Monday, July 15, 2013

TOM CULLIS / photographer

Back in May, 2011 I posted a blog update offering lame excuses about not posting (you know, busy and all). At the end I posted one photo so y'all wouldn't feel cheated by a text-only post. The photo was by Tom Cullis. It was a nice photo, but completely devoid of the usual criteria for inclusion here except, of course, it was of a handsome man.

Tom Cullis is a southern California based fashion photographer who shoots celebrities, athletes, does headshots and portraits. His website doesn't give a lot of info about the artist, more about his methods and inspirations. So, at this point, all I can give you is the photos, ad they are pretty great. He seems to work mostly in color, but I make allowances. Great use of setting and props and the color saturation in blues is stunning.

The model is Adam Rexx. He wants to be a porn star and can be found on dudes nude, tumblr, facebook and instagram.




 


 

 





Friday, June 21, 2013

BRUCE WEBER / revisited

          I have shown some of Bruce Weber's work before and thought it about time to show more.
          First, a little about the artist. He was born in Pennsylvania in 1946. In the late 70's he started doing ads and commercials for prominent fashion designers and had his first show. He has appeared in various print media and has had many shows of his work.
          Over 15 books of his work have been published. Featured here is Bear Pond published in 1990 by Bulfinch Press. It was shot in the Adirondacks in upstate New York. The pictures speak for themselves and nothing more needs to be said.
          Interesting to note is that Bulfinch Press brought up a lot of hits on Google but does not appear to have its own web presence. If you want to know about them, hit Google.















Monday, June 17, 2013

JOSH BRANDAO / photographer

          Josh is a London based photographer and filmmaker with a great passion for story telling.
          He has studied for 4 years at the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design , where he got a degree in Designing for Performance after specialising in Moving Image and Photography.
His interest for the very performative and theatrical aspects of Fashion led him to do a Masters degree in Fashion Photography at the London College of Fashion.
          Josh's work is often described as cinematic and theatrical. He is constantly developing concepts and experimenting with his artistic vision.
 
          The above is directly from his website. There is a lot of his work that I don't especially relate to, other than to say that he is really into some interesting and bizarre (to me) imagery. Don't get me wrong, some of it is great. It just doesn't fit with my criteria for of this blog. This particularly series, however, did speak to me and I offer it for you to decide. I like the contrasts in light and shadow as well as the use of props. The series is in muted color, but I think it would work very well in black and white.
 
         








Friday, January 11, 2013

KEVIN SLACK / photographer

So, I said one of the last posts that I was revisiting some photographers I have already featured here.  I ran across an image from Kevin Slack the other day and thought why not. When looking in the archive, imagine my surprise when I found he wasn't there. Meaning I have never featured him here. How can that be, you ask? I ask it, too. I will correct that grievous mistake here and now.

Kevin is a Canadian photographer in love with Cuba and photographing Cuban men. And he does it exceedingly well. He shot a series called The Seduction of Jorge Luis, and this series was featured in Beautiful Mag. There is an extensive interview in English in the Spanish Language Mag Burbujas De Deseo. Well worth the read.

So let's see the Seduction of Jorge Luis. I love his use of highly saturated color in this series, but not so highly saturated as to be distracting. It makes the skin tones of these amazingly handsome men luxurious. I am only posting thirteen images from this series. There are more. Perhaps another time.

















Wednesday, January 2, 2013

MARTYRDOM OF ST. SEBASTIAN

One recurring theme, and a very popular one too, in the arts is the Martyrdom of St. Sebastian. Countless painters have produced works on this theme, and some photographers have as well. Here are a few examples. There are ten examples and here are the attributions: the first two are Aurelio Monge, number three is Cynthia Karalla, number four is David Vance, number five is Neel Bate, number six is Mapplethorpe, number seven is Davood Salek, number eight is Yukio Mishima (self portrait, I believe), number nine is from a Versace campaign, and number ten is by FrodoPrime. The work by Neel Bate was such a small image, I was not able to enlarge it much without it pixelating beyond acceptability. Sorry. Blogger really frustrates me sometimes. Couldn't get any of the links to color yellow. Arrrgh! Half the time it works and half the time it doesn't.











One more thing, if any of you out there have any recommendations for photographers I could feature here, let me know. Here is the criteria I generally use. Male nudes; black and white is highly preferable but not entirely necessary; interesting settings and or use of props; not particularly interested in porn values  (i.e. big dicks or erections or facial beauty although those things are nice); I prefer penises fully exposed rather than "artfully" covered unless, again exceptional in other qualities; non-sexual unless exceptional in some other way. I have nothing against porn, in fact I LOVE IT! But there are hundreds of thousands of blogs out there dedicated to that and many of them do it very well. So, let's do something different here. So, I welcome your suggestions and if I agree with your choices, they made appear here one day. Thanks.