple of the other in a very erotically provocative gesture, just like in the original. BUT THEY ARE MEN!! And the cigarettes and the look on their faces are just priceless... This is what makes it just as uniquely scandalous, candid and provocative as the original Fontainebleau School portrait of Gabrielle d'Estrées and her sister was in its time. Well done mate!

  • Elsa Björg Magnúsdóttir

    Elsa Björg Magnúsdóttir said (22 Oct 2008):

    Interesting, very much so. I like the attitude. You've got my vote.

  • marie canat

    marie canat gave props (22 Oct 2008):

    another "i love it". got my vote

  • Suzanne *

    Suzanne * gave props (25 Oct 2008):

    haahaha, i love it...now you gave me some ideas!! thanks

  • Frances Berry

    Frances Berry said (3 Nov 2008):

    i love this.. reminiscent of a painting at the Louvre of Gabrielle d'Estrées and one of her sisters.....both make me giggle.....

  • Mike Marcotte

    Mike Marcotte (Deleted) gave props (4 Nov 2008):

    You're killin' me here. What a great shot.

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (10 Nov 2008):

    Oh yeah! It rocks!

  • Jordan Volness

    Jordan Volness (Deleted) said (10 Nov 2008):

    okay, i love this! This reminds me of this paintng showing that the woman with the blond hair is pregnant.

  • Jordan Volness

    Jordan Volness (Deleted) said (10 Nov 2008):

    after readin the comments i realize that was your inspiration. Well done sir. This is an excelent photograph. It has a great narative.

  • ferran jordà

    ferran jordà said (11 Nov 2008):

    molt rebona!

  • rizky nurfa'ni

    rizky nurfa'ni gave props (11 Nov 2008):

    love the photo! love the song!

  • ashley renee

    ashley renee said (11 Nov 2008):

    excellent take on the "beloved" concept

  • Carl Kuntze

    Carl Kuntze gave props (13 Nov 2008):

    I don't see the association of the images for the theme, but voted for it anyway.

  • Cory Grace

    Cory Grace said (13 Nov 2008):

    Nice to see something different. and very well done. Cheers!

  • Bostjan Kosir

    Bostjan Kosir gave props (19 Nov 2008):

    Lovely! My vote, absolutely!

  • Martin Brown

    Martin Brown gave props (28 Nov 2008):

    Brilliant! Do you have the same image from when you were children?


    LAM KHIN THET said (5 Dec 2008):

    Composition and pov is GREAT. Voted.

  • Pimienta Vieira

    Pimienta Vieira said (6 Dec 2008):

    oh this is sooo great.
    i lov tit

  • Nicole Simmen

    Nicole Simmen said (8 Dec 2008):


  • Kong Wenjing

    Kong Wenjing gave props (11 Dec 2008):


  • Dakota Lane

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  • Cricket Jones

    Cricket Jones gave props (28 Dec 2008):

    LOL ! All I can do is laugh when I look at this

  • Diane Sangalang

    Diane Sangalang (Deleted) gave props (12 Jan 2009):

    this is fantastic!

  • Katelyn P

    Katelyn P gave props (10 Feb 2009):

    I have no words for this.

  • Alexandru Iedu

    Alexandru Iedu gave props (18 Mar 2009):


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  • Aaron Mythen

    Aaron Mythen gave props (25 Jun 2009):

    Great entry for the theme well done!!! Voted :))

  • vanessa rodriguez

    vanessa rodriguez gave props (30 Jun 2009):

    this fk***in rocks...

  • Magali Deval

    Magali Deval gave props (14 Aug 2009):

    oh yeah!

  • Aubrey Collins

    Aubrey Collins gave props (3 Sep 2009):

    Lol. I saw that painting. Good shot

  • Vladan Djordjevic

    Vladan Djordjevic gave props (8 Sep 2009):

    Super shot! YEAH!

  • Bruce Miller

    Bruce Miller (Deleted) gave props (10 Sep 2009):

    humour is hard in photography but you really nailed it.

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