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What’s with the whack photography sites that are kicking around out there at the minute.
Every snapper and his dog are slowing down the internet by posting up new sites and why do they all look the same, I am not holding mine up as the definitive site at all, its too big and rambling and blah blah but at least it’s a bit different.
It’s just at the minute every city or ‘urban’ photographer has.
1. Some writers creeping about in a trainyard. Sodium lighting required.
2. A writer climbing over a fence preferably shot from long wide angle, or close up thru the razor wire.
3. A writer at the top of some ladder, ubiquitous urban landscape behind, preferably shot in the early morning, with the photographer on rooftop.
4. Writer hiding behind some kind of big metal box with a train in the background, choice of early dawn lighting or sodium, but long exposure to get some motion blur.
5. Writer on a covered walkway over a motorway or tracks.
6. Writer in funny mask, ideally sticking V’s up at camera. Its important to note that this is the only time the Writer can acknowledge the presence of the photographer; all other images must suggest a ‘quiet lonely enterprise’.
7. Writer in bandanna shot holding can or paint covered hands close to lens.
1. Most of these shots are to be in gritty black and white, mainly shot on digital but ideally processed to look like film.
2. Shot of young mother at kitchen sink, looking out window, ideally this is some kind of tower block, or at least one needs to be visible in distance.
3. Shot of ‘yoot’ skinning up on a droopy sofa, or bunning a zoot. Extra marks if there are some cans on the floor, or a cup of tea in the hand. Even more if you get motion blur on one of the figures.
4. Again no acknowledgement of photographer unless swearing.
5. Shot of tower block lifts, even if you have to leave your car at the station, get two trains and a bus, just to find a tower block. Optional person stood next to lift door, either young and in hoody or old and with shopping bag.
6. Living room in tower block with close up shot of ashtray, TV or hand with jewellery
Street and exterior shots (these shots must be colour- with some fill-in flash)
1 Shot of kids stood next to street sign with name of their road on it. Kids should be in grey trackies and one holding BMX or Football. Try and make this look as informal as possible even though it’s set up. Shoot on an overcast day. Try and finds kids that look a bit deprived but have a small sense of optimism for the future.
2 Kid with shaved head, big puffy jacket, preferably in summer, with a dog on a lead. Not any old dog but some kind of pit-bull, staffie or variant on the theme. Gold chain mandatory for dog owner. Shoot on a wide angle, low to the ground to increase feel of intimidation. Bang up the colours a bit too.
3 Some random crew shot, posed next to a brick wall, kinda menacing look, especially if these are your mates.
4 Night shots should really get a section of its own, but take as many urban street corners as you can, ideally where two different light sources meet. An empty stairwell going up out of shot is perfect as well. An abandoned trolley shot works well. A tree juxtaposed with a very ‘town planning’ kind of wall is also good, make the tree appear as if urban is the norm and nature the unreal. Ideal time very early dawn, light smattering of rain would help. If you can then throw in a homeless person a nice wide shot is ace, but if you’re really daring get in close and get them to scream into the camera. It shows that you can really relate to people even if you paid them with beer.
Of course this only really applies to urban photography module one, for module two go to East London and shoot lots of club shots, use a basic Polaroid or side mounted flash, make sure the images are pointedly lacking content. I know everyone can’t be Larry Clark, Gavin Watson or even Glen E Friedman but why are we all running down the same road right now. Get some new ideas, try and shoot something new, if you have seen the shot before don’t take it.
“Photography is about finding out what can happen in the frame. When you put four edges around some facts, you change those facts.” Garry Winogrand
oh and feel free to add abuse and link this to my versions of all the above if you want, its all fine with me.
oh and on a flip side check this dudes shots l’il pete, fao2 L’il Pete he manages to do some new shit, plus his climbing up buildings and shooting in the dead of night in bristol is just crazy fresh, and a new take on parkour style tricking proper dedicated stuff.
I SWEAR IVE SEEN SOME OF THE PHOTOS HES ON ABOUT,,,WHERE????OH YEAH I TOOK THEM...........
GET IT RIGHT THOUGH THERE 90% FILM.
BEST FEEDBACK,,BETTER THEN MARTIN PARRS,,,SEE I CAN NAMEDROP TOO,,
I THINK IM GOING TO JUST TAKE PHOTOS IN GRAFF PARKS FROM NOW ON, I THINK THEYLL BE MUCH MORE EXCITING
Generic photography shots.com
God either wants to eliminate bad things and cannot, or can but does not want to, or neither wishes to nor can, or both wants to and can. If he wants to and cannot, he is weak -- and this does not apply to god. If he can but does not want to, then he is spiteful -- which is equally foreign to god's nature. If he neither wants to nor can, he is both weak and spiteful and so not a god. If he wants to and can, which is the only thing fitting for a god, where then do bad things come from? Or why does he not eliminate them?"
-Epicurus (from "The Epicurus Reader", translated and edited by Brad Inwood and L.P. Gerson, Hackett Publishing, 1994, p. 97)
Anyone remember my post last year about the TESLA fully electric car? Well it would roughly cost you $100,000, and the only other option was a bloody G-Whizz! Well someone was listening!
