'When I was really young I wanted to either be a baseball player, super hero or civil engineer. I stopped playing baseball before high school, but I’m still working on the super hero thing.'
Although I love Kristen Bell, and the premise sound intriguing, I have yet to see an episode of the new series The Good Place. But... after seeing the stunning face of Canadian actor Manny Jacinto in some of the promo's, I must add it to the DVR.
Using the word 'favorite' as part of the site's name has been a double edged sword. On one hand, it has led to many great posts and many wonderful themes I have been able to explore. On the other hand, not every image or every shoot can be a favorite. Choosing favorites means that some images always get left behind...
Thus the dilemma when deciding what images to feature of New York model Nathan Mateus. The first image I saw of Nathan was a shot from J Gagnon of Nathan sitting naked on a wooden chair in a garage. Nathan's beautiful blue eyes, sexy facial hair and incredible body had me wanting to see, and find out more about that naked man on the chair.
Nathan and I spent a few days, and a few e-mails, going through each of our favorite shots from the photographers Nathan has worked with. Ultimately, as much as I hated losing Nathan's other work, I kept coming back to that chair, and Nathan's work with J Gagnon. Choosing this shoot proved a good choice beyond just the how hot the images are.
I have featured Joshua Gagnon's work a few times before, and some of his Halloween themed images are some of my favorite images from the holiday. I love how Joshua creates beautifully layered stories in his shoots, and never just a series of unconnected images, Joshua was also the first photographer Nathan had worked with, and I love featuring firsts!
How did you first get into modeling?
I actually got into modeling because I was trying to book commercial work years ago and was looking for an agent. I honestly didn't even think of doing shoots for photographers at all at the time. My mother was the one that kind of nudged me towards being a model. Thanks Mom!
Favorite Modeling experience to date?
So far, I would say my favorite experience was driving around Lake Powell while doing a shoot with Mark Grantham. I sailed on a boat, got a tan, got paid, had good company, and all the while in paradise. That's a description of a dream job!
Strangest Experience while Shooting?
I don't know if its strange, but I want to say that easily 50% of the shoots I've done have been interrupted by a cat trying to cuddle with me. Crazy cat lady in the making? Most likely. Shooting Sans Clothing?
I actually didn't think that much about it. I love being naked. As long as I look good and its a classy concept, I'll gladly shoot nude for a photographer.
Favorite Image from this shoot?
I think the one of me laying down on the carpet is my favorite. It shows off my assets/ money maker very well, yet is also a beautiful image.
Working with J Gagnon:
I've known J Gagnon for years now. I met him when I was 18 when my boyfriend at the time wanted me to tag along for a shoot up in Manchester. I did a few poses back then, but nothing really special. Fast forward almost a decade and he reached out to me saying he wanted to do a solo shoot. The rest is history! I love working with him. He is funny, yet serious and passionate about is work. Its contagious! We must have taken thousands of photos in one session.
Body Parts that get the most Attention?
That would have to be my eyes and my butt. It's a strange combination, but I feel people like my eye color, yet enjoy my dancer legs and booty. I am the most happy with my butt honestly because many models have asked where I train to get it that developed. I tell them 25 years of ballet training and lifting ladies above my head for a living! Haha
I've been performing professionally on stage for about 15 years now. So being in front of people and the camera is just as natural as having a cup of coffee to me. I love it! I am kind of a work-a-holic. Modeling started off as a fun thing to do while I had down time in between different shows and jobs. Now it has definitely turned into part of my full time work! I didn't realize I'd enjoy it that fast and it's a nice escape from performance world. I also love art, so the chance to make a photographer's vision come to life is a challenge and an honor!
Some of you might have perked up when Nathan mentioned Mark Grantham and shooting in Lake Powell. Although I didn't know it when I first contacted him, Nathan was one of three models who joined Mark, Gordon Nebeker and Mike Tossy on their annual Utah Adventure this year. Many of you are aware that I have covered the Utah shoot the last several years and have already begun planning this years feature with Gordon. Given they just wrapped this week, patience is required, but I am excited to be able to present the shoot when the images are ready.
'Well…this was definitely something new. I can’t say that I’ve ever had a dick in my face before but here I was at Bowery Ballroom seeing a guy I know (in the form of Fat White Family frontman Lias Saoudi) convulsing/thrusting his porksword towards a massive crowd while screaming into a microphone.'
I had never heard of the English rock band A Fat White Family until just this week. But, after searching for an image for a Naked News story, the group, formed in 2011 in Peckham, South London, became sort of a fascination.
The news story I found was about troubled guitarist, Saul Adamczewski, exiting the group this past August. As retaliation, the group posted a naked image of Saul on-line. In searching for that image (which you can see censored HERE:), it was naked concert shots of lead vocalist Lias Saoudi, that kept popping up.
AUTRE:When I saw you at the Bowery Ballroom you had your cock out within the first three minutes of the show. LIAS SAOUDI: (laughs) I don’t know where that comes from really. As a person I’m usually quite reserved, quite shy, quite insecure essentially, so it’s like an outlet I suppose. It’s not really like a pre-meditated thing. It just feels nice. Theoretically, again if you’re doing that in contemporary art it raises all sorts of questions. Difficult questions. But I think if you’re doing that in Rock n’ Roll it’s just a bit of spice.
I believe the images here are from a 2014 concert Bowery Ballroom in New York, but as you can see from the video below, from Italy's Ypsigrock, being naked on stage is nothing new for the singer. The group has been called grimy, outrageous, vulgar, offensive and a rancid mess. They are also known as one the worst groups people are listening to. Maybe they're not as much listening as watching...
I find the fat that LIas is on stage, completely naked, with his clothed band members surrounding him both sexy and interesting. I think Lias' comments about it being an outlet make sense, creating an atmosphere of freedom to do things he may not do if not on stage.