Saturday 3.6.10

Gritty and grungy stuff.

Lots of my images are taken one way and then messed with to get some kind of result. Recently much has been shot against thunder gray paper and then I have added something to the background… a texture or image of some sort. For some reason, I like the grit and the grunge. In this photo I added the background…

This is one of those images where I took an original picture, looked at it and tried to create something more than the original image. Being a sign maker and always interested in old type… and living not too far away from the Dells – where you can always find a place for old timey photographs – I thought this sort of fit the bill.

Creepy dilapidated backdrops are an ongoing theme in a lot of images. Some are taken in an old warehouse or even some old wreck of a building somewhere. I’ve often thought that it would be fun to scope something like this out and shoot a model in such an area. Perhaps at some point I will do that.

I don’t know if it makes a lot of sense but with the recent earthquakes in Haiti and Chile, my desire to shoot a model in such a place is less. I was recently looking through images on a blog for World TB Day 2010. I came across an image taken of a family living in a slum of Mumbai. One woman in the image is HIV positive and also has TB. She is 28. She looks much older.

She shares an 8′ x 10′ room with 3 other family members. Things do not look good for those people. I look at that stuff and figure I have nothing to complain about. The room in the image is the perfect setting for a gritty and grungy backdrop. Someone could take a scantily clad babe and stick her on that mattress and shoot all kinds of interesting things. At the end of that shoot, the model, photographer and any other crew pack up and go home. These people are not that lucky.

There’s an event going on in Middleton to pack up food for Haiti Relief. Here’s the info:

Feeding Children International in conjunction with Kids Against Hunger provide a dried food packaged meal that feed a balanced diet of basic nutritional needs. Each bag that is packed contains four ingredients and makes six meals. Participants assemble the food in a supervised, sanitary setting in an assembly line fashion in 90 minute shifts. To date, over 40,000,000 Kids Against Hunger meals have been distributed here in the U.S. and around the world. We plan on packaging 500,000 meals during the 3 day event. Transportation and final destination with three relief organizations in Haiti has been arranged, waiting for this life saving food. You can help bring healing and save lives. Just register for your shift and pay $25 donation to cover the cost of the food.

WHO: Any person, whether a child or a senior citizen, if able to sit or
stand for up to 90 minutes can fill bags in an assembly line. Students, church groups, civic organizations, social clubs, neighborhoods, families, individuals.

WHEN: Thursday April 8 ~ 6-9 PM
Friday April 9 ~ 6-9 PM
Saturday April 10 ~ 9 AM-3 PM

Airport Rd Business Park
8233 Forsythia St
Middleton, WI 53562

REGISTER: on line at You must register to reserve your place. You will be signing up for a 90 minute shift. Each participant brings $25 per shift to cover the cost of the food materials that you will be packing during your shift. This donation is tax deductible. Checks can be made payable to Madison Meals for Haiti, a 501c3 non-profit corporation.

DONATIONS: If you want to help but cannot attend, you can sponsor a person or several people by sending a tax deductible donation of any amount. Checks are
written to Madison Meals for Haiti and sent to:
Treasurer, Madison Meals for Haiti
1716 Waldorf Blvd
Madison, WI 53719

More information:

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