Tree House

smaysI’ll explain the provocative headline, but first, a few words about smays. I don’t photograph well. Too much gum showing (or none). More grimace than smile. But I’m not self-conscious about it, as evidenced by the frequent images here at smays.com. Then, every once in a while, someone takes a photo that I really like. Henry took this shot and it nicely reflects my mental image of myself. Sort of “Keith Richards-without-the-guitar-or-the-money.” It’s probably as simple as: good photographers see things differently than the rest of us.

Speaking of really good photographers. One of the people working with Henry and Bernard on the tree house project is their long-time friend Nick Kelsh. I thought he was just a sweaty, middle-aged guy yelling instructions at me down on the ground. In fact, Nick is a nationally prominent photographer, co-founder of a successful Philadelphia design firm and the author of eight or nine books. What Nick is not, is self-conscious. This is what Nick called his “gay porn” pose, chosen to showcase his improvised safety harness. Nick’s son, who was on the ground with me, seemed neither embarrassed nor surprised, leaving one to wonder if this was the first time Nick has done this sort of thing.

When I grow up, I want to have friends like Nick and Bernard.

2 thoughts on “Tree House

  1. Re: Nick’s “Gay Porn Pose” I don’t know Nick….after this somewhat fauna-sexual pose I’m not sure I want to know Nick personally. But wouldn’t this be a ripe opportunity for good old game of “Create-A-Caption?” It was always a winner when we would post a puzzling/disturbing picture on a sheet of 8 1/2 X 11 on the back of the FM studio door and number to 10 inviting all to add their two cents worth. Nick, have you ever heard of Mr. Blackwell?!?

  2. I find nick’s gay porn pose deliciously disturbing. I also shudder to think what the consequences would be were he to actually be forced to entrust his full body weight to the harness. Anyone who has gone rock climbing will know there is a lot of force applied carefully *around* the torso/crotchal region when one falls and is caught by the belayer, preventing untimely impact and demise.

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