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PHOTOS: Tom Bianchi Remembers Fire Island Through A Lens Fondly In “Polaroids 1975-1983″

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By:           Les Fabian Brathwaite
On:           Jun 5, 2013
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    • kayakriver
      kayakriver

      Nice pictures!

      Jun 5, 2013 at 2:03 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • erikwm
      erikwm

      The interview asks:

      “As a 26 year old, I look at your book and books like this, nostalgic books about the past… and think, I wish I was born then. Now sucks, comparatively! Was it really that great?”

      Are you kidding me?! I am forever grateful THAT wasn’t my time. The pictures may look pretty, but what came next was a nightmare.

      Jun 5, 2013 at 2:42 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Homophile
      Homophile

      Wonderful

      Jun 5, 2013 at 2:42 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Spike
      Spike

      Figures it be Polaroids from 35 years ago, no way Queerty would be able to find let alone post pics of hairy gay guys in present day.

      Jun 5, 2013 at 2:51 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • viveutvivas
      viveutvivas

      Pre-steroid bodies, for a change.

      I can’t look at these pictures without great sadness, though, given what we know in hindsight about the nightmare that was stalking these men even then.

      Jun 5, 2013 at 3:19 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • dvlaries
      dvlaries

      Behold how sexy a man still can be without pierced ears, lips, eyebrows, taints, scrotums, navels, tongues or a back, chest and limbs defaced permanently with embedded ink. It really was that way once.

      Jun 5, 2013 at 3:37 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • yaoming
      yaoming

      @dvlaries: So right… these guys, including the hunky photographer himself in picture #1 are natural, beautiful men. I want to see more.

      Jun 5, 2013 at 3:55 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • mpwaite
      mpwaite

      I had the priviledge of meeting him on my Atlantis Cruise back in the early 2000’s. He is such a nice guy; and true to form, was taking incredible pictures of lovely sexy men.. He actually asked if he could photograph me; he said he was in love with my green eyes, and he did so along with his models; I felt so honored to have been photographed by a man who’s photographic masterpieces adorned both my library and coffee tables in my home.

      Jun 5, 2013 at 4:38 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • PSPoolside
      PSPoolside

      @erikwm: What came next was just another part of life, illness, caregiving, death. I survived it many didn’t and as a community we learned and grew. And yes it was fun, still is.

      Jun 5, 2013 at 7:37 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Presty15
      Presty15

      Thanks for the memories of a wonderful, special time and place.

      Jun 6, 2013 at 8:16 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jerry12
      Jerry12

      Unless one happens to be one of the people on the photos, why in the world would anyone actually pay money to have a copy? As photographs, they are nothing to brag about having taken.

      Jun 7, 2013 at 4:29 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • erikwm
      erikwm

      @PSPoolside: Silly me! I didn’t realize burying half your friends while in your 20’s and 30’s was “just another part of life.”

      Nonetheless, I remain grateful it hasn’t been part of mine.

      Jun 8, 2013 at 5:13 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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