Friday, April 15, 2011

American Idol: Personality Counts!

I was a little surprised with all the outrage last week when singer Pia Toscano got the boot on American Idol. Pia was a great singer but great singers get the boot early every year. In fact great singers also rarely win American Idol. The winners usually have great vocal talent for sure, but with the exception of first year winner Kelly Clarkson, most winners could arguably be seen as great performers who sing rather than great singers who perform. Pia was not the greatest performer. Like past early evictee Jennifer Hudson, her personality did not exactly leap out of the tv screen and give you a big hug. The best example of this was season one's Tamyra Gray. Tamyra is one of the shows best singers but she came off arrogant and distant. Her inability to connect with an audience has still prevented her from getting her career off the ground. Idol tried it's best to help her for years, dragging her back to sing but although her brilliant vocals remained, so did her coldness. I am by no means saying Pia was cold, but pure talent has never been the main reason for an Idol win.

I guess I was surprised because Idol, although still a show I watch and enjoy has sort of become a background show in my life. I watch, or DVR, but don't really invest in it any more. I think it was years of disappointment and frustration. I remember season 2 in particular rooting for a Kimberly or Clay win (I liked Rueben but never saw him as able to really pull off stardom). Jennifer Hudson, and maybe for me even more Latoya London's departures in season 3 were disappointments. Add to that Scott Savol and Sanjaya's ability to last longer than far more talented singers taught me American Idol was a show to enjoy, not to invest or waste any emotion in.

Despite all the outrage, Idol usually ends up picking up a decent winner. Except for Season 5 when Chris Daughtry, or to me Elliott Yamin, should have taken the crown I have been ok with most winners. I know many believe Adam Lambert should have won his year but I liked both he and Kris Allen so it was a toss up. Even though this year, like every year critics claim the teenage girls are pushing the vote, those girls have rarely actually produced a winner.

Like each of the past 9 seasons or so the show pushes this group as The Best Group Ever!!! It of course is not true. If there were a group who should have that title I would give it to Season 2 or Season 5. I never really enjoyed Rod Stewart wannabe Paul who left last night, and I don't get the fuss over Casey. Scotty McCreery made me smile for about one week and now bores me to tears and Jacob's over emoting is cringe worthy. Jiimmy Lovine might be a talented producer but is creepy and only brings down the show. My main smiles each week come from watching Stefano Langone. Yeah Yeah he is cute but I also love his voice (when singing more than speaking...) He was really great this week and although will not make it to the end, is the only consistent part of my DVR recording that does not get the ole FF.

Krunnch Photo: Overt Imaginations

Above: Alexsander Freitas

Overt: Done or shown openly; plainly or readily apparent, not secret or hidden.

Imagination: The ability of the mind to build mental scenes, objects or events that do not exist.

Overt and Imagination are not words that typically go together. Overt is usually used to describe something loud, bold and in your face. Imagination on the other hand is something never actually seen, but instead visualized in image and emotion in your mind's fantasies and dreams.

Below: Bobby Momenteller

Presenting men as boldly sexual while at the same time leaving something to the imagination is what first drew me to the work of Krunnch Photo. The work, so powerfully sexual had me briefly worried it may be a bit much for FH. This worry however was short lived. Not only did I love the images, the more I communicated with the artist the more the passion he has for his work had me wanting to share.

It is odd isn't it that although full frontal shots are often seen on FH, these images in which the models wear more than most would cause me to pause. It is because, as stated above, the images are so overt. Although the models maybe partially covered, nothing, motive included, is subtle or hidden. It is a testament to Krunnch's ability to so directly connect, challenge and stimulate viewers of his work. Krunnch's models are not just fit, they are in control, strong, both physically and emotionally. When you see the eyes of his models you know exactly what they're saying.

Below: Carson

When I began the profile on the work of Krunnch Photo, I thought that the diversity in his portfolio might be a great theme. They certainly feature many men who are often under represented in the medium. When I mentioned this to Krunnch I loved that although he agreed, he simply said, 'I just do what I like, really.'

Below: Francisco Soriano

'I'm a software engineer by trade. A few years ago I got laid off from a job for which I didn't really have much enthusiasm anyway, so with the support of my wonderful husband I took a few months to think about what I wanted to do. Well they say do what you like, and what I've been obsessed about forever is jockstraps. So I picked up a camera and started

One of my first models introduced me to Louis LaSalle. He is a top-notch art nude photographer. He's also a very good friend now. Louis taught me just about everything I know about lighting.

Well surprise, you can't just hang your shingle out on the Internet and expect the money to start rolling in. Luckily I happened to shoot Mark Wolff. We hit it off, talking for some time after the shoot about his own site. I asked if he'd be interested in buying my site, since I obviously didn't know how to market it. He countered with a partnership that we maintain to this day. He's quite a marketing wiz and with his help we redesigned the site and sales took off.

As another friend jokes, it's not lucrative enough to pay for the beach house in Malibu (as if) but it does at least allow me to keep doing what I love. I get to shoot, edit and display my work. on a website that I have partially designed and maintained. I love it. How many people get to do what they really like?'

Below: Jamie

Thanks to Krunnch Photo for sharing his work, and his passion with FH!

Below: Peter Le

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Next two images below: Powerhouse Paul

Favorite Pic of the Day for April 15th

Incredible shot of R.J Moon by Krunnch Photo.
More of Krunnch Photo's work tomorrow, be sure to check back!

Happy Birthday today April 15th to:

Celebrating Birthdays today April 15th

Rugby's Yann David turns 23 today.

The talented and adorable Seth Rogan turns 29 today.

Model Shaun De Wet turns 29 today.

Was surprised how little there is on the net on the beautiful Daniel Pino from 'Cold Case'. Daniel turns 37 today.

Birthdays: Yeah...or Nay?

Jean-Michel Villette (Playgirl, March 2001)

I have asked this question before and am asking readers again to let me know how they feel about the birthday posts. Somedays I find doing celebrity birthdays a nice way to anchor the blog and give it structure. On days like today when I don't have time to put together full feature posts I kind of like being able to post the birthdays. On other days when I have wonderful content I find they get in the way. Curious if readers will help me decided what to do by leaving a comment below:

Yeah: Keep em as they are!
Stay: Keep them, but just post sometimes when you feel they fit.
? I could care less

Thanks! Of course I am leaning towards a Stay, but want your thoughts. Some days I do certainly want to turf them all together!