Everything in live has a time and place, including attraction. It's been fascinating working on FH to see how my tastes have changed over time. It's also been interesting to see how my feelings about specific actors has also changed depending on time and place. Last month, I used my changing feelings about actor Jason Bateman to illustrate my point, (HERE:) today, it's Mr. Baseball up to bat.
Up until recently, I never really got the appeal of Tom Selleck. I've always assumed there are some men who are just more attractive to women than to other men, and always thought that Tom Selleck fit that bill. I remember that my mother and her friends were in lust with Selleck. I was only a kid, and Selleck's Magnum did nothing for me. Even when I got old enough to really crush over actors, Selleck did nothing for me, and at the time, found his hairy chest and mustache more repelling than appealing.
Selleck and I have never really connected time wise. I didn't like him as a kid on Magnum, and I didn't understand what Monica saw in him on Friends. I'm also not currently drawn to him, nor have any desire to watch Blue Bloods. But... time and place.
A few months ago I caught the actor on an old episode of Friends. Now it was twenty years ago that Selleck guest starred as Dr. Richard Burke and although I didn't get his appeal the first go around, twenty years later, I finally understood what Monica was talking about.
I didn't think too much about until I was recently putting together my Battle of the Network Stars tribute. (HERE:) All of a sudden, I found myself drawn to those old shots of Selleck in his blue speedo from his Magnum PI days. I was especially 'stimulated' by Tom's beautiful long legs. I realized I have now crushed over two periods of of Tom's career that I'd previously had no interest in. I guess maybe I can look forward to many weekend Blue Bloods marathons twenty or thirty yearsfrom now....
My interest in Tom Selleck was so lacking, I'd never really even bothered to check to see if he'd done a nude scene. I sort of assumed he hadn't. Low and behold, he did actually do two butt scenes. The first isn't that exciting, a short, dark and badly lit butt scene in 1984's Lassiter. His butt scene in 1992's Mr. Baseball was actually much better. In the film, Tom's butt is filmed from a distance, with teammates interrupting viewers from having an extended view. Capping the scene however, allowed me to pull in a little closer and given I didn't expect to find anything, it was a pleasant surprise.
One of the magic things about images, is their ability to trigger. Growing up in the eighties and nineties, I didn't carry a phone wherever I went, but I did carry a camera. Despite having that camera almost everywhere I went, I still only managed to capture only a few fleeting moments from whatever memory or experience I was trying to freeze.
I look back at old images and see two or three moments from a birthday party, six or seven shots from a concert or event. Two shots from that special Christmas eve, and just one image of that all consuming grade 11 crush. We don't have the luxury of going back and getting more memories, more angles and wider views. The 'extras' have to be filled in from memory, some of it real, much if it clouded by emotion and time. There are so many shots I wish I had pulled back from when taking and gotten more of a panoramic view of all that was happening.
Professional photographers are fortunate not to have this problem. Although you may only seen a dozen or so images published, their digital photo albums from shoots often contain thousands of images. One of the most time consuming tasks for a photographer is narrowing down, then choosing, and editing, their best work.
If you checked out my Valentine's posts last week, you saw my return to an earlier piece featuring New Manhattan Studios work with Claudius. Wes had shot and shared four different shoots celebrating cupid's yearly visit, and I was curious if he might be up fro digging back into the archives to see if there might be shots from any of the holiday shoots we hadn't previously featured.
Five years ago, we celebrated Valentine's Day with NMS work with FH favorite Bond. (A Valentine Unattire) It was one of Wes' early shoots with Bond. The 2015 piece also featured some great behind the scenes shots, as well as PA and model, Alex, jumping in for shots of he and Bond together. In many ways, the theme, the tux, and de-tuxing, were a precursor to Bond's full metamorphosis into the world's most famous secret agent. (Nobody Does It Better)
'With the hindsight of 5 years and 15 sessions, I now recognize this session as Bond’s first mental foray into the secret agent persona and his first work as a male sex object. In most respects, this is where the Bond saga begins, and I had not recognized it as such'
Wes shared that when diving into the Bond files, he discovered there was a still a treasure trove of great unseen images in there, so many, in addition to the images you're enjoying here, Wes found enough material to put together a new photo essay. (A Bond De-Tux) This was Bond's first real foray into more erotic work and Wes hadn't remembered getting all the full frontals he now found. The project, although time consuming, wasn't without it's rewards!
You can check out more of Bond (minus the red tie) on PAGE 2 HERE: