New Manhattan Studios: Blog en-us (C) New Manhattan Studios (New Manhattan Studios) Mon, 25 Jun 2018 12:06:00 GMT Mon, 25 Jun 2018 12:06:00 GMT New Manhattan Studios: Blog 120 49 Referral Brendt was referred to the studio by a mutual friend. We had heard about him for a number of years.  He was finally in front of our cameras.

The mutual friend was a model of the studio.  We had first heard Brendt's name years earlier then when one of our new models began promoting his workmate and gym bud.  They were both just out of college and worked together in New York City's hospitality industry.  Their lives took them in different directions (and opposite coasts) before any introduction to the studio was made.

A year ago our old model was back in town, shooting with us again and still promoting his NYC bud as "the most ripped" dude that he'd ever worked out with in a gym.  We encouraged him to invite his friend to join us for dinner after the photo shoot.

After three years we finally met Brent at one of the studio's favorite after-session dinner spots.  It was hard to judge Brendt's physique seated in a popular mid-town restaurant but he held his own against stiff competition in a room full of dating-age New York millenials.  He'd never modeled before and, with the encouragement of his friend, was considering the idea.  

The mutual friend was Bond and amusingly, we were in a restaurant owned by the man they worked for when they met.  After an evening of camaraderie with staff, models and fellow waiters, we parted agreeing "to set something up."

It was another seven months before Brendt reached back out to us to talk about scheduling a session.  Co-incidentally his friend was heading back to New York a couple of weeks later.  I suggested that we could schedule a session with him co-incident with his friend's return to the studio.  When he heard what I had in mind, he agreed.  His friend would be with him at his first photo session.

The friend is Bond.  It was Bond who had been promoting Brendt since we first worked with him in 2014.  Before Bond moved to California.

Now Bond was heading back to New York for a very special photo session.  We were shooting him, finally, as James Bond.  At the end of three days of shooting, we were going to be doing a body-painting session with Bond reimagined as 007 Bond, complete with gun and tuxedo.  Body painting sessions are tedious affairs with a corner of the studio being occupied for two, three or four hours by the actual process of painting the model's body.  It leaves a big, open studio that the photographers can be working in while the paint dries.  Brendt agreed to fill that slot at the other end of the studio.

After nearly four years, it was worth the wait.  I cannot vouch for whether Brendt has the most ripped body of Bond's gym buddies but I can say that his chisled torso is one of the top physiques to have stood under our lights.  I had thought his dark skin might present a challenge to lighting his definition but I woefully underestimated the depth of his definition.  All I had to do was turn on the lights. It was a delight working with him. 

While we were able to conduct two co-terminus sessions over the course of several hours, the trains were not operating on schedule.  It was Brent's first time modeling and we had agreed to a straight-forward fitness session.  We got started later than planned and could not have been working more than 30 minutes when I needed to divide my time between documenting the body painting session and shooting Brendt.  Eventually Alex took over Brendt's session while I focused on Bond.

The body-painting session was similarly off schedule.  Eventually I had to pull Bond down to the other end of the room and under the lights, summarily kicking his friend off the paper.  I was surprised to find the new model clad in a single piece of clothing (held in front of him) and he retreated into the shadows while we finished prepping Bond.  We had a hard deadline.  Bond was leaving directly for the airport from the shoot and we only had 40 minutes for the photography and his shower.

Eventually Brendt had a front-row seat at his friend's photo session:  Bond, painted as the dashing secret agent.  But now we're getting ahead of ourselves.  Before getting to that gallery, treat yourself to Brendt's gallery.  As with most of our model galleries these days, it will continue to expand as we edit additional images for publishing and promotional purposes.


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Hollywood Lighting to Go Sergey is the latest in a long line of models in our portfolio that hail from eastern Europe.  This 24-year-old Ukrainian's photo session is also an accurate snapshot of the studio's current operations.  It offers us a chance to pull the curtain back a bit and discuss the changing nature of the studio and how that is reflected on the website and this blog. 

Since the start of 2017, New Manhattan Studios has  morphed from a commercial business to a retirement operation focused more on art for art's sake.  We continue to take commercial assignments that fit with our interests and are always exploring new horizons in an attempt to "do it all" in our remaining productive years including, for example, a number of sessions with the makeup and body painting artist, Charles Zambrano.  These days, many of our models arrive from social media platforms, most notably Instagram, as was the case with Sergey.  We continue going on location and making regular trips outside the Metropolitan area to work with models around the country.

Instagram has had a significant impact on the studio's operations.  Now many sessions are being structured to provide promotional material for Instagram.  Reflected on the website, you'll be seeing more galleries such as Sergey's; studio sessions that contain as much variety as can be squeezed into a short time frame and 100 square feet of studio floor. 

Most notably, Instagram has altered our workflow.  Editing is now driven by a need to feed Instagram and the first place our newest work appears is on our Instagram feed.  Our photo sessions are now being edited over a period of months as we bounce back and forth from one open folder to another.  As a result, on our website we have started soft-opening new galleries that contain small but slowly-enlarging bodies of work.  When there is sufficient content to warrant, we announce the gallery on our blog, much as we always have.  The biggest difference is that most galleries should now be considered "works-in-progress."  We continue to add images to folders as we seek new content for Instagram and our publications. 

We are now typically "soft-opening" galleries with new models within two or three weeks of their session.  If you see a model on our Instagram feed, look for his work in the Models Gallery and expect to find a folder into which we will continue adding images over the coming weeks and months.

The body painting sessions are something of an odd fit with the rest of our portfolio but we have found a corner for them in our art galleries.  Every model that has participated has enjoyed the experience and a body painting session is now something to which newer models aspire.  We know that this art is not a natural fit with the the rest of the studio's physique art photography but many of the body painting galleries on the site have side-car galleries with behind-the-scenes shots of the laborious body-painting process.  Below right is such a photo of Timothy, assuming the persona of Neptune, Ruler of Oceans.  My interest in telling the story harks back to my roots as a photo journalist.  Be sure to check it all out if you find the whole process as interesting as I do. 

Sergey's session gave us the opportunity to play with a new light in the studio that we currently lease in lower Manhattan.  It's a Fresnel light to which we've added a diffusion gel that provides a beautiful, natural looking light.  We're overcoming an aversion to mottled light as we learn how to use it, but this is the type of lens and lamp that has long been associated with Hollywood sets and it has a retro feel to it that is fun to play with.  

Experimenting with new lights lights and tools of the trade is part of our mission at the moment.  We are adding all sorts of things (like lights) to the wish list for the new studio that is being built to our specifications.  "Hollywood lighting?  We'll take that to go, please." 

Bringing us to the last bit of behind-the-scenes news, a new home base is in the works.  After years of itinerancy, we are designing a permanent new studio with a long-term lease.  I withhold further comment for now except to say that we hope to start shooting in our new midtown space by mid-summer.  


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Radical Shadows Daniel wasn't the first model we shot in the studio on the Bowery.  His session is notable as having been one of the coldest. 

While a new studio space is being constructed to our specs, we currently work in a drafty old townhouse in one of the oldest parts of town.  Built before the Civil War, it's just off the Bowery, traditionally New York's skid row.  Neither the building nor the neighborhood were ever fashionable.  Until now.  Today, the Bowery is as chic a nabe as can be found, with trendy boutiques, bars, restaurants and clubs rivaling neighboring SoHo.

Over the years, the studio has operated in of a number of spaces. Interestingly, three of our four leases have been in historic buildings.  For several years we worked in spacious quarters in a converted cigar factory that was built in the late 1800s.  Then we did a stint in a Civil War-era rope factory on the Brooklyn waterfront (that today houses a complex of modern studios and offices).  Back in Manhattan, what our current spaces lack in size is made up for by ease of access (ever the New York City trade-off).  The fact that it has the quirkiest history off all is a freebie.

In Daniel's gallery you'll find several shots with a mirror, giving you a glimpse of three walls in the studio.  In its size (25' by 100') and general layout, this house isn't all that different from most New York City's townhouses, just much older.  The entire third floor is now an open studio space, as is a portion of the second floor. The well-worn floorboards on the staircase betray the house's age.  In a neighborhood with an abundance of "haunted houses" this one is a possible candidate.  Its most recent owner, a troubled soul, committed suicide.

The building's first floor is occupied by a boxing gym.  (That's a story for another time.)  Upstairs are two floors of studio space and offices.  Judging from the storefront and location, it's likely the ground floor was always a commercial space, probably that of the original owner whose living quarters were "above the store."  With its street views, the end of the third floor that you see here was probably once the master bedroom.  

The mid-century black-and-white tiles were probably part of the decor when, after years on the run, Abbie Hoffman acquired the house. 

The reformed Sixties radical and political activist sought a home for himself and his activist causes and friends.  This is what he could afford:  an old building in a seedy part of town.  It suited him well and even today much of the public space in the building is as he had it, with historic photos, political banners posters for long-ago events.

That's right, Daniel, you are standing in Abbie Hoffman's bedroom! 

The FBI had tens of thousands of pages in its files on this anarchist who had been a founder of the radical Yippie Movement, a major anti-war activist who was arrested and convicted as part of the Chicago Seven (for plotting to disrupt the 1968 Democratic Convention).  In his later years, this was his base; he remained an activist and political organizer until his suicide at the age of 52. 

The unfortunate soul died in bed, but not in this room.  The curtain came down on Hoffman's final act in New Hope, Pennsylvania.

It was a cold room the night of Daniel's session.  Whether it was the chilly breath of the departed or the lack of gas (which had been turned off as "a safety measure"), the frigid experience earned Daniel a second session in warmer weather.  This 20-something personal trainer is just the second Canadian in our portfolio. Work from both sessions has been combined in Daniel's Gallery.  We'll let you see if you can find the goosebumps that betray the first session.

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Homecoming Benjamin first appeared in our studio off the Bowery on a cold winter's night.  It's fitting we kick off the year with a session born in the dead of winter.  It was dead.  And it was cold; especially in the drafty old townhouse/studio down on the Bowery.

Benjamin was one of the more frenetic models that we could recall shooting. Reviewing the work as I downloaded the images to my PC, I was surprised to see goosebumps on the model in several pictures.  No wonder he wanted to keep moving!  In texts later that month we agreed that he would come back under more agreeable conditions.  

We seized the opportunity to make good on the"conditions" promise a few weeks later on one of the city's first delightful spring days. 

Just out of school at 22, Benjamin is new to the city.  I was curious to check out a possible shooting space along the East River and as we started out, I told him that we were heading to an isolated complex of towers and plazas that few New Yorkers have ever ventured into.  Built on stilts and landfill over the East River, pedestrian access to these residential, school, and commercial buildings is by a single pedestrian bridge over a highway. Benjamin stunned me by announcing that not only had he been there before, it had been his first home in New York City.  

Benjamin hadn't been back "home" in months and his exuberance is captured in some of the work.  Behind him (below) is the new skyline of Long Island City across the river.  Yes.  Long Island City!

We weren't exactly being discrete and with a 400 mm lens hanging off my camera, we didn't look like residents or tourists taking in the view.  Lacking a film permit, we were eventually chased off the private property but not before Benjamin was able stroll past the front door to his first New York home.  Like most New Yorkers, he has no reason to cross the pedestrian bridge over the highway to reach this enclave nestled on the East River.  He hadn't been back since he'd moved out.

As is traditional, our first model each year is one that we expect to see more of in the coming year.  Benjamin is exemplary of several new models that we've shot in the SoHo studios that will be appearing in 2018.  And we are already talking of having Benjamin back.  We hope you will be seeing more over time.  And over 2018.

Meanwhile, check out Benjamin's gallery here.  We've added some new content since it previewed a couple of days ago and now there are a number of images in the art prints gallery as well.



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Breaking the Silence with Benjamin It is impossible to restart the conversation after so many months without an explanation as to the dearth of blog postings in recent months.  It is time to acknowledge some underlying forces that have been in play for much of the past year. 

When the studio ceased its commercial business at the end of 2016, we began refocusing our work and, freed from clients, altering long-standing workflows.  The refocusing of our work is a discussion for another day; the altered work flow has directly impacted the here and now of blog postings.

Today, after the preparation of an initial “Instagram set” (a half dozen pictures given to a model shortly after his session), the session folder remains open.  We continue to process images as needs arise and the work in a model’s folder fills out quickly over two or three months. 

The accumulation and selection of random images is driven by publishing projects or the need for promotional content on social media.  When a critical mass has been reached (typically a dozen or more photos), we have been opening public galleries on our website with the edited work under the model’s name.  You will find that several such galleries have been opened, quietly, since the last blog post.

We have refrained from promoting such new work with blog postings because the galleries were never complete.  We continue to add additional work. 

In reality, galleries will no longer again be “complete” in the sense that they were once closed and fixed collections of the best work from the session.  New work is always being added, often very different from what may have appeared in the first weeks or months.   

The “big picture” is that this phenomenon doesn’t just apply to recent photo sessions; new work has been appearing in many of the older galleries on the website as well. As the studio feeds the maw of social media, we revisit old folders, finding undiscovered new gems worth editing. 

How to deal with the altered work flow and best promote the new content being uploaded to the site is the dilemma that has halted blog postings.

For the time being, we have decided to resume announcing new models on the website.  We will draw attention to the fact that their galleries are works-in-progress.  New content can be added at any time and will often be seen first on our Instagram feed. 

We continue to explore how to best reflect shifts in the studio’s oeuvre in the organization of the site, but that’s a discussion for another day.  It’s time to get back to the models.  We’ll be back-dating some of the blog posts so roughly reflect the time their galleries went public. 

