In January I did some behind-scenes-photos for Psychic Heat's music video Elixir.
The Lawrence, Kansas based band practices in the coolest warehouse ever. As cool as a warehouse can be, anyway. It's filled with paintings, sculptures, random vintage machinery, and music equipment. As artist den among the industrial fringes of Lawrence. The video was shot all in this one space, which was made to look like several rooms so that one continuous shot could move along with the main character as he found himself in different situations.
Really fun shoot, with really fun people. Here are some of my favorite from the weekend. You can also see my meager acting skills in the video. I'm typecast as the PBR drinking photographer.
In early 2014 my friends at Peace Frame Productions asked me to do some photography on the set of their horror film, Clean. The film was screened a while back at RagTag's local filmmaker showcase and just released on Vimeo.
Check the film out here.
"A religious vigilante continues his mission to purify the world. The client returns to a clean home, only to realize the cleanse has yet to begin."
These photos have been lost on my drives so long they've gotten funky. Real funky. Or maybe there just was some funky-ass music happening in CoMo last fall and I brought my camera :-) These pictures are of the fantastic bands SoulGlo, Clairy Browne and the Bangin' Rackettes, Los Straightjackets, Conrad Herwig, and Chickawa.
Over the summer, I took Joe Johnson's 4x5 Photography course. The 4x5 is a large view camera, the kind where you have to put your head under a dark cloth to focus and compose, and the kind people associate with a long-gone era in media. Despite the dominance of digital, you'd be surprised how many professional photographers in the art world still use these things. Because the negative is so large, you can get very rich scan that is enlargable without pixelation to huge sizes. The process is slow and full of opportunities to mess everything up. As Joe said it, the world conspires to underexpose your negative when you use a 4x5. I found having to take the time to set up each shot so meticulously kind of refreshing. You must be more certain with the shot, and each image ends up feeling more precious to you in the end. We made contact prints in the dark room, scanned film with a wet mount process, printed digitally, and mounted the prints on matte board. We then curated a show at the Craft Studio Gallery, an image of which is the last picture I've posted. I feel that this experience reinvigorated my love of photography, simply by using a tool that forces you to think differently than your normal practiced camera.
The most striking thing to me about Tijuana was how different it was from San Diego as soon as you cross the border. There are little shantytowns just a few miles away from multi-million dollar houses in SD. It's a place where human and drug trafficking exists, where gang influence is a very real thing for youth, and people in poverty and illness are just thrown away. In particular, it was eye-opening for me to see the condition of migrants and deportees who had been working in the states and deported. Many of them just wanted to work to provide for their families. In Missouri undocumented workers are often used for political goals but people never experience the humanity of the situation.
Here are my favorites from when I wasn't in video mode. We mostly shot video so I ended up not having that many still images. Our doc will take several forms for SOS, so I will link to edited versions of the stories we heard when we are done!
Last night I was really happy to meet the talented ladies of Shel and get to hear their fantastic music! It's been a while since I've photographed a concert and they put on an incredible show both sonically and visually. They are based in Fort Collins, CO and Columbia was their last tour stop outside of Colorado for this year. Hope they come back to CoMo sometime soon!
Check out their music: http://shelmusic.com/
Steep Ravine's site: www.steepravineband.com/
Before I made my trip back to Ukraine for the first time since I was 5, I wrote down all the things I remembered. They were fragments of scenes from my young life there. Often I couldn't even remember what I had dreamed and what I had really lived. Looking back on the pictures I made there, I selected a few that, to me, reflected something I had written down as childhood memory.
One thing that struck me in Korea and Japan was the pervasiveness of advertising and marketing signage. In some cases it was useful since I was newbie to the culture. But because I don't speak Korean, I looked at the images in a different way than I would back home. They became a distinct kind of object for me, and I started looking for instances where something disrupted their original intent, whether that was the passage of time, vandalism, or for some reason, door handles.
