Sunday, July 31, 2005

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new tattoo jorge2web

doo rag web

Friday, July 29, 2005


I'm working on my ICA plan and I'm going to fucking bring it so you better duck down.

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Ramp Project: Zoe Strauss
April 22– July 30, 2006
Institute of Contemporary Art
118 S. 36th St. Philadelphia, PA

Monday, July 25, 2005

Amazingly Great

my mom sent me the link to this. Go to "work" on the top task bar. Then go to one of the first 2 choices, Hotel or Modern Living. Really, just go right to modern living.

Wildwood, NJ Baby Parade 2005

The baby parade has been annual since 1909. I went for the first time last year and took a few ok photos and made it a point to go back this year. I'll be going back next year.

Five of the photos in this year's I-95 show were from the 2004 Baby Parade...

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2nd Place.

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This one battled the one above for placement in this year's 95 show but didn't make it. I thought the 2 place winners was better suited for where that particular type of photo needed to be placed in the installation.

this ride is now gone.

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the giant ronald mcdonald is now gone

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Oceania court winners float

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I love this photo and went back to the same place to photograph it during the day this year.

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this doesn't even come close to the night shot. I wanted to get the same framing but I was unable to get back to the same position as last the weeds were gigantic stinging nettles. I was only able to get about 5 feet into the weeds. This is one reason why I almost always wear pants.

The 2005 photos are a little disappointing to me. There's only one that I think is solid and some of the others I'll think about and work on, but I'll need a lot a time to sort through them.

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This guy is from South Philly, actually only a few blocks from where I live. S.P., for South Philly, is on the handle of the large gun tattoo that he has on the right side of his stomach. I took a few shots of him and I this one is my favorite right now. I don't think this is strong enough to include in the 95 installation.

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There are a few categories in the Baby Parade, including "Most Attractive Boy" and "Most Attractive Girl." I haven't even come close to getting a good shot of either of the banners that lead off those categories. Next year.

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There might be something here.

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Long Live Gay Heavy Metal.

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NJ Turnpike
This is only photo I'm really feeling from the Wildwood trip. It's not quite ready to go, but I think it's the strongest of the lot.

Labor Intensive

I don't know what the solution is for our union troubles. It's heartbreaking to see the afl-cio splinter.

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...look for the union label.

Best Wishes to my 1st intern.

My friend and former intern will be having surgery and I want him to know that I'm thinking about him and I totally love him.

Paging Mr. Darrow part II

Just a little redux on the evolution tip as seen down Wildwood.

my ancestor wasn't a monkeycropped

Sunday, July 24, 2005

The most important photo I've ever taken.

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And, arguably, the best photo I've ever taken.

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

god help us

wrong place, wrong time, just plain wrong

metro cover

Here is the cover of today's Metro. Let's take a closer look at the large "no slumber party" photo focusing on the man in the plaid shorts.

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This photo hasn't been altered at all. I scanned it in and here it is. How many people saw this and didn't notice something slightly amiss, I don't know. I do know that I wish that I had taken this photo. I'm pretty sure I wouldn't suggest it for the cover of the Metro, though.

My thanks to Lynn Bloom, who, although slightly disgusted by the photo, brought it home to show me.

Sunday, July 17, 2005

star comedy by democrats

all right, there is no word in the English language to describe a word that spells 2 different words when spelled backwards, e.g. Tide, Edit.

It's not a palindrome, which is spelled exactly the same both directions, as in noon or racecar. It is, however, an anagram, which is a word or phrase made by transposing the letters of another word, like silent and listen, or a phrase, like George Dubya - You're Bad Egg.
But, I think it's more than an anagram and deserves it's own one word defininiton.

Here's my proposal. Volvogram- a word that spells another, different word when spelled backwards.

Volvo- A Latin root word meaning to turn about or roll Some English words that have evolved from volvo are revolve, voluble (easily turned about or around or talkative), voluminous and convolution.

Gram - "Something Written."
From the Greek "-gramma,"
"gramma" = "letter."

I'm totally serious about this. Here's the email I sent to the OED.

"Hey Oxford,

I think this should be a new word. There's no one word definition for a anagram that spells another word when reversed. And I actually have a great need to use this word. It would make work a little easier for linguists.

Volvogram- a word that spells a different word when spelled backwards.

Volvo- A Latin root word meaning to turn about or roll Some English words that have evolved from volvo are revolve, voluble (easily turned about or around or talkative), voluminous and convolution.

Gram - "Something Written."
From the Greek "-gramma,"
"gramma" = "letter."

Zoe Strauss"

So I'm not a linguist. Can't a sister help out around here?

