Thursday, August 28, 2014

Bronze Hare

Above: "Bronze Hare" by Belinda Sillars.

On her website it's noted that "Belinda Sillars is a renowned sculptor of extraordinary talent. Her bronze wildlife sculptures have developed from a love of wildlife since childhood . . . a very rare and natural talent that captures the true character of her subjects."

Friday, August 22, 2014

Ballerino II

Image: Subject and photographer unknown.

Monday, August 18, 2014

This Fleeting Journey

Beautiful and precious one,
take care on this fleeting journey,
one so full of danger and despair.

Image: Photographer unknown.
Words: The Leveret.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The Art of Juliusz Lewandowski

According to his Saatchi Art website, Polish artist Juliusz Lewandowski is a "self taught painter, cooperating with Sopot Auction House in Warsaw, the Museum of Eroticism in Cracow, and the Catarine Miller Gallery in London.

To view more of and/or purchase Lewandowski's artwork, click here, here, and here.

See also the previous posts:
The Art of Felix d'Eon
The Art of Herbert List
The Art of Joe Ziolkowski

Friday, August 8, 2014

In Meadow Flowers

Image: "Brown Hare in Meadow Flowers" by Mike Rae.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Bel Homme XXXVI

Image: Subject and photographer unknown.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Going Floral

Writes Linda Sharkey in the British newspaper The Independent:

. . . Suddenly, beards [have] became a fashion statement. It’s not so much of a new thing though, they’ve always been cool, but for rather different reasons. Fashion editor Alexander Fury explains that “in the 1850s, the beard came into fashion as a symbol of authority, masculinity, orthodoxy. By contrast, the 1950s beatniks' and 1960s hippies' hairiness was an affront to the still-prevalent military diktats of short back and sides and clean-shaven face. A beard was a bushy banner of rebellion. Today, all that deep and meaningful gumph kind of mashes together. To our modern eyes, a beard is redolent of tradition, a touch archaic.”

But most recently, the bushy beard’s masculinity has been turned off and instead adorned with flower power. A wacky new trend sees hipsters weave foliage into their facial hair. It’s emerging across boho America. Yes, men in Brooklyn, Portland and San Francisco are adorning their faces with blossoms, seemingly for the sole purpose of artistic portraits that have been taking over the social media with the hashtag #flowerbeards.

It started gaining popularity on the social platform of Tumblr, when a blogger began "Will It Beard" project, and has since blossomed elsewhere around the internet.

However, it seems that the beard garden is not so new. Some images of flower beards date back to 1977, during the aftermath of the hippie movement. At that time, flower crowns were all the rage - that Frida Kahlo blossom head accessory that comes back every festival season. So flowers and hair is an old story. The new add here is ‘facial hair.’

Wherever the trend came from or whether we’ll start seeing flower beards walking the streets in Britain, these images are worth admiring. In portraits, the blossoming beards are a wonder to behold.

-- Linda Sharkey
Excerpted from "Flower Beards: The Beard Frenzy Has Now Gone Floral"
The Independent
July 21, 2014

Related Off-site Links:
This is the Latest Bizarre Viral Male Fashion Trend – Eileen Shim (, July 15, 2014).
Behold! Lovely Men with Flowers in Their Beards – Allison P. Davis (New York Magazine, July 10, 2014).

Image 1: Marlee Meghan Banta.
Image 2: Photographer unknown.
Image 3: Sarah Winward.
Image 4: Tumblr.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Morning Light

Image: Subject and photographer unknown.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

"Hunting a Hare"

. . . In Chinese symbolism, the hare is . . . associated with male homosexuality. W. Eberhard (1986) notes that in China, "the 'female' [i.e. receptive] partner in homosexual intercourse was known as the 'hare.' 'Hunting a hare' meant going to a brothel to look for a young man."

– Excerpted from The Encyclopedia of Queer Myth, Symbol and Spirit
by Randy P. Conner, David Hatfield Sparks and Mariya Sparks
(Cassell, 1997)

Related Off-site Links:
Westerners and Homosexuality in Asia – The Closet Professor (January 26, 2012).
Homosexuality in the Zhou Period – The Closet Professor (January 25, 2012).
Same-Sex Desires: "Immanent and Essential Traits Transcending Time and Culture" The Wild Reed (June 16, 2014).

Monday, June 16, 2014

Tan Lines

Image: Subject and photographer unknown.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Ghost Hare

Notes the May 28, 2014 issue of The Scotsman:

A rare “ghost hare” has been captured on camera in the British countryside by a wildlife photographer.

Ron McCombe, 59, spotted the elusive creature, dubbed the ghost hare by locals, which has unusual silver fur, in fields north of Kelso in the Scottish Borders.

“I had heard from a local that there was a white hare in this area and after six months looking for it I thought he was having me on and the hare was just a myth,” said Mr McCombe, from Coldstream.

“Then one morning last week I saw it at a distance and couldn’t believe my eyes.

“Over the next five mornings I was in position by 5am and waited for it to come into view and then get a bit closer so I could get some reasonable images. The photography was very frustrating as the hare was very timid, but I got there in the end.”

Mr McCombe said: “It was very secretive and elusive, it didn’t behave like other brown hares. The Brown Hare Trust call the unusual colouring ‘colour mutation’.

“I’ve been photographing hares for ten years around the Scottish Borders and this is the first time I have seen a hare this colour.”

Image: Ron McCombe.