Thursday, May 26, 2011

Favorite Pic of the Day for May 27th

Amazing shot of Paolo by Pierre-Yves Monnerville
-See more of Pierre's work below-

Happy Birthday today May 27th to:

Happy Birthday today May 27th to:

Joseph Fiennes who turns 41 today. (Happy Birthday also to Paul Bettany & Chris Colfer, see more HERE)

Just Because:

Yo Kenickie!

Towel of the week: Yellow terrycloth worn by Bren Foster

Back in March actor Francisco San Martin had me contemplating starting to watch Days Of Our Lives. With the soap opera genre slowing dying out I thought tuning in for the shirtless scenes would be be the least I could do to help out.

Well, I have not had the time to actually begin the summer draws nearer and the addition of Aussie Bren Foster, the time might be now. Besides acting, Bren is a martial arts expert who has won over 150 first place medals and has competitively fought in over 200 matches ranging from Taekwondo, Kickboxing and full contact Karate. Bren studied acting at the University of Western Sydney and began appearing on Days last month. The soap wasted no time in getting his clothes off.

Thanks to SoapHunks for the two caps above!

Solitary Man: Kane O'Farrell by Pierre-Yves Monnerville

'No matter how close I am to people or love them, I sometimes find it quite hard to connect with them. I see some friends I really adore in so much pain that I’d like to take some of it from them.'

'Of course we all know how it works. Or, do we?

When I’m myself in pain, whether emotionally or physically, the people close to me try really hard to help but it’s always pointless to me. It’s good for my morale to know that there are people around caring about me but at the end of the day, that doesn't take the pain or worry away.'

by Pierre-Yves Monnerville

One of my favorite parts of artist Pierre-Yves Monnerville's website is a section titled diaries. With FH one of the things I strive to do is tell stories along with the work I showcase. The poem above, 'Loneliness' did not originally go with these incredible shots of Kane O'Farrell, but it was my favorite diary, and also fits with the Solitary feel I get from Pierre's work.

When I say Solitary I don't mean alone. Dating, relationships and sex are all apart of Pierre's work and his stories. Ultimately though, solitary means independence, inner strength and self reliance which are all a part of the power in the images. Pierre photographs strong, sexy, reflective solitary men.

Pierre-Yves is from the French island of Martinique and now lives and works in Brighton England. His images, as well as his words, are an exploration of intimacy. Robert Mapplethorpe's 1988's Black Book, was a main inspiration for entering the world of photography. Pierre has showcased his work in several books including Diaries (which features Loneliness). You can find out more about his work, his books, and view more of his photography at his official site HERE:

I am hit and miss on tattoo's. Sometimes I feel they take away from a model and a body. Sometimes, they add something unique and highly sensual. With Kane O'Farrell it is most certainly the latter. Kane's tattoo's are not so much on him, but more a part of him. Pierre's shots of Kane were some of my favorite in his portfolio, and I especially loved the shots of Kane on the floor (seen below).

'The inspiration for the photos with Kane was old physique magazines of the 70s. I'm a big fan of Colt magazine and we started from some of the very first drawings of Rip Colt. I also like including light elements in my photos so I hired this LED seat usually used in clubs to see what we could do with it.'
-Pierre-Yves Monnerville-