This month, FH begins it's 9th year on-line. I began the blog as a creative outlet, and as a way to share images and promote the work of my favorite artists, models and entertainers. In the past 8 years I have had many requests to put ads on the blog. I have always resisted. I was never really concerned about making money and wanted the blog to be for pleasure, not income. This has not changed. But... sometimes life's circumstances do change, but am entering into a new phase of my life this year career wise and felt the time had come to put a donate button on the blog. I promise not to become PBS, and drive you crazy with pledge pleas and will put the donate link to the bottom of the page with only a mention of it once or twice a year.
I believe over the last eight years FH has become one of the best showcases for artists focused on the male form currently on-line. I work hard to present work in a respectful, detailed and fun way and am proud of the calibre of artists who trust me to feature their imagery. I have been lucky to have many artists contribute and share their work again and again and a quick click on the pic of the day, photographer or male model links (below) will take you through hundreds of pages of the best of the best of photographers shooting the male form. I also work hard to surround these features with other fun, current and entertainment focused content to ensure viewers want to come back and join their favorite hunks day after day. If you have an extra buck or two it would be welcome, but if you don't that's equally cool. FH has become a great way for me to squeeze in a creative outlet between the trials of professional and personal obstacles that we all must deal with every day. Working on the blog provides a bit of release for me, and I hope it does the same thing for each of you now and then.
When it comes to Presidential candidates, exuding any sort of sexual energy can't hurt. Sadly, this year, it is hard to find much in the way of sexual energy and attraction. I see nothing, physically or otherwise, attractive about Trump and Carson. Trump is an ass but to me, not nearly as frightening as the quieter, and scarier, views of Ben Carson. Lincoln Chafee, and especially Ted Cruz, are the things nightmares are made of.
If I had to pick the most attractive on either side it would would be Martin O'Malley and Marco Rubio. They are also two of the candidates who have been photographed shirtless. O'Malley's shirtless shot comes from a Polar Bear Plunge in 2011 and Marco's, (last pic below, Marco is under under the big O) was shot at his South Miami Senior High School’s annual talent competition. If I could choose, I would love a little shirtless photo session with twin political figures Julian and Joaquín Castro. Although not running this year, Julian is rumoured to be a possible VP pic for Clinton.
We have all from time to time seen an actor or actress on some late night talking show talking about nude scenes. Talk show hosts like to create moments, so if they have an actor in their chair who has dropped trou on film, they can't resist asking about the details. Although many might be closet exhibitionists, serious actors usually answer their decision to bare is based on if it's integral to the story.
Integral to the story is sort of how I base my decision on whether to include erection shots in any FH feature. In real life, I like most of you, enjoy a good erection. In photographs however, I find most erection shots often gratuitous, uncreative and and a far too easy distraction from an other wise weak image. When done well however, when the erection rises to match the story being told, the results can be spectacular.
Photographer Mark Grantham is an artist whose work is consistently spectacular. I not only love, and always look forward to, featuring Mark's work, I trust in the integrity and artistic beauty in anything Mark graciously sends my way. When going through Mark's work with Simon, my question was never if I would feature the erection shots, it was how I would present them in the context of story. I need not have worried. When Mark sent on his reflections of the day, Simon's perpetual hard-on wasn't just integral to the story, it became such a big part, it became one of the main characters.
'Simon is wonderfully sexy, yet doesn't quite seem to realize it or believe it. He has an amazingly fit body and great face (and beard). I first met him the day of our shoot, when he arrived at my house. That doesn't mean he was a complete mystery however as we been exchanging lengthy text messages for a couple of weeks as we made plans for our shoot.'
'Along the way I'd learned that he enjoyed being naked, and while shy at first wasn't once he got to know someone. Maybe that's part of why our collaboration went so well, as we already felt like we were on the way to knowing each other pretty well after all the texts. One interesting tidbit is he'd warned me in one of the text messages that he got hard easily, and hopefully that was okay if it happened.'
'Typical for me, we arrived at the location without any one set image in my mind that I "had" to create that day. Instead we explored the setting and discovered it together, stopping wherever the light or textures or setting called us. Just before dropping his pants he commented that he'd been gogo dancing the night before, and taken an herbal pill to keep himself erect... it had worked surprisingly well, with the results still in strong evidence a day later'.
'We started with some butt shots to help him relax. His dick wasn't going down, and it was impossible to hide it... we more or less ignored it, operating as I always do; thinking about the model's lines and shapes and how they fit with the space... Our first location was a loft with a dusty old chair in the "attic."
'From here we continued exploring the complex of abandoned buildings. Our second location was in front of some broken windows with the sun shining in, highlighting Simon's every muscle and curve beautifully. No longer possible to ignore his erection, it was time feature it. Any residual shyness on his part evaporated...'
'I love a model who is so at ease with their body. He spent the afternoon naked, with the exception of when we would walk from one building to the next, so he was always ready to shoot if we found something interesting. Unlike many models all he'd brought to the shoot was the clothes on his back - I love that! My work is about the model's lines and form, and not fashion, so when someone arrives with luggage I'm always a bit nervous about what the day may hold. No fears like that with Simon though!'
'Along the way we visited storerooms, and old gym, and sauna... Simon was good natured and fearless through it all, not only braving, but embracing, a lot of dirt and grime along the way... Chatting in the car on the way home I learned a bit more about him, and why he's in such good shape (neither flour or sugar are part of his diet).'
'He's a genuinely nice guy and he made our day of creating a pleasure. He has continued to be a great guy following the shoot, responding enthusiastically to the photos as I've sent them along. From what I hear they have lead to him getting a couple more exciting modeling offers too..'