In order to define Nelson, you'd have to pin him down, and slowing down bursts of energy isn't easy. It's like trying to put lightening a bottle, both a fool hearty and ultimately futile task. Nelson found himself in front of the New Manhattan Studios' lens after reaching out to Wes. Nelson had seen Wes' portfolio on-line and loved what he saw. Wes shares that Nelson not only brought his exuberant energy, but with his own ideas and his own bag of tricks, props and wardrobe.
'The variety of energy levels that models bring to their photo sessions is vast. It's a reflection of their own, unique and often idiosyncratic personalities. At one end are the stoic, body-builder/statues that require constant direction and at the opposite end are the always-moving, bouncing-off-the-walls enthusiasts who need to be contained as well as captured. Nelson fits comfortably at the spirited end of the scale in a sweet spot that makes for a high-energy model who takes direction and enthusiastically goes with it.'
Wes in the process of closing out his studio in the historic townhouse in SoHo, one of five different studio spaces he's leased and occupied in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens over the last several years. Nelson was one of the last models he and NMS shot in the space.
'That first hour long shoot was awesome and I loved how the pictures turned out. I felt both confident and sexy while shooting. The model that was supposed to shoot after me didn't show up so instead Wes and I were able to continued shooting and creating!'
'More than most models Nelson has the knack of leading the session, stamping his own personality on it as he goes with the spontaneity of the moment. If these collections are fantasies constructed to engage the viewer, I had the impression the model was engaged in some fantasies of his own.'
Nelson may have been one of the last shoots for Wes in the SoHo townhouse, it's wasn't their last shoot together. After an unplanned break, and a move to their newest (and hopefully permanent) studio space in midtown Manhattan, Nelson was one of the first models Wes brought in to shoot in the new space.
Wes shares that Nelson’s first session in SoHo. (marked by the black-and-white tiles) was one of his few solo sessions one-on-one with the model in awhile. Usually, Wes has at least an assistant or two, and sometimes even a small crew, depending on the theme, set-up and requirements for the shoot. With Nelson being an experienced model, Wes shares they captured a lot of great work. This one-on-one experience however, wasn't replicated when it came time for their second shoot together.
'The second was in a relatively crowded studio; and we accomplished less. Not only was Alex helping out, but Timothy, a retired model, showed up and waited out the session before heading out to a late dinner. I’m sure Nelson didn’t mind, but I found the presence of a fourth (non-participating) person had an inhibiting effect. It’s a relatively small space and I was reluctant to ask Nelson to do explicit work while the straight dude sat in the corner engaged with his phone. No doubt it says more about my hang-ups than those of the models. I’m still living and learning. There’s always next time!'
I'm sort of guessing Nelson may have been less inhibited with the explicit work that Wes may have thought.. Nelson shares that he's always been athletic, going to the gym, dancing and participating in martial arts. Nelson's created a strong connection between mind and body and grown to love and appreciate his body, and shares he has no issue with showing it off.
'I understand that physical expression through nudity full or semi is still stigmatized and frowned upon. I am guilty to say I have censored myself many times to this day, however I find naturism to be not only beautiful but essential in unlocking ones personal awareness. I have done suggestive/semi and full nudity for close friends of mine before so my work with NMS wasn't necessarily foreign to me.'
After posting my tribute to photographer Ewoud Broeksma last month, I received an e-mail from a FH reader who reminded me of a series Ewoud used to share on his sites.. As much as I loved Ewould's posed shots of models and athletes, I think you'll understand why these non staged shots of the varsity students final race are favorites.
The Final Race:
Words & Images by Ewoud Broeksma
Each year on the second Sunday in April, a 125 year old student-rowing tradition takes place in a canal just a little south of the dutch town of Utrecht. A highlight in these boat races, is the final race between the 4-coxless in which various teams from the various universities in the country compete for the highest honour in rowing.
Also tradition is the naked greet by supporters of the winning team, the men wearing university ties only, right after the boat has passed the line. In fact all freshmen are more or less obliged to participate, if they are a member of the winning university rowing club.
It is a sponsored event and the nude swim is anticipated by a firm handing out free company towels as a sign of support and of course making it easy for some to participate. The university clubs carry names usually taken from the Greek/Roman mythology such as Nereus (Amsterdam) Triton (Utrecht) and Laga (Delft).
Interesting to know may be that rowing is a typical student sport in The Netherlands and that the great rowers who won gold with the 8+ at the Olympics in Sydney 2000 all started here on the Varsity and still consider this a must to attend.
I had never heard of the Magazine Foxylady until just last week. I still don't really know very much about it, I couldn't eve find a Wikipedia entry for the magazine. FH readers however know I love to feature hunks from the 70's, and frequently try to uncover men from Playgirl, or who had posed during the decade.
A search didn't provide much info, except for those interested, there are back issues available on Amazon and e-bay. The magazine was first published in January 1975, and appears to have folded before making it to 1976. I am guessing from the magazine's tagline, 'Entertainment For Women' the publication was either a spin-off, or companion magazine to Playgirl, it appears clearly to have come from the same publishing and creative team.
I think the main difference that I saw between Foxylady and Playgirl was that Foxylady seemed to be even more geared to the fantasy element of romance and couple imagery. Both magazines, especially in the 70's catered to the fantasy's of females, but whereas Playgirl was aimed at all women, Foxylady seemed to aiming for a more younger, and maybe more upscale audience.
Johnny Koehring: All American Jock
If Playgirl was trying to trigger the fantasy's of bored housewives, Foxylady (as the title lets us know) seemed t going for the single lady, the working woman, who after a hard day at the office, headed out on the prowl, looking for a hot hunk to take home, use, ravage and then discard.
'This pneumatic wonder ladies, will take your breath away. It's no wonder Johnny Koehring has spent a life-tie in a sweatsuit-adding those inches and lengthening that endurance for your pleasure. Johnny is a real All-American jock...prototype of the physical dream.'
Issue #2, February 1975
The images in this piece come from the first two issues of the magazine, but I'll feature more from other issues in upcoming Back Issues posts.
Tony Stefano: Man for February
Tony Stefano is the latest Hollywood sensation, and he made quite a sensation here at Foxylady as well!