Sunday, November 18, 2012

Favorite Pic of the Day for November 19th

Chez by Nohea Dunn
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Happy Birthday today November 19th

It's an international birthday kind of day as Spanish actor and model Iván Sánchez (Above) and Brazilian twins Flávio and Gustavo Mendonça (below out their) candles today!

Check out more of Iván HERE: and Flávio and Gustavo HERE:

The Guy With The Camera: Chez by Nohea Dunn

'I was the guy with the camera taking photos.'
Ken (Nohea Dunn)

I think most of us remember, or actually were, that guy in high school who always had the camera round his neck. The chronicler of events. Sometimes annoying and many times ridiculed by those, who for various reason, struggled to have their image captured. But, as many times as people asked 'why do you always carry that stupid camera with you?' others were asking, 'Can you get me a copy of that pic from...'. The images from this camera, often developed in the photography lab dark room, ended up in many peoples bedrooms, framed on walls, gifts for girlfriends and of course in the school's yearbook.

There is a secret these guys with the camera's know that those in the pictures did not usually figure out. The person smiling brightly for the camera was not always the person in focus. Behind the lens we were able to capture things many did not know we were focused on. The hot guy in the bleachers behind the player on third base, the butt of the guy walking down the hall beside the girls posing in front of the camera, the shirtless jogger running on the sidewalk near the tree you appeared to be focused on.

Ken (Nohea in Hawaiian) Dunn was one of those guys who dabbled with photography in high school and into college and then dental school as well. Ken was the guy in his high school with the camera taking photos. Currently he is an active duty dentist in the army, having just completed his 25th year of service. The army has given the Austin photographer the opportunity to do extensive travel, Mongolia, Thailand, Vietnam and Europe. Ken also lived in Hawaii for 8 years, giving him plenty of great places and locations to photograph. When I first saw Ken's work there was something, not sure exactly how to describe it, it was subtle yet clear, a nuanced feel which set his work apart from other images of the male form. It might be in part the culmination of the artists experiences. but there was something I connected to. Ken's work with Chez, especially the images on the stairs above, have become some of my favorite images from his portfolio.

'While in Hawai`i I was lucky to have access to a black and white photo lab so I spent a lot of time with black and white from the shoot to the final image. I got interested in hand tinting of B&W images there as well. From Hawai`i, moved to Austin, TX and stumbled across a Meet Up group that focuses on photographing male models. I made the move to digital and joined the Meet Up Group. Since I had never worked with models or in a studio with the lighting, I was excited about learning those aspects of the art.'

These images of Chez came from one of the sessions with the Meet Up group, in this case three photographers working with one model. The shots were taken at the home of one of the groups members and it was one of the other photographers, who had shot another model there, who suggested the stairs as a shooting location. Ken chose to keep his setting a little darker with more of the spot light effect.

'I tend not to shoot full frontal nudes as I find that curiosity can be more sexy.'

'Chez is one of the nicest and easiest models to work with I've shot. Truly just a good guy - no arrogance at all. As I spend a lot of time during the week in San Antonio, I'm hoping to schedule a shoot there with him soon.'
Nohea Dunn

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Zachary Booth in Keep The Lights On

I have been following the career of actor Zachary Booth since his first season on Damages. Although not given nearly enough attention, with all of the drama weaved into the hour, his storyline as Michael, Patty's son, was one of the most fascinating story arcs to follow.

Zachary is clearly great looking, tall and blonde, but it is his skill as an actor that makes him so watchable. He never takes the easy route with his choices in roles. Playing Paul, the ostensibly straight, seemingly mature, yet at the same a drug addict on the edge in director Ira Sachs Keep The Lights On is one of my favorite Booth roles to date.

This is not Zachary's first time nude on screen, in Taking Woodstock he danced naked and free along side Emile Hirsch. I not sure he has ever bared as much as he does as Paul, especially with the complicated and dynamic relationship Paul has with Erik (Thure Lindhardt) in this film.

Keep The Lights On Official Site:
More Zachary Booth on FH

Favorite Magazine Layout Of The Day:

Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit
Photographer: Yu Tsai
Styling: Robert Behar

One of Gossip Girls most underrated assets, Leighton Meester takes the spotlight on the cover of November's issue of Flaunt Magazine and in Oranges Are Not The Only Fruits. Leighton sizzles, taking charge in the editorial which also features one of my new favorite models Austin Victoria.

A little more Austin

By the incomparable Rick Day