Image by MvR photo
For me, 2011 was about cementing. Cementing what I wanted FH to be, and cementing relationships with photographers, models and actors who were a part of my vision. I have written before that one of the things that drove FH in the beginning was respect. I was so tired of certain sites and site owners who seemed to see their purpose in bringing others down. I hate cruelty, and wanted FH to be a celebration of the male form, not a site to tear down, belittle or make fun of others.
Image from Jon Seneca
But.. nice can be boring, so it was one of my goals to try to keep things interesting. That proved fairly easy with all the sexy images, and stimulating stories that artists and models shared. So many photographers made their FH debut in 2011. For some, it was just one visit, others visited a couple of times. Many others, made FH a regular place to share their work. MvR Photo, Jon Seneca, TWD Photos, Manuscript Photography, Christopher Singleton, GymImage and JR Williams were just some of the many artists who shared their vision and images in 2011.
Image by Richard Rothstein
Joining the photographers from 2010 who became regular contributors were Peek Physique, Doug Vetter, TR Pics, Studio James, Von Melzer and Greg Lindeblom. Gordon Nebeker also had his first appearance, but with an entertainer who had second thoughts about having his penis swinging about. Gordon's images made their next appearance in 2012 and have been a regular, and favorite part, of FH in 2010.
Keith by Carl Proctor
Carl Proctor, and his images of Keith, also first appeared in 2011. I have featured Carl's work each year since, including updates whenever he manages to get the very busy Keith back in front of his lens.
Image from Peek Physique
I also was thrilled to feature model great model features in 2011. Adam Fletcher, Seth Kuhlmann, Colby Keller, Brandon Connelly, Benjamin Godfre and tMf model search winner Kyle Goffney were just a handful of models who took the time to answer my questions and curiosities. Although Matt Eldracher won the 2010 model search, his winning photo shoot with photographer Chris Teel was featured 2011.
Image from TR Pics
I can't post about 2011 without giving a mention and thanks to Marlen Boro. Over 2011 and 2012, almost every Thursday, The Gentlemen of Marlen Boro was a highlight. It wasn't just a highlight to share so many incredible shoots from Marlen, it was also a treat to join Marlen for a short time on his journey to creating his signature Dudoir themed shoots.
Image from Doug Vetter
Image from GymImage
Matt Eldracher by Chris Teel
Brandon Connelly by TWD Photos
Image by Von Melzer
Quinn by Marlen Boro