Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Favorite Pic of the Day for July 27th

DW Chase by AU AU fotografia
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Favorite Birthdays for today July 27th

Happy Birthday today July 27th to:

Rafael Verga turns 30 today.

Jonathan Rhys Meyers turns 34 today.

Julian McMahon turns 43 today.

Also Celebrating today July 27th

Also Celebrating today July 27th

Danish actor Nikolaj Coster Waldau, seen recently in the short lived New Amsterdam, a show I was just getting into when it was sadly cancelled, turns 41 today.

Actor Eric Martsolf turns 41 today.

Sasha Mitchell from Dallas and Step By Step turns 44 today.

Can Yahoo Serious really be 58 today???

A Little Escape:

This post took forever to write. Not because I had such passion for it really, but more so because it was one of those posts whose direction I was struggled to stay with. It began with a friend posting the cover of the Hardy Boys Novel (see below) for While The Clock Ticked on their facebook page. The cover has a sinister and rather scary shot of Joe and Frank tied up with an old man coming in through the clock. The shot conjures up many thoughts and I felt there might be a story there somewhere about children's book covers with adult themes. Ultimately, after researching the topic I didn't really come up with anything too interesting to say beyond what has already been written.

So... I decided just to post about reading, especially summer reading. I so love to read and the Hardy Boy cover (besides being funny and oh so disturbing) too me back to the endless summers of my childhood when reading was more than just a pleasure, it was an escape.

I have wonderful parents, but my childhood like many, was no piece of cake. Summers were especially hard without the structure and routine of school. One of the highlights of my week was Thursday. I didn't live anywhere near an actual library but, on Thursdays the bookmobile landed in the parking lot of my elementary school. I usually hung out and bugged the librarian (a pleasant and plump woman who compensated for her girth by spending an unproportionate amount of time primping her face make up and fluffing her bouncing curly hair). I am not sure if I annoyed the shit out of her but regardless, each week she greeted me with a big smile, news of any new books she thought I might like, as well as a big goodbye when I left with the promise of being back next week.

I have always hated reading to educate. I spent 12 years in school plus 6 years in University and almost each night of those eighteen years read for someone else. Even now I have a job which requires me to bring home files and reports which need my attention. I taught school briefly for 3 years and spent pretty much each night of those three years on the couch being forced to read essay's who I know took longer to read...than to write. Now, I when I choose a novel, I read for pleasure and to escape.

Running home from the bookmobile with the latest Danny Dunn (my favorite) or Hardy Boys or some other adventure was heaven. I knew the next few days would be spent on a beach, on a lawn, in the woods diving into the adventures of someone who lived no where close to the world I was living in. The Bobbsey Twins Wonderful Winter Secret) (don't judge ;) I was young!), was a book a baby sitter read to me one Christmas when I was six or seven that I then borrowed and read each Christmas til I was about 14 (and yet :) was still questioning my sexuality....go figure)

As I got older, my summers and my nights were still filled with books, The Hardy Boys made way for Blubber and Tony Miglione. Eventually I moved into my twenties where I went through several years where Stephen King was all I read. My favorite King books were Thinner and Dolores Claiborne (the movie, if you have not seen it, is one of my favorites and Kathy Bates phenomenal). King was replaced briefly by Grisham and Patterson with several other authors weaved in and out.

Last night before turning off my light I read the last page of Patterson's Worst Case. Not my favorite of his books, great little romance written in between many murders of teenagers. Patterson is a favorite of mine because of his ability to so quickly fully flesh out his characters. My favorite Patterson book is When The Wind Blows. If you think Patterson only writes detective novels, I encourage you run out and quickly buy this book about the girl with wings!

I spent quite a bit of time last week with my niece and two nephews. All are under 12so world of the internet has thankfully not yet gotten a hold. At one point one of my nephews yelled 'book time!' He picked up the latest in book from the feline series Warriors, his brother picked up the first of the series and their cousin, my niece picked up The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe (a book I had just given her to prove it was far better than the movie) and out the back deck we went. It was sooooo hot, yet as always I was able to open the pages and easily escape.

My Own Backyard: DW Chase by AU Fotografia

Ever since first seeing shots of DW Chase he and his work have been a regular fixture on FH. DW has such an incredibly sexy and unique look and transforms himself with each shoot and each photographer he works with.

My first profiles of DW were of his work with EV Dylan. (DW Chase by Ev Dylan / The Preeminent) Ev and DW have worked together countless times over the past few years and have a huge body of breathtaking work. Most recently I featured a Pic of the day of DW by another favorite of mine to feature, photographer David Wagner. More of DW's work with David was featured earlier this month on OhLaLa Mag, check it out HERE:

DW has traveled around the globe for his work but one of his most recent shoots took place in his home town of Galveston, Texas. DW and fellow Texan fashion and culture photographer AU Fotografia recently for this shoot proving DW looks as incredible in a bow tie as he does in a bathing suit.

'Photographer AU Fotografia had asked work with me about a year ago, originally we didn't have anything specific planned. So time rolled around and we began working on ideas. One of which you see here included these very interesting cotton sock like material for underwear that he picked up on a trip in Asia. I am always a sucker for cool and interesting underwear. It hadn't rained in Galveston for a few months, but of course the day of the planned shoot we got steady rain, which we needed. Both of us, dedicated to the shoot, just shot in the rain which gave a pretty cool effect to the pictures. The rain did empty the beach of people, which made it easier for me to change outfits.

The fashion segment of the shoot is certainly different for me and all the styling and looks were provided by the photographer. The fashion stuff is difficult for me because I am so used to being conscious about flexing and body movement, I almost didn't know what to do. While I get the opportunity to model all over, its always nice to get to model in what was essentially my own backyard.'

DW Chase Blog:
DW Chase on Model Mayhem:
AU Fotografia on Model Mayhem: