Friday, July 15, 2005

Selling Our Wares

Boston. Early Seventies. My friend and I were leaving to go hawk our male nude calendar at Harvard Square. During these years, only one other calendar had come out with bulked-up guys dressing like the milkman or the postal carrier. BOOring. We asked our friends to find our models and also asked men we knew. Regular guys. Interesting faces, not Mr. Hollywood.

We developed the photos in a makeshift darkroom in my bathroom, had to hussle hard just to get someone to print it. We didn't make a cent, but it was fun...and oh, the escapades we had doing this. One of the funniest was photographing one man in an old graveyard out in the country at dawn. I mean, who other than us would be there that early? Here come a group of little ladies headed our way. Have you ever seen a guy put on his pants and run at the same time??:-)

Good thing we got the shot first!

Another slice of the pie called Pris.

22 comments:

jenni said...

lol!!!

that is sooo funny!

and i love that photo! beautiful.

Pris said...

hi jenn
You should've been there (barring the age difference, of course). We would've had a madcap time.
pris

keros said...

Pris!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

OMG- I'm stunned!!!!

Pris said...

Hey, if YOU'd been there, we would've had you in the calendar:-)

keros said...

Well, since I dont have a problem with nudity, here's what would have prevented me from doing it...I qoute "Regular guys. Interesting faces, not Mr. Hollywood"

Pris said...

For you we would have made an exception and had one Hollywood face in our calendar:-)

Actually, I thought we'd have trouble getting men to do this, but we had more volunteers than we had months. The men were quite unselfconscious about being nude in front of two females they didn't know. We published four men we DID know, but the rest all came through friends.

jenni said...

i think we ought to do a new calandar--poet blogger boyz in the flesh!! keros can be our cover model!

Pris said...

Hey, I'm all for it. They send us their photos. Keros definitely is the cover. He's got the chutzpa to carry the role. Lotsa good looking guys on the blogs. Think they'd do it?

Michael Parker said...

This is a great story! Good on you for that. You probably have seen the film CALENDAR GIRLS. This reminds me of that film. LOL!

keros said...

Just tell me where to mail my pic...

Pris said...

diego
get the picture made. i'll consult with jenn. see note to michael below.

michael
yup, it was fun. Want to be part of our calendar, too?:-) Maybe this one could be a bathing suit calendar so we could actually show this around on the blogs of everybody involved?? Or maybe running shorts???

Michael Parker said...

If you give me time to get back into shape after being ill and from the operation, I'll consider it. Thanx.

Pris said...

that's a deal. you go down as a tentative yes, then.

jenni said...

i'll see if i can gather some boyz for the project. maybe a poem next to their pic?

Pris said...

hi jenn
why don't we both put out a call on our blogs, but the only requirement being that they know you or know me, either from our blog or cafecafe (and that they blog..ask Jack, too). After doing the paper calendar, I know unsolicited stuff can come in and I don't want dozens of men I don't know sending me pics of them in their undies lol. Besides, I don't open email unless I know the person.

Poem. I hadn't thought about that. I like. We would need to ask for a short one, though, so the page doesn't get unwieldy.

Maybe Keros in a larger thumbnail on top as our cover shot and the others in thumbnails below, with the month above or below the thumbnail, the poems beside, as you say. If we get into making a page for each poem and doing links, that'll be a LOT of work.

They could email to either one of us, maybe with 2-3 choices so we can make the calender fit together well. Both of us have our email addy in our profiles. As soon as we reach 12 we like, we close it off??

Between the two of us, I think we can find 12 neat male bloggers.

Octavia said...

LOL:)) Pris, what a hoot!! And not at all for me to imagine you doing. Know ya'll had a blast with it:)

Pris said...

Jenn
On second thought, it might be nicer just to have 13 linked pages--the cover and the 12 months with the photo already full size on the left and a poem on any reasonable length on the right. It could be printed out by anyone to keep that way, too. The poems would mean revealing their names, so they'd have to either do that or use a user name, with a release for both to be on the page.

Okay, I'm off for the night.

Pris said...

Well hi, Octavia

As you see, Jenn is getting me into trouble again:-)

jenni said...

i say make an option for them to turn their head or just have a body shot in order to keep anonymity if that's what they want. personally, i like faces. but hey, im weird.

Pris said...

I like faces, too. A profile is sexy, given the right man, but to have his face not show at all, I agree, wouldn't be my pref either. I was thinking about the poems, actually. If we post one of their poems, it means their name and copyright has to go with it. If we just go photos, no names have to be involved at all. When we did the other calendar, the men all signed releases and all of their faces were clear in the photos, but their names weren't on the pics. Want to rethink the poem part for that reason?

azure_erin said...

You all are tooo funny!!! I can't wait to see if this will all work out!!!

Pris said...

I can hardly wait to see how it works out, too lol