Tuesday, June 26, 2012

EDDY BARRENA by THOMAS SYNNAMON


There is a certain standard that can’t be denied when looking at male image photography created by a master of the craft. It is identified by the choice of angles, the posing, the lighting, the tones and the post production. For some artists this becomes so identifiable that it becomes an aspiration for other artists who recognize more than just the beauty in the final results and become consciously or subconsciously influenced by the work. 

Thomas Synnamon’s name has become synonymous (no pun intended) with a level of perfection and any male model who wants to elevate the quality of his portfolio could only do himself an extreme favor by being shot by this exceptionally talented artist.  The photos he produces will look magazine ready and the face and physique will be emphasized to the fullest, showcasing the finest qualities and bringing them to the forefront.  

The old saying claims that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and if this is true then there are quite a few artists who are bestowing visual compliments, but no matter how much they try to duplicate the style they can’t truly compete with the original.

The following images in this portfolio showcase a broad range of work that he did with cover model Eddy Barrena. Please check out his full portfolio on his website: www.ThomasSynnamon.com













©2012 – Sean Dibble

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

VICTOR PO - SHAKE IT



The holiday was unseasonably warm here at BLISS with cover man Victor Po creating a heat wave with his sexy images, and even though the season has passed, the steam lingers.  There was no time to relax or reflect on the past because Victor’s busy schedule had him traveling to Africa where he was photographed by Johann Marx. Once back in the US, he was once again the star of an editorial by Justin Monroe and somewhere between the traveling and photo shoots, he managed to put the finishing touches on the production of what became his first music single entitled “Shake It”, which is available on iTunes. http://itunes.apple.com/album/shake-it-single/id525617921

BLISS managed to catch up with Victor and find out more about his song, the new direction towards music, his time in Africa and what we can expect next on the horizon from one of our favorite models.

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BLISS:  You were the cover man for the Holiday issue and it seems like that gift just keeps on giving. When I first interviewed you we talked about the music you were working on and now the single is out. What was the inspiration behind “Shake It”?

VICTOR PO:  Shake It’s inspiration came from moving my body on the dance floor, feeling the music running through my veins and feeling alive!

B:  How involved in the song were you? Did you write the lyrics and melody or did you have a hand in the music as well?

VP:  The song is absolutely my creation, in every aspect, from writing the lyrics to producing it. The melody was stuck in my head for a long time and I finally let it out!!!

B:  What made you decide to branch off into music?

VP:  I was in Los Angeles in a photo shoot, and I thought to myself, I need to do something different, why not singing a song? This is something that I always wanted to do since I was a kid and while growing up as a dancer I always dreamed of someday creating the song that made peoples bodies move.

B:  So many dance singles these days seem to focus mainly on the beat with the singer and lyrics being only secondary to the final product but your song has a very rich and catchy melody.  Are you influenced by any current artists?

VP:  Of course, I do admire lots of artists but I'm not trying to copy any of them. I grew up with the music of Michael Jackson, Madonna, Prince and Gloria Estefan among others. But I want people to recognize Victor Po not only because he has a hot body, but because he is also a talented person that has the ability to create music as well. I love dance music, but I also wanted to put my Latin roots in it and that’s how “Shake It” was born.








B:  People may not yet know you in terms of music but your images have legions of fans. Are you planning on combining the visual element and making a video for “Shake It”?

VP:  Absolutely the "Shake It" video is gonna be Victor Po in action, my image and my sound go hand and hand.

B:  The change in the industry has allowed many to put out their own music without the burden of having to be signed by a major label. RuPaul is one example and his songs are often on the top of the dance charts. Is “Shake It” a lead off to more music? Can we expect a full length album in the future?

VP:  Of course, I'm working on a full album, with the second single coming out in a couple of months! This album is full of emotions and I'm letting that overweight little kid from a farm in Argentina shine to the world, because I know you cannot show your grandmother my pictures but I'm sure you can make grandma shake it to my beat!

B:  You have a very large Latino following and you do sing parts of “Shake It” in Spanish. Will you incorporate more Spanish into your music?

VP:  Like I said before, my Latin roots will be with me forever and this might be the new generation of Miami Sound machine.

B:  Clearly you won’t be leaving modeling behind to focus solely on music. In our last interview you talked about an upcoming trip to South Africa and you posted some images on your blog. How was your time there?

VP:  Africa was absolutely stunning, I felt in love with that country, so rich in culture, so native and modern at the same time, it is a place where everybody should one day go and experience, because for me it was a life changing experience. 

B:  You also did a few shoots while you were there. What photographer did you work with?

VP:  I worked with two photographers in South Africa, Johann Marx and Shane Smith. I'm so happy that I had the opportunity to work with them, they were just magnificent and the images speak for themselves. 




B:  You continue to be a super star in the Justin Monroe universe with new editorials showing up on his blog Monroe-land.com.  Why do you feel the collaboration works so well?

VP:  I think when talented people get together things just always go right because we all bring something to the table. 

B:  You are also featured in the new Bruno Gmunder publication “Cock Tales” photographed by Murray Grondin. How does it feel to know your images will be reaching an even broader audience?

VP:  That was a surprise and as a matter of fact I just finished shooting a new calendar with Mr Murray and while I was there he surprised me with the news! I'm thrilled and so excited about it, I really love working with him.

B:  You definitely seem to be covering all the bases – published model, singer, sex symbol – have you considered adding author to your resume? Your personal journey would make an inspirational story.

VP:  Well, there is so much on my plate right now, but I'm also writing a book yes. It isn’t exactly my personal life, even though some of my life experiences are there. It’s difficult to explain what the book is about, but I can say it is funny, it’s very honest, deals with hard issues and much more, but you guys are gonna have to wait for that a little longer, it’s still a work in progress.

B:  What about fitness? Have you ever considered doing a book on fitness like model Peter Le?

VP:  I don’t know, maybe, the sky is the limit, right at this moment the album is taking all my attention. I'm a person that is very organized and focused on my projects, I do dedicate all the time possible till they are finished, I never leave behind something undone.



B:  You don’t show any signs of slowing down anytime soon and your fan base will undoubtedly continue to grow.  Any last words for your loyal following?

VP:  Like I always personally tell my fans, thank you for all your love and support, without you all nothing will be possible. I hope I can give you more and more, also make your day a happy beautiful one! I love you all!

©2012 – Sean Dibble

Want More Victor?
http://www.myspace.com/victorpomodel


To see more of Johann Marx work, please visit his website:
www.JohannMarx.com




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