Sunday, June 24, 2012
'I build of each models personality and their vibe and treat each photo shoot as if it were a mini movie, creating story boards and doing research for costumes, props and locations.'
The use of mini movie by photographer Eros Adonis perfectly describes what I loved instantly about his work. I remember as a kid whenever old movies or television shows would have a scene depicting the back lots of old Hollywood studios there would countless extras walking through sound stages in costume. Police officers, soldiers and a gladiator or two walking alongside showgirls sporting brightly colored feathers. These scenes showed a little peak, a glimpse of the magic behind movie making. Part of my fascination with these scenes were that they broke the fourth wall, acknowledging that what you often see on screen is just an illusion.
So many movies today are so bloody serious. Death, destruction, violence, drugs and decease. Yes, I know these are all worthy subjects for dramatic cinema but I also thought one of the reasons to go to the movies was to escape. Many of today's photographers also sometimes seem to forget that art too is an avenue for escape. This overly serious trend is often paralleled by those chronicling the male form, forgetting that eroticism and sex, along with being just serious is also sometimes a fantasy, magical and a hell of a lot of fun.
'My shoots usually last about 2-6 hours and are always in a fun, energetic environment. I like to tease and joke and ensure a models inner glow shines out and radiates in their photos. This atmosphere encourages each model to kick into gear and work the camera. They become exhibitionists who communicate masculine sensuality with their eyes, lips and body language.'
This fun, energetic environment translates seamlessly into the artists final images. They are serious yes, but at the same time, not to be taken too too seriously. The are to art what Indiana Jones, Tarzan, and The Lone Ranger are to movies. The work of Eros Adonis is erotic, sexy as hell but all the while with a little knowing wink at the camera.
Eros Adonis focuses on the eroticism of the artistry of the male nude form. He strives to create photography that applies the tactics of fine art as well as the principles of graphic design.
'My main influences come from music, graphic novels, mythology, movies and pop art. Each model is evaluated before the photo session to see which concepts will showcase their individuality in a way that makes a statement. Many of the models have been photographed mulitple times over the course of 3-5 years so it’s interesting to me to see how their appearance changes over the years.'
With his masterful vision and creative presentation, Eros Adonis had develped a fan base for his work and the models he shoots, all over the globe. Italy, France, Switzerland, Australia, the Netherlands and Germany are all home to collectors of his images. There is no better compliment to an artists work than to have mass appeal work that transcends culture and language.
If you want to see more of the work of Eros Adonis check out ModelMayhem HERE:
To aquire a piece of your own you can check out his seller page on e-bay (erosadonis317) and see much more of his work!
You can also contact him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Above: Jonathan (l) and Anthony (R)
To be honest I The LaPaglia Brothers were never really on my radar. Of course I was aware who Anthony was, seeing his name and picture, mostly associated with the television show Without A Trace, which unfortunately I really never watched. Although I know he had a few lead roles in the movies, my vague memories of Anthony in the movies are that in character parts in roles in movies such as Betsy's Wedding, Empire Records and The Client.
Last week however, FH contributor Braxnis sent along some caps of Jonathan LaPaglia from the Australian drama The Slap. The name, not to mention the face, told me it had to be Anthony's younger brother but I had not known about the Australian connection. I was narrow minded and had stereotyped The LaPaglia's as New Yorker or from New Jersey, mainly due to all the roles Anthony had paid. In reality, the brothers, along with third brother Michael, all hail from Adelaide, South Australia. Anthony moved to the US mid way through an acting course and almost immediately began getting guest starring roles on television shows in the eighties like Hunter, Trapper John M.D and Magnum P.I. The resemblance between the bothers in really incredible when you compare the shot just above and just below.
From all my research, Anthony only showed a little skin in one of his early movies, the 1992 Vampire flick Innocent Blood. Not a bad flick actually that I found to cap (bad ones I know) but ended up quite enjoying.
Anthony in Innocent Blood (1992)
Jonathan actually began his career pursuing medicine and spent three years as an emergency-room physician in Adelaide, Sydney and London. In 1994, wanting more, he followed his older brother to the States and settled in New York where he joined The Circle in the Square Theatre School. Jonathan quickly began picking up guest star roles on The Sopranos, Bones, NCIS, Castle and Brothers & Sisters. His role on The Slap (below) is actually his first Australian production since moving to the US. Being away from home for so long, the actor hired a dialect coach to recover his Australian accent.
Jonathan in The Slap (2011)
Not surprising LaPaglia's backside is the object of obsession!
Thanks to Restituda for the video download!