When I was bouncing around themes to feature last Christmas, I started a piece on angels. One of the shots I was going to include was the image above of Russian model and swimmerRadu Ionut. Although my angel theme never took flight, I wasn't about to let Radu fall from grace. Check out my favorite shots of Radu on the next page HERE:
When I was working on my tribute to Battle of the Network Stars, there were a few participants, that I wanted to spotlight on their own. One of those, is actor Brian Wimmer. The very first Battle that I actually watched was the 1988 edition, and Brain was a part of the ABC team. Although I had never seen a second of China Beach, I wasn't immune to the appeal of one of it's hottest cast members.
Raised in Provo, Utah, Brian began working as a ranch hand at Robert Redford's Sundance Resort. Brian spent ten years working for the resort, and expected a career in the ski industry before making the move to Hollywood in the mid-eighties. Brian quickly began getting small roles in films including; Footloose, A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2: Freddy's Revenge and Less Than Zero.
It was in only a few years later in 1988 when Wimmer got his big break being cast as Cpl. Boonie Lanier in China Beach. After China Beach was cancelled in 1991, Wimmer worked regularly in films (Late for Dinner and Tank Girl) and on television with roles on ER, Jericho and the short lived re-make of Flipper.
Wimmer's last IMDB credit is the film Haunt in 2014. A quick glance at Wimmer's Instagram Page seems to indicate he returned to Utah, and The Sundance Resort, and looks like he's enjoying that life of mountains, snow and skiing after all.
'I shot these pictures of Brian, the day after I met him, and a couple of days after he moved to L.A. He was a scrappy kid from Utah who was coming to Hollywood to be an actor. This beach, wound up being the set for his greatest success, "China Beach", 6 or 7 years later.'
Wimmer's only nude scene was in the 1995 film Tank Girl. Early in the film, Wimmer is forced to strip at gunpoint (although it ends up being in fun) by Lori Petty. Usually, it's frontals that get 'cut' when boxscreen films on VHS make the switch to HD and DVD. In the case of Tank Girl, the editors decided for some unknown reason to edit his butt scene. In the old cap just below, you can see Brian's butt was in full few, but int he HD release, it is only partially shown.
Within photography, windows provide much more than just light and a location. Windows are a visual portal to another world. A world that by your viewing, is provide an open invitation to view you back.
Isn't it funny, that when we look out a window, we're often surprised that someone looks back. For some reason we feel it's ok to look out, but are offended when others look in. Window are two way invitations, something I've explored many times on FH. I loved the the use of window within photography. For some photographers, there main use, is providing natural light. For me, windows provide, and often reveal, so much more.
In addition to being in a visual opening, windows also can also act as a mirror. Have you ever looked out of a window, and instead of seeing what's on the other side, you see yourself looking out. Reflections can be truth tellers, seeing not only that we're looking, but what we're longing for whatever we see, or fantasize about, on the other side.
'I instinctively get curious about what's on the other side of the window. What the model is looking at, and who might be on the other side, looking back in...'
The last time FH viewers saw the beautiful Kes, it was springtime and Male Beauty by bengie captured him outside, in the garden and fields. (Weeded & Seeded) Kes was surrounded by yellows and greens with sun's light and heat beating down over his naked body.
There was something about Kes, and bengie's images of him outside that I really loved. Kes appeared so natural out in the gardens. He didn't look like he was posing, but instead had been working outside, took off clothes, and stopped to have a few photos taken.
For this shoot, bengie and Kes move inside and I love that although bengie captured Kes in various room within the house, every image is lit by the big picture windows beside him. Even if Kes isn't right beside the window, like the shots on the bed, you know the window is close, lighting and brightening his beautiful form.
Although I love the bed shots, my favorites are the shot of Kes in front of the windows. If you look closely, bengie shot Kes in front of three different windows. Some of you may remember my previous pieces featuring bengie's work, many of which, focused on bengie's patio, barn and backyard area. For some reason, that had me feeling like I was in on a bit of a secret. Usually when I feature an image of a model in front of a window, I can only imagine what's on the other side. For this series, I had visuals of what part of bengie's backyard and property he might be looking at.
I remember one photographer sharing that they use windows as a distraction. When they're shooting new models, or models with a few nerves, the windows allow them to visually remove themselves and from the situation and moment. This seemed quite brilliant to me as we all have certain visuals we pull up when anxious or nervous, but there's not always easy to pull up and utilize.
Now Kes doesn't look the least bit nervous, but in some shots, does look erotically distracted by what he's looking out at, or maybe what or who, is looking back in. I know bengie lives in the country, so except for maybe a goat or cow, it's doubtful that anyone was walking by and looking back in. Kes seems open to it however, peaking through the curtains and opening the blinds letting the sunlight, and whatever's on the other side, back in.
It only takes a quick glance at the body of blonde Adonis Radu Ionut to see he has a swimmers build, tall, lean and cut. Radu was actually part of the Romanian National Swimming team before turning to modeling and personal training. Although fitness has always been a focus, in addition to working on his physical goals, Radu is also student, currently studying aerospace engineering.