Last week, I introduced FH readers to the work of San Francisco artist Alex Hilbert and his work with model and performer Jonny Reinhart. (Window Dressing) I love Alex's shots of Jonny which blend fashion and design with a strong dose of erotic elegance.
Alex's images of Jonny are sexy as hell, yet artistically, rely on the creativity of both model and photographer more than just the flashing of skin. Not that Jonny doesn't have beautiful skin, but it is his skill and ease with pose and movement, along with Alex's artistry with capturing it that made their work together so special.
This 'sweater series' is a great example. As I said in the first piece, almost every of the 100 plus images I had the pleasure of reviewing were exceptional. It was nearly impossible to narrow them down. Although Jonny's beige sweater is included on, and off him, in this series, Alex captured so many variations and different looks that again, it became difficult to choose my favorites.
Sweaters are a particularly interesting piece of fashion. Traditionally, sweaters, especially tight sweaters, have been associated with the female form. For men, the connection is usually with older men. Dad's and grandfathers who get the traditional Christmas sweater each Christmas.
I love how Alex threw this tradition on it's ear. Giving 21 year old Jonny an over-sized sweater, and pretty much nothing else but a jock strap, was inspired. With Alex and Jonny, a big beige sweater never looked so hot!
I have often commented on the weird turns that lead to stories on FH. Sometimes I look up one actor or movie, and end up heading down the google rabbit hole searching for another that I spotted along the path. This piece is really about actor Ron Leibman, and his nude scene in 1970's Where's Poppa, but he's sort of the middle of the six degree's between Elizabeth Taylor, and a speedo shot of a 70's teen idol.
1st Degree: Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)
Want to go along for the ride? Although this piece officially began this past February with a piece on actor George Segal, (The De-Pantsing of Pops) it actually originally began back in 2011 with my R.I.P post (HERE:) upon the death of actress Elizabeth Taylor.
Second Degree: George Segal in Where's Poppa (1970)
Although I certainly knew who Elizabeth Taylor was, I was surprised to realize when I wrote her R.I.P post that at the time, except for maybe The Flintstones, which really doesn't count... I'd never actually seen one of her movies all the way through. I felt I had, due to all the clips I'd seen on TV, and the pieces of movies I'd seen as a kid that my parents were watching, but when she died, I went through her credits on IMDB and low and behold, discovered I hadn't seen any of her most famous films start to finish.
Third Degree: Ron Leibman
Since 2011, I've managed to catch about dozen of Taylor's films with 1966's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? being one of my favorites. When I came upon the film earlier this year, I was taken for the first time with how handsome George Segal was in the film, and went ahead to search out his two nude scenes which I featured in the February piece.
Forth Degree: Ron Leibman in Friends
One of those films was 1970's Where's Poppa which co-starred Ruth Gordon and Ron Leibman. I knewLeibman , mostly from his role as Rachel's father on Friends. Leibman also had a nude scene in the film and although I Leibman isn't known for his hunky good looks, he is a talented actor who has been in many great films, including Norma Rae, a film I actually remember him from!
Fifth Degree: Linda Lavin in Alice
When searching for more about Leibman, I googled and found out that before marrying actress Jessica Walter, he was married to actress Linda Lavin from 1969 through 1981. This of course had me thinking of Lavin's show Alice. (a show I don't think I've seen much of, but did see the movie that inspired it)
Sixth Degree: Philip McKeon
I couldn't think about Alice without thinking about it's blonde teen star, actor Philip McKeon. McKeon, who except for the blonde hair looks almost exactly like his sister Nancy, had a short career that sort of sputtered out slowly after Alice went off the air.
I did remember however, he was a teen magazine favorite, and remember finding some shirtless shots when looking for images for a previous birthday post. So... my Elizabeth Taylor movie watching led me to, via Ron Leiblan, to far too much time looking for images of McKeon, including the speedo shot below. Not a place I thought I'd end up from a repeat viewing ofr Virginia Woofe.... Oh, and Ron's nude scene, check out the caps below!