During the summers, when I take a 'blog break', I try when I can to plan ahead with posts ready for posting, while I'm away. This year, life took over, limiting the time I had to plan extra pieces for my break. I am away over the next few weeks, so posts will be a little more sporadic. Keep checking in though, there will be several new favorite hunks to check out, learn about and enjoy until my return!
Speaking of Favorite Hunks, I thought after featuring Yorgen last week, you might diving into the pool with the Alaskan hottie and more of his work with photographer Gordon Nebeker. Can't think of a better way to kick off a summer break, getting a little hot and steamy, followed by a dip into something cool and refreshing. Enjoy your July!
Writing about photography, especially with a focus on the male form, I often comment on the use of shadow, and of the artists use of black and white and dark and light. Some define 'white' as the absence of color, but black, and especially white are the illuminator's, highlighting the color, detail and beauty of the subject in focus.
When it comes to art, I tend to prefer simplicity. When I first began FH I knew I wanted to surround the images I was featuring with a solid cutter and minimal clutter. I went through many site designs, and many site banners, but ultimately, it came down to the basics, a black background, white text and just a touch of grey to provide a visual separation between titles and text.
'Stark White' gets a bad rap, yes, it's usually the look and feel of most empty rooms and apartments, but there's a reason for that. In addition to our personal relationships with color, stark white spaces stokes the artist in us, inviting our imagination to visualize and create how we best fill the space with our own personal vision of beauty.
Together, artists Baker and Adams beautifully utilize their cloak of white to frame and spotlight the model they're shooting. In the last couple of pieces I have done on their work, (HERE:) Baker and Adams have used a stunning wall of white
'The most interesting light often comes from behind the subject. In this case, by lighting the background instead of the model, the back wall and floor become large soft sources that wrap around Kenny from behind and below, creating soft specular highlights in his skin that bring out form and shape.'
'This also creates a wide range of tonalities, which contrasts nicely against the stark white background. I lit the back wall with strobes and prevented any direct light from hitting the model. This lit both the floor and some 4'x8' foam core bounce cards placed near the camera for fill.'
As you can beautifully see from the imagery, Kenny is a dancer, and it was his background in dance that initially led Baker and Adams to pursue working together. Baker and Adams beautifully blend the sensual and erotic with the elegance and strength in Kenny's dance moves. Although I love the shots of Kenny in black and jean material, I especially love the layers of white created with Kenny's skin, tan lines and his white shirt.
'For the shoot, we worked to build images that blended Kenny's dance skills with his playful and upbeat personality. With Kenny's dance background, we found his body to be more relaxed than many of our prior models. However, a challenge I quickly discovered was how best to direct a dancer. With no real dance background myself, it quickly became important for me to learn how to properly communicate desired moves and actions with greater clarity and detail.
I loved this shot when I saw it, such a natural pose and smile. Due to the plaid shorts, I initially thought it might be a vintage shot. A google search informed me it was actually Reese Rideout on the set of a video shoot. Reese was shot by Jeremy Lucido for Starrfucker Magazine #1
'The best part about working with Gordon is how easy and friendly he is to work with. For me, I had never shot nude in front of a camera, so I had been very nervous and uncomfortable at first. Gordon made it so comfortable to be nude in front of a camera. Honestly, I’ve had so much joyful and happy times working with him and am so glad I’ve had the opportunity to be apart of his beautiful work. The way he captures the male physique is so natural and amazing. He obviously has incredible talent. Looking forward to many more shoots with him.'
So are we Yorgen, so are we! FH readers were first introduced to Yorgen last June when he was soaping himself up, and washing a truck in the hot sun... completely naked of course! The shots (HERE: & HERE:) Thankfully, photographers Mike Tossy and StudioMGPhotography were on hand to supervise and capture the Ford F-250's cleaning, and the soap suds and water making their way down Yorgen's sponge worthy physique.
We next got to savor Yorgen's ample assets in November, when Yorgen, along with Devin Franco, joined Mike, Mark and Gordon Nebeker in Lake Powell (HERE:) for the artist's annual Utah shoot. Gordon not only put his work with Yorgen and Devin into a book, (Muscles & Mountains: Lake Powell II) Gordon also showcased many prints from the Utah shoot in a Photo Exhibition last January in Fort Lauderdale. To help celebrate the exhibition, Gordon invited Yorgen to join him at the exhibition to meet, greet and treat, all of the attendees of the event.
While in Florida, Gordon couldn't pass up shooting the Alaskan Adonis, this time, on his home turf. Instead of scaling mountains and diving into Lake Powell in the SouthWest, Yorgen was wresting with fabric, lounging on furniture and diving into Gordon's swimming pool in the SouthEast. Yorgen has become one of my favorite models to feature over the last year for many reasons, his enticing assets being just the tip of the iceberg. Despite his natural allure and power to attract on camera, Yorgen remains an Everyman. A man aware of his appeal, yet not affected it by it. This... only adds to his to charm.
When I was thinking of the best way to present Gordon's images of Yorgen I was thinking how supportive and generous Gordon has been over the years. Sharing not just his work, but his stories, his kindness and generosity. Shooting in the woods with Mr. Herzog, even on warm late Autumn day, Gordon dragged Christmas ornaments into the woods to ensure to get a few Holiday shots for FH. I thought it was time to turn the lens and the focus Gordon's way. Vanity Fair has it's Proust Questionnaire and FH has it's Briggs inquisition. Gordon answered all of my annoying questions, in in flight by the way, on his way to visit family. So, just as Yorgen looks forward to many more shoots with Gordon, I look forward to many more FH features showcasing Gordon's kindness talent and creativity.
On a scale from 1-10, how nervous were you the first time you shot a nude model? Probably an 8. The model was more nervous than I was.
Has it ever gotten old, or does it remaining exciting? Not old but sometimes repetitive which forces me to always try a different twist to keep it fresh which is a good thing.
Do you have an all time favorite image or shoot? Single favorite, no, but a short list of favorites, yes. HERE: is one of them
Have you ever had a shoot that went badly that produced amazing images? Yes, I fell very ill while shooting out in the wilderness once and had to hand my car keys to the model and ask him to drive us home (I ended up in the hospital for 3 days). When I finally looked at my photos later, they weren't half bad!
Have you ever had a shoot that went amazing that produced images that were 'blah' Well, there are always some images that turn out blah no matter how good the model is but far more disastrous is accidentally erasing a whole shoot of wonderful duo work which, yes, I have done!
Have you ever cut a shoot short due to things not working out? I had a model arrive for a shoot once and it didn’t take a minute to realize he was hopelessly high on some drug or another. He started to rearrange my lighting to suit his tastes and that’s when I showed him the door. That was the first and last time I worked with him.
What is the best quality a model can possess? I would say trust. Most photographers are trying to make the model look as good as possible and a model should learn to trust that.
What is the worst? Being unprofessional (arriving late, not reading/following the instructions, and the list goes on)
Is there a model that got away, or one you're still trying to get to shoot? Yes, a couple of them but I’ll keep trying!
What other artists most inspires you? There are so many! Once of my greatest inspirations is the photographer, Duane Michals, a wonderful artist.
If you could only shoot in studio or on location for the rest of life, which would you choose? On location!
Have you dealt with 'model regret'? A model who got into an erotic shoot, then later didn't want them published? It has happened but a lot less now than when I first started.
What is the funniest story on location with someone 'walking by' while you're shooting a nude model? It hasn’t happened as often as you might think! One time we were working with several models and several young couples were coming up the path towards us. Fortunately, we heard them coming and the models quickly covered up but the girls very quickly figured out what was going on and wanted to stay and watch. I told them we could agree to that IF their boyfriends got undressed and joined the models in the shoot. Despite the girls’ pleadings to join in, their boyfriends immediately turned tail and ran in the opposite direction! Crisis averted!
