Sunday, 21 March 2010
IMAGES BY: BELL SOTO www.bellsoto.com
FASHION EDITOR/CASTING: JOHN TAN
AGENTS: GEORGE BROWN/DAVE FOTHERGILL
MODEL: ALLAN ROTH RED MODELS
Here's a colourful fashion spread that grabbed my attention as I was checking up on one of Red Model's hottest properties Allen Roth. Last year he joined the New York based agency at only 17 years of age. Having done quite a few picture spreads it's that amazing hair that features heavily in most of his pictures. Now I'm sure I've seen the Navajo Apache Indian theme popping up in several editorials where he was featured. And why not with such a spectacular mane of hair. Fashionisto described him as androgynous with youth and innocence.
In this posting above from John Tan Casting there's definitely a 1970's Warhol/ Little Joe come Woodstock theme going on. Ah the Seventies. That wonderful decade that gave us flares, great music, powercuts and sometimes even food rashioning.
Among the outfits Allen is wearing is a vintage style cut-off t-shirt by American Apparel. Now if only they'd catch on. Among the labels being worn here are Diesel, H&M, Gap, Boss Orange and Jean Paul Gaultier. Although I'm sure that back in those days there was no such thing as designer hippy wear.
American photographer Ryan McGinley's favourite subject is youth and it shows in all his work going right back to his first photographic exhibition in 2000 followed by his first book of photos in 2002 titled 'The Kids Are Alright.'
When describing his work he once said "Whenever anyone asks me what I do, I tell them I make portraits of people. When they ask what kind, I tell them to imagine mixing nudism, sports photography and vintage pornography. When you mix those three things, you come up with an idea of what my photographs look like."
In 2007 he went on a two year road trip travelling to Mexico, U.S and the U.K while taking in dozens of Morrissey concerts. It also gave him a chance to document those starstruck music fans.
Where other photographers like Larry Clark and Nan Goldin gave us images of a down cast drug ridden period, Ryan McGinley wanted to show a more optimystic picture of youth in all his work, hence the title of his book 'The Kids Are Alright.'
He most recently did an editorial on The 2010 Winter Olympics for The New York Times. But for many including myself I find his more personal work more appealing.
I particularly like these images above of Lucas (above) who seemed somewhat starstruck when he recognized Ryan McGinley in the street and asked to have his photo taken. They have a sort of grainy vintage feel about them, almost similar to the style of Leon Mark. It's just a shame there aren't more to see. But there is a short interview with the gorgeous Lucas when you click here.
Never being the first to commit to new technology I was amazingly surprised by this new digital radio thingy, or as it's called DAB (Digital Audio Broadcasting). These days you can buy a DAB radio for next to nothing in your local supermarket.
Now I was never really a huge radio fan probably because I dont get brilliant FM reception, but I sometimes enjoy listening to the nutters and wackos on the late night phone in show on one of the several London stations. I might also listen to a few retro music shows on BBC Radio. But for some shows I have to switch on the old laptop and listen online, stations like Radio Devon & Cornwall, Hedkandi Dance Mixes (link below), one or two stations in Bangkok and Chiangmai, and New York News station like 10-10 WINS and WGBO Jazz 88 FM New Jersey. Those last two remind me of my days in The Big Apple.
But with the emergence of the new Internet Radio, mentioned below, perhaps I might soon be able to listen to all those worlwide stations right by my bedside.
But I was thinking who the hell listens to radio shows in the evening during tv prime time. But then hey that's exactly what I've been doing some evenings. Because of the improved sound quality and better reception.
The big draw for me every other evening is listening to Jazz FM in the background.Why heck it even has Gaydar Radio which I could only normally get on Sky tv. Oh sure the tv's on as well as the computer and the digital radio, but then aren't most homes like that over an average evening.
The digital radio seems locked onto Jazz FM. They play such cool sounds like Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins, Charlie Parker and singers like Billy Holiday, all artists who at the time were completely off their heads. But then Jazz does have a sort of narcotic effect when you listen to it long enough.
The station mixes it up with some old Soul, a bit of Samba and Latin sounds, some trippy Fusion Jazz and some Clubby Dance tunes.
One effect of going digital and dumping FM is that I seem to have abandoned my normal computer desk area on the other side of my room and transferred to my bed area. It's there where I posted up everything on this blog. It's kind of relaxing and I'm next to the radio. (A few photos above). Being that it's all open plan living here, there's no bedroom as such.
But it seems now that some Radio campaign groups are up in arms at the Government's proposals to switch off FM Radio by 2015 to change over to full digital coverage, almost similar to the TV Analogue switch over. I did recently see a world map showing how much coverage there is of digital radio and as it stands it hasn't gone completely global yet.
But what of the next phase in Radio, Internet Radio. Sounds like a good idea. It claims to be able to pick up radio stations from Arizona to Melbourne Australia. It would save switching on the pc. The new Logitech Squeezebox players seems to be getting some good technical reviews. Click here for a full lowdown on the Logitech Internet Radio.
Saturday, 20 March 2010
This is the all round super multi talented David Akimoto. He's a music maker, fashion designer as well as actor. Check out more of his beautiful pictures on his facebook page. He also has a Youtube page, but to the distress of his many followers and fans he's taken all his videos down. Maybe he's suffering from an attack of shyness or just having a rethink. But the few videos I did manage to catch late last year looked like lots of fun.
There's model agencies and there's model agencies. And one that stands out is this one that goes by the catchy name of Nine Daughters And A Stereo. The name comes from the Bowie/Iggy Pop song lyric.
Based in Cologne the agency is owned and run by Kira Bunse and Eva Godel.
What I like about it mostly apart from its rather attractive collection of young pale skinned and wafer slim models is the way it presents itself. Almost all of the models can be seen via screen type test videos as well as the obligatory pictures.
Two particular models that took my immediate fancy was Max and David. Iv'e put their videos up (above). But one model who doesn't have a video is the extrodinary Laurens. He just might be their hottest property there.
Exactly when does a boy become a man. Thats the question New York photographer Angie Schmidt tries to unravel in this beautiful editorial at The Contributing Editor from last year.
The startling photos above were taken by her over three Summers while visiting a friend in Woodstock, New York. She was quite taken with her friend's son Dylan who she photographed from the ages of 14 to 16 during her weekend stays.
She wanted to capture those precious moments that she describes as a special time. A time where we're often too young to be conscious of.
For more of these beautiful pictures click here.
Just lovin this Chinese Model site that goes by the name of Moko. Although there might only be eight or nine male models here it seems to cater more towards the girls which they call Moko Top Girl. I couldn't resist having a peek at them. They look just as beautiful as the boys.
One hunky fit model I did leave out is the more familiarly known underwear model Li Ben He who you might have seen on various sites. Click here on this link then he's the first one you'll be able to feast your eyes on.