'Dozens of police and paramedics were called to a local park in Hong Kong after reports of a man getting his penis stuck in the hole of a metal park bench. He told police he did it because he thought it'd be fun to have sex with the bench. He was wrong.'
We've all had those moments of thinking it 'might be fun' to put our penis somewhere it really doesn't belong... It's almost a compulsion, to take the risks in hopes of a climatic reward. Jason Biggs managed a warm entry in American Pie, but not everyone was so luck. After the films, many men ended up in emergency rooms with serious burns because they couldn't wait for those pies to cool...
Where it's a stove burner, warm soup or experiments with package wrapping, many of us have bad memories, and experiences with penis placement. Given duct tape can hold a muffler on a moving car, it shouldn't be a surprise it's pretty painful to pull off a penis.
Many you might remember Josh, and Josh's penis, from a feature from last August. (Summer Shadows) In this series of images, Josh leans into his compulsion, enjoying the uneasy feeling of risk. Josh not only wanted to experience that uneasy feeling himself, but also wanted the viewer to feel that risky feeling when you're not really sure how things are going to end.
This series of images was shot by several different photographers and I think part of the fun for Josh was seeing their reactions when he suggested a concept, or place to plant his penis. He also describes it as fun and erotic to make contact with different and unusual objects and scenarios. Although some places might have had a welcoming warmth, many were incredibly cold but as you can see, neither Josh or nor his penis ever withered back or flinched!
'Everybody's life has these moments, where one thing leads to another. Some are big and obvious and some are small and seemingly insignificant.'
In addition to having their work seen, one of the main reasons models and artists share their work on-line, including with FH is to build connections. Both models and photographers often choose to work with based on what they've seen. I rarely feature an artist based on something I've read, more than references or a resume, a truly great image is the best form of promotion.
When you shoot bodies, or bodybuilders, it helps to have one who no only sings your praises, but shares the results with fellow bodybuilders. That's exactly how the magnificent Ben ended up in from the lens of photographer Tom Nakielski fromLights On Studio. Ben's story actually starts with Nate, and an unplanned meeting at a local restaurant.
'I was having breakfast and looked up just in time to see Nate walk in. He immediately caught my attention. Good looks, great shape and wielding a sword. I am usually shy and apprehensive about approaching strangers to have a photo session, the friend I was with encouraged me to approach Nate. So I went up to him and asked him about the sword.'
Turns out, Nate had only just won that sword, coming first at a local physique contest. Eager to talk about it, Tom seized on his positive response by giving him his card and suggesting a photo session. A few days later, Nate called for a session. Cut to a few months later when Tom was contacted by Ben. Ben had seen his friends Nate's shots and also wanted to get together for a shoot.
'Ben was getting ready for a competition and wanted a session several days before the event when he was in top form. He was mostly interested in body shots and I agreed and suggested that we also do some images that were more on the artsy side. He said ok and was willing to do nudes, just not frontal shots. Who am I to complain when there was the opportunity to photograph such a beautiful specimen of the male physique. '
'Ben was an easy subject to photograph. He could just stand there and look amazing. He was quite quiet during the session but seemed very comfortable. He had no problem doing the nudes and tease shots. He must have been happy with the results as he later contacted me for a second session. These shots are all from our first shoot together.'
Some of you may recognize Ben from an early feature back in 2016 focused on some of Tom's favorite shots. When I first checked out Tom's portfolio, I was immediately drawn to his work with Ben. I can't believe it's taken this long to spotlight their two shoots together! Tom's currently working on getting the second shoot ready to send on, but if you can't wait, there's more Ben on PAGE 2 HERE:
'I had purchased this tine, a farm tool, and have been wanting to use it in a session...
'The idea is sort of a take off of the classic Greek sculpture "The Discus Thrower" by Myron 480 - 445 b.c. . It is an example of , harmony and balance that Myron is credited to being the first to master the style. We did quite a few different images with this farm implement.'
Traveling the globe for shoots and runway assignments, Spanish model Diego Villarrealoften finds himself sharing places and intimate spaces with other many other models. Although Diego seems to especially enjoying shooting female models, often with sexually charged results, given this is FH, I focused on his shots of fellow male models.
When a models steps behind the camera, it's always fascinating to see what experiences they bring from modeling into their artistic visuals. Diego certainly brings the intense sensuality he exudes in front of the lens to his work behind it and I love the mood and intensity he captures.