Like most of you, I always hated when my favorite sit-com had a clip show. You know, one of those episodes that looks new, but only has one or two new scenes, filmed only to set up a series of flashbacks to previous episodes. At the same time, when you love a great comedy show, you also know some of the best moments are usually from the some of the shows earlier episodes. FHturns 10 this week. On October 13th, 2007, I started the blog. What began as an outlet for my writing, and a place of course for hot naked men, has morphed over the last decade to what you see today. I never thought when I started it would last 10 weeks, let alone 10 years. That being said, I am proud of the what the site has become. I love love photography, the arts and creatively imaginative imagery. As much as I love the male form, I also have no interest in just posting images after image on a site, no matter how hot the photo, without thought, credit or investigation.
Posting great imagery of naked men may have been the impetus, but getting to know the story behind those images is the motivator that keeps me going. Every time I think it's time to quit, an image, artist, model or story lures me in with questions and curiosities about how the image came to be. So... despite my feelings about sit-com clips shows, I am devoting the next week and a half of FH to celebrating. Not the sites anniversary really, but more the artists, models and stories that have inspired and kept me motivated the last 10 years. There is a little bit of looking back, but it is mostly a chance to once again spotlight some of the artists who have supported and contribute to FH over the years. Soooo, look for some old favorites, new images and shoots, and a few surprises as I celebrate what else, some of my FaVorites!
'YogaBear Studio provides fine portrait and physique photography for men of all ages and body types.'
It was back in 2011 that I first profiled the work of YogaBear Studio. Since that first piece, YogaBear's work has appeared in close to 50 features on the site. I have featured the yoga, I have featured the bears and I have covered so many of men that David has so beautifully captured.
I have loved David's location work and the stories he and his models have shared from their time on the beach, the desert, the railroad tracks and the old splintered porch. I have equally loved David's studio work which weaves classic male physique poses with David's signature nod to yoga poses and spiritual warriors of the past.
I also love how David often weaves in shots of the various stages of undress, something I especially love in his studio work. I first saw these shots of Hunter last spring and immediately asked David about featuring the shoot. I love his look, Hunter is incredibly hot, and I especially enjoy how much fun he seems to be having in front of the David's lens. It took a little while to get in touch with Hunter about featuring his images, but the wait made Hunter's appearance perfectly timed to help celebrate FH's 10th. Be sure to check out many more images of Hunter on his page on YogaBear Studio's site HERE:
One of the things I love best about working on FH is the relationships I have formed, and the artists who put their trust in the site, and my ability to respectfully present their work. Trust is an intricate piece of art, especially when the art's focus is the naked male form. The best photographers respect the fears, vulnerabilities, boundaries and egos of the men they are shooting.
Alex by New Manhattan Studios
In turn, I have learned to respect the trust models place in the artists that shoot them, and what I share as I put together the text. Sometimes the most interesting and titillating stories, are the ones that I have to leave out. Often a photographer or model will share a story or image, not to include in the story, but to give me context and help in putting together the text.
Image from Robert J Guttke
2012 marked the first appearance of several significant artists and contributors. Many of the artists have become trusted collaborator and supporters. Many have not only continued to share their work, many have shot images exclusively for FH. Gordon Nebeker, Steven Kahrs, JayBee, Robert J. Guttke, DAVISICON and Bob Burkhardt all had their first features in 2012. The year also marked the first post from New Manhattan Studios, and of course Wes's work with Alex, a model who is now one of the studio's photographers.
Image from Steven Kahrs
Some of the many other photographers who have become multiple contributors have included; Andrew Bowman, JGH Photography, Eros Adonis, Danny Barson, ClearEye, Dennis Nauert, Get Shot by Christopher, Brenton Parry, Suntown Photography, Max Woltman, Fotorebelxt Photography, Chris Free, Sean Cooper, Unlimited Male, H2H PHotography and Bacchus Stuart and his work with Quinn Christopher Jaxon.
Image from Bob Burkhardt
Image from Danny Barson
Image from Eros Adonis
2012 also marked the debut of theme days, days when each of the 5 stories covers the same focus. Some of the themes have included, men of the cloth, models with horses and a salute to the stage version of Into The Woods. I began however withCircus featuring the work of flondo, Richard Rothstein and StudioMG Photography.