Friday, July 31, 2009
The Model: Chris Michael:
26 year old California Model Chris Michael may be from Chicago, but he certainly looks at home on the beaches of California.
Chris describes himself as:
"Intelligent, love to laugh, not an idiot, in shape, athletic Filipino/French/German/Irish/Swedish (woot woot!) mixed guy. I love this fruitful and fulfilling journey of modeling for photography, and I'm definitely always open for new perspectives and creative minds..."
I also love that he calls himself 'Short and Sweet'
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 135 lbs
Shoe size: 7.5
Hair color: Brown
Hair length: Medium
Eye color: Brown
Skin color: Tanned
Experience: Some Experience
The Photographer: Mark Grantham
Mark is a Santa Cruz/San Francisco bay area based photographer who has a passion not only for the male form, but also a love of travel and Natural History imagery. Mark is back to focusing on his photography after an amazing experience biking 545 miles, from San Francisco to Los Angeles, as part of the 2150 riders in the AIDS LifeCycle.
"I approach each shoot with an eye for creating art... for creating something unique... for making the model shine... for grabbing the attention of the viewer... for creating a bit of mystery or wonder... Each of us is unique, so why create the same image over and over?"
Mark is correct his work is unique. I love how Mark takes some of the most beautiful, physical men and shoots them actually being physical. Utilizing the body, not just as the subject for his shots, but uses it's motion and flexibility to create striking images of strength and beauty. Using the arms, the legs, the entire body as part of a concept, not just as parts to be viewed but parts that help tell what the body is capable of. Be sure to check out more of Mark's work at his official site HERE:
Mark has a series of books I encourage you to check out. 'Greg' is on my wish list! You can check out and purchase some of Mark's books HERE:
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Since a theme of the day seems to be the work of photographer and artist Hans W Fahrmeyer, I had to add this pic of Empire Model Santiago Peralta who I have profiled before on the blog.
Busy Day tomorrow so posting a bit early
Enjoy your Thursday Everyone!
Next up in my Favorites of Favorites is Broadway Sensation Nick Adams. I first became aware of Nick several years ago when watching Nick perform 'Pan' at 2007's Broadway Bares (Search the site if you have not seen the video, it is hilarious and incredibly hot). Since then I have followed his time in 'A Chorus Line', 'Guys and Dolls' Tabloid attention for his abathon with Mario Lopez, all the performances, ads and modeling in between.
If you read this blog much you will know that I love showcasing the work of stage actors. Like many, I once had the dream of hitting the big time on the Broadway stage. Like many, I had to let that dream fade in exchange for making a living (Although I played a mean King Lear and a wicked Riff to name a few).
I have been to New York several times and when there, besides soaking up the culture, I always hit as many shows as I can afford. Stage actors never get the attention they deserve. It is a difficult life working on stage, especially in New York. Heartaches, long hours, hard work, working your body to exhaustion, lean times financially, stress between jobs and all that....if you actually have a degree of success! I love to give a little attention to those dancing, singing and emoting over the orchestra pit. Nick is one of my favorites. Talented, hard working, hot as hell and incredibly giving.
Name: Nick Adams
Occupation: Actor, Singer, model
Most Recently Seen: On Stage in 'Guys & Dolls'.
Can Be Seen Next: Broadway at Birdland (August 17th)
Official Site: Nick Adams.biz
Blog: Nick Adams Blog
1. Favorite Site you check out daily on the net?
2. Favorite Meal?
Steak and potatos
3. Favorite TV Show?
4. Favorite TV show guilty pleasure?
Real housewives of New Jersey
5. First celebrity Crush?
6. Celebrity you would go on a date with if you could?
7. Favorite Thing to do when home alone for a day?
8. Favorite Part of your job?
The rush I get from being onstage.
9. Favorite Project you have been a part of?
Performing on the Tony Awards was magical but A Chorus Line will always mean so much to me.
10. Favorite Body Part (yours or on another):
Men's thighs drive me crazy. I like my nose because it's unique.
11. Favorite Piece of Clothing you own?
A pair of worn out Diesel jeans from about 8 years ago.
12. Music that was blaring when you were a kid, when you closed your bedroom, grabbed something as a mike, and pretended to be a rock star
James Taylor and Carly Simon were always playing around my house, but when I rocked out in my room it was to Bryan Adams!
All Photos of Nick from Hans W Fahrmeyer. Check out more of Hans work below.
When I was preparing my post above on Nick Adams it became clear some of the hottest pics of Nick out there were by New York based Photographer Hans W Fahrmeyer. I also realized that although I have posted many of my favorite shots from Hans in the past, I had not taken the time to post specifically about this talented and complicated artist.
Many of you know Hans work, besides his books you can often seen Hans work in Advertising, Editorials and he has been featured in many magazines including including Time Magazine, Newsweek, Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, Burda, Madame, Connaisseur, Opera Monthly, Men’s Workout, Insider, Camera & Darkroom, Shing (Japan). Of course many of us know Hans for shooting the cover for iconic book 'Boy Culture'. Hans has also done some amazing work recently shooting the men from Empire Models.
Hans was born in Hamburg, Germany and immigrated to the U.S. in 1979, and established a studio in the West Village. I have heard a few stories about Hans studio which has been described as pretty minimalist with only what Hans needs for his work and very little more. Hans lives and breathes his work and not only has produced some amazing shots of models but to me some of his hottest shots are his work photographing Gay New York nightlife. His shots of Gay Clubs are not only incredibly hot, but also, to me, express both extreme sexuality in combination with extreme isolation, and maybe even loneliness. Both of these come through colorful images of men showcased in alive party type atmospheres. I love them! There is something about the theme of being alone in a crowd I find fascinating.
First three shots above of Miles Miller.
Besides Empire's Miles Miller (above) many of you know that Hans has worked many times with one of my favorites (and I Know yours) Philip Fusco. Hans's work with Philip showcases both raw sex appeal mixed with sweet venerability.
Below: Some of my favorite shots by Hans of Philip Fusco.
Nick Adams says Hans is a master of light and says his shoot with Hans was one of his favorites. Others have described an oddness with Hans, but a sweet oddness that exudes both complexity and brilliance. A man of few words. Hans insists on perfection and this is evident in the work he allows us to see. His technical approach to shooting, devoid of flash and concept, instead focusing the lens on the subject in front of him. His Len's is sharper than many and often seems to weed the weak from the strong.
Since 1989, he has been staff photographer for the Santa Fe Opera in New Mexico.
Inspired by Mapplethorpe, Horst and Ritts, Fahrmeyer’s technique manifests [celebrate] the human body as sculpture in a sensuous interplay of light and shadow. If you frequent NY night life, you just might run into Hans. If you do, and he see's something special about you, he just might slip you his card. You don't have to be Philip Fusco, Miles Miller or Nick Adams to get the Fahrmeyer touch, he just has to see something special in you.
Hans to me has all the qualities of a true artist, both tormented and crazy talented. Maybe the oddness some describe is not really so odd. Maybe Hans was born in the wrong era. Hans expresses the qualities of many artists of the past, qualities we seem to have beaten out of many of artists due to their need to make money and promote themselves so that the public will adore them. All we really need to adore is an artist's work and in this case I most certainly do.
Check out Hans official site HERE: Also check out Amazon for some of Hans books and products including 'Between Men and Women' 'Between Men' and 'Colours of Men'.
Some info From Hans official site.
You all know I don't like to post pictures without sharing a bit about the model and artist's behind them so I had to share a little more of model Felipe Von Borstel whom was included yesterday in the series of shots of Leo D for Butch by Dean Isidro. Felipe has such a beautiful warm face and those killer abs! You can check out more of Felipe's book at 10 Model Management HERE:
Eyes: Light Brown
4 more shots from the Butch 2007 collection I posted about yesterday.
Photography by Dean Isidro
Last three shots from the great site Made In Brazil.
Photographer: Lope Navo
Above: Leo D by Rick Day.
It's D day here at Favorite Hunks and by D day I mean Leo D. Now Leo is a bit of a mystery as in all my research I have yet track down his last name. I do know although he is one of the hottest guys working today, there is very little out there about him. After the Birthday's are a series of posts featuring Leo who is represented by Front Model Management. If anyone knows a last name be sure to shoot me a line!
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Ok this post has been long in coming. I hate just posting pictures without knowing a bit about the model and photographer. I saw some pictures of Leo a year or so ago and saved them but had no way to identify his name or the photographer. That was until last week when I saw that strong, sexy face again, this time photographed by Rick Day. Rick had the pic labeled Leo for Genre magazine and off I went to research. Leo, is Leo D who I think was at Nous for a time and Major Models, but now is represented by Front Model Management. From what I could gather Leo might also have worked as a fire fighter, but since his career took off has been working steadily modeling, including a editorial in Vouge. I have read Leo is a favorite of the clients he works with.
Marlon Bolton, formerly with Front Management says "Leo is a charmer, and clients adore him, take notice, He is a Star in the making."
Leo is certainly someone who needs some attention. Although I am sure many of you have seen his pics, you, like me might not have been able to identify this amazing guy!
Height: 6' 2"
Suit Length: L
Got to thank Rick Day (I actually thank Rick Day almost daily!) for finally helping me to find out Leo's name. It was some of his shots that finally helped me with his identification. Rick has photographed Leo for a number of projects including his appearances in Genre and Pref Mag.