All posts by Kevin R. Tengesdal

A Norwegian-American, A Rural Country Boy, A Navy Veteran, A Bible College Graduate, A Print Production Graphic Designer, A Gay Christian Advocate, A Thespian, a Thinker of Thoughts, a Wanderer on This Planet.

Five Transitions of Grief

Published on Nov 18, 2018

Wet Plate Photography
Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio
Shane Balkowitsch
Carl Zeiss Tessar 300mm lens, f4.5, 11 seconds of exposure, 8×10″ black glass ambrotypes, natural light through Northern facing windows and skylight.

Caylin Cathey
Kevin R. Tengesdal

Behind-the-Scenes Assistant
Ola Klimczak

Graphic Layout & Design
Blue Pine Design
Kevin R. Tengesdal

Text from
Kubler Ross, Elisabeth, and David Kessler.
“Five Stages of Grief by Elisabeth Kubler Ross & David Kessler.”,
© All Rights Reserved. Licensed Professional Counselors.

Frozen River by Alexander Nakarada |
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Affection Between Men is Beautiful, Natural and Good

Conspire 2 Love

“As soon as the boy had gone, David rose from beside the stone heap and prostrated himself with his face to the ground before Jonathan. He bowed three times, and they kissed each other, and wept with each other; David wept the more. ” 1st Samuel 20:41

Western men are terrified of expressing affection to each other.

High-five. Nod. Fist bump. A quick side hug. A slap on the back. Maybe a slap on the ass if during an athletic event.

We are supposed to be strong, independent, isolated, and unemotional. Wanting affection, showing affection is viewed as weakness at best and as feminine at worst. (The sexism and mysoginy of this is obvious.) It’s definitely connected to a fear of being viewed as gay, but in no way are gay men immune to this societally enforced deadening of our affection.

For whatever measure of acceptance our “toughness” gains us…

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