The environmentally friendly ZAP Alias is a three-wheeled electric car that claims to go faster than a Porsche. It does 0 to 60mph in just 5.7 seconds with a top speed of 156mph. But what really makes it stand apart is that is a three-wheeled car! Sporting a futuristic look, this two-seater is being developed with the help of British car company Lotus. The car employs two electric wheel motors to drive each of the car's front wheels. Together the Alias's motors generate an impressive 321.85 horsepower, which is the same as the Porsche 911 Carrera.
ZAP Alias will probably go on sale next year, though speculation is rife that the launch of the vehicle will be delayed. It will cost £15,000 or almost $30,000. This will be the first car I buy!
From the OFFICIAL BLOG
After much deliberation we have developed a MySpace page to act as a more personal complement to our current website. For our social network inauguration we will randomly choose a friend a month for the next three months to receive a premium fitted of their choice from the Official Online Store. Beginning February 1st, all new friends will automatically be entered into the monthly drawing and will stay entered for the entire 3 months. The first drawing will be March 1st so visit www.myspace.com/theofficialbrand now and see what it means to be an Official MySpace Murderer.
I went down to the Stolen Space gallery last night for the first official exhibition, it was a slection of new work by PETE FOWLER called "BUBBLEGUM PSYCHEDELIC". You may now him for his 'Monsterism' comic strip in Vice Magazine, the first time I saw his work was when he did album art work for the 'Super Furry Animals' back in the 90's.
Go and check it out, great colours and comedy characters. It's running from now until 02.03.08.
Also last night the conversation turned to Banksy and the sales he's made this week at the highly anticipated 'Urban Art Auction' that took place at Bonham's, the auction which included a majority of work from Banksey along with the likes of Faile, Blek Le Rat, Keith Haring, Adam Neate, Space Invader, Anthony Micallef and Japanese pop artists Aya Takano, Chiho Aoshima and Takashi Murakami. And as predicted Banksey took centre stage with his top piece fetching an astonishing $443,489 USD with a Space Invader piece fetching an impressive $32,678 USD its not hard to see where this is going...
Check out some of these ridiculous sales.............
“Laugh Now,” stencil spray paint on painted board (in three part), 42" x 23,”2002 SALE PRICE: £228,000 ($443,489 USD)
“Untitled,” stencil spraypaint and acrylic on canvas, 36" x 36,” 2000 SALE PRICE: £191,400 ($372,297 USD)
“Trap Doors,” acrylic and stencil spray paint on canvas, 27" x 32,” 2000 SALE PRICE: £52,800 ($102,702 USD)
“Kate Moss,” screenprint on paper, 20" x 20,” 2005 SALE PRICE: £96,000 ($186,732 USD)
“Bomb Love,” stencil spray paint and acrylic on canvas, 8" x 10", 2002 SALE PRICE: £55,200 ($107,371 USD)
“Riot Copper,” stencil spray paint on canvas, 12″ x 12″, 2002 SALE PRICE: £48,000 ($93,366 USD)
“Laugh Now,” stencil spray paint on canvas, 16″ x 16″, 2002 SALE PRICE: £74,400 ($144,717 USD)
Chicken is nice
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Well people!! MAde it to Kazakhstan!!! Crazy place!!! I'm in A City called AKTAU, on the CASPIAN SEA!!! The average temperature here is -15 at the momment!!!! cold enough to freeze the sea, and cover the beach in Snow. Disregard all perception's from the film BORAT as it's bullshit, it was not even filmed here. The local people here look mongolian!!! The men here are fukin MILLITANT, they all look like warriors, enough to make you shit ure pants!!!
Well Check these pics from the last few days!!!!
Terror Suspects on Buildings!!! Jokes and even SWANS in the SEA!!!!! EH?!
GEORGE W. BUSH
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, DC 20520
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
I was arrested in Kennebunkport, Maine, in 1976 for driving under the influence of alcohol. I pled guilty, paid a fine, and had my driver’s license suspended for 30 days. My Texas driving record has been ‘lost’ and is not available.
I joined the Texas Air National Guard and went AWOL. I refused to take a drug test or answer any questions about my drug use. By joining the Texas Air National Guard, I was able to avoid combat duty in Vietnam.
I graduated from Yale University with a low C average. I was a cheerleader..
PAST WORK EXPERIENCE:
I ran for U.S. Congress and lost. I began my career in the oil business in Midland,Texas in 1975. I bought an oil company, but couldn’t find any oil in Texas. The company went bankrupt shortly after I sold all my stock.
I bought the Texas Rangers baseball team in a sweetheart deal that took land using taxpayer money.
With the help of my father and our friends in the oil industry (including Enron CEO Ken Lay), I was elected governor of Texas.
ACCOMPLISHMENTS AS GOVERNOR OF TEXAS:
I changed Texas pollution laws to favor power and oil companies, making Texas the most polluted state in the Union. During my tenure, Houston replaced Los Angeles as the most smog-ridden city in America.
