...out of time

"The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there..."

ONE OF THE really great things to come out of Australia is Blue+ magazine.

Known as (not only) Blue when it launched in 1995, it claims to be the "top photography journal for connoisseurs of the male form".

But it wasn't just photography. It was everything weird and wonderful about the lives of The Gays. Searing accounts of sex clubs in Paris with equally charged photos, stories of criminals-cum-porn stars, and art. Tom of Finland, Pierre et Gilles, Sadao Hasegawa... It fed my young, eager mind, and my mind's eye. And then I went out into the real gay world. After the colour, imagination, energy and promise of Blue, it was a dismal disappointment. But that's another story.

This is Sadao Hasegawa. The only book of his work (now out of print) sells for upwards of $US400 on Amazon. You might not have heard of him. He killed himself in Bangkok on November 20, 1999, you see. He didn't leave a letter telling us why. But he did leave his extraordinary art.

I hope you like it.

5 comments:

thegayte-keeper said...

I LOVE THESE PHOTOS!!!

Mike said...

Dang, he was one very gifted artist. I searched him on Wiki and they claim his art incorporates Japanese, Indian, South-East Asian and African mythology. I see the Asian influence, but I don't see the African mythology, unless they are referring to body type of his male images. I don't know. I like the art, but I would not pay $400 for the book!!

Mr. Jones said...

Cool stuff. Though the first pic kinda creeps me out.

ka-os said...

Oh no Mr Jones! The first pic is one of my favourites; I remembered from the magazine and searched and searched for it online.

It's a fantastic orgy you know, not a mountain of corpses...

Forbidden Light said...

I though I was the only one that knew about Sadao...He is my favorite! If I created a polytheist religion, the gods would come out looking like the characters in his art...

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