I've been really busy working on other projects and traveling so I haven't posted anything in quite awhile. I was just browsing through some old shoots and stumbled up this image of Chanon from a shoot for Arsenic Magazine in Beverly Hills a few years ago. I'm moving back to LA in two weeks so I hope to shoot more while I'm there.
Lexicographer and slang expert Jonathon Green has been producing a series of timelines based on his comprehensive historical dictionary of slang, Green’s Dictionary of Slang. He recently added timelines for vagina and penis. (If you don’t see any words on the timelines, zoom out using the bar on the right.) They show that metaphors based on weapons and food have always been popular and that vulgarity is nothing new. There is a great deal of human creativity on display in this domain, especially when it comes to the most polite terms. Here are 35 of the classiest sounding slang terms for vagina and penis from the past 600 years.
1. Belle-chose (1386)
2. Altar of Venus (1584)
3. Netherlands (1591)
4. Placket-lace (1593)
5. Phoenix nest (1618)
6. Nature’s treasury (1635)
7. Contrapunctum (1653)
8. Privy-counsel (1664)
9. Aphrodisiacal tennis court (1665)
10. Lady’s low toupee (1721)
11. Mount Pleasant (1748)
12. Petticoat lane (1790)
13. Venerable monosyllable (1796)
14. Fancy article (1822)
15. Mrs. Fubbs’ parlor (1823)
16. Antipodes (1832)
17. Thatched cottage (1835)
18. Cyprian fountain (1846)
19. Road to a christening (1903)
20. Maypole (1621)
21. Pioneer of nature (1653)
22. Master John Goodfellow (1653)
23. Generating tool (1653)
24. Evesdropper (1653)
25. Cyprian scepter (1653)
26. Don Cypriano (1653)
27. Matrimonial peacemaker (1708)
28. Gentleman usher (1719)
29. Rule of three (1720)—this refers to the whole genital area
30. Silent flute (1720)
31. Arbor vitae (1732)
32. Impudence (1783)
33. Staff of life (1836)
34. Mr. Peaslin (1883)
35. Credentials (1895)
1. They see challenges as opportunities
Most people interpret fears as obstacles and tend to run away from them. People who live their purpose successfully have developed the capacity to see fear as a sign of what they really need to go for and put all their courage and energy into it.
2. They see life as a game.
Having this vision of life opens up space for playfulness and creativity instead of limitation. This also cultivates qualities of resilience, problem solving and confidence that helps them take risks to get to the next big place.
3. Living the life they want is the only option.
They’re so committed to making their dreams a reality that they banish any possibility of a backup plan whatsoever from their mind. They don’t think things like, “If it doesn’t work, I’ll just go get a job.”
4. They always speak their truth.
They’re able to speak it because they make a conscious effort to connect to their truest desires, their inner voice, and their spirituality without fear of judgment. This connection is typically fostered through meditation, journaling, being mentored and being surrounded by like minded-people.
Surprise, surprise… happy people live their lives differently. They don’t have different lives. They just do a better job at living them than those who are unhappy.
Happiness is the result of subjective interpretation of perception. Of course, what we perceive isn’t always done so by choice — life does throw things our way.
However, most of the time, we find ourselves in the situations we are in because of actions we took and decisions we made. It’s the way that you live your life that largely decides whether or not you will live happily.
They don’t bother trying to make others like them — mainly because they don’t care if they’re liked.
They like themselves and they are the only people they ever answer to. You could like them. You could hate them. You could pay them no mind whatsoever — doesn’t make a difference to them.
They do what they do because they decided to do it. They aren’t trying to gain your approval or acceptance. They don’t want to be part of your team — they’re a team of their own. They live their lives the way they see fit and if you like them for it, great. If not… then so be it.
They do things because they want to do them, not because they believe they have to do them.
They don’t believe they have to do anything. Other than pay taxes and die of course — everything else is a decision followed by deliberate action. If they are doing something, going somewhere, participating in something, it’s because that is exactly what it is that they want to be doing.