Thursday, July 14, 2005

Congratulations Shawn McBride on your new super cute baby

My fellow fellow, Shawn McBride, just had a healthy baby, Zoe "Strauss" McBride, and I wish him and his family all the joy in the world.

More on the last post

I do realize that the last post really is mentally ill and puts my compulsiveness on full display, but, folks, that's just the tip of the iceberg. Now that I work with a digital camera, every motherfucking pixel is examined. Not altered, just examined and contemplated. Ah, how I long for the days when I just framed the shot and then it was either yes or no when it was developed, no cropping. I have nothing against cropping, but my intent when I started this project was to process the photos in a way that was accessible to most people, just drop off the film and have it developed and printed. Now that digital is accessible, many choices have opened up and the amount that I work on and think about a shot has exponentially increased.

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35mm- full frame

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Digital point and shoot camera- cropped

Monday, July 11, 2005

3 photos of the same woman

Sometimes it will take me over a year to decide whether or not a photo is worth showing, and then I have to figure out how it fits into the continuum of my work overall.

I made these photos last year in July and I'm still mulling them over.

These photos have several components that make it difficult for me to decide where I'm going with them. In all of the photos, I'm somewhat wary of the grating on the left. Although I like the larger vertical lines, I generally try to shy away from a busy pattern in a portrait, unless it directly echoes an important part of the photo. I'm undecided about the painted text on the left in the first 2 photos. While I see few different readings in it, I'm not bowled over by it. However, I do like where she chose to stand in relation to the window. I also like the bracketing of the pipe on the right in conjunction with the grate on the left. And I like this woman. I like her expression and I liked my interaction with her. I love her self-confidence and I love her gender ambiguity.

Check this. #1 is full frame, #2 is the same photo cropped.
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1. I prefer to include the door grate on the right but I'd like to have the woman a little larger in the frame. But then...
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2. I prefer the woman this size in the photo but it loses some necessary balance without the grate on the right. *after I posted this, I think the balance is actually fine in this cropped one.

#3 is full frame and #4 is the same photo cropped
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3. This is almost identical to the one above but her expression is just slightly softer.
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4. Again, I like her bigger but I miss that strip of white in upper left.

#5 is full frame and #6 is the same photo cropped
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5. I think this is the strongest of the group. I love the way her shoulder is turned and her fist clenched tight, along with the word "stone" featured so prominently on the left.

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6. I prefer having the pipe on the right in the photo but I think her size in this frame is the way to go.

To be honest, I'm still not sure about these.

Sunday, July 10, 2005

Paging Mr. Darrow

Today marks the anniversary of the Scopes Monkey Trial, which began on July 10, 1925.

The Scopes Monkey Trial was the basis for Inherit the Wind, a fictionalized version of the trial generally thought to be an allegory for the impact of McCarthyism on intellectual discourse in the US.

Here in Pennsylvania, apparently we're turning the clock back to 1925 with this reactionary full-blown idiocy of teaching "modified" creationism instead of evolution.
In Kansas, too.

I believe in evolution. Sadly, I also believe in devolution as well.

Saturday, July 09, 2005

Thursday, July 07, 2005

I'm so sorry London.

Just Fuck You Rick Santorum

Rick Santorum is really out of control.

"What the Democrats are doing is the equivalent of Adolf Hitler in 1942 saying, 'I'm in Paris. How dare you invade me. How dare you bomb my city? It's mine.' This is no more the rule of the senate than it was the rule of the senate before not to filibuster."

-- Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA), quoted on the Senate floor

Here's Santorum's minimum wage proposal.

Rick Santorum has many jaw dropping quotes but I really believe this one takes the cake.

"If the Supreme Court says that you have the right to consensual (gay) sex within your home, then you have the right to bigamy, you have the right to polygamy, you have the right to incest, you have the right to adultery. You have the right to anything."

This is also remarkable, however.

From Catholic Online, concerning liberals effect on Catholic Priests morality: "It is startling that those in the media and academia appear most disturbed by this aberrant behavior[pedophilia], since they have zealously promoted moral relativism by sanctioning "private" moral matters such as alternative lifestyles. Priests, like all of us, are affected by culture. When the culture is sick, every element in it becomes infected. While it is no excuse for this scandal, it is no surprise that Boston, a seat of academic, political and cultural liberalism in America, lies at the center of the storm."

Contact Rick Santorum

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Your Future Starts Here

I often go back to places I've photographed. The top photo was taken 8/04 and the one below was made 2/05.
When I went back to the same site 6 months later and the sign had been painted
white in the backround, behind the broken neon tubing.

your future starts here

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About 2 blocks from this sign is where I photographed Sheila and William. I stopped by their apt. 6 months later but no one answered the door, so I wasn't sure if they were still living there. I took this portrait 8/04.

