Saturday, December 16, 2006

Santa's Official Photographer...

I had the BEST TIME.
Thanks TH.

Friday, December 15, 2006

On My Sleeve| Vol II

Jaunary 28, 2006

In case i am not here upon your arrival,
the door will be open for Sir Barks Alot.
Looking forward to seeing the dog. XO.

A Texan Love Song
A Post-40 GWM iso LTR via the WWW


On my sleeve|Volume I

Getting ready to bed myself down but wanted to thank you for the calls from the concerto last evening [1]. It was very sweet of you to think of me in the moment. And also for the t-shirt [2]. I will wear it with pride. You are a good man. Thanks for sticking around [3]. Get some rest.

[1] Elton John|Madison Square Garden (sold out) Captain Fantastic
30th anniversary tour; most performances ever at MSG. Bernie in audience.
[2] $35 for the exact same EJ t-shirt as mine;
brown, because he looked good in brown
[3] "I'm afraid I'm going to f*ck this up.
I'm damaged goods."

Who listens.
I listened to my gut, and my heart.
Further documentation to follow.

Book on its way.
Stuck on a title.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

The Decisive Moment

To take photographs is to hold one's breath when all faculties converge in the face of fleeing reality. It is at that moment that mastering an image become a great physical and intellectual joy.

To take photographs means to recognize–simultaneously and within a fraction of a second–both the fact itself and the rigorous organization of visually perceived forms that give it meaning. It is putting one's head, one's eye and one's heart on the same axis.

As far as I am concerned, taking photographs is a means of understanding which cannot be separated from other means of visual expression. It is a way of shouting, of freeing oneself, not of proving or asserting one's own originality. It is a way of life.

Henri Cartier-Bresson

MMMission Accommmplished?

unretouched photo

Rising Toll: U.S. fatalities climbed toward 1,000 in September 2004.
Here, the army boots of soldiers killed are displayed as part of an anti-war rally
in Indianapolis on Sept. 11, 2004

2,937 dead soldiers, as of yesterday.
Including 2 pending "confirmation" of identity.

Old news to most.

Personal Daily Horoscope
Thursday, 14 December 2006
born 4 May 1960
©Astrodienst AG

Out of your mind
Neptune Opposition Uranus
beginning of March 2005 until end of December 2006.

What is actually happening is that tremendous new understandings are asserting themselves in your life with such force that they seem to upset all your past ways of thinking. However, this is only a problem of perspective. At this time you are in the middle of these changes and cannot see the relationship between your new consciousness and your old. But they are related, which you will come to understand as the immediate impact of this influence begins to pass.

This is a period of tremendous psychological insights and change, but not much stability. Therefore keep your situation fluid enough that you can make changes as necessary. Do not try to build permanent structures at this time, because you will have to change them again and again. It should be noted, however, that the primary effects of this influence occur at the psychological level.

Possibly you will respond to this influence with confusion, doubt and uncertainty. Let it be, and wait for the situation to settle down. Try to minimize the elements of your life that require you to make long-range commitments, because your changing consciousness will make it difficult to continue such a commitment. If old goals lose their meaning, that is what must be. Be patient, and new goals will enter your life that will better fit your new state of mind.

Others may think you have gone out of your mind because of what you do and see at this time, but do not be concerned. This revolution in ideas and consciousness is a fundamental part of your life, and it must be allowed to pursue its own course.

I wish.

Personal Daily Horoscope
Thursday, 14 December 2006
born 4 May 1960
©Astrodienst AG

Venus Trine Pluto
A compulsive quality
13 December 2006 – 14 December 2006.

This influence intensifies your emotional expression throughout the day and makes your relationships more intense. You will feel your love for someone quite strongly today, and you will be able to express it meaningfully to your loved one. Sexual desire is also stimulated by this influence, but only as part of the overall emotional intensification. A new relationship that starts under this influence is likely to be quite intense. You feel drawn to another as if by magical power, because the other person represents something inside you that needs expression through a love relationship. It is really the power of your own psyche that you feel. Such a relationship can be quite good, although it is desirable that the compulsive quality wear off before you settle down to a long-term relationship.

Cybliminal Messages
No. 001


Punctuation all mine.
Makes the thought all the more, ummm, impactful.

Holiday Design Card Contest
Winner Revealed is pleased to announce the winner of the official OM 2007 holiday card. After a well-publicized entry solicitation and hundreds of responses, we are pleased to announce the winner as:

Harold Oliver Wein.

Mr Wein has long been a fan of OrangeMercury, and said, "I'll let you link to my website when I have something to tell you."

The card will be revealed online upon the Winter Solstice,
in accordance with Mr Wein's wishes.

OrangeMercury is pretty thrilled with the concept.

Signed, ltd ed prints are available here.

Holiday Design Card Contest
Winner Revealed is pleased to announce the winner of the official OM 2007 holiday card. After a well-publicized entry solicitation and hundreds of responses, we are pleased to announce the winner as:

Harold Oliver Wein.

Mr Wein has long been a fan of OrangeMercury, and said, "I'll let you link to my website when I have something to tell you."

The card will be revealed online upon the Winter Solstice,
in accordance with Mr Wein's wishes.

OrangeMercury is pretty thrilled with the concept.

Signed, ltd ed prints are available here.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Green Lantern's Creator|Dead at 91
Martin Nodell

Martin Nodell

Martin Nodell (November 15, 1915 – December 9, 2006) was a cartoonist and commercial artist, best known as the creator of the Golden Age superhero Green Lantern. Some of his work appeared under the pen name "Mart Dellon."
Early life and career
Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Nodell attended the Art Institute of Chicago. He moved to New York City in the 1930s, where he attended the Pratt Institute.
Nodell began his illustrating career in 1938, working first as a freelancer. In 1940 he provided some work for Sheldon Mayer, an editor at All-American Publications, one of three companies that ultimately merged to form the present-day DC Comics. Interested in gaining more steady employment, Nodell created designs for a new character that would become the Golden Age Green Lantern. According to his obituary in Newsday, "It was a subway ride in Manhattan that inspired Green Lantern. En route to his Brooklyn home in 1940, Nodell noticed a trainman waving a lantern along the darkened tracks. He coupled the imagery with a magic ring — akin to Wagner's 'Ring Cycle', which also inspired The Lord of the Rings — and the hero was born".[1]
As Nodell himself described:

I picked out the name from the train man on the tracks who was waving a lantern, going from red to green.... Green meant go and I decided that was it. Then I needed a colorful and interesting costume. I was interested in Greek mythology and so the costume took on elements of that. It just all fell into place. When I sent it in, I waited into the second week before I heard the word to come in. I was ushered into Mr. [Max] Gaines office, publisher, and after sitting a long time and flipping through the pages of my presentation, he announced, 'We like it!' And then, 'Get to work!' I did the first five pages of an eight page story, and then they called in Bill Finger to help. We worked on it for seven years.[2]

The first adventure, drawn by Nodel (as Mart Dellon) and written by Bill Finger, appeared in All-American Comics #16 (July 1940). Nodell continued to use the pseudonym through at least All Star Comics #2 (Fall 1940). Per his Newsday obituary, he'd told that newspaper in 2000 that he used the pen name since, "Comics were a forbidden literature, culturally unacceptable. It wasn't something you were proud of". Nodell penciled and virtually always self-inked Green Lantern stories in All-American and All Star until the character got his own title, the premiere issue cover-dated July 1941. He would continue with it throught #25 (May 1947), very rarely drawing the covers, before being succeeded by a variety of artists including Howard Purcell, Irwin Hasen, and Alex Toth.

Captain America and the Pillsbury Doughboy

Nodel left All-American in 1947 and joined Timely Comics, the 1930s-'40s forerunner of Marvel Comics), where he drew postwar stories of Captain America, the Human Torch and the Sub-Mariner. His work there was rarely signed, making idenfication difficult, though comics historians have confirmed that Nodell drew two well-known covers: The first issue of Marvel Tales, Timely's horror-comics revamp of the company's flagship series Marvel Mystery Comics; and the penultimate issue (#74) of Captain America's book, which for its last two issues became the horror-oriented Captain America's Weird Tales.
In 1950, Nodel left comics to work in advertising, joining the Leo Burnett Agency as an art director. In 1965, his design team there developed the long-running flour-company mascot the Pillsbury Doughboy. Nodell retired in 1976. His only known comics work in the interim are penciling the story "The Glistening Death" in the Avon Comics one-shot City of the Living Dead (1952), reprinted two decades later in the Skywald horror-comics magazne Psycho #1 (Jan. 1971); and "Master of the Dead" in Avon's Eerie (1951 series) #14, reprinted in Skywald's Nightmare #1 (Dec. 1970).

In the 1980s, Nodell submitted new work to DC, which led to his being rediscoverd by comic fans. His first pieces included a 13-page puzzle-and-activity section in Super Friends Special #1 (1981), and drawing the character Harlequin in Who's Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe #10 (Dec. 1985). His final DC work appeared in Green Lantern #19 (Dec. 1991), in which he provided his final published illustration of the Golden Age Alan Scott Green Lantern. Five years later, in his 80s, Nodell penciled the whimsical, 10-page Harlan Ellison adaptation "Gnomebody", scripted by John Ostrander and Ellison and inked by Jed Hotchkiss, in Dark Horse Comics' Harlan Ellison's Dream Corridor Quarterly #1 (Aug. 1996).

Nodell resided in West Palm Beach, Florida. His final art showing was in Detroit, Michigan in May 2006. Nodel died in Muskego, Wisconsin of natural causes, almost one month past his 91st birthday.

I'd rather:

die on my feet,
than live on my knees.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Writing a book.

I HATE reading the "pending confirmation" dates on the Iraq death counts, and yet I am compelled to read the Iraq death count. Too many stories. Sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, spouses, lovers, companions, animal lovers I'm sure...fathers, mothers, the entire fucking gamut.

"Pending confirmation" is parlance for "pending family notification" because the media, the field in which I am professionally trained (photography) needs to WAIT until the families find the families don't find out on television. Or a knock on the door which when opened reveals dozens of over-eager reporters wielding way too many microphones.

I should feel like dirt. I had the balls to ask, straight in the face (first margarita, not fifth) "what happened?" because, a year and some odd time later, I cared to KNOW so I would respect MORE the entire picture, and not just what the news organizations told me.

I told him to write a fucking book. Write letters. Do something. And keep doing it. I don't care if he's mad at me, I don't care if someone compared me to Mark Foley, and I don't care if someone looked askance at the former football captain and the gay teacher old enough to be the father. I just don't care. It needed to be said, just as I need to write MICHELANGELO'S QUARRY and FLD needs to polish off his brilliance.

Not everything can be said in one photograph, but you can sure try. And when it takes more than a photograph, I'm the first person to point out its urgency.

Fucking do it buddy boy! Do it.
Hate me if you want to, but you know I'm right.
At least right now.

Or is it better to see a shrink and take Prozac and other antidepressants?
Prozac doesn't make the best seller list.
Books ABOUT Prozac do.
War itself doesn't make the bestseller list.
Neither does death, in and of itself.

Books ABOUT war make the NYTimes best seller list.
Books ABOUT death make the NYTimes best seller list.

And books ABOUT heros do too.
Stories about them make Reader's Digest dude!

Just do it.
(Or I'll start posting all those photographs I have of you...) [kidding]

Monday, December 11, 2006

Think of the battlefield.

Cindy Sherman * Gilbert + George /TDH
©2006 TDH

AIDS|The Other War

Across the gay divide
AIDS didn’t behead the gay community; it drove a wedge between generations that neither side has done a very good job of bridging.

By Christopher Rice

From The Advocate November 20, 2006

If you’re a young gay man who finds your dating life in a shambles, my advice is, go out and find a gay man over 40 for whom your attraction is not primarily sexual. After you tell him your story, shut your mouth and listen to the sound of your life turning around. At 47, my friend Eric Shaw Quinn is a member of a generation that suffered incredible losses during the first years of the AIDS crisis. Watching friends die taught Eric that aging is an achievement, not a physical failing. When it comes to my romantic life, he’s given me two pieces of invaluable wisdom: (1) Don’t expect the prostitute to turn into an executive just because you brought him home to meet Mom; and (2) It’s not in his kiss; it’s in his phone call. Eric and I value monogamous relationships. But whatever parameters you apply to your romantic life, there’s a 40-plus gay man out there who can provide you with counsel.

Conventional gay wisdom says that AIDS in the mid 1980s stole an entire generation of gay men who were on their way to becoming the gay uncles of tomorrow. But my experience suggests that AIDS didn’t behead the gay community; it drove a wedge between generations that neither side has done a very good job of bridging. I have met countless gay men over 40 who lived through the first years of the epidemic only to move into a world of inwardly focused domesticity and lose their taste for communal gathering places fueled by sex and alcohol. On the other side of this divide, my generation rose up, convinced that it could return to the escapist delights of the 1970s as long as it remembered to put on a condom.

Many gay writers who had been there tried to deliver their wisdom by way of the written word, but gay men my age failed to meet them at the bookstore. Indeed, the antipathy of my generation toward both politics and the written word is so well-known that one former editor of this magazine calls us the complacent middle. But it’s too easy to blame the disconnect solely on the young. Elder gays also have to start looking at tomorrow’s gays as more than potential sexual conquests.

I don’t mean to disparage romance between partners of varying ages. But a true bridge between gay generations will require nonsexual mentoring relationships between older and younger gay men. This isn’t easy, since the bar, with its social hierarchies rooted in sexual attraction, remains our central gathering place. But that doesn’t mean we need to tear them all down, or throw up more community centers where sex and flirtation are banned. Rather, we need to approach the world as out gay men in all areas of our lives. The freedom to be gay around the clock is what allows gay men to engage as full-fledged human beings, not just sexual ones. This is one of many lessons I learned from my elders.

Hero, just for his day.
Spc. Rob Hoyt 1983 – 2004

Jerry Berry!

I think Jerry makes me an uncle, sorta.
If it wasn't for my cajoling, Johnny would have him!

Support your local dog pound!

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Absolut Amontillado

I'd still build a wall, custom.
This image has been festering for at least ten years...

If you don't know the original,
it's worth it, to make this more, well, suitable.

I do have the bag to match...

Absolut Shame|MMM dead under W




My favorites?

Ran ego
Rage on
A goner. Yikes.

A Necessary Delay|The Origin

Read this and don't weep.
You barely know how I feel sometimes.
Sometimes more often than not.
"Haunted" is a good word. For starters.

Until|15 - 7 = 8
Deaths|No change

Actual deaths: no change
8 families: until they find out

OrangeMercury v Walde Huth

The original is probably in my top five fave fashion fotos.