So sad to hear of Walt Cessna’s passing today. I really love his work and have had a few amusing Facebook conversations with him through the years. My favourite conversation was a couple of years back. Cessna messaged me saying that he wanted me to edit/curate his images for a book. I of course was very keen on doing this. I told him “yes” without knowing any details. Within two minutes he messaged me back to say “great” and that he’d like me to come over for dinner “tonight”. I told him sadly I couldn’t make it that night cus I lived in Toronto. That was the last I heard of the project. But we still kept in touch and he always appreciated when I posted his stuff on Sissydude.
We were part of the early queer Tumblr tribes that obsessively shared our love for sexy correctness. I adored his Tumblr photos… they reminded me of Carl Van Vechten’s photographs with a splash of Tiger Beat pin-ups by way of Drummer Magazine. Cessna’s photos mostly featured really cute boys as subjects. They were a little rough around the edges. They wore short shorts and eclectic accessories. And most importantly, the boys like to show skin. Walt’s images were vibrant, free, clever, dark, funny, sexy, sweet, sad, tough… and most of all, obsessive.
Since I’m an obsessive guy myself, I took a few hours and went through Cessna’s Tumblr archive and pulled the images that spoke to me today.
If you’d like to know more about Walt and see more of his work, I’ve added links here.
Correct Love to you Walter. XXXO John
WALT CESSNA TUMBLR ARCHIVE HERE
ART FORUM obit
Great QUEERTY 2012 interview HERE
archive list of Sissydude posts of Cessna’s photos
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