Sunday, November 6, 2011

Favorite Pic of the Day for November 7th


Above:
Skyclad Modeling by Steve Loxley.
-Find out more below-

Check out today's birthday's including Dirk Shafer and Rick Malambri HERE: & HERE:

Check out All the details of Model Search 2012 below!!!

Kudos to SNL



SNL nailed down this weeks fiasco! Kristin Wig played Kris Jenner perfectly, nailing her blend of 'feel sorry for us/buy our stuff' presentation.

-MODEL SEARCH 2012-

Are you a model? Or aspiring model?



Are you looking for some serious exposure?

Tye Briggs’s FH & Other Things & Male Boudoir by Marlen Boro present Model Search 2012!

Over the past year Marlen Boro and Tye Briggs joined forces, bringing weekly features on the FH blog, marrying the artist talent of Marlen with the presentation style and writing talents of Tye. And now they’re sponsoring the Model Search 2012.

If you’re a new face looking for a jumpstart exposure or an experienced model looking to expand your portfolio, Model Search 2012 may be perfect for you!



THE PRIZES

People’s Choice Winner receives:

-$1000 (paid after the photoshoot)
-Photoshoot with Marlen Boro
-Images from the photoshoot will be featured on 3 blogposts on the FH website
-Archival album and high-resolution images courtesy of Marlen Boro

Judge’s Choice Winner receives:

-$250 (paid after the photoshoot)
-Photoshoot with Marlen Boro
-Images from the photoshoot will be featured on 2 blogposts on the FH website
-Archival album and high-resolution images courtesy of Marlen Boro



THE TIMELINE
November 1 – December 15: Submissions accepted

Some submissions will be posted to the “2012 Model Contest Photo Album” on Marlen’s facebook page (www.facebook.com/marlenboro) – the guy who gets the most attention on the gallery will be entered into the Voting as the “Wild Card”.

December 17: Judges announce the Finalists and the Wild Card
December 17 – December 31: Voting
January 1 – People’s Choice and Judges’ Choice Winners announced

Head on over to Male Boudoir for complete rules and guidelines!

Our Judges:

THE JUDGES:


Dylan Rosser:
Originally from South Africa, Dylan Rosser started his career as a graphic designer, working on various lifestyle magazines in Cape Town. In 1998, upon his move to London, Rosser sought a change in direction which marked the start of his photographic work. Frustrated with how the male form was depicted within the media, Rosser began a showcase for his work with TheMaleForm.net. With the success of the site, Rosser’s reputation for creating images described as ‘powerfully erotic’, ‘classic’, ‘raw and edgy’ grew. His work, featuring models from around the world, can now be seen regularly in photo anthologies, international magazines, and in his newest online project tMfMagazine.com. Rosser’s last two books, X-Posed and RED have received critical acclaim worldwide.


Naked by Dylan Rosser


Jack Mackenroth:
No stranger to world of fashion and modeling, Jack Mackenroth has been working in the industry since first moving to New York in 1991. After graduating from Parsons School of Design, Jack opened a menswear store in the West Village called ‘Jack’ where he showcased top upscale designers along side new and upcoming designers. In 1997, Mackenroth went to work for Tommy Hilfiger and then designed for Levis Slates Brand. Known to many for his time on the forth season of Project Runway. Although Jack withdrew from the reality competition in episode five, he made a huge impact. As a fashion designer his work has been seen on various celebrities and television shows. As a model Jack has been featured on countless magazine covers and features. Besides his work in the fashion industry, Jack continues to swim professionally traveling for meets throughout the US. In 2008, Jack partnered with Merck & Co, Inc to launch a national HIV and AIDS education campaign, Living Positive By Design and continues to work tirelessly as both an advocate and speaker for HIV/AIDS education and organizations.


Jack Mackenroth in CA-RIO-CA Swimwear by Gil Even.
Photo by Ray John-Pila

Marlen Boro:
Minneapolis-based photographer, Marlen Boro, has emerged as one of the country’s most exciting new photographers of the male form. Not only has Marlen shot some of the business’s hottest models, he’s known for his unique and envelope-pushing themes of his work. According to past clients and models, a photoshoot with Marlen is itself a singular experience, due to his dedication to getting to know and then exhibit the unique personality and physique of his subjects. Mr. Boro’s work is shown on his website:


Eric, one of my favorite shots from Marlen.

Tye Briggs:
For the past four years, Tye Briggs has been showcasing the work of internationally renowned photographers and artists on his site FH & Other Things. Tye loves discovering and highlighting new talent, as well as artists who are frequently ignored by mainstream sites and blogs. In addition to running his successful blog, Tye is currently working with renowned photographer, Dylan Rosser, as writer and features editor for the online magazine, tMf.


Tye from FH this past summer, playing with fire as usual. (and no, I don't look like Phil Laak in every shot...just the ones I post!)

