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50 Portraits – 11

Exposure: 1/200 sec – Aperture: F1.4 – ISO: 200 – Focal Length: 50mm
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Lens: EF 50mm f/1.4 – Camera: Canon 5D

| currently listening to: All World Cowboy Romance, Mission of Burma, Signals, Calls And Marches EP, 1981 | LINK

the photography:

Portrait #11 is lisse

lisse and i have known each other since she was an old girlfriend of mine’s roommate almost ten years ago. since then we have lived in the same dilapidated triple-decker (boston speak for three flat) and visited each other in such strange places as cape cod, raleigh NC, and brooklyn. this past week we had an opportunity to spend a good chunk of the day running around williamsburg, bushwick, and back to williamsburg together. through the years, we have spent a ton of time together riding the train, eating at restaurants, and drinking in bars. again, it’s good to see old friends. it’s also good to take photos of them. lisse was kind enough to know me before i become a photographic-maniac so when i started clicking, she at least was comfortable enough around me to let her guard down. this trip to new york was enlightening. the whole 5 days were invigorating for my karma, chi, creative juices, and for my soul. to run around a new place (i haven’t spent that much time there) and to get to see the sights while still feeling carefree, amazing. it’s also amazing that i didn’t take a lot of photos. sometimes when i have my camera up to my eye i forget to enjoy what is in front of me. it’s nice to not be busy documenting. so this trip, i took in much of brooklyn camera-less. the view from the pulaski bridge that gaps queens and greenpoint? i’ll snap you one day. when i grow up, i’m gonna own a box factory building under the pulaski bridge…

the music:
someone mildly famous once said that they would either cover a burma song on one of their records or get a burma tattoo. well… i’m still looking to release my first record and i’m still looking to get that burma tattoo. these guys are the reason i can’t stand chamber indie pop crap like Antony and the Johnstons. rock and roll should never die. as mission of burma moves into their late 40’s and early 50’s, they still make ear splitting, foot stomping, back breaking rock and roll. proof that growing old and growing up never means you have to compromise. top ten bands of all time. no joke. top ten. boston may be defined by the pixies in many peoples minds, but it is also the birthplace of burma, the cars, and the modern lovers. never forget that. (you can forget that aerosmith is even a band though…)

50 Portraits – 10

Exposure: 1/100 sec – Aperture: F1.4 – ISO: 200 – Focal Length: 50mm
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Exposure: 1/250 sec – Aperture: F1.4 – ISO: 200 – Focal Length: 50mm
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Exposure: 1/160 sec – Aperture: F1.4 – ISO: 200 – Focal Length: 50mm
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Exposure: 1/60 sec – Aperture: F1.4 – ISO: 200 – Focal Length: 50mm
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| currently listening to: Catch the Sun, Doves, Lost Souls, 2000 | LINK

the photography:

Portrait #10 is jamie

jamie is someone i met though two mutual friends in brooklyn. she didn’t really believe me when i said i was a photographer. then i started taking pictures. i think she got it pretty quickly after that. ever since i started this project, jamie might have been the easiest model to shoot. she has a natural comfort in front of the lens that allows me to shoot photos without much thought or care about what’s going on. it’s just brainless clicking and yet the photos speak volumes. i also love that she came equipped with her own leopard print jacket. normally i have to ask people to wear clothes like that. outstanding to say the least. after drinks, dinner, drinks, our crew became fast friends even though many of us had just met that day. it’s easy to hang out with people you have known for years and accept their friends as your own. at this point in life, i think the more the merrier. and what better setting than running around brooklyn?

the music:
oh my goodness i almost forgot about the band doves. these guys snuck onto my radar at some point in 2001 when i saw them play a show in boston with my morning jacket as the opening band. my morning jacket played flying V’s with marshall stacks and they blew my head off. doves came out and rocked me gently, rocked me slowly, and blew my brains out. this band is awesome, the music is grooving infectious indie rock and if people think that radiohead is the only good british band in that category, they have never heard doves. or the beta band for that matter. get your headphones on and love this record.

gigantic hand live in brooklyn

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| currently listening to: Gigantic Hand, Myspace Music, 2009 | LINK

the photography:
“when in rome” is a phrase i use very often with not only photography but also with music. while i spent much of my week running around the javits center on the west side of manhattan, the rest of the week was spent kicking around brooklyn and queens. when i travel within the US., i like to listen to local music which in the case of new york, can be found on my ipod. when i was walking around williamsburg one afternoon, i ran into the lead singer of les savy fav which happened to be the band that was playing on my ipod at the not 20 minutes before. it was quite a simple twist of fate. i was pretty happy and shocked. we didn’t talk to each other or interact in any way as he was walking his dog with his wife and their child. running into tim harrington was a sign that i would be comfortable and at peace with new york. this is something i had yet to feel as a grown adult. it was soothing to know that nyc was on my side and down the road, maybe we could become friends.

the music:
gigantic hand are a band from brooklyn that features my friend edmund on guitar. i caught their set at Public Assembly in williamsburg last thursday night. it was fantastic. it’s great to see a group of guys get back to what they love, loud, build-them-up-only-to-break-them-down pop songs. lots of strumming. lots of great drumming. lots of fun. rock and roll indeed.