I cut taxes and bankrupted the Texas treasury to the tune of billions in borrowed money.
I set the record for the most executions by any governor in American history.
With the help of my brother, the governor of Florida , and my father’s appointments to the Supreme Court, I became President of the United States, after losing by over 500,000 votes.
ACCOMPLISHMENTS AS PRESIDENT:
I am the first President in U.S. history to enter office with a criminal record.
I invaded and occupied two countries at a continuing cost of over one billion dollars per week.
I spent the U.S. surplus and effectively bankrupted the U.S. Treasury.
I shattered the record for the largest annual deficit in U.S. history.
I set an economic record for most private bankruptcies filed in any 12-month period.
I set the all-time record for most foreclosures in a 12-month period.
I set the all-time record for the biggest drop in the history of the U.S. stock market. In my first year in office, over 2 million Americans lost their jobs and that trend continues.
I’m proud that the members of my cabinet are the richest of any administration in U.S. history. My ‘poorest millionaire,’ Condoleezza Rice, has a Chevron oil tanker named after her.
I set the record for most campaign fund-raising trips by a U.S. President.
I am the all- time U.S. and world record -holder for receiving the most corporate campaign donations.
My largest lifetime campaign contributor, and one of my best friends, Kenneth Lay, presided over the largest corporate bankruptcy fraud in U.S. history, Enron.
My political party used Enron private jets and corporate attorneys to assure my success with the U.S. Supreme Court during my election decision.
I have protected my friends at Enron and Halliburton against investigation or prosecution. More time and money was spent investigating the Monica Lewinsky affair than has been spent investigating one of the biggest corporate rip-offs in history. I presided over the biggest energy crisis in U.S. history and refused to intervene when corruption involving the oil industry was revealed.
I presided over the highest gasoline prices in U.S. history.
I changed the U.S. policy to allow convict ed criminals to be awarded government contracts.
I appointed more convicted criminals to my administration than any President in U.S. history.
I created the Ministry of Homeland Security, the largest bureaucracy in the history of the United States Government.
I’ve broken more international treaties than any President in U.S. history.
I am the first President in U.S. history to have the United Nations remove the U.S.. from the Human Rights Commission.
I withdrew the U.S. from the World Court of Law.
I refused to allow inspector’s access to U.S. ‘prisoners of war’ detainees and thereby have refused to abide by the Geneva Convention.
I am the first President in history to refuse United Nations election inspectors (during the 2002 US election).
I set the record for fewest numbers of press conferences of any President since the advent of television.
I set the all-time record for most days on vacation in any one-year period. After taking off the entire month of August, I presided over the worst security failure in U.S. history.
I garnered the most sympathy ever for the U.S. after the World Trade Center attacks and less than a year later made the U.S. the most hated country in the world, the largest failure of diplomacy in world history.
I have set the all-time record for most people worldwide to simultaneously protest me in public venues (15 million people), shattering the record for protests against any person in the history of mankind.
I am the first President in U.S. history to order an unprovoked, pre-emptive attack and the military occupation of a sovereign nation. I did so against the will of the United Nations, the majority of U.S. Citizens and the world community.
I have cut health care benefits for war veterans and support a cut in duty benefits for active duty troops and their families in wartime.
In my State of the Union Address, I lied about our reasons for attacking Iraq and then blamed the lies on our British friends.
I am the first President in history to have a majority of Europeans (71%) view my presidency as the biggest threat to world peace and security.
I am supporting development of a nuclear ‘Tactical Bunker Buster,’ a WMD.
I have so far failed to fulfill my pledge to bring Osama Bin Laden to justice.
RECORDS AND REFERENCES:
All records of my tenure as governor of Texas are now in my father’s library, sealed and unavailable for public view.
All records of SEC investigations into my insider trading and my bankrupt companies are sealed in secrecy and unavailable for public view.
All records or minutes from meetings that I, or my Vice-President, attended regarding public energy policy are sealed in secrecy and unavailable for public review. I specified that my sealed documents will not be available for 50 years.
Got to the RAINDANCE site to check it out and book tickets.
I'll be bussin some bassline goodness!
Before Air max 1's, 90's, Huarache's, 180's, I wanted a pair of Pump's! The first trainer I pleaded with my mum for but never got! I was always jealous of the other kid's that were rockin them at school.
Well now the shoe is on the other foot so to speak, thanks to Mr Reebok!
It's Shrove Tuesday today, Pancake Day...........
5th February 2008
The last day before Lent.......
Lent is a time of abstinence, of giving things up...... So Shrove Tueday is the last chance to indulge yourself, and to use up the foods that aren't allowed in Lent.........
I'm gonna smoke loads.
Pancakes are eaten on this day because they contain fat, butter and eggs which are forbidden during Lent......
The name Shrove comes from the old word "Shrive" which means to confess...... On Shrove Tuesday, in the middle ages, people used to confess their sins so that they were forgiven before the season of Lent began.......
There's nothing wrong with a bit of self discipline, but personally I like to eat pancakes whenever, tell me why I cant eat eggs again? yer whatever.