Jukeboxparables

The last few weeks as denoted by pictures…

Posted in Photography, Random by jukeboxparables on February 17, 2010

I’ve been flat out planning this trip thing… So besides my precious little twitter updates heres what i’ve been up to one way or another;

Melbourne weekend trip (driving 1100km) to head out ++ pickup my first motorbike // Melbourne Museum // My new guitar setup // St Jermones laneway festival; Florence & The Machine, Bunnymen, The XX // random photo of the last night at one of my fav local pubs // listening to way too much cash//smiths on aforementioned melbourne drive // I think that about covers it // Oh cute+cool bartenders!












This aptly describes what I dream about…

Posted in Photography, Random by jukeboxparables on February 1, 2010

Came across this website linked from a friend. Yes uber cool photoblogs are nothing new, but this one has some rad topic matter.

It’s all in monochrome of course and features some great random photos along with classic actors, musicians, artistic nudity and oldschool motorbikes. It’s all very punk rock, kids.

I likey.

The Milky Way Time-Lapse!

Posted in Photography, Science by jukeboxparables on May 19, 2009

You have to watch this! An amazing Time-Lapse photo blend of our Galaxy passing through the field of view of our night sky. Amazing stuff. Clicky below!

Galactic Center of Milky Way Rises over Texas Star Party from William Castleman on Vimeo.

Blender gallery – rockarchive 10th anniversary exhibit

Posted in Music, Oldschool/Classic Things, Photography by jukeboxparables on March 23, 2009

cobainnap

On Saturday I made a date with Paddington’s Blender gallery because they are hosting rockarchive’s collection of UK based limited music related photography spanning many decades. Hung prints included; David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Nirvana, Johnny Cash, The Beatles, Blondie, The Clash, Sex Pistols, Siouxsie Sioux and many many more. All of the prints are limited releases available for purchase, ouch did I come close. Particular shots of Cobain and Sioux we’re amongst highlights.

It’s the first time the collection is running in Australia, it being based in the UK, It features dozens of portfolios of some of the worlds best music photographers and runs from Friday 20th March until Tuesday 21st April 2009 you can get all the info at either rockarchives website or the Blender gallery.

I was blown away by more than a few of the shots and more importantly the story behind them. I’ve borrowed the photo above as a means to get you all out there to take a look. If I’m infringing copyright please let me know.

I chose that shot because I absolutely love the story behind it. It was taken by and is the copyright of Ed Sirrs and the story behind it reads; The date was 20 Aug 1991.

“The support band had been ignored by an almost empty house, but the place is suddenly capacity rammed and heaving for headliners Sonic Youth. Four feet away from the side of the little stage, oblivious to the monumental racket, the support band’s singer/guitarist (Kurt Cobain) catches a few zzzs on a narrow wooden bench.”

That’s a moment in time. One of my all time favourite bands Nirvana did indeed tour/support Sonic Youth (another of my favourites) during the explosion of the Seattle sound in the late 80’s early 90’s. This photo of Kurt makes him look like a regular guy taking a nap, a roady perhaps? (though how you could fall asleep during the aural assault that is Sonic Youth, I don’t know) a few months on to a year later Nirvana became the biggest band in the world. 3 years later the combined effects of childhood scoliosis / undiagnosed stomach cramps -> various drug addictions / unrelenting & unwanted international media pressure, perhaps all combined to cause Kurt to commit suicide. But here he’s just a regular guy having a nap.

EDIT:: looky what I found. Yes it’s from the same show!

The lomography spiel

Posted in LOMO, Oldschool/Classic Things, Photography by jukeboxparables on March 5, 2009

lca
So I’ve always looked at photography with interest and intent. It takes a certain level of talent to pull it off well. But to do it at all, you have to actually have the time. At least that was the case pre-digital. So with the rolling in of the digital revolution being some-time past and some snazzy Nikon and Cannon hardware out there what did I decide to do?

Go Film of-course! Ugh.

Everyone’s used a film camera! So I went shopping and researching online. Mostly using Flickr to gauge what certain hardware/people were producing. Fairly keen-eyed I started to notice a certain style amongst users of LOMO cameras. I then stumbled across the back story.

1982:

General Igor Petrowitsch Kornitzky, right-hand man to the USSR Minister of Defense and Industry, slammed a little Japanese mini-camera onto the ornate desk of his comrade Michail Panfilowitsch Panfiloff. Mr Panfiloff, Director of the powerful LOMO Russian Arms and Optical factory, examined the camera closely, noting its sharp glass lens, extremely high light sensitivity and robust casing. The two gentlemen, realizing the superior nature and extreme potential of this strange little item, gave immediate orders to copy and improve the design – with the ultimate goal of producing the largest quantity possible for the pleasure and glory of the Soviet population. It was decided – every respectable Communist should have a LOMO KOMPAKT AUTOMAT of their own.

The LOMO LC-A was born, and millions of cameras were promptly produced and sold. The Soviets and their Socialist playmates in Vietnam, Cuba and East Germany snapped happily away throughout the nineteen eighties, fully documenting the last gasps of Communism, and the occasional beach vacation on the Black Sea.

Well at least… That’s what they tell us. But anyway then;

1991:

A handful of restless Viennese students are cruising though the capital in great early summer spirits, enjoying the new-found Czech democracy. By this year, the LC-A’s time in the sunshine was coming to a close.

Weakened by dirt cheap, battery-powered imports from Asia, the LC-A’s popularity was waning, and it was available only at quirky, old-school camera shops. It was at an establishment such as this, where the Viennese students happened upon the adorable camera, and bought a couple for fun. Back on the resplendent streets of Prague, they zipped through the first few rolls of film: shooting from above and through their legs, shooting from the hip, and even sometimes looking through the viewfinder.

Back in Vienna they soon had the whole bag of film developed at the trusty corner supermarket (super cheapo!) and received a real surprise: Thousands of small, amusing, sad, garish shots of their little tour, wonderful focused and unfocussed images fresh from life in the Czech Republic. The images were amazing, dazzling all those present with a crushing sense of excitement – the likes of which they had never felt before.

That’s pretty irresistible to my sentiments. I don’t even care if it that’s all true. It’s one hell of a marketing sell. But what matters is the actual product is genuine. Sure you can get the same effect LOMO’s do using post-ed in photoshop but what is the point? It IS that aspect of not knowing what your viewfinder is going to do that gives it all a refreshing feel.

But anyway to wrap-up the Russian LOMO’s went out of production and a company bought up the leftovers and has since started producing copies and marketing a worldwide revival movement. They also sell a bunch of similar zany cameras such as the Holga and Supersampler. It’s all good I take my hat off to them.

I still couldn’t buy into that and go to a trendy hip-scenester store in Paddington and shell out $450 for a Chinese copy though. So I hooked up some mother-country connections and had an authentic LOMO LC-A at my door in 3weeks (made in Russia in 1984!) and I’ve definitely fallen in love with it.

And heres some of my favourites;



Tagged with: , ,