Are you afraid of the Dark?

Richard began to understand darkness: darkness as something solid and real, so much more than a simple absence of light. He felt it touch his skin, questing, moving, exploring: gliding through his mind. It slipped into his lungs, behind his eyes, into his mouth…
― Neil Gaiman, Neverwhere

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It is said, we all have our dark side. And most of us are afraid of it. They hide or deny it, and think that no one will ever notice anything if it’s buried deep enough. They become chained by the Darkness instead of using it by learning to controll. They equal Darkness with all the bad things and feel ok with it.

The darkness is simply a piece of the whole, neither good nor evil unless you make it so.
― Jenna Maclaine, Bound By Sin

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 Personally, I prefer to consider Light and Darkness as two parts of the whole. Not as the representation of good and evil, but rather as day and night, Sun and Moon.

There’s something about Darkness that truly fascinates me. Looking into it leaves me speechless. Freedom, emotions, beauty, mystery, temptation. It’s pure magic!

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Imagine looking into someone’s eyes and getting goosebumps when you start drowning in the blackholes of his or her pupils, because you notice a glimpse of that irresistible Darkness inside. Domination? Punishment? Yes, please.

Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this too, was a gift.
― Mary Oliver

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I was thinking a lot about such things lately. The only conclusion I came to is that I would never ever give up or refuse this gift. I would be proud and would never hide or try to bury it again, as I did almost my whole life.

Oh, la la la vie en rose… Uhm… No, thanks.

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The Expanse. Do you miss Earth?

I am one of those people who often say: “That’s not how it was in the book” or “The book was better”. Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire), Lord of the Rings & The Hobbit, Cloud Atlas, Ender’s Game etc. Sometimes you watch something because you liked a book, sometimes an interesting movie/series/game inspires you to read something. I even read Larry Niven’s Ringworld because it somehow influenced Halo… Nerd.

I am also one of those people who like love adore science fiction and all sorts of space adventures. Star Wars? Yes, please. Stargate? Gimme more. And when will they finally bring Azimov’s Foundation to the big screen?

That’s why when these things come together I get all excited (and suspicious at the same time, because, you know… sometimes they create things like John Carter).

Couple days ago I ran into new SyFy series The Expanse, based on the best-selling books by James S. A. Corey (Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck).

“Yay!”, I said to myself. I haven’t read any of those books, but since it’s based on the novels, it must have a good story line… I mean, I know, Twilight and 50 Shades of Gray were based on best-sellers too, but… uhm… if you try to film crap, you won’t get anything good of it.

Still… The Expanse.

Hundreds of years in the future, humans have colonized the solar system. The U.N. controls Earth. Mars is an independent military power. The planets rely on the resources of the Asteroid Belt, where air and water are more precious than gold. For decades, tensions have been rising between these three places. Earth, Mars and the Belt are now on the brink of war. And all it will take is a single spark.

Ok, that’s pretty banal and doesn’t say much.

Two hundred years from now, detective Joe Miller, born on the dwarf planet Ceres in the asteroid belt, is given the assignment to find a missing heiress, Julie Andromeda Mao. Meanwhile, the first officer of the ice freighter Canterbury, James Holden, is involved in a tragic incident that threatens to destabilize Earth, Mars and the Belt. At the same time a high-ranking United Nations politician Chrisjen Avasarala works to prevent war between Earth and Mars. Soon, the three find out that the missing young woman and the ice trawler’s tragedy are part of a vast conspiracy that threatens all humanity.

The Expanse blends sci-fi elements and detective noir. It also has gorgeous cinematography, mystery, sombre and dramatic plot. It’s as good as Firefly and Battlestar Galactica (2004). Some even say it’s almost like Game of Thrones in space!

I can say, The Expanse is one of the best sci-fi tv shows we’ve had in years. And The Expanse novels are definitely in my to read list now.

P. S.: Greorge R. R. Martin urged y’all to check it out!

Robert Frank

398bd100ab1ae90a1a0736c07712ccfeRobert Frank (born Nov 9, 1924) is a Swiss photograher and documentary filmmaker, who immigrated to the U.S. in 1947. He is considered one of the most influential figures in the history of photography.

His monograph “The Americans”, first published in 1958,  is one of the most influential photo books of all-time. It features photographs taken by Robert Frank in the mid-1950s as he traveled across the U.S. on a Guggenheim fellowship. Text for this book was written by the American novelist Jack Kerouac.

In the 1950s, Frank was a regular contributor to Harper’s Bazaar, but later turned his focus from still images to filmmaking.

Perhaps Frank’s best-known film is Cocksucker blues . It chronicled The Rolling Stones
american tour 1972 in support of their album “Exile on Main Street”. The film was embargoed by the band and banned by censors. In 1977, Frank went to court and won the right to exhibit Cocksucker Blues four
times a year, on the condition that the filmmaker himself was present.

I have been frequently accused of deliberately twisting subject matter to my point of view. Above all, I know that life for a photographer cannot be a matter of indifference. Opinion often consists of a kind of criticism. But criticism can come out of love. It is important to see what is invisible to others. Perhaps the look of hope or the look of sadness. Also, it is always the instantaneous reaction to oneself that produces a photograph. – Robert Frank

 

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Gregory Crewdson’s Photography

Gregory Crewdson is an american photographer known for his cinematic and surreal scenes of American homes and neighborhoods.

