Monday, July 27, 2020
Earlier this month, I featured photographer Tom Nakielski's (Lights On Studio) work with the 23 year old Michigan based model Malyk. I mentioned in the piece, (No Hesitation) that Tom had shot a wide variety of images, and promised more would be coming in the future. This series, included some of my favorite images from the shoot.
Although the shoot ended in Tom's studio, it began at the home of one of Tom's friends. The Southwestern blanket belonged to the owner of the house, but draped around his naked body, Malyk more than owns the piece of fabric. I love how he uses the blanket in so many ways, and how he uses it to highlight and frame his incredible body and beautiful face and eyes.
As many times as I've watched The Lost Boys, I can't believe I haven't spotlighted Dwayne, the sexy long haired blood sucker before now. I'd knew of course of actor Billy Wirth, but mostly from The Lost Boys and promotional images I'd seen in magazines. Wirth's career took off in the mid-eighties with a slew of guest shots on television before moving into features.
In addition to The Lost Boys, Wirth also appeared on screen in films including; Boys on the Side, Relax, War Party, It's Just Sex and Venus Rising. On television, the talented actor appeared on shows including; Charmed, Sex and the City, Summerland, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Major Crimes and Chicago P.D
With his sizzling hot good looks, it's no surprise, Wirth began his career as a model in New York. Discovered by a photographer while studying at Brown University, Wirth used his early modeling work and headshots after to moving to California to pursue an acting career.
Despite his great looks, and intense sex appeal, Wirth hasn't actually done what I'd consider an actual nude scene. Although he's appeared in erotic flicks and has done many shirtless and sex scenes, his pants, unfortunately stayed on.
The one exception was a brief (very brief) glimpse of butt crack in 1994's Judicial Consent. (see below) Given the many opportunities Wirth had on film to show a bit more, I have to assume this was a decision he made. I can't believe, especially during the 80's and 90's he would not have been asked.
Judicial Consent (1994)
'Judge Gwen Warwick becomes involved in the murder trial she has been assigned. Her marriage is on the rocks and the murder victim is an old friend, who rumor has it, had an affair with her.'
Red Shoe Diaries (1992)
Before it became a television series, it began as a move in 1992. Although again, Wirth has several sex scenes, there is really no nudity, just a lot of shirtless scenes. There is however, an incredibly hot scene between Wirth and David Duchovny. In a shirtless basketball turned fight scene, there is an aggressive sexual energy between the two actors.
I can't help but think the homoerotic feel as intentional. The sweaty skin, the bumps and grinds, the music, even the lighting reminded me of a porn sex scene. Check out the beginning of the scene in the clip below.
'When I saw my first image of 21 Miami model Austin Wild I was struck with how strong and striking he photographs. Austin has an incredible body, but his face is the face of fantasy, dreams and great art.'
I first spotted images (including the two shots above) of model Austin Wild on his Model Mayhem portfolio back in 2013. I got in touch right away, but after a few week without a response, figured he wasn't interested on being on the site. A few days later, I got a short message thanking me for writing and inviting me to use any of his images that I liked.. The quote above is from my first piece featuring Austin's work in January of 2014. (Wild About Austin)
Remaining Images by Gordon Nebeker
I wasn't the only one captivated and intrigued by Austin's look. After seeing my piece on FH, photographer Gordon Nebeker also checked out Austin's port, and after noticing he lived fairly close to home in Florida, Gordon contacted Austin about working together. Gordon and Austin clicked immediately, and over the next several years, they worked together multiple times. Gordon also graciously shared images from each of their shoots together.
'No question that Austin won the Genes Jackpot Lottery! He says his father is Spanish and his mother is Cuban and that is a very attractive and powerful combination.'
With Austin's striking features, and his beautiful brown eyes, his face, as I stated, was the perfect inspiration for creating great art and imagery. Austin was a natural in front of the camera, and his long, lean body created incredibly elegant lines and poses. Gordon knew exactly how to utilize Austin's skill and assets within their work together. Gordon shot Austin sensually splayed across his furniture, in his signature fabric, and underwater work, as well as new and unique spaces and locations.
'After hearing that a close friend had rented a house in Mexico to celebrate his birthday, Gordon couldn't possibly let him celebrate alone. Then... after he saw some photos of the house, he told his friend that it was far too great a photographic backdrop to let pass by. Cue Gordon getting in touch with Austin.'
In late 2016, Gordon and Austin's most amazing collaboration occurred south of the border. The trip to Mexico, and the blend of location, architecture and Austin produced over 14,000 image that I was able to feature over three posts in early 2017. With so many incredible images of Austin, Gordon couldn't let so many go unseen and published a book, Oh Mexico chronicling the shoot and trip. A copy of the book sits proudly on a bookshelf in my bedroom.
Austin had a bright future ahead of him. He had interest from agencies about fashion work, and his lust for adventure had him leaving Florida and moving to seek out other creative opportunities. Sadly, some of you may have read my brief tribute to Austin early last year after Gordon informed me of his sudden death. While all deaths are sad, there is added poignancy when young lives, with so much ahead of them, come to an abrupt, and tragically premature ending.
Despite his meeting all the criteria, I paused briefly about including Austin in this series, but after running it by Gordon, I decided to go ahead. Gordon felt Austin would want to be included, and reminded me how proud of Austin was of work, and the visual's he'd created. Austin is also such an important piece of the site's history, and his work never failed to inspire me, and motivate me as I pieced his stories together.
Austin Wild on FH:
Wild About Austin (2014)
Powerful Combination (2014)
Turning Tables (2016)
True Paradise (2017)
Man About the House (2017)
Oh... Mexico! (2017)
Into The Wild (2019)