Growing up in the 80's, I wasn't really that familiar with the work of actor Robert Mitchum. To me, he was the old dude in mini series like North & South and The Winds Of War. I remember hearing he was in the original Cape Fear, but don't really remember his cameo in the remake. He would never have been an actor, either because of looks, or his age, who I would have considered sexy.
Over this Holiday season however, I spent a couple of hours with Mr. Mitchum in the Christmas movie Holiday Affair. I had not seen, nor heard of the flick before but am happy I decided to give it a shot when it aired on TMC. Although a Christmas movie, the poster is correct in that the movie is hot! Mitchum exudes a powerful sexual energy, especially in his scenes with Janet Leigh.
I am surprised I had not heard of the 1949 movie before, especially given how hot Mitchum is in the role. It is not so much his looks, but his the characters has such confidence in everything he does, you just know for the get go he is going to end up with the woman he wants. I would highly recommend checking out this movie when it airs next Christmas, it was more than a pleasant holiday affair for me.
It is always difficult to describe precisely why I am drawn to a model or an image. When I first saw photos of 21 year old model Rock Carter I was instantly hit with the positive energy coming from each of his images. Rock has an magnificent body, but it was also his face, his poses and the twinkle in his eye that made the images both sexy, as well as incredibly fun.
Some of my favorite images of Rock come from Pearland Texas photographer Gary A. from MQO Photo Studio. When I contacted Gary about featuring his work, his first comment about working with Rock was that it was magical. Magical perfectly describes the results of the interaction between Rock with Gary's camera. Within Rock you can feel a bit of Donald O'Conner mixed with a dash of Disney.
Gary was in Oregon visiting family when he and Rock planned to shoot so he was in need of a studio space to rent. The building he rented was gorgeous and had all kinds of interesting backdrops and textures to work with. The only drawback was that it was a very cold Oregon day and the heaters in the building were not working. In the end, they did find some space heaters to use but Gary says it was a testament to Rock that he gave some of his best shots while he was still getting warm. Rock says that even though he was freezing, and it was his first nude shoot, it was his favorite, and his most enjoyable experience in front of the camera thus far.
'Gary's an easy going guy, and great fun to work with. He's mostly photographed products for companies and has wanted to get into model photography. With Gary's photography skills the images turned out amazing and the experience was awesome! I look forward to working with him again!'
Gary calls Rock absolute pro and said he has never worked with a model who was who was so supremely confident in his body and his manner. Both photographer and model had ideas and a vision of the shots they wanted, and Gary feels that together they accomplished both of their goals. It was Rock's idea to use his fedora, and what a fantastic addition to some of the images it was. The simple prop added a great dimension to some of the images and one of Gary's favorite photos from the shoot came from that sequence of images with the fedora.
'I tend to want to use natural lighting when photographing people. However, for this shoot I used various lights and I'm so glad I did. Using lights and mostly solid backgrounds allowed me to make the focus Rock and his perfectly defined body. I know people always think they can develop their bodies more or be more defined here or there. I get that but Rock's body was perfect for a nude shoot because he is so well defined. I think muscles that are too developed detract from all the other things that may be going on in a photograph.'
'It goes without saying that Rock is a handsome man. And, of course, it's all about the eyes when doing this type of photography and he's blessed with soul revealing eyes. I just knew I had to find a way to bring those qualities to life. Rock's torso, and legs, for that matter, are exactly right for the type of photos I was hoping to get. I so loved Rock's ability to play and be spontaneous. At several different points he was, literally, dancing. Talk about filling a room with energy. At the same time, he was also able to dial things down to get some more intimate shots. Rock also had a kindness and warmth about him that was profoundly endearing. I felt we did a solid job at capturing that.'
Athletic, toned, and agile, Rock helps maintain his physique through climbing and parkour. The Oregon model describes modeling as a passion and feels fitness compliments it well. His workouts aren't meant to necessarily make his body bigger or more muscular, but instead are designed help lift and move his body quickly and efficiently for extended periods of time.
When shooting the human form, Gary's priority is creating an atmosphere that is comfortable for his models. It is essential to remove any roadblocks so models feel relaxed and at ease. Then, the creation of images can begin with the creating of photographs that Gary hopes people will come back to again and again. Gary understands this doesn't happen often, but when art is interesting, the work has a shot at living forever, beyond a quick glance or look. Gary’s work with Rock had me more than just glancing, but stopping, paying attention and wanting to see, and maybe more importantly, wanting to find out more.
It's Golden Globe time again and with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler hosting again it is sure to be one of the best award shows of the season! As is tradition at FH, here are the nominee's for most of the major male acting categories as well as a few of my favorite images from those films, and other films and skin filled roles of the many talented and sexy nominee's.
Best Actor in a Mini-Series or TV Movie
Damon in Candelabra
Matt Damon (Behind the Candelabra)
Michael Douglas (Behind the Candelabra)
Chiwetel Ejiofor (Dancing on the Edge)
Idris Elba (Luther)
Al Pacino (Phil Spector)
Elba in The Big C
Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Mini-Series or TV Movieest
Charles in Threesome
Josh Charles (The Good Wife)
Rob Lowe (Behind the Candelabra)
Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad)
Corey Stoll (House of Cards)
Jon Voight (Ray Donovan)
Lowe in Masquerade
Best Actor in a TV Series, Drama
Schreiber in Ray Donovan
Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad)
Liev Schreiber (Ray Donovan)
Michael Sheen (Masters of Sex)
Kevin Spacey (House of Cards)
James Spader (The Blacklist)
Spacey in American Beauty
Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips)
Daniel Brühl (Rush)
Bradley Cooper (American Hustle)
Michael Fassbender (12 Years a Slave)
Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club)
Fassbender in Shame
Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
Christian Bale (American Hustle)
Bruce Dern (Nebraska)
Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street)
Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis)
Joaquin Phoenix (Her)
DiCaprio in Wolf
Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama
12 Years A Slave
Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave)
Idris Elba (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom)
Tom Hanks (Captain Phillips)
Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club)
Robert Redford (All is Lost)