From the article “Bidgood’s Cinematic Seven Year Itch Finds New Life, Audiences” at

In the early 1960s, just a few years before the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that nudity in art was not obscene, one artist’s career began with a literal splash.

Young James Bidgood, then in his early 30s, working as a drag queen and a physique photographer and living in a small midtown Manhattan apartment, created an erotic photo illustration series and titled it, “Water Colors.” His muse was a young dancer who worked at New York’s famed Club 82, a longtime hangout for local gays and drag queens. The dancer and hustler, Jay Garvin, found himself adorned with sequins and glitter, posed above a silver lame spread. The sparkling effect generated by this combination gave the illusion of a beautiful young man underwater.

It was a fantasy world created in Bidgood’s mind and brought to life within the tight confines of his small apartment. And it would only be the first of many erotic images brought to life over a career that would span more than 40 years.

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