Those of you who follow my blog know me mostly as the amatuer porn producer/performer who made a movie last year. I am also an artist and I have been making and selling my work for 25 years. When I see an art exhibit or piece that moves me I feel like I have to share it. So sorry this post will not get you off, but it will inspire you.
In commemoration of World AIDS Day, here are two exhibits I Still Remember and Warrior of Hope that no one should miss. The two collaborative photography projects by Vladimir Rios, creative director and Lester Blum, photographer focus, from different aspects, on HIV/AIDS. The projects were conceptualized to bring renewed awareness to HIV/AIDS, remember and honor those who passed away from virus related causes and to visually educate all generations.
The photography narratives will both have exhibit openings on World AIDS Day December 1, 2015 with I Still Remember opening in Staten Island, New York (Pride Center of Staten Island 25 Victory Blvd. 3rd floor) and Warrior of Hope in Santa Ana, California (Brad Brafford LGBT Center on 4th 305 E. 4th St. Suite 200).
I Still Remember is an epic, compelling photographic narrative which tells a powerful and moving story of the quest for love, devastation, and remembrance. It is a fictionalized compilation of the lifestyle of many gay men of the 1980's/into the early 1990’s. It was a time when men sought an immediate connection, a search for permanence, and a commitment of love.
Their world was shattered by the pandemic of HIV/AIDS. They had to face fear, rejection, and declining health. When one of the characters in the narrative passed, his lover and friends gathered in Fire Island - to celebrate his life. Even today, he continues to live in their memories.
I Still Remember commemorates those who have passed from HIV/AIDS related causes and to help educate a younger generation about the early years of the disease.
A compelling written narrative accompanies the visual images in the I Still Remember book which is available at: http://www.blurb.com/b/
These two powerful exhibits are currently being featured in two national HIV related magazines gaining national recognition. POZ Magazine has included an article about the two narrative photography exhibits in their December issue which celebrates 100 long term survivors of the virus. Here is the link for the online version - http://www.poz.com/articles/
The second magazine, A&U Magazine has also published a touching four page feature article in their November issue. See attached for a copy of the article.
A more complete visual has been compiled into a video honoring those who passed and those still battling the HIV/AIDS virus which can be seen on the following: https://www.youtube.com/watch?
To continue the adventure of I Still Remember, please follow us on the Face Book page: https://www.facebook.com/
The Warrior of Hope was envisioned last year to offer hope to all. Out of the chaos of the world, a new personification of “hope” emerged – the Warrior of Hope. While he offers hope to all in their battles against inequality and injustice, his primary focus is to honor those who fought the HIV/AIDS battle and lost as well as offer Hope to those currently fighting the war.
Man needs hope to survive. The Warrior offers this Hope so that we and future generations will be able to live in a healthy and harmonious world.
A comprehensive photography presentation complimented by poetry written specifically for the project is available in the Warrior of Hope book: http://www.blurb.com/b/
“Behind the scene” photographs and images from the project can be viewed on the You Tube video slide show:
You can also follow the Warrior’s journey on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/
For additional information pertaining to both projects, particular images, or to contact us, please refer to the web site: www.lesterblumphotography.com