Posted tagged ‘arts’

Manson Christ and Other “Art”

November 29, 2012

During vinyl night, I photographed other things besides album covers.

Hello, My Name is Karl Rove 



Girl Skeleton Rides Mannequin


Manson Christ

There Will Be Words: Orlando Prose Readings

November 14, 2012

Last night, the automobile and I cruised to Downtown Orlando’s ReUrban Think.  There J.Bradley hosted There Will Be Words, a monthly event involving prose reading.

Tonight, I avoided using flash photography.

J. Bradley: The host recently got in a moped accident.

E.R. Jess: A damned good writer and a damned good graphic designer.

During intermission, Pat Green asked for donations.  Pat Green is ReUrban Think’s program director.

Me: I read r-rated animal stories.

Photo by E.R. Jess

A performance piece by Ashley Inguanta.  I don’t think this photo does her justice.  Yet, I was happy not using flash worked.

Embarrassing Photos and US Law

November 12, 2012

Understandably, some folks hate photographers.  These low-lifers photograph unflattering images and post them on the Internet.

Recently on Facebook, a friend posted an unflattering pic of me.

Photo by Chris Mendez

The painted ladies wasn’t the problem.  The problem was my underwear sticking out of my pants and my belly showing.  Yet, because the photo became a Facebook hit anyway, I left it alone.

After name-tagging one of the young ladies, Facebook removed the photo and sent my friend a message about violations.  I couldn’t comprehend the tagged person complaining, especially if she’s on Facebook advertising herself as a burlesque dancer.  For all I know,  it could have been one of her Facebook friends or one of my Facebook friends who reported the photo.

Usually, when someone hates a Facebook photo I posted of them, they either untag themselves or they ask me to remove it.  Understand, people’s employers, clients and family members look at their Facebook page.  One time, a teacher asked me to remove a photo because of the way she dressed in it.  A risque photo may have cost her to lose her job.

Yet, let me explain something about photography and US law.  Anybody out in public is fair game to photograph, no matter how embarrassing.

Even booty pics won’t get you in trouble.

Now, let me explain what will.  After taking photos of a burlesque show, some idiot photographer decided he wanted to sell the pics.  Without permission from the performers, his ass qualified for a court appearance.  In other words, the dancers could have sued him.

Also, what if he took the same photos and used them for an online article titled City Sluts?  Yep, another qualification for a court appearance.

Now, if you posses photos of an anti-gay politician, post it online and name the article Hypocrite Cocksucker, I can’t see you getting in trouble.  Why?   Because there’s truth the anti-gay  politician is both a hypocrite and a cocksucker.

If  someone posts an infamous pic of politician Michele Bachmann and label the article Deep Throat,  I can’t see them getting in trouble for that either.

So, when you photograph your event and others, keep my article in mind.

Before I end, let me stress that I am not a lawyer. There are websites that can explain this better than me. 

Also, anyone who wants to contribute about the law on this blog, they are free to do so.

Mr. Pierre Humps Again

October 18, 2012

Last night, Mr. Pierre hosted another Hump Day event at The Peacock Room, a spot located in Orlando, Florida.

Usually, I DJ in Sanford on Wednesdays. Yet, after Mr. Pieerre bought me a huge glass of rum and coke, I decided to not only read that night but to DJ also.

First to read was Michael Pierre AKA Mr. Pierre, Vice President of Suzi Fox Fashions.

Tod Cavines: Voted number one poet in Orlando Weekly’s reader’s choice.

J. Bradley.  I’m sorry.  He goes by JESSE Bradley on Facebook.   He hosts the monthly There Will Be Words at ReUrban Think.

Patrick Scott Barnes: Voted second best poet in Orlando Weekly’s reader choice.  (Patrick Scott Barnes is actually your humble narrator of this blog.)

Photo by J. Bradley

Michael Pappademos AKA Pappa D.

Amanda Millar.

I get excited when she reads. So, I’ll show her again.

Just like the flyer mentioned, body painting happened.

Ruby Darling of Skill Focus: Burlesque.

MissTerri Guest.

Sometime during the evening more paint was added to them.

For those of you who are into sausage, there were guy models too.  Dude in the mask is Mafia. The other guy is Romeo.

I think my subscribed readers know why I took this shot.  I like the design. 🙂

The painters: Mandi Schiff on the left.  At this time, I didn’t get the name of the other painter on the right.

Dana Fasano and Casey Dayhoff.  With a bass player, Dana played drums as people read. After he complemented my blogs, I feel bad for not photographing the bass player.

What did I play?  Various genres including  the likes of Lords of Acid, Prince and the song that goes ass…ass…ass…ass…ass.

A word of advice.  When you pose with two sexy painted ladies, pull up your damned pants.  Next thing you know, that photo will be on Facebook for everyone to see.  Yep, that happened to me with this very photo.  No worries, I can laugh at myself.

Photo by Chris Mendez

Creative Night Photography

October 12, 2012

When it comes to night photography, I sometimes get creative.

With the first two pics, I turned the flash off, set the camera on manual and measured the lights.

Inspired by photos I saw in DJ magazines, I set the camera in night mode for the next two pics.

For the next photos, I again set the camera in night mode.

Again, I set the camera in night mode. Yet, because night mode is a slow speed, I this time zoomed the camera lens in and out.

The last photo happened at a Ronnie James Dio tribute.  Again, as the film played over the musicians, I just set the camera on night mode.

Orlando At Night (No Flash)

October 2, 2012

When it comes to night photography, I sometimes avoid using flash.  These photos contains pics of Downtown Orlando.

Back in ancient times, I first used 3200 film.

A Downtown Orlando parking garage.

Another parking garage.

In a car, me and a sexy redhead  engaged in sensual seduction.  This spot no longer exists.  A hotel and bank rests here now.

An advertisement for my favorite musical.  I saw Cabaret back in 2001.

For the next two photos, I used 800 film.  This was a performance in the Downtown Orlando band shell.  I never knew the production’s name.

The last six are digital.  On my Canon Rebel, I set the ISO at 1600.  Some photos I converted to black and white.

Others I left alone.

I rarely do these kinds of shots. Yet, now that I have a blog to post them on, I might do more.

Photo Fun with Clint Eastwood and The Chair

August 31, 2012

As Luce Sky performs for the next half hour, I am doing this very blog during Peacock Room’s Friday Happy Hour Session.  Before I came to the gig, I decided to have some fun with actor Clint Eastwood’s talking to a chair during the Republican Convention in Tampa. Florida.  For those that don’t know,  Clint was talking to a chair onstage as if it was President Obama.

Inspired I decided to have some Photoshop fun.

My first pic gained some likes on Facebook.

This is the second pic I posted.

Like they say, the third is the charm (or something like that).  The third pic gained the most likes and shares on Facebook.