I've really been missing the music scene back home in Columbia, MO, especially since all the great festivals are about to start happening in the Midwest. Some of the best summers of my life were packed with trips to Wakarusa or Bonnaroo, Summerfest street concerts by the Blue Note, and jamming with friends around campfires after float trips. What a scene! Those types of events have had a large effect on me as a person and the things that I value.
While Korea doesn't have quite as rich a live music scene, there are plenty of performances going on all the time. Many of them are based around traditional dances and instruments, which is fascinating to see. I've learned about the various traditional instruments which includes big and small drums, cymbals, and strange piercing horns. My favorite instrument is the Gayageum, a twelve stringed instrument that reminds me of a dulcimer set up for bending notes. Much of the live non-traditional music I've seen is jazz (the Korean players are very studious) or rock (from the foreign community). Here are some of my favorite pictures from music and dance performances here in Jeollanamdo over the last few months.
This weekend I discovered that Korea has its own unique style of bullfighting. However, it's much different than the Spanish variety that everyone imagines when they think of bullfighting. While the Spanish type is a grand symbol for man's murderous domination over beast, the Korean style pits two bulls against each other in a bloodless push-fest designed to make you want to place bets and chain smoke like a 60-year-old Korean man.
Despite the fact that it is still people forcing animals to fight, I was surprised how "humane" it seemed. I was struck by the rapport the handlers seemed to have with the bulls, their lack of stereotypical "bull rage" despite people wearing red, and the presence of children all over the place. I even heard it described as "more natural" since bulls will fight in this way anyway during mating season.
According to an amusingly translated pamphlet I got at the venue, there are quite a few techniques that the bulls will use against each other in order to intimidate their opponent. I quote: "This will turn out to be more interesting than it seemed. The techniques of bullfighting are horn locking, repetitive attacking, uplifting, head-butting, pushing, side attacking, neck attacking, and horn-butting." People simply bet on a bull marked with a blue or red circle, and the first one to become dispirited and run away is the loser. There is no stabbing, no killing, no post fight bull testicle eating. I left with a sense of awe over how powerful and intelligent these animals seemed, and how bad a headache they probably had afterwards.
What could be better than beach partying and taking pictures all day!? Last weekend I went to Busan to film for Birds Korea and ended up at an awesome Indian color festival on the famous Haeundae Beach. I really like Busan. It has a lot of diversity since it's a port city, and the people are friendly. Everything seems to be tinted blue and this time around all the cherry blossoms were in full bloom. Haeundae is definitely worth a trip if you're in Korea... It's a tourist spot but it isn't too overwhelming, has great restaurants, an aquarium, constant events and, of course, the lovely clean yellow sand.
Holi basically celebrates the beginning of spring and wishes good luck for the new harvest. People throw colored powder and paint and dance like crazy. It is based on an old Hindu story about a demon king who became invincible and eventually arrogantly demanded that people start worshiping him instead of the gods. Based on what I gathered, his son tries to kill him, he tries to kill his son, and somebody gets burned alive. The story sounds morose, but this was probably the most fun party I have been to in Korea this year! I can't imagine what it's like in India.
There was so much to love about Japan... individuals with style, old stones left to gather colorful lichens, wild exotic animals and fish, and amazing food and sake! Unfortunately I could only spend two weeks there, but I will return some day. No Tokyo this time, but Kyoto, Nara, and Toba were amazing none the less. It was an exploration of the rural Japan that we hear about less often in the USA. Toba is the kind of place most Japanese people don't even know. It's home to pearl cultivation and an aquarium, but that's pretty much it.
I really wanted to do some kind of photo essay while I was in Japan but found it pretty hard to do so with so little Japanese and the fact that I was travelling all the time. So here are my favorite but disparate images that I made there while on vacation from teaching in South Korea.
