Sunday, October 21, 2018

October 21

I like a man in uniform...

Russian Photographer Andrei Vishnyakov

Young gay photographer Andrei Vishnyakov (self portrait above) is based in St. Petersburg. He began working with 35mm film when he was a teenager. Although his work is dominated by photographs of muscular male subjects, he also photographs women and does special event and wedding work. Even a few landscapes find their way into his portfolio.

What sets him apart, however, is that none of his subjects is a professional model. He uses social media to find new models, many of whom are accomplished athletes. After establishing an international reputation, Vishnyakov is able to support himself solely through photography. Your blogger became aware of him when he was featured in The Advocate ( October 7, 2017 (100 photographs) and August 22, 2018 (62 additional photos, including male bondage, tattoos and leather).

Bryon Fear’s interview of Vishnyakov in Polari magazine:

But enough words – let’s take a look at the photographs.



Get out there, gentlemen...

Saturday, October 20, 2018

October 20

Athletic pursuits:

Get out there, gentlemen.

From my other blog, GAY INFLUENCE:

Alexander von Humboldt

Prussian naturalist, explorer of Central and South America, author of a 23-volume work on his travels, and of the seminal Cosmos, which laid the foundations for modern physical geography and meteorology, Alexander von Humboldt was a leading European figure of his day, considered second only to Napoleon in influence. A major Pacific current, numerous cities, counties, and other landmarks bear his name. In fact, more places and species are named after Humboldt than any other person. To this day things continue to be named after him. When the grand, rebuilt City Palace in Berlin opens next year (September 14, 2019), it will be named the Humboldt Forum. Humboldt was born and died in Berlin, and the forum’s opening will be exactly 250 years since the day Humboldt was born. It will be the German equivalent of the British Museum.

During his lifetime Humboldt’s same sex attraction was widely noted. While some biographers say that there is no “proof” that he was gay, there is plenty of incriminating evidence. When he died, his sister burned all of his love letters. Humboldt left his entire estate to his male “servant,” Johann Seifert, who was some thirty years younger. During the nineteenth century, a common way to “hide” a same sex relationship was to pass off one’s lover as a servant, especially if the two were of different social classes. Humboldt was of the monied class; Seifert was not. Humboldt was also somewhat effeminate and masochistic. Seifert was domineering and bullying by nature. To your blogger, this seems a perfect fit.

When Humboldt was 25 years old he met a 21-year-old Lieutenant named Reinhard von Haeften. Humboldt was so besotten with von Haeften that he desired his presence at all times, so Humboldt invited him to live under his own roof. At Humboldt’s invitation and patronage, the two traveled extensively. Humboldt used the code letter “R” when referring to von Haeften in letters to colleagues and friends. This went on for two years, and after von Haeften married his pregnant fiancée, Humboldt lived with the newlyweds for six months. Must have been cozy. In fact, Humboldt was so brazen that, before the marriage, he contacted von Haeften’s fiancée directly to tell her that he had found the perfect house in Switzerland for the three of them to live in. As if.

Likewise with esteemed French botanist Aimé Bonpland, another favored male companion who lived and traveled with Humboldt for five years. In attentive detail they wrote descriptions of the masculine beauty of South American Indians. From 1799-1804 they explored the Amazon and Orinoco rivers, the Andes mountains and parts of Venezuela, Peru, Ecuador, Columbia and Mexico, collecting specimens of rocks and plants. They investigated volcanoes, ocean currents, the earth’s magnetism, climate and animal life. Humboldt funded this five-year exploration with his own inheritance.

Humboldt died from a stroke at age 89, but he was still publishing scientific works right up to the time of his death. When biographers started poking around, they discovered letters written to friends and travel companions that revealed that Humboldt had been amorously corresponding with men. But further “proof” went up in flames, literally, when Humboldt’s sister burned all his love letters. And why might that have been? Hmmm….  


Encyclopedia of Homosexuality (Wayne Dynes)
Vincent Gabrielle (California-based gay scientist and blogger)
The Humboldt Society lecture, Philadelphia, 1996
The Life of Alexander von Humboldt (Maren Meinhardt)
Alexander von Humboldt: A Metabiography (Nicolaas Rupke)
NOGLSTP (National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals)