Photographer Richard Renaldi – “Touching Strangers”

As part of their continuing series “On the Road,” Steve Hartman meets New York photographer Richard Renaldi who asks strangers on the street to pose as though they’re couples, friends or family.

I wrote about this a few weeks ago. Click on that link to see more of Richard’s efforts on this “work in progress.”  Richard’s portraits show a “humanity of the moment” that I think is really striking.

I love Richard’s work and can’t wait for the rest of the world to see this project.

Find more on Richard at his blog.

Muscle/fitness photographer Brian Moss

Advocate.com is featuring a gallery of several pics by muscle/fitness photographer Brian Moss. 

From the intimate, behind the scenes to sometimes outrageous (see above), Brian’s work is engaging and artful.

In Brian’s own words: “In 1982, I opened Better Bodies Gym in New York City. My gym quickly attracted local bodybuilders, and I became an active participant in the birth of women’s bodybuilding and the growth of men’s bodybuilding. Many of these bodybuilders remain close friends, and my experience with them has afforded me a level of trust and intimacy that they do not usually allow, let alone with a camera.

“In 1997, I picked up a camera for the first time since childhood and casually started to photograph the leading competitors in the bodybuilding and fitness world. My images are unguarded, honest, and voyeuristic. Whether they capture backstage scenes at the Mr. Olympia or private moments in a hotel room hours before the competitor steps out on stage, these images are imbued with an intimacy that had never been seen before.

“Many of my photographs of bodybuilders shot for advertising campaigns have become iconic and have influenced the way bodybuilders are now portrayed in ads.”

Check out his work at advocate.com.

Comic book heroes and villains – their private sides

“Heroes/Villains” is the sexy, silly, and awesome photography series from Atlanta artist Philip Bonneau, who describes it on his website as a collection of images “based around adults reconnecting with their childhood and remembering what it was like to pretend.”

Featuring some shirtless, half-naked heroes and villains from the comic book world, Bonneau shows us some rarely seen sides of some of our favorites.  Here are just a few of my favorites (heroes all, of course).  Make sure you check out more on Gay.net, and head over to Philip’s website.

Batbear and Robin may be my favorite.  Thoughts?

Richard Renaldi – Hotel Room Portraits pt.2

Last year, I wrote about photographer Richard Renaldi’s terrific ongoing project of taking “hotel room portraits” with his partner Seth Boyd.

The project continues and I love the atmosphere and “moment in time” aspect of each photo in each locale.  I thought I’d post a quick update of some pics added to his collection

Renaldi’s simple ritual of a photographic record of his hotel stays with his partner creates a warm portait of intimacy.

To read and see more about Renaldi and his work, make sure you go to his website – www.renaldi.com.

Miami, FL

Ashtabula, Ohio

Olympic National Park

Thailand

New photo/ezine app by Photographer Scott Hoover

Photography by Scott Hoover

Los Angeles based photographer Scott Hoover has just released his new app “3 Men” available at the iTunes store.

The app is a photo/ezine featuring three models per issue.

A new issue will be available each month and will be available for download within the 3MEN app. Currently available for the ipod touch, iphone and ipad, 3MEN will feature exclusive content and images with an upcoming video and interview section starting soon.

In a recent interview, Scott spoke of his inspiration behind the new app: “Creating this app has been a labor of love. I shoot so many great looking models so I have an abundance of images that will be featured in 3 Men on a monthly basis.”

Scott is also producing a documentary featuring several of his favorite models and industry associates to show a light-hearted, insightful view of what goes on behind the scenes and showcase some of these models in photo shoots and short interviews:

The world of modeling for years has been primarily know as a woman’s profession. Several documentaries have been produced about the journeys of female models in their pursuit of fame and fortune within the fashion industry but rarely has the male modeling side of the business been revealed.

I have been photographing models for several years now for magazine editorials and covers, fashion campaigns and my own personal projects. My photo shoots are always fun and I am able to connect with the models and we spend a lot of time talking about the industry and sharing stories about the “biz”.

Visit www.scotthooverphotography.com for more on Scott and his photography.

Photographic “Wonderland” by Kirsty Mitchell

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Kirsty Mitchell’s late mother Maureen was an English teacher who spent her life inspiring generations of children with imaginative stories and plays. Following Maureen’s death from a brain tumour in 2008, Kirsty channelled her grief into her passion for photography.

She retreated behind the lens of her camera and created Wonderland, an ethereal fantasy world. The photographic series began as a small summer project but grew into an inspirational creative journey.

‘Real life became a difficult place to deal with, and I found myself retreating further into an alternative existence through the portal of my camera,’ said the artist.

See more images at The Daily Mail

Danaus: A close-up of a model before a sunlit backdrop, peering through a veil of paper butterflies
The Faraway Tree: ethereal ships, magically lit, appear to sprout from this tree as if commanded by the queen