on Sunday, May 22, 2011
a: I'm a guy, from Perth in West Australia. Obsessed with learning and driven by a need to see positive change in the world. It sounds a bit naff to my own ears, but it's the truth. Truth is another thing I really like.
q: what's the best thing about living in perth? the worst?
a: I reckon that Perth's isolation and quieter pace of city life breeds a particular type of person, the type that makes their own fun and the type that really leaps into things with a genuine urge to seize the day. Also, the lack of "things" to do in the city seems to lead to a lot of people sittin' around getting high and getting their creative on. This place punches way above its weight musically. Did I mention the beaches? They're real nice too.
The worst? The 'no" mentality. There's a strong opposition to change in this city, as if the place is perfect as it is. I'm sorry, but no place is perfect, and I don't think there's a lot to be said for stagnancy. It's led to a lot of great ideas being realised in a very half-arsed manner. Case in point being our Bell Tower, it could've been incredible but instead it's an underwhelming spire of mediocrity that looks less a shining monument to human endeavour and more a cockroach trying to mount a praying mantis.
a: That it's 2011, I've finished my marine science and journo degree, I've just had surgery to fix my dicky knee, and I'm entirely unencumbered by anything except my own need to make things happen. The next 12 months should see a real shift in my photography and writing as I move towards doing some real purposeful documentary, story-telling types of things. Super keen.
q: vegemite or peanut butter?
a: Vegemite 4 lyf. Raised on that bersgusting looking stuff. Can't hack peanut butter at all.
q: any pages you want to plug here?
a: Yeeeop, a mate of mine, Mikey Litton and his solo project Cow Parade Cow. Imagine a bastard child of Animal Collective and Vampire Weekend raised in the wet wilds of West Oz, or something like that.
Also, David Boyson Cooper. He seems well known in these Flickr circles already, but I really dig his shiz, it's real.
on Thursday, May 19, 2011
New York-based photographer Brian James' images are edgy, and bursting with the candid moments in life that make the ordinary extraordinary. He's been featured in DOE, Screaming Silence and Unicorn Dream magazines - now it's our turn to probe him with a few burning questions.
q: who are you?
q: where did you wake up this morning?
q: what does art do for you? what do you do for art?
q: can you cook?
q: any webpages you want to plug?
cheeks gouged cleanly with an icecream scoop
and blonde-shuttered eyes that droop -
fluttering like moths against a screen door
on a dusty summer eve;
lulled by the sway of winding road
he struggles to keep his head aloft
a spindly neck
as the others come and go like tumbleweed
and he a pebble:
my stare absorbs him so perfectly that
i can feel the contours of his face
beneath my fingertips
and hear the whispers of dream and longing
into the dim hours after
silently, he slides through the doors
and dissolves back into the night