Friday, October 30, 2009

ANTHONY GOICOLEA/ photographer

     Anthony Goicolea (born 1971) is a New York-based fine art photographer, born in Atlanta, GA.
     Goicolea's photographs frequently deal with issues of  androgeny, homosexuality and child sexuality. Goicolea, Cuban-American and gay, was educated at the University of Georgia and studied painting, photography, and sculpture at that institution. He holds an MFA in fine arts from the Pratt Institute. He made his debut in 1999, and now shows work with Postmasters gallery in New York and Aurel Scheibler in Berlin, Germany.
In 2005, he received the BMW-Award for Photography.
     Some of his work features photographs of "pre- to barely pubescent boys" (Art in America, Dec, 2001) in elaborately staged tableau settings, commonly showing multiple boys wearing traditional private school uniforms either engaged in school-life or recreation after school — but with often transgressive and erotic twists in their activities. Of great interest in these compositions is the fact that Goicolea himself portrays all of the boys in his photographs through the astute use of costumes, wigs, make-up, and post-production editing via the software Adobe Photoshop; "always looking uncannily like a boy on the edge of puberty" (The Advocate, August 14, 2001). Therefore, despite having numerous figures in them, Goicolea's photographs are actually very complex large-scale self-portraits, and are always done in a flawlessly realist manner.



 

ANDY HOUGHTON/ photographer

KRISTOPHER KELLY/ photographer

          Dirty Dan

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

FUNNY COMMERCIAL

REASONS TO LIVE

     So, you were expecting, according to the title of the blog, something profound, perhaps even earth shattering. And now you are perhaps disappointed by what you find. Why not thoughts about world hunger, or the wars we are in, or the state of the economy, or gay marriage, or hate crimes, or political corruption? Very important topics, all. And very little I can do about any of them, other than to stay informed, to vote. Nor do they cause me to lose much sleep at night. I leave the solutions for these issues to those with deeper pockets of intellect. My pockets contain only loose change in comparison. Sure I have opinions about those things. But I save them to bore my friends and housemates around the dinner table. There is already a plethora of minds all too willing to pontificate ad nauseam for us on a daily basis.
     No, these are not the things that get me out of bed in the morning, that cause me to want to continue each day into the next.  What I really want, and to a degree, expect from life is that each day be interesting. And if it is interesting there is a chance that it will be challenging as well. Maybe that is why the gods handed me ADHD; for with that 'gift' life is certainly never dull. And it is always a challenge to just keep up with myself. So, the presentations here are what keeps life interesting for me. A good song, a handsome photograph, a moving or silly poem or article, the accomplishments of my brothers and sisters, especially those who are gay, stupid YouTube videos, good looking men (and I know that is very subjective) and a daily kiss (my husband's job, and you won't find that one here), add spice to my days.  And best of all, it's always changing.

ROCKAPELLA

Up On The Roof/ Don't Know Much About History

GREG GORMAN/ photographer


 

 

DIDIO/ photographer


 

KRISTOPHER KELLY/ photographer

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Saturday, October 24, 2009

Friday, October 23, 2009

JAE SCOTT DIERS/ photographer

I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER/ Three Bears

Was this their tactic all along to get Miss Goldilocks out of their house?

PIERRE AND GILLES/ photographers

AYMERIC GIRAUDEL/ photographer

Ooooohhhhh! Kink!

