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Showing posts from August, 2013

The Photographs of Kuba Markowski!

So a good few months ago I mentioned to my good friend Kuba Markowski the idea of interviewing him for the blog. When thinking about photographers Kuba and Gareth both stood out due to their varied subject matter and uncanny ability to capture amazing moments and subjects.  Kuba came to Aberdeen to study at RGU and over that time has developed his passion for photography which in turn has led to travels across Europe and has even helped him escape Aberdeen with a recent relocation to Bangkok!

With a strong interest in people and place, Kuba has been building up a portfolio of street portraits, capturing the every day for his subjects but something exotic and fascinating for someone like myself. Its been great seeing Kuba's work develop since her first joined me down at 26 Studios where he printed his first black and white print.

How long have you been taking photographs for and how did you get into it?

Hmmm let me think… I must be around 6 years now. My fascination with photography e…

Antifornia - A Derelict Skate Paradise!

Every once in a while I like to get out on my skateboard and have a cruise about, bust out a few mellow tricks but generally I know my limits, I know how far I can push things and I know that ill never be as good as some of the people I skate with. But being good has never been the real point of skating for me, its always been about the act of getting out, the act of pushing and moving and if you can do a 50-50 here and there then its a bonus. And with getting older even the thought of going out for a cruise can seem tiring but hooking up with a few older skaters this past year has spurred me on a bit and seeing films like ANTIFORNIA reinforces my own feelings about skateboarding and what its all about. Seeing the concrete creations built for one mans pleasure but accessible to all is inspiring stuff. Other inspiring DIY pioneers include Pontus Alv who's own concrete creations inspired some rather interesting DIY spots in Aberdeen. Anyway I guess what I'm trying to say is its …

The Art of Erased Tapes Records!

Erased Tapes Records have been producing some beautiful records for over 5 years now and have recently created a special box set to mark this 5 year milestone. Here's a bit of background to the label.
"Erased Tapes Records is a London based independent record label focusing on releasing avant-garde music which is widely regarded as very diverse in genres and styles. The record company was established by German-born Robert Raths in early 2007. Raths defines his main interest as 'a dialogue between two opposite poles, between traditional and contemporary,  between digital and analogue'. Its roster of contemporary classical music composers includes Ólafur Arnalds from Iceland, German pianist Nils Frahm, Ukrainian continuous music pioneer Lubomyr Melnyk, London-based singer/songwriter Douglas Dare and American multi-instrumentalist Peter Broderick."
I first heard of the label when I stumbled upon 'Thrown' by Kiasmos which was on repeat in my headphone…

Candy for the Eyes & Ears # 20! Will Barras & Bonobo!

If your not familiar with the artwork of Will Barras then your in for a treat! Will came onto my radar via Addict t shirts when Will along with Mr Jago and SheOne produced some designs for the label as part of their limited edition Artist Series tees. Addict have actually put me onto some of my favourite artist's and I still covet those t shirts which sit unworn in my wardrobe!

Will creates futuristic worlds filled with his unique characters which seem to flow like liquid but retain a razor sharp edge which is not to be fucked with. Its like an evolution of the Japanese Ukiyo-e style but for a 21st century sci-fi audience. Or you could just imagine what the world is like in Blade Runner / Akira when the cameras are switched off. Haunting yet stunning at the same time, I'm really loving the progression of Will's work and his unique style. Keep an eye on his website for regular updates!

On a musical tip I've been really digging the new Bonobo album, The North Borders. Rele…