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New Portraits
November 30, 2009, 10:49 pm
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Monday morning classic clip
November 30, 2009, 8:53 am
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Free jazz, vintage cartoons, assassinations & Public Enemy-loving dysfunctional mobsters. I can’t think of a better way of spending four minutes with your clothes on.

Variations on a theme
November 29, 2009, 6:09 pm
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I largely avoid significant post-production on my images these days. I’d say it’s down to the need for efficiency as well as a not entirely unintended shift back to the working methods of the great photographers like Avedon, Bailey, Karsh and Cartier-Bresson all of whom didn’t need Photoshop to make great images. Every now & again I do however find myself messing about a bit. This time it was mostly in preparation for an upcoming workshop on dynamic photography and the role that Photoshop plays. Perhaps it’s a crutch for all of us who don’t care for the whiff of darkroom chemicals, fixer stained fingers or the organic processes that many still adore. I do however believe in the power of the image and these days I generally find myself less interested in the method employed in creating the image and far more intrigued by the emotional response it triggers. Perhaps it’s just my way of justifying walking into class with a bunch of dolls. 😉

I’m not that guy
November 26, 2009, 11:15 pm
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I recently photographed a lovely girl who said that her mom googled me to check out that I’m legit and not some dodgy pervert. I thought that’s pretty cool but it got me thinking, do you ever google yourself? It’s kinda weird but these days it seems that your cyber-worth is defined by the number of results returned by a google search. It has become the cyber-barometer of cool.

So I decided to have a go and see what the results were. It was pretty interesting but I thought I’d take this opportunity to clarify my cyber identity. I’m not this guy. While I give his anonymous personna and Tintin-like quiff two thumbs up, I’m kinda sad that even on Facebook he doesn’t have any friends. Whilst I’m no expert having no friends whatsoever on Facebook is kinda sad isn’t it? Yikes. For the record, I’m not on Facebook and I plan on keeping it that way. OK, sorry – I caved…

I’m also not this guy. I see listed under his interests are reference requests, expertise requests and getting back in touch. So if you know him or are in need of a reference or some expertise then I definitely think you should get in touch with him.

This guy, well no that’s not me either. I played a bit of cricket in primary school but that was about the full extent of my career. Tidy bowling figures though, 2/70 at an economy rate of 2.27 per over. Nice.

Last but not least, I’m definitely not this guy. I’m pretty sure I won’t be making the semi-finals of the Mr. South Africa in 2010, or any other year for that matter. And while I like fluffy bunny rabbits, long walks on the beach and always leaving people with a thoughful though as much as the next guy I’m kinda more into zombie movies, damn fine coffee and making sure my girls like Daniel Johnston, Tom Waits and The Cramps before the Disney machine gets hold of them.

For what it’s worth, if you stumbled on this blog hoping to find one of those guys, I’m sorry but I’m this guy.

‘That’ Lily Allen song
November 25, 2009, 10:43 am
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I’ll blame my wife and sister-in-law for this one. You see, the latter procured for the former a copy of Ms. Allen’s new album, upon which the former proceeded to incessantly play the song in question in the car much to her and the girls’ delight. Dad being a sucker for pretty much anything featuring a banjo found the honky-tonk twang styling from such a mainstream artist compulsively disarming. Ms. Allen CD was henceforth exchanged for the regular Barney and Winny The Witch CD and the natural order of the universe was once again restored. That was until I stumbled on a behind-the-scenes clip of the making of the video for the song in question whilst compiling my CosmoRocks post.

The video tips the hat to ye ol’ country shows of a bygone era and even has Porter Wagoner introducing the singer. Lily comes across like a smokey 70’s inspired Dusty Springfield with one-piece suit and the finest bangs I’ve seen in a while. It’s seriously cool and now I feel like a dirty old man. But like I said, I blame my wife and sister-in-law.

CosmoRocks ’09
November 24, 2009, 2:55 pm
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The December ’09 issue of Cosmopolitan features a 48 page supplement called CosmoRocks featuring all things music, and clearly that can’t be a bad thing. I shot a series of portraits featuring SA performers getting all the right kinds of press. See some outtakes from the shoot here. Featured were Bongani Fassie, Thandiswa Mazwai, Jesse Clegg, Jamali, Taxi Violence, Erica Elle, Ashtray Electric and Zubz.

Now I can’t get that Lily Allen song out of my head and I’m completely fine with that.

Thinking inside the box
November 21, 2009, 2:53 pm
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Proving that you can indeed teach an old dog new tricks. I was doing a workshop on back-lighting with my photography students this week and one of them really helped me think inside 😉 the box. The shot on the left was the result and I’m proud to say in this day and age that no Photoshop was involved whatsoever. Thanks Melanie!