Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Missing Summer / Alex Photo Series 6-10-15

I am a summer boy. I love the feeling of warm sunshine on my skin, and I love the beach. I live for the hot summer days that turn seamlessly into night, and don't even get me started on shirtless boys roaming the parks. Of course, this means that I hate winter. During the snow that seems to last for an eternity, I dream about summer days filled with rooftop cocktails and sex in the park (kidding). I realize that it's not quite winter yet, but the temperature is dropping and my anxiety is starting to set in.

I'm looking back at these photos I took of Alex and can't help but be transported back to this steamy June day where we explored a new park and found cool relief in a creek that flows from a spring in a nearby cave.

It's days like this that I will miss most when I slip down the icy sidewalk on my to work and literally freeze my junk off on the short journey from car door to apartment door. I'll dream of basking naked in the sun. I'll dream of Alex's tan lines. I'll dream of the smell of chlorine from the pool. I'll dream of lying in the tall grass and smoking while staring up at the clouds.

Anyone else with me?

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

About Me

I figured that since I am starting this blog over, a new introduction was in order. Personally, I hate reading these things. I usually find myself rolling my eyes at most "about me" things. But I'm a bitch. An endearing bitch. You can't hold it against me though, I come from a long line of bitches, it's in my blood. So, if you want to skip over this, please do. I would.

I was born a poor black child...wait, wrong story. I won't go back that far anyways. Essentially I'm in my twenties and kicking ass. I work at a top interior design firm, photograph beautiful people, and get to travel to all sorts of places. I would say that I'm pretty lucky, but I'm not sure that I believe in luck. I've always been fiercely dedicated to my passions and haven't ever wavered from that path. I go after what I want, and that's why I think I'm where I am today. I'm not saying I'm the shit, bare with me. I'm saying that I believe people make their own luck (insert Billy Zane Titanic quote here).

I'm pretty gay. I'm talking Kinsey 6 here. And I do pretty gay things, like have sex with guys. I say that because that's really the only thing you can label as gay. I'm not a big fan of labeling things. And the fact that I'm an interior designer with Madonna tattoos and thing for jockstraps doesn't make me gay. Actually, fucking another man doesn't even make me gay. I retract my previous statement. If I had sex with a woman, would I be straight? Naw. I'm gay because I am attracted to men in every way, on levels beyond sex. This isn't a label rant, I'm kind of thinking out loud here.

If you've made it this far, I'm impressed. But you should really be doing something more productive, you lazy bitch. Kidding. I'm glad you're here, and I hope that you can relate to some of this, or at least be entertained.

As a committed Libra, my life is driven by aesthetics. I am happiest when I am surrounded by beautiful things. I see the beauty in all sorts of places, from my immaculately curated apartment, to the large piles of trash bags waiting patiently for pick up on New York City streets. When I can't see the beauty in something, I find a way to make it beautiful. I think this is what makes me a good designer and photographer.

I'm actually not even totally comfortable calling myself a designer or photographer. Maybe this goes back to my issues with labels. I just make things pretty...a pretty maker, if you will. I've never taken a photography class, and I barely applied myself to my design courses. So, it's hard for me to think of myself as any of those things...even though I do them daily and get paid for it. Maybe someday I'll feel like I've earned the titles. Until then, call me "Colby the pretty maker".

If you skipped all of that above, here's a little recap:

Colby Kern = Gay boy who likes to look at and create pretty things

That's basically all you need to know for now. Welcome.

Monday, November 2, 2015

New Beginnings

I've had a blog now for many years. It took on different forms as it grew with me from when I started it in high school. At one point I had many thousands of subscribers and endorsements. It was awesome for a bit, and led to opportunities that I probably wouldn't have had otherwise. But it became something I was doing for the wrong reasons, it started to feel like a popularity contest. Eventually I stepped away and pretended it didn't exist.

Over a year later, I still miss blogging and can't shake the urge to come back. So here I am. I'm going to start blogging again regularly, but this time it's going to be different. I don't want to this time end up like my last blog, so I have made a few changes.

You will notice that there is no longer an option to subscribe to my blog. I know this might make it an extra step to keep up with me, but that's what bookmarking is for :]. Also, I have taken away the ability to comment on posts. These are all changes that I think will allow me to really blog about what I want and make it my own. Of course I welcome your feedback via my contact info and encourage it!

If your expecting this to be like the old blog, it won't be. It will be better! I am still going to focus on my interests; photography, fashion, design, and art. But I won't be on any set schedule. However, I've set a goal to blog at least twice a week, so you can expect that.

Lastly, I will say that this blog isn't intended to be my professional site. This is a place for me to be me unapologetically. So, welcome back. I'm glad you're here with me.

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