I have never had any respect, nor every agreed with The Parents Television Council, but when it comes to American Horror Story: Hotel, I have to say they have a point. Evan Peters is one of my favorite actors, in part because of his incredible turns in the first two seasons of AHS. The last couple of seasons however, especially the gratuitous, excessive and exploitive bloody massacre at the end of last seasons Freak Show, have left me cold.
The first few seasons were well written, well acted and character driven stories that mixed horror and plot in a unique and creative way. This season, Hotel feels a bit like Donald Trump's candidacy, one attempt at a 'Youtube' moment after another. I have never been bothered with nudity on television, I also have no issue with violence... if for a reason. The violence so far this season just seems forced. Pushing limits and the boundaries of taste not for story, but for shock value and attention. I am giving Hotel one more episode before ditching it for good. I am hoping the violence so far was set a tone and will begin to decrease to focus on story and character. I am not confident however. Even nude scenes with Peters and Matt Bomer aren't worth turning in for when all that surrounds them is a violent bloody and disturbing mess.
The Leftovers is a difficult shot to watch at times, I am still not finished season 1 as I have needed a breat from time to time. That didn't stop me from peaking ahead to last nights episode, especially given one of my favorite actors, season regular Chris Zylka had a hot, yet incredibly disturbing, nude scene.
'Will is a consummate professional—he always gives 200% to our sessions. It’s always a treat to work with him—he brings so much charm and personality to the sessions, which complement his physical gifts perfectly.'
YogaBear Studio's David use of the phrase physical gifts was a perfect description not only of the incredible Will SF, but also as a descriptor of why I so love his work. There are many photographers whose credit is physique, or fitness photographer and many are masters at capturing the male form. There are also many who use this title, who really just shoot dick. You can tell with a quick glance at their images that form and fitness are just camouflage words for the real intent.
It is not that it's a bad thing to love a specific body part, all photographers shooting the male form I am sure, have their favorites. There is such a clear visual difference however between artists who shoot the male form in it's entirety, and those who focus on their model's penis's, as if the rest of their body were not attached. I love how David see's his models in their entirety, their bodies, regardless of degree of muscle mass, age, size as gifts, both physical and spiritual, to be celebrated and captured with reverence and honor.
Will's body is indeed a gift worth celebrating, but a gift whose exterior package came with dedication and hard work. Will's background in movement began when started gymnastics at the age of eight. 'I trained hard, competed in the junior Olympics and after high school earned a scholarship to UC Berkeley. We were a top 10 Division 1 team and I was captain my senior year.' Soon life and livelihood took over and Will began an eight year career in Pharmaceutical Sales. Those eight years were enough for Will who decided to quit and join the health and fitness industry.
'I first became a certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor. Then I became certified to teach Spinning, Body Pump, ski conditioning and FitBall. I decided to become a massage therapist and I went to the Boulder College of Massage and graduated with honors from their 1,000 hour program. After that, I moved from Boulder to San Diego where I went to Yoga and Pilates school. For several years I was a trainer, group fitness instructor, Yoga and Pilates instructor, AND a massage therapist. I loved it, but seven years ago I moved to SF and discovered springboard and platform diving.'
Will says he got SO into diving, he decided to downsize his lifestyle selling most of his exercise and Pilates equipment in order to focus on diving as much as he could. Will trained with a great coach for 4-6 days a week for four years winning three gold medals at the Gay Games in Germany and a gold, silver and bronze at the Masters World Championships in Italy.
A few injuries followed, but Will's passion for fitness never waned and when diving was no longer a viable option, Will decided to try dance. 'I'm loving dance now, almost as much as diving. I take 4 classes each week in the styles of modern, jazz and hip hop. Recently I began performing in a few shows and I'm about to begin rehearsals for a performance over New Years weekend.' For much of the last 30 years, Will has been chronicling his fitness achievement through his modeling. 'David is definitely one of my all-time favorite photographers. I have worked with him 4 or 5 times and I think we each get better and better the more we work together.' You can see in these images, that David not only captured Will's considerable physical gifts, but as well his dance training and wealth of fitness history within the movement and poses so beautifully captured.
'David is so professional and focused and skilled, he is a master at what he does and i always get the best feedback on the photos from my shoots with him. He's also very friendly and fun to work with :). I just shot with him in July and I'm already looking forward to the next shoot. He consistently has original ideas and concepts that are sexy, creative and fun to play out.'