RobHeartsDH
January 27, 2014
Category: The Arts
Daddy Face

The Advocate has been doing a great job with showcasing some incredible artistic talents in the LGBT community as of late, including one of my favorite's John Arsenault. Recently though they featured photographer Vincent Keith's work from his online magazine Mascular and it's a photo series that I think you'll all enjoy. The series features portraits of men with a real honesty in the way they're shot. You can see more of the series here

Keith says:

'Portraitists tend to fall into two categories, those trying to reveal what is hidden and those who try to highlight what is there. I fall into the latter category. I think everything about a character is there to see — plainly. It's just knowing how to look. My objective in taking a portrait is not to 'get behind the veneer' — I question if that is indeed possible or desirable. Do we really see 'truth'? Most people I photograph have no idea what they look like. When you picture yourself in your mind, do you look like the person in the mirror? I certainly don't. A good portrait is a beautiful thing. This may be why I find portraiture the most rewarding area of photography.'"

What artists or photographers not the scene have you been enjoying? Let us know in the comments below.

RobHeartsDH
December 16, 2013
Category: The Arts
Daddy Books

If you've got some time off this holiday season, why not pick up a good book or two and get with the reading? Sure you could do some binge-watching on Netflix, but let's all take a page from these sexy fellas over Sexy Men Read and A Naked Bookself and try and look as good as they do while doing it. Queerty called these great Tumblr sites which collect all kinds of photos of gifs of men reading (the latter site is a bit more NSFW) and we can't get enough of them. There's something to be said about a man with a book in his hand. And best of all, it can often times set the stage for some great and engaging conversations. No pick up line needed, just hope that you're familiar with their book. That's one of the unfortunate things about reading off a kindle or iPad: while convenient, there's no cover.

And now that many of the Best of Lists of the year are being released, you'll have plenty to be inspired by. As always, we love hearing recommendations from the community, so new or old, let us know what we should be reading in the comments below.

RobHeartsDH
January 27, 2012
Category: The Arts
Poetry Portrait

I love it when artists enter into different mediums. Especially when it's for a good cause. Victoria Bennet's 2012 calendar, "The Naked Muse" features photographs of male poets taken by female photographers to raise money for Type 1 diabetes. The black-and-white nudes were taken to illustrate poems about the topic of the male muse.

Take a look at these artful nudes, and if you're feeling so inclined purchase the calendar and contribute to their fundraising.

And while we're on the subject, how many of you out there would or have taken professional nudes of yourself. And if so do you hang them at home or use them mainly for your online profiles. Let us know about your experiences, and any recommendations for posing, being photographed, or an actual photographer.

photo credit : Laura Hynd

RobHeartsDH
January 13, 2012
Category: The Arts
Fit at 50

It's about time the over 50 set were recognized for being the sexy beasts we on this site know them as. Photographers Tommy + Alan have dedicated a new photography project to gay men over 50. Frontiers has a nice interview with the photogs about the new project and why it's important to highlight the oft-overlooked demographic. A good number of the men, who range from 50-70, are in the best physical shape of their life. Which just goes to show you, you can be fit at any age. Tommy and Alan are looking to take more pictures, and I know quite a few Daddies on here that'd be perfect for it, so be sure to check out their site, send them some pics and tell them DH sent you! Eventually they'd love to turn the online project into a book.

Let's do some quick polling: at what age did/do you think you looked best?

RobHeartsDH
October 4, 2011
Category: The Arts
Giovanni

Welcome to our first ever Daddyhunt Book Club! For our inaugural selection, we've chosen to James Baldwin classic homonovela Giovanni's Room. First published in 1956, the tale of a young lad coming to grips with his sexuality in Paris and of course, doomed love. In the interest of engaging those of you who haven't read the book recently or at all, I thought we could talk about the book a little more broadly at first and then get a bit more granular with the details further down. I say this because so much of the book sparks conversations that we can all engage in without knowing all the details of the books. Please discuss any of the following and let's get the comments section buzzing with engagement. So let's begin...

I guess the thing that struck me the most about the book is how much of it is still, in many ways, applicable to our gay lives today. The universal emotions and struggle to come to terms with ones sexuality, that David experiences, is the same in the 1950s as it is today. Sure, things seem easier today with society's growing understanding and acceptance, our more positive presence in the media, and the many outlets and safe havens in which we can take shelter, but at its core, the journey to self acceptance is essentially the same. Our protagonist, David's first gay experience when he's a teen shapes and shames him for years to come. It's a crucial turning point for him and one in which I think we can all relate. In his case, he ran away from it, as far as he could emotionally, and eventually through distance. But as we all know, it's...

