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Cheryl & Her Kick Ass, Cheap Ass Glasses

I met Cheryl on the set of a movie when we were both extras. I have only photographed her once before, several years ago in LA, and the camera absolutely loves her. We were both surprised to find out that the other had recently moved to New York. This photo was taken with my Nikon F5, the great 85mm f1.4 lens, and Tri-X. I do not remember where she bought her glasses, but she only paid a few bucks for them.

cheryl in chelsea

Cheryl in Chelsea © Doug Kim


The Divine Dissatisfaction

‘There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique.  And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost.  The world will not have it.

It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions.  It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open.  You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep yourself open and aware to the urges that motivate you.

Keep the channel open. No artist is ever pleased.  There is no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer divine dissatisfaction; a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others.

~Martha Graham to Agnes de Mille

Barbara Morgan, "Ekstasis", photo of Martha Graham's torso

Barbara Morgan, "Ekstasis", photo of Martha Graham's torso


One Way to Shower at NASCAR

After four days at Phoenix International Raceway for the fall NASCAR race in October 2008, John Z. decided to shower on our last morning there. Only fools would bother with the showers that were a hundred yards away.

showering with your boots on

showering with your boots on © Doug Kim


How to Take a Photo When You Drop Your Leica

I was killing time a few weeks ago in the West Village, waiting to meet a friend for a late brunch at Philip Marie. I stood up from my park bench and my shiny, unblemished chrome Leica M6 .TTL 0.58 and the similarly pristine chrome 35 summicron lens attached to the body, fell out of my Domke bag and tumbled towards the pavement. Thinking quickly, I stuck my foot out to cushion the fall of my precious, shiny Leica.

I flicked my foot out so quickly that I managed to catch the M6 on my shoe, only to kick it an additional three feet or so in the air. The sound of a Leica, with all of its heavy soft brass, hitting concrete is one of the most expensive sounds I have ever heard.

When I picked up the dinged and now thickly focusing lens, I noticed that a frame had been exposed. The photo my left foot took is below:

I can expose film with my foot

I can expose film with my foot © Doug Kim


Dublin | At the Brazen Head Pub

I don’t remember what her name was but these were taken in the cold of summer in Dublin. The Brazen Head pub boasts that it’s the oldest pub in Ireland, dating back to 1198.

Joyce referred to the pub in the “Eumaeus” chapter of Ulysses,

…you get a decent enough do at the Brazen Head.

The soft swirled glass of the windows in these photos had an inscription etched into it: “John Langan halted here, 7th August, 1726.” I did too, sometime in June 2008.

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Nikon D800, 35-70mm © Doug Kim

Nikon D300, 35-70mm

Nikon D800, 35-70mm © Doug Kim


Tarantas

I recorded this tarantas in May 2008 which is filled with mistakes and even ends with the sound of traffic in West Hollywood coming through my windows. Its been almost a year since this recording and I still haven’t put the final polish on this piece. Perhaps someday soon, I will be motivated to revisit this and work out the kinks. But yeah, probably not.

These are traditional falsetas taught to me by Federico Bestevar in Los Angeles:

Tarantas

Jesus Bellido blanca © Doug Kim

Jesus Bellido blanca © Doug Kim