Most kids seem either oblivious, or totally terrified when visiting their local mall Santa. Either way, they usually have zero memory of it, or more often, are scarred for life! I think The Property Brothers have the right idea. Mall Santa's should really be hired to hold only adults on their laps. Kids already have the excitement and spirit of the season, it is really adults who need a little reminder of the magic of the season. Nothing like two hot, not to mention, skilled brothers to bring it out.
'There's something about a man in a Santa Claus suit that just drives me absolutely crazy! I don't know. Maybe it's-- it's the warmth of all that RED HOT SWEATY flannel, set against the austere coldness of those BLACK PANTHER LEATHER jack boots...OR maybe it's because those rosy cheeks and twinkling eyes bespeak a passion that is about to erupt from a man who just spent a COLD LONELY year cooped up with a pack of dwarfs! I'm not sure.'
I remember watching that episode of Golden Girls with my grandmother when I was a kid (in fact she still has the show, and Matlock on what seems an endless loop...) and thinking Blanche was wrong. I didn't like Santa that much as a kid, especially not the Santa's I saw at the malls who were often too thin, sweaty and not nearly as magical as they should have been.
As I have gotten older, I have begun to appreciate the sweaty flannel and leather boots, especially when photographed by a skilled photographer. Cheshire based Photographer Bengie describes himself as just a country guy who happens to love photography, art and the male body, I can certainly relate. A former city dweller, I now live in the land of cows, goats and endless festivals which celebrate... well pretty much anything that grows and pops up from the dirt.
Benjie isn't looking for fame, nor really seeks the lime light and this is one of the reasons I am so grateful he supported me sharing his work. I think for me, living in the country is one of the reasons I began FH in the first place. When I first moved here over a decade ago, there wasn't much in the way of art, let alone art focused on the male form. FH has given me the opportunity to step into worlds far away from the farm life, bringing a bit of art, not to mention incredible artists and incredible men into my rural world.
Tale as old as time... Emily is the daughter of a Philadelphia tailor. A seamstress with a blue-collar background who finds out her boyfriend Leo is actually a prince, heir to the throne of the small sovereign country Cordinia. As luck would have it however, the prince's mother Queen Isadora does not welcome her into the castle with open arms during a Christmas visit.
Lacy Chabert (making her second appearance as the love interest in a 12 Days pic) plays Emily and Jane Seymour is the Queen. The Prince was played by Stephen Hagan, an actor who instantly stood out, (and not just because of his beautiful blue eyes) and whom I am guessing is going to have a long successful career in front of him. If you haven't heard of him, you will, most of his credits thus far are for roles on the London Stage.
Growing up in Belfast, Ireland, Hagan got his training at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. In the UK, Hagan has appeared on stage in many productions including the original cast of the West End/Broadway hit production End of the Rainbow, Cyrano de Bergerac opposite Joseph Fiennes in Chichester Festival Theatre, The York Relist at Riverside Studios, The Real Thing at Salisbury Playhouse and The Giant at Hampstead Theatre. He has also taken his turn in several productions for the Royal Shakespeare Company, including roles in Twelfth Night, The Tempest, The Comedy of Errors and Troilus and Cresida.
Hagan also appeared in Clapham Junction, a film I have covered on FH. Hagan will soon be seen in Clavius along side Joseph Fiennes and Peter Firth and on next seasons Midsomer Murders.