Friday, July 9, 2010
One of my favorite models, and one of my favorite guys I have profiled this past year, Tanner Tillung turns 20 today. Tanner is not only beautiful inside and out... he truly inspires. Happy Birthday Tanner! Black and white photos by Hedi Slimane.
Below: Tanner by Rick Day:
I have posted before on my love of the work of Ev Dylan. Please check out those posts and learn more about Ev HERE:
Ev is currently working on 'Lust', his book due for release next year. Ev will be shooting for 'Lust' over the summer and early fall . Be sure to check out more of Ev Dylan's stunning images, and see if you might be right for 'Lust' by heading to Ev's site, fotoicono HERE:
When speaking to Ev about another post I was very pleased when he mentioned Mason O'Sullivan. I have featured Mason on FH in the past and was looking to get to know about a bit more about the man behind the beautiful face.
Some people call him Mase, or Sully, and others just Mason. Mason grew up in Chesapeake, a town near Virginia Beach, and lived there until he went off to college.
"I started acting before I even knew what it was; my mom use to tell me I would push my brother out of the way in home videos to be in front of the camera. My first gig was as part of the Mice Ensemble in a musical production of Cinderella, and ever since I've been hooked. I've been in numerous stage productions and have been working in independent films, etc to build up my reel in hopes of getting an agent."
Mason started modeling about two years ago when he was found at a model search in his hometown.
"I liked how it incorporated acting, letting you take on various characters and emotions with a clean slate each time; after all a camera can't talk back, doesn't have ears and only sees what you give it. Ever since then I've had the pleasure of working with some amazing photographers and teams of people, and look forward to what the future holds."
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 145 lbs
Hair color: Brown
Hair length: Short
Eye color: Hazel
Skin color: White
You can check out more of Mason's work at MM HERE:
It has struck me many times when profiling models and photographers how difficult it must be to form trusting relationships with those you work with. Most of us get up and spend 8 hours a day, 5 days a week with the same people. We either get to love them, sometimes hate them. One way or another though we get to know them. With a photographer, trust takes on even more significance. With a model, dependability and the ability to deliver are equally important. Each relies heavily on the skill and talent of the other to come out with a product that showcases the best of both artists.
It is always interesting to find models and photographers who have developed that trust. Although it is possible to get creative without complete trust, to truly be free, both in front of and behind the camera it must be a part of the process.
It quickly became evident that Ev and Mason, through their shoots, their work, their creativity have a connection which comes through clearly in their work together. I asked both men the same three questions and here is what they said:
FH: Describe in a few words what a shoot with the other is like?
"A shoot with Mason is a creative skit... He is full of energy and full of emotion, emotion that can be turned from joy to depression like a light switch."
"A shoot with Ev is like hanging out with a best friend, you just so happen to be taking pictures"
FH: What shot or concept you have shot together is your favorite?
"The school boys concept with Mason is my favorite."
"I like a lot of the shoots Ev and I have done but one of my favorite concepts is actually one that wasn't even planned. We were doing a shoot in D.C. and Ev was taking some three-quarter shots and just starting shooting randomly while i was laughing and talking. We ended up with a series of head shots that were quirky and fun that were still "Model-esk" but very organic"
FH: What is your favorite part of the others work?
"His energy and love for life... It's like working with your childhood friend you haven't seen in a year. Catching up from one concept to the next."
"My favorite part of Ev's work would have to be what it brings out of you as a Model. He creates an environment that's very natural, not to many of the usual bells and whistles that make you look ten times better than you do so it challenges you to not rely on your looks so much and sell your personality by connecting with the camera."
Thank you to Ev and Mason for sharing your work with FH!