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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. Congrats and thanks from me too! Yet another reader who comes here first thing every day (and then several times after).

    Hmmm... maybe I'll require my gay & lesbian studies students to read your blog next semester :-)

    Posted by: Kevinvt | Oct 25, 2008 1:34:57 PM

  2. Congrats Andy. As I've said many a time you are the third visit every day, after the NY Times and Wash Post. You offer a great insight into both the Gay community and the whole world.

    The great pics of boys are just icing on the cake. Keep up the great work.

    Posted by: patrick nyc | Oct 25, 2008 2:35:19 PM

  3. Congrats on the milestone, and thanks for your excellent filtering skills.
    I actually emailed you asking why you had not provided the banner update. I do enjoy them.
    I thought that deer was one of those plastic ones that people put on their lawns.
    Despite the great photos you take, I still think it would be cool to have readers submit photos to be used as banners, maybe have a vote, or tie it to a charity activity, etc.

    Posted by: Brad | Oct 25, 2008 4:39:18 PM

  4. I come to Towleroad first every day.

    Posted by: Br!on | Oct 25, 2008 6:12:09 PM

  5. congratulations again, andy. i know some have complained that your blog is ponderously political of late, but i appreciate your coverage of one of the most important elections in recent memory. keep up the good work.

    Posted by: nic | Oct 26, 2008 5:41:26 AM

  6. Andy -
    a big congrats and a thank you, too!
    i've been coming to your blog everyday since i was a freshman in college in kansas and fresh out of the closet. it helped me get a glimpse of the opportunity and diversity in the gay community. 4 years later i'm finally living in NYC, and still reading everyday.

    Posted by: Clayton | Oct 26, 2008 10:19:39 PM

  7. btw, is anyone else having trouble loading this blog? it seems that it takes forever. i have a new computer (less than 2 months) w/windows vista home premium, or whatevs.

    i am computer-subliterate, so i don't know. are their any gay geeks who could help me out?

    Posted by: nic | Oct 27, 2008 1:50:19 AM

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