How the…? What the…?

Somewhere along the line I lost year.

It goes like this. My wife asked what I would like for my birthday (1/6 scale Sideshow Collectibles C-3PO with light up eyes, full articulation and bonus com-link!) when my age came up.

“48! Guess you’re an old man now!” she said jokingly.

“48? I’ll be 47.” I replied. Adding a year to my age . . . HILARIOUS!

“No Honey. You’ll be 48. We’re 47 now.Continue reading “How the…? What the…?”

Projects

2016 is the year of projects for me. When I was looking at my own new years resolution for the year to come, I knew I could not take a 365 on (I would fail epically on day three or so), yet at the same time I knew photography is a big part of my new year resolution. This year I decided to create virtual projects I want to focus on and take  them to the next level. It is all still a little bit blurry for me on how I am going to tackle these projects as a whole, but I know at least the working title of some of the projects (for now I have five working titles). The very first one is “portraits” and the second is “strobes” and combining them will be a pleasure to explore. Continue reading “Projects”

A New Hope

2015 is slowly taking off and we had a fantastic private shoot last night with Darth and our Creative Crew in The Studio™for Lord Vader new selfie in 2015.
A shoot where we spent afterwards some time in the green room looking back  at  some of the adventures we head together across the years.

One great adventure that brought fond memories back with the complete crew was last-last years Xmas shoot (so two years ago) leading up to the fantastic fourteen post on Instagram:

This message is only visible to admins

Due to changes in Instagram's API, feeds can no longer filter out posts based on the user who posted them.
Try using a different moderation system for this feed.

A shoot that left great memories, and most probably one wide piece from this series will make it into our art show later on in March.

Darth was pretty convincing it should be him on the bike, while Lady Red thought she should be the one as she started the whole story with giving the letter to that mysterious bounty hunter in the first place.

thelovestory003_ws1

The Love Story - I

A discussion that did not come to closure yet, and we would be very interested to hear from you which one of the two you like best and why ? Looking forward to your thoughts here in the comments.

One thing the Crew was unanimous about was the need for another epic adventure even bigger and better coming to a theater near you.

So there is new hope for 2015 with epic adventures just around the corner and real live art expositions just a few months down the road, bridging the past and the future.

Taking plastic places.

There is another more personal bridge to make between the real live world and being stuck in plastic, but I promise you that is for our next post.

Stay tuned and let us know which one is your favorite widescreen. Lady Red or Darth on his bike.

Me2

Wanted: Your Board Room

Shelly and me are working hard on getting our first annual recurring “Stuck In Plastic On Tour” real live exposition organized and are looking for some exclusive locations around the globe like your corporate board room or private coffee shop to show off the very first ever Stuck in Plastic traveling collection which will be traveling around the globe later this year …

Interested ?

Give Shelly or me a tweet, message, comment or good old voice call …

Me2

Footnotes to self:
Day 14 in my personal challenge.
As always, stay tuned and leave your view in the comments below or on your social platform of choice …

Agree to disagree …

When my partner in crime wrote  “… if this doesn’t prove my point that photography has been rendered valueless by the sheer volume of images being produced, I don’t know what does …” I could not disagree more.

I actually would argue very strongly that the sheer volume of images and the same sheer volume of possibilities to take these images actually is the exact reason why we have this discussion and is in essence the reason why I disagree.

The mass production of crayons in the early 1900 by Binney and Smith did not turn the graphical artist using pencil and paper valueless.

Art and the artist in itself have always struggled (and embraced) and will continue to struggle with their own contempary challenges taking into the account the context of its own age (which is what we are doing at this exact moment here).

When S. mentions you can purchase a picture for 250 € all in (and I dont even want to embark on the flawed offering here and all faulty legal assumptions), we are talking about the fundamental difference between stock photography (a craft with sometimes a spark of genius) versus the art, the emotion, the engagement, the creativity, the spark of genius that is not aimed at making money at any cost and want to engage on its own right.

