Ignacio Nacho Figueras: A Caballo

Ignacio Nacho Figueras: A Caballo

A Caballo is a new film from Nowness by photographer and filmmaker Matthew Donaldson, who celebrates the raw power of man and beast by capturing Nacho Figueras on one of his favorite horses in minute detail.  The polo champion spins a sumptuous 180 in Donaldson’s slow-motion epic.  The bronzed Argentine horsemen that swarm Long Island’s polo fields each summer are tall, dark, handsome and, with the globe-trotting, sun-chasing lifestyle their sport afford, indecently glamorous.  The most storied of all these Latin gods is Ignacio (Nacho) Figueras, who with his chiseled jaw, moody brown eyes and tousled locks is not only one of the world’s top 100 polo players, but the face of Ralph Lauren Black Label and Polo fragrances worldwide, and, according to a 2009 issue of Vanity Fair, the second most handsome man in the world.  Born in Argentina, where polo rivals soccer as the national sport, Figueras began playing at the age of eight and became a professional at 17.

He began his secondary career as a model in 2000 after being introduced to legendary fashion photographer Bruce Weber at a dinner party, and found that his raised profile enabled him to be an ambassador in the democratization of polo.  He was the brains behind the annual Veuve Cliquot tournament on Governor’s Island that has introduced the sport to a whole new generation of New Yorkers.

Ignacio Nacho Figueras: A Caballo

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Monument: An Urban Tale of Courage

Monument: An Urban Tale of Courage

Monument is a three-minute short film created by the English filmmaker, Robin Schmidt.  The film was made as part of the competition in support of the Fireflies Charity, which recognizes relatives and friends’ battles with cancer.  This year they asked for entries for a film challenge to create a three minute film about courage.  Monument is  kind of an urban fairytale about an aged Rastafarian in a wheelchair, who relives a knife attack and decides to rid the community of its knife problem once and for all by magnetizing his body.

The film was a finalist in the Fireflies competition earlier this year, and won the Bahamas 14 Islands Film Challenge.

Monument: An Urban Tale of Courage

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Photos of the Day: The Back of the House

Photos of the Day: The Back of the House

Photography by:  Michael Harlan Turkell, NYC

Back of the House is a behind the scenes look at the world of fine dining by photographer Michael Harlan Turkell.  This collection of photographs reveals restaurants’ often unrecognized subcultures; it presents the artistry, diligence, precision and camaraderie that endures throughout the chaos.

The vivacious celebrity chefs who are prominent in today’s pop culture give the impression that their work merely springs from their own energetic imaginations.  In reality, their product is the work of a large team of people whose efforts and skills too often go unrecognized and unappreciated by both gourmands and the general public.  Turkell’s  project celebrates these people’s hard work and captures perfectly the atmosphere of the back of the house.

Chef Grant Achatz of Alinea Restaurant: Emotionally Enhanced Cooking

Slide Show: The Back of the House

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Photos of the Day: Portraits of Naked, Beautiful Immortals

Photos of the Day: Portraits of Naked, Beautiful Immortals

Photography by:  Vee Speers, Paris

Immortal is a stunning work of photo-based art by the Parisian photographer Vee Speers, a work which creates a new world that merges Mona Lisa charm and mystery, with the melancholy of Dorian Gray.   At once alluring and disquieting, these portraits of naked, beautiful young people are set against backdrops of Eden-like natural beauty, or scenes of post-apocalyptic destruction.

What makes Immortal work so well is the direct gaze that Speers elicits from her subjects.  The look is genuine, whether it’s detached, disdainful, modest, defiant, arrogant, melancholy, worried, or puffed up with peacock machismo.  These Immortals are all like tragic fallen angels, eyes opened with animal intelligence, looking out onto an uncertain future, not even aware of how perfectly beautiful they appear to be right now.

The Picture of Dorian Gray

Slide Show: Portraits of Naked, Beautiful Immortals

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