Continuing with my theme of firsts, Jay, the photographer behind Unlimited Male shares with FH his recent shoot with model Joshua Tucker. It is hard to believe from these shots, that it was Joshua's first time taking it all off in front of the camera. Jay captured not only Joshua's confidence and great smile, but the young model's eye contact with Jay's camera is incredibly strong and direct.
'I love it when I am fortunate enough to come across a model like Joshua, who is not only incredibly attractive, but completely uninhibited as well. This was his first time nude in front of the camera, but I never would have known.'
Smile's are often a great indication of comfortably, in fact for some model's, smiling for the camera is harder than taking off their clothes. I understand this completely. I don't usually mind my picture being taken, but I hate when I'm asked to smile for the camera. I have seen images of myself smiling that I really like, but most of them were taken in moments I didn't know the camera was on me. When asked to smile, I instantly become self conscious, and feel like any realness has been sucked out of the moment.
Jay is incredibly skilled at capturing great smiles. The first time I featured his work back in 2012, I tiled the piece Grin. I loved Jay's images of the incredibly hot Shawn, but Shawn's engaging grin certainly added to his sex appeal. I think smiles have been an important part of the reason I have asked Jay about each of the models that I have featured since that first piece.
I think a great smile can actually increase the pleasure viewers get from the enjoyment of a great image. I sometimes feel uncomfortable when I see a naked model model who looks miserable at being in front of the camera. A smile, especially one that looks natural, authentic and generated from the moment, and the enjoyment they seem to be getting from shooting is both sexy, and very inviting to those enjoying the image. It is especially hot when the smile is on the face of a hot naked model. It is also speaks to the photographer, and the trust and tone they have set during the shooting process.
'I am always looking for new models to work with but living in the South, it isn't always easy to find guys who are willing to pose nude in front of the camera. I personally think that the nude male form is one of the most beautiful things on earth and I wish more guys were willing to pose nude. Joshua was completely relaxed, had great energy and was very easy to work with. I have had the opportunity to work with quite a few incredible models these past few years, and I probably say this about most of them, but I really do hope to get the chance to work with Joshua again and again. I wish him all the best and hope that he has a very successful career in the modeling industry.'
I set my DVR a few weeks ago to record 1993's Nowhere To Run. I didn't recorded it for the snappy dialogue, clever story or stellar performances. I recorded it (yes you all already know, don't you) for the 20 seconds of Jean-Claude Van Damme walking naked out of that lake.
The from the late 80's through most of the 90's, Van Damme's beefy beautiful ass was one of the hottest things spread across a wide screen. I can't remember ever really loving any of his movies, but I do remember going to every single one of them.
Actor Glen Powell had quite a year. A mostly naked return to Scream Queens and appearances several high profile films including Everybody Wants Some and as John Glenn in Hidden Figures. When I first featured Glen in 2015, (HERE:) I wasn't sure I was going to stick with watching Scream Queens.
I didn't. The show was a bit over the top for me and I can only handle Emma Roberts in teenie tiny dozes. But... Powell's short return this past season did lead to some pretty hot and hilarious shower and locker room scenes with John Stamos. I caught enough clips, and promotional shots to know they both should have their own show, on cable of course, to continue their very powerful on screen chemistry.
The Three Graces, aka The Charites, are daughters of Zeus who represent the essence of beauty, charm and grace. Known in Greek mythology as Goddesses who provide festive joy and enhance the enjoyments of life. Their appearance, and character represent the nature of the Charites expressed by the names that each bear. The Three Graces are depicted in a Neoclassical sculpture created by artist Antonio Canova’s in 1817.
When you're shooting three handsome and photogenic models such as The Barleycorn Triplets, it behooves any artist to come up with an outstanding concept. Statuesque's theme of modernizing classic works is a perfect fit for the three brothers. I have written in the past about disdain for photographers who insist on shooting siblings, especially twins, with overly serialized poses and themes. There are many reasons I think doing so is a cop out, but it is most of all, creatively lazy.
UK photographer Statuesque has been focused on project which also bears his professional name. Statuesque's aim is to re-interpret great works of art, especially sculpture the the medium of photography. The UK based photographer feels that Sculpture is an undervalued art, and his goal is to raise the profile of this traditional art form by linking it with the digital media of our time.
Even before knowing the theme, I thought 'Statuesque' fit The Barleycorn's perfectly. Some of you may recognize one of the brothers, Jay E Barleycorn from his previous modeling work, including his images from Dylan Rosser. Jay tries to include his brothers in his work when he can, and is always looking for new projects that utilize their strengths and get's theme excited about the work.
The Waldegrave Girls by Sir Joshuah Reynolds
'What makes great art great is that it is always speaking to us in our own time. Sometimes the historical baggage - the strange clothes, wigs and ways people behaved long ago - can get in the way and create a barrier. I wanted to create an intervention for Sir Joshuah Reynolds beautiful painting of three sisters who lived in the eighteenth century - the Waldegrave girls. Suppose they were brothers living today? What would they be doing? How would they look? How would they relate to each other?'
'When I discovered the Barleycorn triplets, I realized I had found the perfect models. Jay had already done some modelling, but Adam and Stephen were new to it. Nevertheless, their attitude was absolutely professional, and we had a brilliant shoot. They were quick to grasp the concept, and only needed minimal direction. Being 'natural' in front of a camera and under lights isn't the easiest thing, but they just took the concept and worked with it, talking, laughing, joking and interacting with each other until I had all the shots I needed. Not only are the Barleycorns great looking guys, they are the nicest guys you could hope to find in your studio! I hope to be able to explore other sibling concepts with them, as I would like to harness the synergy of these three talented young men to create interventions for other works of classic art.'
Some FH readers might already know that the post below is not new. I have loved Archie and the gang since I was a kid and posted this piece about the Hunks of Riverdale after first hearing about the shows casting last spring. But...after having now watched the pilot, I thought it needed a repeat airing. I will just say that I LOVED Riverdale. The show is dark and sexy in a Twin Peaks sort of way, while at the same time a whole lot of fun. Each character from the comic book is both true to form while at the same time all having a modern twist. (Ms. Grundy anyone...) Kevin Keller is part of the gang, and if you haven't seen the episode yet, wait for his brief, but well worth it, almost scene with Moose.
Long time FH readers know I love me some Archie Andrews and the gang. I have written several times about growing up reading the comics and my affection for the Riverdale High ginger. Last month, The CW wrapped up filming the pilot for Riverdale, the networks update featuring Archie and the gang.
The update certainly seems to be adding the sexy, with a hot group of actors playing Archie, Reggie, Kevin, Moose and even a huge hit of hunky in their version of Jughead. If you haven't already, let me introduce you to the new crop of students from Rivdale High.
If the dark haired K.J. Apa, (above) doesn't scream Archie Andrews, how about K.J after a little Clairol......
I would never have thought of former Disney star Cole Sprouse to play Jughead Jones, but let's hope the show at least takes advantage of their casting by recreating a few of those beach scenes from the comics.
I love the casting of Ross Butler as Reggie Mantle. Not only is Ross sexy as hell, he has the attitude to pull off Riverdale's rich snob.
Kevin Keller marks' actor Casey Cott's first professional acting gig on screen.
Kody Kearsley may need a bit of blonde Clairol to pull off playing Moose Mason, but he certainly seems to have the legs and body for the part.