So sad to hear of Walt Cessna’s passing today. I really love his work and have had a few amusing Facebook conversations with him through the years. My favourite conversation was a couple of years back. Cessna messaged me saying that he wanted me to edit/curate his images for a book. I of course was very keen on doing this. I told him “yes” without knowing any details. Within two minutes he messaged me back to say “great” and that he’d like me to come over for dinner “tonight”. I told him sadly I couldn’t make it that night cus I lived in Toronto. That was the last I heard of the project. But we still kept in touch and he always appreciated when I posted his stuff on Sissydude.
We were part of the early queer Tumblr tribes that obsessively shared our love for sexy correctness. I adored his Tumblr photos… they reminded me of Carl Van Vechten’s photographs with a splash of Tiger Beat pin-ups by way of
Since I’m an obsessive guy myself, I took a few hours and went through Cessna’s Tumblr archive and pulled the images that spoke to me today.
If you’d like to know more about Walt and see more of his work, I’ve added links here.
Correct Love to you Walter. XXXO John
WALT CESSNA TUMBLR ARCHIVE HERE
This site always makes me happy. So much beauty and interesting antidotes.
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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…
SISSYDUDE LOVES: THE BEAUTIFUL BOYS @ HomOrgias , PHOTOS by KAIQUE HECTOR, NEKO BERMUDES, GABRIEL VARGAS, GUILHERME SOARES & FELIPE STUCCI…
Poetic HOMORGIAS/homologies –
“Visual-performatic-poetic design on homomorphism, homoerotic and homoafeto.
A celebration of the sensitive male fragile body in a situation of affection / love / desire / passion / horniness (resistance).”
See the whole picture set of NICO HERE
Yes We Can Can! Perfect song for all marching Saturday in support of the Women’s March on Washington.
Thanks Rachel Giese!
Side note: The Pointer Sisters’ 40’s look is one of my fave things of all time… the BEST. So enjoy these lovely photos of the girls working this iconic look…
Responding to a question on Twitter asking her how she felt about Trump selecting Frank Sinatra’s “My Way,” Nancy Sinatra responded, “Just remember the first line of the song.”
Lyric FYI: “And now, the end is near, And so I face the final curtain”
Nancy’s Twitter HERE
APERTURE: George Dureau (born in New Orleans, 1930; died in New Orleans, 2014) was a painter, sculptor, and photographer known for his focus on the male nude. His paintings command regional and national recognition, and draw on classical and baroque traditions. His photographs of nudes, street people, and people who are maimed and deformed (often figures also incorporated within his paintings and sculptures), have garnered international acclaim. Often compared to Robert Mapplethorpe’s work, Dureau’s black male nudes predate Mapplethorpe’s Black Book pictures by several years. Also classically formal, they distinguish themselves from Mapplethorpe’s work by the nature of the connection between photographer and subject.
Dureau’s career has been the subject of retrospectives at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art (2006 and 2011) and the New Orleans Museum of Art (2009). The first exhibition of his photographs in New York (at Higher Pictures) was in 2012. Immersed in New Orleans’s unique art and culture throughout his life, Dureau became a widely known character of the French Quarter.
photo above: chalxharn
Mario by Dick Mitchell for Summer Diary
INSPIRED (and HOTARIOUS) LOOK OF THE NIGHT: SUPER HOT URIAH HARRIS doing CHER/THE WAY OF LOVE (and a few SEXY pics thrown in)
Uriah Harris by Marco Ovando – LOVE|SEXO Magazine #2
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
HOMEGROWN: Along Kolkata’s Hooghly River, there dwells a constant sweet fragrance owed to Malik Ghat – a large wholesale flower market that attracts more than 2,000 sellers each day. While most foreign photographers travelling to Kolkata are attracted by its picturesque sunsets, or obsessed with capturing ‘poverty porn’ of sorts, Danish photographer Ken Hermann’s approach was a little different.
Having first visited Malik Ghat as a tourist, he fell in love, and knew he had to go back as a photographer. The vibrant colours of Malik Ghat’s various flowers usually make for a beautifully composed picture, if a seemingly obvious one, but Hermann was more interested in the people behind them. Men and women dedicating their lives to selling fresh flowers captivated Hermann, and inspired him to create a series of unique portraits that bring into focus the faces behind the petals, not to mention how varied each one of their petals really are. READ THE REST HERE @ HOMEGROWN
“If you want to take pictures in India, people tend to just stand up and look proud and strong. It’s very different from the Western world because if you take pictures here, people tend to smile,” shared Hermann. Hermann’s website HERE See the whole FLOWER MAN photo series HERE.
When I saw this pic (above) on Myselfixion, I had to find out more about it. And here’s what I found…
Gustave on the right.
GUSTAVEROUD.COM: Gustave Roud (1897-1976), one of Switzerland’s foremost Francophone authors, is mostly known for his poetic prose writings. After the death of C.F. Ramuz, Roud was known as a master by many young poets: Maurice Chappaz, Jacques Chessex, Philippe Jaccottet. His correspondence, his diary, and his critical writings are also a testimony to his prolific consideration of literature and the arts. However, for several years now, his work as a photographer (never exhibited during his lifetime) has also moved to the forefront: in this way, Gustave Roud is now considered to be one of the great European writer/photographers of the period between the two World Wars.
More about Roud’s writing, poetry and photography HERE @ GUSTAV ROUD
Wikipedia: While living a solitary life in his family farm at Carrouge, Roud maintained numerous friendships with artists, poets, and other intellectuals such as Charles Ferdinand Ramuz, Ernest Ansermet, and René Auberjonois, Maurice Chappaz. Roud was also a mentor to the young Philippe Jaccottet, who would later become one of Switzerland’s most accomplished poets.
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.