Tuesday, January 27, 2015

an amateur w/ his camera for #TattoosDay


the MENagerie presents: the Ringmaster Series; JM Studios an EXCLUSIVE for TattoosDay

the MENagerie would like to introduce to our readers our first true EXCLUSIVE.  JM Studio, is the first photographer to shoot a model, Antonio, for the purposes of this interview

To say that we are honored is an understatement as we all benefit from his artistic generosity. 

That all said, please do enjoy the "getting to know you" session of JM Studios

tM: Goodmorning Jacques.  Thank you so very much for taking time out of your schedule to toss about some words with us. We are honored to have you aboard. As time in money as they say, let us jump right in.
What got you into photography? 

JM Studios: I received a camera as a farewell gift at the end of a 10 years relationship.  It was meant to help me to rekindle a passion of my youth as a new hobby in order to forget and to move on with life... I know it sounds melodramatic! But sadly  it's true!

tM: What is your favorite thing about what you do?

JM Studios: I believe this question is about what I do with my photography …. Hard to say, but the most exciting part is searching for the model and persuading him to stand in front of my camera and to pose the way I want it.

tM: Why did you choose to focus on the male body?

JM Studios: I’d like to borrow a quote from Shakespeare’s Hamlet:

What a piece of work is a man, how noble in reason, how

infinite in faculties, in form and moving how express and

admirable, in action how like an angel, in apprehension how like

a god! The beauty of the world, the paragon of animals.

tM: What's your process in coming up with ideas for shoots, etc.?

JM Studios: 
Generally speaking, I have 3 steps in coming up with ideas for a shoot
Looking for a model whose looks I must feel passionate about 
Communicating with him to get to know his styles and personalities
Designing a theme shoot that showcases his best attributes

tM: What do you look for in a model? 

JM Studios: Beside the physical beauty, a kindred artistic soul !  It’s rare to be found, but when you found it, it is a great joy one can cherish for a long time … 

tM: Speaking of models, who is the model the handsome chap that you are sharing with us today?

JM Studios: I got to know Antonio accidentally. I remember it was an unusually warm day in the most vibrant part of San Francisco last fall. You know the kind of weather that makes you become reckless? I was working late that day. Whilst strolling around the neighborhood looking for a place to have a late dinner, I saw an advertisement of Antonio in front of a nightclub. Antonio is a professional dancer working there. I went inside to look for him, and there he was in a dim lit room warming up for his next performance. Knowing that I was watching him discreetly, he gave me a fantastic dance show and viola, the rest is history! I got a beautiful model who is not shy and very creative in posing for me photography. 

tM: Well, now that is a story for the ages. He is an absolute stunner! We approve!! Is there a model that you would like to work with and why?

JM Studios: At the very moment when I am answering this question; that would be one hot personal trainer at my current gym LOL! Why? He looks like actor Anthony Mackie in the movie Brother to Brother, plus a very sculpted physique and  a charismatic personality … Hopefully I’ll get him to model for me soon …

tM: Well we're crossing our fingers that you'll be able to land him in front of your lens.
Who are some of your influences / favorite photographers from the past? And who are some of your favorite photographers nowadays and Why?

JM Studios: I can’t never forget the thrill that I felt the first time I saw the work of Robert Mapplethorpe … Also the way he lived and worked really inspire me as an artist … For the current photographers , there is a long list of my favorites, but Francois Rousseau and David Vance are the names that come up immediately in my mind …

tM: What do you hope people get out of looking at your photographs?

JM Studios: Recognition of beauty that I try to convey ….

tM: Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 

JM Studios: Are you serious asking me this question? Did  you watch the movie “L’Auberge Espagnol” ? (It’s on Netflix) LOL!
Just kidding! Seriously in  5 years I hope I would stop spending 8 hours a day translating mathematical models invented by a group of scientists into computer language …  Out of the Matrix and devote myself  %100  for my photography ! It does not mean that I do not appreciate my day job now. It might sound a bit mundane; but inside me there still  exists a geeky pleasure of coding :) Also  it's is this day job that gives me the means to unburden a dream deferred ... See I am not that idealistic at all !

tM: No we haven't seen that, but we will be sure to look it up :-) 
Is there anything that you would like to say to your followers/readers/fans?

JM Studios: Thank you for the LOVE! Your love and support empower me with strength and imagination to follow the artistic path dictated by passion  …

tM: Thank you so very much, again, for giving us some of your time and sharing your vision Jacques. It was a pleasure to have gotten to know a bit more about you as well as your work. Please do not be surprised if we approach you for a revisit ;-)

JM Studios: Thank you for giving me the opportunity to express myself about my passion for photography...you know I never considered myself a photographer- so this is just a hobby that's getting more serious every day.

For the readers: If you'd like to see more of his work, please go HERE

Monday, December 22, 2014

Food for Thought...Straight Men Everywhere Are Finally Admitting They Enjoy Anal Stimulation

It’s 2014 and straight men are finally ready to admit that they enjoy anal stimulation — both “giving” and “receiving,” that is.
A thoroughly researched essay titled “The Booty-Eating Renaissance” appeared on Gawker yesterday morning like a final notice to straight dudes everywhere: the days of wincing at “anilingus” are over, and it’s time they realized that “gay men don’t have a monopoly on anuses.”
The hetero male’s crusade to take back anilingus (a term that, FYI, is very different from “rim job”) began months ago in GQ and NY magazine — we even explored the phenomenon back in July—  but reporter Tyrone Palmer’s piece for Gawker goes a step further. He’s pretty much already accepted that anilingus is the current trend, and wants to figure out why some straight guys still aren’t ready to say it.
Why does “booty eating” make implications about my sexuality?, he wonders aloud.
He traces the current rise of “booty eating” through super-masculine hip-hop culture up to Fly Young Red, the gay Houston rapper who wanted to normalize gay culture and empower feminine men with his debut hit single “Throw That Boy Pussy”. We guess it worked?
Palmer says:
Trick Daddy, Alkaline, Brian Pumper, Drake (allegedly), and countless gay men (such as rapper Fly Young Red, whose viral hit “Throw That Boy Pussy” included the line “Hold it open, I’ma eat it like a Pac-Man”) publicly extoll the pleasures of receiving anilingus for one reason—it feels good. There are physiological reasons for this—primarily the large amount of nerves endings around the anus. Certainly, there are a number of straight men who privately enjoy receiving anilingus. If sex is about a loss of control and giving into pleasure, why is admitting that you enjoy a highly pleasurable act so rife with implications about your sexuality? The public expression of masculinity is one without much space for vulnerability; and, let’s face it, bending over in front of someone’s face is a fairly vulnerable position to be in.
We’re sure the origins of “booty eating” are debatable, but there’s one point here that definitely is not. “Booty eating” is now officially a thing among heterosexuals.

#MeMyself&I Monday with Michael A. Hoffman


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