Photos of the Day: The Mysterious Sexy Lothario, Gale Harold

Photos of the Day: The Mysterious Sexy Lothario, Gale Harold

Forgoing publicity, Harold’s background is somewhat mystifying. Born in Decatur, Georgia, perhaps best-known as the home of Agnes Scott College, Harold is reported to have credited Jack London, David Bowie and J. R. R. Tolkien’s Gandalf as important influences during his younger years. He attended the upper-class and rather staid private Lovett School in Atlanta. The Lovett School is well-known for its long and proud tradition of producing outstanding soccer players for prestigious colleges throughout the South. After Harold graduated from The Lovett School, he attended American University in Washington, DC, on a soccer scholarship.

Harold began working toward a Liberal Arts degree in romance literature, only to abruptly depart after a year and a half following a conflict with his coach. This is reminiscent of a somewhat similar episode in Jack Kerouac’s life. Keruoac, from a French-Canadian family living in Lowell, Massachusetts, demonstrated a level of athletic prowess that led him to become a star on his local high school football team. This achievement earned him a scholarship to Columbia University. He entered Columbia after spending the scholarship’s required year at the toney Horace Mann School. However, Kerouac broke a leg playing football during his freshman year and argued constantly with his coach, who kept him benched. As a result, he ended up dropping out of Columbia.

After Harold left American University, he moved to San Francisco, California, to pursue an interest in photography at the San Francisco Art Institute (interestingly, this where Annie Leibovitz first studied photography, in the early 1970s). In addition he worked a variety of jobs, including positions as a Ducati motorcycle technician and a construction worker. In 1997, a friend suggested that he try his hand at acting, and he moved to Los Angeles to study in The Actors Conservatory Program. During this period of time, he starred in the 2003 independent film Wake. The lead part was written expressly for Harold.

However Harold’s big breakthrough came in 2000, when he garnered the controversial role of unabashed gay lothario, Brian Kinney, a central character on Showtime’s popular gay drama Queer as Folk, a breakthrough performance that included the first depictions of male gay sex on American television. Brian Kinney’s character, as well as the show itself, elicited considerable controversy, alternately praised and criticized for its explicit depictions of gay club life. The show ran for five seasons, coming to an end in 2005.

Gale Harold’s Reflections: “Life is Strange, You Can’t Explain It”

Brian and Justin: Every Breath You Take

Another Side of Gale Harold: Wake

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Photo of the Day: My Sleeping Parisian Beauty

Kris Kristofferson and Rita Coolidge: Help Me Make It Through the Night

Photo of the Day: My Sleeping Parisian Beauty

Kris Kristofferson & Rita Coolidge: Help Me Make It Through the Night

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My Faves for Monday, December 10, 2007

The acute desire to express oneself rests upon a wish that others pay attention to our need so we can know it and see what really matters to us. But attention rests upon mutual recognition, the bedrock for loving relations. The painful silence of unspoken words traps one in solitude and loneliness.
Beautiful photos and a gripping video included.

[tags: design, health, relationships, loneliness, solitude, photographs, music, video, gay]

 

“Photo of the Day: Sleeping Beauty II.” This is an elegantly sensual photograph. Very sexy, to say the least!!

[tags: Photo of the Day, Sleeping Beauty II, sexy, stud, gay, photograph, culture, cultural]

 

“Alone in a Crowd: The Heart is a Lonely Hunter.” This is a very touching piece. It includes beautiful, captivating photographs and an exquisite photo-gallery. In addition, it concludes with an original music video entitled “Alone in a Crowd.”

I deeply hope that you will treasure the experience offered by this composition.

[tags: Alone in a Crowd, lonely, alone, gay, photographs, video, music video]

 

“Happy Holidays: Behold the Feelings of Joy.” Wonderful, engaging photographs of people showing great feelings of happiness and joy, presented for you in high-resolution. This piece is accompanied by a very enchanting music video, entitled “Joy.”
Take a look, I sincerely hope that it gives you some pleasure during this holiday season!!

[tags: Happy Holidays, Joy, happiness, holidays, Christmas, Xmas, photographs, video, music video]

See the rest of my Faves at Faves

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Photo of the Day: Hillary and the Naked Giant

Photo of the Day: Soliloquy VII

Photography by: Sam Taylor-Wood

Censorship! That’s what some art lovers were whispering during a recent Hillary Clinton fundraiser. Two weeks ago, a Clinton fundraiser for 250 invited ladies was held at the Woodley Park home of Tony and Heather Podesta. The candidate was missing and so was the infamous artwork, Soliloquy VII, which led to hushed whispers that the picture was deemed unsuitable for a presidential campaign. The huge photograph of the nude man was missing from its usual spot on the living room wall, and some guests concluded that “politically correct” Clintonites had demanded that the naked guy disappear.

The Podestas are part of Washington’s Democratic elite: He’s a top lobbyist and the brother of Clinton White House chief of staff John Podesta; she just launched her own lobbying firm. They’re also nationally known collectors of contemporary art, and one of their favorite pieces is Soliloquy VII, an eight-foot-tall color photo of a nude man lying on his back, by British artist Sam Taylor-Wood. “It’s an iconic photograph in political fundraising circles,” Tony Podesta said yesterday. The $250,000 picture made quite a backdrop at a fundraiser for Clinton’s earlier Senate campaign, where the official photographer spent that night with his back to the art trying to prevent her from appearing in a shot with the naked guy. “She teases me about it all the time,” said Podesta.

Hillary’s Earlier Senate Campaign

In fact, the 8-foot naked-man photo is not a “documentary-style” photograph. In more cultured art circles, it is described as a modernization of painter Andrea Mantegna’s 1480 devotional work The Lamentation of the Dead Christ, which depicts the Virgin Mary, accompanied by Mary Magdalene and John the Apostle, weeping over the body of Mary’s crucified Son. Taylor-Wood faithfully replicates the original’s composition, here photographing, in vivid color and minute detail, a young man laid out on his back. Just one thing: Taylor-Woods omits the shroud and displays his subject in all his nakedness. In fact, this modern replication omits the Virgin Mary, John the Apostle, Mary Magdelene and the cold stone slab on which Christ was laid in Mantegna’s painting. Taylor-Wood’s naked man sprawls on a bed with fluffy pillows.

No matter what reasons Mrs. Clinton might give for not attending her latest fund-raiser in the Podesta’s private photo gallery of a home, the fact that it took place says at least two things: Many years after she first tried to dodge being caught there with a naked man, she didn’t mind exposing her supporters to the Podestas’ art collection. And, this election seems to be about a lot more than just our economy and our national security. It is about our culture, too.

Visiting a Taylor-Wood Art Exhibition (U.K.)

OOOPS!!!

Let’s not forget that a similar thing occurred on the Obama campaign trail many months ago!!

Snake Charmer: A Painting by Jamie Boling

When Barack Obama arrived for his campaign fundraiser at a Virginia art gallery earlier this week, one large painting had been concealed rather quickly behind a curtain. There had been concerns that the painting by 33 year-old artist Jamie Boling might embarrass Senator Obama, who spoke to a gathering of about 500 supporters on Tuesday night at Richmond’s Plant Zero art gallery. The painting, which is shown above, is a 6′ x 10′ work entitled Snake Charmer that is based upon the now infamous paparazzi photo of Britney Spears, sans underwear, stepping out of a car that was being driven by Paris Hilton. Strictly for purposes of fine arts education, that photograph is presented below:

Please Stumble this one for poor little Britney!!
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