Happy Holidays! This is my first holiday season away from my family in Columbia, Missouri, but I was very happy to spend it with great friends in South Korea. This week I made a bunch of pictures that I think might make good postcards, but since I have no way to print them the internet will have to suffice. The pictures are from the Suncheon Bay which I visited with my friend Vanessa, the green tea fields of Boseong where the amazing Samson, Stephanie, and Telly live, and a few from Hwasun and Gwangju as well.
Lots of fun things happen where I go to work, Hwasun Jae-il Elementary School. Kids practice traditional Korean instruments, make noise in class with handmade electronic science projects, get super competitive about any sport whatsoever, invent games with the intent to hit each other, and show me things on their tablet-like cell phones I never knew existed. They can be both angels and demons, cleaning the entire classroom with no reminders needed everyday, yet sometimes coming to class with tears in their eyes after a verbal girl fight.
My big challenge is to take candid shots of these kids. Their natural instinct is to throw up the peace sign if they so much as smell a camera nearby. I've got a lot more pictures of my students, but here are a few I got where I was mostly able to avoid detection. These are from a few events: talent show, Halloween, sport day, and English contest.
I've been missing shooting with my medium format Yashica that I left at home in Missouri. I got it for cheap because it was a bit messed up but I loved shooting with it. There was no meter so it was a bigger challenge, you could see the inverted image on the ground glass, and it made a square image!
I spend so much time shooting in the traditional 2:3 aspect ratio, but at times I see an image that should be a square and not a rectangle. So here I've put together a bunch of images that I saw as squares and turned out really geometric. It's kind of a random diary entry of Korean walkabout sessions I've had in the last two months.
South Korea has a reputation for having hilarious "Konglish" signage and t-shirts. Sometimes it's a bit offensive. Sometimes it's bewildering. But to me it's always funny and endearing. It really makes me wonder how much is honest naivite and how much comes from the minds of semi-English-speaking graphic designers with a sense of humor. Either way, here's a collection of my favorite signs I've seen so far in South Korea, for all the fellow dirty minds out there!
I've been traveling in South Korea for about two and a half weeks now and besides being constantly sweaty because of the humidity, I've had a blast. I'm trying to look at things with a very considered eye this year because I want to move beyond just making tourist pictures. That is a tough thing to do without being able to speak Korean (I can read now though!). I'm used to being able to talk to people to find out about off-the-beaten-path locales and to develop relationships that open photographic opportunities. I've made relatively few direct portraits, but many of people in varied environments, as a distant observer.
In going through the images I've made so far, I've curated the beginning of a possible series, in which modern and ancient ideas, attitudes, and iconography exist together. I think this blend of old and new exists in every nation, but compared to my experiences in France, it seems to be more ubiquitous and influential in South Korea. The tendency seems to be a symbiotic relationship, not a unyielding clash of forces. More to come in the coming month!
Reminiscing about how awesome this summer was! I travelled to Widow's Peak Music Festival, Wakarusa, Chicago, Peddler's Jamboree, had two art gallery installations in Columbia, and had a great time with my family in Columbia. Here are some of my favorite pictures from May-July!
I've been shooting video of a building being destroyed all week, so I went home and looked at pictures of people because I needed a reminder of humanity. Here's some of my favorite bizarre portraits from the last few months...
Here are a few pictures from the last week that really struck me as looking pretty Surreal. I'm both a jazz enthusiast and a big fan of Surrealist ideas, and I've always been fascinated with the idea of "pure psychic automatism." It's basically free form creation, propelled by subconscious associations between human symbols. The aim is being able to function outside moral and aesthetic preoccupations, or in other words, "free your mind." An example would be is improvising across chord changes without really thinking or doodling "mindlessly" until some concrete image appears.
Ok, this is just me nerding out on Art theory, but your brain's capabilities of perception become clearer through thinking about your own thoughts. And photographs are a great way to stimulate that. I want to figure out how a photographer can practice automatism... It's a fairly easy thing for people who write, draw, or play music... but in photography, there is a machine between your brain and the visual world. It produces a mechanical rendering of the world, which seems to lack a certain human soulfulness. I think for me automatism can be achieved by placing photographs next to each other, forcing a comparison of symbols.
