With the masterpiece finished, it's time for a cloth
So that you can help Nick, wash all that paint off
In the days leading up to Easter, a favorite activity for many is decorating Easter Eggs. Blowing out the egg and carefully painting, or dipping into vibrant colors, the eggs are used to celebrate the colors of spring and themes of the holiday. It is the colors that usually catch my eye with colored eggs, especially the use of primary and secondary colors on the finish of the egg.
When I first featured Virginia photographer Doug Vetter's work with Nick Anthony last summer, (Tale Out of School) I stuck mostly to their exterior work and their shoot an an old abandoned school house. Doug had sent on an array of shots however, including this studio shoot featuring Doug using his artistic abilities, and an incredibly hot canvas, to create a colorful work of art.
Regular FH readers know how much I love holiday images. I am sure that many look forward to (and many dread) my sexy Santa's, naked Ghosts and r-rated rabbits. Almost all holiday's weave in a sense of fun any play. Even deeply religious holidays like Christmas and Easter have a celebration at their core. One holiday however, always proves to be a challenge... You just don't see many images of the naked male forum shot to symbolize Good Friday.
Good Friday mark's the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ, a holiday I observe and respect. Not a holiday easily lent to erotically creative imagery, at least not one's I would most likely want to feature. But... I do believe the glory of the human form is a natural, God given beauty, one that can be celebrated any time and on any day. As much as Good Friday is about Christ's death, it was as importantly, about his Passion.
Photographer Tom Nakielski from Lights On Studio found what I believe is a respectful, and passionate way to help commemorate the day. Tom has been a great source of holiday imagery, helping FH celebrate a Valentines, a July 4th and a few December 25th's. The Passionately provocative Hansel Wellingtonhas been a part of several of these holiday themed shoots, and love what he and Tom created for Good Friday. Although Tom incorporated and egg or two, his focus, in addition to Hansel of course, was the Easter lily, the symbol of purity, hope, innocence and peace. Now I couldn't swear on a bible about Hansel's innocence or purity, he does fill me with both peace, and passionate hope.