Monday, December 26, 2016

Pillow Fight: Keith by Carl Proctor

Someone's gonna get hurt!

You can thank Carl Proctor, and his images of Keith, for today's pajama day theme. When I was working on my Ten Celebration, I knew not only I wanted to feature Carl's work, but also again revisit his work with Keith. It was Carl's images of Keith that first had me contacting the Atlanta photographer back in 2011.

The first time I featured Carl's images of Keith, (Visual Stimulation) Carl sent on many images of Keith, in and out of various pieces of wardrobe. Some of those images, were from this set featuring Keith in his pajama bottoms. When I was working on Ten, I asked Carl to send on some shots from some of there early work together, and decided to save this series to help warm up a cold winters day.

There were also some great shots of Keith in a red onesie, (on The OVER-FLOW:) but I decided to stick to the pajamas. If you look closely at Keith pj's, and why wouldn't you, you can see how perfectly they fit today's theme. The image pattern on Keith's pajama pants features Santa, not in the North Pole, but down south. Santa's on vacation, surrounded by palm tree's and beach umbrella's.

After a long week of flying around the globe, Santa, like the rest of us, deserves some rest and relaxation. Santa luckily has some reindeer to drop him off in the Bahamas, but for many of us... it's our living rooms that we transform into our relaxation paradise.

I love that Keith is holding a pillow, primed and ready for a pillow fight. Pillow fights between women are often depicted as highly sexual, but not the same for guys. Maybe it's because many us had our first pillow fights with a sibling, and my pillow fights with my brother were brutal. They began in fun, but they often got quite aggressive, with my father intervening before one of us got hurt. Today's pillows might not hurt, but our heavy feathered pillows in the 80's could knock you across a room.

Having a 'pillow fight' with someone you're attracted to, is a completely different story. The goal is not to hurt, or even to win. The goal is the release of energy, and to get your opponent hot and sweaty. To create situations during game play where physical contact is unavoidable and the odd flash of skin and especially falling down, or yanked down pajama pants is par for the course.

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