Friday, September 19, 2008

Great quote

"The artist, however faithful to his personal vision of reality, becomes the last champion of the individual mind and sensibility against an intrusive society and an officious state. The great artist is thus a solitary figure. [...] In pursuing his perceptions of reality, he must often sail against the currents of his time. This is not a popular role. [...] I see little of more importance to the future of our country and our civilization than full recognition of the place of the artist. If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him. We must never forget that art is not a form of propaganda; it is a form of truth. [...] In free society art is not a weapon and it does not belong to the spheres of polemic and ideology. Artists are not engineers of the soul. [...] And the nation which disdains the mission of art invites the fate of Robert Frost's hired man, the fate of having 'nothing to look backward to with pride, and nothing to look forward to with hope.'" -

President John F. Kennedy, in remarks given at Amherst College, October 26, 1963

Stolen from Conscientious blog.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Some nerd shit...33 mega pixel camera

So today I was assisting Don Flood the digital tech and I started doing some test on this new camera that came out. For those of you that live and work in this world you probably don't care, but for people not in the industry you might be interested, or you just might be a nerd like me. I'll often in conversation about work mention that the high end digital backs are 33-39 mega pixels. These examples are from a 33 mpxl Leaf back with their new camera system which has amazing lenses. This is the full frame and then a full res crop.

The first image was not cropped the 90mm just gets super close.

And here is a full res crop at 100%.

Make sure you click on these pictures to see them bigger.

All right. Nerd signing off...

Nice portfolio of work of Coney Island, NY

I just found the work of Peter Granser via APAD blog, this is hugh inspiration for me and what I would like to achieve, plus the photos are beautiful. I would like to see more portraits but its a good overall view of the place. Check it out when you get a sec.

This is Your Nation on White Privilege

This is Your Nation on White Privilege

by Tim Wise (one of the most prominent anti-racism writers in the U.S. and white male by the way.)

For those who still can't grasp the concept of white privilege, or who are constantly looking for some easy-to-understand examples of it, perhaps this list will help.

