'The reason I love Halloween is that unlike most holidays, Halloween is one you can make entirely your own. There are no pressures to decorate (which I do), or cook, (which I don't) there are no family meals or visits from the cousin you choose to avoid most of the rest of the year. There are no gifts to buy and there are not battles over whether the religious connection should or should not be in the play and you eat things you mostly try to avoid the rest of the year. Halloween is also the night you can dress as you would the rest of the year if only you could get away with it!'
Tye Briggs, FH (2012)
'As a gay kid (or any kid really who struggles with who they are or family issues) holidays like Christmas and Thanksgiving can be tortuous. When your apart of a happy and healthy family, these are days to celebrate and come together. When your apart of a dysfunctional family or are in pain, these are days when the hurt is intensely spotlighted. Unlike these 'special' days which can encourage massive repression, Halloween does the opposite. Expression, especially about who you are, is something sadly still not something universally welcomed, except...for many, on October 31st.'
Tye Briggs, FH (2011)
'I think the reason I love Halloween is simple. It may also be a reason you do and don't even know it (I would be curious to know). When growing up knowing your different, family holidays like Christmas and Thanksgiving can be stressful. When in the closet it means questions from dear Aunt Ruth about girlfriends, when Out of the closet it means whispers from cousin Miranda and scowls from Uncle Phil. Halloween is not a family holiday. When I was a kid, after a certain age it was about leaving mom and dad at home to give out treats and running out of the house to meet your friends. As an adult it is still about gathering with people you want to be with instead of the stress of having to be with family who you may or may not get a long with. Families (and I love mine btw, most of them anyway) come with pressure. Halloween is pressure free, it is simply meant to be fun. At it core, it is oddly about being exactly who the boy once pretended to be, but is not. Gay or straight, anyone who stresses over what 'family' holidays bring up can celebrate this day as it is for you, not them. I hope one day to incorporate this same feeling into my Christmas's as well, but until I become totally healthy, trick or treat!'
Tye Briggs, FH (2010)
Although I tried to throw a few tricks into my Halloween postings this year, this one is most definitely more of a treat! Mix together one of my favorite holidays; stir in one of my favorite photographers; add in one of the blogs hottest and popular models ever; a dash of one the most iconic and haunting of Allan's poems and the resulting concoction is a tasty brew indeed.
'Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there wondering, fearing,
Doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before'
It has been far too long since Quinn Christopher Jaxon graced the pages of FH but thanks to Chris Teel, he makes a sensually dark return in this Raven inspired shoot on this All Hallows' Eve. When I first saw my first image of Quinn back in 2011 I knew I wanted to feature his work and have covered many of his shoots on his rise to becoming one of the most sought after and popular male models. When Chris and Quinn got together recently in Toronto, especially with Halloween approaching, a conceptual themed shoot was in order!
'Quinn has been in a horror movie so I knew we'd be able to draw upon his acting skills to convey the right mood for each concept. I love the humour combined with the sexiness of the shoot. Quinn is a genuine guy, really personable. He seems to have a certain wisdom for someone as young as he is and he seems so free and comfortable in his own skin. We will be planning another shoot soon and I cannot wait to get him back in front of my camera!'
Anyone who has been assaulted, attacked or physically harmed in anyway knows the power of fear. It summons the troops, surrounds you and fiercely battles any attempt you make to accept, understand or move on. It prefers you frozen.
Fear is an interesting emotion, one that more than almost any other can effect changes in behaviour, even if only experienced for a brief moment. One night of terror can rip away and negate decades of feeling safe. We get over love, we get over loss, but our bodies and minds refuse to let us truly ever forget or fully ever get over our fears.
Most of our fears however are not so much based on experience, or things that we have been through. Instead, they are things that we long and plead with ourselves to avoid. Those hidden fears, the ones deep in our gut, the ones that cripple us, are far scarier and much worse than anything Hollywood could ever come up with.
Halloween is about putting those fears, the ones bury, the ones we hide into some sort of a physical form. It is a day we make them something, a monster, an alien, a serial killer, something we can actually fight back from, kill and defeat. In reality we know we actually never will, but for one day, one night... it feels good to try. Happy Halloween!
Maverick filmmaker Paul Morrissey’s Flesh for Frankenstein re-evaluates the horror film, infusing it with satiric wit and sexuality. Morrissey’s tale of the mad Baron Frankenstein and his perverse creative urges was heavily edited upon initial release; Criterion presents the restored director’s cut—fully intact after 25 years—in a widescreen transfer
Flesh for Frankenstein is one of the goriest film comedies ever made. Yet despite its schlocky sensationalism, it’s still a Paul Morrissey film. That means it has some passionately felt things to say about how we live—and mainly waste—our lives today.
Joe Dallesandro is generally considered to be the most famous male sex symbol of American underground films. Although much of the attention he receives is for his incredible, often naked body, Dallesandro also has a beautiful face and soulful eyes which elevate many of his films. Even when you don't care about what is going on around him, you cannot help but be drawn to the man in the middle.
Although Hocus Pocus was not a Horror flick, my crush on actor Omri Katz always intensifies around this time of year. I first did a Blast From The Past post on Omri in 2009, but...after seeing the two images below, I thought it was time to update. Omri is looking hotter than ever, below shown at the 20th Anniversary celebration of the film. Wow!
Omri and I are almost the same age and I grew up as a kid watching him as a kid on Dallas. Katz had the distinction of being dragged around by a speedo clad Christopher Atkins for a season on the show. I was a teen watching him as a teen on Eerie Indiana and Hocus Pocus and a young adult watching him as a young adult in J.R. Returns. I admit HP gets dragged out this time a year as much to revisit Omri as it does to belt the lyrics to I put A Spell On You!
Good things do come to those who wait. I first saw, and posted an image from Manchester, New Hampshire photographer Joshua Gagnon during my Halloween postings back in 2011. After the image I wrote 'look for more of Joshua's work on FH coming soon...' Although I am not sure it would be stretch for two years to be considered soon, given the subject matter is 23 year old model Rob Bergeron, I am not complaining.
Joshua and Robe have shot every summer now for the past 3 years and lucky for me when Joshua and were recently communicating about a post, Rob was on his way over for an afternoon Halloween shoot. The first images are from their first shoot together, but the last few below are from earlier this month.
'The first thing that attracted me to Rob was his tattoo. Very impressive ink! I Love working with Rob because he is the epitome of the all American guy. He is a laid back, everything laid out on the table Army guy who gives 100% every time he models.'
I believe there is a rhythm to life, some people manage to get that, and move in sync with it, others fight against it, never quite getting with the beat. There is a graceful flow within Joshua's work you can literally feel, classic and elegant.
I often talk on FH about stories within photography. Many images capture just a brief moment of the tale while others give a beginning, middle and end. With the work of Joshua Gagnon I would describe his images more as poems, brief, lyrical snippets of moments which instead of unveiling the complete tale, scratch just enough of the surface to have you wanting to see more.