Monthly Archives: July 2009
Tompkins Square Park

There was a punk rock show in Tompkins Square Park last weekend, an anniversary of a big riot there in ’86 when the park was full of punk squatters and dealers. That was back when going to a hardcore punk show many times had a strong element of danger and fear; fear of getting stomped, sometimes fear of the police, or just in general, fear of getting hurt.

So seeing reunion shows or bands that are still performing 20 years later is always a dicey proposition. I remember at the tail end of the summer in DC in ’84, everyone was agreeing that hardcore was dead and you could feel the energy of the scene move elsewhere. I kept going to shows but they were not the same. Sometimes these shows are depressing. We’re all old and slow and fat and should know more than three chords by now. Other times, you remember the energy and the reason why you went to every show. Plus seeing the East Village Whole Foods crowd with their little doggies watching the show was funny.

This was a good show. Mongrel Bitch, Urban Waste, Hammerbrain, Nihilistics and Reagan Youth.

When I moved to New York in January, I met Laura of Mongrel Bitch while looking at apartments. She gave me the heads up on the show so thanks, Laura.

L. Brownia, Mongrel Bitch

L. Brownia, Mongrel Bitch

Laura Sativa, Mongrel Bitch

Laura Sativa, Mongrel Bitch

Charlottica, Mongrel Bitch

Charlottica, Mongrel Bitch

Mongrel Bitch

Mongrel Bitch

Ron Rancid, Nihilistics

Ron Rancid, Nihilistics

Nihilistics

Nihilistics

The only time I saw Reagan Youth was in 1985 or ’86 at the Rock Against Reagan show on national mall in DC. That was a long time ago, with a massive outdoor crowd, cops driving their cars through the crowd periodically, helicopters overheard. Dave Rubinstein has long since passed.

Pat McGowan, Reagan Youth

Pat McGowan, Reagan Youth

What would a hardcore punk show be without David Peel. He still looks exactly the fucking same.

David Peel

David Peel

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And to cap it off, I got my feet puked on and I was only wearing flip flops.

this fucker. don't know what he ate but it looked like mabo tofu when it came out

this fucker. don't know what he ate but it looked like mabo tofu when it came out


Bennett

i miss skating and regret not shooting more while I was in Los Angeles, a wonderland of poured concrete.

Bennett Harada, Verdugo Skatepark, Glendale, Nikon D200, 12-24mm

Bennett Harada, Verdugo Skatepark, Glendale, Nikon D200, 12-24mm © Doug Kim


The New York Asian Film Festival

Meeting and shooting some of the directors at this year’s Asian Film Festival was such a treat. These guys were completely ego-less and wanting to try any and every goofy idea possible. They had even flown to the states with their own props.

Good times.

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Noboru Iguchi on the left, Yoshihiro Nishimura in the skull hat, Tak Sakaguchi getting it in the gut © Doug Kim

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Yoshihiro Nishimura, special effects director of Tokyo Gore Police, Machine Gun Girl, Vampire Girl vs. Frankenstein Girl © Doug Kim

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Tak Sakaguchi, one of Japan's biggest action stars and now feature film director with two new flicks: Be a Man! Samurai School and Yoroi Samurai Zombie © Doug Kim

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the one and only Noboru Iguchi, director of Machine Gun Girl © Doug Kim

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Yoshihiro Nishimura, hacksaw, some meat and two butchers © Doug Kim


Return of the Leica

After dropping my M6 horribly twice in one week (yes, I changed bags now so it won’t happen again), I had to send my gear to the Leica repair people in New Jersey.

That was three months ago. I’ve had gear repaired with them before and it took only a few weeks. I think I hit the summer vacation schedule for some of the technicians and I also wouldn’t be surprised if they had fewer hands working there in this economy.

My M6 and 35mm summicron arrived yesterday, CLA’d and sealed in plastic. I almost don’t want to open them up as they are so clean and pristine now. Almost.

Time to go hit the streets and get in people’s faces.

welcome back, babies. Leica M6 TTL .58; 35mm summicron

welcome back, babies. Leica M6 TTL .58; 35mm summicron


San Diego | Helene & Preston

Helene is one of my good friends in San Diego, a great dancer, an even greater photographer. She finally got hitched to Preston this past June and their wedding was truly a spectacle.

A traditional Jewish ceremony and a warehouse party / reception the following night with circus performers, contortionists, a fire dancing team, Regaton beats by the groom, a Brazilian band, a ceremony with an African priestess, acrobats swinging from the ceiling and more and more and more.

If you think you’ve been to a cool wedding, trust me; you haven’t, unless  you were at Helene and Preston’s.

Good stuff.

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Nikon F5, 28-70mm, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Helene

Helene, Nikon F5, 85mm, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Helene & Preston at the Pearl, Nikon F5, 85mm, Kodak Tri-X

Helene & Preston at the Pearl, Nikon F5, 85mm, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Ilya & Dave, Nikon D300, 28-70mm

Ilya & Dave, Nikon D300, 28-70mm © Doug Kim

Nikon D300, 28-70mm

Nikon D300, 28-70mm © Doug Kim

everyone was worried about her hair, well except the guys; Nikon D300, 12-24mm

everyone was worried about her hair, well except the guys; Nikon D300, 12-24mm © Doug Kim

Nikon D300, 28-70mm

Nikon D300, 28-70mm © Doug Kim

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Sion Sono & Eiji Okuda

For Giant Robot, I had the great task of shooting director Sion Sono and actor Eiji Okuda, both of whom were in town for the Asian Film Festival here in New York. Sion’s film “Love Exposure” won the Grand Jury Prize. Both men have great style, but Eiji’s face in particular invites some Leone-type landscape / close-ups.

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Sion Sono © Doug Kim

eiji okuda

Eiji Okuda © Doug Kim

sion sono & eiji okuda, bryant park

Sion Sono & Eiji Okuda, Bryant Park © Doug Kim

Shot with a Nikon D300 and either the 85mm f1.4 or 28-70mm f2.8