I know a certain Kardashian got most of the press, but it was photographer Scott Teitler, and his shots of the incredible Cole Monahan, that blew up a large segment of the net this year! I first featured Scott's work with Cole for Winter issue of JÓN magazine, last December. The Florida artist had been recently sharing some great out-takes from his first shoot with Cole on his Instagram, check them out!
When I dream of the perfect place for a holiday, laying on, and walking along, the incredible beaches of The Algarve, Portugal would certainly be near the top of that list. FH readers should be visually familiar with those beaches given the many images I have been fortunate to have featured from photographer Mark Leighton. But.. no matter how beautiful where you live is, a holiday requires leaving home.
Mark says this was his first holiday in 15 years and heading The Philippines meant not just a vacation, but an adventure. Of course, like any artist, it is almost impossible to entirely leave your work behind. So before heading out, Mark check out models in the area and planned a few shoots as part of trip. Mark graciously shared some of his working vacation which featured his work with local models LJ and Nico. Mark shot both models separately and together, and today I am featuring my favorite images featuring LJ.
'What took me there? Well I guess the need for a proper holiday and adventure after 15 years of living in Portugal (beautiful as it is). I also wanted to do some shoots in a different location but still be able to use the Ocean. The light over there I found to be much better for shooting as it is usually filtered through light clouds, so not so harsh. Also the South China Sea was so warm compared to the Atlantic Ocean here! Needless to say, I would love to go back one day.'
27 year old LJ describes himself as a young professional who is passionate with the art of Modeling. The Manila model describes himself as motivated and looks at every job, and every opportunity as a way to expand, learn and grow. LJ balances his full time day job in the corporate world with his modeling and performing that he makes a priority to fit in, whenever he can find the time.
'I found the Filipinos to be really warm and friendly people, living up to their reputation. Traffic and transport was beyond chaotic but it is a fascinating place being a real melting pot of so many cultures and influences including Spanish, American, Chinese, etc.'
As with his work from home, Mark's pull towards the ocean makes for some of the most breathtaking images. I love LJ's eyes and lips, and he uses his face, along with his great body, lean and athletic, in the creation of so many beautifully sensuous poses. My favorite image is Mark's capture of LJ flying over the water like a dolphin. He seems so natural and at home within the ocean, almost as one with the environment which surrounds him.
There are lot of science fiction shows on TV these days, but most have not held my interest. I am only two episodes in, but AMC's new Sunday drama Humans has me hooked. Citizens are able to hire Synth's, (persona synthetics) human looking, (and all sexy) robots to help around the house... Very quickly we see trouble is a brewing, both physically dangerous, and emotionally. People are forming attachments (William Hurt to Will Tudor) and some of the Synth's are starting think for themselves. Sound familiar, Battlestar Galactica did it for sure, but Humans takes it further delving into the emotions that go along with having a human looking on-human living amongst you.
Some of you may have seen the attention getting preview which included a factory of white undie wearing Synth's, all ready to meet their new owners. Me thinks Mr. Hawkins might regret brining home the alluring Anita into his home... The male cast is stellar with the Synth's, so far, all being utra hot. Will Tudor, David Derges, Ivanno Jeremiah and Sope Dirisu all play Synth's and on the human side, there's Tom Goodman-Hill and William Hurt. My favorite in the cast is the talented, and ultra hot Irish actor Colin Morgan.
Jack Derges as Simon
We have only seen a few scenes featuring Simon (Jack Derges) but his female owner, needing assistance after an accident, certainly seems to enjoy having him carry her around and give her baths. Her husband on the other hand... not so much.
Colin Morgan as
Leo is human, but knows the secrets of the Synth's and is trying to protect them from those who want those developing a mind of their own, recycled back to the factory. Colin Morgan is a stand out, and he looks so different (and sexy) with the facial hair than he did during his run as Merlin. Morgan is a talented actor with an impressive stage resume which has led to many film and television roles.
Morgan with Sope Dirisu
Morgan on stage at London's Young Vic in Vernon God Little
Will Tudor as Odi
William Hurt loves his lil Odi, and who wouldn't with those Tudor eyes staring back at you. Is this relationship strictly parental... who knows, but hoping Odi sticks around. AMC isn't showcase, but Tudor took it all off on Game Of Thrones so maybe he will show us what those Synth's are packing!