When I think of some of my favorite images, location has always been central. But when I think of the artists and places I have featured; the armoury's, old bank vaults, abandoned homes and building, the mine shafts and long forgotten farms and bars there is one through line they all have, change. Almost everything on earth has a similar life cycle, creation, life and then death. The life of a person, or a location also has it's own cycle from new and vibrant to old and withered, the artists I most admire, see the beauty in the latter.
There is little on this planet that does not change at lightening speed. Rocks however probably have one of the slower change cycles and the changes that do occur are usually connected to external factors like human's and the elements that eventually wear down their tough exterior. It is interesting that when I put together a story on the blog about most locations, I am usually caught up in what those places once looked like. When working with these images from photographer Gray Ions, I was struck by how small the changes would have been over the years, decades and even centuries.
There would have of course been changes in the vegetation, but for the most part, the rocks, ocean and sky have remained a stable location and backdrop for countless men and women whose life spans have passed through them. Gray's theme of 'figures on rocks' beautifully contrasts skin with stone and I love the textures and colors Gray Gray creates. Each of these images have been taken around a very small area in Gray's home in Cape Town. Making use of the amazing granite rock formations and using Table Mountain as a backdrop, Gray says the location brings on complete calmness and complete peace when shooting on the rocks.
Gray estimates he has done about 100 shoots on and around the rocks and the location makes it a draw for the models he works with. Gray has recruited models from his beautiful city of Cape Town but has shot incredible men on the rocks from Canada, Australia and Europe. About 90% of the models Gray has shot there have never posed before but once they see the location and Gray's imagery, most want to share in the experience, and many have done multiple shoots atop the rocks.
Gray titled his site Alpha-boy, which Gray describes as a shy creature, seldom found out at night and never in crowds. Although normally shy, Gray says when shooting, especially on the beach or upon the rocks, he finds himself at ease. This relaxation usually causes the artist to become more talkative than he normally would be. .
Gray says his talking helps relax many of the models as he doesn't want to direct them but instead prefers them to move as the please. Gray moves with and around them, sometimes working from 360 degree angles taking in as much of the model, and all that surrounds him, as he can. Gray conducts most of his shoots about an hour before sunset, shooting as the sun beautifully sinks into the Atlantic.
I work a lot with the shapes and textures of the rocks…. and the late afternoon light. The time of day, light is always different…. and visually exciting. With Table Mountain as a backdrop, the clouds sometimes fall down the mountain, and change colours as they planet down the mountain.'
Gray has taking photos since he was a child and has always been his passion. His background his academic, studied photography and lectured on the subject for 11 years. Currently Gray works as a freelance photographer shooting a spectrum from portraits to porn and everything in between. Male nudes and travel photography are what he truly loves and as you can see from these images, Gray loves working outside utilizing natural life. 'I feel so alive when the' gods of light' play along with me and for a second the light is perfect. The clouds dance in the sky for me and I feel the energy of the moment.'
There are very few shows I watch live, DVR is my usual viewing choice so I can flip through the commercials. I did make an exception last night to watch, and thoroughly enjoy ABC's How To Get Away With Murder. The show grabbed me from the first few minutes and held my interest til the cliffhanger ending. The show weaved together three different mysteries, only one solved by the end of the first 60 minutes.
The cast, led by Viola Davis and Alfred Enoch was stellar and the eye candy, (as you can see below) varied and more than worthy. It is also great to see Tom Verica and Liza Weil (Paris bitches!) back on television. The show got a lot of press this week due to a writer from the NY Times, and part of me wishes executive producer Shonda Rhimes would have ignored it. She, and the show, are above it and her shows stars only brought attention to the article and it's writer. I guess, with three hours of Thursday programming, the promotion it garnered was too good to pass up. How To Get Away With Murder didn't really need it, it pulled in an impressive 14 million viewers, out rankings the two other Rhimes shows that preceded it on Thursday.
Alfred Enoch, known to many for his role in the Harry Potter series is a perfect actor to anchor the actors playing the students around. Talented, smart, vulnerable and incredibly sexy, I suspect Alfred's Wes Gibbons is in store for a pretty bumpy ride.
Alfred in Sherlock
Billy Brown has been busy the last few years on Sons of Anarchy, The Following, Dexter and Hostages. With all those roles, not sure I have seem him look as hot as in his boxer briefs in his first scene from Murder (below) last night.
First off, don't you just love Jack Falahee's name! Jack plays Connor Walsh and had Murders hottest sex scene of the pilot. What made the scene so great wasn't just it's pushing the envelope with it's hottness, it was also great seeing Connor doing what he could, and who he could, to get the information he needed to impress his professor.
I love me some Matt McGorry. Matt didn't get a ton of screen time last night, but hopefully Asher will get some interesting story lines as the season goes on. Check out my previous post on Matt HERE:
Matt in Orange Is The New Black
I first crushed over Charlie Weber when he played Ben on Buffy The Vampire Slayer. Ben was the human body for Hell Goddess Glory and although Glory ultimately took over, Ben certainly made an impact!