Kudos to The Billboard Awards for doing the seemingly impossible. Welcoming Kanye to the show but ensuring we the audience neither see, nor hear him. Bravo!
The Award show was a mixed bag of odd hosts, presenters and nominees. Almost no one sang exactly live with Mariah perfecting the lip-syncing as she intermittently spoke to the audience and sang to track to help cover the fact she wasn't really singing much at all. On the plus side, it was an entertaining show that helped take my mind off the fact I stupidly have never started watching Mad Men. Also, given I am well into my late thirties, my fantasy's about a fivesom,e (now foursome) are a little less odd now that all of One Direction are now officially over 21.
I was left with just a couple of questions.... Is Nick's success because he is the most talented brother, or because he's the hottest and shows the most skin?
With all the hotties in pop and rock, I think I would still take a pass for Ed Sheeran.
I love me some Jussie Smollett and Bryshere Grey but who else wants to see Trai Byers join his brothers on stage!
I will never figure out how the Swift (above) morphed into the Swift (below). (although my theory is HERE:) As talented as she may be, loving that little country girl with the guitar has not really paid off for some of us. Gone, along with all those curls, is her authenticity. Swift has a nice voice for country, but not the power for the Beyonce light tracks she is now starting to sing. Well, at least Mariah and Britney were there to share some tips!
Looks like Zach Oleynik's days are numbered on Big Brother Canada. I have enjoyed watching the show the last few years, and if you can't watch it on TV, it is usually on-line with Twitter posting each episode within a few hours of it's airing. The first two season were great, mainly because they didn't repeat all of the crap that has bogged down the US version. The US version has become so scripted, and overly 'twist' heavy it has been hard to keep watching.
Sadly Canada's third season seems to have quickly fallen to Big Brothers peer pressure. Of course, I hate seeing the hotties evicted, but it's more how. The producers have stuck their nose in so often, actually playing the game socially or with skill has become pointless. For some reason, so many (including the Producers) seem fixated on a Sarah or Britnee win. Britnee is one of the most boring players in history and except for a few chance wins at opportune times, has really done little but complain. Sarah is just unlikable, whiny and hateful most of the time.
I was hoping for a Bruno win, but I guess with Zach going, I can only root for Godfrey. I hope the show gets back on track next season keeping and reduce their interference a bit. While I'm at it, where the heck is Marcia Even when the game gets boring, a little moose always makes it more entertaining to watch!
Regular readers of FH know that 'Behind The Scenes' is one of the themes I have been exploring this year. I have been asking many of the artists that I profile to include a few behind the scenes shots that I can include. Since 'story' has always been a major focus for me, so much of the story often occurs behind the scene, or in the many out-take shots which occur on every shoot. In many ways these images can be as fascinating and beautiful as the final, edited images. There is also an erotic, even voyeuristic vibe to images captured during the shooting the process. We are not necessarily viewing anything we wouldn't be seeing in the final edited images, but these behind the scene moments often show us a side, unveil a little secret, and show us what goes on in the process of creating some of the incredible images we all enjoy so much.
Above: Final Edited Image
Below: Out-Take during the shoot
It is always a pleasure featuring the work of William from DAVISICON. William puts immense thought and care into every detail of his work. The results, beautifully erotic and always elegant captures of the models he captures. Two of those model, both of whom I have featured before, are Cary and Tarek. Cary was featured in one of my early pieces on William's work, 2012's Recumbent. We got got know Tarek in the feature Meeting Tarek from October of last year.
You never know what will happen when your shooting a male model, especially when they're naked and your shooting outside. If you glance at the image at the top of this post, you'll understand. The image, if you didn't look closely enough is of one cheek of a models beautiful behind. William was beginning a theme of writing words on specific body parts. In order to create the effect he wanted, William was using icing sugar that came in those gel tubes used to write on cookies and birthday cakes. To practice the effect, he started by writing DAVISICON on the first model. But... as you can see, a fly also found that sugary butt, too delicious to ignore.
Below: Cary making faces and goofing around with the lion fountain on William's patio.
'In over 30 years of doing photography, there are always going to be favorite subjects, people, and/or things or locations that I enjoy shooting most. Some of the best photographs or funny photographs are the ones that are unplanned, the outtakes that you would normally not shoot or use for the uncontrolled outcomes when your shooting outside. Two of my favorite male models in recent memory are of course Cary and Tarek, their very similar as far as their personalities and humor, they are willing to do almost whatever it takes to get the right shot and along the way they love to have fun.'
'Many other shots also end up being fun and interesting, whether it's Cary pretending he's in a Downey commercial for fabric softener smelling his robe to see if it's "downy fresh" or pretending to look at a photobook and make funny expressions.'
Above: Final Edited Image
Below: Out-take from the shoot
I think William's images of Tarek really show the contrast between final image and the out-take shots. Tarek looks great in both but you can see the sexy confidence and attitude he exudes when in full pose with William's camera ready. I think my favorite shot is the last one in the piece. The edited shot is in the first piece I did featuring Tarek, but I love his smile, and those sport socks in the out-take!
'Tarek making faces while practising posing, or those unexpected laughing spells over a joke or Tarek taking a break to check his email, do a little texting and adding some ideas to our posing list. These are just but a few of the things I enjoy occasionally photographing during my sessions. I hope the fun continues with many new aspiring models that I haven't met yet, but hopefully I will be fortunate enough to photograph in the future.'