110 Pics of Folks Who Bought My Orlando Photo and Poetry Book

About two years ago, I created my photo and poetry book Three Orlando Nightspots. (The book and Kindle version are available on Amazon.)

For six months, I photographed Orlando nightspots 64 North, The Patio and Aero. During this time, I always uploaded the women pics on Facebook. Folks, especially the dudes, enjoyed the pics. The enjoyment handed me one of the reasons to create Three Orlando Nightspots.

At first, the book was just going to contain photos. Yet, my friend Joe Romain suggested I add poetry dealing with my personal struggles during the time I was photographing the pics. One incident involved my mom’s death. Another involved an alcoholic blackout. Then, there was a week-long stay in the hospital due to coughing fits. Last but not least, I was dealing with the aftermath of a broken romance.

Three Orlando Nightspots was reviewed three times. Website Bungalower said my pics ” manage to capture a quasi-disconcerting side of Downtown Orlando nightlife that is often overlooked”. The Inner Circle said , “ His poetry and spoken word pieces are raw,rugged,sublime and above all else,they are HONEST.” About me combining poetry and photos, Central Florida Post said, “Barnes has seamlessly merged his two favorite mediums.”

During the two years, I would photograph folks who bought my books. Then, I would upload the those pics to Facebook. Because Facebook friends saw other people with my book, they would ask to purchase their own copy. Truth be known, I am surprised folks are still buying Three Orlando Nightspots.

Previously, I wrote a blog about gaining sixty-two photos of people who bought my book. After that blog, I decided to reach the goal of one hundred photos. Last weekend, I gained one hundred and ten photos of people who bought Three Orlando Nightspots.

Most pics are photos I took myself. Some are selfies the buyers created, which surprised my ass. Those pics are of the folks who I mailed the books to.

Anyway, enjoy!

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My Third Studio Photo Shoot: A Leather Version

Recently, I photographed Mister Pierre Fetish Fashion. Actually, I was more behind the scenes as the main photographer did the work. Still, in between shoots, the two models would allow me to photograph them.

This time around for the blog, I decided to get creative using my photo software. Besides, I already turned in the non-creative pics.


Model One

Model Two: She had to leave early. This is why she has fewer pics than the first model.

Duo Shots

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My Second Studio Photo Shoot

Earlier this month, I did a second studio photo shoot for Mister Pierre Fetish Fashion.

The first one happened last January.

Again, just like last time, I was actually the behind-the-scenes-photographer. This is why you won’t see most of the models looking directly at me. They’re looking at the main photo person.

This month was a roller derby theme.


First Model:

Second Model:

Third Model:

Fourth Model:

Duo and Group Shots:

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Miss You’re-So-Vain (an anti-romance poem)

 You’re so vain.
Bet you think this poem is about you.
Know you think this poem is about you.
Still got looks that kill.
Dudes still crazy over you.
Dudes still wanting your extra time and your kiss.
Dudes still finding you simply irresistible.
Yep, your milkshake still brings all the boys to the yard.
You’re so vain.
Bet you think this poem is about you.
Know you think this poem is about you.
Folks don’t know you like I do.
Dated other dudes behind my back.
Did this while saying you love me.
Didn’t think I’d find out about the out-of-town artist guy,
did you?
Oh yes, I heard about it through the grapevine.
You’re so vain.
Bet you think this poem is about you.
Know you think this about is about you.
Heard you currently have someone else fooled.
Got his nose wide-opened.
Was told dude said for you
he will stand up next to a mountain
and chop it down with the edge of his hand.
Your purple haze has really put a spell on this voodoo child.
When he finally gets wise and dumps you,
are you going stalk him like you used to stalk me?
Bet you think this poem is about you.
Know you think this poem is about you.
Because you’re so vain.
You’re so vain.

My apologies to Carly Simon.

Painting: Girl Straightening Her Hair by Magnus Enckel

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Weed Smokers Have Higher Sperm Counts, Says Harvard Study

For the record, I don’t smoke weed. Ganja makes me paranoid. The closest I get to smoking marijuana is listening to Cypress Hill music.

Yet, as I approach age 50, spending time with Mary Jane might be a good idea. As men age, sperm count lowers.

Recently, a Harvard study showed men who smoked weed at some point during their lives had a higher sperm count than dudes who never puff-puffed and passed a doobie before. The study also showed there were no sperm count difference between former weed smokers and current weed smokers. Another thing, higher weed smoking was found associated with high testosterone.

Now, don’t get this twisted. Too much weed smoking will sure enough cause negative effects on your reproductive health. Also, because they don’t want to get busted or fired from their jobs, some dudes in the study may have been lying about their weed usage. In other words, saying they no longer partake in the ganja when they still do

Like I mentioned earlier, I don’t smoke weed. The little I smoked may not have increased my sperm count.

Also, I don’t have any kids…that I know about. So, if I still want kids in the future, I might have to start smoking herb. Yet, that shit makes me paranoid. So, what do I do? Avoid weed because it makes me paranoid? Or should I put five on it?

Photo image by audreysteenhaut.

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Gucci’s Blackface Women’s Jumper Causes Controversy

Gucci women’s blackface jumper

After all these years of folks complaining about blackface images, you’d think people would learn their lesson.

If it isn’t white college kids wearing blackface, it’s a politician who I somewhat went to high school with. This idiot, Mike Ertel, dressed like a black Hurricane Katrina victim. After the 2005 Halloween-party image recently surfaced, his ass resigned from his position as Florida Secretary of State. For the record, Ertel also apologized.

Now, Italian fashion brand Gucci has stirred up blackface controversy. Gucci was selling a women’s jumper resembling a stereotypical black person image, the offensive red-lipped image folks used to see eating watermelon on a US post card. At the top of the jumper, red lips cover the cut-out at the mouth. Also, the rest of the jumper is black.

After receiving backlash, Gucci yanked the jumper off it’s online website and yanked it from its stores. Also, Gucci apologized “for the offense”.

In a statement, Gucci also said this:

“We consider diversity to be a fundamental value to be fully upheld, respected, and at the forefront of every decision we make.”

“We are fully committed to increasing diversity throughout our organisation and turning this incident into a powerful learning moment for the Gucci team and beyond.”

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Smirking MAGA Hat Kid Claims Somebody Called Him a “Cracker”

I’m sure most people have seen it. I’m talking about the video starring the smirking MAGA hat wearing kid. He was smirking at a Native American elder as him and his buddies wore MAGA hats.

Nick Sandmann, the kid, has now spoken out.

Some Black Hebrew Israelites aimed verbal nastiness at them. According to Sandmann:

The protestors[sic] said hateful things. They called us “racists,” “bigots,” “white crackers,” “faggots,” and “incest kids.” They also taunted an African-American student from my school by telling him that they would “harvest his organs.”

Now, I don’t condone calling someone a faggot, racist, incest kid. Yet, when you’re wearing a MAGA hat, how do you not expect a confrontation? If you can’t comprehend my question, you’re part of the problem.

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