To that end, Benjamin, above, is the teaser for all the new men coming in 2018.  Announcements of more new models and work will be posted in the coming days.  We have catching up to do.

First, check out Benjamin's gallery here Remember to return from time to time to as more images will be added to the gallery. 


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In the City

Few models have stood before our cameras more often than Norm but this may be the last chapter.  He first worked with us at the age of 18 when he followed his gym buddy to the studio.  Alex, the studio's stylist and second cameraman (left, lower), and Norm work out at the same gym in their hometown, just across the river from Manhattan.

Back in January, Norm was the first model we posted in 2017.  We've worked together three times over the past 12 months and it seems fitting that his will be the last work posted for the year as well.  Norm, hosting Venom (body-painting by the artist Charles Zambrano) was featured in July.  Work from two other two sessions, recently prepared for publication, is debuting in Norm's new 2017 Gallery.

We have long discussed working on the streets of New York, but despite living just 15 minutes away on the other side of Hudson River, Norm doesn't get into the city that often.  At a spring session in the studio, Norm announced his career plans and push came to shove.  The session on the sidewalks of Manhattan finally happened just days before the model moved out of the area. 

Two-and-a-half years after his first tentative photo shoot at the age of 18, Norm is one of five New York models featured in Captured Shadows 5, New York SessionsVisiting his online galleries here at New Manhattan Studios, you can see the remarkable progress this young body-builder has made over the late-teen years that we've documented.  He has always had one of the most defined torsos of any model we've worked with and it's only gotten better.  For those who admire well-proportioned, chiseled torsos, Norm is the bull's eye.

It was quite a thrill for Norm to assume the persona of Venom, a long-revered comic book villain.  If working with the artist was his last turn in front of our cameras it was a fitting high note.  A few days later, now 21, he packed his bag and moved out of town, following employment opportunities and dreams.  We hope this isn't our last work with Norm.  He'll be home from time to time, but whether he'll have a chance to pop into the studio is an open question.  He's very much a young man getting on with his life and we wish him well.

Below is an outtake from Captured Shadows 5.  Check out all of Norm's work with the studio here.


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Bond: Brooklyn We have not forgotten that when we opened Bond’s New York 2017 gallery earlier this year that we promised to update the page with new work as it became available.  We have continued to edit additional pictures, primarily for publication purposes, and we are happy to announce the opening of the Bond: Brooklyn gallery.   

We have more than doubled the size of the gallery and many new images have been added to the Art Prints Gallery as well.

Most of the new work has been edited for publication or print sales including art nude and explicit images that can be found in the Art Print Galleries and in upcoming studio publications.

Bond: Brooklyn is a special feature in Captured Shadows 5.  The publication has just gone to press and will be on sale in early 2018.  At 124 pages, it is the longest publication the studio has released.  Bond is one of five featured models.

Bond has matured impressively since his first photo session three and a half years ago.  Now a grad student in southern California, Bond is a semi-retired model who's about to step into the real world of an adult-sized career with all attendant responsibilities and demands on his time.  Gone are the days when he could quickly rearrange his schedule to spend a sunny afternoon with a photographer.  These days we feel lucky to be able to work with Bond at all. 

While he's firmly embraced the California life stye, enticing Bond back to his old, home turf in New York is not all that hard.  We are happy to report that he's returning to town for a long weekend with our cameras in February.

Meanwhile, check out the new work in Bond: Brooklyn.  Don’t forget the new additions to the Art Prints galleries as well.  For a complete listing of all of our work with Bond, go to All Things Bond at New Manhattan Studios.

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Bringing the Devil out in Timothy

Blond and eminently capable of pulling off a preppy look, Timothy has long been one of the studio's most popular models. Our history goes back to 2013 when we worked with the 21-year-old actor/musician in his home state of Massachusetts.  His image (if not his character) is anything but diabolical, however, and it had been a while since he’d been in front of our cameras.  I had concluded that he was an unlikely candidate for the job when an opportunity to do some Halloween-themed art presented itself at the last possible moment. 

I had less than 24 hours to secure a model for a second body-painting session that we were tacking on to one that was already planned for Alex, the studio’s model/photographer. The two sessions would now go late into the night.  

Alex’s friend, Jorge, would be assisting on the set and I had inquired as to his interest in possibly modeling for the second session. This is paying work that requires a signed model release and interest aside, it is not work for everyone.  I was not sure if his personal situation allowed for him to appear on the Internet in partial or implied nude poses as the job required. 

Less than 24 hours before the session, while waiting for word on Jorge’s interest and availability, I wound up texting with Tim. He and Alex have known each other for four years and we had been planning to have Tim arrive in the studio with pizza at the end of Alex’s session.  Knowing that my window on finding a model was closing, I decided to extend the offer to Tim as well. I had no reason to think that he’d accept it, but since he would be there anyway, I thought he’d enjoy the work if he could get past the intimidating hurdle of body painting. 

To my surprise, Tim was the first of the two models to say yes to the offer.   I had shamelessly appealed to the actor in him by promoting the hand-crafted costume he’d be wearing.  That had its appeal, no doubt, but in the end I think it was the character rather than the costume that grabbed Tim’s imagination.  He would be playing the Prince of Darkness.  When he got back to me, he indicated his girlfriend was totally into the concept!

Having done eight body-painting sessions with the artist Charles Zambrano, I have now watched each and every one of the eight models get past their initial jitters to thoroughly enjoy their sessions.  Most fascinating to me, however, has been each’s reaction to the costume itself.  It fuels my interest in documenting the entire process, as well as the finished costume and character.

Costumes have amazing transformative powers.  Just put on a mask and you can get away with almost any out-of-character behavior.  In the studio I have watched even the stiffest and most stoic of models come to life in new personas that live as long as the masks.  Whether they are action heroes or mysterious aliens, the models get into character and perform for the camera in a manner that differs from their standard modeling sessions.  From most accounts, models enjoy these sessions more than any other.

But there is that initial hurdle.  I saw it on Tim’s face when he entered.  Alex was standing naked in the center of the room, painted from top to bottom.  Tim's mouth said hello, but the big gulp on his face said “What the f* did I get myself into?” 

I don’t think he’d visualized the small crowd that would be attending his session nor, despite earlier correspondence and sample photos, the intimate nature of some of the work.  To his credit, Tim didn’t bolt for the door.  He did, however, head for some of the beer that was on hand for the pizza-party-now-working-dinner.

Finishing the pizza, it was Tim’s turn.  We stepped into a separate room where I promised again that I would not post any explicit content online and that despite his jitters I was confident that he’d have fun with the session.  He assured me that he completely trusted me to keep his junk off the internet, so why, he wanted to know, did it have to be painted as well.  I fumbled a photographer’s answer then punted by attributing the policy to the artist.  As Charles later explained it, I appreciated the logic of the rationale.  For the artist, it’s all about creating the illusion. Bringing the character to life requires painting the entire body as anything less breaks the illusion for both the viewer and for the model.

Still uneasy, Tim said that he trusted me and would not let me down.  I handed him a model release and a wrap; a few minutes (and texts) later he entered the room and sat down in his bright red towel.  Ready to start the transformation.

Jorge’s chance under the lights will come later.  For this session he was deputized as Charles’ assistant to speed a lengthy painting process that was starting late at night.  At least with five people in the room, what can otherwise be a quiet and tedious task of applying paint turned into something of a party.  Tim’s stage fright was precisely that.  Once the session began, a “this is work, but let’s have fun” mentality took over the room and, as expected, Tim relaxed and had fun with it all.  From early-on, he was texting selfies of the process to his girlfriend. 

When the art was finally finished the long preparation yielded a photo session that lasted less than an hour (but still well into the wee hours of the morning).  The illusion was successful.  For a brief time we had the Prince of Darkness in our presence.  The red skin brought out some seriously sinister attitude.  The horns played to the model’s natural friendly combativeness and you had the impression that playing the devil came natural to the kid in Timothy. 

If you have any questions about Charles’ success in bringing the Devil out of Tim, check out the new gallery.  It includes both behind-the-scenes shots as well as the finished art which debuted on Favorite Hunks yesterday.

Did Tim enjoy it?  He announced as much half way through the photo session when he remarked that he’d forgotten how much he enjoyed modeling.  He couldn't wait to show his girlfriend and wouldn't consider showering off before leaving.  He was dropped off late at night and the two of them apparently had a good time haunting the deserted streets of Brooklyn as people were stumbling home from the bars.

Tim was our cover model on Captured Shadows #3, but that was some time ago.  He's very much a busy young man getting on with his life.  I do not foresee a return to modeling.  However. . .

We’re already in discussions about a second body-painting session in a character to be conceived by his girlfriend and brought to life by Charles Zambrano.

Most models who’ve done it agree.  Costumes are fun and body painting sessions are special.


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Upstate/Downstate Nick in Madison SquareLate Spring in New York City It seems entirely fitting to follow Bond's most-recent posting with the introduction of Nick.  They both hail from the same hometown in western New York.  The farther from New York you are, the less likely you are to be aware of the distinct cultural differences between "upstate" and "downstate" New York.  In popular parlance, "downstate" refers to Metropolitan New York City and "upstate" is everything else.  Culturally we are two different states, with Nick's hometown more closely resembling those of neighboring Ohio or Pennsylvania.  At 21, the 300-mile trip to New York City was a pretty big deal.

Nick's was a guest appearance.  Given our respective locations at extreme opposite ends of New York State, it's unlikely we would have crossed paths had it not been for the introductions made by a friend and fellow photographer.  Keith Ingram Photo and New Manhattan Studios have been working together on various projects for a few years now.  Some of Keith's art will be appearing in the California models edition of Captured Shadows, now in the works.

Originally a New Yorker, Keith was on a trip home from his current base in San Francisco.  While here he had arranged to work with a model from western New York.  We agreed to share studio space with him in exchange for introductions to the model.  Nick, the model (and an avid gym enthusiast if there ever was one), was delighted to shoot with both of us.  Not only would the photo sessions help pay off all the 21-year-old’s hard work in the gym, but it meant he would be able to extend his visit to New York City, where he’s lucky enough to have an older-brother-with-couch.

Nick had a busy 4-day trip to New York.  The way the schedules worked out, New Manhattan Studios wound up shooting with Nick before Keith.  Upon arrival in New York, Nick went straight from the airport to NMS.  We spent the afternoon shooting around Madison and Union Squares, strolling through the neighborhood between the historic urban squares on a delightful late-spring day.  

The following morning Keith arrived from the West Coast and the three of us met in the studio for an afternoon photo shoot.  Keith continued working with Nick the following day and some of the work can be found here.  We got one last shot at working with Nick on his fourth day in the city.  Working around Madison Square, we found ourselves in Eataly, with the models surrounded by hundreds of varieties of pasta (bottom left).

For our part, we thank Keith for the introductions and Nick for being such a welcome addition to the studio’s portfolio.  In the short time we have been featuring early edits on our Instagram feed, Nick has proven to be one of the studio’s most popular models.  We have been eager to open a gallery with all of Nick’s work and are doing so now.  Nick’s gallery contains shots from both the exterior and studio sessions with Nick.  Additional physique art and art nude work featuring his chiseled torso can be found in the Art Print galleries.

Given his already strong standing with the studio’s followers, it goes without saying that we hope to work with Nick again in the future.  Subscribe to the blog using the button at the bottom in order to learn when more of his work with the studio has been released.  And follow the studio's daily feed on Instagram for sneak previews of models and work in the pipeline.

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Bond's Return to New York

Summer on the Brooklyn waterfront.  It felt like we were back where we belonged.  For those just entering the conversation, since early 2014, this trio of photographers and models has logged thousands of miles, from coast to coast to coast (that would include Florida) capturing Bond Brown, one of the studio's most enduringly popular models, as he has matured from the kid next door into the confident fitness and physique model that locks gaze with you here.  

Bond's role in the studio's life is probably best punctuated by the fact that he is the subject of the first entries in this blog.  The longitudinal study of the same subject over a period of time is a defining interest of the studio and Bond is one of several models whose physical development we have been privileged to be able to document over several years.  With this young man, the off-camera changes are as dramatic as those the camera has captured, but that's another story.  If you detect a growing sense of confidence in the photographs, then I have been true to my photojournalism roots.

In mid-June we were on a Brooklyn pier jutting far out into the East River.  Gorgeous skies and a classic New York backdrop made for a perfect "welcome home" setting for this ex-New Yorker.  It was the polar opposite of our first session with Bond, the evening after the blizzard of 2014, when this native of Buffalo had diligently trekked through blocks of unplowed streets and sidewalks of record-setting snowfall to make it to his first professional photo shoot.  Fueled by such determination and his discovery of the rewards of modeling, in the space of six months, Bond became one of the studio's most popular models.  When he announced that he was moving West at the end of the first year we doubled down on our shooting schedule and had not one but three "last" New York photo sessions.

Bond is not a professional model; what had started as a lark for someone working as a busboy in a high-profile Manhattan restaurant turned into a rather heady experience.  With photos of him winning contests and his last New York photo session earning him the position of Valentine's Hunk for 2015 on FH [Favorite Hunks], Bond's move fortunately did not mean the end of his modeling career.  With introductions, he continued modeling with a select number of established fitness and physique photographers in California and New England. 

The studio was fortunate to work with Bond twice in 2015; his first year in California, a year that I’m sure the model will never forget.  It included a beautiful home in San Francisco, lots of biking, hiking and exploring and occasional waiter-ing.  Published work with the athlete in his mid-20s in archetypal California settings can be found in Captured Shadows #1 – California Dreaming and Bond:  Private Portfolio II.

