Jan 17 2018

A Ghost Story

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Movie recommendation: A Ghost Story


Dec 13 2017

Ode To 2049

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“I was the smudge of ashen fluff — and I
Lived on, flew on, in the reflected sky”

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Oh, hey movie recommendation for ya (if you haven’t figured it out yet)
Blade Runner 2049 (if it didn’t exist neither would these self-portraits) yeah!


Oct 20 2017

Who Listens to Punk Anymore

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Sep 24 2017

Fade Into You

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Heard this song in the mini series “Big Little Lies”. Apparently I’ve heard it before watching “Orange is the New Black” but I didn’t think twice about it.
The scene in “Big Little Lies” was so powerful, the editing, the composition of the shot, the back story and this song all came together to create one of great moments in cinema.
At least that’s what I think.

I thought about posting the scene below but even though I believe that one scene says it all, does it justice for me, maybe it won’t for you, maybe you need to see the whole thing.
And it’s worth it.


Mar 4 2017

OPTIS Consulting Group

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Corporate shoot for Optis Consulting Group in summer of 2016

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Jan 9 2017

MMA Photoshoot

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I think this was one of the most interesting and fun shoots I’ve done so far.
I walked into the gym and felt instantly inspired.

Thank you Daria and Kia for the hire and a great shoot!

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Dec 5 2016

From Freedom’s Form Devine

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Nov 13 2016

Hey Hey

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Nov 9 2016

I Never Wanted Flowers, I Only Wanted

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October.

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Nov 7 2016

Mihâly Vig

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In my absence I have done nothing of significance except come across this great gem (I think it may be the coolest thing I’ve ever seen (emphasis on coolest)).

And some movie recommendations:

The Turin Horse by Béla Tarr (Hungary, 2011)
I Am Love by Luca Guadagnino (Italy, 2009)
The Chaser by Hong-jin Na (Korea, 2008)
Once Upon A Time In Anatolia by Nuri Bilge Ceylan (Turkey, 2011)
Son of Saul by László Nemes (Hungary, 2015)


Aug 28 2016

Russians Take Tofino

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Tonight the wind stirs, I feel autumn approach. And I feel my old self again loom in that fine sway of the trees and that glimmer in the leaves, at night. Always at night.
We all have our grief and autumn holds mine, but oh so humbly.

Here’s to the summer’s descent and the adventure it held for me.
This was in Tofino and Ucluelet with the Russians.
What else is there

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Aug 1 2016

Only Thing Worth Waiting For

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Jun 26 2016

Kelly Boom Boom

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When he calls me kitten, kitten soft and low I say,
“Yes, yes, what is it my love?”

He says, “Nothing, not really just wanted to hear your kitten voice to know you are near”

When he calls me kitten, kitten when it’s quiet and dark I say,
“Yes, yes, yes what is it my heart?”

He says, “Nothing, not really it’s just I miss you so, you know how I hate it, I hate when you go”

When he calls me kitten, kitten in the middle of the night I say,
“Yes, yes, yes what is it my life?”

He says, “Nothing, not really for the angels I wait
Oh, the angels that took you
The angels are late”


Jun 23 2016

Badlands

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This series is called “Badlands”.
The images are from last year’s road trip across the wild states.

To the wonder

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Credit: (first and last image) Paintings by Andrew Standing Soldier


Jun 22 2016

Oh The Ruins, The Ruins Of My Heart

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Im sure your thoughts are not with me Take head take head of the western wind the wind the wind is blowing Freedom soon will come Every time you give them shelter That kind of man who is reaching for the sky just to surrender And he doesnt give you much not even laughter I told you when I came I was a stranger And just when you mean to tell her that you have no love to give her Jesus was a sailor he walked upon the water And he spent a long time watching from his lonely wooden tower He sank beneath your wisdom like a stone And the rain pulls down like honey There are children in the morning they are leaning out for love and they will lean that way forever I never said that I was brave I see you have gone and changed your name again Drag your shadow down the street Oh the wild wild sea singing sweet to me And sometimes I dont mind at all and sometimes head against the wall And at times I wonder where you are I am knitting something nice for you

Oh

Your arm splits into two

I see you are a ruin

And what else could I want

Keep the car running Burning as the year is glowing You can mess up my life like a poem Write me a song I could sing in my sleep With a bird on my shoulder lost in its song Big great song blues So if your heart is faster that mine why dont you come and waste time where I have been I have nothing on you Meditate your loss So form a liar I pictured a rainbow you held it in your hands I saw the Crimson and you saw the whole of the moon Everyone will fall Maybe its the weather or something like that but mama you have been on my mind.

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Words: Bob Dylan Leonard Cohen AA Bondy Aidan Knight Arcade Fire Idiot Wind The Waterboys


Jun 7 2016

Albeit A Happy Moment

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Self Portrait; Running to the other corner of the entrance of a building I was not supposed to be at, so said the security guard as he drove by. If you’re going to disallow me to photograph then put handcuffs on my freaking hands so I can’t hold a camera, do your job properly, and arrest me please. Fuck. (Although I was not holding the camera at this very moment, my dear assistant was, and there were no signs that said a law abiding citizen could not enter the premise, it’s a freaking public site that closes at 9pm, thank you very much)
And why is this space there then if you’re not allowed to wallow in it’s ruined glory

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Anyways,
This place brings so much of my childhood memories back. It brings back home.
And I sincerely want to wallow in it, yes for I find it most beautiful and haunting.

I miss my home, and the ruins, the ruins of my heart.


Jun 2 2016

Only Lovers Left Alive

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“To imagine falling in love as a correspondence of minds, of toughts; it is a simultaneous firing of two spirits engaged in the autonomous act of growing up. And the sensation is of something having noiselessly exploded inside each of them. Around this event, dazed and preoccupied, the lover moves examining his or her own experience; her gratitude alone, stretching away towards a mistaken donor, creates the illusion that she communicates with her fellow, but this is false. The loved object is simply one that has shared an experience at the same moment of time, narcissistically; and the desire to be near the beloved object is at first not due to the idea of possessing it, but simply to let the two experiences compare themselves, like reflections in different mirrors. All this may precede the first look, kiss, or touch; precede ambition, pride or envy; precede the first declarations which mark the turning point – for from here love degenerates into habit, possession, and back to loneliness.”

- Justine by Lawrence Durrell

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Apr 22 2016

Partizan

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Oh the wind the wind is blowing
Freedom soon will come


Feb 24 2016

Stanley Kubrick Was A Renaissance Painter

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These film stills from Stanley Kubrick’s “Barry Lyndon” kill me. They chew on every desire, pull at every inspiration, and push me until I am walking back and forth into a wall.
This is a constant in my life.

“The very meaninglessness of life forces man to create his own meaning.” —Stanley Kubrick

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Stanley Kubrick - Barry Lyndon

Stanley Kubrick - Barry Lyndon

Stanley Kubrick - Barry Lyndon

Movie stills from: Barry Lyndon 1975
Directed by: Stanley Kubrick
Director Of Photography: John Alcott


Feb 24 2016

Spring

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