Friday, February 22, 2013

Pictures of me

I hate having my picture taken... seriously, ask anyone. I never smile, only because I cannot smile on queue. If i am in a group photograph and it needs to be retaken because someone looked odd/was frowning/had their eyes closed etc, chances are it was me! This is probably the whole reason I got into photography, it is so much more comfortable being behind the camera than in front of it.
So, given how much I dislike pictures of me, I thought I would bite the bullet and share some self portraits and other images. None of these images are the product of computer trickery. Every line, every reflection, everything you see is as captured by the camera. I only subtly adjust the likes of contrast and colour.

Me by me:

                                                             'Reflected #16'

                                                 'Self portrait with curves#27'

'Id, ego & superego#175'

                                            'Clip on cool': too cool to smile.

From my ongoing gender prejudice project:“feminine-masculine: my mother’s son #161”

                    'Self portrait with tiger mask #1: preparing for the shoot'

                                      'Self portrait with tiger mask #15'

Me by others:

                                                              'Me by Daniela'

                                                              'Me by Jan'

 I had taken a picture of a cool Berlin lane in 2010 and as my friend Mary was with me at the time, I handed her my camera so that she could take these photos of me in said lane!  

I think I am kind of smiling in this one......or is that a smirk?

All photographs copyright matthew schiavello 2013

Friday, February 15, 2013

Triple J's Hottest 100, 2012.

It is that time of year again. I along with over 1.5 million others voted in this years hottest 100. However, as further confirmation that I am ahead of the norm, none of the ten tunes I voted for were in the top 10, in fact most were not even in the list! Great news though that 41 songs by 36 Australian Artists made it into the 100!  Tame Impala, who won this years Triple J Australian Album of the year with 'lonerism', had two tracks from it in the top 10!  Anyway the full list is below with a few clips. If you are curious to know which tracks just missed the hottest 100 list, this year Triple J, did a 200-101  and countdown as well! The 200-101 list can be found by clicking here.

If you only have time to watch one clip, make sure it is #15: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - Same Love {Ft. Mary Lambert}!!!

#100: Everything Everything - Cough Cough
#99: M.I.A. - Bad Girls
#98: Kimbra - Warrior {Ft. Mark Foster & A-Trak}
#97: Jack White - I'm Shakin'
#96: Kanye West, JAY Z & Big Sean - Clique
#95: Last Dinosaurs - Andy
#94: The Gaslight Anthem - 45
#93: Snakadaktal - Dance Bear
#92: Lisa Mitchell - Spiritus
#91: Allday x C1 - So Good
#90: Two Door Cinema Club - Sleep Alone
#89: Chance Waters - Maybe Tomorrow {Ft. Lilian Blue}
#88: C2C - Down The Road
#87: The Bloody Beetroots & Greta Svabo Bech - Chronicles Of A Fallen Love
#86: Lana Del Rey - Summertime Sadness
#85: Purity Ring - Fineshrine
#84: Hilltop Hoods - Rattling The Keys To The Kingdom
#83: The Jungle Giants - She's A Riot
#82: Santigold - Disparate Youth
#81: alt-J - Something Good
#80: Frank Ocean - Super Rich Kids {Ft. Earl Sweatshirt}
#79: The Black Keys - Little Black Submarines
#78: Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs - Household Goods
#77: Feed Me & Crystal Fighters - Love Is All I Got
#76: Illy - Heard It All
#75: Muse - Madness
#74: The Shins - Simple Song
#73: Ben Folds Five - Draw A Crowd
#72: Regina Spektor - All The Rowboats
#71: Kendrick Lamar - Swimming Pools (Drank)
#70: The Presets - Promises
#69: Matt Corby - Lonely Boy {Like A Version}
#68: Avicii - Silhouettes
#67: Flume - On Top {Ft. T-Shirt}
#66: The Rubens - The Best We Got
#65: Grimes - Genesis
#64: alt-J - Tessellate
#63: First Aid Kit - Wolf
#62: Kid Cudi - Just What I Am {Ft. King Chip}
#61: Sticky Fingers - Caress Your Soul
#60: Jack White - Love Interruption
#59: Cosmo Jarvis - Love This
#58: Mumford & Sons - Babel
#57: Seth Sentry - Float Away   **(language warning on this one)
#56: Frank Ocean - Thinkin Bout You
#55: Knife Party - Internet Friends
#54: The Bamboos - I Got Burned {Ft. Tim Rogers}
#53: San Cisco - Wild Things
#52: The Presets - Ghosts
#51: Birds Of Tokyo - This Fire
#50: Asta - My Heart Is On Fire
#49: Thundamentals - Brother {Like A Version}
#48: San Cisco - Fred Astaire
#47: Of Monsters And Men - Mountain Sound
#46: Passion Pit - Take A Walk
#45: Chance Waters - Young & Dumb {Ft. Bertie Blackman}
#44: Xavier Rudd - Follow The Sun
#43: The Lumineers - Ho Hey
#42: MS MR - Hurricane
#41: British India - I Can Make You Love Me
#40: Arctic Monkeys - R U Mine?
#39: Alabama Shakes - Hold On
#38: Grimes - Oblivion
#37: Two Door Cinema Club - Sun
#36: Miike Snow - Paddling Out
#35: 360 - Run Alone
#34: Lana Del Rey - Born To Die
#33: Parachute Youth - Can't Get Better Than This
#32: Florence + The Machine - Spectrum (Say My Name) {Calvin Harris Remix}
#31: Alpine - Gasoline
#30: Bat For Lashes - Laura
#29: Loon Lake - Cherry Lips
#28: Django Django - Default
#27: Ball Park Music - Surrender
#26: Seth Sentry - Dear Science
#25: Skrillex - Bangarang {Ft. Sirah}
#24: Chet Faker - I'm Into You
#23: Ball Park Music - Coming Down
#22: The Temper Trap - Trembling Hands
#21: Disclosure - Latch {Ft. Sam Smith}
#20: Rudimental - Feel The Love {Ft. John Newman}
#19: The xx - Angels
#18: Hermitude - HyperParadise {Flume Remix}
#17: Flight Facilities - Clair De Lune {Ft. Christine Hoberg}
#16: Rudimental - Not Giving In {Ft. John Newman & Alex Clare}
#15: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - Same Love {Ft. Mary Lambert}  ** this clip has over 14.5 MILLION views on you tube.. great song and clip about equality

