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I repeat uploading items or write ups on Garry Winogrand, who is one of my inspiration in photography.  The essence for passion in photography is defined by Winogrand.

“I am stuck with my own psychology…” Winogrand exclaimed, in one part of the interview.

And what of photography and the thing he does?  “…what ever it is, I can’t seem to do enough of it…it’s a pleasure…”

He died in March of 1984.

We’re a wacky species, sometimes.

But in the name of commerce and the capitalistic way, the human race invents products to solve problems. And sometimes, the application just doesn’t fit where it should be.

LYSOL

Yes. You know that product. The product advertised and used by the public for home cleaning and sanitizing (and to make wood furnishing shiny and bright) was used in a very “sensitive area”. Can you believe it was marketed as women’s cleansing product to prevent and cure vaginal infections? Wow.

BUBBLE WRAP

Yep. It’s not only for moving and then rewarding yourself with some cacophonic bubble burstings. The original use of bubble wrap was for sound absorption in houses and rooms.  It was even marketed to the chic as Actual wall paper for their homes.

Now we are addicted to popping. Forget about the walls, we’ve got iPhone App games!

PLAY-DOH

You know, when you have walls, you need to clean them. And the first thing we all think of to clean them with would be?  Yes. Play-Doh, that chemically pungent clay-like greasy mess of a toy, for the tots in all of us, used to be marketed as a cleaner.

Imagine in our modern times, a company doing this and then marketing to children, without change in chemical properties?

Well, glad Play-Doh was invented in the 1930’s, eh?

CORK SCREW

Ah. What would we do with out cork screws to open our bottle of $14 wines with. Then in our attempt quickly get off target and break off the cork, half still being stuck in the bottle. Oh, cork screw, how we love thee.

But our modern day enemy mini, had a more noble and grand responsibility:  Bullet Remover.

Not from bodies, but the bullets that became stuck in the actual gun. I guess the guns back then were pretty bad.

Well, cheers! But we like opening without a cork screw, better.

WD-40

The original name for WD-40 was “Water Dispersement, 40th attempt”. Has a nice twang to it, don’t it? But seriously, the scientists who invented this product was on a mission to prevent metals from rusting. Because rusting is not good on Missiles. Yep, they were working on preventing the premature destruction of missiles built to protect this land. They succeeded for sure.

But it had must more used in the home, as we know. Now, we all use it to unscrew that thing-of-a-bob, and unhinge that chimmy-changa, from that wacka-mole that just broke the entrence key.

2,000 + uses and counting.

Source:  Cracked.Com

I am a hip hop novice.

I sure don’t listen to the genre much, but when I do, I want to share the experience.

And stylists like Koncept is just the ticket. And boy, does this song bring some good arrangements.

For me, this song (Aspirations) just gets me grooving to the point of getting energized. The song inspired by Koncepts surroundings and the protagonists whom affected his upbringing, surely describes and conveys his ambitions (I like the album cover as well. Quirky, altruistic in a weird way, and fun).

Oh and that’s Brooklyn dweller Soul Kahn, being very “guest-rapper-y” in this video. Of course, supporting his good friend Koncept.

Also, good job by J57 on the editing and optimizing of the video. The cutaways and slow-mo actions make this very low budget video a very good match to the music, itself.

Watch it in this video by Koncept. Here is ‘Aspirations’.

Awaken by Koncept (iamKoncept.Com)

Artist:                   Koncept

Album:                 awaken

Featuring:             Sene

Producer:             J57

Label:                  Soulspazm

Website:              iamKoncept.Com

One of my heroes is Garry Winogrand.

photo by Judy Winogrand

Who?

Well, Winogrand is one of the most prolific and celebrated photographers.

He is best known as one of history’s best street photographers to ever grace our reality. His work had, in many respects, heightened our awareness on the “banality” and the “ordinary-ness” of our daily life functions.

So, what’s so special about that?

Well, his work isn’t simply impressing the point that “we function within a world where we do not really have extraordinary moments”. But he pushes the notion that WITHIN the banal, there are certainty in the extraordinary circumstances.

From the Mundane, comes brilliant excitement.

Hence, it is the opposite of dictating to us that we are forever stuck in a “gray world”, but that we live in a stupendously mysterious and extraordinary world. We live in a very lively and “alter universe”.

