If you live in the North East, the 'news', and 24 hours cycle of it, would have you convinced Armageddon is upon us. In reality, it was just a run of the mill snow storm. The local stations, networks and cable are salivating through the coverage like TMZ at a Kardashian funeral. The news today is simply one big tabloid with the definition of what is actually news long ago lost with the stain on that dress and an ill fitting glove.
Most of us have heard of speed walking, speed skating and even speed dating, but Pennsylvania's John M Clum has taking speeding to a whole new level with his world wind cross country speed shooting tours! What better way to experience both the country, and the many models along the way but packing your photography equipment and heading out on the road. I am pleased to feature images from John's first stop last summer with model Alan Taylor shot in Akron Ohio. Alan was #1 of 29 models shot over the next thirty days as John headed West, eventually reaching Venice Beach California, then East on his trek back home to Ohio. Even with the frenzied pace, John's skill behind the lens led to these striking images, beautifully utilizing the brightness, lines and colors of his surroundings to compliment Alan and his incredible body and soulful eyes.
'After leaving Akron, my second stop was Terre Haute Indiana. Third stop was Springfield Missouri. Fourth stop was Amarillo Texas. Fifth stop was Albuquerque New Mexico where I spent 2 nights then my sixth stop Scottsdale Arizona where I shot many models and stayed about 6 nights. Next my 7th stop was Venice Beach California where I shot many more models and stayed 7 nights. Eighth stop was St George Utah where I spent 2 nights and rested up. Ninth stop was Denver Colorado where I shot many more models and stayed six nights and then I headed straight home stopping a few nights along the way.'
John is heading back on the road again this summer, leaving Pennsylvania in early August with planned stops in Arizona, San Diego, West Hollywood, eventually landing in San Francisco on September 2nd. If you're a model who finds yourself somewhere on the map of John's late summer journey maybe you will be part of this summers photographic road trip!
Despite my love of Joan Rivers, I had never seen an episode of Fashion Police until this week. I wasn't even sure I had the E channel until I did a search and found it way up in the hundreds on my television set. I, like many of you, have loved award shows since I was a kid. With Hollywood feeling like a world away from the rec room in which I watched, award shows were a gate way of sorts to a life I could only dream about.
I have also never really been into fashion or the red carpet. Although fun I guess, in some ways it feels the red carpet coverage has almost become the main event. The pressure on actors at award shows is already immense, it almost seems to cruel to add the red carpet, and all the wannabee's throwing microphones in their faces as they walk on by.
I did watch Fashion Police this week, and I sort of enjoyed it. Not because I love Kathy Griffin, not because I am warming to Kelly Osbourne and certainly not because I have figured out why Giuliana Rancic is considered a celebrity. I watched only because of Brad Goreski. I had never heard of Brad until this season's finale of The Comeback. I had never seen him on tv before nor knew of his reputation as a fashion and celebrity stylist.
But... I have become mildly obsessed with learning, and seeing, more after Brad did his slip and slide in Valerie Cherish's bathroom sewage in one of the season's most hilarious scenes. The slip and slid led to Brad ridding himself of most of clothes, exposing his great chest which is all I saw during the brief scene when he and Valerie'publicist Billy (Dan Bucatinsky) carried the Emmy Gown Valerie to her awaiting limo. Not sure if I will stick with Fashion Police, time will tell, but I will be keeping my eye on Brad Goreski.