I had never heard of actor Darby Hinton until last week. In searching for info on a new Actors & Skin piece I am working on, I came across an images of Darby's wet and glistening backside in the shower. The image was a cap from 1985 movie called Malibu Express, and a quick glance at the movie's poster had me wanting to learn, and see more.
Darby, circa mid-eighties reminded me of a blonde Tom Selleck or Lee Horsley. Both are actors that held very little interest to me when I was growing up in the 80's. That hunky and hairy 80's look is a lot hotter now that the 80's are in the rear view mirror. The poster for Malibu Express, and the trailer I checked out on Youtube, certainly promoted the T & A, especially the T. It also made sure to let audiences know the film featured 5 Playboy centerfolds.
But... both the poster and trailer were also heavy on pushing Darby's sex appeal, something even amongst all the bare breasts, is fully apparent in the movie. If Darby isn't in crotch hugging tight jeans, he is shirtless or in a speedo. Even a fight scene in the desert had Darby shirtless. The brief butt shower scene was his only nudity, but Darby's 80's cocky sex appeal had me more than satisfied.
A little research had me learning Darby was a hugely successful child star in 60's. Darby had roles on all the major network shows including a starring role on the long running series Daniel Boone. Although Darby worked steadily in film and on many of the networks biggest shows in the decades that followed, a quick search told me it was Darby's roles as a kid that garnered the most attention. Searching for info and images led to mostly his work in the 60's.
80's look, 80's hair
I did find out he had one other nude scene in 1981's Firecracker. The scene is actually incredibly hot with Darby and his co-star using a jack knife to cut off each others clothes. Sadly however, there is little of Darby's skin shown, with the director sadly choosing to focus his female co-star. Darby is still a working actor and seems quite interactive with his fans on social media and at fan events. I am glad I came upon Darby in the shower, and enjoyed getting to know him through Malibu Express.
Many FH readers I am sure recognize Tomas. I featured his images fro Reyj Photography in two shoots, one in 2013 (The Rules of Attraction) and in a follow-up last year. (Devoutly Christzen) Reyj's work with Tomas produced some incredible shots that are some of my favorite images that I have featured over the years.
I remembered Reyj sharing his work with Tomas had taken place during a photography group event, so when I saw Austin photographer Dennis Nauert recently posting a few shots of Tomas, I knew he must have been part of the shoot. I have loved Dennis' work since first seeing his images of Michael, another guitar playing hottie who I featured back in 2012. (Precise) I loved how Dennis had so beautifully captured not just Michael, but Michael's passion for music within his images.
The last couple of times I have featured his work, I have done story hat-tricks, featuring three different models each time. I am glad to again focus on one model and shoot, especially given that the model is Tomas. Given my previous posts featuring Reyj's shots, Dennis was a bit worried that his images of Tomas wouldn't be unique, but after he sent on his shots, I was more determined than before to share their work together.
Tomas has a incredibly sexy look, distinct and certainly memorable. I also find his images intriguingly complicated. Tomas I often describe models, especially those posing naked, as appearing comfortable in front of the camera, but Tomas goes even a bit beyond, as if almost ambivalent about it. Although he has an tight hot body, it's Tomas' puppy dog eyes and a face whose expression don't try to hide the sadness, the experiences and the life struggles that he's been though.
Dennis describes Tomas a great guy to work with and someone he had hoped to schedule another shoot with. Unfortunately, Tomas's life was in upheaval, and he didn't have a fixed address, was living on the streets for a time so finding a way to reach him was impossible. Dennis remembers one of his favorite parts of the shoot was the music. 'Tomas has a great voice and I would have enjoyed listening to more of his music.'
When I contacted Dennis about Tomas, he shared that he hasn't been shooting that much lately, and was finding himself in a bit of a creative slump. For the first time in seven years, Dennis found himself cancelling a shoot, just not feeling any ideas that he wanted to follow through with. I found myself relating with Dennis completely. We all go through creative up's and down's and for an artists, the highs and lows can be especially demanding, as the pressure to create when you're not feeling it can be overwhelming.
With FH in it's 10th year, there are at least three or four times a year that I am not not feeling it and consider ending the site. With the time it takes to put together 5 pieces for a day's posting, I hate spending time on work or subjects that I am not passionate about. I know when my heart isn't in it, and often it seems easier to just stop. Sometimes routine and obstacles can bring on a slump. For awhile, I was using a particular photographer/model site to find, and connect with artists that I like. I would check the site out once or twice and week and it became the place I found, and contacted new artists whose work inspired me.
Unfortunately, this site, that had the purpose I thought was to connect, decided to make connecting harder for it's community members. I thought that was a sign that it was time for FH to start winding down. But as the Beatles sing, (although I prefer the Joe Cocker version) 'You get by with a little help from your friends.' Just as I was struggling to find ways of contacting new subjects, I was contacted by a couple of artists, whose work I have previously featured, about new work they were hoping I might share. Many of the artists that I have worked with over the last decade have become regular contributors, and the relationships I have formed have led to a more personalized way of both understanding, and presenting their work.
Dennis is one of those artists who always responds positively to my questions and requests. He also helped me to remember that my creative slumps always end. Just when I want to give up, I will see an image, discover an artist, a model or story that I can't imagine not being able to cover on the site. I trust Dennis will be soon back in tune creatively. When he is, Dennis has promised to let me know when he finds that new idea, or that new model that inspires him to schedule a new shoot.