Friday, July 31, 2009

Favorite Pic of the Day for July 31st

I have profiled model Jean Carlos before, but with all the stunning shots of Jean out there, sometimes a backstage candid can be one of the hottest!

Pic Series of The Day: Chris Michael by Mark Grantham

The Model: Chris Michael:

26 year old California Model Chris Michael may be from Chicago, but he certainly looks at home on the beaches of California.

Chris describes himself as:

"Intelligent, love to laugh, not an idiot, in shape, athletic Filipino/French/German/Irish/Swedish (woot woot!) mixed guy. I love this fruitful and fulfilling journey of modeling for photography, and I'm definitely always open for new perspectives and creative minds..."

I also love that he calls himself 'Short and Sweet'

Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 135 lbs
Measurements: 38-28-32
Shoe size: 7.5
Hair color: Brown
Hair length: Medium
Eye color: Brown
Skin color: Tanned
Experience: Some Experience

The Photographer: Mark Grantham

Mark is a Santa Cruz/San Francisco bay area based photographer who has a passion not only for the male form, but also a love of travel and Natural History imagery. Mark is back to focusing on his photography after an amazing experience biking 545 miles, from San Francisco to Los Angeles, as part of the 2150 riders in the AIDS LifeCycle.

Mark says:
"I approach each shoot with an eye for creating art... for creating something unique... for making the model shine... for grabbing the attention of the viewer... for creating a bit of mystery or wonder... Each of us is unique, so why create the same image over and over?"

Mark is correct his work is unique. I love how Mark takes some of the most beautiful, physical men and shoots them actually being physical. Utilizing the body, not just as the subject for his shots, but uses it's motion and flexibility to create striking images of strength and beauty. Using the arms, the legs, the entire body as part of a concept, not just as parts to be viewed but parts that help tell what the body is capable of. Be sure to check out more of Mark's work at his official site HERE:

Mark has a series of books I encourage you to check out. 'Greg' is on my wish list! You can check out and purchase some of Mark's books HERE: