I received more than a few e-mails the last few months about why I wasn't doing a post on the nude paparazzi shots that leaked of Justin Bieber and Orlando Bloom. Now, first of all... I know I'm a hypocrite, and I can live with That. I don't judge others who post them, I am grateful to them. I am a huge fan of Bloom, (my favorite of his films, the underrated Elizabethtown) and enjoyed each and every one of his impressive leaked nudes. I am not so much of a fan of Bieber, but if I squint, and ignore his tats and personality,can't deny he has a hot body. But.... Although, in FH's first few years, I regularly posted paparazzi nudes, especially in the birthday section. But, given the purpose and goal of the blog, and an e-mail from a very upset Spanish telenovela star, decided I should 'mostly' stop. I say mostly, as I have no issue posting images of body parts the celebrity may have shown before, or on screen. Bieber regularly posts his ass on Instagram and both Bloom and Brad Pitt have shown their beautiful backsides in movies.
Many like to justify posting leaked naked images by assuming, especially in the recent cases with Bieber and Bloom, that the subject either planned them, were in someway complicit, or should have expected that they were being taken. Maybe... or maybe not. I have learned in the last 10 years, that contrary to popular belief, not every man is comfortable with images of their naked bodies being shared without their consent. People tend to see leaked photos of women as an assault, but naked nudes of men....hilarious and funny. In fact, if they have a decent sized penis, many think they should be proud to share. For some this could be true, for others, not so much. If Orlando Bloom gives an interview and acknowledges he loves having his penis posted all over the net, I'll gladly post it. Until then, I will stick to hypocritically, and joyfully, viewing but not posting.
Back in 2011, it was Atlanta photographer Carl Proctor's images of Keith that first drew to me to his work, and inspired me to contact him about a feature on the site. Since then, I have been fortunate to have been able to feature Carl's work close to 30 times, almost half a dozen, featuring Keith. Keith has one of those personalities that bursts off the screen, with a positive, sexy energy that Carl always seems to perfectly capture.
We have seen Keith both lean and bulked up, in costume, wigs, pajama's, just a tool belt, and of in nothing but his sexy smile. Today, to celebrate FH's anniversary, Keith goes formal for the occasion in elegant black and white. I am grateful to Carl for sending on this new set, and for all of the shoots and models, Keith especially, he shared over the last 5 years. Check out more of Carl's work with Keith, and all of Carl's work featured on FH, at Carl's Quarternate post HERE:
'Working with Carl has been one of the best experiences of my career so far. Some of the best images in my portfolio were taken by him. Not only has he taught me so much about the art of creating a unique and brilliant photograph, but he has also helped me grow so much as a model. Working with Carl is so much fun and his shoots are always relaxing and stress free. He is always professional and respectful and he always notices the little things that really make his work standout. I can't wait to work with Carl Proctor again in the future.'
'I have had the pleasure of working with and getting to know Keith in three amazing photo shoots over the past couple years. In his theatre playbill bio, when asked what his hobbies were, he said "Working out. Acting. Working out. Acting. And working out." It shows! He has become leaner and more defined with each shoot. He comes to each photo shoot excited and fully energized and willing to push the envelope in any direction. Watching someone like Keith mature and continually improve is very gratifying. After nearly ten years of working with hundreds of models, it is no stretch to say that Keith has become one of my proudest portfolio stars.'
Regular readers of FH no doubt recognize a few of the models in this piece showcasing some of my favorite shots from Mark Montovio from Mount Photography. Starting in 2009 with a feature on model Antonio Garcia, I have been sharing and enjoying the Gibraltar based photographer's work ever since.
Mark expertly blends the beauty of location, with the beautiful lines and curves of the male form in the creation of expressive, dynamic and elegant imagery. Mark's work has headlined some of my favorite pieces in the blog, including the Halloween feature, Expressive Masquerade.
That story highlighted not just Mark's skill at capturing the male form, but also his proficiency at shooting two or more models together. There is a fine line in the creation of stunning and sexy images of two models. Images that are intensely erotic and sensual, yet not necessarily as sexual, as they are based on the relationship between space, figure and form. Mark walks that line magnificently.