Reality bites, even in the Land of Oz.  Bond’s modeling career slowed to a halt at the end of that first carefree year as he doubled and tripled down on work to save money to return to school.  In 2016, grad school took him to Southern California where he found a bit more time to hit the gym.  He joined us as a non-modeling friend last year as we partied around our photo shoots in the Hollywood Hills. 

In L.A. last year, Bond agreed to get into shape to return to modeling, “for just a few friends.”  We booked him almost immediately for his spring break and we met up in Florida in March for the first of what we hope to be three sessions this year.  The June session was captured as he passed through New York on his way to a family reunion in Iceland.  He explained that no one in the family was Icelandic, but they all thought it would be a cool place to meet up.  His relentless promotion of the island in the far North Atlantic prompted me to schedule my own photographer's tour of Iceland just weeks after his visit. 

Beyond the staggering natural beauty of the island, I was struck by how popular and powerful the Viking image remains in this Nordic country.  Bearded Norse seamen are like mascots, they're everywhere; on book covers and huge advertising posters, on T-shirts and key chains.  I know it's an international look, but I was amused by how many young men seemed to be actively cultivating a Viking look with beards and rakishly shaggy hair.  It took me a few days to realize that this was more than a cultural statement.  With one of the most isolated and insular gene pools on the planet, the very twenty-first century men of Iceland are the direct decedents of the real thing:  Vikings. 

Bond arrived in Iceland two days after our photo shoot. With his facial hair exactly as you see it here, he must have slipped right into the 20-something street scene in Rekyavik.  The Brown family may not be Icelandic, but it strikes me as likely that there’s some Viking blood in there somewhere!  Just the thought adds a new dimension to Bond's interpretation of the dashing secret agent.

In addition to welcoming Bond back, the Studio welcomes a new set of hands to the NMS family.  In the picture below, Bond is surrounded by Alex, the studio’s assistant and second photographer (left) and Alex's friend Jorge Figueroa (right).  Jorge had joined us in California last year where he had assisted on several photo sessions in Hollywood.  Jorge and Bond had, well, bonded, in our off-hours last summer and Jorge, a New Yorker, changed his work schedule to meet up with his West Coast friend in June.  Not only was Jorge deputized to swing lights in the studio, he was handed a camera and several of the images in the new Bond gallery were taken by Jorge.  He quickly caught the knack of using the second camera to capture the model at play in the studio.  That's his capture (above, right) of a surprised Bond hitting a falsetto note as Alex adjusts his underwear.

Jorge will be getting specific credits when the work makes its way to Captured Shadows #5, as it will.  "When?"  Click on the "subscribe" button to follow the blog (as an RSS feed) and be the first kid on your block to get word of the publication date.  Meanwhile, check out Bond's new folder, Bond New York 2017.  Additional new art nude and physique art pictures have been placed in the Art Prints Galleries.


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I'll Keep You Wild This Venezuelan is our second "Peter" and one of the more intriguing models with which we've worked.  He left his challenged homeland some three years ago and now watches from afar as his country, once a beacon of Latin American success, sinks deeper into an economic morass and dictatorship.  With a limited command of English and classic good looks, upon arrival in New York City, the enterprising 20-year-old took a well-worn path into modeling where his chiseled torso, rippling abs and photogenic face have earned him work on the runways and studios of New York City.

When conducting business with Peter by text or email, I feel like I'm dealing with a different person than the carefree model in the studio.  The duality is striking.  In this case I'm confident that they are indeed one and the same person, although I have had lengthy correspondences with agents posing as models (including an agent/mother once).  

I now recognize this apparent split personality to be part-and-parcel of the entire package of Peter.  He has a good command of English but I suspect his relative strengths in written and oral English may lie at the root of this dual personality.  In texts and emails he comes across as abrupt and all-business (with a bit of a macho aggressiveness).  In person, Peter is as aggressively fun-filled, as lighthearted and mischievous as any 23-year-old.  The seat of his pants sums up his spirit in the studio quite accurately. 

If the finessing of correspondence takes a bit of patience with Peter, the payoff in the studio is worth the effort.  He is also one of the most photogenic models we've worked with in quite a while.  I use the term photogenic to place him in that class of models whose looks are enhanced by the camera.  I have found any number of average-looking men to be extremely photogenic subjects. In Peter's case, he starts from a very high base and intereacts with the camera to make his own special magic.  In the silence of the two-dimensional photograph, his beauty can be frozen at perfection.

We worked with Peter twice this summer and hope to work with him again.  Photos from his initial sessions have been placed in a new gallery in the vault with the name of Peter2 and additional work can be found in the O-Z folder in the Art Prints galleries.  With yet more unpublished images to be featured in an upcoming issue of Captured Shadows, you'll definitely be seeing more of Peter.  We hope we will be, too.

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Hollywood Balconies Zach was one of eight models that we captured on our most recent trip to California. Venturing beyond our usual base in the Bay Area, we added five days in Hollywood to the schedule. Over the course of ten days, four different NMS photographers took part in ten photo sessions for a future issue of Captured Shadows that will be focused exclusively on our California models.

Zach's session was our second in the large home in the Hollywood Hills. It was with Zach that we first explored the balconies and staircases. With an abundance of rooms, nooks, crannies and shooting angles, we hoped to shoot five models in various settings without repeating ourselves. Over the course of several models, the balcony rail reappears, but Zach owned the staircases, both of them. To the right, you'll see Alex's shot of him on the exterior stairs (above) and my shot of the two of them working (below).  Both illustrate what a natural setting it was for his long, toned body.

We did some of our best work with Zach on the balcony and stairs and some of these shots are among our favorite images of the entire trip. This toned athlete, actor and experienced model stretched, curled, extended and bended into striking poses on a sunset-facing balcony with a sweeping view that included Studio City, the San Fernando Valley and the Hollywood Freeway, zipping past just below us on the hillside.  That the view was two-way didn't bother Zach or, for that matter, any of the other models who worked in the space that week.

In addition to eight models, we were joined by two West Coast affliates/partners/friends, fellow photographers, Wm Weyeneth and Keith Ingram.  Wm worked with us on a new session with Andrew in a garden apartment in San Francisco's Castro District. (We last worked with Andrew in the hills above Santa Cruz two years ago.)  Bay Area photographer Keith Ingram flew down to Los Angeles for the second half of our sessions in Hollywood.  Portions of the work with all models and all photographers will be appearing in the upcoming California issue of Captured Shadows.

You can find Zach's gallery here.  Additional images of Zach can be found in the Art Prints galleries here.  You can follow Zach on Instagram here.  (And while you're on Instagram, check out the studio's feed here, it's the first place you'll see previews of our newest work.)

The California Issue of Captured Shadows will be published in late fall of 2017, along with a parallel issue devoted to our east coast models.

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Creating Venom. The Art of Charles Zambrano

 Venom.  Hosted by Norm.  Conceived by Charles Zambrano.