AUGUSTEN BURROUGHS/ happy birthday

     I am reading Running With Scissors, a memoire by author Augusten Burroughs, a gay man with a very unconventional 70's childhood. (But wasn't that a given in the 70's?) It's funny, quirkey, and a little tragic, and a real trip back to the era. Happy Birthday, Augusten.
     Wikipedia says: The book tells the story of Burroughs' bizarre childhood life after his mother, who had an obsession with Anne Sexton, sent him to live with her psychiatrist.  Running with Scissors spent four weeks on the The New York Times bestseller list.
     Running with Scissors covers the period of Burroughs' adolescent years, beginning at age twelve (after a brief overview of his life as a child). Burroughs spends his early childhood in a clean and orderly home, obsessing over his clothes, hair, accessories, and having great potential, with his parents constantly fighting in the background.
     When his parents separate and his mother begins to second guess her sexuality, Burroughs is sent to live with his mother's psychiatrist, Dr. Finch. The doctor lives in a rundown Victorian house located in Northhampton, MA. He lives with his wife as well as his biological and adopted children and some of his own patients, where rules are practically non-existent and children of all ages do whatever they please (such as having sex, smoking cigarettes and cannabis, and rebelling against authority figures). On one occasion, Burroughs and Dr. Finch's daughter Natalie destroy the kitchen ceiling because they feel it is too low and depressing. However, the dysfunctional issues that occur in the Finch family are outdone by the psychotic episodes frequently experienced by Burroughs' mother.
Burroughs tells Dr. Finch's adopted 33-year-old son, Neil Bookman, that he is gay. From the age of thirteen to fifteen, Burroughs has an intense and open sexual relationship with Bookman, which starts when Bookman forces the young boy to perform oral sex on him. Neither his mother nor any member of the Finch family is bothered by their relationship. Burroughs begins to enjoy exacting power over Bookman by threatening to charge him with statutory rape. Bookman is besotted with the young boy, even though Burroughs has problems with their relationship (going in phases of needing the affection of Bookman to wanting to humiliate or get away from him). Bookman eventually leaves Northampton and is never heard from again by Burroughs or the Finches.
Burroughs forms a close relationship with Dr. Finch's daughter Natalie, who is one year his senior. They leave the Finch household together.
     At the end of the book, when Burroughs is living in his own apartment with Natalie, he is asked to choose sides between his mother and Dr. Finch when she accuses him of raping her. The relationship between his mother and the doctor had been turbulent ever since a scene at a motel, where Dr. Finch's abnormal methods of therapy reached a point at which they could possibly be interpreted as sexual assault. He still considers Dr. Finch's family and his mother to be his family, and he cannot bring himself to choose sides. The book ends with Burroughs leaving Massachusetts and moving to New York City.
     The book was made into a film that I have on my Netflix list due to arrive about the time I finish the book. Here's a trailer


 



Wednesday, October 21, 2009

TED SHAWN AND HIS MEN DANCERS

Ted Shawn (21 October 1891 — 9 January, 1972), originally Edwin Myers Shawn, was one of the first notable male pioneers of American modern dance. Along with creating Denishawn with former wife Ruth St. Denis, he is also responsible for the creation of the well known all-male company Ted Shawn and His Men Dancers. With his innovative ideas of masculine movement he is one of the most influential choreographers and dancers of his day. He is also the founder and creator of Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival in Massachusetts.



ROY BLAKEY/ photographer

Upon reflection.....



ADAM BOUSKA/ photographer

DO RE MI/ Fun in Antwerp

This is a fun little video done in an Antwerp transit station. Travelers are treated to an "impromptu" song and dance.

DUREX Condom Commercial

This is like a total whoot!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

PUMA index

The Puma Index has a pretty interesting way of keeping track of market shares. As the share market index goes down, the Puma guy (who is pretty hot) takes off some clothes, and as the index rises, he puts them back on. In the interim wait period as things adjust he will do different things like lift weights, clean his bike, iron his underwear. If the market is closed, he sleeps.

 

Monday, October 19, 2009

SAM SCOTT SCHAIVO/ photographer


 

SONOS/ I Want You Back

There is a little known indie acapella group out there made up of three men and three women called Sonos. They hail from Los Angeles. I was forwarded a link to a YouTube video they put together for the old Michael Jackson tune I want you back. It's really good. I mean really..... I went to YouTube today to try to embed it here for you all, but the embedding has been disabled by presumably the request of the group. I suppose I get it in that they are trying to sell the track on iTunes, but it is a shame that I can't have it here for you to enjoy. But I think it is good enough that  will put the YouTube link here for you to try if you're interested.   I Want You Back

Sunday, October 18, 2009

A Little Grit/ Adam Bouska photograher

Star Trek Alt

Don't know what gives with the link for Gay Star Trek that I posted the other day, but it keeps going south. In trying to see if I could find a better link, I came across this one. It is from a web based Star Trek series. Again, Star Trek as we always wanted to see it. At least the way I did. Sorry for the bad fit.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Herb Ritts

I am a great fan of photography, and Herb Ritts was one of the best. From the Herb Ritts website: http://www.herbritts.com

Herb Ritts began his photographic career in the late 70's and gained a reputation as a master of art and commercial photography. In addition to producing portraits and editorial fashion for Vogue, Vanity Fair, Interview and Rolling Stone, Ritts also created successful advertising campaigns for Calvin Klein, Chanel, Donna Karan, Gap, Gianfranco Ferré, Gianni Versace, Giorgio Armani, Levi's, Pirelli, Polo Ralph Lauren, Valentino among others. Since 1988 he directed numerous influential and award winning music videos and commercials. His fine art photography has been the subject of exhibitions worldwide, with works residing in many significant public and private collections.

