Monday, July 11, 2011

Favorite Pic of the Day for July 11th

Itay Atias by Photos by Biron
-See more of Biron's work below-

Happy Birthday today July 11th to:

Above: Chad by Joe Lally

Chad White turns 26 today.

See more of Chad as well as fellow birthday boy Justin Chambers HERE: Pierre-Alain Negre-Gauthier HERE: and Greg Grunberg & Michael Rosenbaum HERE:

Below: Chad by Mariano Vivanco.

Just Because: Scott Herman

Chris Evans who?
Coming July 19th, Captain America’s “Super Soldier Training” Body of a Superhero Workout from Scott Herman! Check out more of Scott on FH HERE:

Favorite Brothers of the Day: The Property Brothers

We can now add The Property Brothers to the list growing list of male siblings. I had not heard of the Scott twins until yesterday. After mowing the lawn yesterday in oppressive heat and humidity, I showered and lay on the couch with not an ounce of energy left in me. The brothers were helping a far too needy gay couple try to find the house of their dreams. By the end of the our I felt revitalized and refreshed!

Brothers official bio from the Wnetwork:

Jonathan Scott & Drew Scott
Real estate’s dynamic duo, twin brothers Jonathan Scott and Drew Scott have a knack for finding down-and-out fixer-uppers and turning them into perfect properties for their clients.

Jonathan is a licensed contractor and Drew a seasoned agent, and together they’ve been personally investing in real estate for nearly 15 years. In 2004, they founded Scott Real Estate Inc., a company that oversees the sales and construction of residential and commercial projects. And, with offices in Vancouver, Calgary and Las Vegas, the firm now services hundreds of clients and employs dozens of workers.

As passionate about performing as they are about properties, Jonathan and Drew have also acted in various film and television projects, and along with their brother, JD, founded the Dividian Production Group in 2002. Showcasing their many talents, the company has produced a number of short films with several new projects currently in development. Jonathan is also an award-winning illusionist, and Drew is a second-degree black belt in karate.

Drew Scott:

Jonathan Silver Scott

Content Warning... Photos by BIRON

Content Warning:
I Understand And Wish To Continue:

Above Itay Atias.

I frequently get emails thanking me for FH and the way I tastefully present my subjects and the type of photos I choose to share. Every once in a while, I get emails telling me that I wuss out with the blog, not posting enough frontals and commenting on my refusal to post erections, sexual acts and more explicit material.

Truth of the matter is I simply post what I like. I am glad many think it is tasteful, but it really is simply just my taste. The blog is themed as 'My favorites' and I would not spend the hours I do putting features together if I was not passionate about the the subject, the photographer and the work. If I wanted to post more explicit content I would. There are tons of sites out there with much 'harder' images than FH but FH is not just about the photo, FH is about the person in the photo and the person taking the photo. I find more often than not, the 'who' becomes sort of irrelevant in most shots featuring erections. Some artists however (many on the my list of favorites to the right) can maintain the who with the what. Photos By Biron is certainly one of them.

Why am I going down this track...well, two reasons really. Firstly, come this October FH will have been up and running for four years. For the first time in that four years I am truly annoyed by the 'content warning' blogger insists greet visitors as they enter the site. No, of course FH is not for kids but there is nothing obscene about anything on the blog. What is obscene is that television, in America in particular, is full countless acts of violence on a daily basis. Every possible way in which a human being can be butchered, mutilated, murdered, raped and defiled is paraded on television screens nightly for families to enjoy

Last week it seemed the world was obsessed with a woman who most likely murdered her child. The networks, (who once brought us The Waltons & The Brady Bunch) each and every one of them, looked for ways to exploit this story to draw us in. To increase their ratings and ad revenue. Yet...they want to shield our children from the horrors of sexuality. The worst thing you will see on FH is not a penis, it is my horrible grammar! Hopefully children everywhere will grow up to have amazing and exciting sex lives! Hopefully they will not grow up to be decapitated by a serial killer. Yet...guess which one is ok to show to children on television each night...

The second reason thoughts of 'taste' and 'censorship' were running through my head was researching this feature on the work of Photos by Biron. I first started communicating with Biron about a feature over a year ago. My first stab at a profile was using what might be some of his most well known work (at least on the net) of model Itay Atias (first shot above). Biron's 'Sailor Boy' series is an incredible blend of retro sexuality and given all the bullshit surrounding gays in the military, also completely modern, boundary pushing and highly relevant.

I can sometimes however be painstakingly slow in putting together profiles. I like to find a theme, an angle a creative way to present the work of those I am featuring. By the time I got around to putting together my post, Biron's work with Itay was already shared by other sites and blogs. I missed my window and decided to wait until I could come up with something new. Given the massive amount of work on Biron's site (over 50 years worth) you would think that would be easy. The amount of work actually made it much more difficult. I finally, out of frustration, went with his 'butt' portfolio. Easy and safe choice I know. But as much as I loved the photos it was not his pictures that brought about what I wanted to say, it was his writings.

"Our sexual taboos are so strong that respectable photographers are today still forced to qualify their use of male nudity as 'tasteful'"
The Male Nude in Photography and the Erotic-Portrait
published 1997

Instead of rewriting what is already so perfectly written, I encourage readers to check out more of Biron's words which further explore his thoughts on tasteful photography and the many benefits of pornography.

Check out more at Biron's site HERE: and his words section HERE:

Ironically, when Biron was sharing his latest news with me he shared that one of his works is currently being showcased at The Kinsey Institutes Annual Juried Art Show. That image, which you can see HERE: is of Sailor Boy, not Itay this time but Italian model Andrea Faggioli, sitting on a white chair, sporting a beautiful erection.