It's interesting what you see when really look. I have been fortunate to have featured the work Queensland writer and photographer Brett Kiellerop several times over the past few years. Several of those pieces focused on his work with the incredibly sexy, and completely adorable, Daine.
Some of you might remember those past features, but some of you may not. In the previous pieces featuring Brett's imagery with Daine, the Kiwi model has been covered blood,, in body paint, as a tiger and masked in black leather as the executioner. Although Daine's appeal was always shown through, this time, I thought I wanted to keep the focus squarely on Daine's hot body, personality and beautiful face and smile.
I also wanted to again return to Brett's images as sort of celebration to some recent great news. In previous stories on Brett's work, I shared Brett's loss of vision, and his struggle to shoot again as he re-navigated his work with the visual limitations. Well... the bad news is Brett has to again re-navigate his work as a photographer, the good news, is because after 4 years of limited eye sight, after a recent surgery, Brett's vision has been almost completely restored. 'I'm shouting the news about my vision recovery from the rooftops.. it feels like a miracle!'
'To celebrate, as soon as I can find some fun quirky models, I'll be back behind the camera! I'm going to Newcastle for a couple of weeks, and have put up an availability notice on Model Mayhem to hopefully connect with some aspiring models while I'm there... Fingers crossed!'
Joining into Brett's celebration, I decided to go back to his work with Daine, and share some new images I had not featured before. Daine is one of the main attractions from Brett's photo book Aussie Gods. If you haven't check out the book, the over 200 page (many with Daine!) Kindle addition is just under four bucks on Amazon
In addition to being one of my favorites, Daine is also one of Brett's favorites. Brett describes Daine as so easygoing and friendly, a great listener. Daine also has the ability to make whomever he is with, and whatever he is doing feel incredibly special, diving into his work with patience, tolerance as well as being incredibly open to just about anything creative. As soon as Brett is back to shooting on a regular basis, he plans on approaching Daine again about stepping in front of his lens again.
While choosing images for this piece, I tried to focus as stated on Daine's personality, something he exudes beautifully through his images. I didn't remember noticing, maybe due to the body paint and blood, the scars across Daine's chest. Although they cover much of Daine's chest and upper body, they also didn't take away from the visual beauty of his body, in fact they added a layer of interest and depth.
'Initially, Daine was concerned that his scars would prevent him from being a model. He had a nasty sliding fall during a rugby game, which resulted in long red gashes over his chest. But I liked the scars! He has a dragon tattoo coming over his shoulder, and the scars ran perpendicular to the dragon's head. To me, it looked like a dragon war was taking place on his chest, with the scars being the flames from a dragon not yet in play.'
'Not even the BEST of friends go halfsies on a rubber.'
Oscy, Summer of 42
During his summer vacation on Nantucket Island in 1942, a youth eagerly awaiting his first sexual encounter finds himself developing an innocent love for a young woman awaiting news on her soldier husband's fate in WWII.
I have had 1971's Summer of '42 on my DVR since... well I think last summer. I originally thought of tying the film into my Last Gasp of Summer series, but after starting the movie, I turned off after just a few minutes. Prior to deleting it for good, I watched the rest last week.
Below: Grimes with director Robert Mulligan
I am glad I stuck with it, the film is beautifully shot and it had a few similar themes to one of my favorite films, Jodi Foster's Stealing Home. Jennifer O'Neill is beautiful, but not as interesting to me as Foster was, and it a bit odd Gary Grimes (Hermie) would be so drawn to her. That being said, Grimes is adorable and I loved his crush, especially the scene in which he was helping carry her groceries home.
I will keep my eye out on Class of 44, a 1973 sequel to Summer featuring Hermie and his two best friends. Grimes was a little older, but still as adorable, but from the little I read, not sure it held the beauty of the film that inspired it.