Archive for April, 2013
You know that I’m dying to capture images of identical twins, right?
Here are my favorite photos of British twins Jon Norris & Mark Norris from a series that’s in the latest issue of Kurv magazine. The photographer is Francesco Scontrini. [Click to enlarge.]
All photos in this post by Francesco Scontrini.
A guy I photographed once named Griffin recently contacted me and suggested we do a second shoot. I could see him in a series similar to this one in tone and mood.
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All photos in this post by Matt Lambert.
I took my model Mickey, who’s become one of my good friends, to Chicago this weekend. I wanted to visit some of my best friends, Courtney and Charlie (and Bea) one last time before they move away from the city, and Mickey hadn’t spent a lot of time in Chicago, so I was excited to show him around.
We spent a lot of time downtown, doing touristy things.
Here is Willis Tower. We tried to go up to the observation deck, but there was about a thousand people in line in front of us, so we didn’t wait.
Here is Mickey at the Bean.
The Chicago river going into Lake Michigan. Off to the right, you’ll see a bit of one of my favorite buildings in Chicago, which is called Aqua.
Instead of Willis Tower, we went to the observation floor of the John Hancock Center. The 94th floor is not quite as high as Willis, but you’d never know it when you’re up there. And personally, I think the view from Hancock is better. It’s closer to the lake and you can see more of downtown.
We sat at the cafe in the Observatory for a long time. We had a great conversation and a couple of bottled waters. Between the peacefulness of it, the view, and the good conversation, I could have stayed there until sunset. Here’s Mickey.
Mickey asked me which of the four directions/windows I liked best. I pointed to the south and said I liked this one because you could see the lake and downtown. He then asked someone to take a photo of the two of us in that window. I thought that was sweet.
The outside of the Hancock.
You can see a sliver of Trump Tower here.
A subway platform/tunnel.
There was a comic convention in town, so there were a lot of people in costume on the trains.
Bea, my goddaughter, really liked Mickey too. I thought that was cute. Mickey later said that he never thought he’d “meet a Bea that he loved more than his fav Golden Girl.”
I also got to see some of my favorite Chicagoans this weekend: Marc, Chris, AK, and a former model of mine. As always, I missed a lot of photo opportunities. Last week was rather stressful for me, but this weekend away was exactly what I needed.
Below is one of the men who was reportedly deported from Saudi Arabia recently for being “too handsome.”
Omar Borkan Al Gala, an actor and photographer from Dubai, was supposed one of three men who were to appear at an annual cultural festival earlier this month, but Saudi authorities felt threatened by their good looks.
Specifically, they thought the men might corrupt impressionable women; they feared that because of their handsome looks, female visitors to the festival could “fall for them,” according to Arabic newspaper Elaph.
I wonder what the officials thought that women might do? Spontaneously orgasm? Strip naked? Try to drive cars?
Well, I’ll say a few things after finding the following photos of Omar:
- He is very handsome.
- He is probably not handsome enough to cause a feminist revolution in an entire nation.
- I’d probably do him, all the same.
- He certainly likes the Photoshop Gaussian blur tool.
New model Travis Smith recently updated his portfolio with photographer David Zanes. I love some of these images.
All photos in this post by David Zanes.
I went out to dinner with someone last weekend (I guess you could call it a “date”). I’m not really in “dating mode” right now and frankly, I wouldn’t have been all that interested in this guy even if I was (he’s not physically my type, nor do I think we have anything in common), but it had become clear that he wasn’t going to stop asking me out until I said yes. And so I said yes.
It could be that the only reason I agreed was because he is short (I like short guys), and because he supposedly has an 8-1/2 inch dick.
Anyway, I walked into the diner where we agreed to meet and sat down. And the guy started talking. He’s was definitely a talker, which was okay with me because then I could just sit back and listen. He was VERY nerdy — and not the kind of nerdy that’s cute somehow, but the kind of nerdy that makes him look like he could log onto any computer in the world and start a nuclear war. He kept talking. His phone rang.
He answered it.
And so he talked to this person for three or four minutes and I looked over the menu, and then he ended his call with “Love you.” So then he proceeds to tell me about his boyfriend.
I’m not a prude, but if you’re in an open relationship, isn’t that something you should tell someone BEFORE you take him out?
Throughout dinner, he kept talking. I couldn’t stop noticing the fact that his eyes were set farther apart than any person I have even looked at. He said some things that were mildly amusing, and a couple of things that were not amusing at all. This was taking place on Friday night, and the TVs in the restaurant were all playing live footage of the Boston bombing suspect being taken into custody. My date’s comment (twice) was that, “I’ll believe it when I see it, they already fucked up and said they caught him once.”
It crossed my mind to be snarky, and say to him, “Look at the TV, you ARE seeing it? There he is, what more do you need?”
Then my date ended the meal by telling me that he’s a bad tipper. He told me that he just doesn’t have the money to “share the wealth.” This was the dealbreaker of dealbreakers. Sorry, but if you don’t have the money to leave a tip, you don’t have the money to eat out. Eating out and then being a jerk to your server is not an option, if you ask me.
I don’t think I’ll be going on another “date” for a while. I’m not ready for this.
Here’s actor Chris Evans for the May 2013 issue of W magazine. Mark Segal is the photographer. Aside from the fact that this is a great portrait, I think Chris Evans is still one of the hottest men I’ve ever seen. [Click to enlarge.]
This is German model Dominik Bauer, photographed by Jeff Hahn for the Spring/Summer 2013 cover story of Rollacoaster magazine. At first glance, I didn’t care that much for these photos, but the more I looked, the more I liked them. Funny how that works sometimes. [Click any photo to enlarge.]
All photos in this post by Jeff Hahn.
Photographer Jeff Cremer has succeeded in doing the thing that every photographer, no matter what the subject, should be aspiring to do: Find things that are interesting to shoot and that haven’t been seen umpteen times.
Cremer has worked in the Amazon jungles of Peru, but he’s not taking the usual photos you’ll see of the Amazon rain forest. Take these three examples.
Although this photo is called Donald Trump’s Wig, it’s actually the caterpillar of a megalopygid moth. The yellow hairs are spikes that inject painful poison when touched.
This photograph shows a giant fake spider made of debris and dead insects, sitting on a web. Made by a spider of the genus Cylosa, this is the only creature known to build a larger version of itself to attempt to increase its chances of survival.
And this is the beautiful woven lattice cocoon created by the urodid moth. This photo was shared thousands of times on Facebook in just a few days.
Pretty cool, eh?
My two cents: You don’t have to do to the Amazon to be a creative photographer. This is why the black and white shot of the young couple walking down the railroad tracks was so cool and inspiring, the first time I saw it (in 1989), but now, that same photo makes me throw up. It’s the same reason that the first time I saw a photo of a male model, all in black and white except for vibrant red underwear, was cool; but the hundreds of mimics I’ve seen since are all uninspiring.
I could follow this advice more often, too. We all get into ruts where we do the same thing. It’s time to be unique.
All photos in this post by Jeff Cremer.
Greek fashion photographer Joey Leo shot the series Les Murmures Du Jour for the 4th edition of Chasseur, ‘This Strange Effect’ – The Awakening Issue. The series features VN model Steve Milatos and his usual morning routine. [Click to enlarge.]
If you like these and want to see more, you can see the whole series on Fashionably Male.
All photos in this post by Joey Leo.