Sunday, October 15, 2017

Ten Black & White Photographs

Jack Smith 
New York City circa 1962

I have posted variations of these same pictures, different exposures, differently cropped, slightly different angles of the same pose and other alternative prints.  I came across them in my most recent search and thought they were worth seeing again in a different combination.  Some of the pictures are from the weekly posing sessions and a few are from Jack Smith’s unsuccessful stab at fashion photography.  Aesthetically they succeed, but they didn’t succeed in providing Smith with a socially acceptable career or steady income.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

The Plague of the Zombies

John Gilling 
Hammer Films 
Bray Studios
Berkshire England

One of the films that left an indelible mark on my childhood imagination, this hauntingly lovely and creepily frightening story of class exploitation and colonialism coming home to roost, is rightly seen now as one of the great gems of the Hammer Studio in its heyday.  Gilling made other films of note (several of which featured prominent roles for the young Oliver Reed,) but none that managed to combine such visual beauty with so incisive a narrative and entrancing an atmosphere.  The cast, especially Diane Clare as Sylvia Forbes, André Morell as her father Sir James, John Carson as Squire Hamilton, Jacqueline Pearce as Alice and Brook Williams as her husband Dr Thompson are all very fine and essential to maintaining that precarious atmosphere of slowly all enveloping dread.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Compa, Oso y Oskar

grabado de José Medina 
para BiLatinMen 
Abril 2011
Baja California México

I hope this won’t be the last time I post some pictures of Compa here.  It’s been a long time since I’ve done so and an even longer time since he posed for this sort of public consumption.  For me, these pictures never get old, which of course has its limitations.  I should like to know what he looks like now, even if he were rather fat. He has the sort of beauty that I want to believe can transcend such physical decline.  Never the less, he looks pretty handsome here and enjoying himself as was his wont.  The two guys he’s with in these pictures (both very handsome and desirable) appear in another tape and set of photos from this outfit as a duo.  This three way is a good deal more exciting than that other encounter (but, then, it lacks Compa.)