I am sure if I want to make money as a commercial photographer, I can work on my skills as a stock photographer and choose to create iconic photography that looks at the market demands, see what colors are hot, and play the game, … and sell. Sell my skill set and craft.

At the same time I can choose the try to become a journalistic photographer, an illustrative photographer, a snapshot photographer, a landscape photographer and work my skills or I can boldly state that I am an artist and my photography is no longer a technical craft (remember that chromatic aberration) and I am taking it to the next level where the photo is the message on itself.

An artistic statement.

So, when D. censored the art work of Daniel Josefsohn to protect the integrity of IG users he was making both an artistic and political statement. (see accompanying image) 



So I disagree with S. that volume has rendered photography valueless and it is up to us to step up and define the new standards …

New standards that do include plastic and toys, just as my good old buddy W. included soup cans of Campbells

So, who wants to join the plastic  revolution ?


Houston …

Houston, we have a problem …

It is not the first time we encounter a challenge in one of our adventures.
And most of the times it is just that.
An issue, a challenge, a something to overcome, a window of opportunity and almost never it turns into a problem (even when we ran out of fuel and had to make an emergency break on asteroid 99942 also known as Apophis we never really talked about a problem, we merely created great conversation for the latest edition of the hitchhikers guide of our galaxy).

Now, when the hard disks here in The Studio stopped spinning last Wednesday, and our main graphic systems went in a full meltdown we showed some signs of anxiety.

Would our backup strategy hold up, as it was a long time ago (read never) since we actually put the whole system under a disaster recovery test and now we were experiencing the real thing …

When calling in the genius support troops they confirmed the hard disks were the single point of failure and needed to be swopped out (ouch).

We took the deep dive and with a straight face informed them to go ahead as we had full backups at hand both on site and in the cloud.  So a few hours later our main graphic system restarted and welcomed us with a fresh image asking to install from scratch or recover from a backup.

With sweaty hands (remember that first wedding shoot ?) we clicked the restore option and selected the last successful backup and the recovery process started …

A good night sleep later, and we were welcomed with the smell of fresh coffee and a fully restored graphic system.

So, while Houston did not need to come to the rescue, disaster can strike and the last thing you want is that your digital images are lost for ever or your lightroom catalogue has gone to the digital happy hunting grounds …

Do take a second to see how you make sure you have a digital copy of your images save for future generations to come.

Houston, over and out …

Gandalf …

The last few days we have been deep down in strategy discussions with Darth and team on how to take Deathstar Inc. to the next level. And while I cannot go into all the details here on the different color codes of the strategic Deathstar levels (his favorite color is white) we did touch on #stuckinplastic and a possible art exhibition in the board room of Deathstar Inc. in the coming months.



Gandalf™

While I took quite some pictures of the team exploring the dungeons of the Deathstar (I will post some other later as they really connect with Shelly fundamental truth on the need for exploration) I love the facial expression of Gandalf (who joined the team last minute to advice the bcg dudes) when he explored the force field in lower dungeons …

Time to get back to the break out sessions …

Ketchup™

Ketchup™.
The final frontier.

Like Shelly mentioned we are having a great bumpy start here with getting things rolling. Now do read on, as things are not as bad as they may seem from the outside but we have to get our NDA out and about …

Aye, NDA or Non Disclosure Agreements (and so not the DNA aka Deoxyribonucleic acid stuff we all have inside us) as Darth, Vasa and M all need to agree to be mentioned here on #stuckinplastic before we can share the stories with you …

I had a great time in coaching M with all his go lives the last few weeks and his debute around the globe has been pretty successful yet we did not secure an official go from the HQ to show you the behind the scene pictures so I can only recommend “another” great M ovie .

Darth on the other side, really loved the project and was all for in getting us up and rolling as long as we made sure we took some green tea along next time we visit the Death Star … (note to self to pass by Harrods before traveling back to the DS)’

As I mentioned to Lady S. I will keep you all up to date on the progress (or lack there of) of Sir D. and his green tea …

Me2