There is something perfect and honest about an imperfect body. Granted, I take advantage of this more than most, but it's fantastic to see a male nude photographer stepping out of his comfort zone and stepping in front of the camera. Only the self-portrait artist knows how the model feels and simultaneously respects them and is mystified by their bravery.
There's something stark and honest about this photo in the black and white perspective. The color was good, warm and bright - but the body is more honest in black and white, I think. You see all the flaws and all the character built into a body. The shadows and highlights are a perfect mirror to how we are as people too. All good self-portraits are a capture of the photographer. Only great ones capture the spirit too. This does an excellent job at both.
In the time I've know phydeau, he's been supportive of other photographers learning the craft and a wonderful friend. It would be my privilege to one day work with him as a model and a photographer. It's not just because of his self-portrait, but it does embody all the things which I consider as making him an excellent photographer and addition to the dA community.