When I was thinking about movies with 'Father's Day' themes, you might think it odd that 1968's Flesh came to mind. I was always fascinated with that early scene of a naked Joe (Joe Dallesandro) feeding his daughter on the living room floor. When I first saw the film a few years ago, I loved how director Paul Morrissey's introduced us to Joe as a father and husband, before sending him out on the streets to make some cash. Check out my visual look back at Flesh on PAGE 2 HERE:
One of the hottest father and son duo's to shoot nude together was Matheus and Kaike Carrieri for G Magzine.( Dessa vez a Genética Arrasou (This time the Genetics Rocked) The father and son issue appeared in the October 2004 issue. Check out much more of Matheus and Kaike, a link to the 'making of' video, on THE OVER-FLOW HERE:
Happy Father's Day to all the father's reading the site today!
Good thoughts to all those raised with, and especially those raised without, the love of a caring father.
Most of us, when we're young, hope not to end up like our fathers. I don't mean in life or career necessarily, more those annoying traits and the physical changes that come with a life well lived. When we reach a certain age however, this often seems to change. When we move into our thirties and forties, those traits and changes we tried to avoid, can actually become ones we now strive for.
One of the themes I often explore on FH is change. So many models and artists that I feature have gone through emotional, spiritual and physical changes, often inspired by, and captured by, their art. Although we're often taught not to compare, when it comes to art and visuals, comparison is and important part of the foundation.
Whether we intend to or not, every time we view an image, we're comparing. Comparing the image to the work of another, comparing the model to others, comparing the model's body to other model's and maybe most importantly, to our own. This is one of the reasons I like to feature models over time, models shot by a variety of artists, brothers, friends and fathers and sons.
Over the years, I featured several father and son nude photos shoots. One of the most popular, was Playgirl's pictorial of the Myette Family. The series of shots features a son, father and grandfather. When checking out the shots, you can't help but comparing each of the family members, visually noting the differences between each man.
I have a decent relationship with my father, but at the same time, don't think I'd really jump at doing a nude photo shoot with him. My father actually hits the gym more than I do, and although he's bigger than I am, he's much more defined. Like many children though, my father was the first man that I ever saw naked. Brief glimpses as he'd run from the bathroom to the bedroom. As a confused young kid, seeing your father naked is an odd experience. I both admired his physique, and was repelled by it at the same time. As I grew up and body began to change, I often compared myself to my father. I went back and forth on whether I wanted to achieve his masculine appearance.
Through the Years
One of my favorite sets of father and son images is this series of shots. I don't know their names, but I do know the father and son duo decided to take nude shots of themselves, starting when the son was 18, over the course of several years. I could only find three shots from the series, but even from these three shots, you can see the small differences and changes over time. I'd love to see more if anyone has them, but I found myself entranced with looking at the subtle differences in each of the three shots.
'Every father should remember one day his son will follow his example, not his advice.'
Charles F. Kettering
One of the most significant things parents do, whether they try to or not, is implanting their voice in their children's minds. Even if we don't realize it, even into adult hood, the messages our parents sent us, are whirling around our brains. Some children unfortunately, receive negative messages, words and looks that are able to bring forth insecurity and uncertainly decades into adulthood.
If we're lucky, those voices we here are reassuring and comforting, and most of all, support resilience and self-confidence. These voices are not always heard, they're just as often felt, through watching our mothers and fathers deal with their own demons and struggles. More than anything a parent can say, their body language, their way of being, and especially their eyes, have the power to empower their children.
When I was thinking about who to feature this father's day, I of course thought of my own father. I am blessed to have been raised by a gentle, kind man. My mother was the head of our family, my father was quiet, not withdrawn, just quiet. He dislikes confrontation, yet will fiercely defend and speak up when someone's being mistreated. My father never really talked to me about being kind, he simply was, always. I don't think I ever heard him be cruel, or wish harm or misfortune on anyone.
When I thought of a model or shoot to convey these attributes, I kept coming back to Antoine. I first featured the model back in 2016 in a Christmas themed shoot (HERE:) with Tom Nakielski from Lights On Studio. Antoine was memorable to me for many reasons. I loved Tom's shots and the joy Antoine seemed to having in front of the lens. It was clear in both his smile, and in his eyes. I also remembered his story, and thought he'd be a perfect model to revisit on this day.
Antoine has lived and loved for the entirety of his fifty plus years. Antoine's worked in many places, from factories, motor company's, through working as a hairstylist in a salon along side his wife for almost 30 years. In addition to doing a little modeling for fun, Antoine loves to sing and dance, and he loves being a father.
In addition to his own set of twins, Antoine has also been a role model and father figure to many others, including the many foster children he and his wife have cared for over the years. Throughout his life, and the many struggles he's faced, including battling cancer, Antoine has always tried to remain positive, not only for his spirit and soul, but for the spirit and souls of the many children closely watching.