Lately I've been playing around with putting two photographs together in the same space to see how they affect the way in which each is read. The only context for either is the other, and my aim in doing this is to force the viewer to think about the preconceived notions they have about people and images. In showing these as prints, many people assumed connections about the people in the portraits that do not exist in reality. I think it's important to think about our own assumptions and pay attention to our own reactions when looking at art or any kind of media in general.
Been shooting mostly video this past month, and realized my still photos were very festive this year. Days may be quick this winter and the wind cold, but there's no shortage of light!
I just finished making a new photo book called Mid-West Reverie for my last Advanced Photography class... you can check it out on the Blurb website. I'm pretty excited about it - please offer some feedback!
"We are affected by so much in our environment, both physically and subconsciously. This book serves to address ideas that interest me in the Mid-western United States by relating various sub-cultures and their traditions with a common landscape."
Let Lions and Scouts have been around for quite a while in Columbia, but I had never seen either band play until last week at the Bridge. Not really the music I listen to while doing homework, but it was an amazing and energetic show. I was also struck by how passionate the fans were... they knew all the lyrics and got up on stage during Scouts in particular. I decided to make the photos gritty to match the growling lyrics and fat fuzzed out bass tones that make this band really unique in this town.
I've been working for the We Always Swing Jazz Series as a multimedia intern and have gotten to see a lot of great jazz acts recently. Last night I got to meet and interview John Scofield, a long time guitar hero of mine. He's a great cross-genre player - he played with Miles Davis and Charles Mingus back in the day, and I've seen him play way more jam-rock stuff too with Phil Lesh and Friends. For this show he was playing a few tunes off his new album A Moment's Peace, which is way more laid back, ballady, with tinges of psychedelia. I'm really into the funky stuff he does with Medeski, Martin, and Wood and on albums like A Go Go, but these new songs are strikingly beautiful and meditative.
This weekend was Mizzou's Centennial Homecoming and I was out and about photographing around the stadium and on the field. I don't do much sports photography, nor do I have a grenade launcher of a lens, so I stuck to the fans in the crowd and the tailgating zones where the craziest stuff was happening. Too much fun!
I volunteered at the Citizen Jane Film Festival again this year... it just keeps getting better and better. It feels like True/False did when they were just gaining steam a few years ago. This year's theme was "Cirque du Cinema," so there was all kinds of circus-based fun, from acrobats to free popcorn. Plus there was a lot of free beer. I've been in short-form documentary mode this semester, so I went to see a bunch of short films which really inspired me. My favorite film in the fest was Regina Robbins' "Queen of Beasts" about a girl who liberates herself when she finds a full length zebra print pantsuit. Anyway, here are some photos!
HOLY HELL, another GREAT Roots 'N Blues 'N BBQ festival this year in Columbia! I haven't gone in about two years since it was on the same week as the last two Missouri Photo Workshops, so it was great to go again, listen to awesome music, take photos, drink beer, and eat bbq. Thanks to Chelsea Myers for hooking me up with free tickets. It is too bad that it costs $60 for the weekend now, but I think the artists are worth it!
This summer I lived in South Korea, teaching English at a summer camp to Elementary and Middle School aged kids. It was soooo much fun, I would highly recommend the experience to any native English speaker. It was my first time in Asia, and I learned a tremendous amount about the country and its fabulous culture. Here are some of my favorite photos from my 7 weeks there...
Just another great Summerfest in Columbia! You and me and a bottle makes three tonight....
Screw the security deposit. Let's throw paint and destroy some walls! This weekend saw the long-awaited "destruction party" and it was definitely worth the wait. The premise was that since a few lots at an "undisclosed location" were going to be razed to put in new housing (?), we could have a free-for-all inside, creating art and destroying walls to celebrate the demise of a house that dozens of students called home over the last 6 or so decades...
