'Hans has shot some of the worlds most successful male fitness models, and many of the images captures have become iconic depictions of the male form. I believe many of the images within The Naked Truth are destined to join them. An extensive collection of work, as you turn each page, a new theme and visual experience is unveiled. Hans beautifully pairs each page with models, pose, energy, color and motif creating dynamic visuals and interplay between the images on the page.'
The quote above is part of the forward that I was privileged to contribute for artist Hans Fahrmeyer's new book, The Naked Truth. Living in a small country town, the Internet opened up a world of art and imagery Hans images were some of the first images that I noticed, enjoyed and collected after I first got on-line. Hans is one of my favorite chroniclers of the male form, and has been one of FH's longest, and most generous contributors. Since first featuring Hans' work back in 2009, Sunday's With Hans quickly became a FH staple, and has reached over 80 unique stories featuring dozens of models in hundreds of sensually charged images.
Hans Fahrmeyer's images are bold, colorful and unabashedly sensual. The intent is to evoke desire, and the intention is clear in the eyes of each model, and on each and every page.. This energy is palatable and through his use of vibrant colors, uniquely body poses and positions, as well a his creative editing, Hans channels this energy into images drenched in both intensity and urgency.
The Naked Truth is more than just a photo book, the 150 plus pages inside are a virtual visual history and encyclopedia of Hans years of shooting the male form. Hans not only displays a wide variety of themes and styles in the book, he wove them together, specifically choosing which images should be side by side. Hans' goal, to weave the artistic with the erotic, is there visually with each turn of the page. All of of the models you know and love when you think of Hans work are are included, as well as many new models and images never seen before.
As you can see from the preview video below, Hans holds nothing back, beautifully exposing The Naked Truth.
Canadian actor Bruce Greenwood has one of the longest, and most eclectic, resumes of any actor I know of. Greewood began his acting career with guest roles on Canadian TV shows in the late 70's. Since then, the Quebec born actor has appeared as a regular, or a guest star, on some of TV's most popular shows.
Unlike most actors, who generally focus on either television or film, Greenwood easily weaves in and out of roles on both genres, going back and forth between major motion pictures, and parts on Lifetime TV movies without missing a beat.
Bruce headed south to California in the early 80's and quickly got noticed by NBC. After the short lived series Legmen, Bruce joined the drama St. Elsewhere in 1986, taking on the 'hunk' role after Mark Harmon left the show. I wish St. Elsewhere would come out on DVD as I have only watched a handful of episodes, and would love to see the entire series.
I loved Bruce's long floppy hair, even when it verged close to the 'Billy Ray' and the talented actor had a way of stepping into roles so seamlessly and skillfully, sometimes you're not aware it was him until seeing the credits.
St. Elsewhere (1986)
After St. Elsewhere, some of Greenwood's most notable appearances included roles on Mad Men, Exotica, Hardball, Nowhere Man, The Larry Sanders Show, Thirteen Days, Eight Below, John from Cincinnati, Star Trek and in last seasons American Crime Story and the TV re-make of Dirty Dancing. I think I first discovered Bruce on during his brief stint as Pierce Lawton on Knots Landing in the early 90's.
Knots Landing (1991)
After seeing the recent trailer for the upcoming Netflix version of Stephen King's novel Gerald's Game. I loved the book, and if you check out the 'skin' section below, you'll see that at 61, Greenwood looks as hot as ever, and decided it was time to feature Bruce in my series, Actors & Skin!
With all of the varied projects actor Bruce Greenwood has been a part of, I was a bit surprised to see he has only three official nude scenes on his resume. His first, when Greenwood was 27, was the pilot episode of The Hitchhiker back in 1983. The second, when he was 33, was the incredibly erotic 1989 film Wild Orchid. At 51, Greenwood dropped trou for the third time in the Bob Dylan biopic, I'm Not There.
Greenwood, looking mighty fine 61, is again showing a little skin in Gerald's Game premiering later this month on Netflix. I loved the Stephen King novel, and am curious how they pull it together, especially given the main character is handcuffed to a bed for most of the story. Not sure how much of Greenwood will be on display, but h looks hot in his black boxer briefs, and handcuffs, that he sports in the trailer.
The Hitchhiker: 1983
If you look closely through the bars of the cage in the image below, there is a hint of a second bird int he bottom right hand corner. Greenwood's first nude scene was in the pilot episode for The Hitchhiker back in 1983. In the episode, Shattered Vows, the director very cleverly filmed Bruce undressing through the bars of the bird cage. I am not sure I would have noticed the nudity if I had watched the episode on TV. I needed it pointed out in the clip to notice. I uploaded the scene on Sendspace (HERE:)if you want to check it out for yourself.