When Norm heard that he could become the action hero of his choice, he was all in for a body painting session with the artist Charles Zambrano.  In a New York minute, he chose the super villain Venom, a Marvel Comics character from the Spider-Man series.  Norm had started with the studio having just turned 19.  This was to be his eighth and possibly last photo session with the studio.  He had met us as a gym buddy of the studio's assistant, Alex.  Now 21, he was moving out of the area pursuing a job opportunity.  

I was pleased that Norm had accepted the challenge to do a body painting session.  It is not work for everyone.  Depending on the design, it can be a very intimate experience and it will invariably be a long process that requires standing most of the time, at times with limbs extended for minutes on end.  I suspect Norm didn't know exactly what he was getting into.  Most models don't.

The artist took the symbiote as his inspiration and embarked on a painstakingly detailed re-imagining of Norm's torso as the host of a symbiotic partner.   We have worked with Charles four times now but this was the first time I had the un-interupted time to document the process from start to finish.  As I watched the application of each stroke I marveled at the mastery of the makeup artist.  

It's rare to encounter an artist as successful as Charles at leveraging his artistic talents and interests into a rewarding livelihood.  He is a trained artist who finds financially and artistically rewarding work in the studios, stages and runways of New York City. Charles is one of the wizards behind the magic and beauty we encounter on Broadway, Madison Avenue, film and television.

I felt privileged to be documenting the artist and model at work.  Although there were three of us in the room, it was generally quiet with music selected by the artist softly playing in the background.  Each one of us were intently involved in our own aspect of the artistic endeavor.  

In many ways, I find the photographs of the process as interesting as the photos of the finished product.  I'll trace that back to my roots as a photojournalist. Judge for yourself, check out the behind-the-scenes shots in the Creating Venom gallery.

After 4½ hours, the last stroke was applied.  The model stepped in front of the camera.  Venom.  Hosted by Norm.  Conceived by Charles Zambrano.

After seven photo sessions, it was as if we'd saved the best for last.  As I tweaked camera settings, Norm struck poses.  By the time I was ready to start shooting the model was clearly in character.  When the strobes started popping, the model came to life as I've never seen him before.  The dude was seriously into his character and quite possibly living out a fantasy life he'd nurtured since his preteen years.

I'm not a comics afficionado; this villain's name meant nothing to me.  But Charles' art and Norm's characterization brought Venom to life for me in a seriously evil way.  I never expected Norm to be able to pull off a villain, so I was caught unawares by the brooding, sinister and a taunting maliciousness that was confronting me.  We leave it to the viewer to decide if our collective artistry has brought forth a worthy character and body of art.

A gallery with the finished work has been opened in the special galleries section the Fine Arts Galleries, alongside a second gallery with the behind-the-scenes shots from the body painting session.

Our earlier work with Charles Zambrano can be found here.  You can see more of his work here. You can also follow Charles and Norm on Instagram.

And while we saved the best for last as far as Norm is concerned, we think we saved the best for last for his fans.  Our seventh session, captured just one week earlier, shows this 21-year-old man-about-town on the streets of Manhattan.  In a few more weeks we'll be opening what may be the last Norm gallery for a while.  Watch for Summer in the City.  Featuring Norm.  Coming soon.  Here.


All Things Norm at New Manhattan Studios





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Class Act A beautiful home in the Hollywood Hills was the studio's base for several days last year and it was there that we finally met up with Brandon, one of several models that we shot in California last fall. Of the dozen or so people that passed through or inhabited the grand Hollywood house (including a half-dozen models), none seemed to fit the space as comfortably as Brandon. He wore his surroundings like a fine leather glove.  Looking totally at home, he added a 20s-something verve to the stylish rooms.  In short, he was a class act.

The studio follows many models (and vice-versa) on a variety of social media platforms.  Brandon and Alex, the studio's stylist, assistant, photographer and talent recruiter, had been pinging each other for years.  As far back as 2015, when Brandon was still living on the east coast, we had attempted to schedule a session with him while we were working in the Washington, DC, area.  Time passed and we failed to coordinate a date before the model moved to northern California.  

A half year later we hoped to work with him in San Francisco on our annual trip to California.  But by the time we arrived in San Francisco, Brandon had already moved on to Los Angeles.  

Finally, last year, we met up with Brandon in Hollywood where the model was pursuing a musical career with a band.  It was worth the wait, as I trust the viewer will agree.  Brandon has one of the most toned physiques in our portfolio and we look forward to adding more to our body of work with him on one of his future trips east.  In the meantime, we have opened a gallery of our work with him in California in 2016.  A number of Brandon's photos also appear in the recent additions section of our Fine Art Gallery.  (If you can't find them there, they might have already moved to their permanent home: the A-F folder in the Fine Art Gallery.)

Brandon will be featured in an upcoming issue of Captured Shadows dedicated to the several West Coast models that are now part of the studio's portfolio.  Watch for it later this summer.  To be notified of the publication date, you can subscribe to the blog's RSS feed using the "subscribe" button at the bottom of the screen.  In the meantime, expect to see several new galleries open in the coming weeks that feature the rest of our Golden State men.

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Gabriel the Third. The Brazilian Gabriel was one of those ships that pass in a very contemporary night.  It was a pleasant and productive winter evening, to be sure, but a fleeting moment when Rio and New York City intersected. . .an international meeting, born of social media, manifesting itself in the studio.

Our correspondence had begun about three months earlier, when Gabriel, a Brazilian fitness model planning a trip to the United States, wrote to arrange for a physique portfolio session while in New York at the start of his trip.  

With a bit of a language barrier, our exchanges had been limited to the basics of scheduling and what he needed or wanted for his portfolio was unspecified beyond a physique and fitness session that would include implied or partial nudity.  After reviewing his portfolio we agreed and waited out a couple of months to see if the mid-twenties Brazilian model would be as fit as his online presence suggested.

Gabriel delivered.  Fit and trim, he was an established model who was at home in the studio.  The ambiguity of whether or not he would be posing nude was resolved shortly after we began shooting.  He had signed up for implied and partial nudity.  As he became comfortable with the work style of the studio it was a boundary that passed without comment and so naturally that I recognized it as a protective filter I've seen many models use:  meet the photographer first.  

Half way through the session we had met his portfolio needs and we continued with some art nude work that more than met the studio's needs.  Or expectations.  

At the end of the evening, I promised to deliver to Gabriel the set of portfolio shots that had been the initial purpose of the session.  Then I asked him to sign a model release and paid him the studio's modeling fee for an outstanding physique art session that generated images that will be appearing in upcoming issues of Captured Shadows

Our real world missions fulfilled, the meeting ended and we reverted to our ongoing cyber relationship.  It's almost enough to inspire faith in the Internet.  Almost.