The Elements of Freedom: Skyclad Modeling



Freedom:
gazing across a misty sea
naked flesh upon naked rock...
sun warmed... wind cooled...
stripped of society's constraints
nudity is my freedom
awakening my senses to this natural world

Steve Loxley

Below: Steve by Mike Herring

With the beginning of Model Search 2012 I could not think of a better day to feature the extraordinary work of Steve Loxley from skyclad modeling. My goal on FH has always been to feature both established and successful artists alongside new talent and artists who do not get the attention they so deserve on more mainstream sites and blog. I love when models and photographers send me their work to feature, but whenever I see undisclosed recipients, I am sometimes a bit disappointed for a creative blogger, the comes from finding, writing and sharing material that is not seen elsewhere.



Whenever I post shots by an artist or of a model who does not fit the general look of the current guys gracing the covers of major gay and fitness magazines, I get comments and emails critical of their looks and about how they won't make it in the industry. I am curious what people think that 'industry' actually is. Yeah, there are tons of HOT guys (many I love to feature) shooting in New York or other major fashion cities with the top fitness and fashion photographers. Doing campaigns and spreads for magazines and online sites. Often these models are students, and most have to work several jobs to supplement their incomes in order to survive. Success can be measured in many ways but I don't think one can argue that someone who does what he loves, and, since the early 80's, has made his living primarily from modeling is pretty darned successful.



Steve Loxley's began modeling in 1984 when naturalist photographer Mike Herring (second shot above) developed some of Steve's holiday photos and contacted him about hiring the model in the shots. Since most of the shots were self portraits Steve had taken, or shots of him taken by his wife, he was flattered to find out the model Mike was referring to was in fact him.



'After several successful photographic sessions with Mike, both on location and in his studio, I decided that an alternative career might be beckoning me.'


Except for the shot by Mike Herring, all the beautiful shots above are self portraits done by Steve.

Mike was the first photographer I ever modelled for, in fact we have been friends ever since, and have some great memories of travelling and working together throughout France for three summers. When people ask me if it's really glamorous being a photo model I usually tell them the story of when I was working for Mike at a French Nudist club we were making a promotional video for. We had to show all the facilities so Mike thought it appropriate that I was always in the shot, especially for the shower shots (as they were very proud of their new shower/toilet block!) Unfortunately they only had cold showers and we had to retake about three or four times until Mike was satisfied.... I have to say that I was glad it was a very hot, sunny day as the showers were freezing!

Below: Image from Christa Graham.


The shot from Mike Herring shown above was from a naturist hotel in South West England, and we had earlier that day been shooting in the outdoor swimming pool which was probably more freezing than the showers had been! I remember that I even had to rescue a few frogs out of the pool and chased Mike around the pool with them in a net! I still have all the photos I have ever done with Mike, some particularly poignant ones of me and my ex wife, which were beautiful black and white art studies.

Below: Steve shot by Susan Bonor at a class at Langara College.


The Pagan Path:

There were so many things I wanted to focus on with Steve (you know that working as a nude model for art classes must be filled with many funny and great stories...)'

'Being nude in front of one person isn't too daunting, the reality of being nude in front of a dozen or more was a different proposition!'

The Pagan Path section of his website really peaked my interest. Like many of you I'm sure, when I first read the word Pagan on Steve's page I almost clicked off as for some reason I had always connected pagan with Devil worship. I or course, could not have been more wrong. Pagans do not believe in the Devil. In a nutshell Pagans believe that everything has a soul or spirit, not just humans which has been a long held traditional Christian belief. (which seems though in some sections to be changing)

Two shots below by Alma Luz



Skyclad in fact, is in Pagan term used for ritual nudity. On his site, Steve says that for most Pagans, nudity, or going skyclad, is a preferable state in which to invoke the deities of nature. Ritual nudity is not a new concept and has been practiced in many ancient religions and in fact is still practiced today by many in remote areas of the world.

Next three shot from Gilles Champagne

Last fall, when Vancouver was blessed with an Indian summer, Steve, along with fellow Pagan Gilles Champagne, ventured off to an untamed part of Vancouver to photograph the male nude within nature. Steve says their aim was to show both the strength and vulnerability of the naked male body in harmony with the four Sacred Elements of the Pagan belief, Air, Earth (represented by sand, stone and trees), Water and Fire (represented by the Sun).



'We shot the photos at the almost named Acadia Beach, a well known but little used nudist beach, adjacent to the more famous and heavily populated Wreck Beach. There were plenty of opportunities for me to drape my naked body over large, smooth rocks and fallen trees, as well as entwine myself around living trees which at hide tide grow right by the edge of the waves.'



Check out more of this beautiful, fascinating and successful model on Model Mayhem HERE: & on his portfolio site HERE:

Last two shots by Steve Loxley