Saturday, February 25, 2012

Pet Shop Boys | Hit and Miss

If you want to know
why I miss you so
just think back to the first time
we were in love
The night was getting late
I recognised my fate
When you spoke
I awoke
We were in love

Waiting, I'd been waiting so long for this
Waiting, all my life had been hit and miss
I knew in my heart this was only the start of a new life

Your solemn face, your eyes
lit up at this surprise
My heart sped, raced ahead
for we were in love

After that we stayed
together every day
I relaxed with the fact
that we were in love
so in love

Waiting, all my life had been hit and miss
Waiting to experience such a kiss
I knew in my heart this was only the start of a new life

Now if your heart is cold
and I seem too old
just think back to the first time
we were in love
so in love
We were in love
so in love

Queen + Adam Lambert | EMA's November 2011

EMAs Director's Cut ADAM LAMBERT & Queen 11-6-11 HD

Friday, February 24, 2012

Red, White + Blue View | Source Code [2011]

Anderson Cooper's 360º
Don't it make my blue eyes brown!

Seems that as of this evening (first time I noticed), the Silver Fox's very blue eyes have now turned BROWN! Does that mean he's down a quart, hates glasses, or is really, really vain?

I need a screen shot of the brown ones!

The Black Party | Rites XXXII
HIGH: A Black Party Symphony

Born This Day in 1955 | Steve Jobs

©photo district news

The media is heaping accolades on Apple founder Steve Jobs, who died yesterday of cancer at the age of 56. Tributes have poured in from all over the world. Jobs was a  visionary who changed the way we use and interact with technology. The iPhone and iPad have certainly helped re-make the photography landscape.

But Steve Jobs also had a reputation among photographers for being a difficult subject–and not just run-of-the mill difficult, but the archetype of difficult.

“It was the joke among photographers. He was like the nightmare subject,” says San Francisco photographer William Mercer McLeod, who photographed Jobs on assignment a total of five times, and once worked for Apple, helping to develop the company’s Aperture software.

Asked to recount his experiences photographing Jobs, another photographer said,  “I don’t really want to be the guy who pans iGod during this hour of national mourning!”

Photojournalist Ed Kashi, who photographed Jobs about 10 times between the early 1980s and early 1990s, recalled via text message, “He was one of the most difficult subjects I ever dealt with during my Silicon Valley years but I appreciated his awareness of identity, setting and message of the images. There was one time I had to get a picture with him and Ross Perot and when Jobs acted up Perot turned to him and like a stern parent said ‘Steve, Grow up!!’ No matter how dreadful he could be as a subject, I am deeply saddened by his early departure.”

McLeod says his first encounter with Jobs was as an assistant for Kashi. “It was in the late 80s. [Jobs] walked into the the photo shoot and started moving the lights around. Then he picked up the phone and called the art director in New York and said he wanted to do something different.”
McLeod recalls how he and Kashi stood there watching in disbelief. “He’s the only person I ever saw do that,” McLeod continues. “Photographing Steve was like a dance. He had such a thing for control like nobody I’ve ever seen. He loved to be in charge. He wanted to have his say.”
“From an editor’s standpoint he could be difficult,” says Scott Thode, a former Fortunemagazine photo editor. “[He was] not unlike a political candidate. The main difference is that he had a real sense of design and how things can look.”

Doug Menuez spent more time photographing Jobs than just about any other photographer, after Jobs agreed to let him document the development of the NeXT computer. Menuez had access to the labs and boardroom for three years.

“In all those years, Steve only screamed at me at the top of his lungs once,” Menuez recalls. It was in 1988, when Fortune hired Menuez to shoot a portrait of Jobs for the cover of the magazine. Menuez wanted to photograph him in the NeXT offices, on a staircase that Jobs had commissioned architect I.M Pei to design. Jobs arrived for the shoot, looked at what Menuez had in mind, “then [he] leaned in and says, ‘This is the stupidest fucking idea that I’ve ever seen.’ Right in my face, like  5 or 6 inches away,” Menuez says. “I felt like I was 10 years old. He went off on a tirade. He said, ‘You just want to sell magazines. ‘And I said, ‘And you want to sell computers.’ And at that he said, ‘OK,’ and sat down.

