Meet the Girls

These are the fantastic girls in my 2014 Drag Queens & Covered Bridges of New Hampshire Calendar!

#dragqueensandcoveredbridges

January, Cherry Lyquor

January, Cherry Lyquor, Prentiss Bridge, Langdon, NH

February, Nicohl D Lafontaine & Britney Lynn

February, Nicohl D Lafontaine & Britney Lynn, Cilleyville Bridge, Andover, NH

March, Ivy League, Squam River Bridge, Ashland, NH

March, Ivy League, Squam River Bridge, Ashland, NH

April, Lady Sabrina, Wright's Bridge, Newport, NH

April, Lady Sabrina, Wright’s Bridge, Newport, NH

May, Miss Toni, Waterloo Bridge, Warner, NH

May, Miss Toni, Waterloo Bridge, Warner, NH

June, Porcia J. Chanel, Riverwalk Bridge, Littleton, NH

June, Porcia J. Chanel, Riverwalk Bridge, Littleton, NH

July, Violencia Exclamation Point, Wentworth Golf Course Bridge, Jackson, NH

July, Violencia Exclamation Point, Wentworth Golf Course Bridge, Jackson, NH

August, Laila McQueen, Swift River Bridge, Conway, NH

August, Laila McQueen, Swift River Bridge, Conway, NH*

*The owners of Bartlett Bridge, Bartlett, NH refused to be a part of this series due to its content

September, Amber Alyrt, Fisher Bridge, Wolcott, VT

September, Amber Alyrt, Fisher Bridge, Wolcott, VT*

*The owners of Clark’s Trading Post Bridge, Lincoln, NH refused to be a part of this series due to its content

October, Lexus Dee, Flume Bridge, Lincoln, NH

October, Lexus Dee, Flume Bridge, Lincoln, NH

November, Katrina George, Stark Bridge, Stark, NH

November, Katrina George, Stark Bridge, Stark, NH

December, Countess Morticia Dracula, Greenfield-Hancock Bridge, Greenfield, NH

December, Countess Morticia Dracula, Greenfield-Hancock Bridge, Greenfield, NH

C A L E N D A R S | P O S T C A R D S | A N D R O I D | E M A I L M E

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I had a great time making these photos, and I’m very proud of them. But I had to face homophobia and bigotry that changed the original intent of this project. So much so, it will even be present in the very cover of this calendar. The cover will be Miss September, and, ironically, that photograph was shot not in New Hampshire, but at Fisher Bridge in Wolcott, Vermont. The owners of the only bridge with a railroad in New Hampshire, Clark’s Trading Post Bridge, the one I wanted to use, changed their minds on allowing me to shoot on their property, when I told them the model would be a drag queen. When another owner, owner of the Barlett Bridge, denied me permission because his bridge was a “wholesome place,” I drove away weeping; I didn’t know those two words could strike so hard. I wasn’t expecting these kind of reactions when I first started. To be honest, I didn’t know what to expect.

But not all has been like this. Up in Conway, a father and his daughter interrupted my shoot with Laila McQueen. The little girl was absolutely convinced it was a photoshoot with Lady Gaga! I had to disappoint her and let her know Laila McQueen was not in fact Lady Gaga. What a compliment, though!  The family seemed enamored with us. It made my day, especially when the day before, my spirits were so low, almost broken.

This is all okay, though. This isn’t supposed to be politically correct, neatly packaged, with impolite details swept under the rug, all imperfections soft-brushed away. This is a snapshot of where we are at, in this present moment. This is my love letter to New Hampshire. This is about its culture — its beauty marks and its warts.

I always get the window seat

I went on an Earthship

 

It’s The Connections

You know. I apparently make just some weird audio recordings when I’m completely inebriated.

After a night of trivia — drunk, high, home, sitting in the dark — I was getting into one of those “pontificating” moods. But the problem was I couldn’t remember or even keep track of too many thoughts at a time. Not much was staying long enough in my short term memory, really. The train of logic, the steps of “henceforth,” “ergo,” and “thus,” following from the question”what is so special about tumblr?” and my attempted premise of “it’s the connections,” just kept disappearing and reappearing. I couldn’t find the next stone to jump on. And when I did jump, I couldn’t remember where I just was. I guess you could say I couldn’t make the connections …. about the connections …. It was all very frustrating, and ended up, fruitless and stupid. I come off as an idiot. But, whatever, it’s funny.

 

Matthew Tischler

“Untitled Screen Series.”

 

The effect of the grid used in the Untitled Screen Series is such that images are divided, pixelated, and filtered. Subjects and figures are therefore broken apart and reconstructed in such a way that they are both integrated into their environment and isolated within it. None of the subjects in these photographs have any discernable facial features or characteristics. The screen that is imposed over each tableau subjugates their identities. Richly saturated colors and flattened space create alluring vistas that seem to resemble video stills.

see the rest of the series →

Alejandro Maestre

“El hombre que se crea” series.

check out the rest of the series → , and some of Alejandro’s other photography →

Nemo. New Hampshire ’13

 

Do You Love Me?

Cleverbot. Oh Cleverbot. It’s an A.I. chatting system that tries to learn from the humans it talks to. It now has a database of 20+ million online conversations to learn from. Well, Cleverbot is growing up and recently collaborated with Chris Wilson and wrote its first movie, “Do You Love Me”

 

I ♥ Westerns

If there is any American mythology that I will buy into its romanticism — head first, no questions asked, lalala, I can’t hear you — it’s the Western story. Give me High Noon. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Sergio Leone. John Ford. Firefly! I mean, I even have this crazy fantasy that I’m going to retire on a horse ranch in Montana or Arizona just animating all day, truly. Of course, somebody else will take care of the horses; I’ll just help.

I swooned over these pictures by Heinrick Oldhauser. Now fantasize with me.

see more here →

Dream Crushers

A few months ago, back in the summer, my friend Laura gave me a call. We hadn’t spoken in a while, so we caught up. She then pitched me this idea for a title sequence she wanted me to make. A few friends of hers were making a web series. I told her, “I know exactly what to do.” Shortly after our conversation, she sent me an email.

Hello!

I have started reading the book- it’s definitely an angry New Yorkey version of self help which cuts through the usual airy fairy meditate and find your inner child stuff. Inspiring and also borderline sociopathic but I think it’s definitely valuable and proactive!  I mean, I’m reading it cover to cover.

Thank you Andre.

I sent her my digital copy of James Altucher‘s “I Was Blind But Now I See.” It’s a bit of a self-help/self-realization book I thought she might enjoy. Altucher has some great anecdotes and doesn’t mince words. I thought her description about Altucher was pretty amusingly accurate. Laura has an uncanny gift reading people.

Ok, I have attached the musical tag line from our Dream Crushers theme song and a video clip that has the “fly-in” effect I’m going for.  I’m open to weird illustrations and even animation.  The main thing is that the title card says DREAM CRUSHERS.

Think 21 year old nerdy guy, delusions of grandeur, star wars, anime, but low-fi.  It’s like one step up from notebook doodling but not quite as gritty as Michel Gondry.

Can you dig it?

Love, Laura

Oh I can dig it.