When I saw recently saw the image above I struck again by how beautiful Marlon Brando was, and how sexy his legs look in the pic. I knew the image was from Julius Caesar but a quick image search told me it was a wardrobe test image from the shooting of the film. I have come across and featured wardrobe test shots before, but Brando's legs had me on the search to find more...
I was surprised how difficult it was to find images of actors past the 1960's. They weren't shooting digitally in the 70's, 80's and 90's, yet it seems for the most part, they stop slipping into the public domain sometime in the 60's. They still take them, for movies and TV shows, soap actors in fact, get shot daily to ensure continuity is carried over in wardrobe, hair and make-up for the next day's shooting.
It seems these vintage shots were taken not for continuity, but as part of the beginning of a film's journey when costumes and make-up are being finalized for the actors that were cast. For many classic movies, man of these shots were released, for promotional purposes, and to collectors. In addition, many actors themselves kept the shots and later released or sold them. I'm told today, most are taken digitally, and stored or erased when they are no longer needed. Too bad... there are a lot of movies, and a lot of roles, that would have led to some great wardrobe test shots.
Brando in Mutiny on the Bounty
Barry Coe in Peyton Place and John Payne (role unknown)
Cary Grant in An Affair to Remember
Paul Newman in Silver Chalice
South Pacific cast members John Kerr (above) and Ken Moore (below)
Being exposed was the response when after I asked South Carolina model Vic Fitz what it was he liked best about modeling, I think most of the world is divided into people who keep it close to the vest, and others who enjoy letting it all hang out. It's surprising how many models actually are more connected to the close to the vest group. Although they can still be incredible in front of the camera, it's like sanding against the grain, the results are still beautiful, the process not nearly as smooth and easy.
When models like Vic enjoy the exposure, you can feel it the final images, in their confidence and in the creative decisions that they make. With his great face, incredible body and classic good look, it's no surprise that Vic ended up in front of the camera. Although it wasn't originally on his radar, one of his friends that works at a modeling agency suggest he give it a try and it ended up being an excellent fit!
Enjoying being in front of the camera comes naturally to Vic, as does keeping his body in great shape for fitness shoots. Vic also shares he has very few boundaries when it comes to nudity and creative ideas and is open to whatever themes a photographer may want to explore. That includes some erotic dungeon shoots which Vic describes as a fun experience. Although there wasn't a dungeon in this particular shoot, there a few brick walls, iron bars and chains which adds a bit of a fun fetish feel in some shots.
This series was shot Bryant Criminger from Pinnacle Photo. When I last featured Bryant's work, it was an older shoot from 2004 featuring FH favorite Brandon Ruckdashel. (HERE:) Vic's shoot with Bryant was more recent, and I love the results of their work together. Bryant usually does outdoor shoots, taking advantage of the many great Myrtle Beach locations, not to mention the natural light from the sun.
'My favorite shoot was the first time I shot with Pinnacle in SC. He chose an excellent location. I could have stayed in that window with the breeze blowing all day. I first connected with Bryant on MM when he reached out to me about shooting. He is very professional and easy to work with. We did some great shots together. We definitely had to deal with people passing by which was part of the excitement and fun for me.'
Although FH is themed as being focused on the male form, the body, and specific body parts are really down the list of what inspires me to feature an image or specific model. The web is full of millions of naked bodies, bodies that are viewed and passed by if you don't stop to pay attention. For me, if that body isn't attached to an interesting face, and an interesting human being, I am usually not interested.
When I first saw image of model Jonathan Skeesick on Instagram, I of course noticed his incredible body. But... it wasn't his body that had me clicking on the link to see more of his modeling work, it was his face. Jonathan's eyes and lips and especially his beautifully shaped nose... those were the physical qualities that had his images stand out to me. Jonathan's facial structure has a retro feel which blends into his work. One part 60's hippie, another part 70's rocker, with a drop of the 90's blended in creating 2018 hottness.