Thursday, February 11, 2021

Favorite Pic of the Day for February 12th

Lunar Lights 
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Happy New Year

Year Of The Ox: Leo by Photos by Biron

'Surplus and Abundance Year after Year'

In North America, most of us at one time or another were taken as kids to a Chinese restaurant. Many were decorated in vibrant colors, lanterns hanging from the ceiling, huge memorizing fish tanks. Best of all, there were those place mats  Even before we knew what exactly the Lunar New Year was, we were introduced to the calendar. 

Before even ordering the food, you scanned that place mat, looking for your year and hoping you were maybe a horse, a tiger, or a dragon. Most were not, which led to snickers from your brothers or friends about being a snake or a cock. Usually at this point your mother was getting frustrated, telling you to stop looking at the place mat and choose from the menu. Then of course was the inevitable argument when that certain someone in the group would order a french fries or a hot dog.

2021 is the year of the ox.  Last year, during the year of the rat, I was able to feature a model and a shoot with 'sort of' a rodent theme.  This year, despite my many searches, I couldn't really find an ox themed shoot.  Although I found a few images of male models and cows, cows and oxen have a distinct difference.  Although both are cattle, cows are female and bred for milking and meat.  Oxen are male, and a working animal. 

Year of the Ox

'Oxen are honest and earnest. They are low key and never look for praise or to be the center of attention. This often hides their talent, but they’ll gain recognition through their hard work. 

They believe that everyone should do what’s asked for them and stay within their bounds. Though they are kind, it’s difficult for them to understand persuasion using pathos. Rarely losing your temper, they think logically and make great leaders.'

I wondered if I might be able to find a model, whose qualities were similar to the that of the ox.  I knew just where to look.  Having just recently featured the work of Photo By Biron, I was aware that his portfolio featured many incredible Asian men that he's photographed over the years.  In going through his portfolio, I was drawn to his work with Leo.

At first I didn't really connect Leo's images with what I imagined an Ox's temperament was like.  I made a few assumptions, maybe in part due to their name. Oxen are for the most part, quiet and calm animals, who put their head down and focus on their work.  Biron shared that Leo was very polite an like an ox, quiet and low key..  Also like an ox, Leo wanted to stay within certain boundaries and was a little shy about shooting fully nude.  Despite his hesitations, he took Biron's suggestions and went a little beyond his limits trying Biron with the creative concepts he threw his way.

Photographic Porn Stars: Axel Kane

๊ณ ์ƒ ๋์— ๋‚™์ด ์˜จ๋‹ค 
(Go-saeng kkeut-e nag-i on-da)

Translation:  At the end of hardship comes happiness

February 12th marks no only the New Year in China, but many Asian countries and cultures.  In Korea, the celebration usually lasts 3 days and like holidays all around the globe, involves visiting family, playing games, and eating traditional family dishes.  This year, with the grip of the pandemic still strong, the celebrations may be a little more low key but at the end of the hardship, happiness will soon follow.

Although male nudity may still be taboo in most of Asia, there is a lust for hot Asian men in America, and one of my favorites is  porn star Axel Kane.  Axel pulls together the most beautiful features from both is Korean and American heritage and is at his hottest when he smiles.  Many of you have seen Axel in action and he's appeared on many sites, most notably, the many videos he's made for Peter Fever

12 Days: Ron Heung in A City Without Baseball

'In a city where baseball culture is non-existent, these baseball players are a minority by choice. The experience teaches them to be free-thinkers in dealing with love, friendship and their own sexuality. It also enables them to find the will to live in the face of death and the strength to conquer losing in a spectator-less sport.'

Ron by Yuman Ng

Male nudity, especially full frontals, is still considered taboo in East Asia.  This includes most art forms  including photography and cinema.  Some filmmakers however, have chosen to push the boundaries.  This includes the writers, producers and director behind 2008's A City Without Baseball. (Mou ye chi sing)

I may have helped the movies acceptance that the cast was made up of actual members of the Hong Kong Baseball Team.  The team members bared both their souls, and their bodies playing themselves in the fictional youth dram.  One of them included the teams pitcher Ron played by real life baseball player and actor Ron Heung.

Heung was first discovered for the film by award-winning Hong Kong Filmmaker Scud, and the film proved to be the start of a new career for Heung whose gone to star and direct in several other films. Heung instantly stood out to me when I saw the film, especially his long hair and beautiful face and eyes.  He also seemed to have the most nudity in the film.

The producers didn't shy away from frontals, nor did they shy away from promoting the male nudity in the films promotion.  Given the film was focused on a baseball team, several of the shower room scenes were front and center in the trailer and promotional material.  The film actually opens with a steamy shower scene as the opening credits scroll by.