Menuez concludes, “ I’ve been in war zones, but I like to say that I became a man learning how to stand my ground with Steve.”

Albert Watson, who photographed Jobs just once for a portfolio of people in power that Fortune commissioned him to shoot in 2006, had a different experience from other photographers. “The one thing I insisted on was that we have a three hour window of set up time,” Watson says. “We were prepared…we set up to make [every shoot] as greased lightning fast as possible for the [subject].’ Watson says he had also read “a massive amount of stuff” about Jobs to help him conceptualize the shoot, and so he would be able to converse with Jobs intelligently.

When Jobs walked in, Watson says that his power, charisma and genius were palpable. “It was like when Clint Eastwood walks in to the room.”

Jobs didn’t look immediately at Watson, but looked instead at the set-up and then focused on Watson’s 4×5 camera “like it was something dinosauric,” Watson recalls, “and he said, ‘Wow, you’re shooting film.”

“I said, ‘I don’t feel like digital is quite here yet.’ And he said, ‘I agree,’ then he turned and looked at me and said, ‘But we’ll get there.’”

Jobs gave Watson about an hour–much longer than he ever gave most photographers for a portrait session. “I had wanted to do the shot in a minimalistic way because I knew that was going to suit him very well. He said, ‘What do you want me to do?’ I said I would like 95 percent, almost 100 percent of eye contact with the camera, and I said, ‘Think about the next project you have on the table,’ and I asked him also to think about instances where people have challenged him.

“If you look at that shot, you can see the intensity. It was my intention that by looking at him, that you knew this guy was smart,” Watson says, adding, “I heard later that it was his favorite photograph of all time.”

Apple cleared its home page today to post that photograph as a tribute to Jobs.

ESPN | T-35 minutes to firing an employee

A what in the where?
You've GOT to be kidding me!

From 2:30a – 3:05a.
That's all she wrote.

This Day in History | 1945
The Raising of the Flag at Iwo Jima
Photographer: Joe Rosenthal

I remember | November 29, 1963

Nancy | Ernie Bushmiller

Whitney Houston | The Last Photo [In Coffin!]

Monday, February 20, 2012

This Day in History | 1872
Metropolitan Museum of Art
opens in New York City

The Treasures of The Vatican

OrangeMercury & Gram 
on the steps of The Met.

circa 1984

Charter Members
National Association of Man-Boy Love
Batman & Robin

Astrology | Daily & Natal Transit
Mars Trine Saturn [Sunday]

Personal Daily Horoscope of Sunday, 19 February 2012
born 4 May 1960
Seeing clearly**
Valid during many months: This influence confers patience and willingness to do difficult and exacting work. Therefore, this is a good time to do any work that you have to keep on plugging at, even though it isn't rewarding. If this influence comesduring a period that is otherwise difficult, it guarantees that for the moment at least you will be able to cope with your situation, no matter how difficult it becomes. Intellectual or physical work that requires perseverance and great attention to detail is favored by this influence. Also, this influence will help you get to know yourself better. The close attention to detail that characterizes your way of seeing now will help you see yourself and your own reactions very clearly.
The interpretation above is for your transit selected for today:
Mars Trine Saturn, , exact at 23:15  
activity period end of December 2011 until mid-June 2012

Astrology | Daily & Natal Transit | Sun Conj Chiron [Monday]

Personal Daily Horoscope of Monday, 20 February 2012
born 4 May 1960
Show your injuries*
During this time a particular sore point of yours is disturbed, a sensitivity or vulnerability that you may not be aware of. So it may well be that you react as you have perhaps always reacted to such situations: You are distressed, hurt, you distance yourself and forget the incident as quickly as possible. If you do not react by withdrawing as you usually do, but instead show that you have been hurt, you will earn the freedom to behave differently in this, for you, typical situation. That is, of course, easier said than done, but this influence offers you an outstanding opportunity to stand far enough outside yourself to show your own injuries. If you recognize the situation in question and react to it, you will win new strength and confidence.
The interpretation above is for your transit selected for today:
Sun Conjunction Chiron, , exact at 20:08  
activity period from 19 February 2012 to 21 February 2012

Quote | Unquote

There is no such thing as coincidence.

Sunday, February 19, 2012