I binged the first two episodes of this season's Survivor, Edge of Extinction before watching this week's episode. I love Survivor, but wasn't really in the head space to watch the night of it's premiere. Although I usually hate returning contestants, I was looking forward to seeing Joe and his man bun.
Joe is as fetching as ever, but all this season thus far have been on 25 year old Chris Underwood. Usually they say horizontal stripes aren't that complimentary to the body, and usually end up making you look a little thicker than you are. With Chris however, especially with his striped boxer briefs, they work beautifully.
The camera operators seem to agree, and in the seasons first two episodes, have given us a ton of close ups of Chris and his stripes, both front and back views. Those lines, especially when wet, seem to frame and highlight Chris's natural vertical line in crazy sexy ways....
Sadly, Chris wasn't in his boxers as much last night, but maybe he'll be back in them with the challenge he received at the end of the episode. If so, we'll all be edging towards extinction.
Usually, when I have a large selection of images to choose from, it can be difficult to narrow them down and decide on a theme. Not in this case. When Richard Rothstein sent on his recent shoot with Luan, (pronounced like Juan but with an L) there was one image that summed that both stood out, but had me asking Richard about it's origin.
The theme was the shot of Luan above. It was a planned shot, nor one I think Richard necessarily planned on my making the centerpiece of the story.... but it was a spectacular shot none the less. Richard's day with Luan actually began with in Richard's apartment. After shooing inside, they headed up to the roof of Richard's building for the second part of the shoot.
'When we got to the roof, it wasn't too cold but it was dangerously windy. I lent Luan one of my coats to stay warm in-between shots and at one point a major gust of wind pulled the coat over his head and gave me that glorious view!'
Many of us are aware of the wind has both the power, and often the inclination, to expose. Whether it be a gust of winter wind, a surging summer breeze or even warm air rising from a subway vent, as Marilyn Monroe discovered wearing her iconic white dress. We've all had the wind whip at our clothing, blowing off our hats, even jackets, and blowing up men's shirts and women's skirts, exposing a little skin.
With the exception of maybe the odd kilt wearer, not many men have had such a forceful baring breeze as the one Richard captured blowing over Luan. It makes sense the gust force would be strong, especially given they were shooting on a roof. Although gusts usually only last about 5 or 10 seconds, they more frequent, and more powerful, when the wind surges over bumpy land masses, tree's and tall buildings.
If you're a regular FH reader, you're familiar with Richard's roof top, which has served as a location for many of Richard's shoots. It's always fascinating to see how models will interact with a specific location, especially a roof top impacted by the elements. Richard has shot models on the roof in each of the four seasons, with varying temperatures and weather.
I'm not sure whether it was the temperature or the wind, but it seemed to energize Luan providing a burst, equal to the force of the wind whirling around him. Now it might have been Luan wanted to get his clothes back on and the hell off the roof and out of the wind, but either way, his wind inspired roof dance is a breathtaking sight.
'Luan is a new model for me, but likely to become a regular. He is one of those rare birds, like Sergey, who truly delivers a collaborative and imaginative experience. I gave him the mood and the props and he gave me dance, movement, grace, sensuality, seduction and energy.'