Inspiration - When Comedy, Music and Photography have a common thread

by JamesNYCSeptember 11. 2013 09:57

In the last two months I've gotten into listening to podcasts specifically:  WTF produced by comedian Marc Maron.
It makes for good listening when your working in front of the computer most of the day. Since finding this audios series I have been alternating between listening to the early days of his podcasts and listening to his new ones; alternating between them.

One of Marc's latest conversations was with Jazz musician Ben Sidran. I've never heard of Ben but being an old-school rocker with a penchant for good Jazz (Monk, Miles, Train, ...) and still trying to keep my connection to the music world no mater how slim that connection is these days, I figured that this would be a good listen.

As those of you that have been following this web site since it's inception in April 1998 are probably well aware, before getting into photography on a full time basis I was a musician for 20 years. A portion of that time included 5 years of classical voice training and a few years studying composition and Music production as well as dozens of late night vocal sessions in the recording studios at Berklee College of Music.

This podcast blew me away. So much of my musical past came flooding back and in listening I found or rather recalled so many of the common threads that can be found in both Music and Photography. Which is why if you ask around you'll find that of the successful working Photographers more than 80 percent started out as or became musicians in one form or another.

having had that personal awakening I felt that it was incumbent upon me to pass along this link to the podcast that dusted off so much of the stuff I have known for years and have kind of set aside as the business of photography has become a millstone that I must keep moving every day.

Check out this podcast and see for yourself.  

-- PLEASE NOTE -- Marc Maron may be acquired taste for some. His comedy and his interviewing style may not be NSFW for some of you.
But if your willing to listen to and get past his opening monologue I'm sure you'll agree that it was worth a listen.

WTF PODCAST Episode 420 - Ben Sidran- Marc & Ben Sidran

Penelope Cruz Writes and Directs New Agent Provocateur Film

by JamesNYCAugust 1. 2013 01:55

Penelope Cruz Writes and Directs the new Agent Provocateur Film
Her husband Javier Bardem Appears in the Ad to Launch Cruz's New Collection

Penelope Cruz Wrote and Directed the new Agent Provocateur Film and her husband Javier Bardem appears in Ad to Launch Cruz's New Collection

Penelope Cruz wasn't enjoying any down-time while she was pregnant. The actress, who recently gave birth to her second child, was busy with another creation: her first collection for lingerie brand Agent Provocateur. To launch the line, called "L'Agent," she directed and produced a surreal short film starring Spanish actor Miguel Angel Silvestre, who finds himself in an opulent home mysteriously full of gorgeous, lingerie-clad women. Model Irina Shayk has a starring role as chief seducer, who eventually puts the hunky actor under a sweaty, dizzy spell until actor Javier Bardem (a.k.a. Mr. Cruz) appears. Ms. Cruz's pregnant sister, Monica, who co-designed the line, also makes a cameo.

The plot itself isn't groundbreaking, and we've seen more edgy creative from Agent Provocateur, which came under fire recently for this freaky ad starring a woman being stalked by dominatrix vamps. However, it might be appropriate for L'Agent, meant to be more accessible and affordable with underthings that people can wear everyday.

 

Here's a look at another controversial video produced for Agent Provocateur

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DOWNTOWN Calvin Klein - Featuring Rooney Mara

by JamesNYCJuly 8. 2013 04:07

Introducing DOWNTOWN, a new fragrance by Calvin Klein.
In this minute-long Calvin Klein spot starring Rooney Mara, directed by David Fincher, Music: "Runaway" by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and shot in loving black and white on the Red Epic Monochrome by DP David Devlin.

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It’s About You: John Mellencamp A film by Kurt Marcus

by JamesNYCJuly 6. 2013 04:01

As a continuation of our post of inspiration; I can upon this video by Photographer Kurt Marcus

John Mellencamp Trailer from Rounder Records on Vimeo.

Director: Kurt Markus, Ian Markus
Producers: Kurt Markus, Maria Markus
Category: Music; Popular Culture
Total Running Time: 79 min.
Release Date: 2010
Website: http://www.kurtmarkus.com

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