'Orlando Bloom captivates as a troubled soul with vengeance on his mind.'
It's always a bit of a balancing act for me to present on screen nudity, which was not motivated by the desire of the film maker to erotically stimulate the audience. This comes up frequently for me with scenes of rape and sexual assault. That's currently the case with Orlando Bloom nude scene in Retaliation.
Bloom's character Malky is a demolition work, whose life receives a seismic shock, when out with friends at a local pub, sees a disturbing figure from his past, a man he holds responsible for a traumatic childhood incident. Fueled by anger, Malky sets out on a path of vengeance--and discovers that no one can escape the consequences of their sins in this taut thriller.
Retaliation was actually filmed back in 2017, but is only now being released. I'm hoping that means Bloom's tattoo's were temporary, for the film only. I'm guessing they are, especially given Bloom's famous paparazzi nudes, were shot just a year earlier. Bloom didn't struggle however with the nudes for the film and explains why to ET Canada in the quotes below.
'It was really just what was required,; Bloom explained of his decision to get naked. 'I didn’t think about the nudity aspect. I just thought about what was required in the moment to get the job done. We talked about the shots and the nudity aspect and how it served the character and the truth of the moment. I was focused more on that and obviously, I put a lot of trust in the directors, who were new and young, and had the greatest sincerity. They knew the writer very well, and their approach to the material was with real sensitivity and care. So, I felt I was serving the moment more than I was thinking about the fact that there was nudity.'
'With the sex, you see very clear how damaged Malky is, and how his damage plays out in the relationships in his life, particularly with women,” he continued. “His fear of intimacy, his fear of closeness, the animalistic way with which he approaches sex, and the shame around that, it’s all very palpable in the script. It’s very clear to me what was required, and then a lot of what I had gleaned from different organizations that I spoke to about male sexual abuse, it was reading up around it and researching around it. You can understand how and why people do things the way they do.'
'Joey was obviously at ease being in front of the camera and being naked, and there seemed to be a quietly cocky look in his eye which caught my attention.'
Many FH readers might remember the quote about from my previous piece featuring Joey earlier this year. (Quietly Cocky) The quote comes from macpics, whose work with Joey I featured in that first piece. I was so impressed with Joey's ease in front of the camera, and his handsome face and body, I got in touch with the Australian hottie about a follow-up for the site.
This piece began as an Instagram's that Inspire, but I had to quickly give up using that particular direction. Two reasons, kept getting in the way, whenever I started piecing it all together. For starters, most of the images Joey sent on for the follow-up were far too hot for Instagram. This may also have played a part in the second reason, due to his 'too hot for Instagram' content, his page is often sanctioned or temporarily removed.
So, I decided to go with 'Just Joey' and feature some of my favorite shots, from both Joey's Instagram, (when it's up) his Model Mayhem page, and the shots from his Just For Fans page that Joey sent on. Although there is a quiet sensuality in many of Joey's images, as you can also see, is level of cockiness...isn't always so quiet.
Although a photographer can capture an images in split second, that moment is just one in many that goes into creating a great images. Incredible photographs, one that make you stop, look and feel, are often months in the making. The clicking of the lens is just one tiny part of the process.
So many photographers spend months, even years, contemplating concepts, planning how best to bring it life within an image. More time goes into planning, finding just the right model, scheduling, finding props, choosing poses and then finally lighting and shooting. And all that, is before the image is even taken. Then comes the post work and editing. For me, the difference between art, and just a good photo is both the creativity and skill of the artist, and the degree of emotional impact on the viewer.
What exactly is art, is at the core of artist Anthony Timiraos' newest book, Expose Art. Anthony is fully aware, some viewers may never love or appreciate computer enhanced imagery. He is also keenly aware that technology, just like a brush or palette knife, has given photographers unique opportunities. It is through this technology, that artist are now able to complete ideas and compositions that previously, were impossible to create without a pencil or paint brush.
Expose Art is the forth and final book in Expose theme that Anthony began and has explored over four years ago. I was honored to write the forward for the first edition back in 2017, and the choices and themes Anthony explored in the first book, have funneled through each of the four books within the series.
'I especially love the breadth of diversity Anthony captures. Diversity, not just of race and ethnicity, but diversity of age, body type, and maybe most significant, diversity of culture. Beyond ethnicity, one’s cultural background impacts the way lives are lived and how their ideas and passions are formed. For so many, this is often revealed on their bodies. It shows in their choice of piercings and body art and in the length of facial and body hair. It may most sharply show up in their comfort with being vulnerable, exposed and naked in front of the camera.'
Tye Briggs, Forward, expose
'Let’s take a model who posed nude for a painting. How wonderful it would be to capture that model viewing the art he helped create in one composition? How do we capture the pose, the look, the light? '
This sense of 'reflection' is one of the themes I enjoyed most about the images in Expose Art.FH readers are aware of my love of reflection themed images and I've wrote extensively about my passion for mirrors and windows used within images of the male form.
There are so many 'views' surrounding models and imagery, and one I love exploring is the view the model has of their own images. Some have their feelings about themselves reinforced, others see themselves for the first time, in an entirely new light. For some, it can be transformational. Some of my favorite images in Expose Art are the images Anthony created that have the model seemly reacting to their images, their bodies, and the artist's impressions within the images on the walls.
Although the idea for Expose Art was floating in Anthony's creative warehouse for awhile, it took the pandemic to bring the idea to fruition. Like so many others, Anthony found himself at home, with a lot of time to s pare. The book, in many ways, seems inspired not so much by the pandemic, but the emotional tole it's taken on so many. Anthony wasn't just home baking banana bread and creating, he was also impacted by the deaths of several people he'd come to know, not to mention the fight and survival of friends infected who made it through.
Isolation impacts all of us very differently. For some, it inspires creation, for others, it brings about powerful loneliness and pain. For me, I was both fascinated and worried about isolation's power to bring forth long emotions many of us thought were long buried and forgotten. Given most of the men in Anthony's images are alone, isolated with visuals only of themselves, the resulting feelings were very much like most of us over the last few months. Grateful for what we have, sadness for what we've lost, and a degree of self reflection most of us willingly choose to ignore by maintaining busy lives.
Anthony's work, and especially his Expose series, has never been about, or encouraged viewers to ignore. Expose has always been about uncovering, and bringing things into the light. Being uncovered, and unprotected can be frighting, but with his work, and through revealing what's underneath, and showing one's true self, Anthony wants to spotlight how empowering it can be, to be out, and in the open.
'I wanted the reader to see how my art would look at an exhibit or museum so I created a virtual gallery and gave each of the models an opportunity to look at themselves as a subject in a painting. To my fellow artists, let’s not limit creativity. To lovers and supporters of the arts, don’t be afraid to display art that some consider to be inappropriate. To both, don’t let the critics crush your taste, style and vision. Expose yourself – be brave.'