I do like and respect Whoopi Goldberg as an actress, but my have things been a lot lighter without her the last two days on The View. I guess it helped that Mario Cantone and Kathy Griffin were on today, but Rosie O'Donnell has returned (at least temporarily) to the the Rosie most loved when she had her own talk show. Lighter, in both appearance and mood, Rosie, and the entire panel including Nicole Wallace and guest host Tracey Wigfield, (writer on The Mindy Project) moved the show along without the dreary 'I'm not angry but I really am' tone Goldberg often brings to the hour.
I stopped DVRing the show awhile ago, but returned after the show wisely turfed the dead weight last season, Goldberg however has made it a painful return. It is not about whether you agree with one host woman the woman, it is Goldberg's relentless need to be right, cutting those she disagree's with, usually using logic, Sherri Shepherd-like logic, to end each segment by cutting off the others with self-righteous tirades and a whole lot more volume than the others bother to try to counter.
Sooo... Ryan had arrived at the Manhattan warehouse an hour ago, he filled out the application, undressed, then went through the interview with the selection committee. He was told to sit tight, they would be back with their answer shortly.
Ryan knew he would be working for renowned New York Photographer Richard Rothstein, but wasn't quite sure what job he would be performing. He watched as the selection committee chairperson came out and finalized the hiring of the model, the stylist and hair person, and wondered what role for on the shoot could possibly be left. Ryan knew Richard usually shot outside, studios were not his thing as was stated clearly in his add.
'I. HATE. PHOTOGRAPHY. STUDIOS. They are confining and creatively stifling. Does the world really need another photograph of a beautiful naked or nearly naked hunk against seamless paper or muslin? And then the props. Couches. Vintage chairs. Splashing liquids. Or huge production budgets with lavish sets. As someone recently noted, the streets of New York City are my studio.'
'I love the stories to be told, the living shadows, lights and textures that inspire. But, alas, then there is winter and low body fat men do shiver, complain and shrivel. So I decided to work with the physical limitations of a box, with all of its cables and tripods and lights and reflectors….I couldn’t bear it and decided to go anti-studio and use everything except all the stuff I was supposed to use.'
This is where Ryan comes in... instead of naked modeling, Ryan's role was that of naked production assistant. Richard shares he was pretty happy with Ryan as his new 'PA', he performed his duties skillfully, assisting with effects and lighting, set up and take down.
With the success of this shoot, with the help of course of his 'PA', will Richard venture back into the studio? It all depends... If you check out some of my December posts, you know that Richard has been successful in the past getting men to, as he put it, 'prance about in the snow and ice' For myself, I am on the fence. As much as I love Richard's outside work, spring isn't that far away... Richard beautifully managed to ignore any physical limitations of working inside, and drew in those same living shadows, lights and textures that nature so easily provides.
Until the temperature starts to rise, the sun comes out, and the shirts come off, I would love to see more of Richard's studio work. With a 'PA' as skilled as Ryan, I would love to see what other jobs Richard might be advertising for.
The artistry of studioAtruong burst onto FH in December of 2013. With a hat-trick of posts featuring photographer Alain's incredible work and images of Joey. Alain's images were a high point in ending 2013 on the blog, and also a great way to start 2014. I have featured Alain's dramatic and sensual imagery throughout the past year and I look forward to continuing to do so in 2015. Thank you Alain!