Let’s be BLUNT

Today is International Woman’s Day

In case you haven’t been paying attention there have been over 1100 pieces of legislation introduced to federal and state legislatures over the past year which severely impact women’s health. And if you’ve been following me on twitter, you’ve probably seen my disdain for the jackasses who are responsible. And please ignore the fat man with the golden microphone (is that his golden penis phallic fetish?), he isn’t the one responsible for creating bills designed to discriminate against women. The only thing he does is throw white trash easily mutable fly over’s into a hate frenzy – and yeah, well he calls women sluts. But so what? Slut shaming is so 1965. I can’t remember a time when I felt ashamed when someone called me a slut. It usually made me laugh myself silly. But hey, I spent 10 years with a rock band listening to their hilarity, so I have thick skin. And I’m probably a little more harsh than even they were sometimes. I’m impervious.

What myself and the rest of the 51% of the population (women) aren’t impervious to is the legislation being introduced into state and federal legislatures. It is infuriating. These tiny little boys who are playing politics with my body need to find a new job. They should be censured for discrimination against a group of people. They should be charged with hate crimes against women. But that’s just how I feel about it. The Catholic Church should lose their tax exempt status for this (< click) and Darrell Issa needs to be sent packing. He is a disgrace to my state. I think people are afraid to blame the one entity responsible for this war on women, the Catholic Church. They have displaced their rage on to a fat man with a golden microphone. Criticizing a church isn’t criticizing a god. Their ego wants you to think that, but it’s perfectly OK to be angry at the church. Jesus was. (or so the scripture tells us) I’m rambling, aren’t I? Sorry, I’m really upset.

I realize when it comes to women’s health and a woman’s anatomy, most men are baffled. It’s no wonder a group of men from the Catholic Church wouldn’t understand the many uses of birth control pills. Nor would they realize that they actually help women conceive children. I don’t think the nuns really talk to them about these things, and mixing with women really isn’t their thing. So it’s no surprise to see an all male panel discussing religious freedom and being so stringent to a false belief that they won’t even allow a woman to speak – thus creating a national stir on the issue and turning Sandra Fluke into the poster child for “government handouts of birth control pills” which is a complete falsification.  Ladies and Gentlemen – we have our Martyr! This is so fucking high school bully syndrome. What are women supposed to do who pay for insurance plans, prescription drug coverage and a list of other health related things to do when they have an ovarian cyst eruption that could have been prevented by taking a pill that their insurance should pay for? This is childish. The only people who should feel shamed are the Catholic Bishops and Darrell Issa. Wasn’t Jesus into healing the sick? This is elementary my dear Watson!

THEN! after this started up this backwoods bigot from Missouri is jumping on the bandwagon and using women’s bodies to fight against the Affordable Care Act which prevents insurance companies from treating women as pre-existing conditions.  His little friend in Florida, Mark Rubio, is in cahoots with him.  Click on the links and read their dribbly diatribes. The Blunt Amendment, in essence, would allow for any company large or small to refuse to pay for any medicine or medical treatment based upon their moral beliefs. Thus, allowing your boss to have dictatorship over your health care. And not just women’s health care, gentlemen. Yours too. So if you think this is just about women (which it was designed to be but written slyly to wink wink at their good ‘ole boys) you’re missing the point and you haven’t READ THE BILL. 

Women, if you don’t vote things are going to get very taliban(y). Everyone else – please educate yourselves about the many uses of birth control pills.

***all words are my own***

But this is by Carl Sagan:

“How is it that hardly any major religion has looked at science and concluded, ‘This is better than we thought! The Universe is much bigger than our prophets said, grander, more subtle, more elegant’? Instead they say, ‘No, no, no! My god is a little god, and I want him to stay that way.’ A religion, old or new, that stressed the magnificence of the Universe as revealed by modern science might be able to draw forth reserves of reverence and awe hardly tapped by the conventional faiths.”

So, I made some images. And they are free to share all over the internet if you want to grab them and post them everywhere. Just as long as you aren’t making a profit from it. Not for hardcopy publishing rights though. I retain those. 

