Tuesday, May 4, 2021

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Jonathan Howard: A Dream Come True

'Posing for PLAYGIRL is a dream come true.'

Last month, when I was researching for my post on the history of erections in Playgirl Magazine, (HERE:) one the models I featured was Jonathan Howard.   Jonathan first appeared in the magazine in a Campus Hunks featured in November 2000.  He went on to appear in three additional pictorials in 2001, (Hot Young Hunks) 2002, (Sexiest Men Ever)  and 2004. (50 Hottest Hunks)   I also remembered a video I saved years ago from I believe Jonathan's Campus Hunks feature.  Although Playgirl didn't make as many videos as Playboy, there are several out there, they're just a little harder to find... 

Jonathan Howard
Age: 21
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 210
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Brown
School: Cabrillo City College
Major: Marketing 
Turn-ons; Short dresses with no panties

'I once had sex in front of the entrance to a FedEx building with a hot blonde that I had just met.  While we were doing it up against the wall, a cab pulled up and the driver started watching us.  We just kept on going and going though.'

Jonathan was certainly no longer the shy student we had discovered only a few months ago on his college campus. As he ran around the field naked, his beautiful balls bouncing, we editors geared up for one more cheer.  Clearly our human pyramid was enticing the hunk.  'This is embarrassing' he blushed I haven't been this turned on in a long time.'  We told Jonathan not to worry, that this was the reaction we were getting from even the most experienced and sexy men.  He smiled and said 'thanks' as he shyly tossed another pass. 

Blast From the Past: Sami Frey

'Black Widow, she mates and she kills.'

Frey with Theresa Russell 

I recently caught part of 1987's Black Widow on my 80's movie channel and I couldn't really remember if I'd ever seen it before.  Parts of it seemed familiar, but I finished watching it as I couldn't remember remember how it ended.  Maybe it's familiarity was due to how similar so many of the thrillers in the 80's and 90's were.  They all seemed to have the same look, feel and even the acting and story telling seemed the same.  Maybe they all just had the same writers and cast directors. 

The casting director for Black Widow does require a shout out though.  Not just for hiring Theresa Russell and Debra Winger, but French actor and heart throb Sami Frey.  Frey played Paul in the film, and was central to that twist ending that I didn't really remember. 

Manon 70 (1968)

'The immortal story of beautiful Manon, who - although she loves the tolerant De Grieux - takes many lovers to satisfy her thirst for luxury.'

Frey was a fixture in French cinema throughout the sixties and seventies.  He co-starred along side some of the most well known French actresses including Catherine Deneuve and Brigitte Bardot.  The promotional images along had me checking out Frey and Deneuve in 1970's Manon 70.  Both Frey and Deneuve's beauty made the subtitles almost obsolete as I couldn't stop staring at their incredible faces and bodies.

Sweet Movie (1974)

'After winning the "most virgin" contest, Miss Canada is married to a rich milk tycoon. But she quickly flees the marriage to experience the world around her, full of sweetness and anarchy.'

I also checked out 1974's Sweet Movie as I read that Frey had a nude scene in it.  Although the film was filled with nudity, Frey's didn't really show very much.  He did however, experience a sexually charged cramp which led to to him needing help to be separated from the woman he was in when the cramping occurred.  I may cap some of the other scenes in Sweet Movie, but some of the film's nudity wasn't really that 'sexy'.  Many were mixed in with violence and a variety of bodily functions and fluids... if you know what I mean. 

Black Widow (1987)

'A federal investigator tracks down a gold-digging woman who moves from husband to husband to kill them and collect the inheritance.'

Classical Conditioning: Jamie by Serene Photography Ptd

'I am looking to connect my love for the sport with photography to capture images of those who put so much effort into training.'

The first time I featured the work of Mark from Serene Photography Ptd, the focus was on the ethereal allure of model Vitalij.  Mark's goal with the shoot was to capture an almost genderless view of Vitalij, depicting his/her beauty and essence as neither male of female. 

Head shot for American Crew hair product

I remember Mark sharing that although things are changing, from his experience, Northern Ireland is still quite a testosterone driven society.  This stood out to me as his work with Vitalij was such a powerful push back to this traditional societal norms  Vitalij was also the perfect visual contrast to many of the models that Mark often worked with.

For this piece, I wanted to feature a model and a shoot that more closely represented Mark's primary focus.  Working out, health and fitness have always been a big part of Mark's life.  Spending hours at the gym means Mark often connects with bodybuilders and trainers.  It makes sense then, that a few of them, might end up in front of Mark's lens. 

'Health and fitness, along with gym training has been a very important part of my life.  While I never made it to the bodybuilding stage I was constantly in admiration to those who competed.' 


When going back and forth with Mark about which model to feature next, Jamie proved the perfect choice.  I loved that Mark's work with Jamie included not only included studio shots, but as well, both formal and candid images of Jamie at competitions, shows and of course, working out at the gym.  The imagery captures different aspects of Jamie's life and routine as well as capturing both he and Mark's passion for fitness and training.

As handsome and engaging Jamie appears in the studio and formally posed shots.  His passion and energy really shines in this series of images from a show for the Northern Ireland fitness model association. (NIFMA)  Jamie looks so at home and in his element, a unique and emotional facet of his personality that would have been difficult to replicate in a studio shoot.

'Jamie is indeed a very handsome guy. He was the trainer in the gum I was using at the time. He opened his own gym and is focused more on power lifting than bodybuilding, but he is still in great shape and a genuinely nice guy.'

Whenever he shoots, Mark loves to capture facial shots, close in so that you can really see, and almost feel the person in focus.  Mark feels that if you're visually enjoying something, you naturally draw in closer with your eyes to take in every detail and inch of it.   Given his great face and smile, Mark took quite a few portrait shots of Jamie during their studio shoots.

For the shoot with Jamie at the gym, Mark had to pull back focus a bit to ensure Jamie's incredible physique was in frame.  He still however, managed to keep Jamie's face as a focus for so many of the images.  The outward results of the hard work and countless hours at the gym, are best exhibited through images of the model's body.  The passion and dedication however, are most powerfully felt, through the determination seen through a model's eyes and face.