On my first page-through this book, I was immediately struck by the sense of humour that features in several of the sketches/cartoons and paintings. This book tries (and I think, succeeds) in bringing something a little different to what is already a subject done to death. There are only so many ways you can photograph, paint, or draw a penis, but Jewels certainly manages to include an enormous amount of variety.
The penis manages in the space of this volume, to look proud,strong,even dangerous. Yet in other images,vulnerable.It is shown straining to break free of a pair of jeans,or (in cartoon form, from a pair of garish beach trunks).It is shown standing proudly erect,or lying flat against a belly. It is depicted in quickly executed watercolour,with minimal detail, or sketched in subtle chalk or charcoal. Some of the extreme close-ups here,were in my personal opinion, unpleasant to look at. I far rather preferred the photograph of the gorgeous blue-eyed young man in the shower, full frontal(by photographer Dick Mitchell), to the close-up of the uncircumcised specimen in extreme detail by artist Victor Gadino. That is the appeal of Jewels, you will have your favourites. An interesting aspect: I found myself playing a game of "Can you tell what it is yet ?" ,as I tried to work out what I was looking at in some of the more outlandish artistic creations. Hardly a game suitable for all the family (there are images of ejaculation and urination), but see for yourself. A rough guess here, I would say that about half of the images are photographs, the rest painted or drawn. The book ends with a registry of the contributing photographers and artists, as well as their website addresses. An interesting book.