Let’s be BLUNT! BE BLUNT EVERYWHERE!!!! with credit please.

 

The Pill Makes Women Happy ©2012 Zoe Wiseman - model: Titania Lyn
The Pill Makes Women Happy ©2012 Zoe Wiseman - model: Titania Lyn

 

Let's be BLUNT - ©2012 Zoe Wiseman - model: Carlotta Champagne
Let's be BLUNT - ©2012 Zoe Wiseman - model: Carlotta Champagne

 

Let's be BLUNT - ©2012 Zoe Wiseman - model: Carlotta Champagne
Let's be BLUNT - ©2012 Zoe Wiseman - model: Carlotta Champagne

 

Melodrama

© 1996 Bryce Lankard
© 1996 Bryce Lankard ~ model: me

Nothing is simple on my mind

trying to unwind and the wind blows my hair further away from my head

I feel every breath it takes

and it annoys me

 

is that the point

solitude and empathy

reaching down in the depths of depravity

they’re marching in the streets now

after all that work we did when the monster was here

reaping his rewards

buying his dominican republic

sipping on the blood of patriots

while the world crumbled

and you think that the meanings are twisted

mirroring the rich

those depicted

wrenching the oblivion of the soul

till it all crumbles up

 

i wonder if they listened to the sound of their own thoughts

if they ever felt the wind nag at them

with it’s sultry breath

did it blow them away

there’s no escape for them today

 

better tell them to go out and play

 

Artists and Activism

There’s been quite a lull in artists pushing back against agendas that harm society. In music, visual arts and movies we’ve been inundated with pretty things, superficial interactions and depravity. Reality TV with nincompoops and Hiltonesque chihuahua’s yapping in doggy purses about high heels and getting drunk in limos. Is this what art has stooped to? I realize that most artists aren’t making money so they sell out to corporations who pay them to create pseudo art for them, but we have a problem in our society and I think it’s high time for artists to start protesting through their medium. Throughout history it’s been the artists who have stepped up and brought attention to crises. There are a few still willing to stick their necks out who could care less about offending the corporations they hope to court, but they are few and far between and even fewer who are actually paying attention to what is going on. Too many are paying attention to themselves. An artist’s work is supposed to be a window to view the world through.

This past week has been pretty intense. Finally the media is paying attention to the famine in Somalia. Standard & Poors downgraded the United States’ credit rating. Rioting in England. A re-call election in Wisconsin. Syria setting it’s military against it’s own citizens. And where are the artists? Most of them are preparing for Burning Man or stuck so far up their own asses or too afraid to comment on current events for fear people will stop buying their work, or they couldn’t care less or they are too damn scared about what their peers will say. What peers? We set our own stages. Our homeless population is rising. People are going to be hurting even more when Republicans try to cut off unemployment benefits and they’ve taken a vacation until September instead of working their asses off to try and put this country back to work. Say what you will about Will & Kate, but they are the only “political” figures in recent history to high tail it down to Los Angeles’ skid row to pay a visit to impoverished children and families in our country. If Miss Hilton and her stupid chihuahua’s or the Kardashian’s  had any sense of decency they would do weekly penance helping people who have lost everything due to our political strifes. Yet, everyone blames Obama. Sure, leaders are partly to blame, they always are, but for the love of the fairy tale being in the sky… artists’s get off your asses! If you don’t…. you’re just a shallow egotistical fame whore who doesn’t know when their spotlight has dimmed. Art should offend, get in your face, and cause all those who would take what is yours to shun you. I shoot nudes… you should see my hate mail. big deal. Where are the Joni Mitchel’s? More Matt Damon, less Paris Hilton… please.

And yes, I shoot nudes. What does that say for women, their ferocity and their independence? Their strength and our society? I have my own societal reasons for what I photograph. Job after job of being sexually harassed, hired sometimes not because of my abilities but because of how I looked, bet on by co-workers on who could score with me first. Touched the wrong way and looked down upon if I pulled away. You won’t find sex in my work, unless that’s all you can see. When minorities, women, children and different political factions are harassed, intimidated and shunned or ignored you will start seeing uprisings. London riots, Wisconsin re-calls, 1969, Rodney King, Arab Springs, etc and so forth.

