Sunday, March 27, 2016

Favorite Pic of the Day for March 28th

Clinton by Robert J. Guttke
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A Vintage Vantage:

One of the first early promotional subscription ads for the debut of Playgirl Magazine in 1973.

Orange Peeled

Guttke Photography: Propped Into Shape

Ladder Day Saints

'I suppose there is that fascination in photographing genitals and then moving on to the next set... but even naughty bits have to be part of SOME composition otherwise it is just voyeurism. Well, at least in my opinion.'

'It is all about shapes. The back view photo is especially notable because lifting one foot to the ladder rung creates two differently shaped volumes of butt cheeks. This appealing to the eye, even if you don't really understand what is happening. It's what is marvelous about the human figure- that collision of body parts that creates that ballet of movement even if the body is not moving.'

'With this series with Clinton, I took a sculptural approach to a body making marvelous use of a simple prop. The prop was an example of how to present His body at its best. Not very pornographic since he is not making love with the ladder, the ladder is providing wonderful possibilities to show off a wonderful physique. A prop is only as good when it can help the figure excel.'

'I capture mankind at its ideal best. Working with people who happen to look good for a fleeting time: long or short. The challenge is to take their physical gifts created in the gym or just by happenstance and make them better. There has been the occasional criticism about the extreme poses but this does not concern me. I have photographed my share of people who can only lean against a wall yet I still want the context within that shape to be fascinating. Others can be taken to athletic heights or entwined to delight the eye. The reality is fantasy. Even my subjects have said they don't look the same until I have wrapped them in light and shadow...'

'The Greek and Roman sculptors portrayed their gods, legendary heroes, kings, warriors and athletes in more than mortal nobility; endowing them with ideal properties in which ordinary people recognize their own best potentialities. They were left nude not to arouse carnality but admiration. The Platonic ideal (embraced by Michelangelo & Co.) states a perfect human body is visible evidence of a man's potential grandeur, his ideal self.'

Character Assault

Soap Operas are often viewed a great training ground for young actors. I know many actors who have made their career in daytime might find that insulting, but some of the industries best actors got their start emoting on soap opera sound stages.   I think this is especially true for women. Sarah Michelle Gellar, Meg Ryan, Anne Heche and Julianne Moore all cut their teeth playing strong female heroine's on daytime.

Maybe because soaps were traditionally seen as viewed mainly by women, male characters are not always as well developed.  Soap Opera producers seem comfortable hiring 'mediocre' actors who look good with their shirts off, but don't always know what to do with actors whose talent is bigger than their biceps.

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One of the things soap opera writers frequently do is write talented actors into corners.  They do this in many ways, the worst of which is writing a rape story.  Soaps have literally dozens of male characters who have committed rape only to be written as sympathetic, even heroic after the violent act.  Some male characters go on to survive their deed to remain on the show, others are written off after the writers have gotten all they want from the storyline.

I am not sure where Days of our Lives Chase is going to end up, but I hope actor Jonathon McClendon ends up with an EMMY and tons of future acting work.  Chase was an 11 year old kid a year ago, but after the show aged many of it's younger characters last fall, Chase became a troubled teen played with skill and complexity by McClendon.

The show unwisely decided to go down the clich├ęd path of ruining one of it's most talented actor by having him rape their new heroine.  McClendon acts circles around his scene partner, and the show ruined a character they could have used in story lines for many years to come. McClendon is a unique talent, and hopefully will find another venue for the 19 year old actor's complex expression of drama.