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
HOUSTON LGBT HISTORY: TWO was published by Rick Kerr, and the office address given was that of the Melody Room (457 Church Street, Toronto), one of two gay clubs he owned (the other being the Music Room). The magazine name was obviously inspired by the American homophile publication “TWO (Truth Will Out),” a supplement to the magazine One, which began in 1953. With issue #6 the subtitle was dropped from the covers. The publisher name was initially Gayboy Publishing, and quickly changed to Kamp Publishing LTD. The magazine’s content was eclectic, with articles, local drag revue coverage, stories, and lots of teen model physique photography.
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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More SEXY pics after the jump…
VIVO MEDIA ARTS CENTRE: Gayblevision, Canada’s first television program made “for gay people by gay people”, was produced through Vancouver’s West End Cable 10 between 1980-1986. It documented the local LGBTQ community – the issues, people, events, businesses and organizations that defined the early 1980s. It includes rare interviews with community leaders and cultural icons, and provides insight into the formation of the Pride movement and the impact of AIDS.
Co-founder and first President, Don Durrell, donated the collection in 1993. It includes over eighty Gayblevision episodes and those of Pacific Wave, a series initiated December 1983 by Durrell and other Gayblevision producers. Co-founder Mary Anne McEwen donated additional Gayblevision videos including raw footage of their Tennessee Williams interview. Other videos include an AIDS Special, Pride tapes, promotional segments, audio tracks, and working cassettes. In 2014 a donation of production stills and other ephemera was made in honour of McEwen.
READ MORE HERE.
STONEWALL GAZETTE: This is historically important archival footage of activist Alan Hicox, from a segment produced for Gayblevision in 1983. Hicox died on Sept 26, 1984; he was only 21 years of age. Gayblevision was Canada’s first gay TV show and was produced in Vancouver. In this footage, Hicox shares his experience with AIDS and talks about how he is helping to educate the public. FULL 4:44 VERSION HERE. Video @ XTRA
So much fun! Inspired performances and imaginative outfits abound!!!
Lady Galore – Concept / organisation / Ass. director (literally)
Dylan Tonk – Director 🍆
Guillaume Versteeg – Camera / Editing 🎥
Lazlo Tonk – production assistant / editing
GJ Kooijman – production assistant
Naftalie Vader – production assistant
Willemieke Bongers – production assistant
Pascal Koelemij – production assistant
Bambi Mercury – audio track
It’s not everyday (usually a few times a month) that someone sends me pics they’d like me to share with the Sissydude audience.
And what pics!!! So here are Monsieur Allan’s beautiful cock and ass and all other delectable parts for you to savor. I’ve also included lovely shots from his Instagram. The man really loves architecture, cats & nature. Thank you SO MUCH Allan for sharing YOU!
“Mr Allan Montreal | Quebec | Canada All photos taken by me | All rights reserved A bit of everything, according to the inspiration of the moment.” CHECK OUT MONSIEUR ALLAN HERE!
Isn’t he like the HOTTEST?!!! “Total Baldwin.”
All photos are protected by copyright law. #bnw #bnwmood #blackandwhite #blackandwhitephotography #bnw_society #bw_photography #bwphoto #bnw_life #bnw_captures #bnw_magazine #bnw_demand #bw_lover #bnw_rose #bnw_globe #bnw_planet #bnw_of_our_world #top_bnw #monochrome #ig_contrast_bnw #ig_bnw_capture #ig_captures #ig_bw #insta_bw #blancoynegro #simply_noir_blanc #architecture #archilovers #picoftheday #photooftheday
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.
THREE THINGS: Sébastien Lifshitz’s OBSESSIVE queer photo collection @ i-D / NAKED BERLIN @ KALTBLUT/ MONSIEUR Butterfly portraits by LORD MARIPOSA
i-D: Parisian collector Sébastien Lifshitz has been building a robust and internationally-sourced photo archive since he was a teenager. His focus is on queer identity, from the art of drag to transgender metamorphosis. His collection of amateur photos is displayed for the very first time at the Rencontres d’Arles — a major festival in the south of France — under the title Sincerely Queer (Mauvais Genre, also a book). Collecting these images has been his hobby and passion alongside his films, most notably Bambi, a portrait of one of the first French transgender women, for which he won the best documentary César in 2013.
Read the FULL article & see more pics HERE @ i-D
Fedya Ili: 15 years experience in art-direction of glossy magazines and web, interior, graphic design. 2012 brought me to the decision — devote myself to photography. Cosmopolite (lived in Moscow, Paris, Munich, Berlin, Buenos Aires, Thailand, Kiev, Lisbon, Saint Petersburg).
SEE more of BOOK CLUB #32: NAKED BERLIN BY FEDYA ILI HERE @ KALTBLUT
More butterfly portraits HERE @ LORD MARIPOSA
phot by Eliza Jordan
“I’d say I’m somewhere in each piece. Sometimes I’m the bearded “boy” and sometimes I’m the urine soaked underwear he’s thrown on the floor. Just like in life.” – C. Dailey
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FASHIONABLY MALE: Erik Lazarini a whispered mind and photographer in NYC who showing off an artsy photography entitled “Lines and Shadows” a beautiful geometry set with natural lighting and featuring Mitch all eyes on shapes, lines and the male form . Erik born and raised in Mexico City, he’s cuttingly based in New York City, running the project, based in the deconstruction of the human figure into basic elements based on the geometry, using the lines provided naturally by the body. SEE MORE IMAGES FROM “LINE AND SHADOWS” HERE @ ERIK LAZARINI
By Sian Ballen & Lesley Hauge
Photographs by Jeff Hirsch
Does the St. Mark’s Place railroad apartment belonging to Beauregard Houston-Montgomery qualify as a period piece? People in New York don’t live like this any longer, utterly, even vulnerably, themselves amid the accumulated evidence of a lifetime’s fascination with something unconventional—in this case dolls and dollhouses. Beauregard’s particular interest is in more contemporary dolls and, especially their accessories. It occurred to us later, after talking to him, that by charting the changes and the ever-expanding line of accessories belonging to Barbie, Bratz and American Girl, the history of post-war American life can itself be told. A photographer, archivist and writer, he has written a memoir, “Dollhouse Living” (Fotofolio Inc.) accompanied by his own strange and moody photographs of dollhouse interiors, which he bases on old films of the 1950s and 1960s. READ THE Q&A HERE @ NEW YORK SOCIAL DIARY
Jimmy Vogel: For this year’s calendar the filmmaker/photographer AJ Goodrich shot 26 beautifully theatrical portraits recreating Tarot cards. He’s done all the major Arcana and the 4 suits. We shot half of them here in Los Angeles and the other half at a radical queer commune, which for a project like this, is an amazing wonderland of props and costumes.
“Day and night I try, in my studio with its six two-thousand watt suns, balancing between the extremes of the impossible, to shake loose the real from the unreal, to give visions body, to penetrate into unknown transparencies.” – Erwin Blumenfeld
Every year my friends Gordon, Maurice, David & Robert get together and kick Halloween’s ass with supremely inventive and goofy costumes, make-up… and WIGS! I have had the pleasure of dressing up with them on several occasions…but haven’t for a few years. This year my friend Grant and I decided to hang out with them and watch the process. I couldn’t resist taking pics (and filming a video). So here are more than 100. ENJOY the MAGIC!