#14: Icona Pop - I Love It {Ft. Charli XCX}
#13: The Black Keys - Gold On The Ceiling
#12: Flume - Sleepless {Ft. Jezzabell Doran}
#11: Calvin Harris - Sweet Nothing {Ft. Florence Welch}
#10: The Rubens - My Gun
#9: Tame Impala - Feels Like We Only Go Backwards
#8: Frank Ocean - Lost
#7: Tame Impala - Elephant
#6: Major Lazer - Get Free {Ft. Amber Coffman}
#5: Mumford & Sons - I Will Wait
#4: Flume - Holdin On
#3: alt-J - Breezeblocks
#2: Of Monsters And Men - Little Talks

#1: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - Thrift Shop {Ft. Wanz}   

If you would like to watch more clips from the list, Triple J's Hottest 100 website has embedded videos!!  (that means you can watch the clips on the same page you are looking at, just like this one.. yay!!)

Friday, February 8, 2013

City Lanes- Feb 2013

Melbourne is apparently famous for it's lanes. Whether it's in our minds or not, the photographers snapping away madly and people posing in front of the often graffited and street-art filled lanes of Melbourne has to be a sign of sorts. Let me share some images I snapped  recently on a city walk. 

A ghostpatrol  doodle hiding in a doorway:

Some tips for street art spotting in the lanes:

Look Up:

look down:

Look Closely:

Just when you think that you may have seen it all and want to turn back, don't, because just that little bit further on or just around the corner lays something like this:

or this:

Sometimes you can come across a image which makes you think and question the state of things (which I personally love):

or an image that may offend some, but inspire others:

Next time you are in or near town, make some time to wander through Melbourne's laneways. They are always changing and you never know what you may stumble across!

All photographs copyright matthew schiavello 2013.
Art is of course copyright of the individual artists.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Inherited craziness

 I am generally saying and thinking the craziest things.... and I think I now know where I get this mum.

This is how the end of a recent phone call with my mum went;

me: 'ok mum, I need to go, I might walk down the street and get some fish and chips for dinner'

Mum: 'Oh!!! Be careful!!!!'

me: 'Mum! It's in my street, I am just literally walking down my street'.

Mum: "It was on the news that someone was almost kidnapped in Pakenham!"
(which according to google search is 72.9 km's away from me),

me: 'Mum, I am just going down the street, I'll be ok'

Mum: I'm just saying be careful, you don't know who is out there!!'

I was going to respond with how I have stacked on the weight and they would need five men from Pakenham to lift me into the back of the van, but I just couldn't continue talking about potentially being kidnapped in my own street.

Now, some people might find this kind of sweet..... but the thing is Mum will likely call me later to make sure I wasn't kidnapped on my way to the fish and chip shop! And If I don't answer the phone she will panic. Now, if I was being kidnapped on my way back home, with fish and chips in hand and mum was around to see this, you can bet your bottom dollar that mum would be telling them off  and probably saying 'At least let him eat his dinner!!!'

What effect has this had on me? I am often thinking crazy things and taking them to insane conclusions, let me share:

Recently a mate was telling me how it was too hot for him to sleep in his house and I suggested, as he lived in the country, he pitch a tent in his backyard and sleep under the stars. He loved the idea and then my mind starts to wander, well if I had a son, how excited would he be if he slept under the stars in the backyard on a hot night!  I saw his big smile and joy beaming from him as he grabbed his torch, teddy bear and child size sleeping bag. Then, I did start to panic a little about mosquitoes and bugs, but calmed down reminding myself about mosquito netting in tents, so my son, wouldn't have to spray carcinogenic bug repellent all over himself...Then as I settle into this calm and lovely thought of my son, happy to be camping in the safety of our backyard, mosquito nets up, him behind that sitting on his child size sleeping bag with torch and teddy bear in hand...all is lovely until I am snapped out of it by 'OMG! what if while my son is sleeping in the backyard on a hot night, some crazy person jumps over our backyard fence and steals him ….. or worse!!!!' I start to hyperventilate, I am really freaking out. After what is surely only a few minutes but seems so much longer,  I somehow manage to calm down as I start to realise that I could stand guard and sleep in the backyard with my son... and then all is well.... well, until I think about how I am a heavy sleeper and my son could be stolen away from right next to me while I am snoring loudly, my loud snores  probably being how the child kidnapper zeroed in, in order to steal my son!!!!!'. It was all because of me!!!!! It was settled then, that NO MATTER WHAT, my son was to sleep indoors with window locks, deadlocks, alarm system and security cameras! ah, I was finally able to heave a huge sigh of relief.

The craziest thing of all is that I have no children.
I am blaming my state of craziness on my mother.
I love you mum.