Monday, December 31, 2012

Saturday, December 29, 2012

The 100 Greatest, Gayest Albums (of All Time) | Out Magazine

The 100 Greatest, Gayest Albums (of All Time) | Out Magazine Oh! I could go on and on and on about how so many of these albums (VINYL, THANK YOU!) were the soundtrack to a very damaged and confused life, but GOODBYE YELLOW BRICK ROAD has to be the single album (which was, in reality, four sides of VINYL) with the best artwork ever to teach me how to escape and dream. I am ever so grateful this was released in 1973, way before MUSIC VIDEOS were even thought of (as opposed to live performances) because this would have destroyed all the dreams I had, have, and still have.

Thank you, Bernie Taupin, for single-handedly, teaching me how to see...

...poor little darlin' with a chip out o' yer heart,
it's like acting in a movie when you've got the wrong part...


Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Christmas Tree |
Photographed by Diane Arbus

Aeternal Love | Brvtvs Maximvs [2004 – 2012]

Brvtvs Maximvs 
2004 – 2012

Sorry I missed your birthday, Peter. (NOT!)

But there's a side to you that I never knew, 
never knew 

All the things you'd say, 

they were never true, 
never true 

And the games you'd play, 

you would always win, 
always win

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Santa Claus School |
Photographed by Diane Arbus

Santa Claus |
Photographed by Diane Arbus

Christmas Tree | 1987
Photographed by Robert Mapplethorpe

Annie Lennox | 2010
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

Queen | 1984 (Video 2011)
Thank God It's Christmas

Elton John | 1973
Step Into Christmas

Emerson Lake & Palmer
I Believe in Father Christmas

I Believe in Father Christmas
Emerson Lake & Palmer

The Screening Room | 1967
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?

Monday, December 24, 2012

Kissing Brutus Maximus

Me and Brutus Maximus sharing a smoke in the studio...

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Born this day in 1917 | Gene Rayburne

Born this day in 1912 | Lady Bird Johnson

They Live | 1988
John Carpenter

Versus | Roland Martin
Emmitt Till v The Newtown 20
When is a photograph necessary?

My actual comment to Roland Martin, on CNN's site:

Mr Martin (yeah, I know your a priest or a reverend or something, but you don't warrant my time to look it up): I think I know more about "lynchings" than you do, because I carry "lynch" as a last name, and as a very responsible photographer, I wanted to learn all I could, and see all I could see, about "lynchings" (also known as barbecues, depending on exactly how far the crime was taken). I know all about the photo postcards which were taken, processed, and sold as souvenirs, and I myself am shocked that within my lifetime (I was born in 1960) "lynchings" still took place. And I know all, or at least 90% of the "iconic" photographs of lynchings, the race riots, the marches, Rosa Parks on the bus and all the rest of them. And, as a matter of fact, I happen to also like extreme horror movies (lately termed "torture porn") for some odd reason. Battles between good and evil ("The Exorcist"), vampires (Dark Shadows), and the "end of the earth" or "planet invasion" movies just don't cut it for me anymore. Yes, I live less than 20 minutes from Newtown, and about 10 minutes away from Cheshire, where a senseless home invasion resulted in the horrid deaths of a mother (who was raped), a daughter (who was raped, tied to her bed and burned), and her sister (who was also tied to her bed, and burned) although the husband, a doctor, was spared. So yes, I've seen home invasion horror movies ("why are you doing this to us?" begged one woman in one scene in one movie, only to hear as a response from a hooded person "because you were home.") Do I have a problem reading the paper and the stories of actual carnage, only to burn through a couple of hard core, extreme DVDs at night? Yes, and I wonder why. But you, Reverend Martin, I find repulsive and unprofessional and intrusive on CNN. I "put up with you" because I can't "erase" your segments. Why CNN promotes an obviously homophobic African-American of little class and keeps a true pro named Don Lemon in the shadows is beyond me. When civilians and military were captured and tortured by having their heads sawed off, and then posted to YouTube, did you watch? Did you need to watch in order "to believe" evil existed? I wonder. I didn't watch. I had respect for the soldiers and the civilians who found themselves in some awful position in an effort to promote democracy throughout the world. I don't need to have some family in Newtown CT take a clinical forensic autopsy (or "in situ") photograph and have it splattered all across every paper in the world, because we both know that would be the end result. They have suffered enough. And, before I forget, I took not one photo during 9/11, Hurricane Andrew, Gianni Versace enjoyed his café cubano on South Beach...nor would I take one photo in Newtown. Does this make me a less professional photographer? Perhaps. But I know I am not a vulture.
And I know the Emmitt Till photograph(s) quite well. I've known them for years. They rank up there with the My Lai Massacre, Nick Ut's photograph of the naked girl, running, covered in napalm, Eddie Adam's Cambodian war photo of a man's face when the trigger was pulled. There are far too many of these photographs, and they will stay burned in my mind forever.
And now for something completely different, I wonder how much you really know of Robert Mapplethorpe and his photographs of nude black men, and his impact on the history of art by elevating the nude black man in the art world's pedestal. If you know that much, do you know what Mapplethorpe said to them, and did to them, in private? Serious racism clouded by an indescribable beauty.
I know the Tweet you "slipped" on SuperBowl weekend. And I'll never forget the day you had to show American Morning your "sandals without socks." Vulgar. Just tacky and vulgar.
To me? You are a pimp who is permitted to blabber on and on and on, and you make no contribution to a sane discussion of anything you set your sights on.
And when you're ready for a real class in the history of photography? Then you can look me up. You might learn a thing or three.
To quote George Michael: "did you cover your eyes when they told you?"
Bernard M Lynch Jr

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

No More Gun Violence!
Photograph of Gun by Robert Mapplethorpe

Artwork ©2012 Bernard M Lynch Jr 
Photograph ©Robert Mapplethorpe

William Burroughs with Rifle
Photograph by Robert Mapplethorpe

Photographs by Robert Mapplethorpe

TICKING | 1974
By Bernie Taupin & Elton John
Caribou | 28 June 1974

Download TICKING from iTunes NOW to show your support for the Newtown CT 27 slaughtered in their classroom and in their school. Download TICKING to show your support AGAINST gun violence, and in memory of anyone lost to this senseless and chaotic act, highlighted in 1974 by Bernie Taupin's prescient lyrics and accompanied by Elton John's brilliant, machine-gun like piano track.


