Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Favorite Pic of the Day for January 10th

Image by Erick Herfs
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Happy Birthday today January 10th to:

That amazing face!

Still love me some Lee Rumohr who turns 37 today.
Check out my previous post on Lee HERE: and more of today's birthday's HERE:

Judges Choice!

Image by Brian Lawrence

Bassili Hendy has been chosen Judges choice for Model Search 2012!
-Look for an exclusive shoot with Marlen Boro coming later in the spring-

Image: Dylan Rosser

Enthusiast: Erick Herfs Photography

Let's Shoot!
The photography of Erick Herfs

I really do love vibrant, colorful, high concept shoots. You know the ones! Dragon heads, decapitated body parts and sixteen television sets act as props, surrounding models to form dynamic and creative imagery. I often feature shoots such as this on FH, ones that touch or disturb me in some way. Ones whose messages are distinct and powerful.

I equally love when the creativity comes more modestly, even quietly. Images in which light and dark are the only things surrounding a model and the only props needed are small dabs of fashion or a pair of glasses. The creativity stems from the lighting, the pose, facial expression. A small change of angle, a hint of shadow are the things which change what could be just a photo into something a bit more artistic.

'Let's shoot! I'm a young easy going photographer looking to captivate eyes and mind through creativity. My ultimate goal is to create pieces of work that can be categorized as art, photographs that evoke feelings; emotions. (Is that even possible?)'
Erick Herfs

Based in LA, photographer Erick Herfs has always had a camera close by. It was only recently however, that he entered the fashion world and started shooting models. About a year ago a friend, looking to get a start in the modeling world, asked him to shoot some shots for his portfolio. Then, sort like the old Heather Locklear Faberge ad (here with late actor Chris Mayer) word spread when a friend of the models also liked the images Erick had shot.

Erick went on to then open a ModelMayhem account and before too long models began requesting to work with him. At just 26, Erick is having fun with his photography, he works full time in film and photography is currently a sideline, but he is looking forward to seeing where it takes him.

'Always eager to meet new models, every shoot is a whole different experience and I love to learn from each of these. Can't wait for my next shoot with any model out there who just like me is passionate, focused and dedicated towards the development of fresh ideas; ultimately creating art, but most importantly, having fun while doing so!'
Erick Herfs

Be sure to check out more of Erick's work on his website HERE:

Shanked: New York Soaps

Forgive the obvious pun in the title but this post has gone through a variety of stages. It began several months ago when a FH reader wrote in asking if I would do a feature on actor Bill Shanks. The reader wrote one of his favorite parts of the blog was Blast from the Past, especially the soap stars that he grew up watching were featured. Bill Shanks played Dr. Casey Peretti on the soap from 1986 through 1990. Unfortunately, after quite a bit of research I found very little of Shanks on the net. But this week after reading an interesting NY Post article on New York and the soaps I thought of a good reason to post a bit of Shanks and some other starts from some NYC based soaps.

I did not watch the cancelled As The World Turns nor have I seen a second of One Life To Live which ends it's forty plus year run this Friday. That does not mean however that I don't mourn the death of the daytime soap. (R.I.P ABC Soaps) There is something comforting, even safe about soaps. I have vivid memories of getting home from school as a kid, making a peanut butter sandwich and sitting with my mother as she watched Another World. I remember watching The Young And The Restless with the girl I was dating in Jr High. I still DVR Days Of Our Lives from time to time when there is a storyline of interest (current Chandler Massey is rocking the house with his coming out storyline). Currently daytime is riddled with shows that frankly scare me. I like Dr. Oz, but between his show, The Doctors, Dr. Phil, The Chew and the slew of other shows, when you turn on the tv during the day now the only thing you find out is how wrong everything your doing in your life is! The bedroom scenes from Bay City are looking tame in comparison to the reality based 'stories' on most of the talk shows.

Jon Hensley & Brian Bloom

The story in the NY Post was interesting as I have always thought the NY soap world seemed quite special in the genre's hay day. I remember how it was depicted in Tootsie and how it became a running storyline for Joey on Friends (Although Days Of Our Lives is actually filmed in CA). Soaps in NY make sense as many soap actors move back and forth between their shows and the stage. Give me a juicy soap opera over a bunch of loud mouths talking about topics many know little to nothing about.

If you want to check out a comprehensive journal of the history of hunks on the show there is no better place to visit than SoapHunks.Net. Here are a few of my favorites from the soon to be gone One Life To Live:

Christopher Douglas

David Fumero

David A. Gregory

Joe Lando