Friday, October 21, 2022

Favorite Pic of the Day for October 23rd

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Happy Birthday today October 23rd

Happy 46th to actor Ryan Reynolds!

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Sandro Bakes: Halloween Week

Not sure how many of you have been able to check out the most recent series of The Great British Bake Off, but if you have, I'm sure you've taken note of the talented and tasty Sandro.  If you haven't watched yet, he is a great reason to start!

The 30 year old London nanny was born in Angola but fled the Angolan war with his mom when he was  just 2, settling then in London. Passionate about fitness, Sandro is a keen boxer and also has a background in ballet and breakdance too. 

When Sandro was 21, his father passed away and he turned to baking as a form of therapy. Now he lives and breathes it, and he is often found rustling up bakes in a relaxed vibe with the TV on or running virtual baking classes for children with autism. He likes to infuse his bakes with flavors from his Angolan heritage — the spice of paprika paired with tangy cheese and sweet bakes smothered in sticky dulce de leche.

Sandro stood out from the first episode, and it's hard to focus on the baked goods when with his muscles bulging out of the beautifully tight t-shirts he often wears.  He looked especially hot this past week during the show's Halloween themed week.  Between his Halloween make-up and those black wings, Sandro was definitely an appetizing treat. 

Sandro on Instagram

Horror Hunks: Timothy Granaderos in Devil's Workshop

'A struggling actor spends a weekend with a female demonologist to prepare for an audition.'

I've been doing a deep dive into horror from the 1970's this October, in part, due to TCM's Creepy Cinema series on Monday nights.  Today however, I'm featuring actor Timothy Granaderos from the recently released Devil's Workshop. 

In this chilling psychological thriller featuring we meet struggling actor Clayton (Granaderos) who is desperate to win the role as a demonologist. Clayton contacts Eliza (Radha Mitchell), an expert in devil lore, to help him prepare.  Clayton ends up spending  the weekend at her home where Eliza forces Clayton to confront his troubling past, perform dark rituals, and even sacrifice a goat. 

Does she want to help Clayton, seduce him--or destroy him? The shocking climax will set your soul ablaze. Also featuring Emile Hirsch, Devil's Workshop, and Eliza, put Clayton, and Timothy Granaderos through the wringer.  Thankfully for us, near the end of the film, she puts him through in wet and naked!

The Sex Lives of College Girls (2021)

13 Reasons Why (2017-2020)

Like many of you, I was first introduced to Granaderos through his role as Montgomery 'Monty; de la Cruz on 13 Reasons Why.  Monty was an easier character to play,  Tormented, violent, with little to no redeeming qualities.  Although there were attempts to explain his behaviour through a back story, it was still hard to like Monty, even when crushing over the actor who's portraying him.

Devil's Workshop (2022)

'Now we can be together... forever!'

Devil's Playground will be out on DVD early  next month, but can be found now Digitally and On Demand.  If you're thinking of checking it out, you can preview the scene capped here by downloading it on SendSpace HERE:

The Spooky Season: Jordan by Studio1x

Spooky: Strange, unusual, frightening Sinister or ghostly in a way that causes fear and unease.

FH viewers know how much I love Halloween, and especially Halloween imagery featuring the male form.  Some years.. I've gone a little overboard with my naked witches, ghosts and goblins, but I think I've reigned it in a little.  Although I begin my Horror Hunk series at the beginning of the month, Over the past few years, I've tried not to start posting images of the Spooky Season until at least 10 days before the 31st. 

We'll we've passed that 10 day mark, so for the next week or so, it's officially Halloween on the site.  My main theme this year is going to be a salute to the movies.  Those scary films, horror hunks and Psycho serial stalkers and killers so many of us watched as kids, and re-watch as adults throughout the month of October. 

When it comes to creating imagery for the spooky season, it's more than photographers throwing in costumes and props.  With any great image or series of images, there are key components which have to be present, regardless of the concept or theme.  For starters, you need a skilled photographer, an experienced model and a unique and creative idea. 

As most photographers know, one of the most important things about shooting the male form, especially for Halloween, is darkness and light.  Light is always essential when shooting, but for Halloween themed shots, the light is crucial in creating that eerie and spooky mood so associated with the season. 

We all watched television shows when we were kids that tried to set a creepy and scary tone. We all remember scenes with The Hardy Boys or Jessica Fletcher, walking through a dark room or cavern with only a flashlight to guide the way.  Film and television shows however, have the added bonus of being able to use music.  With photography, the lighting is the music, setting that sinister tone.  

Although terror isn't limited to the night, for most of us, our darkest moments occur in the absence of light.  Sure, running into Jason Voorhees would be terrifying regardless of whether it was the three o'clock in the morning, or three o'clock in the afternoon.  Still, the darkness creates a more ominous feel as nothing good rarely happens after midnight...

Of course whether it's a movie or a photograph, you can't shoot in complete darkness, it's the light, that really heightens the impact of the dark.  The shimmering moonlight, the flashlight rays, the fragments of light shining through the cracks under the door as you shiver in fear from what whatever beast awaits on the other side of the door. 

When I was thinking of a series of images to kick off the spooky season, I knew these shots of Jordan, (Peaks & Cheeks) from Jim from Studio1x would be perfect.  I first featured images from this shoot with Jim and Jordan earlier this year, (HERE:) but tucked away this series of shots to use later. 

Jordan and Jim were shooting in a very small hotel room, with limited time to get everything they wanted.  They made excellent use of both their time, and the space, capturing several different looks and themes using almost every corner and are of the small room.  In the first piece, Jim shot Jordan in in a variety of locations including the shower.  They also shot in front of the large window, utilizing light and shadow to accentuate Jordan's perfect physique.  

For this series of shots, they set an entirely different tone, using just a old fashioned looking wire lamp to cascade light over Jordan's body and skin.  I loved the effect the prop created and the distinctly different look and feel to the previous parts of the shoot. There is something eerie, almost foreboding about the shots, almost as if Jordon is hiding from something, looking for something, or waiting for something horrific on the horizon.