Yesterday, Osama Bin Laden's death was announced, and the country seemed to erupt with a strange mix of emotions and reactions. One such reaction was a large gathering/party in Greek Town near Mizzou's Campus, where people danced, shot fireworks, guzzled beer, waved the stars and stripes, and celebrated the Freedom of Assembly... On one hand, I understand the reaction of celebrating finally having attained vengeance for an inexcusable, atrocious act ten years ago. But part of me views the celebration of murder in any form itself atrocious. The entire thing was curious and wholly fascinating; a display of nationalism, collective behavior, and free speech in a unique American way. Here are some pictures...
Today, I read one take on the news about Osama that I liked a lot, and I'd like to re-post it here...
On Bin Laden:
None among us may know the events that would lead one down a path such as his: one of confusion, suffering, and hate; one with such a desire to harm; one who is so lost; one in which he remembered nothing of joy or any real happiness. So, let us be careful not to judge what we do not understand, but rather have appreciation that our paths are more joyous than his was.
I will not hate, for then I would choose the path he walked, where the hater also becomes the hated, but that is not Who We Really Are. We are truly Love, though most of us forget, as we are taught by others who have forgotten long ago.
I love him as he truly is(as I do all people) but not the things his ego led him to do, for we all do such things on different levels on different scales. No one who lives in joy harms another, and the greater one's suffering, the greater harm they may cause.
So, today I rejoice for my brother, that his suffering has ended, and he can remember again who he was before he came.
-Woodrow Petrović (from Coalition of the Dreaming group)
The Sierra Leone Refugee All-Stars are easily one of the best and most unique bands that comes through Columbia on a regular basis. This was the fourth time I've seen them as they've been part of the Roots 'N Blues fest a few times and my boy Spencer Smith and I have gone to see them other times at the Note. IT WAS A BLAST THIS TIME ESPECIALLY! It seemed less reggae oriented and more tinged with calypso somehow. Opening for them was Toubab Krewe, a really great band from North Carolina that sound like they're from the other side of the globe. I originally saw them at Bonnaroo, and was amazed by their rhythm and crazy instruments with dozens of strings. Here are some pictures... IF anyone wants to exchange CDs, I have albums from both of these bands, so hit me up.
So before the new student center at Mizzou came into being this academic year, I was charged with photographing the old boards rescued from the original “Shack” so that they could be reproduced for the new one. These things were nasty. They had mold and dust from being in storage with intelligible carvings on one side and 25 year old gum on the other side. Just moving these things made me glad I had all my shots and I was very careful not to touch my face after handling the wood.
They say they want people to carve up the place and make it look like it used to, so here's my question- how come they're not encouraging sticking gum under the tables for authenticity!?!
Having studied what “kitsch” means in the Art world sense, I was really skeptical of how the reproductions would turn out and how they’d be presented. I also quickly found that getting a high enough resolution file to print a 6 foot long board at photo quality makes for a gigantic (I’m talkin 1.2 gig) image file. This was one of the first times that megapixels actually mattered and all I had was a Canon Rebel XTi (11 mpxls), so I had to use Photomerge in Photoshop to make the huge files to convince detail-oriented diners. Some of the photos came out green, but it was because of the mold, not my white-balancing. Anyway, it was a long, tedious procedure with most of the time spent looking at a small bar moving millimeters at a time across the screen.
Now that I’ve eaten in the Shack quite a few times, I’m actually very happy with how they turned out. The tabletops are smooth and the printing company did an exquisite job with them. It’s great to be wrong about some things.
I experienced first hand the difference between the digital world and the physical one. There was a swastika carved into one of the boards, and I was asked to remove it from the digital image. With the patch tool, It took two seconds. Later, I saw a Mizzou handyman painstakingly heating a screwdriver with a torch to remove the physical symbol from the original board that had been varnished and installed in the corner of The Shack. He said he’d been at it for hours and had barely made any progress.
