Wednesday, February 19, 2020

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We'll Always Have Paris...

'Being a father is a huge responsibility but a satisfying one. My family is my sanctuary.'
Pierce Brosnan

Like a fine wine, Pierce Brosnan only gets tastier with age.  I wasn't a huge fan of Brosnan when I was younger, and have yet to see him as Bond.  But in the past decade or so, I've caught some of the Irish actors films on TV. Brosnan's roles in movies like The Thomas Crown Affair, and especially his supporting roles in movies like Mrs. Doubtfire and Mamma Mia finally ignited my crush.

I'm sure like myself, many of you took note of Brosnan's two sons at the Golden Globes earlier this year.  Dylan (23) and Paris (18) acted as ambassadors at the ceremony this past January. Both brothers were honored to have the responsibility, and the platform to raise awareness for causes they're both passionate about.  Both Dylan and Paris have been politically active since childhood and used the opportunity to support FEED, an organization combating childhood hunger.

Except for the odd magazine shot when they were young, I hadn't seen images of the brothers until the award show.  Upon first glance, I assumed Dylan might be a model or in the arts, but really had no idea what either brother might be doing career wise.

Both Dylan and Paris have modeled, with the 6’3″ Dylan taking the lead after he was discovered by Saint Laurent creative director and photographer Hedi Slimane at a coffee shop in Malibu.  Not sure if Slimane was aware who his famous father was...  Dylan is also a singer and a student at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts.

Younger brother Paris is also a models, having walked the runway for shows for Balmain, Moschino, Ralph Lauren, and Dolce & Gabbana.  The 6’1″ Paris is also a filmmaker and in 2018 made a short film, 'Your Voice Matters' encouraging young people to register and vote.  Last year, using his passion for fighting childhood hunger, the 18 year old made a documentary about the hunger crisis in Sri Lanka as part of the work being done by the United Nations World Food Programme. Paris is also a freshman at Loyola Marymount University..

Evander Kane for ESPN's Body Issue

'I've got a lot of compliments on my butt through the years. When your in a squat position on the ice and skating and low to the ground, your ass gets a bit of a workout.'

Not quite sure how I missed this one... FH readers are aware of my love of hockey, and especially naked hockey players.  (HERE:)  I also try to be pretty tuned into ESPN's Body Issue and featured previously players, including one of my favorite players, Tyler Sequin, who posed naked for the issue back in 2015.

I've always thought San Jose Sharks left winger Evander Kane was incredibly hot, but missed the Canadian hockey players naked ice naked ice shoot in last years issue.  Kane nailed it when he talked about the butt benefits of all those squats and photographer Marcus Eriksson captured every beautiful line and curve.

Soak 'N' Wet: Jordan by Implicit Ditto

'You can’t go wrong with an attractive man in a bathtub!'

Given't the nexus between moisture and sensuality, it makes sense that's become such an essential element in the photography of the male form.  The reasons are endless, beginning with the many metaphorical and literal connections between sexual arousal and wetness.  On a basic level however, especially with photographers who travel for shoot, there's always a bathroom, no matter where you're staying, available to utilize as a makeshift studio.

The most important reason to use any element in art, is it's impact on the visual.  The combination of light and water is powerful, especially when cascading over the skin of a beautiful naked body. The wet naked body for this shoot is a model many FH readers are already familiar with.  Some of you may remember him 2018's Utah shoot, (HERE:) but I'm guessing most of you know Jordan as peaks_and_cheeks2.0 on Instagram.

It was through Jordan;s Instagram page that lead to his connecting with Mike (Implicit Ditto) first connected.  Mike had seen Jordan's work, including his work in Utah, and a creative collaboration was planned.  This series of shots came from their second shoot.  The fist, took place outside on a chilly afternoon in St. George,  Although Mike shares they got some great shots, the shoot was short due to the weather.  Bot model and photographer agreed they wanted to work together again in the future should the opportunity arise.

A quick trip to Vegas provided a second opportunity for Mike and Jordan to connect.  Thankfully what happened during their time together didn't stay in Vegas, and was captured for other to enjoy.  Due to scheduling time was tight so they shot in the rooms of the hotel where Mike was staying.  Both Mike and Jordan agree that some of the best shots came from time in the bathroom.  I fully agree. 

In my last piece featuring Mike's work, (HERE:)  the San Francisco based photographer discussed his goal of the blending of environment with the model to create a mood.   Although for that shoot, the environment was a beautiful outdoor location, he certainly demonstrates with this shoot, a bathroom will also do just fine.

'The place had a huge open shower and a clawfoot bathtub. While I had to maneuver into numerous yoga poses and climb on chairs to get the best angle, it was worth the effort given the results. Jordan moves with such fluidity, I really just let him move and make minor adjustments. He's so comfortable in his skin and has such a warm smile, although you don't see it in this set of pictures... We shot right up until my deadline but I could have easily spent another couple hours with him that morning.'

'Mike was great with direction and helping me find the best positioning for my body. I absolutely loved the bathtub shots we did. They’re some of my favorites. Anytime that I’m traveling out to CA I plan to connect with him and keep expanding our portfolio together.'