Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Golden Boy Zander


Just loving these fairly recent images of  Golden boy Zander Hodgson.
His every new collection of editorial images never fail
to surprise and delight me.
Although he's actually British he lives out in L.A.  And yet if you
ever look up one of his several showreel videos, his softly spoken
English accent belies his hunky image. And being an actor as well

as a model, Zander is still waiting for that big acting break.


It's easy to see the likeness between Zander and Gold Coast blonde
beauty Jordan Barrett, although you imagine that Zander's
beauty will continue long after Jordan's has burnt out, what with
Jordan's heavy smoking, hedonistic gym free and unhealthy lifestyle.
Mind you, it would be interesting to pair the two models up in
a twin blonde editorial.



More images of Zander by Gabe Ayala can be seen at....

TYPE/FACE MAGAZINE
PLUS MORE IMAGES AT ...IMAGE AMPLIFIED   AND  MORPHOSIS


ZANDER'S INSTAGRAM
ZANDER'S PORTFOLIO AND HOME WEBSITE



Catching up with Cameron

Nickelodeon and Disney favourite Cameron Boyce gives an interview
to Raw Online pages. Cameron talks about his hopes and dreams
as well as his favourite artists and major influences.

And not forgetting those famous freckles. They do seem to come
up in every Cameron interview.
His most recent tv work 'Descendants 2' premiered on U.S tv,
this Summer. So no doubt it will emerge on U.K tv fairly soon.

The pictures accompanying some videos are by Kai Z. Feng,
a photographer who seems to have gone quiet these last couple
of years.

More from the pages of Raw....HERE.


CAMERON'S INSTAGRAM

Giffing the Legends... Elvis

Here's yet another video clip that was just begging to be giffed. It features Elvis in
his final film 'Elvis On Tour'.  And it's in this very clip that we see what must be the last
time on film that Elvis broke into a sweat and gave the fans their dollars worth.
The following year in 1973 was of course the last big gig, Aloha Hawaii via Satellite
which was beamed live around the world. After that began the great physical
decline and Elvis died at the age of 42 in August 1977, 40 years ago this month.

Polk Salad Annie is the song being performed here. A tune composed and originally
sung by Tony Joe White. And it's clear to see that Elvis is enjoying himself as the
song reaches a big climax. And the bass solo by Jerry Scheff isn't bad either.


Youtube video upload by Timothy Sideburns

Saturday, 26 August 2017

A Visit to Banqueting House London






THE LOST PALACE OF WHITEHALL WAS ONCE THE LARGEST ROYAL RESIDENCE IN EUROPE, AND HOME TO THE
MONARCHY FOR 168 YEARS.  ACQUIRED BY KING HENRY VIII FROM THE ARCHDIOCESE OF YORK FOLLOWING
CARDINAL WOLSEY'S FALL FROM GRACE, IT WAS ENLARGED AND COMPLETED BY QUEEN ELIZABETH I.

IN 1606 A MORE SUBSANTIAL  BUILDING ON THIS VERY SITE REPLACED A TEMPORARY WOODEN CONSTRUCTION
AND WAS COMMISSIONED BY KING JAMES I AND HIS WIFE QUEEN ANNE FOR THE PERFORMANCE OF THE ROYAL
MASQUE. IT IS THE BUILDING YOU SEE TODAY, THE SOLE SURVIVOR OF THE TWO DEVASTATING FIRES IN THE 1690's.

ON 30th JANUARY  1649 KING CHARLES I PASSED BENEATH THE MAGNIFICENT RUBENS CEILING, PAINTED TO
CELEBRATE THE GLORY OF THE MONARCHY, AS HE MADE HIS WAY TO A SCAFFOLD OUTSIDE WHERE HE WAS
BEHEADED FOR TREASON.
THE RUBENS CEILING WOULD HAVE BEEN ONE OF THE VERY LAST THINGS HE SAW, A WORK THAT HE ACTUALLY
COMMISSIONED HIMSELF.
THE FIRST MAJOR CLASSICAL BUILDING IN ENGLAND CONSTRUCTED IN THE ITALIAN PALLADIAN STYLE, THE
BANQUETING HOUSE IS A MIRACULOUS AND ARCHITECTURALLY PRECIOUS SURVIVOR OF FLOOD, FIRE AND WAR,
WHO'S ABILITY TO IMPRESS HAS ONLY INCREASED WITH AGE.


BANQUETING HOUSE WHITEHALL LONDON


Here's a beautiful Palace in Whitehall that I've been itching to visit, finally getting
there yesterday on Friday morning on what was a very busy sunny morning in Central
London, with tourists absolutely everywhere.
Oddly enough I must have walked past Banqueting House dozens of times while
passing through Whitehall and yet I wasn't even aware of it's presence until recently
when I saw some pictures in Time Out magazine of the spectacular Rubens painted
ceiling. They were installed in the Main Hall in 1636 but actually created by
Rubens in Antwerp.
And it is the Main Hall with it's spectacular ceiling that is the big draw of this
long lost Palace.
The lower floor called The Undercroft was closed off to the public yesterday
as they were carrying out some repairs. And yet both the Main Hall and The Undercroft
can be hired out to the general public for weddings and various functions as well
as conferences and fashion shows.

And being such a warm and sunny day I couldn't resist joining the hordes of
tourists by moving on to several nearby London hotspots like Trafalgar Square,
Parliament Square, The Thames and Big Ben, the now silent clock, where
builders were already busy putting up more scaffolding. And I'll no doubt post
up some of those images later on.

Below: The official Tourist Information video
for Banquet House.