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If you’re in Portland, please come to the opening of my show, Urban Landscapes, Saturday, July 21st at Slingshot Lounge. The festivities will start around 7 p.m., and besides the stiff drinks, there’s pool, pinball, Wild Buck and a photo booth. I said a photo booth, people!
Slingshot is located at 5532 SE Center Street, at the corner of 56th and Foster Avenue. You can check out my photo essay on Slingshot here. See you tomorrow night!
“Everyone has to scratch on walls somewhere or they go crazy.”
~ Michael Ondaatje, In the Skin of a Lion
“Writing graffiti is about the most honest way you can be an artist. It takes no money to do it, you don’t need an education to understand it and there’s no admission fee.”
“I like to think I have the guts to stand up anonymously in a western democracy and call for things noone else believes in, like peace and justice and freedom.”
Photographer Jay Maisel – aka God With A Cigar – came to Portland a couple of weeks ago. And I not only got to listen to his philosophy on shooting and see tons of his incredible images, but I actually met God himself. Huge props go to Muffy, Polara‘s Studio Manager, who hooked me up. She pulled me on over to him and said, “Jay, this is Ronit – she’s a huge fan and she’s from New York!” God glanced at me and shook my hand. “So, you’re from New York,” he says, in the kind of unique voice only God could have. “Well, Jay, I’m from Rochester.” “Rochester! That’s not New York. That’s Siberia!” I tried arguing with him but I didn’t get far – I mean, you just don’t argue with God. So I started chatting. I told him what an honor it was to meet my mentor‘s mentor. “What’d you learn? Tell me in one sentence.” “Um, watch the edges of the frame. Oh, and no triangles!” And at that, God smiled, and shook my hand again. The meeting was over.
How about a little Morocco Mole for the weekend? Because does it get any better than a fez-sporting, blind, cartoon mole with an adorable accent? I should think not.
“It’s just often in the city when there’s so many things to look at and so many things going on—you don’t see those things. But I see those things.”
~ Margaret Kilgallen
So many people ask me about this shot. Like, where was it taken, and what exactly is it? A painting? A picture of a painting? Is it even art if I didn’t create the central image?
I found this great piece of street art on the Upper Haight, in San Francisco. And while I cropped the shot in camera and spent time trying to perfect it in post, I’ll let you all decide the answer to the last question – it’s an interesting topic for discussion!