Archives for posts with tag: 2012

Joe The Lion, 2012

Joe The Lion is the second track on David Bowie’s 1977 album, “‘Heroes”.

According to several sources, including Wikipedia, the track was inspired in part by the performance artist Chris Burden. Burden seems to have been interested in using visceral experiences as works of art – he famously had himself shot in the arm at close range, and on seperate occasions (come on!) had himself nailed to a VW Beetle, and disguised under a tarpaulin on a busy freeway (my personal favourite – high stakes indeed).

In 1999, I got to see Burden in action at the Tate Gallery (as Tate Britain was known in those days (and where I was working as a fundraiser). He was working on a sculpture, When Robots Rule: The Two Minute Airplane Factory, which was a great idea – a completely automated toy airplane factory, which would also launch the planes as it finished them. It didn’t work for a significant portion of the exhibition’s length, and I’m not sure it ever did fly a plane, but a thing of beauty it was – and an interesting performance with all the technicians working to get the thing going.

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I’m still experiencing connection problems, so apologies if I’ve not made it to your blog in the last day or so – I’m crawling round the internet like a drunk spider.

Star (I), 2012

So, to begin my run of Stars (all named after the song of the same name on David Bowie’s The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars) is this man. Again, to my shame, I don’t know his name. He was very generous allowing me to take his picture and is also extremely talented – the T-shirt is his own design. Another great look.

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Why the David Bowie titles? Thank Cardinal Guzman and Seascapesaus for suggesting his work as a suitable source. David Bowie week is also being celebratedover on the Cardinal’s blog, so check it out.

As always thanks also to John Pindar and Deanne who set this whole titling thing in motion.

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I’m experiencing connection problems again, so apologies if I’ve not made it to your blog in the last day or so – I will get there, it’s just slooooooooooooooow.

Christopher Tracy’s Parade (III), 2012

This was taken in a real rush – another failure to take the model’s name. I’d just like to say, I’m really grateful to everyone for letting me take their photograph and sorry to not include your names.

Another great outfit – so many references going on here – I love how they all come together so coherently.

Christopher Tracy’s Parade (II), 2012

Another shot from the recentish past. This gentleman very generously posed for a couple of shots. I should have asked his name – a practice I’m going to employ in future. I love the crisp simplicity of his look. Classic with a contemporary twist.

Christopher Tracy’s Parade (Danny), 2012

Danny very kindly posed for this ages ago – I’m just getting round to sorting older photos out – so, the first in another series of sartorial splendour. Think this is a great outfit.

Gett Off, 2012

7, 2012

U Got The Look, 2012

Diamonds and Pearls, 2012

New Position, 2012

These were taken in the last couple of weeks in Central London, UK. I nearly got run over taking Gett Off, 2012. I’ve been run over three times – twice in London, because I didn’t look both ways before crossing the road. The other time, I’d made a big piece of art that I needed to get to sixth-form college, so I asked my mum to give me a lift. It was pretty unusual for her to drive me to college, but she agreed. We parked opposite a bus stop, where a crowd I knew had just got off the bus. I’d just got the art work out of the car and was waving to my friends, when my mum backed up and ran me over…

If you’re wondering why all these pictures are named after Prince songs, the answer can be found in my previous post. But in short, this week’s posts are under the influence of this article.

Untitled digital photograph, 2012

Untitled digital photograph, 2012

The first shot was taken on The Strand and the second in Seven Dials, London, UK.

Cars and Girls is the second track on Prefab Sprout’s 1988 album, From Langley Park to Memphis. It’s not their best album, that would be Steve McQueen (or Two Wheels Good if you’re in the States), but it has its moments, one of which is provided by Stevie Wonder. He plays harmonica on Nightingales with wonderful Stevie Wonder-ness.

Untitled digital photograph, 2012

Untitled digital photograph, 2012

Untitled digital photograph, 2012

Untitled digital photograph, 2012

Untitled digital photograph, 2012

Photograph four was taken just in front of the National Gallery, Trafalgar Square. One and two were taken on the South Bank. Number three – I know the street but not by name and number five is anyone’s guess – the losing myself trick is working!

Untitled digital photograph, 2012

Untitled digital photograph, 2012

Untitled digital photograph, 2012

Untitled digital photograph, 2012

Untitled digital photograph, 2012

Air (for Nikki Light), 2012

1979’s Fear of Music was Talking Heads’ third LP, and their second with Brian Eno as co-producer. It came wrapped in a black cover with an embossed pattern reminiscent of checker plate metal flooring, designed by the band’s Jerry Harrison. There are a number of tracks with one word titles: Mind, Paper, Cities, Air, Heaven, Animals and Drugs.

When I got round to buying it in 1985, (having been entranced by a documentary on the band, which pre-dated Stop Making Sense, and featured footage of the band in rehearsal and live, interspersed with clips of TV evangelists, disasters, planes landing etc), it seemed like the most intelligent, dark, minimal, conceptual, artistically relevant LP I’d ever heard. Something about its urgent urbanity  tripped switches in my brain. I was living with my parents in Kings Worthy, a suburb of Winchester, and desperate to get out and do something real. The message I took from the album was that city dwelling was rich and strange and full of mystery. It was one of a few factors in making me decide to come and live in London, for which I am very grateful David Byrne et al. Now, I’m going to give the CD a spin.

If you want to know more about the LP, there’s a very good Wikipedia entry here.

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RIP Maurice Sendak

Untitled digital photograph, 2012

This was taken last week in Covent Garden Piazza. Another OK’d photograph, so another portrait. He had a good voice.