In his life and work, Herb Ritts was drawn to clean lines and strong forms. This graphic simplicity allowed his images to be read and felt instantaneously. They often challenged conventional notions of gender or race. Social history and fantasy were both captured and created by his memorable photographs of noted individuals in film, fashion, music, politics and society.

Ritts was committed to HIV/AIDS related causes, and contributed to many charitable organizations, among them amfAR, Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation, Project Angel Food, Focus on AIDS, APLA, Best Buddies and Special Olympics . He was also a charter member on the Board of Directors for The Elton John Aids Foundation.

Herb Ritts passed away on December 26th, 2002.

Of course my favorite is his Body Shop series. Here's a couple of the best.


Friday, October 16, 2009

I Just Wanted to Kiss You.

I just wanted to kiss you
To show you my love
That burns like sulphur
Within my heart

I just wanted to kiss you
To show you
That I am yours forever
And you are mine

I just wanted to kiss you
To placate our long friendship
To cement our union
There and then

I just wanted to kiss you
And touch your lovely chicks
I wanted to caress you
And feel your body

I just wanted to kiss you
And feel your tongue in my mouth
And mine in yours
The warmth

I just wanted to kiss you
To feel the tenderness
Of your soft lips
Against mine

I just wanted to kiss you
Because it felt right
It felt like the time to do so
It just felt right

I just wanted to kiss you
And put my loving arms around you
And feel your heartbeat
In a warm embrace

I just wanted to kiss you
To kiss you and kiss you
Because my lips were burning with desire
I just wanted to kiss you

Jack Shaka

IKEA Commercials

I love Ikea and the crass consumerism of shopping there. They also have some of the funnioest commercials. Watch!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Acapella Music

I love acapella groups (you know, without accompaniment) and their music. Here's a great Slovenian Choir, Perpetuum Jazzile, that performs jazz and popular music. Love the way they create the rain storm with their hands. Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Book Binding/ Sandpaper Kisses

    I mentioned ADHD in my first post. Well, one way to describe that is that I do many, many things. Some I do well, some I do really well, some not so well. But I do'em. Book binding and Artist Books are a couple of  them.
    Last summer I put together a book of poetry and images titled Sandpaper Kisses; a book of men kissing men. Go figure! The whole project was gathered from the net. It started from a collection of images that I had stored on my computer, that I had collected from around the net. Nothing sexier that a man kissing another man, in my not so humble opinion, and I never tire seeing it.
    Now, I hang with the Radical Faeries, and our clan gathers twice a year in the mountains above Detroit, OR at a wonderful place, Breitenbush Hot Springs. At each gathering there is an auction to help provide scholarships to Faeries who cannot afford the rather hefty price of the gatherings. I decided to put together an artist book of the images I had collected, and donate it to the auction. I then went in search of poems about kissing, preferably authored by men and with non specific gender references as to the person being kissed. And voila, Sandpaper Kisses was born. (If we're being honest here, the name was borrowed from a group at Tribe.net. Thanks, gang.) Here are some pics of the finished product. It is 65 pages and true bound in suede.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Today's Kiss

Hubby

This is perhaps the MOST significant reason for me to live, my husband of nearly 13 years, Eric. I love you, honey.

Playing for Change: Music Around the world

One of the things that makes it worth getting up in the morning is a good song. Someone sent me a link a year or so ago about a project called Playing for Change by a man named Mark Johnson. I watched the video and was blown away. It is the song Stand By Me performed by various street musicians around the world, and edited together into an incredible preformance.

Shortly after receiving the link, I was watching the PBS show Bill Moyer's Journal, (another favorite thing) and he did a story about Mark Johnson and the project behind the song. Here's a link to the site. http://www.playingforchange.com

So...I'm writing a blog.

So...I'm writing a blog. Who'd have guessed. What's it about? This is a place for me to show you all some of the things I think are good reasons to be alive. The reasons are many and varied. A good song....I love music. A beautiful picture; which includes, but is not limited to, naked men. Lot's great videos on youtube that catch my eye. Poetry, a good story or an interesting article, a joke, pagan stuff or just thoughts. You'll find it all here.

Don't look for consistency. I'm too ADHD for that. But I'll post as I find stuff, which is nearly daily.