Friday, August 30, 2013

Dear young lovers

Dear young lovers,
I have been meaning to write to you for some time now or for even longer.
You don't know me, yet you once were me. Or rather, I was you.
Now you surround me and your presence warmly reminds me of something that is no more.

Dear young lovers, you are special. You are wonderful. I love that you exist and are here. I love that when you fall in love, as you so often and so quickly do, that you don't question or even entertain the thought that your love won't last forever. No, the feelings you feel are so strong and all consuming, that there is no space for anything else, so how could you entertain any other notion? Sure there are times where you are nervous and scared as all hell to love or even speak it's name, but when you do love, you love with all you have, with every iota of your being.You trust implicitly and you feel and believe that the moment will last forever and I love you for that.

Then as you get older, like me, the cynicism of experience, the many betrayals and heartbreaks, lead you to trust less and less each time. It leads you to never allowing yourself to feel love as uninhibitedly as you once did. In your ear whispers the voice of fear, always warning you, 'becareful' it says, 'you know you're only going to be hurt again!' Everything you say is more measured and restrained. You no longer speak straight from the heart, now each thought and feeling goes through a barrage of filters. You tentatively explore each response and are mindful that you may never be able to deliver or live up to the promises that you once so easily and so earnestly made. Promises and statements such as; 'I will always love you', 'our love will last forever', 'I could never love anyone else', or, 'I could never live without you'.  When the truth is that you can live without them and you will love again. The truth is that each time you lose love and are hurt, you tend to love less, to trust less and to live less and less in the moment and more and more in fear of what hurt may come. Cynicism creeps in and slowly you start to mistrust, to be guarded and to think about your self more and your own needs, because experience has taught you that sooner or later this will end and it will once more just be you.

Don't get me wrong young lovers, I don't want you to stop. I don't want you to change one little thing about you or what you do. I want you to continue, forever, just like your love. Would you be surprised to hear that every time I see you I smile and feel alive again? You are a reminder of my past and of times that are no more. Thank you young lovers for being you, for being a wonderful reminder of how precious each moment is and how we do not have enough time in our short, short lives to waste living in fear or in a shroud of cynicism.

Dear young lovers
I wish you all the best and though I know it won't last, a part of me still hopes that it does,
if not not for you, then for all of us.


Friday, August 23, 2013

déchiré - part 2

A couple of weeks ago I posted Part 1 of the déchiré  post. The original text is repeated below and some newer pieces are further below.

For those that are not aware, often the aim of my photographs (such as the 'Brunswick st' ,'g.rd.' & 'déchiré ' series) is to bring attention to the beauty which lies hidden in our world. In particular, the beauty that exists in what society abhors and rejects.

Loosely translated from French, déchiré is 'torn'. Aided by Fiona, my personal French translator we searched and finally decided upon a word that we felt really captured the shared essence in this ongoing series of images. Why French? The translated word in French not only seemed to add to each piece in this series, but for the non-French speaking, they are momentarily freed from the prejudice that titles and in particular the loaded meaning in language, provides.  I felt that for this series in particular, the viewer needed to engage with the piece and not be distracted by the English translation or have their experience imbued with the prejudice of the connotations of the word 'torn'.

These images, like any photograph are captured scenes, often tiny in scale and captured with a micro/marco lens. They are then enlarged and re-presented in a different context and scale which allows the beauty that exists to be better appreciated.

These images are all the result of tears, not by myself, but by others and/or by nature. It is a collaboration of sorts that is always shifting, always changing and always becoming something other. Most of these images now no longer exist, or have been drastically further altered. For my part, I feel I have captured the fleeting and transient beauty that was once ignored and now is no more.

                                                             'déchiré #45'


                              ‘I never really understood what she meant, 
                                when she said
                               "be free"
                                déchiré #52 (2013)

                                               ‘The old masters’
                                              déchiré #58 (2013)

                                                 ‘weit öffnen’
                                               déchiré #580 (2013)

                                                     déchiré #84 (2013)

                                                      déchiré #146 (2013)

all photographs copyright matthew schiavello 2013 

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Street Art - August 2013

I thought I would share a couple of images that I have captured over the past few months. I love that a casual stroll down the street can lead you across some interesting and often beautiful pieces of art.

Somewhere in High St,  Northcote:

I saw this piece and smiled... I haven't heard this phrase in a while and it made me wonder if we really are 'up shit creek'.

Carlton, somewhere near the University:

Off Queens parade, North Fitzroy:

I love the feathers that are glued on and form the tutu.

Off Smith St, Collingwood:

This is a great door!

Near Brunswick St, Fitzroy:
Art is everywhere... even down smelly, disgusting and dangerous lanes.

Off Gertrude St, Fitzroy:

All photographs copyright matthew schiavello 2013, art copyright the individual artists, whose names I know not.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Hottest 100 of the last 20 years.

A few weeks back, I blogged about good ol' Stacy breaking down and leaving myself and three friends stranded  in country Victoria.. the soundtrack to our day was the Triple J Hottest 100 of the past 20 years.  Now dear Stacy has gone to the big car yard in the sky.. well not really.. she got too expensive to keep so I dumped her! Anyway, as an ode to dear Stacy and the times she and I spent together, I felt this blog post on the Triple j hottest 100 of the last 20 years, was fitting.

