'D'Artagnan and his musketeer comrades must thwart the plans of Cardinal Richelieu to usurp King Louis XIII's power.'
I came across a gif of a musketeer using slitting the pants of his opponents on tumblr, but unfortunately, it wasn't labeled. A vast search eventually led to find out it was from the 1974 french comedy. Les quatre Charlots mousquetaires (The Four Charlots Musketeers) A parody of The 3 Musketeers, in this scene, in need of swords, the four Charlots get inventive, using farm tools to their advantage.
Earlier this year, I was fortunate to feature photographer Tom Nakielski's (Lights on Studio) work with Ben. (HERE:) Ben was one of the first models I noticed on Tom's Model Mayhem portfolio and had been looking forward to seeing, and showcasing more of his work with Tom. In the first piece, the images were from Tom and Ben's first shoot together, these images, are from their second.
'Ben was even more confident for this second session. It is great to work with someone who is so fluid in front of the camera. He is able to execute body builder physique shots, gladiator beauty, and pin-up style images with strength and masculine grace.'
Tom's use of the phrase 'masculine grace' perfectly describes why I was so drawn to his images of Ben. We all have preferences, and specific reasons why a model, an image, or an artist's work appeals to us. For me, it comes down to face and form. Specific body parts are really quite irrelevant if I'm dawn to a model's face, or taken with the poses captured.
I use the words 'lines and curves' often when describing images. A model's age, their hair color, ethnicity, body type or penis size become secondary if the focus is form. I am not usually drawn to images of bodybuilders. I often find them stiff in front of the camera, and the focus more on muscle mass than the male form in it's entirety.
As Tom mentioned, Ben was beautifully able to transition between physique shots, to glamour and beauty through his elegant poses and fluidity in front of the lens. Tom did a spectacular job of systemically capturing Ben, both his incredible body and strength, and through pose and lighting, his more intimate and sensual sides as well.
Ben grew up on his family farm, but moved from the fields and makes his living as a computer programmer and software developer. Ben obviously works out regularly to stay in shape and describes himself as a natural pro-bodybuilder. Working in an office all day, Ben loves being outside and working with his hands and still loves to help out on the farm whenever he has the chance.
Check out more of the results of Tom's second shoot with Ben on PAGE 2 HERE:
'I have done a lot of fitness photo shoots in the past and I was looking for something different and unique and Tom definitely brought that.'
In addition to his incredible body, and masculine grace, Ben also has beautiful eyes and a great face. Often when bodybuilders are shot, they're body flexing can lead to their face looking tight and strained. Ben always looks relaxed, even when flexing different parts of his body for specific angles and poses.
In addition to working out, in the gym, and on the farm, Ben also maintains his great physique through kayaking, climbing, swimming, snowmobiling, four wheeling and running with his three huskies. Ben also trains in in krav maga for self-defense. Kray mag works out the entire body utilizing a combination of techniques sourced from boxing, wrestling, judo, karate, and fight training.
'I'm kind of a big geek/nerd as well. I enjoy traveling and seeing and exploring new places and things and have been to quite a few places around the world. I like to experience new things as often as possible and will pretty much try anything once. So I'm a bit of a adrenaline junkie. I like to find new places to eat and drink, enjoy going to breweries'.
'I really enjoyed the photo shoot session with Tom and that he brought new ideas and ways of taking photos that came out fantastically. I actually don't really like how I look or like photos of myself but with some of the pictures Tom took, even I was amazed and impressed with how I looked in them.'