Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Prairie Visions: The Men's Collection
I have always been a collector. The subjects I collected varied; celebrities, movies and television shows, animals, sports stars and mythical creatures, but the items I saved all came in the same form, paper. I saved photos and articles, magazine pages, posters, flyers, movie stubs and theatre programs. I had filing cabinets organized, and disorganized, featuring my collections.
Starting in the early 80's when I just a kid, I filled plastic folders, large manilla envelopes, file folders and boxes full of articles and pictures of Star Wars and dozens of my favorite movies; Charlene Tilton and Alyssa Milano and may other tv stars, Wayne Gretzky, Patrick Roy and dozens of other NHL stars.
Interwoven within these files were also discreetly places images of hot men. No one seemed to care too much if there were some shirtless pin-ups or shots of Mark-Paul Gosselaar or Will Friedle if they were stashed in with some female stars.
Prior to getting a computer in the early 90's, these collections brought so many hours of enjoyment. I loved organizing them, reading, looking at them and putting them in scrapbooks. A great winter's night would be pulling out my files and adding new articles and images I torn out of the that week's set of magazines that I had bought.
Sadly, people don't collect paper the way they used to. Computer's make it far too easy to stick a bunch of images in a folder. It isn't the same however without the touch, without the smell, without the physical piece of paper in your hands. Obviously I threw much (or my mother did) of what I had collected out when I moved out of my family's home. I did however box up my favorites to keep. Pulling out that box a few years ago was a trip.
There are still many collectors out there, collectors of every item known to man, including man himself. I have been surprised from time to time when photographers tell me some of the shots I am featured were commissioned by collectors. Collectors who have certain visions of the male form, Fetishes or particular scenarios they love to experience visually through image and art.
This had me thinking about my collections and one of the pieces that computers don't allow you to experience... the anticipation. I remember when I used to order celebrity shots from Jerry Ohlinger's, a New York based movie material store. Although I visited in persons a few times when in NY, mostly I ordered from descriptions. I would write them my desires, and they would send me back typed descriptions of the images they had. I would love waiting for my packages to arrive and what awaited me inside.
With computers exhibiting the work of artists without fee's or commissions, people are buying prints as they used to. One of the reasons might be hassle it sometimes takes to contact and find the images you want through a site. Some photographers however, have bypassed this step by selling on e-bay, the easiest point and click way to buy almost anything you desire. Prairie Visions Photographers is one of those artists.
I first featured Prairie Visions artistry back in 2009, and have since showcased many of the incredible images, and hot men from Kendal's vast, and erotically charged, collection. If you're a collector of men, or thinking it is time you become one, check out Prairie Visions e-bay store. Even if you don't buy it now, you can enjoy and enlarge Kendal's images to see so much more of his work. These image are just the tip.