Wednesday, October 18, 2017


Artwork: Artist unknown.
Image: The Leveret.

Thursday, October 12, 2017


Solomon Raymond Barnett (born 1987), better known as Solomon Ray, is is a electro hip-pop recording artist, rapper, producer, and songwriter based in New York City. He is also the founder of SolRay Records.

Of Puerto Rican, Black, and Native American descent, Solomon first gained attention in 2008 when he was featured on Eminem’s Sirius radio show, Shade 45. Since then he has gone on to release a plethora of singles, remixes, EP’s and mixtapes. Openly gay, he is one of the first gay rappers to ever be featured on Eminem's uncensored radio station, along with Soce, JFP, Shorty Roc and Bry'Nt.

In 2012, Solomon released the single "Life Goes On..." along with an accompanying video. The recording was a major success for Solomon, and its remixing by various DJ's, including Chew Fu and SpekrFreks, ensured noteworthy attention from Sirius Radio and Pandora.

In February 2013 Solomon went on a promotional tour to London and Paris, in support of the European release of "Life Goes On...". The European single was a #1 hit in Germany and Denmark. He has subsequently toured with Deborah Cox and Kelly Rowland, and headlined a show at West Hollywood’s Key Club.

In 2015, while working on his yet-to-be-released debut album Why Boys Cry, Solomon announced via social media that he would be releasing a coffee table book of nudes. Previews posted to Instagram and his official Facebook page indicate the project includes work from photographers Mikhail Torch and JD Forte.

See also the previous posts: Colin | Luis | Nyle | Philip | Charlie | Sukdeep | Rafael | Mon Bel Ami

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Two Hares and a Fox

Image: Katharina Rot. (Detail of mural in a private residence.)

See also the previous posts:
Much in Common
The Hare's Dream
Be Like Hare . . . Awaiting Opportunity

Friday, September 29, 2017

The Art of Guglielmo Plüschow

Notes Alistair Crawford in the Encyclopedia of Nineteenth Century Photographers:

Wilhelm Plüschow (1852-1930) was born in Mecklenburg, Germany in 1852. By the 1870s he had a photographic studio in Naples trading in studio portraits and occasional journalism. He was a first cousin to Baron Wilhelm von Gloeden whom he assisted in turning his interest in photography into a business in Taormina, Sicily in 1888. By now both were photographing the male nude.

Influenced by Gloeden's style, by the time Plüschow moved to Rome as 'Guglielmo Plüschow,' he was producing male and female nudes which gained a reputation throughout Europe and America for overt homoerotica.

Much praised by author John Addington Symonds who lived in Rome, Plüschow, along with his Sicilian assistant, Vicenzo Galdi [left] (1856-1931), often avoided the more romantic trappings of Gloeden's classical props, in favor of realism, with an emphasis on the sexual promise of male peasant youth.

Forerunners of Pier Paolo Pasolini (1922-1975) and his love of ragazzi, Plüschow and Galdi's overt depictions of potent male sexuality, many said pornography, landed both of them in trouble and Plüschow was forced to return to Berlin and obscurity in 1910.

Even now, while Gloeden can still be read as the poetic homoerotic dream, Plüschow, with his once only photographed models in highly suggestive poses, still challenges and he rarely enters the directories. However, he can be regarded as a pioneer of contemporary gay culture, perhaps in time more relevant than Gloeden.

– Alistair Crawford

See also: The Art of Vilela Valentin | Dante Cirquero | Nebojsa Zdravkovic | Brenden Sanborn | Wilhelm von Gloeden | Richard Haines | John MacConnell | Leo Rydell Jost | Jim Ferringer | Juliusz Lewandowski | Felix d'Eon | Herbert List | Joe Ziolkowski

Related Off-site Links:
The Arcadian Shepherds: Vincenzo Galdi, Wilhelm (Guglielmo) (von) Plüschow, and Wilhelm von GloedenPhotography Now (2017).
Guglielmo Plüschow – Matt and Andrej Koymasky (The Living Room, February 23, 2012).

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Autumn Hare

Image: Michelle Bennett Oates.

See also the previous posts: Autumn Hare (2008) | Autumn Hare (2013) | Autumn Hare II (2013) | Autumn Hare (2014) | Song in Autumn | Autumn Beauty | Welcoming the Autumn Equinox | Autumn Hare (2016)

Related Off-site Link: A Time of TransformationThe Wild Reed (September 22, 2017).

Monday, August 28, 2017

Bel Homme

Image: Subject and photographer unknown.

Friday, August 25, 2017


Image: Photographer unknown.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Morning Light

Image: Subject and photographer unknown.

Monday, July 10, 2017

(Potential) Troublemaker

The following article by Danielle Grindlay is about hares in Australia. It was first published by ABC News on June 1, 2014.


If farmers compiled a list of pests wreaking havoc at their place, it’s unlikely hares would even get a look in.

But could Australia be faced with plagues in the future?

Adelaide University’s Dr Philip Stott has been researching hares for the past 20 years and readily admits he can’t answer that question.

"I don’t know what keeps the lid on the hare population, they breed well enough. It could be fox predation, for example, and if we manage to eradicate foxes, we could end up with massive hare plagues on our hands once again."

Dr Stott says he is the only person in Australia trying to understand the species’ population growth. Much of his research has focussed on three high-density areas, in western Victoria and eastern South Australia.

"They were first introduced [successfully] to 10 places in Australia. "On the western tablelands of New South Wales in the 1890s and also in north east Victoria, from about 1915 to about 1940, there were plagues of hares. Most of the population’s just forgotten about them."

Dr Stott says adult females, called 'Jills', have the capacity to produce nine young every year and eat four times that of rabbits. He also discovered hares are carriers of sheep worms, which establish inside them and lay eggs.

"A farm isn’t quarantined as far as sheep worms are concerned," he says. "You can have a wind-break, for example, with fences three metres apart and you might think the worms can’t get across that barrier. But they can, they are getting across that barrier."

Hares are officially regarded as a minor pest and therefore Dr Stott says, research funding is hard to come by. But he predicts, should the lid be taken off Australia’s population, it will only take a couple of years before farmers are faced with plague numbers.

"You won’t know in advance, you’ll just suddenly see there’s all these hares around the place. I see them as a species that’s out there and that has the potential to cause a lot more trouble down the track."

Image: Richard Taylor/Flickr.

Saturday, July 1, 2017