As a lover of great film and television, and occasionally some not so great movies and TV shows, I used to think the VCR, and then DVR, were the greatest inventions. These recording devices however, had their limits. They could only record for our enjoyment, shows we were aware of. Like me, I'm sure many of you remember buying the TV guide, (it's much better digest version size) and ticking off or circling the shows and movies to program to record.
Today, some of my favorite shows weren't on my radar to record before they aired, but only came to my attention after they'd already been on. This is the case with Ben Stiller's Showtime series, Escape at Dannemora. I remember hearing the story on the news a few years ago, but wasn't aware it was made into a television show until seeing a clip of actress Bonnie Hunt on The Talk discussing the project. I first noticed actor Paul Dano after his stand out performance as Dwayne in Little Miss Sunshine. I thought he was excellent in the role, but honestly, haven't seen much of his work since.
Thanks to Bonnie Hunt, and my new favorite media invention, On Demand, I am enjoying Dano's turn as David Sweat. I am two episodes in and loving it. Although Hunt's description, and the Golden Globe nominee's had me interested, I was a little hesitant after learning Patricia Arquette was playing the lead. I have liked Arquette in some roles, but questioned her acting abilities in others. As Tilly however, Arquette has found a perfect fit. If you haven't yet watched the series, I would recommend checking it out.
The first time I saw actor George Peppard, it was during his run on The A Team, a show my father watched, but a show I had little to no interest in. Although I later discovered the hottness of actor Dirk Benedict, a the time, the show, and especially Peppard, did nothing for me.
With Dirk Benedict in The A Team (1983-87)
It was years later when finally seeing Breakfast At Tiffany's, that I got the Peppard appeal. Whenever the film is television, I DVR it, and although it hasn't really ever lived up to the hype, it's a bit of a problematic classic... but the handsome blonde, especially shirtless and smoking in bed, always manages to grab my attention.
The Victors (1963)
Breakfast At Tiffany's (1961)
'You know what's wrong with you, Miss Whoever-you-are? You're chicken, you've got no guts. You're afraid to stick out your chin and say, "Okay, life's a fact, people do fall in love, people do belong to each other, because that's the only chance anybody's got for real happiness." You call yourself a free spirit, a "wild thing," and you're terrified somebody's gonna stick you in a cage. Well baby, you're already in that cage. You built it yourself. And it's not bounded in the west by Tulip, Texas, or in the east by Somali-land. It's wherever you go. Because no matter where you run, you just end up running into yourself.'
The Third Eye has become one of my favorites artist's to feature on FH. I love both the images he captures, and exploring the stories that they tell. When I most recently featured Richard's work this past September, (A Layered Perspective) I was saddened when the Ohio based photographer shared that the shoot with Nathan would be his last.
I don't believe artists can ever really stop creating, even if their creative idea's remain exclusively in thought. I had a hunch Richard might be drawn back, but although shares he does miss shooting, and has shot a couple of times at his home, Richard shares that since ending his studio lease, he's been enjoying a far less stressful existence. Richard did however promise that he'd stored plenty of nuts, and would be happy to share plenty of those nuts (shoots) once he had time to go through and edit the images.
One of those shoots was with Kay, a Columbus based model who's images I'd been recently enjoying in his work with a number of my favorite photographers. As you can see, the Columbus based model has a beautiful fluidity in front of the camera, creating elegantly erotic visuals. Professionally involved in the arts himself, Kay works extensively with models within his own career. Through his work, Kay was often called upon to pose and found he had a liking for it.
'I work with models myself, in my own job, and I've been around visual people for quite some time. I'd modeled for life drawing classes in college, but never given posing for photos any thought until a model I was working with actually asked me to model for him. It took me by surprise, but I ended up doing it, and found it a really positive experience!'
Kay had seen and like Richard's work before, liked what he saw, and he reached out about doing a shoot. Richard was still in his studio which Kay remembers a great space in a converted old industrial building with large windows. They completed the entire shoot under the natural light from those incredible windows.
'Kay was very memorable for me, (not just the obvious) because he cared about what he was doing and took pride in his work. He was also very pleasant and easy to collaborate. Since Kay is a full time artist himself, he can pose very well based on what is appealing to his own eye.'
With the on-line world full of images of great looking bodies, creating memorable impressions can be a challenge. Richard's description of Kay's pride in his work very much parallels what I've come to know about Richard's artistic philosophy. His natural ability, and his natural inclination, to use the third eye, to see beyond the surface, beyond the obvious, is what for me, gives Richard's work such depth and resonance.