Be responsible. Vote. Care. Help. Show. Teach. Console. Step into another’s shoes. And yeah, stick out your neck once in awhile and write stupid blog posts like this one. Come out from your shells.

This post was inspired by Alec Empire who wrote this today: http://www.eyho-blog.com/2011/08/09/london-riots-august-by-alec-empire/ Please read what he has to say.

And then, enjoy a new photograph I made with Zinn Star.

Shedding Apathy - model: Zinn Star - © 2011 Zoe Wiseman
Shedding Apathy - model: Zinn Star - © 2011 Zoe Wiseman

Amazing Twitter Moment

I’m a cynic. I can’t help it. The country is being run by people who want to hurt poor people and the banks aren’t giving home owners a break when they find themselves underwater on their mortgage, the 405 is getting ready to shut down, it’s going to be Autopocolypse and people are talking about cats like they used to in medieval times. And tonight when I updated my wordpress site to 3.2 it died. It disappeared. I cried to Twitter about the White Screen of Death. I cry to twitter about a lot of things… but tonight this stranger came out of no where and told me he’d help me… and he fixed my site! And I have this new profound sense of humanity right now thinking about some selfless individual just deciding to help someone like that. It’s so rare in these times! Funny that it was the twitter plug-in that was the problem and caused my site to do that upon upgrading… and twitter came through with this awesome person in return. http://www.twitter.com/ZKWC follow me, maybe I can repay the favor given to me.  Pay it forward… who said that? And follow Nacin… he rocks! http://www.twitter.com/nacin

 

go do stuff!
go do stuff!

Reflections of 2010

Thank you to everyone who played a part in making 2010 a special year for me. It was filled with happy moments and great picture making. Trips to Australia, New Orleans, New England and all over my home state of California. Book publishings, gallery exhibitions, magazine features, working with amazing models and learning quite a bit and growing quite a bit.

A really special thank you to all the people at A&I. The exhibitions that I participated in were so much fun and I met so many wonderful people. It’s nice being part of a beautiful photo community in the city where I live. Thank you for allowing me to put on such a big solo exhibition too!

Australia. I love you. I love your people. I love your land. I want to throw a rope around the tail hitch of the plane each time I leave and drag you back to California with me. I do. I do! I hope all of you in Queensland are staying somewhat dry right now. What a flood! Sorry.

Thank you to all the collectors who purchased my work this year. While book and magazine publishings really make one happy, nothing makes someone happier than when someone likes the work so much that they buy it and hang it on their wall. Pure happiness!

Thank you to American Photo for making me their centerfold this July! What a hoot! 1o years later this photo is still being published. Love that.

Thank you very much to all the models who worked with me this year. I hope the work we did reaches the pages of more books and magazines in the future. You’ll be the first to know!

Thank you to Feierbend Unique Books, 1x, Sunset Studios and A&I for all the publishing and exhibits!

Thank you to everyone who has joined up on my new site Figure Models.

Thank you to Julia Dean Photo Workshops for having me participate in their workshop line up. It’s great to be teaching along with so many amazing photographers in such a warm and professional atmosphere.

And speaking at Apple about iPhone photography! Geek moment to remember!

And thank you to all the people who have touched me personally this year. Who have helped me see the world a bit more positively and shared my love of the earth, sky and water. Made me laugh, made me cry, and supported me in ways that gave me that special boost to carry on. I love you all.

Enjoy some photos from what will be remembered as a very amazing year! Bring on 2011!! Happy New Year!

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Back of Bourke!

Yes, that’s where I’m headed, to meet a banana bender and throw a barbie. Hopefully they’ll be no brown-eyed mullets or I’ll be as mad as a cut snake. Looking forward to those dinkum dinkies and hope to avoid all drongos. So stop all the furphy and throw out the garbo! It’s gonna be a ripper!

Destination! RIPPER!
Destination! RIPPER!

