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Bikes, Beautiful Bikes! #6

Showcasing images that celebrate the spirit of biking. Enjoy!

MX Stunt Rider

Love this!

“Great view from up here, guys!”

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Film Poster Friday #21: Oz – The Great And Powerful

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Somehow, this one crept up on me. Before I saw these four character posters I had no idea that this film was even being made – so I guess they fulfilled their “awareness raising” brief really well!

As a child, like many people my age, I looked forward to seeing the original movie every year as it was rolled out as a highlight of the Christmas TV schedule. At first, I would watch through my fingers as Dorothy confronted the various challenges of Oz – I was especially freaked out by the flying monkeys and always found the scarecrow a little “odd” – but as I grew up her journey down the Yellow Brick Road became very familiar and really captured my imagination.

I’m not convinced that this new film will have the enduring appeal of the original – it’s up against way more, far stiffer competition for one thing (Wreck It Ralph anybody? Damn! That film is good..) – but it’s getting some great reviews. And honestly, when I put this alongside the original and show it to my daughter in a few years time, I fully expect her to be bored by the pace and comparative drabness of the first film. Kinda sad that what I consider a “classic”, is just “old” to her. Progress, I guess.

Anyway – a good set of character posters. The Rachel Weisz poster has all the elements from the original movie (flying monkeys, yellow brick road, the twister) so at least we know those bases are covered. Her character’s dominance over the landscape and positioning relevant to the whirlwind conveys an impression of power and her black dress suggests she’s not one of the good guys.

I love the “Wicked Witch” poster below. I have no idea if this is a completely separate character, or the result of some kind of transformation for Weisz’s character. Either way, it’s a modern version of (for me) the most memorable character form the original. Looking forward to finding out what the story is there.

The Franco and Williams posters are fine, a little bland perhaps. Finally, the Mila Kunis poster is – in my opinion – the weakest of the set. Something about it doesn’t work for me. Maybe it’s the inclusion of the little flying bug thing, her pose or her expression or her outfit.. whatever, it’s a non-descript image.

Have you seen this movie? Was it any good? Let me know in the comments!

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Interlock

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Hal Sinden, vocalist with Interlock @ The TMF Festival
August 6th, 2005

I have this picture on my Moo business cards and it really turns heads – in fact, I’m actually pretty selective with who I hand those cards out to. Don’t want to give anyone nightmares…

Interlock were an industrial metal band from London. TMF was a small festival out near Dartford in Essex. August 6th was a nice sunny day. A much better mix than you’d expect.

Had I come across a band like this when I was in my late teens, early twenties, I would have been totally hooked.

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Bikes, Beautiful Bikes! #5

Showcasing images that celebrate the spirit of biking. Enjoy!

The Open Road

Ah, the open road.

Nothing like a clear road and twisties as far as the eye can see.

Can’t wait for a break in this freezing weather so I can get back out there!

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The Kills

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Alison Mosshart, vocalist with The Kills @ The Electric Ballroom
February 9th, 2005

This is one of my favourite pictures from “back in the day”.

I was the in-house photographer at The Electric Ballroom, the legendary rock venue in the heart of Camden, London for a couple of years and I got to shoot a lot of great bands. I’m sure some more of them will make their way into this series over the coming months!

On this occasion, The Kills were absolutely amazing. I’m a total sucker for relentless drum machines in rock and for a two piece they make a truly almighty racket.

What I love about this image – and I know, it’s not crystal sharp – is that it perfectly captures the attitude and passion with which she sings. The firm grip on the microphone and wrapped lead imply that she is really attacking her vocals. She looks beautiful and her outfit is quite glamorous, with goth-chic overtones. It’s well exposed and the stage light is a perfect wash from blue to almost-neon-pink, with a completely uncluttered background.

Hope you like this image, let me know what you think in the comments and please look out for more shots “from the archives”!

Bikes, Beautiful Bikes! #4

Showcasing images that celebrate the spirit of biking. Enjoy!

Carlos Checa Crashes WSBK Round 1 2013

“I get knocked down, and I get up again and you’re never gonna keep me down!”

Carlos Checa crashes out of the first race of the World Superbike Championship at Phillip Island in Australia on 24th February, 2013.

This happened at 100 mph plus and whilst he was knocked unconscious for a short period, he suffered no broken bones or serious injury and will be back racing at the next round in 7 weeks time.

In my opinion, this is an inspiring example of courage and determination and possibly a little bit of madness.

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Film Poster Friday #21: Iron Man 3 Update

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Two more Iron Man 3 character posters were released this week, and they’re a couple of corkers.

The Gwyneth Paltrow / “Pepper Potts” poster – which was released first, I think – suggests that at some point Iron Man / Tony Stark is going to be assumed dead. I Like that the focus of her gaze, and therefore that of anyone looking at the poster, is directed at the helmet

The Iron Man poster is especially great, giving further weight to my previous assertion that he’s not going to have an easy time of it in this movie. He looks really beaten up and his beautiful playboy’s house is going up in flames, and yet… his heart-thingy (what IS that called??) still glows brightly, his fist is clenched and by look on his face he’s “mad as hell and isn’t going to take it any more!”

Add to that the inclusion of a number of other “Iron Men” joining the fray in the background (apparently it’s the Iron Legion, but not being a comic geek I have no idea who they are), it looks like this film is going to have one hell of an epic dust up at the end.

My anticipation levels just went up another notch!

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Bikes, Beautiful Bikes! #3

Showcasing images that celebrate the spirit of biking. Enjoy!

Rambo makes his getaway from the Hope Police Department on a stolen motorbike in this classic scene from “First Blood” (1982)
(Sylvester Stallone, cinematographer Andrew Laszlo)

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Bridal Beauty – Hair And Makeup Shoot

Here are some shots from a recent hair and makeup shoot at the studio. It was a really BUSY session with 6 models, MUA, family members and two photographers packed into the studio, but it made for a fun afternoon. Check out the Beautivision website here.

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Film Poster Friday #20: Iron Man 3

Robert Downey Jr Falls from the sky in Iron Man 3

So far only 4 posters have been released for Iron Man 3 but they’re looking pretty good.

Whilst not strictly a character poster, the shot of Iron Man falling from the sky is certainly dynamic and suggests that things will be going far from smoothly for Robert Downey Jr’s character this time out (nothing new there then!).

The more traditional posters of Pearce, Cheadle and Kingsley’s characters are all fine, but I’d question whether The Mandarin’s laid-back pose does a good job of communicating any level of threat or menace. And a couple of thing’s about the shot of Guy Pearce trouble me – it seems a little dark / underexposed around the face to me, his lips look slightly pink (?) and I hope to god that isn’t a glimpse of a pony tail we can see at the back there…

Anyway – looking forward to seeing the film in May.

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