Friday, December 9, 2011

Favorite Pic of the Day for December 10th

Tim by Scott Barnes
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Happy Birthday today December 10th

Actor Michael Schoeffling, known to many for his role in 'Sixteen Candles' turns 51 today. Check out more of Michael HERE: and more of today's birthdays HERE:

Just Because: The X Factor

First off. I don't like seeing anyone in pain, especially a child. That being said however, there was something epic about Rachel Crow's elimination this week on The X Factor. I finally watched my DVR of last nights results show tonight. Like the entire season, it was over the top, overly dramatic, and there was almost something Shakespearean about it. What ever goes up, must come down! On most reality shows the winner, no matter how rotten or vile, seems to get away with their sins when the prize is awarded. Now Rachel is too young for sins or to be responsible for either her win or her loss. Her fall from grace last night however was clearly not about talent but due to those around her. She began on the show an adorable 13 year old, precocious and immensely talented. She ended her reign as a 35year old, in dress and in voice, overly coached, singing and talking in a way that turned off most who loved her in the beginning. Her fault, nah, but whether it be her parents, agent, Simon or the shows producers, whatever connection people felt towards the girl back when the show began faded with each 'big smile' and 'big reaction' she gave week in and week out.

The Dancer Stretches by Scott Barnes

The Dancer Stretches:
Tim by Scott Barnes

I love to post images of dancers. Every time I do I talk about how they make the best models due to how well they know their bodies and how well they are able to use them within their work. I think it is more than though. When I see a model in an image, no matter how great the shot, they remain a model. When I see a shot of a dancer, I instantly connect to a part of who they are that is not always present with other models.

Being a dancer takes a type of strength, a dedication, that goes beyond what most of us, even other athletes, commit to. It means a degree of pain, both mental and physical that most models are not accustomed to pushing themselves to or through. It means hours of practice, much of it alone, early mornings, auditions and for most, far too many rejections. It is a short career, if one at all, not usually financially rewarding. For male dancers it also means at some point during their youth, they must make a decision to pursue something almost everyone around them does not support.

I am a huge fan of the work of Scott Barnes and have featured his images often. I think The Dancer Stretches is my favorite of his works. The editorial series, showcased in his Dreams section of his site Vir Impudicus. The shoot embodies so much of what I love about photography. Without words, a story is told. It is beautifully quiet, erotic with an emotional impact.

'After shooting Tim, for a while I didn't want to work with any guy that WASN'T a dancer. They just move to naturally and smoothly and beautifully. A dancer and a photographer is a perfect combination.'
Scott Barnes

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