I remember vividly the first time I laid eyes on Jude Law. It was before The Talented Mr. Ripley and A.I, and even before I bought a DVD of Wilde. I was a little late to the Internet party. I think the first time I dialed up was at work in the late 90's. It was still another year or two before I bought a computer and dialed up from home. One of the first places I found to enjoy the male form was a place I know many of you are familiar with, the old Campfire Video forum.
It was there that I first saw promotional images of a 21 year old Jude Law from the Broadway production of Indiscretions. (Les Parents Terribles) The play also featured Kathleen Turner, Roger Rees, Cynthia Nixon and Eileen Atkins. The play made it's debut in April 1995, ended in November 1995, and landed Law his first Tony Nomination for Best Featured Actor is a play. Law was nominated again in 2010 for his turn in Hamlet.
Act Two of Indiscretions opens with Law soaking in a bathtub, and for 220 performances, emerges naked naked from the tub to dry himself off. I remember seeing the images of Cynthia Nixon, with a wet and naked Law thinking he was one of the most beautiful men I had ever seen. Sadly, the play had closed long before I first saw the images, so could not be one of the lucky audience members to witness Jude rising naked from that tub.
Law's nude scene was also before most people had handy phones with camera's to catch every memorable moment. I did however satisfy my Law love by joining Amazon and ordering the DVD of Wilde. Law's talent and beauty was on full display in a memorable performance that captured the young actor on the verge of the stardom that was about to come his way. Happy 44th Jude!
Now that FH has reached 10, it is a bit odd to be featuring actors, that were just kids when the site was started. But... that is the case with many teen actors and idols. Many actors, I first watched as 'the son' on some sit-com, are now doing nude scenes in their movies and on their HBO shows. I know I'm not the only who noticed that Nolan Gould has gone from cute to hot. I think the producers of Modern Family have clearly noticed as well.
Over the past few years, as Nolan, and his character Luke Dunphy, have been inching towards eighteen. The show has been playing up the young actors sex appeal for awhile, even before his 18th birthday. Not only have there been more and more sexual innuendo's, said by, and about Luke, the show has been giving him more and more 'story line reasons' to get off his shirt. Well... the adorable Nolan turned 18 this last October, and Modern Family wasted virtually ZERO time finally being open about exploiting Nolan's appeal.
Nolan Gould shares some holiday shots from his trip to Bora Bora on Instagram
In the November episode The Alliance, (which I just caught up on on DVR) Luke's attributes are clearly seen by a member of the golf club he is working at. The Cougar in question has good taste, and brings Luke back to her house to do a few household chores, without a shirt, and she hopes pants as well. Luke's grandfather Jay figures out what is going on and heads over to rescue him before she manages to get Luke's blank pants down, and on the floor.
'Every year, like clockwork, there was certain gift that she had had forgotten to put under the tree. Some gift, that was so well hidden in her closet, in the attic or in the basement furnace room, that she did not come upon while placing gifts under the tree on Christmas Eve.'
Last year, in a post right after Christmas featuring Carl Proctor's work with Brad, I wrote about the Bonus Gift. The bonus gift is one many of us are familiar with. It's that gift that either, someone forgot to give you, or an unexpected gift from someone that you're surprised to be given any time after December 25th.
One of the bonus gifts I received last year, was the return of featuring the work of msbimages. FH readers are familiar with the Dallas photographer Michal Boothe and my love of his imagery. If you check out any of my past pieces on Michal's work, (HERE:) you'll know why. Not that it really takes reading anything that I written, just spending time taking in Michal's work tells a very straightforward and clean, yet beautifully detailed and complete visual story.
Due to a career change and some of life's inevitable obstacles, Michal wasn't able to shoot as much as he would have liked. After last featuring his work back in 2013, Michal got in touch this past summer to let me know he was shooting again. It was a welcome return as I had been missing the purity and beauty which Michal so perfectly and consistently captured.
I quickly Michal a list of some of my favorite models, shoots, themes and images from his port. Over the past few months, have featured Michal's images of Saul, Chris, Jeremy and Guy Triche. I have not posted every model on the list, as I wanted to ensure not to rush through too quickly. Patience is not one of my best qualities, especially when it involves work that inspires me. But... I did decided think that lull between Christmas and New Year's was the perfect time to pull out a bonus gift, this time, Michal's work with Dale.
Boy next door
'Dale was somewhat of a chameleon in the images. There are certain angles where he looks like a completely different person (from boyish to movie star) which I think you will notice. And one of the things I loved about him was the blond hair on his arms and that his eyebrows were half brown and half blond. It was just too bad we were not able to do more shoots.'
The two shots above are perfectly marked examples of what Michal meant by chameleon. When I was first going through the shots Michal sent on, I initially wondered if he included another model my mistake. The pose and angle's captured beautifully illustrate the boyish to movie star transformation. Even Dale's facial structure looks different from shot to shot with slight changes in Dale's hair, facial expression and Michal's shooting angle and position. Dale's eye's also seem to visually transform from sweet and naive to sultry and ready, and as Michal pointed out, Dale's half brown and blond eye brows are incredibly striking.
Some of that nativity.... came naturally. Michal connected with Dale via a non Model Mayhem site about scheduling a shoot. Dale was on board, but let him know that he had never modeled nude before. Although he was motivated, he admitted being nervous, especially about assuming he would have to shave off all of his body hair, something he thought was a requirement for most nude shoots.
Michal was able to remove one of Dale's worries by assuring him he certainly didn't need to do any shaving. In fact, a requirement for Michal, was that his models actually don't shave, and have their own natural body hair. The shoot went smoothly, with Dale open minded about any creative idea's Michal through at him and was very talkative with a caustic wit that came out throughout the shooting process. I hope you all enjoyed unwrapping your bonus gift as much as I enjoyed receiving it from Michal. Rest assured, you won't have to wait until next Christmas to open another.