Archive | November, 2012

Looking Good Good-Looking

27 Nov

For a little while now the Monsieur has been tinkering with the idea of putting up some moving picture visual delights. Its an old idea, Vlog anyone, but its getting super love from the likes of Skattie What Are you Wearing who is doing some seriously sexy stuff with it. That’s all the gushing Skattie gets today. Starting with edited promos from fine people at WKNDSocial, Exhibit B and Soweto Don Dadas of Cool Thesis Social Jam Session, video is the way to go, even if its just to pimp your next bit of amazing.

Aaaaannnd this one right here gets special mention all on its own… Constructus, not of Cape Town Glitch Pop fame, but still Cape Town based. This little item will make any wanna go big creative person sell their neighbour’s mother to get on this. OK, its a bit of a late mention but, how badly do you want it, and how serious are you… Yes well…

Stop drooling and click right here and get cracking on your oh so wow idea for making money while making beautiful.

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Ummm… first time I am doing this but… we must rep the local even if its… well… in development… sort of.

Blu Muffin’s effort.

It is what it is what it isn’t

8 Nov

6 million ways to lie. Choose one.

In a quest to bring out the best from the net and beyond, the Polk was looking at the internet today and really felt that this online thing is really promising something it has no intention of delivering. Admittedly if you are about to show your face online you can’t half step (as they say in Hip-hop) you basically drop bombs. Avatars (Avi) is what I am talking about, these things are like your calling card. This Guy (thank you Trevor Gumbi) long saw the mind field that trying to look good in a 2 centimetre by 2 centimetre box eventually turns out to be. A simple avi that is timeless and at time pointless, but alluring all the same does the job best. Its in fashion one day and out the next, but guess what, it comes right back. Hell Justin Timbersnake can bring sexy back all he wants, it never left my Avi and that’s what’s up.

 

Now, this morning my girl @LeratoTJ put up a post about being shocked by some person’s Avi and blocked him with the quickness. Now there is nothing more enticing then  such an extreme reaction on Twirrah. So basically a gang of people immediately clicked on the offending person’s handle and the shock gained in popularity or, like in the Polk’s case, hilarity ensued caused by human silliness. The Avi of the chump was quite literally his junk… glistening with a full bush, leaning distinctly to the right. Yeah, sadly the Polk got a eye-full too… and it was a foregone conclusion, that kind Avi will never ever be in fashion, even if it was a healthy size and didn’t look like it was just used. Just goes to show out here on the wild wild net it is what it is, yet it isn’t.

This One Plus This One…

8 Nov

Mali & Vuyo

I need to stop doing this but my friendo’s are brilliance, so it is a bit hard to stop repping them at every turn. Who we are looking at is all sorts of untapped amazing. Left is former fashion buyer now fashion blogger, and dare I say it urban photographer. Right is non practising artist and is both a crouching tiger and a hidden dragon at Woolies.

Why are they sleeping… meditatively and smilingly…? Because its under control.

These two are getting an Asked and Answered real soon.

 

Pic – Mali

We came, we saw, we sipped

5 Nov

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This is totally the wrong image for this reminiscence, but you know what, this is Botswana , we are highly adept at making things our own… or as I like to say ‘Localising an International Brand.’ But it wouldn’t be strictly fair to say that this is the first food and drink festival because Botswanacraft have one annually, Letlafula actually. Be that as it may this is the start of something nca yo.

As a first outing it was slightly disjointed, but in a comfortable way. The Airport Junction car park as a location is interesting, and if the astroturf guys had come through and laid out the green carpet all over the place it would have been outstanding. Highlights included the Glendiffich whiskey corner, that totally made my day, obviously there was no tasting there but abject enjoying.

And so to the limitations… the weather was one. Admittedly you can’t do anything about perfectly clear skies that would look great in photographs, not in real life Botswana pre-summer heat. But in Bots if we want to enjoy something we are soldiers… and the organisers had plenty of water and shade available.

The range of goodies available in the rustic setting, with bales of hay and all, was workable, it just needed a bit more of those amazing small producers we tend to see at out of the way places like the No1 Ladies Opera House in Kgale somewhere. Actually there is a near perfect place for an engagement like this. Bonnington’s Farm at the two silos near the Grand Palm Resort springs to mind. Yes its Government owned, but the Government is your friend. If you can prove that you will be contributing to making people love living in Gabs then you are winning. One time.