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RobHeartsDH
July 20, 2011
Category: The Arts
Dave Koz

Plain and simple: musicians are hot. They pretty much melt my heart. And Dave Koz, the daddy saxophonist who's been around for the past two decades is capable of this as well. Truth is, I'm a sucker for easy listening and power ballads. I love a Michael Bolton or a Peabo Bryson and I'm not ashamed to admit it. The fact that Dave's new single, "This Guy's in Love With You," is a Burt Burt Bacharach cover, well, you pretty much would have had me a at Burt Bacharach. And better still, he's dedicating this single to marriage equality and fills the video with a diverse mix of people from all walks of life.

Who's with me on the easy listening love? Come out and be proud with me in the comments.

RobHeartsDH
June 2, 2011
Category: The Arts
Giovanni's Room

Everyone seemed pretty enthused about the Daddyhunt Book Club so let's start off with a classic, shall we? For our first official selection we will be reading Giovanni's Room, the 1956 novel by James Baldwin.

Here's how it will work:

- You have until September 5th, Labor Day weekend, to read the book. That way you'll have all summer to find, read, and digest the novel.

- If you've read the book already, please feel free to re-read or join in on the discussion.

- Come Labor Day weekend, we'll post a few jumping off topics and feelings on the book and everyone can take it from there in the comments section.

- Feel free to leave comments on this post if you finish before the deadline and we'll include them later on.

We'd also like to encourage everyone, that should you want to organize an in person discussion with local daddies and hunters by all means contact us at participate@daddyhunt.com and we will help you get the word out!

Happy Reading!

RobHeartsDH
April 14, 2011
Category: The Arts
reading is FUNdamental

With so many distractions this days (basically everything that moves) I forgot how much fun reading can be. In an effort to dedicate an hour a night to something creatively and intellectually stimulating, I've tried to cut back on the boob tube. I love it dearly, and there are times when I need it, but when I weighed the amount of time I spent watching television versus the amount time I spent on projects I'd been meaning to get done, it was just too much. Which brings me back to the whole book reading thing.

Recently I finished The Hunger Games trilogy, which while billed as a young adult novel was a great ride filled with some fairly universal adult themes. I'm now in the middle of two books, one paper, Patti Smith's Just Kids, and one eBook, Tina Fey's Bossypants. I decided that because Tina Fey's book just came out (and I was itching to try reading a book on my iPad) I should concentrate on that one and return back to Patti when I'm done. The tones are quite different and I think it's best not to multitask with book reading. But the problem is, when I'm done, what will I read next?!

So what I really want to know is what you all out there are reading. Getting book suggestions can be a tricky business, but also the most practical in terms of finding one you'll like. I was thinking that if enough people either endorsed the same book, or were game for a suggestion by a member or moderator, we could all enjoy the pleasures of reading and discussion together. It's no fun finishing a book and having no one to discuss it with at length,...

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RobHeartsDH
March 15, 2011
Category: The Arts
tim hailand

It's always a pleasant surprise when you come across art that you admire, only to discover that the man behind the art is as attractive as the work he produces. Tim Hailand's been photographing artists, athletes, performers, and designers for the last 10 years. In 2009, he released the first in a series of photography compilations called, One Day in the Life. Each one follows the likes of Harry Potter and Equus star Daniel Radcliffe, Scissor Sister frontman Jake Shears, and Rufus Wainwright for an entire day. These candid photos of the performers in and out of their element give you an insightful and endearing eye into the lives of these otherwise private men. You can see some of his other work here, but to me, the real magic lies in what he captures throughout the course of the day.

If you could choose who Tim follows around next for a day, who would it be and why?

RobHeartsDH
January 7, 2011
Category: The Arts
john arsenault

I know that art and photography are super subjective and tastes vary greatly, but I wanted to share with you a recent discovery (recent being last night while browsing the interwebs). My friend introduced me to a new site (and iPad app) called Cool Hunting, which houses inspirational finds from around the world. Everything from technology and style to design and culture. I just so happened to click through on one of the links for photographer John Arsenault's new exhibit, A Ghost Is Occupying My Heart and boy am I glad I did.

After a 9 year relationship came to end, the artist found himself in Provincetown, MA where he concentrated on healing himself through his art, which is the basis for the new exhibit. The artist writes: "Inspired by a desire to heal a broken heart and to find myself, I decided to strip myself down emotionally, often literally nude, in order to create a body of work that revealed my search and my pain as honestly as I could."

I plan on checking out the exhibit (and in a lottery-winning world, buy a few dozen prints), but what I'm really loving right now is his new work - even the ones without nudity! I think I'm kind of obsessed with his work (and those star tattoos).

Have you ever used a creative outlet to mend a broken...

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