I have never stayed over night at a Bed & Breakfast but I have spent quite a bit of time in one. My cousin used to run a B & B and I spent many evenings there for parties, weddings and functions. They would often hire me when I was a kid to help out when they were having a big party or murder mystery night. I had always thought of B & B's as a place older people would gravitate to and was surprised how many young couples would choose to stay there.
Although I think that I would prefer the ease, and insociable nature of a hotel or motel, some people gravitate to the friendly atmosphere, interesting architecture and social aspect that many B & B's offer. My cousin often mentioned how much of her business was made of up guests on their honeymoons. As odd as this seemed at first, in some ways I guess it makes perfect sense.
B & B's seem more relational in nature than a motel. I can understand that a motel room might make the perfect location for sex, I can also see that for a couple, especially one that just committed to a lifetime together, a B & B might seem a more erotically comfortable location.
But what if you're not in a couple? I wouldn't guess that many people, especially many men, would choose to make their reservations at a Bed and Breakfast. Yet, as you can see from these images from Arlington photographer David Ehrlich of Images Male, it makes the perfect setting, and opulent background for for shooting the male form.
David's images had be imagining the six men featured were brought together at the B & B by their boss for a work related weekend retreat. With no spouses or partners allowed, each of the men are on their own, with a room to themselves for the weekend. Meetings and workshops take up their days, but their evenings are all their own. You can imagine that many of the guys rarely get an entire evening to themselves. Inevitably, most up end up out of their clothes, enjoying the room, the vintage cast iron tubs, and especially... their erotic solitude.
Although David actually their boss, he did bring a group of models, including the six featured here, for a work related photography weekend shoot. The workshop event came together thanks to a member of David's photography workshop group who had a friend who was in the process of selling his Bed and Breakfast. Luckily, he was open and supportive of using the location for a workshop photo shoot with a group of male models.
'I maintain an active group of over 100 male models in the Washington DC metro area and whenever I'm arranging a workshop, I put out a casting notice to the entire group. Guys respond and I try to choose a nice balance that will complement each other and provide a range of looks for the photographers.'
I love the feel and detail each of the rooms and how the David was able to capture the personality of both model and the environment around them. The colors were many, but soft and distracting or competing with the model they surround. Most of the rooms contained a large window, perfect for inclusion in many of the shots. The windows also provided David with a great source of natural light that he used in combination with fill (strobe) light in the shoot.
All of the models involved in the workshop brought their own clothes to use as wardrobe for their shoot. They each worked with at least three different photographers throughout the four hour shoot. David shares that one of the of the most popular models in attendance wasn't one that he had actually planned or arranged to be there.
The model was a surprise guest, the Brazilian boyfriend of the B & B who stepped in front of the cameras with great results! There were so many incredible shots from the shoot in fact, I found it difficult to narrow down my choices for both models and images to feature. If you want to see more from the B & B shoot, check out some bonus images on the OVER-FLOWHERE, and on Images Male HERE:
Actors & Skin is one of my favorite themes to write about and research. My goal is to take an actor and attempt to find images that cover, and uncover, their entire nudity resume. The problem is, it takes a lot of time, research and sometimes scanning, and purchasing from Amazon and e-bay to ensure I have found as much of the source material as possible. It is especially difficult when the nude scenes come from movies from the 80's and even the 90's that have not made it to DVD.
The research can be fun though, a bit like mystery that needs to be solved. Sometimes I find movies and scenes I had never heard of before. Given the time required, it means that I am careful in choosing which actors to feature. It has to be an actor who, through a movie or role, made a strong impression on me. I usually only do an Actors & Skin piece once every couple of months, but I have a few in the can for the next couple of weeks.
Like many, the volleyball scene from 1986's Top Gun was one of those scenes. To be honest, I don't remember it making that much of an impression the first time I saw the film. I was about 10 or 11 and saw it in the theatre with my father and younger brother. I liked, but didn't love the flick and upon first viewing, the scene didn't really implant the way it later would.
A few years later, I remember eating lunch in high school with a few friends. A couple of the girls I was eating with had recently watched the film and were going on about how hot that scene was. we had a VHS of the film at home, and I remember sticking in the VCR in my room later that night. I got what they were talking about! The volleyball scene was like a erotic ballet of sweaty shirtless men moving in slow motion to music. Tom Cruise may have been the lead in the movie, but it was Rick Rossovich, and his character Slider, that held the lead dance role in the movies volleyball ballet.
'It’s funny because we had a read-through of the script…and the volleyball scene’s like an eighth of a page, a quarter of a page. There’s really nothing in the script about the volleyball scene, so there wasn’t a lot of anticipation about shooting that. It was something that wasn’t thought of, really, beforehand. I think it was a parking lot, as I recall, and they just dumped a load of sand somewhere that had a good backdrop for director Tony Scott. And he just directed it like that. Boom. And he just got shot after shot after shot. And we just had fun.'.
Rick went on to star in a number of big screen hits including Roxanne with Steve Martin and Navy Seals but it seemed by the early 90's that Rick was mostly working on television and in straight to video film releases. The plus was some of these movies included some great Rossovich rump, the downside was that Rick's talent and on screen strength and magnetism wasn't being used to it's full potential.
Rossovich, seen clearly in the volleyball scene, had an intense masculine energy that was incredibly sexy, especially when experienced on the big screen. Like his Terminator and Navy Seals co-star Michael Biehn, it is a mystery why Rossovich didn't continue the success he had in the mid eighties. My next big memory of Rick was his arc as Tag on the first season of ER. I had forgotten until working on this post that ER, not only saw his talent, but also had the wisdom of getting him as naked as prime time television would permit.
Rick with The Riker Brothers
Rick left acting briefly, I believe working in real estate for awhile. He returned to acting awhile ago and his IMDB page indicates he's back at work in front of the camera filming Where the Streets Have No Name due out next year. I managed to find most of Rick's skinning scenes in one form or another so be sure to check out the post below for the skin part of Actors & Skin.
1989's Paint It Black was Rick's first crack at nudity on film. Rick, sporting a sexy beard, only showed a bit, and the grainy VHS copy showed less, but it was the beginning of a series of scenes featuring his beautiful beefy behind. Rick's backside was featured in a number of films starting in 1989. Almost 15 years later, the butt still held it's own on screen even in a darkly lit scene from ER in 2004.
I think I found all the films to cap except 2003's Artworks. Looks like a great scene, if anyone knows where to find a copy, please let me know. I did find a cap someone made that I added below. Tropical Heat contains the most Rossovich rear with three nude scenes, two of the wet, but I think my favorite is Rick's role, and rear, in 1994' New Crime City.
Tales From The Crypt (1989)
Check out my previous post with more caps from Tropical HeatHERE: