Joel Meyerovitz


There is some street photography that I love. But I am not sure why. Many look banal and uncomposed at first glance and makes me think that even I could take that snap. However, none of my photo’s seem to have the quality that photographs by the likes of Joel Meyerovitz or Stephen Shore or Gary Winogrand can convey.

Joel Meyerovitz

 

More beautiful banality by Stephen Shore

Completely beautiful but I don’t know why!

Gary Winogrand

I guess what I need to do is take my camera everywhere with me and snap and snap in order to train my eye.

The Art of TV Opening Titles


Is it me or have TV opening sequences become an art form in themselves?

Sure enough TV theme tunes are recognised as hugely influential and I bet we can all sing along to many with just a couple of notes introduction, but the visuals were seldom as important.

It seems to me that the first of this new wave of amazing programme openings was the little seen but remarkably brilliant ‘Carnival’.

Carnivale

These titles are excellent for giving the viewer the sense of the period (the Great Depression) and what is happening in the world and closer to home. It also features the Tarot cards which give a sense of the supernatural that featured in the show. A beautiful example of the effort HBO put into this show. Damn them for cancelling it….I need to know what Sofie was gonna do next!

Mad Men

Another great one for capturing period and for giving a hint to the idea that the series will be capturing (in exquisite and excruciating detail) one man’s descent both literally and existentially.

The Borgias

Art, religion, seduction and lots of blood…it’s all here ….what more could you ask for?

Six Feet Under

Another earl(ish) example of this new artform. Many have imitated its style.

Dexter

Blackly witty which perfectly serves this darkly witty show. A serial killer of serial killers who is also a blood spatter expert, what’s not to like? And the theme tune is playfully undercutting the imagery which clues us in to the tone of the programme brilliantly.

True Blood

A favourite in this bloggers’ house as you could probably tell from the number of times I have posted about this show. Can’t help but singalong …’I wanna do bad things to you’. The titles encapsulate the hot, sticky, sweaty locale. Decay and death is everywhere. Religious fervour is highlighted and I always smile at the roadside signage ‘God Hates Fangs!’

Nurse Jackie

Another one with great photography and tells us all about our main character as well as the tone of the show. Nice one!

Bored To Death

Not mad about this show, but really wanted to like it because of the title sequence. Maybe I should give it another shot!

Game of Thrones

So far in my quest I think this is the standout opening sequence yet. The makers have obviously understood that a saga of this magnitude is gonna lead to a lot of head scratching if they didn’t give us the equivalent of the maps and family trees you find in the books of this type. Therefore every week we get a reminder of the geography of the many locations in the story as well as the comparable size of the various kingdoms and their relative distances from each other. That, and some beautiful animation. Super cool!

Toilet humour


Many years ago,and I do mean many years ago, I worked in Soho, London and would meet up with a friend in a pub round the corner. It was the same pub used by a group of comedians that were, at the time, making a sketch show called Naked Video.

A typical sketch from one of the funnier members of the cast John Sparkes

His other great character is Shadwell the Welsh poet –

 

A little Star Wars moment everyday.


Okay, so it’s not exactly every day but as much as possible I like to add a bit of Star Wars-y goodness to my blog.

Today some images from the early concept drawings for Star Wars by the brilliant Ralph McQuarrie.

When I was a kid and dicovered McQuarrie’s designs I was blown away to think someone could have a job designing robots and alien planets and environments. Shame I was rubbish at drawing!

JCVD the man, the legend, the self-mockery!?!


Jean-Claude Van Damme, the Muscles from Brussels. Legend of ’80’s action movies that swung from dire to dreadful to occassionally great!

Since he starred in the strange meta-movie ‘JCVD’ Jean-Claude seems to have started to enjoy playing with his own image – even taking the piss out of it as this new campaign for Coors Lite shows –

My nipples were so cold they started talking to me –