Circle of Abstract Ritual… this is amazing!

•September 22, 2014 • 1 Comment

Jeff Frost shared this amazing short film, Circle of Abstract Ritual a few days ago.  The film comprises of 300,000 still photographs and includes footage from riots in Anaheim in 2012, wildfires, abstract paintings in abandoned houses, moving inverted Joshua tree trunks and a lot of amazing light work.  Jeff explains: “Circle of Abstract Ritual began as an exploration of the idea that creation and destruction might be the same thing.”

It’s the best thing I’ve seen in ages.  Watch it now.

You can also see see behind-the-scenes footage and hear commentary from Jeff in Story of Abstract Ritual.  A lot of hard, heavy work went into making this film.

 

x Kitten of Doom

Stop stealing my Larundel photos, children

•September 17, 2014 • 1 Comment

I’m tired of kids obsessed with Larundel stealing my photos, so I’m going to make this.  I’m doing so because the person in question clearly didn’t learn their lesson about stealing other peoples’ work the first time I pulled them up on it.

“Urbex” (urban exploration) has taken off in Melbourne since the end of last year, with a tonne of kids around the 15-20 age group jumping on the bandwagon.  You’ve probably seen a bunch of them in the media getting onto rooftops and into the City Loop with t-shirts over their faces.  This is apparently a good way to get famous, so they made a video about it.  At least they take their own shots and the video was nicely-made.

They seemed to have inspired a lot of other kids with this video, because there seem to be a bunch of them coming out of the woodwork trying to get their 15 minutes of fame.  In particular, kids who are obsessed with a once-derelict and now semi-redeveloped ex-mental hospital named Larundel (which I have posted about before).

If you want to make your own amateur video about how haunted and creepy Larundel is, whatever, go for it.  But just because you jumped on the bandwagon so late that you don’t have any good shots of your own (and by late I mean the last building has already begun to be redeveloped and is no longer abandoned) – don’t steal other peoples’ photos and use them to promote your upcoming “documentary”.

Here we have Instagram user “anthonyurbexmelb”.  Anthony used one of my photos without permission to promote his so-called “documentary”.  He also altered it by plastering text across it – another no-no.

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I asked him to remove it, and noticed further down he had previously used someone else’s Larundel photo, again without credit.  I commented “another stolen photo”.  I didn’t think to screencap this one, so you can take my word for it or don’t.  Both photos were deleted and I was also blocked – I can only presume this was to stop me calling him out on other stolen photos.

So I had another look (yes, I can still see your photos, Anthony) and lo-and-behold there are two more photos used without credit which were taken by Shot by Matt – Matt Lindsay Photography.  He didn’t delete either of these, presumably because no-one has commented on them saying they were stolen.  So he doesn’t care about stealing other peoples’ work, as he only deleted the shots that he was called-out on.

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^ Original shot by Matt here.

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^ Original shot by Matt here.

Next up, a shot by Leanne Cole Photography which he altered and posted on his Facebook page.

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^ Original shot by Leanne Cole here.

Amazing that someone calling themselves a filmmaker is using other peoples’ work to promote their video.

I don’t have screenshots of the other times my photos have been used without permission or credit, but the people in question took them down when asked so that’s okay.  There is still a Facebook account called Larundel Bundoora up with my same photo as their profile picture though.  Why someone has made a Facebook account as the persona of an abandoned mental hospital boggles my mind but oh well.

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As a side note, I find it somewhat offensive that Larundel is repeatedly referred to as an “asylum” rather than a “hospital”.  It was a hospital, and if anyone did an ounce of research they would realise this.  I can only imagine how “anthonyurbexmelb”‘s documentary is going to turn out when he’s referring to Mont Park as a “bad boy asylum”.  Perhaps do some research, Anthony, and do your own work, rather than using other peoples’ without permission.

x Kitten of Doom

Last Breaths of a North Melbourne warehouse

•September 15, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Last Breath is a short film series celebrating the final moments of buildings  facing demolition with the creation of art within.  The Last Breath team are travelling around the world, and their most recent film features a collection of Melbourne artists and an abandoned North Melbourne building.

Artists involved are Bailer, CRUEL, DUKE, Ghost, Heesco, Jack Douglas, Jorz, Makatron, PSALM, Putos, RAD and Silk Roy.

Previous videos feature London and Phnom Penh.  You can see them all here.

x Kitten of Doom

Photos… with people in them

•September 15, 2014 • 2 Comments

I usually post photographs of things rather than people, so here are some portraits I’ve taken over the past couple of years.

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x Kitten of Doom

The city is my church

•August 25, 2014 • 2 Comments

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Adiós

•August 3, 2014 • Leave a Comment

There comes a time when you must let go of people who have a negative impact on your life; relationships which are one-sided; friends who really aren’t there.  It can be easy if you are truly brutally honest with yourself, but there is still the residual sadness that comes from knowing someone has either been kidding themselves that they cared about you, or just didn’t care at all.  Don’t waste time, energy and emotion or people who you meaning nothing to.  Así es cómo es.

x KoD

Hello Kitty Cafe, Seoul

•July 28, 2014 • 1 Comment

It’s been almost two years since my sister and I were in Seoul, South Korea, and I just realised I never did a post on one of the best things we found near our hostel – the Hello Kitty Cafe!

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We got there just before it opened and waited eagerly.  We thought we’d be the stereotypical Western tourists taking photos of everything (well, we were) but there were also locals who got there at opening time and proceeded to take photos of everything too, so we weren’t the only ones.

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The cafe is decked out in pink with Hello Kitty motifs everywhere, complete with pink furniture and chandeliers.  The cakes and sweets are all shaped in Hello Kitty faces and even the coffees have Hello Kitty on top.

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If you’re as obsessed with Hello Kitty as I am and you’re ever in Seoul, take a trip to the cafe at 358-112, Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu.  You can buy souvenirs (I got a sparkly pink foil Hello Kitty face shirt) too.

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x Kitten of Doom

 
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