Winogrand’s vision of the ordinary is of like the “Bizzaro World” or the “direct opposite” of the subject and situation (as example from “Superfriends” cartoon show). The ordinary “walk” becomes an ironic and mystery to the “external” premise. The ordinary “arm toss” becomes an intrusion and a interpretive “filler” to that specific bubble world.

“A photograph is the illusion of a literal description of how the camera ‘saw’ a piece of time and space.”- Garry Winogrand.

So, if we keep with the notion of the “Superfriends Bizzaro World” concept, then the camera and the photographer are the tools to “stripping” the excess. The excess “cover” and non-continual super-glue, which kept the “reality” in tact.  Winogrand, in his philosophy, broke down that super-glue. Which directly exposed the under belly of that moment. That dirty and more interesting moment.

Winogrand’s inspired many (just like me) in what photography is all about. He (and many before him, and his contemporaries, plus his direct and indirect disciples) put the essence in the forefront. He’s put what photography can do and what it inspires to do (but often fails).

“There is a transformation. By putting 4 edges around, it changes it (i.e. the banality & of the mundane of life).”- Garry Winogrand.

This is where I’d decided on the name of my blog. Just like Winogrand, I think of photography as like lifting a large rock after a spring rain fall. You get to expose the life and the more interesting life events existing together for survival.  Life doesn’t get better or worse with looking at photography like this. Which is what Winogrand philosophises. He’s not guaranteeing anything. He just states that the camera (exposing the subject) imposes a different reality.

And that is the point. There’s no better or worse. There’s just the way the camera and the photographer ‘made’ that moment.

He’s a hero of mine, and in some very small way, I make my blog as a tribute to his art and his genius.  Garry Winogrand is a grand master of photography. Will alway be, to me.

So, I’ll always will try to expose or get a glimpse of that sometimes deceptively slippery under-belly.

Jason

I carry my camera almost every time I leave my apartment. My favorite camera depends on my mood (makes a big difference) and what kind of photographs I believe I want to take in that outing (this day I had my DSLR with me with my trusty 50mm).

It’s a philosophy (a philosophy many photogs dwell) and a habit which has been drilled in. It’s like when you don’t have your wrist watch on (for those of you who always are used to wearing them). Just feels like something’s missing.

Anyway, yesterday (on my way to Newark) it was one of those days I was very glad to have my camera with me. And it isn’t because there was an abundant amount of subjects I particularly wanted to take images of, but that I would have been very bored.

The photos you see below are ones taken from a very, very, very long traffic halt. It wasn’t overly unpleasant, but I did thank my lucky stars I went to the bathroom prior. It was that long.

See, the images don’t have to have spectacular weight (at least in personal/fun mode). As you can see, these are just items you’d see behind any traffic: barriers, rails, trucks, trailers, tires, bumpers, inside of my car, sky, etc.

But it’s a rolling story. It’s not a very compelling story, but it is a story- snapped & communicated within a 5 image frame. Nothing complicated but a total personal moment in time, explained in ‘paragraphs’, within the 5. No more, no less (because it’s my story). Not clear always mind you. However, we photogs always try our best. =D

Oh, by the last image of the sky, is when I lifted my head up to say to myself, “Finally!”

Then I was on my way to Newark. The Brick City!

Fun, isn’t it? Yep. I agree.

AAll images copyright mediaform jasonkim photograph

As I’m listening to Ambrosia and working on my projects, I reflect (just a little) on the world of photography.

Some things in life, I’ve often just pressed passed it- as an issue and/or as subject.

One thing for sure, is that I will try my best to seek and recognize the little things that cross my path or my flight (hence my tact on the title of my photo blog “The Mundane”).

Well, just as in principle and on going pillar of street photography, I couple that notion- building and learning (always learning) about the world (small and large) around you and I.

In street photography, it’s a mish-mash of all the major categories of disciplines. It’s sometimes portrait, sometimes landscape, sometimes journalistic, and sometimes all at the same time.

It’s just a beautiful thing. There’s a reason why so many of us, fans of the art of photography, are enamoured with it.  Street photography is so “Open” in its entry, input, interpretation, output. But it’s, in some angles, a rigid skill. It’s “Closed”.

Don’t worry, lets not all think it’s so academic.  Opinions differ in its ultimate relevance in the technical landscape. But to me it’s a learning tablet and a fun factory. There’s not many things that make me have a small smirk (in happiness) when roaming and snapping.

Anywho, that’s one rant for now. Hope your weekends are going fab!

All images copyright mediaform jasonkim photograph

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