Saturday, July 4, 2015

Favorite Pic of the Day for July 5th

Sterling by Sergei K
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Happy Birthday today July 5th

Above: Sean O'pry for Mario Testino's towel series

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Just Because.... Arms of the Law

Rumors continue to swirl inside the NYPD of imminent and potentially massive lay-offs. Human Resources and officers have seen changes in the hiring practices after same sex marriage has become legalized. No one can forget the mass firings of Mounties when Canada legalized same sex marriage in 2005. Thousands of officers, especially those close to retirement age struggled with black crop tops and tighter spandex red pants, especially when mounting their horses. As these images reveal, after Norway instituted gay marriage in 2009, stricter guidelines were instituted for muscle mass percentage and in order to get hired, more junk had to be visible in the trunks. I hear many NYPD officers are looking elsewhere for work, clamouring for the many new security jobs which just opened up in the Trump organization. If these are the changes we will be seeing, it is no wonder so many fundamentalist were so frightened. It has begun!

Favorite Zoo Attraction: Billy Burke

Below: Burk, Wolk and the cast of Zoo.

I briefly considered skipping CBS's new summer series Zoo after reading that PETA was protesting the shows use of live animals. I hate thinking of any wild animal being caged, but I must admit I still struggle with what I think of zoo's. I wish there were fewer, maybe just a few nationally run facilities in each country. My Passion for animals, and animal rights in part however, stems from the hours I spent watching and connecting with animals I could have only encountered Within a zoo.

I have spent pretty much everyone of the last 20 summers devouring James Patterson novels, and I also love me some James Wolk. These two reasons had me putting aside my mixed feelings working animals to give the show a shot. Although there were clearly real lions in the opening scenes, there was also enough crappy CGI to have me rolling my eyes. I can't stand obvious CGI, it is hard enough to suspend belief, poorly done special effects, don't help the cause.

Special effects aside, I did enjoy the premier episode. A bit sillier than Patterson's novel, it was still fun, fairly mindless summer viewings. James Wolk was adorable as ever, but I found myself more interested in the character of Mitch Morgan played by actor Billy Burke. Having avoided almost everything Twilight related, my knowledge of the sexy Billy comes from his guest spots on Party Of Five, Gilmore Girls and The Closer.

Burke has a rugged, sexy quality, perfect for his role as a scientist looking into all the strange and bizarre behavior exhibited by the city's animals. I would guess even the most ardent cat lover would be a bit freaked out by the 'kitty cat tree' Burke comes upon in episode 1. I am hoping unlike some of the other network sci fi shows CBS has thrown out the past season or two, (Under The Dome, Extant) Zoo keeps my attention by remaining a limited run series that doesn't lose it's direction after the pilot.

Billy in Feast Of Love (2007)

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Thanks to EvilTwin's for the caps from FOL

Undoubtedly Sexual: Sterling by Sergei K

'I've been only shooting men for about a year or so. I'm taking it very seriously without forgetting to have fun in the process.'

When choosing work to feature on FH, the decision on which images to feature usually comes in one of two ways. They are pretty straight forward. Sometimes work is submitted and if I like the images, model or artist, I go forward with a piece. Secondly, and the most common method, is that I see an image or set of images I really like, I then contact the artist directly about featuring their work.

What specifically draws me to contact an artist is what is always different. I especially love showcasing the work of new models and artists and am therefore sometimes a bit annoyingly committed to presenting images that are new to viewers of FH. Part of the joy of working on the site, is being able to share work and images that visually trigger the unique qualities and characteristics of the models and artists featured. This was certainly what happened after discovering the work of Sergei K, and his collaboration with Sterling.

22 year old Oklahoma model Sterling has a spectacular look. Unique, soulful and incredibly seductive. Sterling also has an bit of 'an edge' which only adds a bit of risk and mystery to his work. In addition to his impressive physique, Sterling has incredible facial structure, brown eyes that are both passionate, and a little mischievous. Also love Sterling's facial and body hair, especially that bushy, and very sexy set of eye brows. Sergei K captured every beautiful inch, head to toe in this set of images. They are especially impressive given both Sergei and Sterling describe themselves as 'new' to shooting fitness and form.

'I always liked photography and I have always liked men, so it seemed like a natural solution to combine the two. I'm not quite sure what took me so long, but I only started about a year ago, in June 2014.'

Sergei says that getting started, especially finding models was a challenge at first. With the help of his friends, not to mention social media and Model Mayhem, he was able to find his first models to shoot. After amassing a body of work, and putting together a portfolio to share, others starting seeking him out. 'I realized that people actually like what I do, which I have to admit, was very satisfying.'

Sergei acknowledges that starting out, especially when shooting nudes, could be tricky, even awkward at times, things went fairly smoothly. Sergei describes himself as a naturally nice guy, has a healthy sense of humour and is usually able to put people at ease very quickly. In addition, given he is clear about what he is looking for, Sergei doesn't often get many shy guys in the studio.

Although Sergei lives and works in Michigan, he found himself near Sterling's neck of the woods so contacted him through Model Mayhem about doing a shoot. Sergei remembers that Sterling definitely wasn't shy at all and was at ease and comfortable from start to finish, including doing some erection shots. I really love Sergei's attitude about doing nude shoots which even after all of the artists I have profiled, is candidly refreshing.

'Working on nude photoshoots is an experience that is undoubtedly sexual without being physical. To me, the results are what matters the most, as cheesy as it sounds. Worrying about shutter speed, lights, ISO, aperture, lights, batteries, focus, did I mention lights? - that is a definite buzzkill. Shooting with Sterling was one of the easiest and most pleasant shoots I ever had. The shoot went so well and I was so happy with the result even in the camera that I immediately asked him to come back, and very politely inquired about doing something more explicit. I am really glad I asked him that question as you can see from these images, he said yes.'