Wednesday, June 5, 2013
As a photographer, Jon Eland from the UK's But I Like It always loves to photograph models new to the industry, but it's not often that he's the one who finds a guy who has that right spark, the charm and a potential to excite others. With model Bryan O'Neil, Jon is quite animated about his latest 'find'!
'It was an unusual one for me - most of my models are spotted online or we get in touch through the model industry networking sites. In Bryan's case. a friend came to me and said 'you just have to shoot my work colleague - he'll be perfect for you.' I took a deep breath and, expecting some run-of-the-mill gym-goer. When I first saw a sample mobile shot I started to get intrigued - here was a guy who had a visual personality to match his well honed physique.
The deep breath was understandable. Besides obviously having an incredible body, Bryan has such beautiful blue eyes and a warm, welcoming face. The contrast and combination is captured beautifully by Jon's camera. Bryan and Jon have shot together a number of times now and these images come from those shoots.
For those wanting to know a little more about Bryan beyond the pictures, lets start with the obvious. Bryan does like to train, having done this seriously for the last 5 years. He's now in a position where he can bulk up (or down) as required and his dedication sees him getting up at 5:00a.m six days a week to maintain his physique. Previously he could also be found on Rugby and American Football fields.
'But he's not just a 'jock' type - he's a real romantic, liking nothing more than to surprise a partner with personal gifts or by making their favourite meal. His modelling's taken a temporary back seat as he's had a run of good news recently - passing his driving test (a big thing in the UK), finding a new job and (most exciting) becoming a father for the first time.'
'After the first shoot I suggested Bryan could go places if he could drop a little weight and get more defined. He simply went away and did it - no questions asked. He naturally knew how to pose and is great fun to work with as well as having a fantastic personality that carries through to the images.'
It seems anything popular in another part of the world usually ends up with an American version. Sadly, most of the re-makes rarely are as good as the version that inspired it. One show that I am surprised has not made it across the ocean yet is the reality show Come Dine With Me. Come Dine With Me takes 5 strangers and puts them together over 5 nights for 5 separate different dinner parties. At the end of each party, the guests vote in secret about the meal they just had and at the final party of the week, a winner is announced.
I have seen versions from the UK, Australia, and most recent a slew of hilarious episodes from Canada. The real magic of the show (besides LOTS of drinking) is the narrator, who nails each of the contestants equally with hilarious one liners. I know there are some episodes on Youtube if anyone wants to check them out but be warned, the show is highly addictive.
The five half hour episodes are usually shown together in an 2 and half hour block and there is no better way to spend an evening watching how the five strangers maneuver through their meal and the countless bottles of wine consumed throughout the week.
The show has a bit of a pattern with casting. Within the five strangers, there is usually one colorful older person, a loudmouth, one annoying as shit person, one introvert, who uses the show as a way to come out of their shell. There is also usually at least one gay person and one hot person, often coming in the same adorable package. My favorite diner of late was Alex B (shown below at the bottom of the post) who smartly came across as a bit of a dumb jock, until he slid in with an incredible meal to win the week.
Alex B (Come Dine With Me, Canada)
'I’d always wanted to work towards a book and I’m really happy with the way it turned out. This video is made up of footage taken on the set of my photo shoots. The book spans 9 years of my photography of the male nude. There are 32 models featured in the book, of all different nationalities. To me they are Aussielicious Men because they were willing to take a chance, trust me and take their clothes off for my camera.'
Brenton's book is available in hardback and ebook from blurb.com
Aussielicious Men Trailer from Brenton Parry on Vimeo.