I am soooo happy Spring is here! I'm currently riding a breeze of newly found enthusiasm for work, school, Columbia, photography, love, and LIFE... Hope everyone else is feeling that way too.
Here's a good article from MOVE Magazine about the night :
"An Evening of Rediculosity" channels vaudeville.
So I finally got around to tweaking and exporting my project from last semester about the 48 Hours event in Columbia. Sorry that took so long to all who took part and were asking about it! I had so much fun shooting video (really for the first time) and listening to all the great bands who were randomly formed. Please let me know what you guys think. I really really really hope this event happens again.
When I was 15, my guitar teacher introduced me to the Reverend Horton Heat, a Texas Psychobilly outfit that has toured incessantly over the US for two decades. They had the greased back hair and flame decals typical of rockabilly culture, but their sound was way more diverse than anything I had heard from that genre, or any other band at that time, and I spent many a work shift with the Reverend cranked in my head phones. A year later, I had a backstage pass at Wakarusa Music Festival, when it was still in Kansas, and I got to photograph and meet them. They are entertainers to the fullest; their style, music, and visual show all blend into a cohesive package that I really admire in a band. This Friday, they rolled through Columbia as they do every year, and I somehow got clear pictures despite the fact that I was very much celebrating The Rev's motto, "It's Martini Time."
This weekend I was happy to be a part of the photo crew of the Citizen Jane Film Festival along with my friends Mallory Benedict and Eve Edelheit. The festival takes place in several locations in Columbia and features films of many genres by female filmmakers. I got to see quite a few films, and was totally blown away by Winter's Bone and O'er the Land in particular. Unfortunately, due to a computer crash, I lost half of my photos and audio that I collected, but here are some images I was able to recover.
Last semester, I made a photobook on the website Blurb, which is a great "make-your-own book" site, for Joe Johnson's Advanced Photography class, but never really shared it with anyone. I named it American Rhetoric in the tradition of many, many other photo books that share 50% of that title : Stephen Shore's American Surfaces, Lee Friedlander's America by Car, Avedon's American West, and of course Robert Frank's The Americans. I think American national identity is a very interesting topic to me because of my international background.
I feel like the book is very much about the past decade, how collective behavior changed within the political climate of the '00s, how environment communicates with individuals (whether or not we realize it), authority, nationality & patriotism, consumer culture, and the absurdity of certain locations in the Mid-West. They are not meant to be newspaper photographs backing up a textual story, but meant to be understood visually in comparison with one another in sequence. I didn't include captions so that the viewer would have to trust their instincts and trust the work, and I spent a lot of time selecting and sequencing the photographs in a particular way.
The pictures' emphasis is less on moments and more about concept. It is less about a particular situation and more about symbolism on a greater scale. I think that maybe the photographs that are most interesting to me use documentary reality to suggest higher, ephemeral ideas.
Please let me know what you think! I think the book could be considered a kind of picture essay, though it's definitely different than what photogs usually do for publications.
You can preview the book at a bigger size if you hit fullscreen in the bottom right corner.
Babies are funny.
This is a bit dated but, there was a show on the 30th on ninth street, and WOW, what a badass show it was. Seriously, if you've never seen Los Lonely Boys, go to one! They're some of the best musicians I've heard in a while. They do so much more than pop hits like "Heaven." Also, Lucas Nelson (Willie Nelson's son) played a roaring set with great guitar chops and a very unique voice. Columbia's La Movida opened up for them with great danceable grooves. God I love Summerfest!
If you've ever seen them play, you would know that the Chump Change band is made up of some of the finest musicians in Columbia. The fact that they've shared the stage with the likes of Buddy Guy, Albert King, and Chuck Berry is no small feat, but their stage presence and undeniable soul and talent is what really makes them an impressive blues band. Each member has their own style (both musically and visually) but they play incredibly together. Smitty's walking bass always has people tapping their toes without their even realizing it. Pete's ability to perceive exactly what is needed from the keys to give a song that extra dynamic kick is always enjoyable. And of course, Big Babe's seemingly effortless, tonally pure, and familiar yet unique blues guitar style always has me, a guitarist and blues lover, in amazement. I really think anyone who appreciates quality musicianship should check out this band. As usual, they should be playing at Roots 'N Blues 'N BBQ festival this fall in Columbia.
