Not sure why, but once in a while old Sissydude posts disappear from public view, like this one. Since Walt Cessna’s Tumblr works always reminded me of Carl Van Vechten’s beautiful photos I thought I’d do a repost. Enjoy!
Jan 12/2011: So I’ve just been falling in love with these Van Vechten photos of young up & coming African American stars like Pearl Bailey (picture above), Billy Dee Williams, Jeffrey Holder, Diahann Carroll, Eartha Kitt, Ruby Dee & James Earl Jones… the patterned fabric backdrops, the silly (yet perfect) props… sooooo good. NOW let me share my faves (get ready… there’s a lot). Extensive archive HERE @ BEINECKE LIBRARY
Joshua and Tiffany- Stephen Gregory, 2013
SISSYDUDE LOVES: CALL ME A GHOST “an erotic film about melancholy” by NOEL ALEJANDRO… (TRAILERS & SEXY PICS)
BARCELONA – Alternative gay porn director Noel Alejandro is proud to announce the release of his first erotic film, “Call Me a Ghost”. In Alejandro’s protagonist’s life, something seems to be permanently out of place. He is intelligent, attractive and talented – however this supposedly good life seems to lose relevance as he falls into commanding sadness. He resists to leave his house and starts to feel desolation taking over when, at the apex of a major crisis, he is visited by a supernatural presence. Feeling strangely attracted to it and with nothing to lose, he welcomes the ghost, maybe hoping to sense contact with someone else. Will this strange presence become a safe harbour for him to reassert control? The ghost is surprisingly graceful: is there a place for desire in sadness? Could pleasure become a weapon in fighting deep solitude?
Part of the director’s effort in pushing the boundaries of the adult film industry, Call Me a Ghost is a moving portrayal of human melancholy, and a daring exploration of the roles of sex, pleasure and intimacy in the life of a man whose hope is falling short.
Now, the explicit trailer…
“Call Me a Ghost was made to tell us that sometimes feeling blue is fine – even in the porn world.”
“Sadness wasn’t my first emotion choice when writing Call Me a Ghost. The original inspiration was about doing a good explicit film about the supernatural, something with ghosts and a good dose of mystery. But the more I thought about the plot, and the more I explored the details, the more I saw this sad atmosphere surrounding my character. At first I thought it was presumptuous (or even just wrong) and started to hysterically shake my hand over my character’s head trying to dissipate the dark clouds. But they just wouldn’t go away. And then I understood.”
Above, excerpt from “A conversation about sex, sadness and pornography”. Read the full piece HERE
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Sissydude Valentine ode to James Bidgood & Pierre et Gilles… with a vintage guy named “Kevin”
Oh, XL… you are such a beauty.
VALENTINES ROUND-UP AFTER THE JUMP…
Two super hotties! That’s lucky photographer JOHN EDWARD FINK on the right.
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Past Sissydude post featuring Brian @ RMRL HERE
See the whole picture set of NICO HERE
SISSYDUDE LOVES: DUSTI’S DIVINELY DIRTY DUDENHEIMERS/ SUPER HOT HAIRY MEN/ PHOTOS by DUSTI CUNNINGHAM
Issue (08) is dedicated to Toronto, Ontario, one of the most multicultural cities in the world. It’s also one of the most mixed up and hard to fathom cities – the architecture is all over the place, the neighbourhoods all feel disparate, and the whole place is vast. We knew from the start we wanted to do a Canadian city, and this made a fantastic introduction to a fascinating and multi-faceted country.
We travelled all over this town meeting the local boys and seeing the sights, including lots of cameos of the CN Tower. There’s also a few Canadian touches here and there like one lad in front of some red maple leaves and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau next to a boy with his dick out!
Like the city, the fourteen men featured inside represent a variety of cultural backgrounds, races, body types, styles, and ages (this issue’s men ranged from 20 to 73). Each were photographed around the city or in their homes, and many did both, including a fair few nudes – Torontonians turned out to not be a very shy bunch! And as usual, each boy’s spread includes by a story written by him about his life and the city.
Sometimes I get obsessed/ inspired about someone (or a group of people) and I can’t stop searching for info on them. Recently I’ve had my Hockney LOVE (re-reading 1976’s Hockney by Hockney) resurface and with it, Hockney’s friends- muse Celia Birtwell and “maybe Hockney’s lover” and Celia’s husband and creative partner Ossie Clark. Birtwell popped up recently in 2015 when she collaborated with Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli for Valentino’s beautiful pre-fall 2015 collection. So here you go. Come join my new obsession! I’ve got Julia Watt’s 2003 book ‘Ossie Clark 1965-1974’, The Ossie Clark Diaries & Birtwell’s 2011 picture book coming in the mail, so I’ll be busy reading and observing images through now and into 2017. Probably share more images as well. Don’t worry… hairy assholes will be coming soon!
Wikipedia: Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy is a painting by the British artist David Hockney. Painted between 1970 and 1971, it depicts the fashion designer Ossie Clark and the textile designer Celia Birtwell shortly after their wedding at which Hockney was Clark’s best man. Hockney and Clark had been friends since the early 1960s. One of their cats sits on Ossie’s knee (the cat in the painting was not in fact Percy — this was the name of one of their other cats — but Hockney thought Percy made a better title than Blanche, the cat he painted). The work is in acrylic on canvas, and measures 2170 x 3084mm in its frame. The painting featured in the final 10 of the Greatest Painting in Britain Vote in 2005, the only work by a living artist to do so. The painting is in the collection of the Tate Gallery.
INDEPENDENT UK: In the painting, Birtwell wears a dress co-designed by her and her husband. Theirs was one of fashion’s most volatile but successful marriages. Success is an odd word to use, given that the couple divorced in 1974, and Clark and his business were declared bankrupt in the early 1980s. But their professional and personal partnership defined the 1960s and 70s, forming a blueprint for contemporary British fashion. That blueprint comprises spectacular shows, painstakingly constructed clothes, a global influence on other designers and, paradoxically, creative abundance shackled by financial reality. Ossie Clark and Celia Birtwell represented its first cresting wave – one that inevitably came crashing down. Read the rest HERE.
Hockney drew on both The Arnolfini Portrait by Jan van Eyck and A Rake’s Progress by William Hogarth in the symbolism and composition of the painting. A copy of Hockney’s own interpretation of A Rake’s Progress is seen on the wall. The positions of the two figures are reversed from the Arnolfini Portrait with the conclusion that Birtwell is the assertive partner. The lilies next to Birtwell, a symbol of female purity are also associated with depictions of the Annunciation (at the time of the portrait Birtwell was pregnant). The cat on Clark’s lap is a symbol of infidelity and envy. In this case, Clark continued to have affairs which contributed to the breakdown of the marriage in 1974.
Author Judith Watt comments: “Celia collaborated with Ossie. This was a joint effort. People say that she was his muse, which indeed she was, but their work absolutely went hand in hand. It was her designs that he used to create his. I think it’s unfair that she not be given that voice”
Ossie was noted, from this period on, for buying six new record albums a week, all from the newest and most popular recording artists. His love of music and art were legendary amongst Ossie’s friends. Also at this time Ossie began to take hard drugs more recreationally with friend and business partner Alice Pollock. “This is when his character began to change” says longtime friend Lady Henrietta Rous.