One of the joys of working on FH, is not just the artists and models I get to visit, but the places all around the globe I have travelled to virtually though image, and through my imagination. Whenever I profile an artist, part of the research usually involves learning a bit about where they live. Part of this is my own curiosity but part involves the patterns which sometimes occur.
This is especially true when featuring artists and models from America. Many of the artists I profile weave bits of their culture and surroundings into their work. It is more than just photographers from Florida or California shooting more on beaches, it expands to weather, architecture and attitudes about the modeling industry in their area. There are area's in the country in which it seems easier to find models than others. Part of this is industry, there of course tend to be more models in larger cities where there are more opportunities for work.
Some of it is cultural though, it seems harder to find male models, especially models who will shoot nude, in some, but not all, of the Southern States. Before I started this piece, I would have guessed that I had covered pretty much every State in the Union during the last year, but I was surprised that there were 10 States that I had not featured through the work of an artist.
Although many of the States are represented by models and actors, Alabama, Alaska, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Montana, Rhode Island, South Dakota, and Wyoming have yet to be covered by a featured artist on the blog. Between now and next July 4th, my goal will be to virtually visit artists from each of these States and of course share my holiday photos with FH.
When looking for imagery to mark this years Forth of July, my mind kept wandering back to the pieces I did last year to celebrate the day.. 2014's Independence Day posts were highlighted by the work of Nathan Scott and his images of Caleb. (Home Of The Brave) I remember that as we were working on the story, Nathan was also crazy beginning launching the Forth of July themed first edition of Pastiche Magazine.
I love featuring Nathan's work and was thrilled he was on board for another 4th celebration, especially given how crazy his year has been. Not only an artist, photographer and magazine editor, Nathan is also a dancer, actor, singer and teacher and has spent much of the last year on stage in dance and musical productions.
Nathan's artistry and passion penetrates everything he takes on. Nathan also demonstrates such professionalism within his work, for both the models he collaborates with and whatever theme or genre he is shooting.
The American Flag is a powerful symbol. Although his images are both erotic and provocative, Nathan skilfully balances his artistic creativity with respect for the stars and stripes and it's meaning to so many. Models Donny, Anton, Brian and Kori are also respectful to their one prop, and their only piece of fashion, in each of Nathan's shots.
I also love how Nathan uses the flag to channel both the physical strength of the model and the emotional and symbolic strength of the flag. Nathan's images pull in the emotion and patriotism that is a part of July 4th. To see more of Nathan's work on FH, check out my Quaternate post from earlier this year which links to Nathan's work featured on FH.