FH readers know the work of Rick from The Third Eye. Viewers who read my rumblings between the incredible images also may remember Rick for his kindness and benevolence. Rick consistently shines the spotlight on others, whether the model he's shooting, or another artist who's work he admires. For this piece, we're fortunate to have the spotlight on both.
Rick shooting Patrick, shooting TJ
Recently Rick sent on a selection images of TJ, a new model he shot earlier this spring. Rick wasn't wanting the focus to be on his work with TJ, but of another artist who participated in the shoot. I'd already seen a few of TJ's images on ModelMayhem, and was hoping to be able to feature his images. I also noticed the other photographer Patrick (Oculusvivatus) on ModelMayhem, but it was his work in front of, not behind the camera that initially drew me to his MM portfolio.
Rick had previously shot Patrick's ex-girlfriend, and they got to know each other during the shooting process. Also a photographer, Rick invited Patrick to bring his bring his camera and a creative connection was formed. They continued to communicate on on-line and after Rick set up his shoot with TJ, he invited Patrick to join him shooting TJ at a natural lighting studio.
One of the things I loved so much about this shoot was it's dual firsts. Although he's been a photographer for over 20 years, this was the first time Patrick had worked with a nude male model. It was also TJ's first time, not only modeling, but modeling nude.
Rick first noticed the 25 year old on Instagram, and knew instantly that he'd photograph well. TJ had been focused on fitness and has been working hard at reaching his set goals. Despite his success and his great look, Rick shares that TJ is very unaffected and doesn't realize how attractive he is. Given this, TJ didn't initially jump at Rick's offer to model. It took seven e-mails, but TJ eventually responded, and agreed to a shoot.
'TJ was the first nude male model that I shot. He was very relaxed and very self confident. He was easy to work with and that helped me learn a bit more on working with males. Also for a few minutes after shooting him I posed a bit for a few shots alone and with him at the end.'
Stepping in front Rick's camera had Patrick deciding to set up two profiles on Model Mayhem, one for his photography, (HERE:) and one for his modeling (HERE:) In addition to his work with Rick, Patrick also turned the camera on himself and has some phenomenal and sexy self portraits in his modeling portfolio. Although he's been shooting for close to two decades, including as a photojournalist for the Air Force Reserves, Patrick says it was interesting experience working with Rick and TJ and especially modeling himself and learning to be creative with his own shots and poses.
'Both Rick and Patrick make it easy to feel comfortable in front of the camera. With their direction, they created some of the best shots I’ve seen of myself and gave me the reassurance that being in front of a camera is something I would want to pursue. I really enjoyed the experience!'
There are some who argue there is no such thing as too big, but one female contestant on the German version of Naked Attraction didn't seem to agree. So intimidated by the size and girth of the penis in front of her, she sadly sent Roger packing, choosing another contestant instead.
Fortunately for Roger, his his job, his penis is generally not rejected, but applauded and enjoyed by the many who pay to get a good gander in Roger's job as a professional stripper. Too much girth??? Check out yourself in the video below.
Although Rick wanted the focus to be on Patrick and TJ, I couldn't let the opportunity go by to share some of my favorite shots of TJ from Rick as well. Although this was his first nude shoot, Rick shares that the Dayton model was naturally very comfortable from the get go.
'Right away we were comfortable with each other and I think he is very surprised at the reaction he has received as well as the confidence that he’s gained. TJ is very unaffected. He does not know is attractive. Those are the best kind of models to work with.'
Earlier this year, I featured actor David Packer's embarrassment nude scene from the the film You Can't Hurry Love. (HERE:) My watching the 1988 comedy was sort of fluke as it came on the same DVD as Love Hurts, the DVD I purchased from Amazon for the Actors & Skin feature I was working on for actor Jeff Daniels.
Scott with Sarah Jessica Parker
When watching You Can't Hurry Love, I couldn't help but notice one of David's gorgeous co-stars, actor Scott McGinnis. I hadn't heard the name, but I did recognize the face, and the 80's feathered, fluffed and moussed hair, from Scott's work in 80's film and television, including favorite 80's films I'd watched on VHS including Racing With The Moon and as Mr. Adventure in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock.
McGinnis is one of those talented actors who played a variety of roles, both leading and character parts (he played an especially effective upper crust frat boy) throughout his far too short career in front of the camera. From tv shows like The Facts of Life and Lou Grant, through big screen leading roles in horror, comedy and dramatic films thoughout the eighties.
Unfortunately, as it did for so many actors who hit it big in the eighties, but the early nineties, the parts were fewer and far between and the prerequisite 'near the end of career' turns on Murder She Wrote was one of Scott's last roles. Scott then moved behind the camera, producing and directing and directed TV shows including Angel and the TV version of Honey I Shrunk the Kids and films including Last Gasp with actor Robert Patrick from Terminator fame.
With Judd Nelson & Dana Olsen in Making the Grade (1984)
With C. Thomas Howell, Kelly Preston & a pre-college scandal Aunt Beckie in Secret Admirer (1985)
Scott as Mr. Adventure in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock
A more recent shot of Scott, looking hotter than ever!
Although I don't think Scott did any nude scenes, (sadly none that I could find) the closest I could find was a shirtless and boxer shorts scene from the 1983 film Joysticks. Joysticks focused on the rise of video games, pac-man being the biggest at the time. Like so many comedy's in the early 80's, although there were more than a few opportunities for showing a little skin, it was only the female actors who were required to show it all.