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Posted in Photos, zombies with tags , on October 16, 2010 by trapperKeeper

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Brain-Freeze Immunity

Posted in Photos, zombies with tags , , on July 10, 2010 by trapperKeeper

In life, there are some things, you have little control over.  This problem is presents in all human endeavors, whether it be a rainstorm on a hike or human transportation needs cluttering the visual landscape.  One way to overcome these issues is to, first, accept there are some things we have little control over and, then, move on to figuring out how to make the situation work best.  In regards to photography, sometimes the solution is to just walk away and try it again at a more favorable time.  For example, shooting under the mid-day sun is a total pain in the ass if you have no shade to work with.  With the sun directly overhead blasting UV rays, getting a workable picture is difficult to impossible, if you lack a proper UV light filter.  Even then, you still lack the warm and engaging light of dawn and dusk.

Other problems, such as waiting for a bus while a warm, vibrant sunset is painting the sky can be worked around by viewing the intrusions not as clutter but as .  Living in an urban environment, even one as park-friendly and lushly green and gardened Seattle, makes escaping the sights, smells, and sounds of human ingenuity impossible.  Humming electricity may not be my preferred sound of choice, but without electricity I wouldn’t have a computer capable of providing me with audio and video stimulation while editing photos taken with my battery-powered digital camera.  Our desire for electricity, as well as communication, has also given us a landscape full of towers, poles, and wires.  Sometimes these objects can ruin a potential picture, but with patience and persistence it is possible to find perspectives where the previously eyesores are transformed into key elements of the picture.  Or you can just use photoshop to magically make them disappear.  I’ve used both approaches.

Other times, like in the one above where the intrusions certainly aren’t adding anything visually to the picture, I’ll keep the objects since they present a truer picture.  When I was working on the picture, I had to deal with all the optical information.  Obviously, I could successfully eliminate, at least, a decent amount of the evidence of human transit.  But it’s not as if the power of the sunset is any less because of the presence of cars, traffic lights, and other human generated infrastructure.  Unaware and unconcerned with the temporary illusions of the animal population below, Sol, our life giver, is part of Earth’s daily pattern until it becomes a white dwarf and burns out.  Death is inescapable as our the patterns that make up our limited existence.  As animals, we must drink, eat, and sleep, among other things.  Leaving the photo essentially untouched is a reminder that I simultaneously exist in a man-made material world constructed around our programmed genetic patterns, things I can only do so much about, and as a free metaphysical entity capable of exploring as far and wide as I feel comfortable.  Like creationism and evolution, free will and destiny exist concurrently, as opposite ends of the same spectrum but, by no means, isolated from interaction.

On the below one, removing the whole male wasn’t working so well; moreover, replacing him didn’t produce a more engaging picture.  Having eliminated his head first, due to it’s convenient placement in front of the white background of the shop, I decided after several attempts to remove the whole body to leave the body without the head.  Anyone closely looking at the picture will notice the visual discrepancy.  Anyone who’s not may still notice due to the brain’s inherent pattern seeking nature noticing something off.  Or it could just fill in a head.  I have yet to read about the brain’s processing of optical stimulation; however, I am paying off my library fine this week so I can get to work devouring books.  This past week I finished a great book on silence (http://tinyurl.com/243rwxo), which obviously discussed human aural abilities.  The author also has a blog (http://inpursuitofsilence.com/) Reading how deaf individuals see differently has got me thinking about trying some sensory deprivation experiments.

And just as there are those who have better abilities to see or hear, there are those who have superior abilities to feel.  Benny, as you can tell by his rock stacking abilities, is one of those individuals.


Zombie Sighting

Posted in Art, Photos, zombies on November 6, 2009 by trapperKeeper

My friend has been on a huge zombie and photography kick lately, so we’ve been out shooting a good amount.  Here are a few shots from Devil’s Night and Halloween.

Even Zombies Need a Night Out

Posted in life, Photos, zombies on October 7, 2009 by trapperKeeper

On Saturday, September 26th, Blaine and myself went out to the zombie film festival.  It was my second year in a row and Blaine’s first.  Zombies are into more things than eating human flesh.  For example, we love watching depictions of ourselves and discussing film, music, and politics.  Zombies don’t enjoy drinking.  Instead, we eat the livers of alcoholics and the flesh of the currently inebriated.  All we really ask for is the right to pursue prosperity and happiness, so keep on eating America.  The fatter you are, the more flesh there is for us to eat.

Ape Man Trodding Through Creation (Large Melons, Doo Dah!)

