John John and friends, enough said….
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John John and friends, enough said….
Well this about sums it all up….. Super nice vibe.
There’s a great new series in the offing from Huck magazine, Huck across America, taking a fresh look at what the American Dream means to those on the fringes.
It starts off in Ward, Colorado: a town that the Hippies built.
Bit of an old one from RVCA. But it’s of Alex Knost and it’s of California and just guess where I’m heading very soon?
The cinematography alone is enough to evoke a puffed-chest out of those with even the most tenuous Celtic lineage. Figure in the frankly mind-bending exploits of Danny MacAskill on the Cuillin Ridgeline in his native Skye, and you have a video that’s undoubtedly going to be in your Facebook feed for weeks.
No question – Danny MacAskill is one spokey-dokey short of a full rainbow set.
Long may this be the case.
Accurately described by more than one critic as “gently intoxicating”, Paradise Outlaw is a lovely bit of folk music. It was self produced and recorded at Justin Vernon’s studio in Wisconsin, with a cast of supporting musicians that include Vernon himself as well as Amos Lee and Brown’s father, Greg Brown.
Here’s “Flowers of Love” the debut track from the album:
Now let it be known I do not like skateboard “longboards”. It irritates me when I see them carried around by their front truck as fashion accessories. It annoys me when I see people scooping them up again and again as they approach curbs. 99% of the time they are the wrong tool for the job, people don’t bomb hills on them to the point that a normal skateboard would speed wobble or feel unstable it is purely a followed trend. BUT in this instance a proper skateboard would not suffice, it would lack the geometry to sustain the velocity this man travels.
Music is “Jim” by Swans from their 2010 album “My Father Will Guide Me Up A Rope To The Sky”.
In less than one week, in collaboration with the National Trust, our art & photography exhibition that began as just a concept inspired by the enigmatic illustrated art of Derek Nobbs (and a book about pirates) returns to North Cornwall for a second and final time.
With help & backing from Finisterre, Harbour Brewing Co & Fear Design, The Cruel and Curious Sea exhibitions celebrate the myth, murk and mystery of the Atlantic coastline and tidal waters, and those who interact with it on a regular basis. It’s a tribute to the rarely regarded sea state that is more common than not, but less often found on the teeming, sun-bleached seaside postcards so common amongst our shoreline shops.
Photographers, illustrators, multimedia creatives, sculptors and ‘assemblage artists’ all feature, with their very own subjective takes upon the theme, which is probably best described here: hickorynines.com/cruelandcurious – there you’ll also find a list of (almost) all of the artists exhibiting.
It’s a little bigger than last year, and this year sees the addition of a Rum & Ale bar, rations of fresh seafood chowder and coffee from Bean Surfing (the rum espresso is my preferred pick-me-up!)
To keep up with all the latest teaser shots from those exhibiting, get onto instagram and search the hashtag #cruelandcurious – alternatively, you can join the Facebook event page, here: facebook.com/cruelandcurious. And below is a little playlist to compliment the event, put together with the help of a few of the exhibitors. Hope you can make it along.
The Cruel & Curious Sea II
North Cornwall, EX23 9JW
26th & 27th September | 5:30pm – 9:30pm
I appreciate this is one Yosemite-based post following another Yosemite-based post… but I just can’t help myself. I’m hooked. And this film looks set to be the Dogtown and Z-Boys of the Yosemite dirtbagger community – it looks utterly unmissable, and I’m not even a climber.
More here: reelrocktour.com
Since my travels in the autumn of last year, a little piece of me has remained firmly lodged in the mighty Yosemite valley. Rarely does the topic of world travel arise without me shoehorning my love for the place squarely into the conversation.
Daniel Scott (veteran of our ‘Cruel & Curious Sea‘ exhibition – more on that soon) dropped by the other day and recommended some audio/visual links that he thought I might dig. I can safely say that a Daniel Scott recommendation is a seal of quality – this has ever been the case – so I knew that some good stuff awaited when he followed our conversation up with some hyperlinks by way of an email.
One such recommendation was Ian Ruhter – a large scale wet plate photographer, and in particular his documented attempts to photograph Yosemite valley. It turns out I’d come across Ian Ruhter before, in his ‘American Dream’ video (right at the end of this post) and was struck by his sensitivity and the delicate touch with which he treated his subjects. I hadn’t put the two together until after I’d watched his Yosemite videos and then dived into his back catalogue of work.
When I left Yosemite last year, I purchased some hiking maps and, as we wound our way out of the formidable valley, I made a promise to return for longer and to adventure further. That trip is already in planning… these videos don’t do the place complete justice, but they go some way to showing one man’s humility when surrounded by absolute natural beauty.