Richard Avedon

Can't say i find huge inspiration in Avedon's work, but i definitely respect him as a photographer and for the impact he had on fashion photography. He kind of reminds me the main character from Blowup by Antonioni, heh. Very successful, innovative in the fields he specialized and knows exactly what his weaknesses are.

Recommended watch - Richard Avedon - Darkness and Light (its quite irritating at the beginning, very 'american' way of movie-making, but once Avedon walks in and starts talking it gets much better).

That's probably his best known photography:

Bee Man, 1994

And my two favourite celebrity shots:

Nastasjja Kinsky and the Serpent, 1981 [originally in colour]

Charlie Chaplin - His Last Day in America, 1952

There's some really interesting stories behind both of those images, apparently Kinsky was fascinated with snakes and she was posing for that picture for hours until it finally kissed her, Chaplin (as the title of the picture informs) left the USA day after having this picture taken and never came back, so it became his last message for Americans, heh. There's more detail about it in the movie.

One portrait [in my opinion] he failed to accomplish successfully, steal the essence of the model, is the one of Beckett...

Samuel Beckett, 1979

Avedon also did a series of pictures with his dying of cancer father until his death in 1973, which until now raises controversies.

Jacob Israel Avedon, 1973

Two of his quotes from the movie:

"They love dogs more than they love the Jews" (about the Royal couple).

"Photography is a death of a moment."

Belles Lettres

New poetry book release by my friend Artur Mika featuring cover photography by myself, can't wait to get hands on one of the copies, although i probably read most of the poems featured inside :P

It can be purchased here.

Well done Artur!

Roger Ballen

Photographer standing behind Die Antwoords - I Fink U Freeky video and this is how i found out about him..

Born in New York, living in Johannesburg, he is focusing on documenting small dorps and villages of rural South Africa. I strongly recommend watching small series of him talking about his photography, he pays attention to so much detail! You can find it here.

One of his quotes from the lecture: "Real is probably the most difficult word we deal with."

There's a lot of human / animal correlations and references in his work which i really like.

That's probably his most famous photography:

Dresie and Casie, Twins 1993

Tommy, Samson and a Mask, 2000

Portrait of a Sleeping Girl, 2000

Eugene on the Phone, 2000

Sickroom, 2000

Scavenging, 2004

Puppy Between Feet, 1999

Sam and Iain Wedding

Little preview of a wedding i shot recently of my friend Iain and his lovely partner Sam. Good times and best luck to you both :)

A photo book from the event can be found here.

Atomic Legacy

Long awaited collaboration between seven photographers: Subversive, Keïteï, Happyshopper, Gh0st, Pär Louko, Simon Proffitt and myself resulting in a book called - Chernobyl's Atomic Legacy, 25 Years After Disaster. Developed and written by Daniel Barter aka Subversive, published by JonGlez.

Book will be available from 16th of October, 25 page preview is available on Danny's website.

Abandoned Prison

After hearing Andrew Kzirian's (from the band Viza) track - Illumination it really reflected for me atmosphere of the recently visited abandoned prison, so i made this little video to illustrate it.

Pictures and some more info about the place can be found here.

Road Trip - Belgium '12

Lots of fantastic sites seen on this rather spontaneous trip [erm, primarily a trip to Wales, heh].

all places visited with: Day Of The Dead, Keïteï and Subversive.

Day 1

So we are queuing for the ferry down to France, and who can we see queuing next to us?! Sx-riffraff and his crew! heh, we did Belgium Road Trip together last year.. that's completely unscheduled meet up, i love random encounters, bizarre, random meetings :)

Crachoir Swimming Pool

After a fail in an abandoned house (which wasn't quite abandoned and we opened the door to meet a very angry lady and her dog, lol) we headed for this swimming pool. Build in 1915, with lot's of eye catching details.

Cite du Dragon

Stop number two, an abandoned Chinese restaurant, unfortunately smashed to bits.

Chambre du Commerce

Famous CDC, there's some work going on here atm, floor has been all stripped down, and there's lot's of random junk lying around, hopefully it will make it look better in the future.. We stayed here over night.

Day 2

Salve Mater

Very interesting site, partially occupied by the artists, which charge 20 Euro per head to shoot inside, ehh. Fortunately we managed to capture three of the buildings before getting noticed and caught, so brace yourselves.. even-though the guy has been very polite.

Hoff van B.

It's all about stairs in this place, normally you wouldn't even stop, while passing next to this smashed to bits office building.. but quoting Oldskool after visiting here: "Never judge the book by it's cover", yup.

Horror Labs

Unfortunately we spent here only about 15 minutes before getting raid of armed police force.. Had to drop our tripods, get on our knees and things like this, very unpleasant indeed. Return visit is necessary..

St Hilarius

We had a little wait here to allow builders leave the site so we can enter. It's partially abandoned and very easy to meet someone you not necessarily want to inside.. We had a good luck and in few hours we could properly document the site.

Forges de Clabeq

Last place we managed to do before it got dark, plenty of rusting steel and some nice views.

Day 3

IM Powerstation

After rather eventful night involving police, security and the lack of place to sleep as it was too dark to find one, we woke up to explore this impressive power station and it's cooling tower.

Cooling Tower

Home Sweet Home

Last surprisingly good stop of the trip, plenty of chairs and beds, heh. An abandoned care home and hospital.