Thursday, June 25, 2015

Favorite Pic of the Day for June 26th

Mikey by macpics
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Happy Birthday today June 26th

Happy 45th to actor Chris O'Donnell!

Check out more of Chris HERE:
& more of today's Birthday Boys HERE: & HERE:

I don't watch NCIS, but back when I was a teenager, I certainly crushed over Chris in films like Scent Of A Woman, Men Don't Leave and School Ties (above). Always curious if Chris had a no nudity clause in School Ties as his butt seemed to have the most steam and soap obscuring the view...

Dear Bates Motel....

Dear Bates Motel,

You premièred with an incredible first season. The re-visioning of a classic 1960's film into modern day was brilliantly done. Vera Farmiga and Freddie Highmore inhabit their parts perfectly and the beauty of your cinematography created a unique and creepy hour of television. You even did the unthinkable, had me reversing my thoughts on a character. Although a huge fan of Max Thieriot, I initially hated the addition of Dylan and thought he muddied the waters of the core relationship between Norman and Norma. But... thanks to Thieriot's acting skills, and your writers, Dylan has become the show's most interesting characters.

But... then came along season 2, a mess of a season only improved upon slightly in season 3. Highmore, although still effective, has lost a bit of his appeal. Farmiga, also incredible, has too much drama on her shoulders, often making some scenes more soapy, than dramatic. The least appealing part of your storytelling is any time, (which is a lot) you move away from the relationships between your main three characters. Although I know there needs to be balance, the storylines involving the town, the drugs, the crimes, the politicians and cartels, are tedious. They hold little interest to most viewers and only dilute the brilliance that was season 1. Please return to those relationships in season 4 or I fear there will not be a season 5. Oh... and more Max shirtlessness.

Thank you!

Varied Reactions: Mikey by macpics

With 'favorite' a core theme for FH, one of my goals with the accompanying text, is to explain why. Not just why I like the work, I like a lot of images that don't become favorites. The why is more specific. What was it about an image, a subject or theme, that stood out or moved me. Our reactions to certain visuals, the reaction which leads it to become a favorite, is different for each viewer. The reasons are often very personal, coming from emotional places that varies from person to person.

There are millions of images of naked bodies on the Internet, tumblrs have pages and pages of archives, with countless images we glance at, then quickly move on to the next one, then the next one, and the next one. It is those images that have us stop, pause, and take a closer look, that forms the genesis of what becomes a favorite. Over the past few years, Melbourne photographer Ian from macpics has certainly become a favorite and his images of Mikey got a strong reaction from me.

I love work that challenges me, and Ian's images frequently have done just that. I have struggled with image choice more than a few times when featuring Ian's work, wondering if an images was too explicit, or overly sexual for FH. That might sound odd for a site with one of it's main themes being the naked male form, but I struggle to maintain the F in FH, and for me that F represents more than just a hot image, it means work I love and connect with.

As stated, there are thousands of sites and tumblrs that feature images of skin and body parts. Penis's of all sizes, shapes and states of arousal. That, is just not what interests me, nor what makes an image a favorite. I annoying want more. I want an artist who see's more than just a body in front of them, but a man, a model, they can utilize and work together with to create a vision that exposes more than just what the model looks without their clothes. I love images in which the model is captured in a way not seen before, a vision specific to the artist behind the lens.

I believe Ian accomplished this with 23 year old Mikey. Ian indeed beautifully captured Mikey's body parts, his tall lean frame and every inch and angle of his incredible body. But Ian also captures Mikey's passion, energy and intensity along with his striking dark eyes, incredible nose and facial structure. Ian describes Mikey as full of energy and fun and says Mikey worked hard to give Ian what he needed for each shot.

I love Mikey's look and his passion and energy seem perfect in the creation of an artist's vision. Mikey's passion is not restricted only to his art, it expands to his activism with environmental, animal and political causes and as a self described Sex-positive radical feminist. There is beautiful contrast between Mikey's skin and tattoo's and a fascinating irony in the power of his look and the  'I don't want to be beautiful anymore' written in ink across his chest. Mikey didn't share the story behind the tat, but does seem to enjoy the many interesting and varied reactions the tat gets from others.

Summer Lovin...

After what I consider a pretty disappointing season of Big Brother Canada, I am not sure I am up for investing in this summer's US edition. Yes.. Julie Chen makes it tempting, but I am sort of over all the lame twists and gimmicks the show throws out in order to sustain viewer interest. I look back fondly on the show's early seasons when it was all about relationships and less about having a loved one, ex or twin in the house.

That being said... there is always a houseguest or two that has me wanting to give it a shot. I have not watched yet, but have it on the DVR if time allows on the weekend. 23 year old Clay Honeycutt is certainly visually welcoming with his cute smile, hot body and outstretched arms awaiting you to nestle on in for a snuggle. The Texas native just graduated from school, and played College Football for Texas A&M. .

Big Brother seems to enjoy casting at least one male model each season and as you can tell from the images below, Clay also has experience in front of the camera. Models do well on BB, but thus far, not well enough to make it to the end. We shall see if Cody has what it takes