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About the Banner #28-33, and Our Five Year Anniversary

This week marked the five year anniversary of Towleroad, and I just wanted to thank everyone for reading and coming back. Since October 2003, we've generated 10,750 posts, 163,400 comments, and carved out a place I'm proud to come to every day. I'd also like to thank Michael Goff, my partner in this endeavor, who keeps things running behind the scenes. It's exciting and humbling to get to do what I do for work on a daily basis.

That said, I've let slip a tradition of explaining the banners posted at the top of the site and I apologize. This post should fill in the gap. I hope you find it interesting.


Our last banner was a photo of a deer I took on Fire Island at the end of the summer. I cropped it and added a slight tilt-shift effect to give it its fuzzy edges.



The banner prior to that I shot the night of Obama's speech at the Democratic National Convention in Denver. What a night that was. I've never felt so much positive energy in one place. I have hope that on November 4th we'll be feeling that energy again.


Continued, AFTER THE JUMP...


This banner was shot on the interior of the ferry from Boston to Provincetown. I chose it for the nice diagonal slice of windows I knew I'd get if I crushed it down. Also for the reflection of sunlight on the interior. This one was shot with the iPhone. You can see the same kind of angular thing going on with the last banner in this post.



This banner was shot on a day trip to the western end of Fire Island, away from the gay towns, down by Jones Beach. There was an air show going on at the time. I managed to catch the lighthouse tower just as the light swung round into the lens, and I crushed it and punched up the color a bit.



This is an interior/exterior shot of a house on Fire Island, but I like it because the colors are so luscious and actually reflect both interior and exterior light. Reminds me of the peace and tranquility of the summer evening.



This shot, another I chose for its angular properties, is the roof of a temporary race track at a county fair in Missoula, Montana. I took it during a horse race. My favorite thing about the photo are the velvety hills with the shadows of the clouds on them. They didn't play out very well in the banner, which I flipped on its head.


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  1. Where is the current banner? I want to live there.

    Posted by: Nick | Oct 24, 2008 6:25:44 PM

  2. Hehe, I just checked out October 2003 in your archives. I'm pretty sure I saw a penis.

    Posted by: crispy | Oct 24, 2008 6:30:09 PM

  3. Congrats on five years, Andy. I come to your blog every day, multiple times a day.

    And your shots are amazing. I love the banners and hearing the stories behind them.

    Here's to many more years of Towleroad!

    Posted by: Ryan | Oct 24, 2008 6:33:54 PM

  4. Congratulations on 5 years! I commend you for providing informative and relevant news, while keeping it fun with bits of arts & entertainment, as well as a little eye candy. You've hit a nice balance, and I look forward to reading your blog daily. Nice work!

    Posted by: Travis S | Oct 24, 2008 6:48:01 PM

  5. I just said to a mate the other day that the banner updates had stopped coming...

    Congrats on five years... love the blog, love it to death.

    Posted by: Ben | Oct 24, 2008 6:48:26 PM

  6. Congrats on the anniversary! You've got a set of work here that you should be proud of. Well done! -zane

    Posted by: Zane | Oct 24, 2008 6:54:55 PM

  7. Congrats on 5 years!!

    And I'm glad you did a mass "about the banner"... I was missing them!

    Posted by: gabriel | Oct 24, 2008 7:05:53 PM

  8. Congrats on 5 years! That's quite an accomplishment in the blogosphere!

    Posted by: EdG | Oct 24, 2008 7:25:14 PM

  9. Congratulations Andy, YOU ARE A PRINCE!!!!

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Oct 24, 2008 7:40:24 PM

  10. Towleroad has become a necessary part of my day, and I can't say that about many websites. And, as a photographer, I always appreciate the artful banners and enjoy the stories behind them. Congrats, and carry on. Hopefully there will be something else to celebrate after Nov 4!

    Posted by: Ernie | Oct 24, 2008 8:26:14 PM

  11. Congrats! I love this blog and your comments. Just wish when you show eye candy.....let's have some hair...less focus on the six pack, and I don't know, show some equal time for the bears. These are men. Keep up the good work though. You and Joe.My.God are the best out there.(Sorry Dan Savage).

    Posted by: Robert | Oct 24, 2008 8:36:13 PM

  12. Thank you for bringing us the gayest news, good and bad. Yours is one of the few blogs I rely on for quality reporting and entertainment, and I appreciate the open forum and community you have spawned in the comment section.

    Posted by: Mark in NYC | Oct 24, 2008 9:41:28 PM

  13. Grats on five years. Here's to another five!

    Posted by: Iko | Oct 24, 2008 9:52:52 PM

  14. Hey! Congratulations!! And a big Thank You! for your work here, bringing us always the finest!
    Here's to five more years!!

    Posted by: tobal | Oct 24, 2008 9:57:24 PM

  15. Thank you Andy for all the great news you share daily. You are a necessary part of my day too!

    Posted by: Ken Atkins | Oct 24, 2008 9:58:38 PM

  16. Congrats Andy!

    Like many others I visit your blog multiple times a day. It's informative, entertaining and a hoot to read.

    Keep up the great work.

    Posted by: Anon | Oct 24, 2008 10:09:01 PM

  17. I love this site and I log on daily to catch up on everything gay and political. You are amazing.

    Posted by: jeffro | Oct 24, 2008 10:20:53 PM

  18. Congrats on the 5 years Andy—just fantastic! I have a tab in my favorites bar called "David's Daily" and you're in there along with CNN, the NYT, BBC and a few others. And thanks for creating the community amongst us commenters.


    Posted by: David R. | Oct 24, 2008 10:21:28 PM

  19. Towelroad has changed they way I surf the net and see the world. Because of this site, I've bookmarked many great blogs & resources. Thank you for sharing your vision with the banners.
    With gratitude to Michael & Andy,

    Posted by: Mark Hutt | Oct 24, 2008 11:42:06 PM

  20. Thanks, Andy, and congratulations. You are a nice man and a great voice for the LGBTQ community. I wish you the best for the future.


    Posted by: Gary | Oct 24, 2008 11:46:05 PM

  21. Congrats on 5 years, Andy. I've only been reading for about 1 now, but definitely a great combination of news, art, science, and men.

    And your banners are truly stunning. You're a great photographer even with just the iPhone.

    Posted by: AED | Oct 25, 2008 12:38:35 AM

  22. Andy -- Congratulations on your Fifth Anniversary. I've been reading the site for about 4 1/4 years and never miss a day. Keep up the good work. Hopefully on your Tenth, we'll be celebrating the re-election of Barack Obama, the fourth anniversary of the end of DADT and the fifth anniversary of Sarah Palin being mauled by a polar bear (while trying to disprove man-made climate change).

    Posted by: Kevin | Oct 25, 2008 1:50:23 AM

  23. Congrats Andy! You're one part of the day I dare not miss. Thanks a bunch!

    Posted by: MARQ | Oct 25, 2008 4:29:13 AM

  24. Félicitations Andy!!! Funny yesterday I was thinking how great is your blog and what I will do in the morning the day is gone. With the swiss newspaper Le Temps and Herald Tribune you are my very best source of information. I guess I first was on your blog after a google search for Brokeback Mountain, a year or so before the release of the film, that's how I got addicted to you! That was a great report you did. And I like also to say how I enjoy reading the comments readers leave... an interesting and funny crowd!
    From Switzerland with gratitude

    Posted by: Jean-Jacques | Oct 25, 2008 5:19:22 AM

  25. Congratulations and thank you! Towleroad is a major touchstone for me.

    Posted by: dave | Oct 25, 2008 5:51:24 AM

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