I was looking through some negatives my grandma brought from Ukraine last time she was here. She brought mostly my mom's baby pics, but I was intrigued especially by numerous pictures that seemed to relate to war and public education in the Soviet Union. Inspired by Jason Eskenazi's awesome book Wonderland: A Fairy Tale of the Soviet Monolith and Nina Berman's Marine Wedding, I gathered a few pictures, asked my mom for some background info, and wrote a few stories to go with the pictures. Here's one I compiled about my distant relative Gregori who was disfigured in WWII...
Last week I was asked by my friend David Kemper to photograph his band MoonRunner as they played at the Blue Note. Also playing were local bands Richard The Lionhearted, Derek Nelson, and Al Holladay and the Lucky Stars. 'Twas a great show. I love going to local shows so much exactly because they tend to be smaller, the audience all know one another, the Blue Note crew are chilled out (so I get to go where ever I want), and they show how we communally work at our own culture. I am so glad to have been and continue to be a participant in the local music tradition.
I've been looking at Larry Fink's portraits of jazz musicians and boxers lately, and was really inspired by his use of the square format in B&W. Here are some images I took this semester that I felt were more effective by using this aesthetic. Most of them are during True/False Film Festival at the Blue Note. I volunteered as a music liaison for the fest, and got to take some photos backstage when I wasn't doing anything. Switching to the B&W square, it feels nice to not worry about vivid color for once, as it seems to be such a big concern in concert and performance photography. There was a time when shapes and composition mattered much more, and I think those highly composed images equally tend to stick in your mind, if not more.
In preparation for the "Painting With Light" assignment for Advanced Techniques, we had a picnic and photo practice session at Rock Bridge State Park. Here's my favorite image from the session. The image was made in the dark with the shutter open for about two minutes at f/8, ISO 400. Strobes were used to illuminate the tree, flashlights for the interior and exterior of the car, and another car's headlights for the light trails. I stood on a picnic table for a higher angle of view. I photoshopped out a "light heart" that was drawn with a red LED over the back of the car, as the points did not meet up and it looked weird in the image. I also shopped out a hard red edge left from the other car's tail lights that were recorded after it stopped behind the stationary car.
No Coast Battles hosted a rap battle this month at the underground music venue "the Hair Hole," drawing participants from as far as Florida and Alaska, testing their rhyming skills in a confrontational contest that reminds us as much of Shakespeare as it does yo mama jokes.
Wakarusa is one of the best music festivals I have ever been to. Not only is the atmosphere more calm than fests like Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza, it doesn't get as hot, dusty, and they have lesser known artists that don't draw as big crowds of douchebags (Kanye at Bonneroo '07 for example). This Thursday, local DJs competed at Mojo's for a spot to play at Wakarusa, which now takes place in Arkansas. Waka had great electronic bands when I was there, and I think its awesome that we will have a representative band from Columbia this year!
The Erlenmeyer flask has become an iconic image for world of chemistry. Invented in 1861 by German chemist Emil Erlenmeyer, the instrument is widely used in experiments due to its conical shape and narrow neck, which is ideal for spill-free containment. Erlenmeyer flasks such as those pictured come in many sizes and volumes, from 10 ml to 2 L versions.
This Monday, my friend Colin asked me to photograph his band Decadent Nation as they opened for Saving Abel at the Blue Note. These guys can really rock out, and at times remind me of Tool, System of a Down, and Foo Fighters. Colin is always super energetic onstage, and says music is his way of "releasing the beast," even though off stage he is a super chill guy. For me, the most intense part of the show was also fairly ironic. As he screamed the line, "I bleed for you," his nose gushed blood. Here's some shots from the concert....