jueves, 24 de junio de 2010

Scarecrow by Gene Severens from Michael Wright on Vimeo.

Scarecrow written by Gene Severens (of the band Boneyard)
arranged and performed by michael severens
we all love and miss you, bro...

Video directed by Michael James Wright
Michael Severens: Scarecrow
Postproduction and editing Cesar Guevara
Audio production Ramón Hernandez / Michael Severens
Thanks to Juan Carlos Romero

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Gene Severens

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Gene Severens
Birth nameEugene Padanyi Severens
Born22 June 1963
Died19 February2006
Worcester, MA, USA
FieldMusician, Painter, Multi-media
Influenced byThe Clash, The Dead Boys,Rancid

Gene Severens (born Eugene Padanyi Severens, 22 June 1963 - 19 February 2006) was an American songwriter, musician and artist. He was the driving force behind a number of punk rock bands, first in Worcester, Massachusetts, but mostly in Providence, Rhode Island. In addition to lead vocals, Severens would perform on both bass and guitar, usually bass. As a visual artist, he worked in acrylic paint, ink, charcoal and mixed media. The aesthetic throughout was consistent: punk.

Influenced by early punk rock bands the Clash and the Dead Boys, Severens began writing song with Richard "Foghorn" Harnois with whom he founded the Aggressions c. 1984. The Aggressions, along with the Commandos and the Performers, constituted the core of Worcester's early hardcore punk scene, playing frequently at Ralph's Diner. The Aggressions enjoyed local radio success with their song "Howard Johnson's" about an ill-fated attempt to drive through a snow storm to a punk rock concert.

In Providence, Severens founded his most influential band, Boneyard, who would open for Goo Goo Dolls and Social Distortion. Members included Gail Greenwood who would later join Belly and L7. His other main Providence-based project was My Way.

[edit]The Scarecrow

The image of a scarecrow/crucifix appears throughout Severens' artwork, including as a tattoo on his right arm. This image served as a central theme for his views on the human condition: where Jesus gave the ultimate sacrifice to call down the doves of peace, modern religion has "made him a scarecrow, to chase the doves away", as Severens wrote in his song The Scarecrow.

The Scarecrow expresses the image and its meaning more fully. On the Boneyard recordings, Severens delivers the vocal, bringing his biting sarcasm to the fore. An alternate arrangement recorded by Severens' brother and accomplished cellist Michael Severens, features a simple vocal with cello accompaniment that brings out the more enduring themes to which the song points.

lunes, 14 de junio de 2010

Bob and the Crew

Dont forget. Click away on the images my friend.

LADY Models http://www.hottoddiesunlimited.com/

jueves, 10 de junio de 2010

domingo, 6 de junio de 2010

Cute, honey and bunny

Sometimes to freshen up your ideas you need to get down and dirty.
After being in a creative runt, its always worked for me to loose shame by being a dumb ass.
Disconnected from expectations, with expectations come disappointments. You cant Photoshop disappointments. And with the moon you can play with telescopes, unless you have a neighbor with odd habits who will give you a reason to fulfill your own voyeuristic habits.

Bouncing ideas off the back of my head is never as good as doing a Gondry´esk "LOW". Foofighters Low ...

Bounce the Camera around and twisted Sci-Fi will happen. So... Now that eStudio473 is on a roll. My first proposal is to "LOW"... cabin fever time.

lunes, 17 de mayo de 2010

objectifying my Negatives


This time it will be calm, when people claim they are interested in photography they click faster than they read it or even think it. Coupling personal images I took within common feelings and time periods. Specially a time when I did not think much about what I did beyond the technical aspects. I hope to bring something new to your plate.
I started to work recently with a Canon 8800F scanner with the object of digitalizing 100`s of slides of my father. But till there completely cataloged in the correct order in a binder, they wont get close to the chaos that digitalizing becomes.
So my most precious "object book" came out of a box and on to the scanner.
5 years of compulsive black and white negatives, dating 2001/2007, mostly include the world around me. Bouncing from portraits to landscapes, Chile Argentina and Mexico.
40hrs a week in the dark room did not make me a lab genius, more of a mess maker with a beautiful mess.
Most of the film is Kodak 400TX, shot with a rebel Ti and a 28-80 lens. Some times a 1982 Canon AE-1 that behaved better in the rain, snow, mud and with the face of who ever wanted to start some trouble.
My lab work was not constant, most of the time I was accused of doing it wrong. The more I noticed that who ever was telling me this did not do much to help them selves, the less affected I was about their remarks. This also came from people who defined photographs as good or bad...
Now that I see it in perspective I should retake this BW obsession.
Think less and shoot more, or shoot more and think less...at the end of the day it all comes down to what intention/context you build around your work.

miércoles, 12 de mayo de 2010

Pallor Mortis

The last short short I made.
When Adobe CS5 comes out I will re-edit.... but for now it works.

It was an idea I wanted to share for about 4 months now. Seems these Ideas will be snow balling.
3 more are in preproduction.

I know they will all be black and white shot on the canon 5d Markii, wide lenses, and fear makers...

Pallor Mortis from Michael Wright on Vimeo.

viernes, 7 de mayo de 2010

Collaboration with Studio 473

Six Words from Michael Wright on Vimeo.

···There is something odd about the hands in all of these images, seems like they don't belong to the portrayed. In a way seems like their hands are strangers imposing the written text message.···

for a better view go to vimeo.

Last "cinco de Mayo" people in the states were partying what they think is some kinda special day. (Its all make believe).
While in the bar Zilch Guanajuato Mexico, there was a fund raiser for eStudio473
I got invited by Katie Clancy to get my gear down to the bar with a last minute call to set up a photo booth.
Themed on Hemingway's six word story.
My instructions were to ask people to write down their life story in six words.
Even though most could not count to six nor build a sentence, I just went with the flow.
Interesting none the less were the
resources people used. Quotes, words with comas, scattered words, upside down words, english,
spanish, latin...
Giving people more freedom gave people more ability to share what was on their mind at the moment
and how they wanted to be portrayed.
So, to avoid being judgmental, I ignored all the text on the slips of paper. I knew the minute
I winked, gagged or laughed at what ever was written the portrait would be ruined, leaving me to
deal with the soft focus of the 50mm 1.4f in very low light. Gave the sense that its not all there, we must fill
in the blanks.

·Try harder to read the text or try harder to read the face. ·
With three external flashes. Cheap cellophane acted as gels, blue, read and green. Knowing that I would
convert to black and white I wanted more
information to play with when choosing the low key or high key of the skin of each individual.

Last time I sat up a photo booth I dealt with strangers on the street for last years Noche de la Fotografia for PHE,
and it was completely different than
dealing with people you see constantly down town, you nod your head they nod back... but this time I got a couple names down.

Rebeca Bees`s Flikr. showing how their classes take place.

Music on the video is from our friends The Sharpies from San Miguel de Allende, you can se the original video of the song I get around on youtube.

Soon there will be more to come from the Sharpies.