How do you deal with a model who can't 'keep down' their excitement? I have a feeling I must live in an alternate universe because this only happens rarely in my experience. When it does, I just keep shooting unless they ask me to stop (they almost never do!)
What model, image or theme has brought you the most positive feedback or comments? I guess my underwater work generates the most comments. I’ve been doing them for over six years now and it is still seems to be unusual.
Any incidents while shooting underwater that had you wishing there was a lifeguard? When I am underwater photographing, I am wearing a 40 pound weight vest to keep myself at the bottom. It works, but sometimes I can drift into deeper water and have a difficult time getting back up to the surface to get air. It would be nice to have a lifeguard around on those occasions!
Have you had a pool shoot with a model who couldn't swim? Yes but I am revealing no names!
What word or emotion would use to describe the reaction you seek from viewers of your work? A “wow!” Is always appreciated. 😊
How did you and Yorgen first connect? I first worked with Yorgen at Lake Powell last Fall. He had worked with my friends, StudioMGPhotography and Mike Tossy before that shoot and they recommended him for Lake Powell. Both models at that shoot were terrific!
Is Yorgen aware of the impact of his assets? LOL. Yes, I think so but he is still a wonderfully humble guy!
You have shot with Yorgen a few times now, what is the best thing about working with him? His enthusiasm! It’s infectious
I was disappointed to learn last week that NBC cancelled Champions after just 10 episodes. I am a huge fan of Mindy Kaling, especially of her writing, and although the show had three male leads, Kaling's voiced was loud and beautifully clear. Although I 17 year old J.J. Totah (Michael) could be a little strident with his performance, he is incredibly talented and was sure by season two he would hit his stride. I think Champions was the only Network sit-com, other than Will & Grace with a gay lead character.
Champions also provided Michael with two of the hottest, and most talented father figures, dad Vince (Anders Holm) and Vince's brother Matthew. (Andy Favreau) I have featured both Anders and Favreau before, most recently a piece featuring Favreau's beautiful backside in an episode last season on Animal Kingdom. (HERE:)
Both Favreau and Homes (see below) have had nude scenes on screen which had me thinking about how unique it is in 2018 to be able to find co-stars, or co-workers, naked on the web. Back in the day, Half Pint couldn't look on-line see what Pa Ingles looked like in the buff, Doogie Howser was unable to bing image serach 'Mitchell Anderson naked' and ole Brenda couldn't google the actor playing her brother Brandon to see if he had any frontals out there (There is...)
I am not sure if J.J. quickly did a search, but as a young actor, (gay or straight) being able to pull up, print out and pleasure yourself to images of your hot older co-stars. if J.J. had googled 'Anders Holm naked', he would have gotten an eye full.
Faverau and Totah
Faverau in Animal Kingdom
Anders Holm to me is not only one of televisions most talented actors, he is also one of the hottest. It is difficult to gauge his sex appeal strictly by his images. Holm's is a comedian, and therefore tends to muck it up and put on goofy faces for the camera, but on film is sex appeal if more than evident. Holm was undressed or mostly naked in many scenes on his comedy central series Workaholics. He's also, had a few incredibly hot scenes on film including his morning wood scene in How To Be Single.
Holm in How To Be Single (2016)
Holm in Top Five (2014)
In 2014's Top Five, Anders Holm has his hottest, most hilarious, and painful nude scene. Chelsea (Rosario Dawson) suspects her boyfriend Brad may be gay. It could have to do with him sharing a hotel room, and a shirt, with a male friend. The kicker however, is his constant need to be anally stimulated whenever they're together. When Brad belittles Chelsea one night at dinner, her anger overtakes her when they're later alone. As Brad 'presents' Chelsea decides not to use her finger, but instead uses a tampon, covered with a little hot sauce...
Here a a few seconds of the scene, but you can download the entire scene on Sendspace HERE: