Speaking of minority, I seem in to be in the minority about this season's Glee. I have sort of been surprised to read how many critics are loving the shows transition from high school. Currently the show juggles Will and New Directions with the drama of New York.
My problem with this season is my favorite part of Glee was always when the writers balanced the large ensemble cast and the 'lets put on a show' theme remained the focus. This season, the show sort of is doing directly, what it is always did in the past indirectly, focus on writer/producer favorites Rachel and Kurt. Now I love Rachel and Kurt, but I don't love The Rachel & Kurt show.
I cannot believe we waited til November to get our first glance of Mercedes and Mike with Santana, Puck and Quinn only have brief appearances. The new cast has some good eye candy and some interesting characters, but I can't help but think the new direction of New Directions is not going to be able to sustain interest for all 24 episodes.
Now...if the producers have more episodes without Rachael and Kurt and follow Mercedes, Mike, Puck and Quinn on their adventures they might win me back, but...it does not seem the direction they are heading.
I have sadly come to realize, that I am a bit of a creature of habit. I obviously love photography of all kinds, nature, animal, portraiture and of course the male form. Great work, shot in either studio or on location can be equally enjoyable depending on the model, the concept and skill of the artist behind the lens. There is something about shooting outside however that sometimes sparks more of my attention. For most people, when the temperature drops, they move inside, for me, as weather the gets colder, my desire for anything exterior heightens.
I prefer to hike over baking in the shade, love skiing more than swimming, and although still play on an adult softball team, my favorite part of the season are our playoff games in September when the sun is setting, air is crisper and crickets are chirping as I stand out in right field.
It makes sense then that during Autumn months of October and November, I am drawn to exterior shoots when looking for work for FH. Although hard to find, I especially love images where models are surrounded by the vibrant colors of fall foliage.
Although these image of 21 year old Joe Bond may not have been taken in the fall, they are full of everything I love about location shoots. Natural light, incredible greens, sky and tree's and a beautiful blending of model and environment. I had previously seen some incredible studio shots of Joe on TMF, but when I saw this exterior shoot from Clean Slate Photography, I knew I wanted to feature them on the blog.
John from Clean Slate Photography specialises in portrait, physique, fitness and glamour photography. John loves to work with models who are as enthusiastic about quality photography and modelling as he is. Basildon, England's Joe Bond certainly met the challenge. Joe describes himself as cheeky and up beat and dedicated to putting energy and ideas into his work.
Living just north of London gives John the opportunity to work with some great models in outdoor locations. He generally just uses just two or three locations, and it always amazes him how different models react differently to shooting in the same place.
'Joe Bond is a live wire - full of the energy and cheek that Essex people are renowned for. These pictures are from my second shoot with Joe, and as usual he was looking to climb cliffs, perform acrobatics on fallen logs, and generally mess around. Yet he knows how to hold a pose and has the confidence and poise that comes with having a naturally great figure.'