Not Patti Hearst | Robert Mapplethorpe
Self-Portrait with Gun 1983

Photographed by Andres Serrano

Monday, December 17, 2012

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Elton John | Bernie Taupin
Ticking | 1974

Oh but for arrows, to have our swans back.

Not even remotely funny.

eTrade's "Down on the floor!" commercial (which shockingly made its debut during the SuperBowl) in which a bank manager holds the customers "hostage" while the tellers don tangentially frightening masks (a pig, a rabbit et al) isn't even remotely funny in today's clime. Given that the bank manager repeats "down on the floor" in a loud and threatening voice the second time around, even going so far as to tell a woman not readily "down on the floor" and appearing to get up, he says in an off-hand manner "don't try to be a hero, Jane Doe."

I'm sorry. I've had strong feelings against this commercial from the get-go and was so consumed with the message I could not remember the company for the LIFE of me (I repeat:: DOWN ON THE FLOOR!)

This is a reprehensible and vulgar commercial, and I challenge eTrade to removed it totally from their advertising campaign BEFORE THE END OF THIS MONTH (May 2007, in case they're left wondering.)

Shameful, harmful, frightening, and vulgar. No other way around this one.

I'll bet 10 out of 10 people polled after a viewing of this horrifying commercial will find this "advertising" beyond poor taste, bordering on inflammatory.


(ps. watch the commercial with the volume muted and tell me what you see?)

I double- dare you to release a statement to the public in the same manner (vehicle, and length of time, and market penetration) apologizing for what will be termed "an oversight."

The ad agency should be summarily fired, as well as the "suits" who greenlighted this frightening advertising.

Why don't they cut to the chase and have a bank manager put a gun to a patron's head?

I apologize only for any incorrect words, spelling, and corporate misrepresentation of "eTrade", however, who can remember after such a shocking viewing such as this.

Shame on Progressive Insurance
"Everybody Stay Cool"

Progressive Insurance Television Commercial

Saturday, December 15, 2012

You can child-proof your gun
but you cannot bullet-proof your child.

Waterbury > Newtown
23 minutes
Less than 20 miles away
The distance between heaven & hell on Mapquest

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Dilemma | Shoot? Save?

I've taught photography to more students than I can count, and, by now, some are living all over the world, and quite a few are making their mark in the business, while I sit on the sidelines, unemployed. And if I was working for The NY Post, on assignment, and this "photo" was playing out in front of me? I would have dropped whatever Canon I was carrying, on the concrete and, after three lumbar surgeries, one cervical discectomy, and a four-disc fusion in my neck (C4-5-6-7), I would have summoned every nano-ounce of strength I never had and pulled this man up with all my scoliatic and arthritic might. But I suppose for this photographer (and you can bet I'll out you later on), he only had the strength to use his trigger finger. Remember Kevin Carter and the starving baby and the vulture lurking in the background? He killed himself over that photograph. Or do you even know anything about that? Or are you just drooling for the damned judges who would award you the Pulitzer? This is one fucked. up. world.

I'd have saved the man, disappeared into the crowd, gone home, taken a hot shower, and, truth be told, downed a few shots of Tequila. Or whiskey. 

And The Post wouldn't have to fire me, because I'd've quit, and I'd've also dealt with busted equipment and gone about repairing it.

Or replacing it, if it was stolen in the ruckus.

And then, I'd disappear.

Interior. Leather Bar
James Franco & Travis Mathews

Check out QUEERTY for all the salacious details!

Saturday, December 01, 2012

My generation lived this.
Today? I doubt this generation even knows it.

Sir Elton John
The Godfather of HIV AIDS Activism & Support

Sir Elton John

Annie Lennox | AIDS Activist


AIDS Activist

World AIDS Day 2012


in memory of...












Freddie Mercury.

Robert Mapplethorpe.

Herb Ritts.

Bill King.

Arthur Ashe.

Ryan White.

And, sadly?




Friday, November 30, 2012

The things one finds on YouTube!
Grace Jones | The AVO Session
Basel, Switzerland 13 Nov 2009

AVO Session
Basel, Switzerland
13 November 2009

From YouTube:
A figure so dominant and iconic returned to the forefront of our social consciousness through 2009 and 2010. Model, actress, performer, entertainer, singer, producer, writer -- with her tenth studio album Hurricane, Ms Grace Jones reaffirmed herself as the superstar she has always been. From Bond girl to catwalk vamp, Studio 54 performer to Warhol muse, Grace Jones has never been predictable. So with 13 songs (and 13 costume changes) she struts through the best tunes of her colourful career - a big show in a small setting. 

  1. Nightclubbing 
  2. This Is 
  3. My Jamaican Guy 
  4. Sunset Sunrise 
  5. Demolition Man 
  6. I've Seen That Face Before 
  7. Love You To Life 
  8. La Vie En Rose 
  9. Williams Blood 
  10. Pull Up To The Bumper 
  11. Love Is The Drug 
  12. Slave To The Rhythm 
  13. Hurricane