Saturday, January 31, 2015

Favorite Pic of the Day for February 1st

Reading is fundamental by MStyles
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Happy Birthday today February 1st:

Happy Birthday to actor Matt Lattanzi!

Check out my caps of Matt in Rich & Famous HERE:

More of today's Birthday Boys including Harry Styles HERE:
& even more HERE: & HERE:

The Boob Tube

Manly Mammary Moment Of The Week:

Rahul Khanna as Yousaf Rana

The Americans
S3. E1: EST Men (28 Jan. 2015)

'I've bungee jumped & it was far less terrifying than signing this!'

Rahul on Twitter about signing the 'consent to nudity clause in his contract for The Americans.

The Climax to Yousaf 's love making with the lovely Annelise doesn't have the most pleasant of endings on last weeks The Americans

MStyles: Light Of Day

'I felt that I breathed an atmosphere of sorrow.'
Edgar Allan Poe

Each and every time I immerse myself in the imagery of Michael Styles I am overcome with an overwhelming feeling of melancholy laced déjà vu. It seems the winter brings this out more. I didn't realize when I contacted Michael again this January, but while piecing together Light Of Day, I realized it is unintentionally the third part of a trilogy.

In November 2013, I did a piece featuring Michael's work entitled Where You Sleep. I followed this up in January 2014 with a story I called Winter Blues. It was not a conscience that was a dark winter's day that drew me back to a folder that had been dormant on my desktop since last year. While putting together Winter Blues, I put aside a selection of window images that brought the natural light of day into the rooms of the men Michael captured.

As I thought of a way to present these saved moments, my mind again went back to that room I spent much of my teenage years growing up in. Maybe part of the reason is that Michael shoots so many of his models in their own homes. One of my first pieces featuring Michael's work focused on one of his visual themes, The Apartment Project, which featured models in their own surroundings, increasing the comfort level and intimacy Michael's subjects had with their surroundings.

One of the other main reasons for the melancholy feel of déjà vu is the power my teenage bedroom had in forming who I am today. So many things happened in there from my first sexual experience, both with myself and with another, to it's four walls absorbing all of the joy, laughter, sorrow and pain of moving from one's twelve year on year through their eighteenth. It was eighteen that I first moved out (briefly though, I was destined to return for another year).

I was home visiting my family earlier this week and something hit me that I had never fully absorbed before. It was something I always knew, but never quite connected with my current writing and love of window theme images until now. It is only my parents left in the house, all of my siblings and I have been gone for at least 12 years. In the last few years, my mother has shoved our belongings at us each time any of us visit. They seem determined to have every memento and memory we ever owned extracted from the house. They claim it is to clear the clutter, but I think in truth it is to make it easier for us, leaving the house tidy and in order after they are gone.

My teenage room is now vacant, make that desolate. The room is in the basement, a floor of the house rarely used any more except for laundry and occasionally when a tool is needed from the furnace room. In the room There is nothing left of those years I spent in there. There is a new bed, rarely slept in for company, an empty dresser and night stand and not one poster picture or mirror on the walls. Those walls at one time were full of movie and celebrity posters and pictures of all my friends and I> The closet is full, but of empty suitcases and toilet paper and paper towels bought in bulk from Costco. The walls have long ago been repainted, covering up the scars of my youth.

'Melancholy is sadness that has taken on lightness.'
Italo Calvino

I love that Michael's work continually transports me back to those feeling I had in that room. Writer Calvino is correct that melancholy maybe have elements of sadness, but it is pain-light, covering the worst of the damage with a filter that makes it easier to return to and accept. Melancholy can even be enjoyable. With the right frame of mind, the right piece of music and the right glass of wine it can be something to actually look forward to.

I think I return to Michael's work more in the winter as it is the season that has kidnapped the natural light we all crave and need. Winter holds this light close, giving us just small amounts each day until once again Spring is able to steal it back. Through the windows in Michael's images, the light is always let in, it is always bright and always strong. It is always hovering, illuminating and freezing each and every moment within the room it watches over so that we can return to that feeling whenever we need that emotional fix.

Most of you know this image, it is one of my all time favorites, and has become the image used to represent the Artists Who Inspire link at the side of FH.

Quaternate: New Manhattan Studios

Favorite Four

New Manhattan Studio's Wes has become one of my favorite artists to collaborate with. Wes not only shares his incredible imagery, he also shares the story behind the process of his work, from his first contact with models through the final edited images. Wes goes above and beyond, creating video's and image presentations exclusively for FH, giving readers a complete visual experience. I have always loved behind the scenes shots, and Wes has created some of my all time favorites. It was his behind the scenes images of his assistant Alex working with Bond this past Autumn that inspired Behind The Scenes as my theme for FH for 2015. Wes strives for greatness and seems to top himself with each shoot and model he generously shares. Has me always looking forward to what's coming next!

New Manhattan Studios

Skull & Bonds
Bond: Tease Me, Please Me
Bond, A New York Return
Preantepenultimate: Bond

Timothy: The Devil's Advocates
Zach: Bathtubs & Balconies
Gabriel: Tight Ship
Marco: Viva l'Italia!
Alex: Shenanagans
Bond: Rope Ballet
Enwrapped in Red
Enwrapped in Red: Coda
Bond: Private Portfolio 2
Marco: A Consuming Coiffure
NMS: First Crack At It

Norm: End of the Party
When Santa's Away
When Models Go Mad:
Handsome Devils: Behind the Scenes
Bond: Predominate, 10
Alex: Predominate, 10
Bond: Chlorine Dreams
Bond: Dark Showers
For A Small Fee in America
Ricardo: Dark & Stormy
Ricardo: Propped
Alex: Los Colombian Leprechaun
Norm: The Red Session
Norm: Heart Throb, Behind the Scenes
Alex: A Man for All Seasons
Alex & Bond: A Stylish Pair
Alex: En Estilo
Alex: The Importance of Detail
Alex: The Studio's Most Photographed Model

Bond: Bountiful Harvest
Thanks For Giving
Bond: Black to Bond
Beached Bond
Alex: The Purple Shirt
Luca: Dancer on the Paper
Made In Italia
Matteo: Hunk in the Family
Luca: With Just His Body
Willi: In Motion
Willi: Private Valley
Bond: Curtain Call
Bond: A Valentine Unattire
Bond: Behind the Scenes