As we prepared to open Gabriel's Gallery (henceforth known as Gabriel 3), we were curious as to how much time had lapsed since the session with our first Gabriel, the Venezuelan actor and model (on the right).  Opening the long-dormant folder to read the date stamp on a raw file, we discovered our answer (3 years) and a number of previously-uncirculated images.  With fresh eyes we even found a couple of new RAW files to edit.  

As a consequence, new photography has been added to Gabriel's gallery and to the "Recent Work" section of the Fine Art galleries.  There you will find his work next to Gabriel 3.  Caracas, meet Rio.  Last we heard, Gabriel 3 was home in Brazil, working as a chef and Gabriel 1 had escaped the chaos and turmoil that has engulfed Venezuela and was living in a land famous for welcoming refugees.  Canada.  

Happy First of July!

]]> (New Manhattan Studios) Brazil Gabriel art model new model nude physique Fri, 30 Jun 2017 21:45:00 GMT
Homecoming to a New Neighborhood In the last post we promised to share some pictures of the neighborhood around our springtime studio along with some current shots of one of the studio's most popular models, one who has been missing in action for a year and a half.  His absence reflects only the busy schedule of a young man very much in the process of getting on with his life.  From the enthusiasm shown, in no way has his passion for modeling waned.

The model is Bond.  He was in town last week, passing through New York on his way to Iceland.  He had an afternoon to make what may be the first of 2 appearances in the studio this year and what we hope will be 3 appearances before the studio's cameras in 2017.  This marks the Studio's first work with the model since Bond:  Private Portfolio 2 and his first modeling sessions since starting grad school in Southern California last year.

We completed our first 2017 session with Bond on a spring break in Fort Lauderdale.  Over the years we have made various grooming demands prior to our shoots and, trooper that he is, Bond has met all requests with scissors and razors (or the lack thereof).  In Florida, in March, he had obliged us by trimming off his facial hair just days before the shoot but NOT cutting his hair for the previous six months. When we heard that the GF had been on his case to get his hair cut, we decided to give him a break for this most recent shoot in Brooklyn.   We made no demands whatsoever and he appeared at our door as you see him here.  This is the real deal, this is Bond as you will encounter him around school today (or in Iceland in June).

It seemed appropriate that Bond be the first model that we shot "behind the barn" at our new studio space in a building along the historic Brooklyn waterfront.  Back in January of 2014, Bond had been the first model in our home in Long Island City.  Three and a half years later, we jointly christened some of the industrial and waterfront venues around a studio in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.  The studio that will be our home for a few months is housed in a converted industrial building from the late 1880s that is typical of the massive brick warehouses and factories that once lined the waterfront directly across the East River from midtown Manhattan.

Today the old working-class, waterfront neighborhood, just north of Williamsburg (the hottest of Brooklyn's trendy neighborhoods), is undergoing rapid gentrification that is putting pressure on the artists, artisans, craftsmen and photographers in the area.  It's déjà vu all over again, as New Yorker Yogi Berra would have said.  Many of the creative community that have helped turn Greenpoint into such a trendy neighborhood had previously been priced out of Manhattan.  

It's a familiar pattern in the city's post World War II-development.  The displacement and regeneration of creative communities is an ongoing cycle driven by gentrification.  The galleries/artists/artisans that flock to low-rent districts eventually, by their number, set the forces of gentrification into motion that will eventually drive the rents up and the initial tenants out.  Today in Greenpoint, historic waterfront buildings, long abandoned of life and value, are filling with start-ups, tech companies (think Kickstarter, headquarted across the street) and expensive condominium make-overs.  Most of the hulking brick buildings along the 10-block waterfront fall into two categories:  those being converted into luxury loft apartments or those being torn down to make way for a new high-rise residential towers with million-dollar views of midtown Manhattan across the East River, as in the view below.

We will not last long in this neighborhood, but it's nice to know that the space behind the studio is not likely to change.  It has already been converted into a waterfront park with a new pedestrian pier jutting out hundreds of yards into the East River.  The shot on the top left was taken in an ally adjacent to the studio and on the top right you'll find Bond doing his titanic best to find a fitting pose on the new pier.  Immediately above, Alex preps Bond for the camera and in the shot below you can see Bond with a restaurant-bar-barge and encroaching development behind him.

We are holding off formally opening a new gallery with Bond's 2017 photo sessions until more work has been processed.  But as several images have already appeared on the studio's Instagram feed, it's time to make room for some new Bond shots on the website.  A Preview Folder can now be found in Bond's gallery.  You'll find work from both the Fort Lauderdale and Brooklyn sessions.  From time to time we will drop new edits into the folder.  

By the end of the summer, BOND 2017 should be coming online.  Be notified when it happens by subscribing to the blog using the button at the bottom of the page.

]]> (New Manhattan Studios) alex bond brooklyn model new york city physique waterfront Mon, 12 Jun 2017 10:36:00 GMT
Russians 3. Romans 2. Roman is not a common name.  Not in New York, at least.  I found it amusing that out of the 80-or-so models who currently have galleries on our site, we now have two Romans.  

Apparently it's a much more common name in Russia.  Both our Romans are Russians.  Together they comprise two-thirds of the Russians in our portfolio.

Our latest Roman, the 24-year-old fitness model, Roman Bekker, shall henceforth be referred to as Roman 2 at New Manhattan Studios.  He joins fellow Russians Roman Khodorov (another fitness model) and Dzmitriy Moon (a fashion model with A&F to his credits).  We could play this game all night, apparently.  Dzmitriy is the original Russian on the site but the second Dzmitry.  He joins DZmitry Patuk, a European fashion and fitness model from Belarus.

Roman 2's session this month marked our first outing in a new home for the studio in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.  As with our previous space in Long Island City, this is one of the city's trendier nabes where the likes of Kickstarter mix it up with various tech and green companies in an old working-class neighborhood.  True to the style of the millenials who populate the area, our new home, in a Civil-War era rope factory on the Brooklyn waterfront, could easily be confused with a loft building south of Market in San Francisco.  With spacious, well-lit hallways, communal lounges and bicycle rooms on every floor, all traces of the grim Victorian-era sweatshop have been vanished in an amazingly well-preserved architectural gem that dates to the late 1800s.  In a shoot scheduled for June first, we will be working outside the building and hope to soon have pictures of the neighborhood to share.

Of note, Roman's session was a joint photo shoot with our friend Keith Ingram (left), a talented photographer from San Francisco who shot with us in Hollywood last fall.  (More about that, later.)  Keith had separately arranged to work with Roman on his trip to New York and when he had the opportunity to extend his session with the model into a second day, I offered the studio space.  Amusingly, I already had Roman's name penciled in on the calendar at New Manhattan Studios.  Later this summer we plan to do a session together with the body painter Charles Zambrano.  (More about that later, too.)

We certainly hope to be adding more to Roman 2's folders in the future.  In the meantime, a gallery of his first session with the studio can be found here.  Additional images have been added to the "Recent Work" section of the Fine Art Galleries.

