Thursday, February 4, 2016

Morning Light

Image: Subject and photographer unknown.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

In the Image of the Horned God

If a man had been created in
the horned God’s image
he would be free to be wild
without being cruel,
angry without being violent,
sexual without being coercive,
spiritual without being unsexed,
and truly able to love.

Excerpted from The Spiral Dance

Related Off-site Links:
Integrating Cernunnos, "Archetype of Sensuality and the Instinctual World"The Wild Reed (January 26, 2016).
Concerning Cernunnos (Part 1) – Musings from Gelli Fach (July 23, 2011).
Concerning Cernunnos (Part 2): Accessing the Fruits of the Wild – Musings from Gelli Fach (July 27, 2011).

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Meanwhile in New York . . .

Image: dalton922/Instagram.

Related Off-site Links:
New York City Gets Back on Its Feet Following Winter Storm Jonas – Evette Dionne (Refinery29, January 24, 2016).
Cities Dig Out After Deadly Snowstorm Buries Much of East Coast – Joshua Berlinger and Eliott C. McLaughlin (CNN, January 24, 2016).

Monday, January 18, 2016

Saturday, January 9, 2016

The Art of Wilhelm von Gloeden

Baron Wilhelm von Gloeden (1856–1931) was a German photographer who worked mainly in Italy. He is mostly known for his pastoral nude studies of Sicilian boys and young men, which usually featured props such as wreaths or amphoras suggesting a setting in the Greece or Italy of antiquity. From a modern standpoint, his work is commendable due to his controlled use of lighting as well as the often elegant poses of his models. His innovations include the use of photographic filters and special body makeup (a mixture of milk, olive oil, and glycerin) to disguise skin blemishes.

Gloeden generally made several different kinds of photographs. The ones that garnered the most widespread attention in Europe and overseas were usually relatively chaste studies of peasants, shepherds, fisherman, etc., featured in clothing like togas or Sicilian traditional costume, and which generally downplayed their homoerotic implications. He also photographed landscapes and some studies were of, or included, women. . . . More explicit photos in which boys aged between about ten and twenty, and occasionally older men, were nude (sometimes with prominent genitalia) and which, because of eye contact or physical contact were more sexually suggestive, were traded "under the counter" and among close friends of the photographer, but according to Dr. Ulrich Pohlmann, head of the photographic archive at the Munich City Museum, "as far as is known, Gloeden's archive contained neither pornographic nor erotically lascivious motifs."


See also the previous posts:
The Art of Richard Haines
The Art of John MacConnell
The Art of Leo Rydell Jost
The Art of Jim Ferringer
The Art of Juliusz Lewandowski
The Art of Felix d'Eon
The Art of Herbert List
The Art of Joe Ziolkowski

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Tan Lines

Image: Subject and photographer unknown.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Bel Homme

Image: Jonathan Glass by Taylor Miller for BuzzFeed's "12 Dudes Of Xmas."

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Friday, December 18, 2015