No one coerced them or tricked them into doing it because they value their opinion above everyone else’s. They do what they believe is right and don’t bother to ask for permission — they just do it.
They love their friends but don’t rely on them.
Friends are tricky because they aren’t really yours, are they? You don’t own them. They are their own people who have their own wants and needs — people who will always put themselves ahead of you and your goals. Friends are great to have, but relying on them too heavily will leave you disappointed.
Those who live happy lives have very close friends, but they keep their independence in order to avoid those moments. It’s the lack of independence and over-reliance that often comes to ruin friendships — all relationships for that matter.
When you ask them what they do, they don’t give you a job title.
They tell you about the things they are doing with their lives — the places they have visited and are planning on visiting. The projects they are starting or part of. The problems they are working towards solving and the communities they are working with to get those problems solved.
When you ask them what they do, they respond with what they do in their lives, not what work they do in order to pay for the lives they want to one day be living. The real trick is that these individuals know better than to wait to live the lives they want to live. You live life whether you accept or ignore the fact, how you live it in the moment determines how happy you are.
When you ask them where they live, they say, “At the moment…”
Happy people tend to move around a bit. Maybe it’s because traveling does the soul good. Maybe it’s because the stagnancy of staying in one place their whole lives bores them.
Maybe it’s because they love meeting new people and having new experiences. Maybe it’s because they haven’t found the right place to settle down just yet. You see, these individuals see the world as their home — no single country or city. If you ask them where they live, then they’d answer “earth” if they wouldn’t come off sounding highfalutin.
They have their own philosophies, their own religion they created and live by.
You don’t need a book to tell you how you ought to live your life. You can live your life by whatever philosophy you wish — as long as you found truths that satisfy you. They have a strong grasp of right and wrong and are their own judges.
They embrace their impermanence.
They know they’re only mortal — having this knowledge and accepting it fuels their every step. You will do. Why? Because it is inevitable. There is no way of avoiding it, only dealing with the fact.
The happiest of people don’t fear death. They don’t do their best to avoid it. They see it as the inevitability that it is in and live their lives by their terms. They may not be able to control death, but they know they sure as hell can control their own personal lives.
They see the world as their playhouse and their mind as the conductor.
They don’t believe there is a single way that the world is — a single reality that exists. Instead, they believe themselves to be the originators of their reality.
They believe they have full control over how they interpret what they perceive. They see the world the way they choose to see it because they understand the power such a skill has. We all live in a reality of our own construction. Some of us just construct our realities better than others.
They live in the moment, but dream in the future.
Happy people have hopes, dreams and goals. They have wants and aspirations, but they don’t allow themselves to get caught up and lost in them. There isn’t so much a time and place for dreaming as there is a maximum allotted amount recommended.
You can’t live life doing nothing more than looking towards the future because you’ll miss the only time that things actually matter or exist: the present. The present, the immediate moment is the only moment that you can actually live in. The rest is only an illusion.
They don’t bother changing others, but instead learn how to deal with them appropriately.
Devoting your energy to changing other people is a waste of it. People do change, but they only do so on their own accord. They have to decide to change themselves and that only happens in time — you can’t push and force because it doesn’t work.
On the contrary, it often does the opposite of what is intended. Instead of wasting time and energy trying to do the impossible, why not do the next best thing? Learn to deal with people as they are in order to get the result you desire. If you can’t change them, then guide them to do as you wish. Otherwise, let them go.
The image titled "Bliss" is one of the most viewed images in the world since it was chosen to be the default wallpaper when Microsoft launched Windows XP. This is the cool story behind the photo and Charles O'Rear, the photographer who captured the image.
This video will possibly inspire you, make you tear up, and convince you to go out and start living life to the fullest -- all in three minutes.
In it, Silva asks: How should we react to the fact that everything we love will eventually come to an end?
Well I've managed to get myself stranded in Argentina for an additional week, but that's not a bad thing. With this extra time here I was able to spend time collaborating with my good friends Tomy and Pali from Tuco Studios. We met the last time I was in Buenos Aires back in 2011 and have been talking about trying to work on some stuff together ever since. We have some cool new projects in the works and the other night I was hanging out with Tomy and he started bring new life to some photos I took awhile back and have done much with. Here's a sample of what's to come, the model is the beautiful Eufrat from Prague and the shoot took place in Los Angeles back in 2011.
