EVERY DECADE HAS ITS OWN STYLES AND HEROES. BUT NO DECADE HAS EVER SEEN A CULTURE AS WE HAVE BEEN GIVEN BY MTV IN THE EARLY 1980’S. WITH THE ORIGINAL PURPOSE OF BEING A CHANNEL THAT WOULD ONLY PLAY MUSIC VIDEOS GUIDED BY TELEVISION PERSONALITIES KNOWN AS VIDEO JOCKEYS, MTV CAN EASILY BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR MAKING THE CULTURAL SHIFT OF SIMPLE PERFORMANCE CLIPS TO COMPLETE DIRECTED MUSIC VIDEOS THAT HAVE BEEN – AND STILL ARE – IN LARGE PART THE KEY TO SUCCESS FOR STARS SUCH AS MICHAEL JACKSON, PRINCE AND MADONNA. MTV AND WITH IT EVERYTHING IT TOUCHED, HAS BECOME CULT.
If I say Nickelodeon I’m sure it will bring back memories for many of you. Owned by MTV, Nickeloden, often shortened to Nick, is an American basic cable and satellite TV network, launched in 1977. Aimed at children and adolescents in an age group of 8 to 16 years, Nickelodeon is known for many movies, series and shows that now easily can be seen as cult shows and iconic for the 1980’s and 90’s. It is this emblematic network that inspired Logan Noh to create this fun and colourful photo shoot, featuring Jim Poole.
Logan Noh did not arrive at his concept and source of inspiration entirely by coincident. After Logan graduated high school, during which he was a competitive gymnast for 13 years (which is just nice to mention) he moved from Northern California to Los Angeles where he obtained internships at Billboard Magazine, Back Stage West and – indeed – MTV Films. Logan is definitely from the MTV generation and the MTV culture clearly runs through his veins. Recently Logan graduated from California State University with a Bachelor’s degree in television, film and media studies and currently he freelances as Art Director on high profile music videos. In which he is no stranger to pop stars such as One Direction, Kelly Clarkson and Lady Gaga. A dream job that for many would be enough. Not for Logan though. And so, asides from keeping himself busy making pop stars even bigger stars, he also designs menswear and works as photographer. Today we focus on the latter.
Jim Poole was born and raised in a small city somewhere in Alabama. Having lived a fairly local life, he visited New York City in 2009 and, enchanted by the bright light of the big city, knew right away that was where he belonged. He didn’t stay though. No, Jim went back home and spent the next two weeks packing his belongings and saying his farewells before returning to the Big Apple. In New York Jim took acting classes and modelled. Now if you want to have a chance to make a real break through as a model Abercrombie & Fitch might be a very good start. It was apparently for Jim. Like MTV and Nickelodeon, A&F has made name for itself, not only by its quality product but most certainly also due to its provocative add campaigns that, for several decades in a row, have been an example for sensual masculine fashion photography.
Though New York was everything Jim Poole though it would be, he also realized that living in a city that never sleeps is quite exhausting. And so Jim once more packed his bags and moved, this time all the way west to another big city where the light are even more bright. Jim is now based in Los Angeles where he pursues a career in acting. As many other do I hear you thinking. True. But Jim is actually making it happen. Proof? Jim recently took the male lead in David DeCoteau’s interpretation of America’s most notorious love story: Bonnie & Clyde: Justified. As we all know, getting solid ground under your feet in the acting business is hard work and it takes time to establish yourself. Jim helps himself by working bar shifts in a LA nightclub, which is where Logan Noh met him.
As said before, Logan Noh found his inspiration for his collaboration with Jim Poole in the 80’s and 90’s Nick shows that he grew up with. Logan has no shortage of colourful and funny props that he uses often for his music videos. Mixing those fun accessories with colourful background and a playful acting Jim Poole, resulted in this series of portraits that bring classic MTV pop cult back to life in the 21st century. –BM-
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