This edition of Horror Hunks didn't start out with the goal of demasking the Master. As a HUGE Buffy fan, I was originally going to take a look at the shows Halloween episodes. Then, I thought of spotlighting the hotness of some of the baddies, but I have previously featured Buffy alum Charlie Weber and Nathan Fillion on FH. Then...I saw an early image of actor under The Master's make-up and a little researched uncovered a 'wee' bit of skin in a 1980's horror flick.
Mark Metcalf, the actor behind The Master is an accomplished theatre actor whose film and television career began in the early 70's. With countless television roles (including the Maestro on Seinfeld) and feature film appearances in films such as Animal House, One Crazy Summer and The Heavenly Kid. Metcalf is also known to Twister Sister fans for his appearances in a couple of their video.
Metcalf in Animal House (1978)
In one of his early film roles, Metcalf joins Rachel Ward, Daryl Hannah, Adrian Zmed and Joe Pantoliano into the woods for 1983's The Final Terror. Sorry for the spoiler, but like many of the horror hunks I feature, Metcalf's character Mike doesn't survive what the group of campers awoken by venturing far into the forest. Even with Zmed in the film, to me Metcalf is the hottest hunk in the cast and I have to admit, my interest in watching diminished after Mike came (literally) to his bloody end.
Poor Mike didn't remember the cardinal rule of horror films, 'never get naked and never have sex!' Almost every character who fools around ends up having their climax, their last. Although we don't see much, just a few flashes of skin and side butt, I will never look at The Master the same way again!
'I had to spend countless hours, above and beyond the basic time, to try and perfect the fundamentals.'
When you whittle it down, the fundamental elements needed to produce art are not that complicated. An artist, a subject and a mechanism to create it. Crayon drawings of puppies adorn many of our refrigerators. For photographers of the male form, the mechanism is of course a camera, and the subject, a male model. Beyond that, many secondary elements certainly come into play; skill, creativity and imagination, studio and equipment and of course great lighting.
I love images of the male form in all of their creative variations, but often I'm drawn back to the fundamentals. For many men, jeans and a white t-shirt make up a basic wardrobe, for photographers like ArtPole, the basics is a plain background along with a man who's face and body are able to match the strength of the lens that focused upon him.
I'm always impressed with photographers who don't allow a model to hide. To hide within a location, beside a prop, wardrobe or inside a character they're creating for the shoot. There is intensity, beauty and honest when the camera focuses so clearly on a model.
Although some images are quick glances or brief moments, others are long, deep and unflinching stares. Stares that don't just see you, but inspect and evaluate you. Although the inspection may seem stark and unflinching, in the end, it's to gain and capture a greater appropriation of the subject, something a quick look or glance couldn't as easily accomplish.
ArtPole Photography's images are beautiful and sexy long stares. They welcome you to linger, inspect and enjoy the model he captured slowly and deliberately. The first image of from ArtPole that I saw was one of the nudes below of Philip. Philip's penis clearly deserved some visual time and attention, yet the image and model almost pulled you to look further up and further in to Philips eyes, staring right back at you.