White privilege is when you can get pregnant at seventeen like Bristol Palin and everyone is quick to insist that your life and that of your family is a personal matter, and that no one has a right to judge you or your parents, because "every family has challenges," even as black and Latino families with similar "challenges" are regularly typified as irresponsible, pathological and arbiters of social decay.
White privilege is when you can call yourself a "fuckin' redneck," like Bristol Palin's boyfriend does, and talk about how if anyone messes with you, you'll "kick their fuckin' ass," and talk about how you like to "shoot shit" for fun, and still be viewed as a responsible, all-American boy (and a great son-in-law to be) rather than a thug.
White privilege is when you can attend four different colleges in six years like Sarah Palin did (one of which you basically failed out of, then returned to after making up some coursework at a community college), and no one questions your intelligence or commitment to achievement, whereas a person of color who did this would be viewed as unfit for college, and probably someone who only got in in the first place because of affirmative action.
White privilege is when you can claim that being mayor of a town smaller than most medium-sized colleges, and then Governor of a state with about the same number of people as the lower fifth of the island of Manhattan, makes you ready to potentially be president, and people don't all piss on themselves with laughter, while being a black U.S. Senator, two-term state Senator, and constitutional law scholar, means you're "untested."
White privilege is being able to say that you support the words "under God" in the pledge of allegiance because "if it was good enough for the founding fathers, it's good enough for me," and not be immediately disqualified from holding office--since, after all, the pledge was written in the late 1800s and the "under God" part wasn't added until the 1950s--while believing that reading accused criminals and terrorists their rights (because, ya know, the Constitution, which you used to teach at a prestigious law school requires it), is a dangerous and silly idea only supported by mushy liberals.
White privilege is being able to be a gun enthusiast and not make people immediately scared of you. White privilege is being able to have a husband who was a member of an extremist political party that wants your state to secede from the Union, and whose motto was "Alaska first," and no one questions your patriotism or that of your family, while if you're black and your spouse merely fails to come to a 9/11 memorial so she can be home with her kids on the first day of school, people immediately think she's being disrespectful.
White privilege is being able to make fun of community organizers and the work they do--like, among other things, fight for the right of women to vote, or for civil rights, or the 8-hour workday, or an end to child labor--and people think you're being pithy and tough, but if you merely question the experience of a small town mayor and 18-month governor with no foreign policy expertise beyond a class she took in college--you're somehow being mean, or even sexist.
White privilege is being able to convince white women who don't even agree with you on any substantive issue to vote for you and your running mate anyway, because all of a sudden your presence on the ticket has inspired confidence in these same white women, and made them give your party a "second look."
White privilege is being able to fire people who didn't support your political campaigns and not be accused of abusing your power or being a typical politician who engages in favoritism, while being black and merely knowing some folks from the old-line political machines in Chicago means you must be corrupt.
White privilege is being able to attend churches over the years whose pastors say that people who voted for John Kerry or merely criticize George W. Bush are going to hell, and that the U.S. is an explicitly Christian nation and the job of Christians is to bring Christian theological principles into government, and who bring in speakers who say the conflict in the Middle East is God's punishment on Jews for rejecting Jesus, and everyone can still think you're just a good church-going Christian, but if you're black and friends with a black pastor who has noted (as have Colin Powell and the U.S. Department of Defense) that terrorist attacks are often the result of U.S. foreign policy and who talks about the history of racism and its effect on black people, you're an extremist who probably hates America.
White privilege is not knowing what the Bush Doctrine is when asked by a reporter, and then people get angry at the reporter for asking you such a "trick question," while being black and merely refusing to give one-word answers to the queries of Bill O'Reilly means you're dodging the question, or trying to seem overly intellectual and nuanced.
White privilege is being able to claim your experience as a POW has anything at all to do with your fitness for president, while being black and experiencing racism is, as Sarah Palin has referred to it a "light" burden.
And finally, white privilege is the only thing that could possibly allow someone to become president when he has voted with George W. Bush 90 percent of the time, even as unemployment is skyrocketing, people are losing their homes, inflation is rising, and the U.S. is increasingly isolated from world opinion, just because white voters aren't sure about that whole "change" thing. Ya know, it's just too vague and ill-defined, unlike, say, four more years of the same, which is very concrete and certain.

White privilege is, in short, the problem.

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Great quote

Stolen from one of the many blogs I read... plus its Banksy.


Ryan Sturgis
Plum Island, MA 2008

Saturday, September 06, 2008

Sturg's spot

Reconnected with an old friend of mine Ryan Sturgis. I shot a bunch of pictures while chilling yesterday. I shot him with his dogs on my hassey but here are two digi snaps I liked.

Sturg's view
Plum Island, MA 2008

Samson 2008

Friday, September 05, 2008

Vermin Supreme cont.

Here are two images from the shoot. The cover not cropped and and second image I hope that they ran inside. I also have to give a big thanks to Aria Newton for doing the retouching. She's an old friend of mine, sick photographer and Mass Art alumni.

Vermin Supreme
Rockport, MA 2008
Swindle Magazine

Website is close to a big launch and email blast. I've got all the work updated and I'm just waiting for a few tweaks from my web designer and hopefully the jobs will come poring in. LOL

Swindle Issue 18

So I just got my 2nd cover ever! Super stoked on it. The folks at Swindle have always given me cool people to shoot, some known, some unknown. But this guy, Vermin Supreme definitely takes the cake as one of the more eccentric. I'll post some more flicks soon but I just wanted to get this post up asap. So check it out at a newsstand near you!

Vermin Supreme 2008
Swindle Magazine Cover

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Ipswich, MA

I'm doing some scanning, some beach stuff and some personal. Here's one I shot at a friend's party. They had eloped and it was their one year anniversary, they had a party in Ipswich, MA and asked me to shoot some photos at the party and do some portraits of them. I shot mostly digital except a few portraits at the end. Here's my favorite.
On a side note I've been trying to shoot more couples. Holler at me if your interested.

Nick & Allison
Ipswich, MA 2008