Tuesday, May 24, 2005

To Chicago!

Ahhhh yes. Tomorrow me and a whole crew fly from LA to the Windy City to attend the International Mr. Leather Contest. Last year this was absolutely my favorite convention! I remember the plane ride there- one of my sexy co-horts had dozed off and was awoken by a hunky steward asking him how he "takes it." My friend, in his groggy confusion replied, "Up the Butt?' "Like a Man?" Good times... The size of the leather market at IML is mind boggling. Imagine a soccer field full of whips and leather cop uniforms for sale. And hundreds of beefy Tom of Findland men ready to buy them. I especially loved watching the old guard Leatherguys with the salt 'n pepper hair, dressed full on Leather Daddy Freddie Mercury style, making out in the corner, cltuching at each other's chaps. Hot! So off I go jet setting to the land of leather plenty. I promise to share all the colorful details.

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

"Living Through Steve Diet Goedde" DVD

I love my job! I’m hard-pressed to think of a better way to spend a couple of hours than to “work” on viewing this exquisite DVD. This latest contribution by the masterful photographer is aptly titled “Living Through Steve Diet Goedde.” Many reviewers of his work have praised his ability to capture the feeling of immediacy and intimacy on film; this DVD takes that notion a few steps further.

The nine galleries take the viewer on a kind of ambient tour of delicious images of fantastical women. The range of models covers a lot of ground: from long and lean to curvy and supple, latex superheroes, purring kitten pin-up girls, and brooding vixens. The main thread in all of the images is Steve’s vision. As Dita Von Teese says in her interview, “He is trying to look inside you- whether it be a contemplative moment…or (while) being outrageous.” The photos are a collection of Steve’s famous photos, plus archival material and work created exclusively for the DVD.

The images organically blend from one into another, spending time focusing on one part of an image, then panning out to show us the whole picture. The original music was sexy, while not overpowering or distracting from the main content. The galleries with the music would be great to play at your next cocktail party as much as just taking in the stylish beauty all by yourself. The interviews with Steve and the models are an at-ease and off-the-cuff method of capturing the essence of what it is like to be there at those photo shoots. The models are sweet and sincere, and don’t sound like the annoying brown-nosers you end up encountering on many DVD -extras interviews. These gals are sure of themselves, comfortable in their own sexuality, and pleased as punch to talk about their positive modeling experiences with Steve. Steve is often there, sitting beside them, offering his perspectives with his signature quiet humor and wit. Have you ever fantasized about being the lucky bastard who takes these ladies’ photos? I sure have. There is an especially dreamy featurette where Steve arrives on the scene of a photo shoot, on a beach with the ocean breezes blowing, a hot ’49 Buick holding a sexy woman in a slinky pin-up girl outfit, with another adorable lady applying make-up to the model. Everyone looks relaxed and playful and once the shooting starts, stills from the session flash before us with delightful abandon. Even though it is a fantastical set-up, the whole scene rings true and honest. The colors are rich and the images are classy, flirty and timeless. Irresistible. Who wouldn’t want to be Steve on a day like that?

Buy it HERE.

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

First Lana Blog Ever!

Hello friends, hello world! Ahhhhh....feel the freshness of a brand new blog. It's like that giddy feeling of the first day of school or of rehearsal. It's a hot, sweaty day in L.A., and I personally am looking forward to a cool shower. But before the cleansing, I'd like to take this opportunity to say hello and charmed and how do you do? I've got so much to talk about, as there are many adventures scheduled for my near future.....A weekend trip to the queen of kitch's hotel in Palm Springs: Ruby Montana's the Coral Sands hotel... and then a visit to the magical desert of Joshua Tree.Then off to Chicago for the International Mr. Leather contest! This was my favorite convention last year. Those leather guys are hot studs and know how to have a good time.....leather style. Erotica LA at the Los Angeles convention center. I will serve as "Crusie Director" at the Erotic Museum's fabulous booth. Who wants to learn Japanese Rope bondage? Anyone? Anyone? There's a taste for you. As the old actors say....always leave them wanting more.... Love, Lucky Lana