Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Pushing the Boundaries with haringmanPLUS

'more tease than sleaze'

First two shots above of anon.

Before I contacted Kevin from haringmanPLUS, I wondered if his shots were pushing a boundary for FH. I try to walk a line of somewhere between a 'PG-13' site and an 'R.' Just my personal taste really, no other reason. But...from time to time there are shots I want to add which might push the 'R' just a bit. I finally decided I wanted Kevin's work on the site and furthermore loved the fact Kevin had the same question and posted so on his MM page.

I actually don't think any of the shots do. As I wrote above, Kevin says they are more 'tease than sleaze'. Kevin says he likes to mix it up a little, joining humour, quirkiness and sexiness together to get a result. In the end, I really wanted Kevin's work, these amazing shots on FH.

I have only two requirements that must be met before contacting a photographer about showcasing their work. The first one is simple, I must really love the work and it must make me feel something. Given I spend some of my time each day looking at, describing and sharing the work of other artists, I must be passionate about it. Secondly, and most importantly, when I decide to profile an artists work I must see something new, something I have not seen before. This is not an easy task. Kevin's work is not only erotic, it is fresh, it is unique, new and most of all so much fun. I would love to hang one of Kevin's shots in my living room, well...maybe the bedroom, I don't need to deal with the reaction of Aunt Carolyn...

Below: B_M.

The creativity in Kevin's work is truly outstanding. Most of his shots begin with a similar canvas, a plain background and a camera angle that remains fairly constant. That is however where the similarities end. I was able to see hundreds of Kevin's shots and as you can see from the ones I have included here, each one then takes on a life of their own. Each one has it's own concept and with the use of props, simple fashion choices and the personality of the model, each one then takes on it's own life and it's own feel.

Below: Benny Young.

Kevin started taking photographs when he was in Australia,

"I needed to earn some money to stay there, so I bluffed it. Since then I got better (i hope) and I travelled the world and had some fantastic opportunities, especially in Rio de Janeiro, working on fashion shoots. And I still like doing TFCD when time allows, it's refreshing."

Below: Beautiful shot of Conan Belletty.

I was curious how Kevin goes about choosing his models. Given Kevin's work is more about creating an artists statement than necessarily showcasing the model, I wondered how he went about approaching a model with his concept?

"When I make arrangements with a model, I ask them if they have specific requests, and then I direct them more towards what I think would work well with their style, their look, their shape and size. Luckily they seem to trust my judgement. I have a head full of ideas and projects, and when a model offers to work with me, I often know which project fits them. Of course, when they arrive, it may be a change of direction and revert to Plan B. Luckily I have only ever had 2 shoots that I would regard as disasters."

Below: Joe.S

Asking a photographer to describe their style often gets mixed reactions. Many are not keen on labeling. Kevin paused but chose eclectic? It fit for my experience of Kevin's work when he said shots on his Plus page go for a sexy rather than sexual approach;

"Viewers can make their own minds up about the mixture of humour and quirkiness versus obvious editorial shots. I like to think that models get a variety of shots to choose from, and that they leave my place having had a good, fun, enjoyable time."

A good, fun and enjoyable time is exactly how I would describe time spent with Kevin's work! Thanks Kevin for sharing your outstanding shots with FH!

If you want to see more of Kevin's work check out his page on MM HERE: and his plus site on MM HERE: Also see much more on his official site haringman photography HERE:

Next two shots of Kamil Kumorek.

Two shots below of Richard Pepper.

Below: Thiago Drewry.

Below: Ville Kinos, who I have featured on FH in the past.

Below: Such a creative shot with jerom.

Below: I think this shot of William P. is my favorite.

Below: Kevin: A self portrait from and of the artist

Favorite Birthday Boys for Today July 13th

Happy Birthday today July 13th to:

I have profiled Greg Kelley a couple of times before oh FH, Check out those posts HERE: Greg has become a favorite new model of mine not just because of his amazing look but more importantly his equally amazing outlook!. Greg turns 19 today.

I love actor Robert Gant who turns 42 today!
First two pics of Robert by the wonderful David Vance.

Also Celebrating today July 13th

Happy Birthday also today July 13th to:

Al Santos turns 34 today.

Gustavo Haddad turns 34 today.

Harrison Ford turns 68 today.

Favorite Face Of The Day: Markus Kristian

Portrait Above by Robert Rhea.

"I make up short fantasies in my mind that will bring out certain emotions.. in that way, I can show realistic feelings in my facial expressions and body placement. Sometimes the emotions will really get me wound up!"

20 year old nursing student loves to focus on the feeling of a shot. He loves and prefers an artsy concept that is focused on feeling rather than the model. The first shots I saw of Markus were by RLS images and they showed a maturity and deepness beyond his age. You can learn more about Markus at Next Hottest Model who ran a great interview with Markus.

Below: Markus by Ethan James. I love Ethan's work and have featured it on FH in the past. Check out Ethan's wonderful blog where he talks about working with Markus.

Markus Kristian

Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 175 lbs
Chest: 40
Waist: 31
Shoe: 11
Hair color: Blonde
Hair length: Short
Eye color: Hazel
Skin color: White
Experience: Experienced

Next four shots by Gabrael Priboj. Gabrael is new to shooting the human form and his experience previously has been with landscapes and still live. He combines these beautifully in this shoot with Markus.

Last four shots by RLS Images.
Markus and Randy from RLS have worked several times together and created some great shots! Markus says of working with Randy:

"We're not doing a photoshoot.. we're hanging out, playin around.. you just happen to be taking some amazing pictures."