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PurrVerse: Behind The Lens With Sex Worker Photographer Isabel Dresler

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Recently I got a chance to meet Isabel Dresler (safe for work), who I’ve taken to calling “photographer to queer porn stars.” She’s shot with some queer porn faves like Courtney Trouble, Dylan Ryan, Andre Shakti, and Siouxsie Q. We got to chatting at a shoot for the cover of the East Bay Express on the local porn scene, where Betty Blac, Jolene Parton and I helped fulfill her desire to have a photo taken while she was being smothered by breasts.

There’s an interesting combination of intimacy and high fashion that manifests under her gaze. I was curious to ask her a bit more about it, as well as why she decided to focus attention on marketing photos for sex workers. I liked how she called herself more of a scientist than an artistic photographer, investing her time in the study of her subject (which could be anything from insects to fancy homes). Everyone seems to be obsessed about the sex part of sex work, but it’s still work. As such, middle class indoor sex work often requires some practical and related investments: a decent website, a second phone, and, of course, some excellent photos.

Here’s my conversation with Dresler, after the jump: Keep reading »

Study: iPhone Cameras Are Zapping Our Memory, But We Can Do Something About It

Study: iPhone Cameras Are Zapping Our Memory, But We Can Do Something About It

One of the biggest reasons I take pictures on the regular is a fear of forgetting, but as it turns out, all those pictures may be making my memories more likely to go fuzzy. There are so many small, delicious slices of life that I’m afraid will slip away forever or go undocumented somewhere in my head if I don’t snap a quick photo. I worry that I’ll lose perspective on the way I thought and felt during whole chunks of my past, though I suppose we’re all doomed to lose memories to some degree as we get older. What I should do about this is keep more of a written record of things, but instead I resort to the quicker method of taking photos. Thanks to smartphones with cameras and their all-too-easy to access apps like Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook, we’re all falling down a rabbit hole of constant capturing. You know when you go to a concert and everyone is holding their phone up to take a video instead of listening to the live music they paid for? Yeah, I’m pretty sure that wasn’t always normal. Keep reading »

I’m Kind Of Obsessed With These Vintage Street Style Photos

When photographer Joel Meyerowitz delved into his work in the ’60s and ’70s, he aimed to capture everyday life in New York City, but he also just happened to record some amazing street style that has my little vintage-loving heart doing backflips. The New Yorkers in his images wear trends that have since gone out of style and come all the way back around to cool again, and they look totally chic while doing so. You can check out the full gallery here for a little summer inspiration! Keep reading »

This Photo Series Of A Little Girl’s Friendship With Her Cat Is Beyond Precious

The photo “Kate and Cat” is a Russian photographer’s take on his six-year-old daughter’s friendship with the family cat. Andy Prokh has been taking the light-hearted photos since Kate was a baby. The cat, an impossibly friendly-looking British Shorthair named Lilu, is sometimes joined by other kitty friends in the photos, making them that much more fun to look at. Check out more of the series on Prokh’s website and get ready to smile! [Laughing Squid] [Image via Andy Prokh]

 

Kudos To This Portrait Series For Not Erasing LGBTQ Identities While Proving They’re Just Like You

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The Self Evident Truths Project is an ambitious undertaking to photograph portraits of 10,000 people who identify as being anywhere on the LGBTQI spectrum, or anyone who isn’t “100% straight.” According to the project’s creator iO Tillett Wright, the point of the project is to “humanize a vast community” through these portraits, with the ultimate goal being to print out each portrait and display it on the National Mall in 2016, immediately preceding the next presidential election. Read more on The Gloss…

Is There Anything Cuter Than Metal Rockers And Their Cats?

Cats? Metalheads? What’s not to love? In the new book Metal Cats by Alexandra Crockett, metal musicians smile for the camera with their sweet pet kittehs. It’s a pairing I never thought I’d see, but now that I have, I’m head over heels for the adorable weirdness that is rockers with their felines. ”I saw a natural connection between metalheads and cats that seemed to be particularly dichotomous with the look and attitude of men in the scene,” said Crockett. Apparently, even the most hardcore among us have a sensitive side reserved just for their pets. Excuse me while I melt into a puddle. You know, a really badass one. [Yahoo] [Image via powerHouse Books]

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