Archive for February, 2012
I have to be honest here, I don’t so much have a thing for Ryan Kwanten as I do have a thing for Jason Stackhouse. While Ryan’s authentic Australian accent is cute and all, it’s nothing compared to his appeal when he puts on that Southern accent to play True Blood‘s dumb jock. Maybe it stems from my slight cowboy fetish, I don’t know. But aside from all this, Ryan has professional modeling experience, and that by itself would make a photo shoot worthwhile.
I was thrilled (THRILLED, I tell you!) when I first saw Sofia outside of Modern Family, on the red carpet of the Golden Globes in 2011, and when I realized that the accent with which she plays Gloria is real. All Sofia has to do is walk into a scene on Modern Family and I start laughing. I suppose this would make it hard to get through a photo shoot with her. But I think I’d be saved by the fact that I think she’s the most beautiful woman on television right now. For that reason alone, I’d be honored to take her photo.
It’s true that Tabatha would probably make me cry if she were ever in my studio. But as a fan of tough love, I’d get over it. And I do love this woman. I love that she’s so passionate about what she does. I love that she wants to empower other people to be better. I love her severity, in looks and in personality. And I love that she wears those 7-inch heels — and goes after anybody who dresses like a slob to a job where they hope to be taken seriously. We need a lot less of that in America.
As a side note, Tabatha’s recent anti-bullying video made me love her even more.
All photos in this post copyright, someone else.
Astronomy has been my favorite of the sciences. I could look at the night sky for hours. When I was a kid, I even considered becoming an astronomer, until I learned how much math was involved and then learned that the astronomers who get to use the big telescopes and do the most research have to live isolated lives and live in remote places like the mountains of Chile or the Canary Islands or — worst of all — Texas.
But still, when I heard that there was a rare convergence on Saturday of Jupiter, the crescent Moon, and Venus, I dragged Jay into the front yard to have a look. I’m not very good at night photography but here’s what we saw (click to enlarge).
What else is new, you might ask? (If you’re still reading, if I haven’t bored you yet with talk about planets.) I’ve been working a lot in the studio, shooting a lot in the last week. Mostly portraits and some men’s fashion stuff. But I’ve also started collaborating a little bit with another artist, who has been interested in painting people. Here’s a not-safe-for-work, behind the scenes look at Sesseka painting Patrick. This was our first venture together. I’m interested in doing more. Next time Sesseka is going to paint an actual scene on someone.
If you’re looking for something interesting to watch, I’d suggest this, Got 2B There: A History of the Circuit Parties. It’s over 10 years old, so it’s a little dated but a lot of the same parties are still taking place. And it’s an interesting look at a phenomenon in gay culture, and I think even if you have preconceived notions about what a circuit party is like and who goes there, you will see one or two things in this documentary that surprise you.
Jake came down from Chicago a few weeks ago for a new shoot. These are among my favorites I’ve shot of him.
Note that if you scroll down, some of the images are not safe for work.
You can also see five more new images (and all the other photos I’ve got of Jake, on Vir Impudicus, in the gallery called, Vir Impudicus.
If you’d prefer a more PG-13 experience, you can see Jake, minus the frontal nudes, on Scott Barnes Photography in the gallery, Models: Men.
I’ve read several news stories of late about police asking citizens to stop photographing in front of federal buildings. In fact, I think I’ve even heard of a person being harassed by police in front of the Indianapolis City-County Building sometime in the past two years.
What the police are doing is not necessarily legal.
Here’s a link to a good article from the American Civil Liberties Union about understanding rights as a photographer.
As part of the ACLU’s message, here’s a campy video with the delightful Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
Basically, the ACLU says the same thing I’ve been saying all along to people who take photos out on the streets — if you’re in public and not breaking any other laws or interfering with law enforcement, you have a right to take photographs. On the flipside, if you’re in public, other people have the right to photograph you.
Check out the full list of photography-related rights on the ACLU’s page.
This movie looks horrifying. I can’t find any information about a release date, it looks like it might still be in production. But I’ll definitely be seeing this one, when I can.
Among the things that I never thought I’d say in a post: Does anyone know the name of the model/actor in this Liquid Plumber ad? He’s gorgeous.
Click to enlarge the two images. Or, go ahead jump down to watch the commercial, which has as much cheesy sexual innuendo as a Three’s Company rerun — I’m here to snake your drain? Really?
But bad lines or not, that guy is hot.
Update: One of my Internet-savvy friends did some Google stalking and found out that he’s Aaron O’Connell (www.aaronoconnell.com), and holy shit, he’s from Carmel, Indiana!
I found this via Wicked Gay Blog, who obviously found it via Cosmopolitan magazine. Click each image to read the description of the sleeper.
For me, I’m probably a little bit of a Clencher and a whole lot of a Crotch Cradler. To be honest, you’d probably think I’m a teenage boy the way I sleep. My hand is usually in my underwear (if I’m wearing any that night), and I hold that thing all night.
Probably too much information, there. Sorry.
I had a guy drive for five hours, from the other side of Chicago, just to work with me a few weeks ago. I was flattered, as no doubt there are plenty of photographers he could have selected around Chicago.
Here are some of the best of what we got. This was his first photo shoot.
As always, there are more photos on one of my websites, this time SBarnesPhotography in the gallery, Models: Men.
This set is older, but I decided that it fits in my Drifters series.
Note that if you scroll down, the last image is not safe for work.
You can see this set on my second website, Vir Impudicus.