This is a film that I've been wanting to see since Vivian Maier's collection of work was first discovered. It's film is premiering at DOC NYC on November 17 and I'm hoping it'll make it's way out to the west coast shortly after since I don't think I'll be in New York this year. If you haven't heard of Vivian Maier then I strongly encourage you to watch the trailer.
In September of 2007 I traveled down to South America with two friends of mine to meet a company we had been working with based out of Buenos Aires, Argentina. During that trip my friend Matt and I decided to jump across the Rio de la Plata to Colonia, Uruguay for the day. At 8AM we hopped on El Buque Bus for the hour and half ride across the river where we entered another country. Once we got off the ferry we were supposed to board a tour bus, it's only by dumb luck that we bordered the correct one. Aside from being exhausted due to the fact that I was at bar until 6AM with two Argentinian girls I had met, my Spanish wasn't (still isn't) up to par and at the time Matt's Spanish speaking skills were non-existent. Anyway, we boarded the bus and did a quick little drive through town before exiting the bus for lunch and some free time to roam around the streets for a few hours. As we wandered around I took some of these photos:
This is a question that was submitted to me today through my tumblr page :
How do you respectively get your models naked? Is that something you already discussed with them before ever meeting them? How do both of you get comfortable with each other. Have you ever been intimate/or tried to get intimate with any of your models?
Great question, it’s actually one I get asked frequently by both photographers and non-photographers alike. Each time I’ve done a shoot that involves nudity it’s always discussed beforehand. Usually we’ll send some references back and forth on the type of shots we want to do and then we move forward from there. Up to this point every nude shoot has been comfortable due to the fact that everything was discussed ahead of time so there aren’t any surprises and I’m working with professional models that have done this type of work plenty of times before shooting with me. The fact that the models are comfortable makes me comfortable, I think if they were nervous then that might make me feel a bit uncomfortable.
All the models I’ve worked with have told me that I’m easy to work with and they’re instantly comfortable with me, I attribute this to my attitude going into the shoot. When you know what you’re going to be shooting and focus on the photo shoot as nothing more than that, it allows you to keep things strictly professional and that’s the mindset you have to have before, during and after the shoot. If you’re intent is to get intimate with the model, you would be putting off a different vibe which would in turn make the model uncomfortable. For me photography is a creative outlet and a great way to meet new people with the same interests. I have never tried to make a move on any of the models I’ve worked with. I’m definitely not opposed to dating models, but trying to use a photo shoot as a means to pursue any sort of relationship with one is not the right time nor the place. If a relationship with one of the models were to develop outside of the professional work setting that would be a different story. If you want to shoot this type of photography you have to be able to separate the physical and emotional stuff from the professional stuff.
Thanks for the question!
On Thursday I was in Venice Beach, CA shooting for another project with Arsenic Magazine. This particular project was a collaboration with writer/director/producer Scott Z. Burns (Bourne Ultimatum, Contagion, The Informant) and DP Bryan Newman. I was shooting stills for Arsenic as well as some behind the scenes footage. In between takes I was able to leave the set to shoot a few outdoor shots with the beautiful models Alyssa Smith and Tatiana Dieteman represented by Next Model Management. It was really bright out when we were shooting, luckily William Painter was there to provide some comfort from the midday sun.
My Music of the Moment post for today features two songs by Raphael Saadiq. I discovered his music while listening to Spotify on one of my many random solo road trips. I really love his throwback sound that pays homage to all of the great soul/R&B/Motown groups of the 60s. It's a sound that has influenced many of today's artists, but at the same time most of those performers don't capture the feel or groove that really makes this genre of music so awesome. It was really refreshing hearing Raphael Saadiq because he really understands what this type of music is all about. If I hadn't looked him up I would have thought I was listening to some recordings from the late 60s that I had never heard before.