This interesting video by Reserve Channel shows the process of constructing his extremely detailed photographs, that look like Stephen Spielberg or David Lynch movies put into single frame.

 

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The Many Lives of William Klein

William Klein is an American-born French photographer and filmmaker, one of the most influential photographers in the medium’s history. He earned a reputation as an anti-photographer’s photographer and has described his work as “a crash course in what was not to be done in photography.”

William Klein pioneered the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, used high-grain film. His photos were often blurred or out of focus, his negatives were over-exposed. He took fashion out of the studio and into the streets.

William Klein was an artist who set out to re-invent the photographic document.

I came from the outside, the rules of photography didn’t interest me… there were things you could do with a camera that you couldn’t do with any other medium… grain, contrast, blur, cock-eyed framing, eliminating or exaggerating grey tones and so on. I thought it would be good to show what’s possible, to say that this is as valid of a way of using the camera as conventional approaches.William Klein

Photography of Denis Brihat

Denis Brihat was born 16 September 1928 in Paris. He works with both form and color. Denis started taking photographs at the age of 15. In 1948, he went to the Rue de Vaugirard photography school. During 1952-1955, encouraged by Robert Doisneau, he started working with the RAPHO agency.

In 1955-1956 Denis Brihat spent a year in India, producing work that won him the Prix Niepce and an exhibition at the Société Française de Photographie. In 1958, Denis moved to Provence, where he settled at Bonnieux to concentrate on his personal research and on the themes of nature. He looks for the inner beauty in nature and shows it to his audience.

In 1968, Brihat started his experiments in color by using metal toning and etching process of the gelatin surface, techniques he tirelessly pursued and perfected ever since.

Denis Brihat’s works are minimalistic, conrtasting, terse, and meditative at the same time.

In 1970 at the request of his friend the American painter Bernard Pfriem, he creates the photography course at the American School of the Arts at Lacoste (Vaucluse). In 1977 he participates in the creation of a photography study group at the University of Provence-Marseille.

In 1987 Denis Brihat is awarded the Grand Prix Photographie de la Ville de Paris.

Since 1988 he stopped any form of teaching to devote himself entirely to his work.

Denis Brihat is famous for the intensity and sensuality of his works and his world view. His photographs are delicate, beautiful and rich. They show the Nature as a living organism, and create an emotional connection, a bond betweet the natural world and the spectator.

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Tibet

When you think of some place unexplored, spellbinding and enigmatic, Tibet is probably one of the first places that may come to your mind. This mysterious mountain region with rich history is the unique treasure trove of Eastern culture and traditions. There are more than 2000 temples and monasteries, and almost every manmade object there has a sacred tinge. An indescribable place that can’t be fully depicted, and can only be felt.

An Asheville photographer Taylor Taz Johnson during his trip to Tibet had a rare access to remote monasteries and nunneries, and took some beautiful images of one of the most fascinating places and cultures on Earth.

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LIGHT AND SHADOW

Light is a form of expression, form of storytelling. Light is pretty much life.

– Janusz Kaminski

Have you ever thought about what Light is? Apart from physics and other sciences I think that basically light is the life itself. It’s that energy, the ultimate force, that gives life to the Universe. Light and Darkness, their balance and harmony, are the basics of every creative process. The play of highlights and shadows is pretty much the art itself. In photography and cinimatography light is a vital, defining element, that creates a picture we can see.

A photographer is a visual storyteller; we speak through light & shadow. – Janusz Kaminski

Cinematographer is an enterpreter who uses light and composition to affect an audience as perception of what’s going on in that story. – Michael Negrin

Cinematography is about defining light and space. – Francis Kenny

I want to share with you my latest discovery, a brilliant and inspiring documentary “Light and shadow” by Steve Weiss, where legendary cinematographers talk about their personal perspectives on creativity, vision and life.

Couple words about fashion

A call to all the fashionistas of the world!
Our great friend and incredibly talented musician Johnny Royal from Black Lodge is putting together a PSA on the education of Style and Fashion for the global style education communities.
Lots of press and brands are promised to be involved and participants will have direct access to both.
To take a part all you need is to live in a major city outside the USA, or be a foreigner living in LA, and love fashion and style.
So if you’re interested, contact him via facebook till thursday!
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Would you like to know Gregory Deck a little closer?

Some time ago I posted about French actor and musician Gregory Deck and his eclectic rock band BelHasard.

A lot of things happened since that time. BelHasard released their debut EP#1 (you can download it here), Gregory returned on stage as Jacques in “Salut les Copains“, and joined the troupe of the French version of “The Wizard of Oz” by Andrew Lloyd Webber to play Scarecrow.

We were lucky to ask Gregory couple of questions this spring and get to know him a little better. Not just as a professional, but as a very cute and talented guy.

Many thanks to Inanis from FollowEvent.fr and Audrey Iacometti from Mousai Industries for all your help and participation.