It's continuously, and often frustrating to me, how many photographers ignore detail. So often, small things about a model, or a model's body are diminished or erased in the final editing process. Perfect skin, for some artists, is more important than a mole, or freckles, or the little imperfections which make a body unique. This is usually a shame, because it is these smaller details that not only make a model more visually interesting but often, add to their overall beauty and appeal.
MichaelR09 doesn't erase detail, just the opposite. If you have check out Michael's port on Model Mayhem, or check out my previous pieces featuring his work, (HERE:) you know he both respects and celebrates it. As an amateur photographer, Michael is often shooting while on the road and his images tell the stories of the people and places he has seen and visited. Without the details, the story couldn't possibly be complete, nor entirely truthful.
It was actually 'detail' that helped the Atlanta based photographer decide to reach out to Chris about a shoot. Michael was planning a visit to Denver and was looking for local models to shoot while he was there. One of the on-line profiles Michael was drawn to was Chris's.
There was a specific line that Chris had written on his profile which Michael especially liked. It read that'the little details of human anatomy are quite beautiful.' Like many of the men Michael has worked with, 22 year old Chris was still relatively new to modeling. For some models, this can sometimes indicate that there are still unique and eclectic physical details to be captured.
'Chris has a beautiful and friendly face that very accurately reflects his personality. He's a musician by trade and I think his artistic sensibility also made him a great subject.bIt was very easy to work with him even though he didn't have much modeling experience at the time. He was as comfortable nude as clothed, which I think shows up in the photos.'
I also love all the beautiful details Michael captured, those minor, and major details are one of the reasons I was eager to showcase his work with Chris. Chris's adorable smile, and friendly face were the beginning but also love every detail of his face and gorgeous body. Love the detailed pattern of chest hair, and the bare line that runs down his chest and stomach, the shape of his lips and those beautiful blue eyes.
Yes, I know Halloween is over, but I DVR'd the 1990 television adaptation of Stephen King's IT just before Halloween and only had time to finish it this weekend. I have yet to see the recent re-make, but I remember watching this version on TV when I was a kid when it originally aired. I remember it as terrifying, especially Tim Curry's portrayal of Pennywise. I was surprised how well the 2 part adaptation held up, mostly due to the power of the cast. Except for a few minutes of dated special effects, the movie was as scary as I remember.
IT is scary not because of what necessarily see, but due to the power of fear and how it knows exactly what's inside you that can bring it to life. I read a few reviews of this years film with critics who seemed disappointed to learn the clown was not so much a physical being terrifying the kids in Derry Maine, but a manifestation of the terror they were carrying inside. Each of the kids had their own demons to face, loss, abusive family members and school bully's they were facing. When the fear took over, Pennywise gained power and appeared in their living nightmares.
Bill: Richard Thomas | Jonathan Brandis
Richie: Harry Anderson |Seth Green
Eddie: Dennis Christopher | Adam Faraizl
Mike: Tim Reid | Marlon Taylor
Stanley: Richard Masur | Ben Heller
Ben: John Ritter | Brandon Crane
Beverly: Annette O'Toole | Emily Perkins
Pennywise: Tim Curry
Henry: Jared Blancard
Certainly one of the things that made IT so compelling was the cast. The performances, particularly from the young the cast, pull the story together. The coming together of a group of outsiders is a universal story and this group, led by the late Jonathan Brandis, is built on common experiences and pain. One by one, the group comes together, usually after an encounter with school bully Henry. (Jared Blancard). All the young cast is great and while some like Seth Green went on to steady work, others like the appealing Ben Heller, oddly have IT as their only IMDB credit. Ben does seem to be joining his former cast members in a new documentary, Pennywise: The Story of IT, currently in production.
Seth Green, Ben Heller & Adam Faraizl
The movie for me, became slightly less interesting when the focus in part II moved to the adults. Although the adult cast was a great assembly of popular television and film stars, their stories were not nearly as interesting as their younger versions. The exception for me was Tim Reid, an actor I only really knew from repeats of WKRP. His character Mike was the last one to join the group, and the one with the responsibility to tell them all, they needed to all return to Derry.
Although all of the adult actors were good, I think they were strongly supported by the back stories their younger versions had revealed. I also think King's core theme of fear is stronger with the stories the kids were given, as the adults had no mystery to really solve, only a mission. I have read the new film version chose to focus on the kids and look forward to comparing how they chose to tell the story.
I am also interested in watching the story as an adult, as I was about the same age as the child actors when I first saw the TV version. For me, fear was much more intense when I was a kid, very real and crippling. As an adult, fear is constant, something most adults have learned to accept as part of life, and most of us, have had to find a way to deal with. But... late at night, when sleep is out of reach, it feels very much the same as when we were a kid.
Stanley & Pennywise
Richard Masur at the closing of Part 1
Dennis above with Farrah Fawcett on stage at the Burt Reynolds dinner theatre in Butterflies are Free. Below in Nine Lives (2002)
Below: Thomas and Will Geer in a bloopers video from The Waltons