Although his publicist might have been pissed, given he has appeared completely naked on screen and in photos, I don't think Christopher Atkins lost much sleep over his little junk slip in this shoot from the 80's.
Thankfully I listened to the lacklustre reviews and skipped seeing Magic Mike XXL in the theatres. I did however waste a bit one evening watching about three quarters of it before turning it off. It shocks me there were some reviewers who wrote they enjoyed it more than the original... I found the movie almost a bt mean spirited to it's audience. It was as if Channing Tatum was channelling Lucy, grabbing that football before Charlie Brown (the veiwers) could get a good kick (view) in.
Except for a couple of scenes with Joe Manganiello (the scene in the store, being the hottest) there was very little heat. If this were the first movie, it would be fine to set a tone of little to no nudity. But.. the first movie was full of skin, almost every major character showed their bodies in solo strips that were both creative and fun. The strips in this movie were neither fun, nor sexy. This flick seemed like a quick way for the guys to get together, have some fun and make a lot more money. Sequels are supposed to expand on what viewers loved in the first movie, bigger, this movie manipulated what so many loved about the first film for a buck. No one showed full frontal in the first one, yet it was loved, in this movie, a film focused on male stripping, there was less skin than average episode of an HBO series. Thumbs way way down, not for the story or movie itself, but for the studio, actors and producers taking advantage of all those who made them millions on the first.
When a motion sensors detects movement, a light goes on. That is exactly how I would describe the work of Wadley Photography. I have seen Wadley's work before, we all have, even if we didn't connect it to the artist. Wadley's images have appeared in hundreds of magazines and ad campagins, including shooting those amazing images of Alan Ritchson for N2N Bodywear. I first connected artist with image in July when I linked to Wadley's work with Colby Keller. (My Apartment)
What amazed me so much about Wadley's images of Keller, were the unique moments of movement he so beautifully captures. After spending time on Wadley's tumblr, there are pages and pages of color, sexy and dynamic images of men on the move. What I loved so much wasn't just the unique captures of motion captured, but Wadley also how authentically Wadley's images are. Often shots of models moving about appear staged or overly constructed, but the men Wadley captures appear to be shot in their element, not set up or posed for the lens.
One of the reasons for this authenticity may be that many of the men Wadley shoots are athletes or men who have made fitness an passions within their lives. That is certainly the case with Alex. A swimmer, as well as co-founder of BoS Fit NYC aka Balls of Steel Fitness, movement is a philosophy and important part of how Alex lives his life.
Wadley seamlessly and gracefully blends man, motion and location, no clearer example than his images of Alex and the brick wall. The wall is not background, but a part of the images, both as a location and a prop. Alex poses in front of, on and as a part of that wall, not an easy task given that hard brick, and soft skin are not a great mix. We have all experienced, especially when we were kids, scratching or ripping a piece of our body when our skin collided roughly with the abrasiveness of brick.
Alex however, seems at home on brick. I can only imagine, there are not many surfaces he hasn't climbed, mounted and hung off. That is the nature of athletes. They ways to use, pretty much everything and anything as an apparatus for movement, and it is the nature of great artists, to capture them doing so.