Posted in Art, Detroit Tigers, Dub, zombies on April 22, 2009 by trapperKeeper

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This past weekend I was fortunate enough to attend all three Tiger-Mariner games.  The Tigers’ stellar pitching, besides Verlander’s horrible 5th inning, and small ball carried them to two victories.  Friday, I went with a friend, who had the brilliant observation that Polanco’s large melon would be a salivating sight for a zombie.  Carlos Guillen played left field very poorly.  He also didn’t deliver very much at the plate that night, or any of the games for that matter.  Being back in the ballpark was a nice feeling.  I love hearing the murmur of the many conversations.

Saturday, I had a real fun time with my friend Blaine.  Sitting in the bleachers, the chance for hilarious drunks was higher than the seats on Friday night.  The crowd still seemed fairly sober, which I guess is a good thing, but when I go to a game part of the fun is drinking and watching intoxed individuals.  Working at Copa could get tedious, but the drunks were usually enough to keep things entertaining whether they were being kicked out angrily or just getting down.  Everything still seems to pale in comparison to the legendary drunkeness of old Tiger Stadium for which I was born too young.  Anyhow, there were two entertaining/annoying women in our section.  One woman, who I never got a look at, made a “laa la la la la la la” noise many times.  Often, her efforts were punctuated with a “Hurricane!” from this woman right above my friend and I.

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Return of the Living Dead II (Whose Got My Glove?)

Posted in zombies on March 8, 2009 by trapperKeeper

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Return of the Living Dead was a really solid zombie film.  Its’ combination of humor, homage and horror made it one of the best zombie films from the 1980s.  Unfortunately, Return of the Living Dead 2 lacks the punk rock spirit, comedy, and tension of the original.  It tries to be funny with cheesy antics, including a “Thriller” spoof that comes off as really lame.  Worse is the run of the mill story and flaccid atmosphere.  The CGI is laughably dated now, but the cartoonish gore of the original is present.  The ending is actually entertaining and enjoyable, at least compared to the rest of the movie.

I have no idea how long this movie really felt since I watched a solid amount of it on fast forward.  Without a zombie partner in crime, many zombie works, which are already dull with a compatriot, become unbearable without one.  Especially zombie films of the 1980s, a period of time not kind to many film genres.  Excessive, over the top cheese wasn’t just a music thing.  There was some good art made in the 1980s, but the zeitgeist of the decade ultimately wasn’t kind to some of the arts.

One reason I employed the time warp, was the repetitiveness of scenes.  Going into it I already knew what I was going to get; lots of gags, cartoonish gore, and cheese.  Lots and lots of cheese.  It is from the ’80s.   Zombie films generally mix two of these three horror, comedy, and action.   Return of the Living Dead 2 is a action-comedy blend, albeit one of mediocre comedy and uninspired action.  There are some funny moments and good makeup and gore effects.  Talking zombies, especially talking severed heads, provide sublime moments that straddle the line between ridiculously bad/good.

One problem I have with movies like Return of the Living Dead 2, and all of its’ sequels is the lack of depth.  As I stated before, the first Return of the Living Dead was a clever, funny zombie romp.  By the sequel, the series was already unoriginal.  Still, I enjoy watching movies like Return of the Living Dead 2, but the crude cinematography, flimsy story, and all around brainlessness highly limit the aesthetic potential.  Shaun of the Dead was filled with a lot of gags, but the gags weren’t a replacement for a story.  The gags supported the story.  Brainstorming some gags and filling in a story around them isn’t very difficult nor artful.  If there was an element of satire to Return of the Living Dead 2, it could have gotten away with some of the bits, but satire was tossed out the door for the easy and obvious.

As I watch films I am always observing with an eye for potential shots.  The only shot I remember catching my eye is near when you see ongoing action from the passenger side mirror.  One thing I will take from Return of the Living Dead 2 is to never attempt to spoof Thriller.  Although, I did enjoy the electrocution dance the MJ zombie did.

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Night of the Living Dub

Posted in Funk, Music, zombies on March 6, 2009 by trapperKeeper

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The other day I was watching Return of the Living Dead 2 while thinking about my zombie song.  Inspiration for a title struck, Night of the Living Dub.  Checking google for the popularity of that phrase, I wasn’t shocked to discover it has been used before.  It seems others have tapped the same vein of the collective culture, but I will not be dissuaded from using it for it was still an “original” thought spawned by my love of dub and zombies.  There are still a few elements I am attempting to incorporate, but I worked on this for a while the past few days honing the sound and felt like sharing it.  Again it is long, but the songs I have made have so far been in the late night, mellow headphone listening spirit.  Essentially, it functions as nice background music.  I apologize for the jarring organ intro, it is going to be a solid amount of work to take out for a part so small, so I ignored it for the meantime and will clean it up when I do a second mix, which will be significantly shorter.

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