I'm Not There (2007)
Bruce plays two characters in the 2007 biographical drama I'm Not There, inspired by the life of singer and songwriter Bob Dylan. In this scene, one of them decides to remove all of their clothing in a public bathroom.
Wild Orchid (1989)
When I first saw Wild Orchid, I have to admit, my focus was on the incredibly hot nude scene featuring the gorgeous Jens Peter. I updated my old post, with better quality caps of Jens (HERE:) if anyone wants to check it out. I was on a teenager when I saw the flick, and can't believe I didn't pay closer attention to Bruce, and his quick frontal flash in this scene. Thanks to SOMS, I have the scene uploaded on Sendspace HERE: if anyone wants another look.
'I'm not really able to just walk up to people on the street and say "Hey, I like your look, would you pose for me?" I've tried that a couple of times and so far it hasn't worked to my favor, though most people seem to like being complemented.'
I tend to be little shy myself, rather quiet and reserved when interacting with others, especially those I don't know that well. Once bitten, twice shy is a saying I relate to, but I try hard to push myself, and my boundaries, in both my personal and professional life. I have often wondered though if my shyness might be a reason I didn't pursue photography more seriously. I shot a few friends and family members when I was in my 20's, as well as a few weddings, and more than a few furry four legged models. Shooting a naked model however, seemed at the time, way beyond my comfort.
Therefore, I often assumed that most photographers must be outgoing and confident individuals, people who take charge of their work and their shoots. I learned early on working on FH that not all models, even many who take off all their clothes, struggle with self confidence. I am learning more and more that most everyone struggles with confidence from time to time, and with varying degree's. The difference seems to be how people handle it. Some let it define them, stopping them from achieving their goals. Others find it challenging, but shy towards, not away from obstacles that get in their way, especially when pursuing a passion they love.
So what happens when a shy photographer and a quiet and reserved model get together? They push past the apprehensions, and create a hot series of images! The first time I featured the work of MW Photo MD's Mark, it was with the up and coming, then 18 year old model Andrew. (Put into Practice) Mark had just began shooting professionally, and had taken time to work and learn along side another photographer from the area, Images Male. I featured their work together in a great series of images the following month. (Air Pressure) Aware of his shyness, and the challenges of meeting new people, Mark, tries to build the level of comfortably, for both he and the model he is shooting, long before the day of the shoot.
'When I come across a models pics that I like and I see that they have indicated that they shoot nudes, I will ask for their definition as to what that means for them. I define that in advance with them to their comfort level as I do not want to imply or pressure anyone as that would not be a great shoot for either of us and I want the model to trust me as well as I want to trust them. For example some models I've talked to will shoot nude as far as showing their butt and nothing else or maybe implied nudity while others will do full frontal nudity and others might take that farther and show more but maybe covered to some extent.'
Mark first connected with 21 year old Jon via Model Mayhem. Mark had seen images of the Pennsylvania model with photographer JSmith Photo, and really liked a particular Christmas themed image of Jon wearing next to nothing but a red furry Santa hat. Mark says he and Jon connected well and talked several times on the phone, working through most of the questions that each of them had well in advance. Mark is aware that that often the best images are the ones that let the viewer use their imagination a little bit. Therefore, although he shoots full nudes, he also tries to spend time with each shoot also shooting a wide variety of clothed, underwear, implied shots as well.
As the shoot began, their previous communications helped both Mark and on to get quickly into a groove. Mark knew that Jon was an active skateboarder, so he asked him to bring it along. He also asked him to bring on a few outfits, from dressy to casual. Jon came prepared with an entire suitcase full of underwear, shirts and pants and they had fun deciding what looks to begin with. One of my favorite looks is Jon in the striped shirt and glasses, which were some of the first images that they captured.
'I have a lot of favorites, the one with Jon standing behind the chair, the teasers on the couch with the ball cap, the ones with the white cloth around his neck and his waist, the skateboard shots.'
Mark usually schedules about two hours per shoot, due to the studio time, but when possible, will extend the time if the shoot is flowing and he the model he is shooting have clicked creatively. One of the worst things, is to have to end a shoot when both model and photographer have creatively connected. Mark likes to 'go with the flow' and values the ideas and input from the model he is working with. A stated, this happened pretty quickly with Mark and Jon, and about 30 minutes in, they had moved to full nudes, including some of the more sultry and erotic images of Jon on the couch. Mark is hoping to schedule another shoot with Jon as early as month, so stay tuned!