Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Favorite Pic of the Day for June 21st

Pete by Paul Smollen
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Happy Birthday today June 21st

Happy Birthday to actor Chris Pratt who turns 33 today.
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If there's a reason to see ...Rock Of Ages

Not sure why, but there is little about Rock Of Ages that has me wanting to head to the the theatre. I know that the advance buzz is good, and the performances are getting good word of mouth. I am not sure if it's the 80's rock, Cruise or Shankman, (who I have both positive and negative feelings towards...) but I think this one will be best saved for a DVD night in the fall.

I did notice a hottie with an incredible head of hair in the previews and a little googling had me finding out that the hottie with the hair is actor Diego Boneta. Diego, who had not hit my radar before, has appeared on US television screens on Pretty Little Liars and 90210 and a few pretty much straight to DVD flicks like Mean Girls 2.

Born in Mexico City, Diego got his biggest break on the Mexican soap opera Rebelde. Diego, also a singer, released his self-titled debut album in 2005 and his first single, Responde made it to #13 on the Mexican charts. Now I am not saying Diego is going to have me running to the theatres but...if anyone asks me to go, I might just not have as many reasons to say no.

Winter Sunset: Pete by Paul Smollen

At 7:09PM today, summer officially begins in the Northern Hemisphere of the planet. South of the equator, in Sydney Australia, June means the beginning of winter which runs through until the end of August. Although for most of the world, winter means the lowering of temperatures, in Australia the fluctuation is usually less severe than for in America, especially for those of us in the North East.

I have bee following the work of Australian photographer Paul Smollen for awhile now, but it was just this past May that FH first featured his work in a profile with model Hendri, Aquatic Absolute. I am always thrilled when he artists I profile enjoy their experience with being featured and during the process Paul offered to put together a shoot exclusively for FH. Paul did not put any conditions or restrictions on the shoot, instead simply asked me to spend time with his book, choose a model myself, he would take it from there.

When going through Paul's images I came across a mystery man, Peter, no MM page or link to see more, just a beautiful naked back, bum and legs standing on a balcony in Kings Cross Australia overlooking the city of Sydney. The decision was easy, Pete it was!

'Pete does not work as a model but he is one of my favourite subjects to shoot. I was ecstatic that Tye choose Pete for the exclusive photo series for Favourite Hunks Blog and I knew that I had to shoot Pete in the rich orange glow that only a winter sunset in Sydney could provide. One that bathes Pete in a glow that reflects his personality.'
Paul Smollen

Paul first meet Pete at work and although at first they worked in separate departments, after a few years Paul became his manager. About that same time, Paul was getting back into photography after spending a few of years away from the lens. Mostly shooting landscapes and still life, Paul had avoided photographing people. The photographer says since he spent his days dealing with so many people, he didn't want to spend his off time photographing them as well. Instead, this time was devoted into escaping into nature life.

Paul found however that in shooting life, you couldn't really avoid people, and the artistic pull was becoming too strong to ignore. In his head, all the projects he was envisioning ended up with human as the subject. So shooting people it was. Paul knew he had to first find some test subjects and the first person he approached was Pete.

'I have photographed Pete on four occasions now, and he has never said no to a single idea or style I have placed him into. He is also one of the easiest subjects I have ever shot, I don’t know if that stems from us being friends, but Pete is just at ease in front of the camera and knows how and where to stand and understand my often cryptic direction. I adore shooting Pete for the simple fact I think you really see him in the images. There is no act there is no pose there is no character that is created for the shot, it is Pete just being Pete. To know Pete is to actually look at him in an image and see a calm and grace filled persona and good heart in the eyes. It also doesn’t hurt that he also possesses an amazing bum.'
Paul Smollen

See more of Paul Smollen at his official Site HERE:
and on Facebook & ModelMayhem

At Least He Remembered to Wear His....


Got to love a naked bike rider wearing glasses! Judging by the shot above, this cutie has a big head start on the competition!

Thanks to the original posters from DC