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Sheila and William lived above this store.

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I lived in Las Vegas and Reno for a few years as a child. As a matter of fact, my brother Cosmo was born in Reno. That's why the Nevada photos are so much in my mix.


It was shocking when the National Endowment for the Arts revoked federal grants that had been awarded to four performance artists--Karen Finley, John Fleck, Holly Hughes, and Tim Miller, the NEA 4. Now it's shocking that NEA made grants to individual performing or visual artists at all.
Jesus H. Christ.

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Happy 4th of July!

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Independence Day Brigade
Phila, PA
July 4, 2005

Saturday, July 02, 2005


g8 info

Our asshole president is a NED and I hope he's kicked in the ass over in Scotland.

Friday, July 01, 2005

Upcoming project plans- Cold War

I am obsessed with the Cold War and I'm beginning to work on a project titled "Cold War Veteran." Although I've had this project in mind for few years, it's just in the first stages now and will be a long-term project. I'm interested in all aspects of the cold war, including the construction of the atomic bomb, the pre cold war Manhattan Project. However, McCarthyism and the blacklist are of particular interest to me.

Like many people my age, the Rudolph claymation Christmas special is one of my favorite things in world and "Silver and Gold" is one of my favorite songs from it. Burl Ives is singing and playing the banjo and birds are decorating the tree. However, Burl Ives wasn't so fucking great when he sang to HUAC and named names. The impact of McCarthyism and the Cold War mentality is incredibly far-reaching and pervasive, even if it's not overt.

We're in dangerous times now, I think more much more dangerous that the Reagan years. We've moved into a time that's frighteningly like the Red Scare days. What about blacklisting now? We're not so far from it...remember this recent Dixie Chicks fiasco?


Here are the quotes that brought the term "cold war" into use.

"We may be heading not for general breakdown but for an epoch as horribly stable as the slave empires of antiquity. James Burnham's theory has been much discussed, but few people have yet considered its ideological implications--this is, the kind of world-view, the kind of beliefs, and the social structure that would probably prevail in a State which was once unconquerable and in a permanent state of 'cold war' with its neighbors."

"You and the Atomic Bomb”
George Orwell, 1945

"Let us not be deceived—we are today in the midst of a cold war. Our enemies are to be found abroad and at home. Let us never forget this: Our unrest is the heart of their success. The peace of the world is the hope and the goal of our political system; it is the despair and defeat of those who stand against us."

BERNARD M. BARUCH, address at the unveiling of his portrait in the South Carolina legislature, Columbia, South Carolina, April 16, 1947
Speech written by Herbert Bayard Swope

Look at these.

Online Cold War museum

"We really slobbered over the old witch," Nixon told Kissinger.

Manhattan Project I
Manhattan Project II

Joe McCarthy

Ethel and Julius Rosenberg

Sedan Crater, Nevada Test Site.
Sedan Crater was formed when a 104 kiloton explosive buried under 635 feet of desert alluvium was fired at the Nevada Test Site on July 6, 1962, displacing 12 million tons of earth. The crater is 320 feet deep and 1,280 feet in diameter. Between January 1951 and July 1962, atmospheric and underground nuclear tests were conducted at the Nevada Test Site. Since July 1962, all nuclear tests conducted in the United States have been underground, and most of them have been at the Nevada Test Site. Some tests were conducted on the Nellis Air Force Range (NAFR); in central and northwestern Nevada; in Colorado, New Mexico, and Mississippi; and on Amchitka, one of the Aleutian Islands off the coast of Alaska.

nevada test site

"Raise your glass to the good and the evil
Let’s drink to the salt of the earth"

Upcoming project plans- Blair Mountain.

I must go to Blair Mountain in West Virginia. Do you remember how Richard Dreyfus was drawn to Devils Tower in Close Encounters? That's me, going to Blair Mountain.

Here's some Blair Mountain info...

"The Battle of Blair Mountain took place in 1921 after thousands of well-armed miners marched to Logan County to unionize the southern West Virginia’s coalfields. The union workers and their sympathizers fought a pitched battle with sheriff’s deputies and armed guards on Blair Mountain near the Logan-Boone county line. The battle ended with the arrival of the 10th U.S. Infantry from Fort Thomas, Ky. and a squadron of bombers from Langley Field, Va. On Sept. 4, 1921, the federal troops marched up Hewitt Creek in Logan County and the miners began to scatter. The defeat at Blair Mountain ended the United Mine Workers’ efforts to unionize southern West Virginia until passage of the National Industrial Recovery Act in 1933.

The only time in history that the United States government dropped bombs on its own people was in a fight to unionize the coal mines at the Battle of Blair Mountain in 1921."

Check out this short video about Blair Mountain.