Photography

Historical Bromance

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I stumbled on an amazing article called Bosom Buddies: A Photo History of Male Affection, and I'm forcing a tie in to my blog because people love using vintage photographs as art.  

The thesis of the article is that the concept of a clear divide between gay and straight is relatively modern.  In the days of yore, there was't a stigma attached to casual physical affection between male friends.  Once homosexuality became a designated group, bros reduced demonstrations of affection so that no one would think, "Gay!".  This is such a shame because the bromance in these pictures is the sweetest thing I've seen in a while.  

 

 

 

 

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You should check out the site for many more pictures.

Jennifer Lawrence - Nude!

Can you believe that the photo of Jennifer Lawrence falling at the Oscars was on sale at  Paris Photo LA? 

I kind of love it.  

But what I love even more are the sketchs underneath the photo.  The artist, P. E. Sharpe, did drawings inspired by the photo.  

What is more humiliating than falling at the Oscar?  Maybe having someone draw your naked body in the act of falling at the Oscars.

Sorry folks, these sketch have been sold (not to me, i wish).

Photo: Kevin Winter; Sketches: P. E. Sharp

Photo: Kevin Winter; Sketches: P. E. Sharp

Paris Photo

I went to Paris Photo this past weekend, and it was just lovely.  It is a massive photography show and sale which takes place all over the world.  

This was the first year Los Angeles hosted a sale and it couldn't have been more pleasant.  The sale took place on the Paramount Studio Lot, and utilized sounds stages as well as the little faux store fronts in fake New York.  They brought in food trucks, and had cute aqua signs all over the place.  And there were celebs to spot, so what more could you want.  My best sighting was Jane Seymour.  What a babe.

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As for the art...I found it surprisingly meh.  I know I can be picky, but I also know how to covet, and there just wasn't very much I yearned for. 

Matthew Brandt - From the series "Dust" - "Last Stand of the Melrose Hotel

Matthew Brandt - From the series "Dust" - "Last Stand of the Melrose Hotel

There were only a few pieces I saw and liked, and they were pretty much in my wheelhouse - large and have architecture or interior design in them.

Sold by the Hamiltons Gallery  - London.  I didn't track down the artist info

Sold by the Hamiltons Gallery  - London.  I didn't track down the artist info

Filip Dujardin.  These are photos of fantasy places.  Not sure what the artist's process is. 

Filip Dujardin.  These are photos of fantasy places.  Not sure what the artist's process is. 

And then the piece de resistance:

Paola Pivi  - "I'm a bear, so what?" 2012

Paola Pivi  - "I'm a bear, so what?" 2012