When I began FH back in 2007, forming long term connections with the artists and models tha I was featuring wasn't really on my mind. As time went on however, it became important to me to respect the artists and models and credit the work I was featuring. Equally important, asking questions and discovering behind the scenes stories about how the shoots came together, became one of my favorite parts of putting together pieces for the site.
I soon began reaching out to artists and models about stories and profiles for the blog. Surprisingly to me, many also began reaching out to me. Gibraltar based photographer Mark Montovio fromMount Photography first contacted me in 2009 and our first FH collaboration began with a post featuring model Antonio Garcia.
I featured the work of many artists over the past nine years, but Mark is among a small group of incredibly generous artists whose work I love to feature whenever I have the opportunity. Mark's work has headlines some of my favorite pieces including Serpent Handler and one of my favorite Halloween staples, Excessive Masquerade. It has also been great to follow the progress, and changing looks of some of the models Mark has been shooting over the past 5 years.
If you check out one of my first pieces featuring Cristian from 2012, and one I did earlier this year, Breather, it is incredible to see not only physical changes, but also visible changes in maturity and confidence in front of the camera.
With his living and working in Spain, one of the joy's of featuring Mark's work has always included seeing locations, and models, new and unique. In the US, especially models based in New York, there is the opportunity to be shot by many photographers who focus on the male form. Mark, as well as the equally generous Mark Leighton have introduced FH readers to models we might never have had the opportunity to see and enjoy.
That brings us to the sizzlingly hot Juanjo. Juanjo exudes an intensely sexual energy that simply can't be extinguished. His incredible fit body and those smouldering eyes and great lips are captured perfectly by Mark. I especially some of poses Mark captured in the two images just below. Despite Juanjo's amazing look, Mark shares the shoot wasn't without it's challenges. The nudist beach in Málaga in which they shot on was new to Mark, and despite the great shots you see here, it was not easy finding locations worthy of surrounding Juanjo with. It was also midday and the full sun wasn't ideal.
Then there was Juanjo himself. Although many photographers might welcome an 'excited' model, this is not the case with Mark. Because he primarily showcases his work on sites like Model Mayhem, where too much 'excitement' can actually limit what images an artist is able post and feature. Patience therefore became important, and Mark waited for things, (thing) to settle down a bit... before beginning to shoot.
I knew of football player and actor Ed Marinaro, but not well. I was a bit young to have watched him in much, but I do remember seeing his handsome face in magazines in the mid to late 80's when my obsession with celebrity, and celebrity magazines was beginning. A few weeks ago, while looking for an image for another Blast From The Past post, I came across an image of Ed that sparked this piece. Ed was standing in wearing turquoise underwear, (that look more like panties..) from a 1990 Fruit of the Loom ad, and decided he required further investigation.
Such a handsome man, sexy Italian New York face, great body and voice. Ed began his football career playing on his high school team in New Jersey and in 1971, was runner-up for the Heisman Trophy. Ed went on to play for the New York Jets in 1976, the Seattle Seahawks in 1977 and most famously with his first NFL team, The Minnesota Vikings from 1972 through 1975. Marinaro went on to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1991.
After his football career ended, no one was about to let that face just go away. Marinaro did a few small parts before becoming a regular for a season on ABC's Laverne & Shirley in 1980. TV movies and guest star roles followed until he got his biggest role, that of Officer Joe Coffey on Hill Street Blues starting in 1981. After Hill St, Marinaro remained busy and also had short stints on Dynasty, Falcon Crest, Sisters and most recently as a football coach on Blue Mountain State.
Marinaro has made good use of his assets, especially his impressive bulge. (see image below) Marinaro's manhood has been the focus in more than a few of his photo-shoots and as well, in not one, but two underwear campaigns. The first, covered in red in the 70's when he modeled for Jockey. And again in 1990 for Fruit of the Loom in those turquoise undies I mentioned earlier.