I remember last summer being intrigued by the previews for the Jessica Beil series The Sinner. As interested as I was, I never actually managed to watch any of the series. This year, the preview again got my attention and last week, caught Part 1 of the second season.
Not only did the preview above hook me immediately, the fact that the incredible Carrie Coon (The Leftovers, Fargo) was in the cast was an added bonus. The Sinner also brings Billy Pullman back to the screen. Pullman indeed looks a bit older, but has lost none of sex appeal as Harry Ambrose, a detective who returns home to help solve a set of possible murders.
The suspect is an 11 year old boy, who is thought to have murdered his parents. As part one comes to a close, the story takes a turn, undoing much of what we thought occurred in the first 30 minutes of the show. Actor Adam David Thompson plays Adam Lowry, one half of the couple who doesn't live past those same 30 minutes. Before he hits the floor however, he hits something else, getting in one last climax before his end.
I must be in a 'beard' phase, because as soon as I saw Adam on screen I was thinking how hot he was. Many of you know the accomplished actor from his work on TV in shows including Mozart in the Jungle and Godless. I have heard and read things about Godless and after seeing Adam in The Sinner, have to give it a look.
'Summer on the Brooklyn waterfront. It felt like we were back where we belonged. For those just entering the conversation, since early 2014, this trio of photographers and models has logged thousands of miles, from coast to coast to coast (that would include Florida) capturing Bond Brown, one of the studio's most enduringly popular models, as he has matured from the kid next door into the confident fitness and physique model that locks gaze with you here.'
'The longitudinal study of the same subject over a period of time is a defining interest of the studio and Bond is one of several models whose physical development we have been privileged to be able to document over several years. With this young man, the off-camera changes are as dramatic as those the camera has captured, but that's another story. If you detect a growing sense of confidence in the photographs, then I have been true to my photojournalism roots.'
'In mid-June we were on a Brooklyn pier jutting far out into the East River. Gorgeous skies and a classic New York backdrop made for a perfect "welcome home" setting for this ex-New Yorker. It was the polar opposite of our first session with Bond, the evening after the blizzard of 2014, when this native of Buffalo had diligently trekked through blocks of unplowed streets and sidewalks of record-setting snowfall to make it to his first professional photo shoot.'
'Fueled by such determination and his discovery of the rewards of modeling, in the space of six months, Bond became one of the studio's most popular models. When he announced that he was moving West at the end of the first year we doubled down on our shooting schedule and had not one but three "last" New York photo sessions. Bond is not a professional model; what had started as a lark for someone working as a busboy in a high-profile Manhattan restaurant turned into a rather heady experience. With photos of him winning contests and his last New York photo session earning him the position of Valentine's Hunk for 2015 on FH. Bond's move fortunately did not mean the end of his modeling career.
The quote above comes from the first chapter of Bond's story on FH. In the 2014 Halloween themed piece Those Who Wait. In that first story, I shared with FH readers how I had been hearing about Bondand his work with New Manhattan Studios for some time. Wes was excited about his work with Bond, and enthusiastic to share the results. Bond's sixth shoot with the studio, became the first one to debut on the site. As much as I love a good story, I crave a good saga even more. A story that I can sink my teeth into and devour over days, weeks and sometimes, over years.
Since Bond's debut on that October 31st night, I have had the pleasure of devouring and sharing over 15 steamy chapters of Bond's work with the studio including Valentine and Thanksgiving themed shoots, Bond in studio, in California, in a hot shower, a cool swimming pool, on the beach, in a Manhattan condo and in a naked rope ballet. I've even featured a couple of spin off stories of Bond's work with Gordon Nebeker and StudioMGphotography. No other model has appeared more frequently on FH than Bond Brown.
There are many reasons for this, including NMS incredible shots and Wes's eye for shooting themes and concepts that are right up my alley. There's also Bond's popularity with FH viewers, his images, and his story always draw attention. There is also the Tom Hanks factor. Bond is gorgeous for sure, his enticing hazel eyes, great face and hair are beautifully photogenic and his body an appetising visual feast.
More than his physical attributes however, Bond has a welcoming, almost everyman quality. Everyman not as in ordinary, but everyman as in relatable and friendly. Friendly may not be a word often associated with a male model, but Bond's charisma and personality shine through his work in front of the camera, and Wes and NMS wisely and skillfully tap into these qualities within their work. Yes, Wes has created some intensely erotic captures of Bond, but over their years of collaborating, Bond's charm and magnetism are always in focus.
'I enjoy bringing known models back to the studio, any why not? If I find I work well with a particular model, I look forward to building on the collaboration. The longer I work with any model, the more confident we each become around the other, enhancing our ability to bring out the best from the collaboration.'
'Beyond the convenience of working with known entities, I have been fascinated by tracking the changes to physiques over time. I have done annual sessions with some models for as long as five years. I find it to be a very rewarding experience, both personally and photographically. I may someday publish a collection of longitudinal physique studies.'
Whenever I am near the ending of a good story, a story I'm really into... I slow down. I turn the pages more slowly, pausing that final chapter, those final pages and words for as long as I can. Over the past couple of years, it's been a bit more challenging for Wes to connect with Bond in order to continue the story. Not that Bond isn't eager to shoot, but a new life and new adventures, not to mention being in a new state far from Manhattan, has made scheduling shoots more of a challenge. But... before we begin heading towards a conclusion, there are a several more chapters to be written and told before heading towards the climax.
'I have shot Bond twice this year and the New York session, taken last summer, was featured in Captured Shadows #5. That work, work done in Florida during the late winter and another session shot last winter will serve as the basis of a third private portfolio, coming out next year. As a model Bond has truly come onto his own. Some of the images we captured this year are the steamiest ever.'
If you want to see more of Bond's most recent work with NMS, even steamier shots (meaning the full Bonty) than featured here, check out Captured Shadows #5 on NMS HERE: Also, you can see much more Bond on NMS HERE: