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Jan Koppen - Hunk du Jour

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Jan Köppen grabbed the most votes yesterday in a pretty even match-up, winning the title of Hunk of the Day! Jan is a television presenter/host in Germany.

Hunks on this day in previous years:
David Gandy
Joshua Bowman
Jonathan Janes
Erik Bunton
Paul Walker

This new video from Adam Joseph might not be as provocative or shocking as Adam Lambert's performance on the AMAs, but it adds another voice in the dialog about marriage equality in New York and the rest of the country.

Adam's video stars New York artist Lars Stephan (previously interviewed on Hunk du Jour) and his partner Stuart Perkins. Lars commented on the video on his blog recently, saying:

I like the simplicity of it, and that we are not pictured as a stereotypical gay couple, but rather as two people, who happen to be men, who love each other.

It's a touching video, and brings a new life to Adam's cover of Finally... check it out.

[ Adam Joseph - Official Site ]
[ Adam Joseph - MySpace Artist Page ]
[ Lars Stephan - Flickr ]
[ Lars Stephan - Blog ]

Lars Stephan - Hunk du Jour

Maik Wiedenbach - Hunk du Jour

Photographer Richard Gerst sent over these snaps of "physique architect" Maik Wiedenbach for your approval. Apart from having an awesome physique, Maik is also working on a fitness book which he hopes will be taking off soon!

[ Richard Gerst - Official Site ]
[ Maik Wiedenbach, Alder Training - Official Site ]

Aaron Bruckner, Model - Hunk du Jour

Aaron Bruckner, Model - Hunk du Jour

Aaron Bruckner is a delicious young man from Germany, represented by the Kult Model Agency.

[ Source: Models.com Model of the Week ]

German Decathlete, Pascal Behrenbruch - Hunk du Jour

Some photos of Pascal Behrenbruch from the 2007 World Decathlon. Pascal earned an overall 9th place standing. Over two days, decathletes participate in the following ten events: 100-meter run, long jump, shot put, high jump, 400 meter run, 110-meter hurdles, discus, pole vault, javelin, and 1500 meter run.

Over twenty days next summer I'll participate in the following events: channel surfing, take-out dialing, marathon blogging, and 8-hour snooze. I'd better start training now...

Pascal Behrenbruch shows off his abs - Hunk du Jour

Lars - Hunk du Jour

Back in February we saw Lars Stephan on flickr and featured a photo. He found the post and then was nice enough to let me ask him some questions about photography, his life in New York City, and moving to the United States from Germany.

For more of Lars' photography, check out his flickr photostream!

You moved to New York in the last few years from Germany, what brought you to New York?
I moved to NY in order to be with my then boyfriend Kelley. For a couple of years we had been in a long distance relationship with him being in New York and me in Germany. That relationship didn’t work out, but I stayed in New York anyway and then met my current boyfriend Stuart.

What differences do you experience as an artist between that country and the US? Is New York more condusive to your expression as a photographer?
Since I haven't really spent much time elsewhere in the US besides LA, I can only speak about NY. I find NYC and its energy very inspiring compared to Hamburg where I lived before I moved here. It is easier to express oneself and be oneself without being frowned upon. Although I have to say that NY is more and more ruled by money and those with it, instead of those who are interesting or talented. I kept hearing that Berlin is still interesting.

Your self-portraits get a lot of attention in your flickr photostream, of course. Tell us a little bit about how you handle sometimes being bothphotographer and subject at the same time.
I like the creative freedom of being both photographer and the model at the same time. I can do whatever I want, whenever I feel like it. If I don't like the result nobody is ever going to see it. I also like the fact that I don't need to justify myself to anyone in the creation of my images.

When you walk out your door in the morning with camera closeby, do you know what you're looking for? How does inspiration find you?
I never really know what I am looking for. Most often something just catches my eye, may it be the light on a building, a color combination or a unexpected composition.

You and your partner share a love of photography, is that how you two met?
We actually met while I was riding my bike and he was walking down the street. It was a wordless meeting with me giving him my phone number. We spoke the next day just as he was flying to London for a couple of weeks.

Finally -- some of our silly Random Hunk QuestionsTM!

1) You're on the subway filled with celebrities. Between which two celebrities would you sit down?
Bette Davis and Muhammad Ali

2) You've been given a grant to do a series of self-portraits around the world. Which locations would you choose?
Tokyo.


3) Which is your Dreamgirl: Beyonce Knowles or Jennifer Hudson?
Miss Hudson.

4) Better outfit: Spiderman, Superman, or Batman?
Spiderman

5) Team USA Swimmer Michael Phelps, Actor Jake Gyllenhaal, and comedian Dane Cook.
Which would you boff/screw/make whoopee/have sex with? Which would you Marry? Which would you Kill?

Dane Cook, who is that?? So let's kill him off, Jake is a very sweet man, I met him a couple of times, so let's make whoppee with him (although I don’t think he would be interested) and as far as Michael Phelps goes, I would kill him too, if I didn’t respect his talent as a swimmer.

Thanks for much for chatting with us, Lars! And good luck in your future projects!

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