I for one will be going again next time… the entertainment, lets not forget the entertainment Oneal was right, Dzzious was gently insane, Gareth played mixed tapes, it was stimulating. Now… Glenfiddich better stage a return… and this time use ice that doesn’t fog-up the Irish nectar.

Nice one Tshepo and Team… you know the Polk has standards he doesn’t explain. So believe it when he says you are winning.

Shout out to Lapologa Mag for hooking me up… Yeah I hate me too.

The things we love we love to death

5 Nov

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There is a mag I have never bought a copy of called Complex. It is available in places where people read for pleasure, because they have the time, interest and the money, thats wussup. Thankfully Complex has a huuuuge on-line community going and its an endless source of wonder for me. I read it via twitter so I don’t loose too many hours in a day to the mag. Its gems like the MJ Thriller remixes that make it all worth it… and by “it” I mean the time I invest in checking out one or two pages a week.

So there it is, a killer puff and pass. Thriller was one of the King of Pop’s most interesting music videos, and frankly one I couldn’t watch until I was at least 17 because it scared the shiznit out of me. Some of the remixes are just interesting in that its not what I expect music to do, others are wrongo totally, and yeah, there are one or two that I am sure casue some moonwalking in a heavily guarded grave somewhere.

Pic – Preshky

Word: Guerrilla Grapher – Definition: Max Mogale

3 Nov

This is the Max Mogale I happily stumbled upon one day on the Facebook. One of the happiest memories of my photography life. Sometimes its just best to let the original words do the (s)talking…

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Conversation started 25 August 2009

11:19

Ewetse Khama

Fear not

Hey there Max, been looking at your booth series, killing me my African brother, straight killing me. Mare why you worry so much though? The bravery you displayed in documenting a time and space in a very tangible CPT (like who can tell its CPT?) is in my opinion historical. I have issues with that city so when someone can make it beautiful again, fuck the hat, I take my whole head off to them.

Another thing though, which may be linking back to the historical point, is that back when the Face and ID were popping for the first time, those things were like eye candy, until some peeps realized that they were mapping culture as it evolved… FYI, Max Mogale is doing it for CPT and MZANZI.

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Oh…And I like that there isn’t a story to go with it. It would only piss me off. I unfortunately know exactly what I am missing, but some other person might miss the significance of having such visionaries plain chilling on your shoots. Mmmaphuti, Check, Yangiswa Check, and all those other types I fraternized with for years but never got to meet… it was something to do with ruining the fantasy. I didn’t want to go that far. I understand that I risked missing out on meeting fuckin brilliant personalities, but that’s the shit thing about the Cape… the fantasy’s are often stronger at times.

Hey man, from me to you, you put the hot shit in hot shit.

E
PS: Tell anyone I wrote any of this and I will deny it and call you stalker!

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25 August 2009

22:37

Max Mogale

Hey

Thanks for that man. I’ve been looking at this message all day trying to decipher exactly what you are saying but the general vibe I get is a positive one. And I thank you for that. Im all bout the positive thing, tryna make it as a young black photographer in this game. Ive lived in CPT for a while and Ive always had my reservations about it, but its getting better. The people are awesome(as youve seen) and Im thankful that I have an oppurtunity to take a piece of their soul

Youre right, I am a bit sensitive bout my work because every shoot I do is one from the head and heart and I pretty much wing it when I get to it. Its always great to see it come out the way its intended. I thank you once again for your kind words

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All pictures by Max Mogale

Dont Touch me on my Pitsane

1 Nov

First off… remember this —> Touch me on My Studio I do, I wrote it. And I meant it. Guess what…? They listened.

So all the I-told-you-so’s aside… What was supposed to be a private discussion between two consenting adults over a cellphone chat became public knowledge through an allegedly disgruntled third party.  Fair enough, there are lots of websites just dedicated to venting in that way, be it against a boss you don’t like, rubbish service from fancy retailers, or a girlfriend you can’t get over. Fair enough… we have seen it all. What made this particular intrusion viral gold was the stature of the man, the age of the girl and finally the content of the messages. Apart it wont even register a tweet, but when those three elements all came together… you got Pitsane.

The saga continues… lets just hope y’all don’t go too far, well, in the context of where we live you understand. Some countries have managed to block Blackberry services, others Facebook and Twitter so remember that this country is debating “regulating” Facebook. If it comes to pass… Twitter will be next and then who knows where it will stop… this is officially thin ice.

 

Until then though I am bumping this while waiting for the remix.