Not to be evasive, the session on June first is with one of the studio's most popular models, Bond.  He passes through New York on his way to Iceland and will be the second model in the new space.  This will be our second session with Bond in 2017.  You can find previews of the new work on our Instagram feed.  Bond's new galleries are coming soon.  Stay tuned for more on those Hollywood sessions, too!  Subscribe to the blog's RSS feed using the button at the bottom left and don't miss the updates.


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The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming!  

At the risk of provoking political backlash in 2017, we pay homage to the 1966 comedy, The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming! a delightful period piece satirizing life in an era when fear of Russia was paramount in American minds and culture.  In addition to a few good laughs at the expense of our overzealous national paranoias, the movie provided a breakthrough role for 60s' heartthrob, John Philip Law, who went on to star opposite Jane Fonda in Barbarella, an action adventure with more flesh than plot.  

Whether or not the phrase once again conjures images of cold war and espionage, the Russians are coming! is an apt description of the studio's schedule in recent months.  We are happy to report that our Russians are every bit as cute as the young Mr. Law; all accomplished physique models proud to display ample amounts of chiseled flesh.

Reflecting the sizable Russian and European immigrant communities in metropolitan New York and a constant flow of international models passing through the city, the studio has an exceptionally high percentage of East European models in its portfolio, with models representing Ukraine, Belarus, Hungary and Poland.  But the Russians?  We now have five.

Ivan is the first of two Russians whose work we are debuting this month and the third Russian we have added to the portfolio this year.  

Ivan.  It doesn't get more Russian than that.  This first-generation Russian-American holds a day job as a construction project manager in New Jersey while pursing acting and modeling gigs in the city (when not working out).  The facial hair (which came off a third of the way into our session) is all about giving some "gravitas" to this 20-something who supervises a largely-older construction crew.  Our photo session was to compliment each others' portfolios.  We trust you'll agree that Ivan's gallery is an asset to the studio's portfolio.  His torso is one of the most impressive physiques we've photographed since our last Russian model, Roman.  

In addition to two dozen shots in Ivan's Gallery, you'll find an additional collection of contemporary physique art featuring Ivan in the Recent Additions section of our Fine Art Galleries.

Be sure to come back next week for our third Russian (and second Roman).

The Russians are coming.  The Russians are coming!



]]> (New Manhattan Studios) Ivan New York City model new model physique Thu, 25 May 2017 14:31:00 GMT
Dustin Arrives. By way of California and Instagram In more ways than one, the gallery that we open for Dustin exemplifies the changes rippling through the studio and its work.  As we move further away from our commercial roots, fewer and fewer of our sessions contain the type of fashion and fitness portfolio work that once was the studio’s mainstay.   Moving forward, an increasing majority of our work is being done in the name of art.

Compared to the commercial nature of the fashion and fitness portfolio sessions that preceded them, our non-commercial sessions now have a more single-minded focus, in pursuit of narrower artistic objectives. Overall, less time is being spent in the studio and more time is being spent on publishing and post-processing as we continue expanding our creative wings, sometimes more successfully than others.

This 6’ fashion and fitness model calls both New York and California home, but between his trips to Europe and the West Coast, we managed find time to shoot together twice last year.  Dustin is a familiar sight to many.  An established model, his visage has graced runways, printed pages and computer screens for a number of years in any number of modeling assignments.  

Our last session was briefer than normal and we parted with plans to work together again. Accordingly, we have held off publishing any of his work until we completed the anticipated session.  For the time being, we have concluded that Dustin is somewhere to be found between between his homes and Dubai or Hong Kong.  When we might get him back in front of our lenses is anyone’s guess so it's time to go public with our work-to-date.

The opening of Dustin’s gallery also reflects the way in which the Internet is changing our marketing and the extent to which one application, Instagram, is driving the schedule today.  As recently as a year ago, these blog entries, marking the opening new galleries, were where we debuted our latest work and newest models.  Today, the perceived need to feed the ubiquitous photo-sharing service with two or three photos a day means that the first place you are going to see our newest work is on Instagram.  We started posted initial edits from Dustin's work on Instagram a few months ago.

But a few pictures here and there do not a collection make; there will always be new galleries (albeit smaller, and more focused) opening on the site. And owing to the nature and limitations of Instagram's broad public platform, there will always be a place and a role for the studio’s website galleries.  A substantial portion of the studio’s work will never clear the “community standards” guidelines of most social media. 

And to prove our points, check out Dustin's new folder here.  It was harder to separate the "art" executions from the rest of the collection, so we default to an old custom:  anything requiring a (digital) figleaf will be found the the Fine Art galleries.  (Dustin's work can be found in the "recent additions" folder.)

The bottom line is this:  the world of 2017 is such that if you want to see the studio’s newest models (before they appear here), log into Instagram and start following newmanhattanstudios.  Then plan to come back here, as well.  This is where the good stuff lives.  The stuff that can’t be shared on Instagram.  Blog entries may be a bit less frequent in the future; to make sure you don't miss any, subscribe to the RSS feed by using the button on the lower left-hand corner of the screen.


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The Private Portfolio Series at New Manhattan Studios  

For many, the news here is the release of the digital version of Bond:  Private Portfolio 2.  This is a sequel to Bond's first portfolio and the two books span 24 months in the life of one of the studio's most popular models.  Both the print and digital versions are now on sale here.  You can read more about the book in last month's blog entry, when the hardcover edition was released.

Books labeled Private Portfolio have quietly resided on a back shelf of our website since 2014.  With the release of Bond: Private Portfolio 2, the fourth book, it's time to promote a trio of books into a series.  (And a fifth is on its way!)


The Private Portfolio Series



ALEX - 2014

WILLI - 2015

BOND - 2015

BOND 2 - 2016

OLEKS - 2017


The Private Portfolio Series is a collection of single-model portfolios featuring models with whom the studio has had multiple sessions. This is the uncensored work from their sessions, including many explicit photographs and art nude studies.

We place no restrictions on the type of work included in the series and each book is as unique as the model with whom we were collaborating.  Photography in the series ranges from fashion and fitness work of a commercial nature to physique and art nude studies. Occasionally models have done softly erotic work and almost always you will find casual behind-the-scenes shots along with formal physique poses.

The series showcases the best of our work with the featured models. As such, some images may be in public circulation, others may have been published in Captured Shadows or other studio publications, but most of the photography in each book is previously-unpublished art, available from us only in this series.

Perhaps the most compelling part of these collections is the addition of the temporal dimension:  the study of a single subject over a period of time. In the case of these young men, you are witness to their maturing physiques, nothing less than the principal focus of our work.  You are watching the body changing over time.  These books capture the models' changing looks over 18 to 30 months during their early 

The Private Portfolio Series is published as ebooks and as deluxe, hard-bound editions printed on premium paper.  A Deluxe Collector's Edition is available for most books; printed on our highest quality ProLine Pearl Photo Paper, each copy is signed and personalized by the model. Costs for print editions vary depending on length.





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