Photo of Jim-Ed Thompson.photo of the day 9/19/2011. photo © Mark I Chester.
It is the start of Leather Week 2011 and I must be feeling nostalgic. This is a photograph from 1982 called "Sex God/Sisyphus" from the series, City of Wounded Boys & Sexual Warriors. I can't think of a better prototype of a gay leatherman of the 1970s and 80s than Jim-Ed Thompson, the model for this photograph. Even though he was gay, because he was such a forceful top with a great screen presence and bondage knowledge, he also did hetero sm porn films.
I know everyone now has a title or is a porn star. But it wasn't like that then. But despite his ability of act hetero on film, he was a gay man. He became Mr. SF Leather and was 2nd runnerup at IML. He was a straight shooter, no pun intended, despite his time at Drummer Magazine. Let's just say that no one escaped Jon Embry and Drummer emotionally or mentally intact.
At nearly 30 years old, this image is as powerful as it was the day I shot it. Exotic. Erotic. Iconic. and Ironic as only time can be Ironic with a capital "I".