Stories

I have so many stories to tell. I feel like life moves so fast and sometimes we forget to stop and put things into perspective. I always revert to 1993 for some reason. I was such a punk. Taking off with my best friend across the country with no real rhyme or reason to it. We just needed to get the fuck out of Indiana. If I would have photographed everything we went through maybe someone might believe it. We were clueless idiots, but not clueless enough to lose control. We were Liv Tyler and Alicia Silverstone in that Aerosmith video, literally.

I almost feel like that video was made  because they followed us around and took notes, but they left out Vegas. You know, the Vegas before they tore down the Sands. It wasn’t a bad place to live, room service, huge swimming pool, free drinks and all for the bargain price of $15.00 a night. I gotta keep the cat in the bag though, so to speak. Ah, life before cell phones and the interwebs… and traveling without a map and no GPS and somehow arriving exactly where you were meant to arrive all by chance. Motel 6’s, guys with purple hair, ZZ Top at the gas station, a guy who played with Sid Vicious, getting stranded on an island, literally. So much to tell. And Boomtown! I cannot leave that out. Middle-America is a trip. And Amsterdam, being sung to by hari krishna’s after running from Dracula’s carriage… long story.

I’m tempted to take a hiatus from photography and tell my story… or a story under an alias so to protect the guilty and a few innocents… but mostly the guilty.

The Booking Office

Mid-4AM ramblings and strung out on coffee

Listening to Metalocolypse and wondering where and why time slips away

feeling that 10 minutes of orange that happens every night in california and wondering why sleep at all?

you could have another coffee and keep going through whatever geek timebomb you are creating now

or scrap it all and forget about that sliver of creativity you forgot to write down

some things left over from the fog of humidity i used to live in – this city just isn’t the same, people sleep and any celebrating and you might have a sideways glance wondering who put the happy in your drink

but you’re always sober and you still have more fun

and those dregs of kindredness fall off the cliff into the pacific and you realize that there is no us there is only me and that’s how they think here

popularity breeds contempt, one of boy george’s more genius phrases, and it’s true and you’re also true

i miss mom-n-thems and red beans on monday

happy monday

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Circle @2008 Zoe Wiseman - Model: Claudine

Happy Birthday Oh, Country Tis of Thee

Ragged Old Flag ~ Johnny Cash

I walked through a county courthouse square

On a park bench, an old man was sittin’ there.

I said, “Your old court house is kinda run down,

He said, “Naw, it’ll do for our little town.”

I said, “Your old flag pole is leaned a little bit, and that’s a ragged old flag you got hangin’ on it.”

He said, “Have a seat”, and I sat down,

“Is this the first time you’ve been to our little town?”

I said, “i think it is”

He said, “I don’t like to brag, but we’re kinda proud of That Ragged Old Flag”

“You see, we got a little hole in that flag there,

When Washington took it across the Delaware.

and it got powder burned the night Francis Scott Key sat watching it,

writing “Say Can You See”

It got a rip in New Orleans, with Packingham & Jackson tugging at its seams.

and it almost fell at the Alamo

beside the Texas flag,

But she waved on through.

She got cut with a sword at Chancellorsville,

And she got cut again at Shiloh Hill.

There was Robert E. Lee and Beauregard and Bragg,

And the south wind blew hard on

That Raged Old Flag

“On Flanders Field in World War I,

She got a big hole from a Bertha Gun,

She turned blood red in World War II

She hung limp, and low, a time or two,

She was in Korea, Vietnam, She went where she was sent

by her Uncle Sam.

She waved from our ships upon the briny foam

and now they’ve about quit wavin’ back here at home

in her own good land here She’s been abused ,

She’s been burned, dishonored, denied an’ refused,

And the government for which she stands

Has been scandalized throughout the land.

And she’s getting thread bare, and she’s wearin’ thin,

But she’s in good shape, for the shape she’s in.

Cause she’s been through the fire before

and I believe she can take a whole lot more.

“So we raise her up every morning

And we bring her down slow every night,

We don’t let her touch the ground,

And we fold her up right.

