Archive for the ‘Photography’ Category

More pairings on AZBlogX

April 8, 2015

Over the years, I’ve posted (on AZBlogX and this blog) a number of paired photos, in several categories (some labeled as “bookends”), almost all supplied by Chris Ambidge. The most recent crop, on my X blog on the 6th, has three pairings: two of men clothed vs. unclothed, one of a (naked) young man in a front vs. a rear shot.


critique your dick pic

March 4, 2015

That’s the name of a site devoted to criticism of photographs — of penises. “Critiquing your dick pics with love”, says the Critic (who I will refer to with generic they, since they view their sex as irrelevant to the enterprise). (There is some evidence that they are in New Zealand: they use the grading scheme from a high of A+ to a low of D- because that’s what’s used in New Zealand schools; certainly the lexical choices are British rather than American.)

People send photographs of penises in to the Critic, who then provides a thoughtful critique of the photography (not the penis), with a summary grade. There are two sample photos on AZBlogX, here: the mince photo and the duvet photo.


Hunky mysteries of identity

February 13, 2015

(Minimal linguistic interest, lots of male skin.)

From Michael Nieuwenhuizen, with a gasp, this cock-tease photo:


I dreamt I went on the internet in my Dolce & Gabbana briefs.

Appreciative viewers then tried to idenfify the model. And obstacles appeared.


Duane Michals

February 8, 2015

(Mostly on art, with some gay interest.)

In the 2/19/15 issue of The New York Review of Books, an appreciation, “The Subtle Games of Duane Michals” by Jed Perl, on the occasion of two exhibitions at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh and the publication of ABCDuane: A Duane Michals Primer by Michals.

(Meanwhile, I’ve evoked Michals in “Captioned Bookend 1″, here.)


Captioned bookend 1

February 7, 2015

Table Talk: The Mysteries of Pittsburgh

“I just love Andy Warhol’s art!” “Honey, Warhol’s boring. If you want Pittsburgh, go for Duane Michals.”

Captioned bookends

February 7, 2015

Introducing a new vein of silliness: another set of captions, this time based on “bookend” photos sent to me by Chris Ambidge; these are slyly or flagrantly gay. Most have X-rated photos, so will have to appear on AZBlogX. But #1 is not, so you can view it here.

#1 (to follow as a separate posting) starts with an already absurd photo of two naked muscle hunks posing on a tabletop, adds a title with a reference to Michael Chabon’s The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, and then has the guys dishing on the Pittsburgh art scene.

shawarma II

February 5, 2015

Previously on this blog, in a posting of 5/8/13, on among other things, the food shawarma (or shwarma):

I first came across shawarma as an Israeli street food sold in shops in American cities. It’s first cousin to kebabs (which are often sold in pita sandwiches), for instance the Turkish döner kebab (discussed here), and the Greek gyro(s) (also often sold in pita sandwiches).

(with photos). Now in Sunday’s (February 1st) New York Times Magazine, a piece “Turkish Delight: Chicken shawarma deluxe, no rotisserie required” by Sam Sifton, with this fine photo by Johnny Miller:


Food photography

January 21, 2015

In Sunday’s (1/18) NYT Magazine, a feature by Mark Bittman: “Simple Stocks for Soup on the Fly: 9 ways to transform water into a flavorful dish in a matter of minutes”, with vivid photographs by Sam Kaplan. Three of these, for herb stock (elegant composition), prosciutto-parmesan stock (textural contrast), flavorful fish stock (somewhat creepy fish eyes):





Penguin chill

January 8, 2015

(Not about language.)

From Arne Adolfsen via Facebook, this wonderful image by photographer Tomasz Gudzowaty:

From the photographer:

Antarctic emperor penguins as taken on one of my last rolls of Kodachrome. From the primary colors of the Antarctic: white, gray, brown and blue, the last one has been taken out by the snowfall.

New Year’s specials

January 2, 2015

[Bluntly sexual language here, though the images are elsewhere.]

On AZBlogX, a posting “For the new year”, with two displays of penises. From that posting:

All about the cocks, but in different ways. The guy in #1 [an ad for a Channel 1 Releasing New Year’s Eve sale] is gearing up to double his fun by taking on two diverse cocks, but he’s not yet into the act; instead, he’s gazing directly and intently at us (the viewers).

The man in #2 [a New Year’s gift from Mike McKinley] is displaying his dripping dick, in a drawing (“Resting After Work”) that conveys intense physicality and urgent sexuality.

The drawing is a 1987 work by Roger Payne, using the pseudonym Mark, from the Tom of Finland site. More examples of his work on the Adonis Art site, with the write-up:

Artist and illustrator Roger Payne has made his regular living by illustrating books and magazines for schools and universities, companies and local authorities. But always he had a secret sideline in illustrating stories in American gay magazines. At first he signed his drawings with a pseudonym, then with his first name, and now quite openly signs them with his full name if he wants to. His drawings are openly pornographic, depicting the action in the stories he is illustrating. But the high standard and consistency of his drawing style have created a cult following amongst afficianados of ‘under the counter’ art. Drawing out of his prodigious imagination, he creates powerful images, presenting the inner emotions of his subjects to full view. Still drawing into his eighth decade, Payne is artist with collectors all over the world.


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