Archive for the ‘Photography’ Category

Digitally disseminated folklore

July 22, 2015

Back in 1975, Alan Dundes and Carl R. Pagter published the first in a series of Urban Folklore From the Paperwork Empire books, in which they catalogued an assortment of material — drawings (most with captions or other text on them) and slogan signs — created by office workers, photographically reproduced, and distributed through office mail. In addition, “dirty” drawings and pictures were passed from hand to hand, just as “dirty” jokes spread by word of mouth. All of this material cycled informally, and (like classic folklore) no one had any real idea where it came from, beyond the person who gave it to you, nor did people care about that.

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This dissemination of subterranean cultural material continues, but now mostly by digital means. And at a vastly increased rate. And a fair amount of it is the same stuff that used to be passed around the office.

In any case, few people care about the source of the stuff that comes their way — an attitude that distresses me with respect to cartoons and obvious artistic creations and makes me uneasy in lots of other cases. Meanwhile, some of my friends treat my attitudes as charming academic eccentricities that don’t, and shouldn’t, concern ordinary people.

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More gratuitous shirtlessness

July 3, 2015

After two postings yesterday featuring hunky shirtless men, this morning I confronted the following fellow on Facebook:

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I call him Mr. Chicago — for the City of Broad/Big Shoulders, those shoulders being the feature that makes him stand out among the legion of highly developed hunky men whose photos you can find on the net.

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Seasons by de Chazal

June 6, 2015

Max Meredith Vasilatos has been sending me postcards with reproductions of Richard de Chazal artwork — extensively ornamented photographs, definitely homoerotic (though not X-rated), on the four seasons. I haven’t been able to create anything larger than tiny thumbnails, but these might give you the idea:

In order, from left to right: spring, summer, autumn, winter (#1-4).

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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.

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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.

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Hunky mysteries of identity

February 13, 2015

(Minimal linguistic interest, lots of male skin.)

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

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

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

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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.)

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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:

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