On second thought

I DO like to brag

Cause I’m mighty proud of

That Ragged Old Flag”

United States of America
United States of America

iPhone Photography Talk

I’ve been using my iPhone for almost everything lately. During a regular shoot I’ll stop and shoot a few images with my iPhone to manipulate on all the applications I have (too many). Rarely do I just use one application usually many different layers are applied. I’ve been seeing iPhoneography classes popping up here and there. And that’s fine. I’m just here to say that you don’t need to take a class to enjoy the fun of shooting with an iPhone. Maybe you’d have to take a class to learn how to print, or what an f-stop is, or how to make platinum prints, what types of film to use, how to use photoshop, etc. But, there’s really nothing special about learning how to use an iPhone and the multiple apps there are available to you from the Apple App Store. It’s actually the most dumbed down way to take pictures and that’s what makes it fun. Take the picture, run it through an app. Done. Maybe you run it through multiple apps? Whatever. But unless you’ve never taken a picture before (and some people who have never taken a picture before do quite well with an iPhone) there’s really nothing to learn. All you need to know are the names of the photo apps available. An iPhone Photography (iPhoneography) class isn’t going to teach you anything special about photography. All you need is imagination and the time it takes to figure out what each app does so that you can run your photos you think will look best with each app through the applications. In short, save your money for the apps, don’t spend it on silly classes. You have to see what they do – there’s an endless number of ways to use the applications. Some good, some bad. The fun part is figuring out what way works for you. With someone teaching you how, you don’t find the gold, you just do what they tell you to. So, I’m not telling you how to do anything here, just talking about the apps. You go visit them yourself in the app store and read more. Here’s a list of the applications I use regularly with ratings after descriptions:

Photomarkr: puts a copyright mark on your image – 10

Tiltshift: blurs selected areas of the photograph while leaving others sharp – 10

Tiltshiftgen: see above – 10

Photogene: let’s you adjust levels, crop and more – 8

Hipstamatic – this app has a few problems and until they have a fix for it I wouldn’t suggest trying to upload any images anywhere besides Flickr or Facebook and only through their application or you’ll only see a black graphic – but, this gives you different “film” types to choose from, “lenses” you can choose from (not really lenses or film, just programmed filter type junk in the app that makes it look like film, simulators). You can’t import images to this application and have to launch it in order to use it, huge downfall for myself. I don’t understand why they spent so much time on the graphics on the application (camera back simulation) when they should have spent some time coding an import from library button. You’re stuck with the images and can’t run them through the different film types or lenses to see what happens to each image, which makes learning what type of scene works best a hinderance. Though it is shooting exactly like you would with film, but if the theory of only having your phone with you all the time is why you take so many pictures didn’t apply here, I’d tell you to just go put film in your camera and use that. I’ll give this app a 5.

Camerabag: One of my favorite apps. Several different effects for your photos and it always solid on the iPhone. – 10

LoMob: Let’s you import your photos and put them through several old skool film types. – 10

FilmLab: Another film simulation application. It’s great as you can layer the film simulation and run an image through several times to achieve some cool looks. – 10

Cinemafx: This is one of the first apps I fell in love with. You can run through several different settings and make seriously dreamy/foggy/contrasty images. It does wonders for shots that might be a little too dark if you run it through the Elf Glow (one of my favs you’ll see). – 10+

Pro Snap – It’s a little janky, but sometimes it’s fun. I just tried launching it and it crashed and I have the 3gs iPhone, so, when it works fun when it doesn’t, who cares! There’s a multitude of other apps… – 7

Quadcamera – awesome. It acts like it’s named. You can take 4 pictures one right after the other only pushing the shutter button once. You can also take 8 at once. It displays in a row or in a square or rectangle. It will also animate the photos and make animated gifs from them and you can email them to yourself to view them. This is super fun for taking those kooky self portraits like you would in a photo booth. – 10+

Nightcamera – this app is kind of lame. It doesn’t really take better photos at night than the regular photos you can take just straight from your phone. Kind of a waste of time to download. – 3

bwCamera – just a really basic app. does one simple thing. uploads images to the app to turn them to black and white, or touch the camera icon and it will take the photo in black and white. it does that one thing really well. since a lot of apps do the exact same thing plus many other things, it’s not something completely necessary to have but i’ll give it an 8 because it’s never crashed and it’s always done this one thing well.

