Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Favorite Pic of the Day for June 26th

One last fun shot from Eros Adonis I could not fit into yesterday's profile.

Check out today's birthday's HERE: & HERE:

Kuos to Dirk Shafer!

Dirk Shafer is about to once again grace the pages of Playgirl!

'I posed for Playgirl again as a 20 year anniversary from my first lay out 1992. I've got the cover and 12 pages and interview by Lucy Lawless. Hits news stands end of July for August issue. (posing now is a lot different than at 29! Scary!)'
Dirk Shafer

Check out my previous interview with Dirk HERE:

Tomorrow: tMf

Just one more day til the release of the first anniversary issue of tMf! Here is your exclusive first look at the new cover featuring Dylan Rosser's shoot with Model Search winner Kyle Goffney.

tMf - Issue 5 from Dylan Rosser on Vimeo.

Thailand Tales:

Above: Max by LeoC. Photography

'It turns out the Thailand is very strict on prostitution, but only after 2am. All the bars in Nana plaza were closed, but the street was packed with drunken tourists, Thai hookers, small children selling flowers and food carts. Every time we turned a corner, groups of frisky Thais cheered “Hallo!”, called us pretty and tried to see up our skirts.'
Max Emerson

If your a fan of Max Emerson and his Petting Zoo, (his blog) you know, unlike the rest of us, Max actually writes more when he is traveling and working. Currently teasing and terrorizing the Thai, catch up on Max's latest adventures at his blog HERE: And Max...makes a frighteningly pretty girl...

Many Jokes, many jokes!

R.I.P Russ Osterweil

In my communication with artist Russ Osterweil (above) last year, I encountered a gentle, beautiful, sweet man. Eager to please, yet fiercely determined of conviction. Sadly Russ left us this past Sunday after waging a long and ultimately tiring battle. Russ chronicled his experience through his messages on FB and even when intubated in the ICU he sought support, not sympathy, as well as continuing to try to right the wrongs of the world. R.I.P Russ, the beauty you left will continue to inspire.

A Third Of Our Lives: Russ Osterweil
Originally posted March 19th, 2011

'One function of art is to inform culture, to help evolve the way we think, act and interact.'
Russ Osterweil

I have written many times that one of my main goals with FH is to get to know more about those in front of and behind the lens. Although a great photo can certainly stand on it's own without my ramblings, I increasingly find my appreciation for an image grows deeper and more meaningful as I discover the story surrounding it.

The stated goal of many photographers of the male form is to get rid of the stigma that continues to permeate the art which features it. One could assume that been achieved with Marky Mark's underwear ads being generally well accepted and the Old Spice guy getting so much attention for his television commercials. While all of this is a step in the right direction, these men are not completely naked. The Ken doll version of male sexuality has always been easier to swallow.. As long as the penis is covered in Calvin's people can handle it, but unleash it and the public forces you to either label it 'porn' or else make it the brunt of a joke. (anyone see Hall Pass?).

One of the reasons I believe this taboo continues to exist is because many seem to struggle seeing anything beyond the penis when it is depicted in art. We see it all the time, penises photo shopped to look like something more like a weapon than a part of an anatomy. There is nothing wrong with admiring and enjoying the naked body. The reality however is that at some point we are all forced for one reason or another to look beyond it.

'One function of art is to inform culture, to help evolve the way we think, act and interact.'

Although the men in Russ Osterweil's images are naked, his goal is not just to expose their bodies but equally or more importantly, their souls. 'The Bed' is a location many photographers use but Osterweil is focused more on the bed and it's context within the room. The rooms in Osterweil's photos are not sets, they are not staged. They are as much a part of the story being told as the man within them.

Below: Kenshi

'There is the bed, an empty shelf and some taped-up boxes. “I don’t find out too much about who they are, because I want to find that out while I’m doing the shoot, The boxes are real. Kenshi had just moved here from Utah. He grew up in a Mormon environment.'
Russ Osterweil

'San Francisco is the first place where I was really able to just be myself. It [the photograph] pushes the envelope for me. I love the idea of not being stuck in a box.I think the way women are able to express their selves through fashion is very liberating,and I think men are very restricted. If I want to wear platform boots, I’m gonna wear platform boots.'

The quotes above are excerpts from 'Exploring Taboos in Art' an article written by Matt Dibble about Full Frontal, a 2007 show which featured Osterweil's work.

The Bed:

'A view of a man in bed generates all sorts of physical and emotional tentacles into our psyche. From birth to death we all share experiences of bed, of rest, sleep, sex, passion, intimacy, illness, comfort and discomfort to name a few. We spend about 1/3 of our lives in bed, more if you include the time we are not sleeping!'

'When it comes to photographs of men in particular, it is our cultural habit to look AT men, not INTO men. In all of my photographs I seek to delve beyond the surface, to conjure conscious and unconscious recognition of deep aspects of our common humanity. As a man who loves men, and as an artist, I understand the thrill of the male form. But I love more than form and I cannot have any real, intimate, lasting or meaningful relationship with form. So, when I am making photographs of men I look for the unposed moment. Posing blocks intimacy and intimacy is the antithesis and antidote to superficiality. I feel so strongly that intimacy is what is missing in our world, in our environment, in our politics and our interpersonal relationships.'
Russ Osterweil

Russ Osterweil Official Site:
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