Winter is a time for little deaths—even in the desert. The three patio trees outside my window lose their leaves, mostly; it’s the only time of the year my room gets any light. Palms spread their seed upon the ground. The migratory birds go; other animals gather then hibernate away their short lives. (Only crows remain in the LA streets, sounding their beaks against the gloss-stained surface of telephone poles. Like woodpeckers.) The people stay even more indoors, cuddled into the arms of their neighborhoods. As Edith Sitwell said, “Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.”Read More
Heya. In the spirit of sharing, I thought I'd repost part of a notice from my soon-to-be-defunct Tumblr blog, namely from today, 3 December 2018.
Also in that spirit, look above upon my most reblogged (and most often unattributed and/or manipulated) picture from said soon-to-be-defunct platform. This is στοργή #2, featuring Dandy and Dylan C, taken in PDX almost five years ago to the very day and almost as old as the very Tumblr page itself. Lots of repetition here, I know. But the point is, the coincidences abound.
In the end, I had 7,265 people tuning into @mkulischphoto on Tumblr. I'm not really sure why. (But it was the butts, let's be honest...) After five long years on the platform, sharing work and getting feedback—and following a fair number of artists there myself—I have decided to say goodbye and leave Tumblr for good. The why cannot be ignored.
On 3 December 2018, and in response to their removal from the iOS App Store, the Tumblr Staff announced a move to eliminate “adult content” on their platform. Overnight, 80% of my posts were flagged for deletion—many of them not showing nudity at all. For a platform claiming to invest in “art, sex positivity, your relationships, your sexuality,” Tumblr has spectacularly failed to protect its supposed values. And this isn’t the first time it’s failed. Their move was motivated, as I've come to expect from Yahoo in particular (hi Flickr!) and tech giants in general, purely out of self-interest and self-preservation. Corporations are no trustworthy arbiters of culture or conversation.
I’ll be completely deleting my Tumblr page on 17 December 2018, when their new community guidelines go into effect. I've already removed my content. And I'll be updating this site (and my other platforms) to remove any mention of Tumblr in the meantime...
If you want to continue to see content that would get you Tumblr-banned in future, I suggest you pledge on my Patreon page. Of course, my website will get updates occasionally, but nothing so regular as there. And you cannot trust Instagram—which already has a restrictive nudity policy, that ends up targeting LGBTQ artists—to not eventually follow suit. It is the way of these things.
Some of you visitors here came to me from Tumblr. If you’re among them, know I’ll always be grateful. I read in a novel once that you’re not really an artist unless you show your work. I’m not sure I agree with that. But the Tumblr community encouraged me to share my pictures before I really knew what I was doing. It was a place to try new things, find inspiration, and even study photographers better than myself—and I learned (as a poet) how important it is to study your betters. You're my betters, you supporters who make it possible to continue doing this work.
While I'm not expecting any new upchucks in Patreon growth, or frankly to my blog subscribers here, as pretty much all new folks came to me from Tumblr, I'm grateful for those of you who came and stayed. It's hard finding places to share all of my work. Harder still to make those places last.
Let me know what I can do to keep you.
I’m selling prints this holiday season!
If you wanna pick up a print, you have until December 25 at 11:59pm. Simply click into my website and check out “Available Prints.” Or send me an email (using the contact form) about another print you have in mind: we can work out the details on custom sizing/paper.
A handy FAQ exists, if you’re new to buying prints. Details about the sale below:
2018 Holiday Print Sale
Get 20% any fine art print this year, in any size or paper style. All prints are signed and numbered out of 9. Shipping not included. Custom framing or drop-shipping available upon request.
DISCOUNT CODE: HOLIDAY20
GOOD UNTIL: 12/25/2018, 11:59pm
Let me know if you have any questions about this! More than happy to help! And, of course, happy holidays to you all! More updates and new work coming soon!
I've been talking a lot about book projects lately. In-progress things, future workings. Dillon's getting a book someday soon. A new model, Austin Xavier, may be getting a book really soon—assuming this month's running Patreon poll goes his way (as it looks like it will). And it's always something of a mind-fuck, gearing myself up for anything that may take literally years to make and do.Read More
A few weeks ago, one of my Patreon patrons bought me some new gear off my Amazon Wishlist: my first flash called the Canon 430EX III-RT Speedlite. Yes, that's right, I've never owned a flash before. Those of you who have been here a long time may recall I've hardly even used a flash before.Read More