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Video: Hal Fischer talks about signaling with keys and hanky code

Check out this video in which artist Hal Fischer discusses “gay signifiers” — namely keys, earrings and the hanky code — worn by gay men in 1970s San Francisco:

 

Hal Fischer’s work, Gay Semiotics, is a photographic study of visual coding among homosexual men.

You can see many of his photographs on the SFMOMA site.

Also visit gaysemiotics.com

Thanks to my buddy Grey for passing along this link!

Photographer Mark I. Chester: Street Sex Photos and Other Perversions

For those who are in Palm Springs, LeatherSex Conversations, presented by the Desert Fetish Authority, are held the first Friday of every month. On Friday, Dec. 6, 2019, Mark I. Chester will present “Street Sex Photos and Other Perversions,” which is described by organizers as 40-plus years of images from San Francisco’s gay radical sex underground.

Mark I. Chester

 

“Mark I. Chester’s work work is politically provocative, artistically taboo and socially conscious,” an announcement from the Desert Fetish Authority says. “In documenting his life, Mark has also documented these tumultuous times in San Francisco, giving a glimpse of the people and times that we have lived through. One focus of this presentation will be Mark’s new project, Street Sex Photos, which documents gay men being sexual on the streets of South of Market in San Francisco.”

The presentation will take place Friday, Dec. 6, 2019, from 7-9 p.m. at the LGBT Center of the Desert. It’s not to be missed, if you are in Palm Springs!

Details on the event available here.

Desert Fetish Authority official site here

Desert Fetish Authority

Robert Mapplethorpe exhibition at the Guggenheim in New York City

There’s a really hot exhibition of works by Robert Mapplethorpe through July 10, then returning July 24 until early January, at the Guggenheim museum in New York City. If you are in or are coming to New York, it’s definitely worth checking out.

Although many of these photographs are famous, I had never seen them exhibited in a gallery before. I’m impressed with the technical quality of Mapplethorpe’s work, and I am moved by his subject matter. Mapplethorpe depicted leather and s/m sex, and even rubber and other fetishes! This was incredibly groundbreaking for someone in the 1970s. You have to remember that he was working before the Internet, before Tumblr made subject matter like this abundant.

I thought a lot about one image — “Joe (Rubber Man)” — because I am wondering where he would have gotten that full rubber body suit back then. There’s also some even more shocking stuff (not pictured here) including a watersports picture and another, a self-portrait, in which the artist has a bullwhip up his butt.

My favorite picture of all (shown above and below) is “Brian Ridley and Lyle Heeter,” the picture in which a leather Sir has his boy chained up in their living room.

Below are some of the pictures I took of the pictures:

Metalbond visits Robert Mapplethorpe exhibition at the Guggenheim

 

You can learn more about this exhibition at the Guggenheim by clicking here.

There are also several movies about Mapplethorpe, the best of which is (in my opinion) called “Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures” — trailer here:

More bondage photography from The Sneaker Boy

Check out these B&W photographs from The Sneaker Boy

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The Sneaker Boy writes,

“More of my usual style of black and white film photos of bondage gear. Most of these are basic shots, some are done with mirrors to create a deeper effect.”

See more from The Sneaker Boy on Tumblr and Twitter — and his official website, located here.

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Cuffs and locks photographed on a lightbox

Check out these photographs from The Sneaker Boy

The Sneaker Boy writes,

“In these images I experimented with putting my cuffs on a lightbox. Sometimes with a foreground light, sometimes without. The objective was to use the intense light to highlight the silhouette of cuffs without placing all of the detail in darkness.”

 

The Sneaker Boy

 

Thanks for the pictures, Sneaker Boy!

Nice cuffs

Check out this image from FuriousFotog

 

Photography by FuriousFotog