And naked Will very much is, though much of the two 'behind the scenes' videos of the making of this years Warwick Rowing Calendar. Will is tall, dark and adorable with a great face, adorable grin, a killer body and tons of confidence. Will was definitely blessed in the genetics department and around the stables, certainly holds his own...
Every year I am drawn to a rower, (or two) and this years team has not shortage of great looking guys to hold your interest. Will is definitely a stand out, but all of the rowers are not only kind and giving, open and generous, they are all completely naked for all to enjoy. I might have a new favorite to share next week, and another the week after that... If you haven't ordered your video, calendar or Rowers product yet, you're missing out on one of the projects best years yet!
With the internet full of great looking models, highly skilled photographers and incredible images, it is always interesting to discover why one photo grabs your attention and stands out above all of the others. When I find a photographer or model and see an image that causes me to pause and react in some way, I become determined. That was exactly what happened when I saw the second to last image at the bottom of this piece.
27 year old South Derbyshire model Marc-Williams has many stand out qualities that would have one stop and take a second look. His incredible body, great face and hair and his beautifully intense and deep blue eyes. Although those qualities were certainly not lost on me, in that first image it was not just his face and physique that had me taking a second look, it was also his hat.
Marc has a very strong presence in front of the camera, something Jon from JBDI Photography utilized perfectly within their work together. Marc has something a lot of models struggle to achieve, and that's directness. Many models, especially those new, or not completely comfortable with shooting fully nude, sometimes pull back, almost hiding from the camera they are standing naked in front of. Marc stares directly into Jon' lens, his piercing blue eyes strong, confident and bold.
Jon had seen quite a bit of Marc's work with various photographers on Model Mayhem and shares that he too was always struck by Marc's incredible looks and physique. Jon sent Marc a message to see if he might be interested in a fitness/nude shoot and received a positive response back. After a few bumps trying to arrange dates and travel, they managed to get together for a shoot this past October.
'Marc’s got a great combination of masculinity and sensitivity and I think we achieved a some really sexy, arty shots.'
Jon says the hat was just one of the many props lying around his studio and without any planning, he simply suggested Marc try it on for size. The hat was one of a few props used for the shoot but for this shoot, the focus was primarily Marc. Jon's knowledge of stance, angle and pose comes from personal experience. Jon's been running a part-time photographic business for the last few years, mostly specialising in actor and business headshots. His interest in the male nude started with his experimenting with nude self portraits, some which are posted on his MM page. Through his self portraits, Jon was able to try different lighting, poses and techniques, some of which he also learned from his time as a life model for art classes.
After joining a couple of photographic and model networking sites, (Model Mayhem and Purpleport) Jon started asking male (and occasionally female) models to pose. 'The problem became finding a studio to hire where there was privacy to allow the models and myself to feel comfortable.' Earlier this year however, Jon took on a studio share with another photographer and was able to have total privacy along with a flexible booking schedule. Jon then began inviting models that he had admired, and that were located near him to shoot. 'In the last 6 - 8 months I've had the privilege of working with some great models including; Adam Coussins, Alex Banks, Marc and others. I've also had the opportunity to become more creative with studio lighting and the depiction of the male nude.'
I had never really been Hatched. Although I was too young to really watch it when it aired, when I was about 10, I picked up a couple of episodes of the classic 70's version of Battlestar Galactica on VHS. I loved it, practically wearing out the tape. Years later I bought the box set on DVD, but have yet to watch all of the episodes I missed when I was a kid.
I wasn't really drawn to Richard Hatch's Apollo, I preferred me a little Starbuck. Years later, when watching the phenomenal television adaptation, I did love me some Apollo, but it was Jamie Bamber in the role this time. Richard Hatch also made several appearances, but again he didn't initially make much of an impression. Recently, mastercapper Dewey posted some caps from Richard's 1985 turn in the straight to video flick Heated Vengeance. This time Hatch, and his meaty hind quarters had me taking a second look.
Search for good material on the net, especially images, is woefully frustrating for Mr. Hatch. Most searches, especially if you include the word 'naked' bring forth far too many naked images of certain Survivor winner. That Hatch should have had to change his name, as he is now calling himself an 'actor' and there is little to separate the two when searching.
Richard with Howard Cosell (and his speedos) on Battle Of The Network Stars
With a little work I was able to come up with some fun images and a new found appreciation for the once ignored Captain on the Galactica. I can't believe I didn't initially notice Hatch's beautiful strong face, eyes and lips. The actor has continued working steadily both in front of, and behind the camera and hosts a weekly radio show entitled Love on the Edge.
Below: Richard with Doug Chapin in Best Friends (1975)
Richard began his career on stage with the Los Angeles Repertory Theatre and went on to work on the stages of New York. I believe the images below, from a 1974 issue of After Dark Magazine, are from a production of The Woyzeck Follies.