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Movember Portraits
December 22, 2009, 8:21 pm
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Movember (the month formerly known as November) is a moustache growing charity event held during November each year that raises funds and awareness for men’s health.

Did a last-minute shoot a few weeks ago with guys from The Platinum Group who had grown their moustaches in support of the South African chapter which raises funds and awareness for CANSA.

The Platinum Group own the Vertigo, Jenni Button, Hilton Weiner, HW Urban and Aca Joe brands and from what I picked up they seem like quite a progressive and forward thinking company. The guys were great fun and seemed to take to modeling like ducks to water!

I wasn’t aware of the fact that Movember had taken off in SA to the extent that it has. Will have to see if I can give it a go next year. Problem is that I don’t qualify for any kisses if I have excessive hair on my upper lip… we’ll have to see if the missus can be a mo’ sista next year.


Film vs. Digital
December 21, 2009, 9:33 am
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It seems that the film vs. digital debate is waning rapidly. The only area where film still has the edge is when it comes to medium/large format cost, time exposures and organic charm. That last one still pulls on my heart strings as well. I just love how digital photography has liberated photography for the masses, not unlike when George Eastman debuted his Kodak Brownie camera at the start of the twentieth century. I suspect for a younger generation the idea of film photography will probably be something of a curiosity.

Monday Morning Classic Clip
December 21, 2009, 7:00 am
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Most of you know about my penchant for coffee – more specifically – damn fine coffee. A few years ago I inquired from the waiter at a restaurant in Jo’burg if they had damn fine coffee, to which he replied – with a somewhat confused look on his face – that they only had normal coffee. Well, you win some, you lose some.

Punks in the Foyer
December 20, 2009, 1:12 pm
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Shot two of a series of three shots for a new Santam print advertising campaign. Clients and creatives at DraftFCB alike have pushed the envelope on this and I’ve been really happy to be part of this campaign. The shot below is out in the media presently with the second to follow in the new year.

Classic Album Friday
December 18, 2009, 7:00 am
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Miles Davis – Bitches Brew (1969)

No-one will ever accuse the sixties of going out with a whimper. The year 1969 was permeated with socio-political and cultural events that still reverberate in our collective consciousness forty years later. Try this on for size – Nixon plots the withdrawal of American troops from Vietnam. Apollo 11 lands on the moon and Neil Armstrong takes ‘One small step for man’. Charles Manson & his cult murder Sharon Tate & four others. Nearly 400,000 converge in upstate New York for the Woodstock music festival. The Boeing 747 and Concorde take to the skies for the first time. Monty Python’s Flying Circus debuts on television. Miles Davis releases Bitches Brew which would no less than redefine the jazz idiom if not popular music. By this time of his career, apart from being a master trumpeter and band leader, Davis had become more of a puppeteer encouraging free-thinking and improvisation and never failed to extricate blinding performances from his band members. Of course Davis always had an uncanny knack for picking his co-conspirators and the Bitches Brew sessions were no different enlisting Joe Zawinul, John McLauglin, Chick Corea, Dave Holland, Jack DeJohnette and Dave Holland among others. Perhaps most significant was Davis’ partnership with longtime collaborator Teo Macero whose thinking perfectly resonated with Davis’ increasingly experimental leanings. Of course this was the point were jazz met rock. Of course jazz snobs were outraged. Of course many didn’t quite get it. That never changed Davis’ nothing-less-than crystalline vision of what popular music should sound like and the role he would play in the revolution. It’s easy to drown in the mythology of Bitches Brew but if you give these recordings a chance they might just change the way you listen to music.

Key Track: Bitches Brew

Further Listening: In a Silent Way and Maggot Brain

Why should I buy it? Davis probably ranks in the top five most important musicians of the twentieth century. If you like rock music this is about as good a place to start as any other.

Buy it: Kalahari or Amazon

Monday Morning Classic Clip
December 14, 2009, 7:00 am
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Paranormal Pant Soiling
December 12, 2009, 10:34 am
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Went to go watch Paranormal Activity last night. Ultra-low budget documentary-style horror film a la Blair Witch Project. I’ve become pretty desensitized to these kind of movies but this one is genuinely scary… perhaps even the scariest I have ever seen. The way it builds tension over the course of the movie is genuinely unnerving until the inevitable climax by which time the tension is so high-strung that it’s almost too much to bear. A fabulous triumph of low-budget film-making and one that succeeds splendidly where Blair Witch failed miserably. Be sure to take a change of underwear.