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Bee Flower’s new work

I guess one of the people who has had the greatest impact on my work is Bee Flowers. The guy has an insight into art and photography that I find unique. No, ‘nice pic’, commentary from him, just straight critique. After all, who else would start an email ‘oh yeah, and another thing I wanted to kick your ass about…’ . I’ve linked to Bee’s work before, but he has just come out with a new series to be exhibited at the Moscow Museum of Modern Art. In fact, I’m quite pissed with Bee at the moment. Here I am, paying by the minute on an internet cafe link and he dumps his new series in my lap . So, spend some time here, I’m not going to do a crit now, just to say I’m really impressed with the way Bee has moved from a straight photographer, through montages, to now producing this combination of imagery using photographic and digitally created images.

The story so far…

Got a new router, plugged it in, still no connection. Logged it with my isp, and I was told it would take up to 10 days to fix…. called last night to check and got the ‘problem, what problem’? spiel, but not to worry as they’d fix it within 10 days… it would take one month to unsubscribe from my current isp and another month to get a connection with a new one… watch this space…

The really BAD news was to get 20 rolls back from the lab to find that the rollei’s shutter isn’t firing. My repair guy reckons it could be hard to fix… surgery is due for Friday…

Why, ‘The Bartender Never Gets Killed’?

Bee Flowers asked if the title for the blog was based upon the fact that my self-image was of being pissed on.

The problem with having a taste for pulp movies is no one ever admits to getting the references! Anyway, in Banderas’s ‘Desperado’ there is a scene in a bar with Quentin Tarrantino. When Banderas starts shooting, the bartender reaches for his gun. Banderas gets the drop on him, and the bartender says, ‘The Bartender Never Gets Killed’ just before Banderas shoots him. SO the title for the blog is a reference to the fact that the act of photographing, for me, at its best, and I admit it rarely happens, is about having your assumptions challenged. Hopefully the effect, whilst long-lasting, is not terminal…

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Well, Bee now tells me that he DID get the reference, but I’ve forgotten the part where the Bartender gets pissed on. O.K. I need to rewatch it!

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And Fred Fichter sent me a link to memorable quotes from the film

Introduction

The last nine months have been a very fallow time for me. Far too much effort and far too many hours doing the boring stuff needed to pay the bills.

The good news is that I now have space to work on my photography on a regular basis.

My webpage has become unwieldy. I now need to pay someone to redesign it. I also need to buy more webspace! So, rather than wait for completed projects and a redesign, I’ve decided to share my ongoing work in the format of a blog. I’m going to be working on a number of projects simultaneously but posting the images as they happen. I’m also going to post pics I just happen to like. In other words, a totally out-of-context presentation of images.

If this happens to initially look like a guy just walking around with a camera having fun, rather than a deeper exploration of a topic, so much the better!

Enjoy!