Photo Mojo – it’s decent. you can adjust colors, saturation, contrast, rotate the image. simple basic photo editing and it always works. i don’t use it very much, but if i wanted to rotate an image i’d run it through. – 8

Best Camera – This app is a lot like Camera bag, but it lets you decide to crop square, add a border, cross process (super saturated colors), change to black and white, add a tone, cool a tone down and you can add a vignette. I like using this app with other apps. I might run a photo through cinemafx then run it through camerabag then bring it over to Best Camera and see how funky I can make it. Especially when I’m bored on an airplane with nothing to do. – 10+

LOMO – Another one like a flip through of different film simulations. Though not as sophisticated so it might keep your ADD down to a minimum. It’s a dumbed down application that always does what you think it will. – 10

More LOMO – see above – 10

Joy Camera – is definitely joyful. Infrared, super cool film looking digi snaps, just get it. You’ll find yourself playing around losing track of time. 😉 – 10

Iron Camera – I think they spent entirely too much time playing with cool graphics, but after playing around with it you’ll love it. You can blur several different angles, add funky borders, add cool colors and not just a couple – they’ve got blue, red, orange, yellow, green (eww green skin), purple… etc. Love this app. 10+

Sepia Camera – another dumbed down app that gives you options of different sepia tones. simple. works. 10

Then these three that will go in one post, ToyCamera, SepiaCamera, OldCamera – I think these apps might be free, and they should be. They’re super basic and you can’t import photos you already have stored on your phone. You’ll find that you won’t use the applications as much if you can’t import them from your iPhone library and it will bum you out that you downloaded an app if you can do that. But, on the other hand sometimes you’ll find yourself using it just to get away from having way too many options. These are all solid apps, just really basic and limited – 8.5

Polarize – this app is dumb to me. the only thing it does is put a polaroid border on your image – you know the SX-70 border. For me… being a connoisseur of everything Polaroid, I sort of find this app to be stupid. Pointless. Meh. But since it works and does what it should do – 6

FocalLab – blurs images, vignettes images, and you can resize images. basic. and i never use it. 8

iShake It – This is the first app I downloaded. And I only downloaded it because you have to shake your phone (shake it like a Polaroid Picture) in order to develop the image. I think I used it 5 times and got bored. Plus, that whole Polaroid connoisseur thing again… – 6

Photo fx – Yes. Get it. Ample processes and simulations. 10+

Pano – Now this app is cool. The only downside for this one is the image size saved. TINY and that’s a bummer because this could be so totally rad if it would be a really large image. You make a panograph by taking one picture and the app ghosts the image and puts it over the new view so you can line up the scene after you’ve moved down a bit. It’s fun. I’ll only give it a 9 though because of the image size. If that wasn’t a factor I’d give this a 12.

SwankoLab – This is cool, but again, more attention to graphics here than what the images really end up looking like. It’s a simulated darkroom. It has darkroom chemicals you can pour into a pan to develop the print. It’s fairly video game-ish. I think there are many other apps listed above us that basically give the same look that you can achieve with this app without the video game effect of trying to make you feel that you’re actually “developing” photographs. It’s fun if you’re bored and want to pretend that you’re in a darkroom. It’s obvious that they’ve put a lot of effort into it, and it’s kind of cool for someone who has never stepped foot inside a darkroom before because maybe it would entice them to do just that. I’ll give it an 8.

So there are some of the apps I’ve used and use. Get some of them. Play with them. GOOGLE the apps to see if there are Flickr groups specific to those apps so you can see what the pictures look like. See if someone has a blog set up for iPhone photography and tags the images with the apps they use. Flickr is probably a good way to judge what app you want to buy (a lot of the apps I listed are free though, just check). Lots of the applications have options to “upload to flickr” and it will automatically make a folder for you with the application name, sometimes.

This is the first nude I made with my iPhone that I imported the photograph through several photo applications. I think I used Cinemafx, Camerabag and Photogene on this image. I should take notes probably, but what’s fun is that it’s kind of like shooting with a toy camera, you never know quite what you’ll create until you get there.

iPhone Nude with Madame Bink in Australia – October 2009