Who would have believed that the Hottest 100 on Triple J had been going for twenty years! It had been going a few years earlier than this and I recall it well, but back then  you could vote for any song from any time. The first two polls saw Joy Division's 'Love will tear us apart' at number one. The third poll saw that tune piqued by Nirvana's 'Smells like teen spirit'. Probably realising that not much would change in the poll each year, they then decided to make it an annual poll of that years music. And now, here we are... twenty years on and Triple J have decided to celebrate and countdown the hottest tunes of the past 20 years.

'Cut and pasted' from trusty Wikipedia, Here is the list :

Charted number, Track name, Artist name, Country artists comes from and year of release.

100 Intergalactic Beastie Boys  United States 1998

99 Video Games Lana Del Rey  United States 2011

98 Leaving Home Jebediah  Australia 1997

97 Paper Planes M.I.A.  United Kingdom 2007

96 Hello The Cat Empire  Australia 2003

95 Cigarettes Will Kill You Ben Lee  Australia 1998


Pumped Up Kicks
Foster the People  United States 2010

93 Black Hole Sun Soundgarden  United States 1994

92 Little Talks Of Monsters and Men  Iceland 2011

91 Harpoon Jebediah  Australia 1997

90 Straight Lines Silverchair  Australia 2007

89 Wolf Like Me TV on the Radio  United States 2006

88 Monsters Something for Kate  Australia 2001

87 Naïve The Kooks  United Kingdom 2006

86 When You Were Young The Killers  United States 2006

85 Gangsta's Paradise Coolio  United States 1995

84 Gold Digger Kanye West Featuring Jamie Foxx  United States 2005

83 Common People Pulp  United Kingdom 1995

82 Teenage Dirtbag Wheatus  United States 2000

81 Big Jet Plane Angus & Julia Stone  Australia 2010

80 Bulls on Parade Rage Against the Machine  United States 1996

79 I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor Arctic Monkeys  United Kingdom 2005

78 Freak Silverchair  Australia 1997

77 My People The Presets  Australia 2007

76 Electric Feel MGMT  United States 2008

75 Somebody Told Me The Killers  United States 2004

74 Let's Dance To Joy Division The Wombats  United Kingdom 2007

73 Home Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros  United States 2009

72 Joker & the Thief Wolfmother  Australia 2005

71 Clint Eastwood Gorillaz Featuring Del Tha Funky Homosapien  United Kingdom 2001

70  ! (The Song Formerly Known As) Regurgitator  Australia 1997

69 Lose Yourself Eminem  United States 2002

68 Are You Gonna Be My Girl Jet  Australia 2003

67 Breezeblocks alt-J  United Kingdom 2012

66 Berlin Chair You Am I  Australia 1994

65 Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger Daft Punk  France 2001

64 Kids MGMT  United States 2008

63 Chemical Heart Grinspoon  Australia 2002

62 Buy Me a Pony Spiderbait  Australia 1996

61 Lonely Boy The Black Keys  United States 2011

60 Glycerine Bush  United Kingdom 1995

59 Around the World Daft Punk  France 1997

58 No Aphrodisiac The Whitlams  Australia 1997

57 Banquet Bloc Party  United Kingdom 2005

56 Born Slippy .NUXX Underworld  United Kingdom 1995

55 Praise You Fatboy Slim  United Kingdom 1999

54 Sex On Fire Kings of Leon  United States 2008

53 Every You Every Me Placebo  United Kingdom 1999

52 Feel Good Inc. Gorillaz Featuring De La Soul  United Kingdom/ United States 2005

51 Bohemian Like You The Dandy Warhols  United States 2000

50 Better Man Pearl Jam  United States 1994

49 Dog Days Are Over Florence and the Machine  United Kingdom 2009

48 Last Nite The Strokes  United States 2001

47 Self Esteem The Offspring  United States 1994

46 Into My Arms Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds  Australia 1997

45 Float On Modest Mouse  United States 2004

44 One More Time Daft Punk  France 2000

43 Betterman John Butler Trio  Australia 2001

42 Brother Matt Corby  Australia 2011

41 Yellow Coldplay  United Kingdom 2000

40 Closer Nine Inch Nails  United States 1994

39 Heart Shaped Box Nirvana  United States 1993

38 Sweet Disposition The Temper Trap  Australia 2008

37 Sabotage Beastie Boys  United States 1994

36 Hallelujah Jeff Buckley  United States 1994

35 Karma Police Radiohead  United Kingdom 1997

34 Brick Ben Folds Five  United States 1997

33 Zombie The Cranberries  Ireland 1994

32 Stinkfist Tool  United States 1996

31 Teardrop Massive Attack Featuring Elizabeth Fraser  United Kingdom 1998

30 Californication Red Hot Chili Peppers  United States 1999

29 Take Me Out Franz Ferdinand  United Kingdom 2004

28 Scar Tissue Red Hot Chili Peppers  United States 1999

27 Frontier Psychiatrist The Avalanches  Australia 2000

26 Chop Suey! System of a Down  United States 2001

25 Bullet With Butterfly Wings The Smashing Pumpkins  United States 1995

24 One Crowded Hour Augie March  Australia 2006

23 Knights of Cydonia Muse  United Kingdom 2006

22 Song 2 Blur  United Kingdom 1997

21 1979 The Smashing Pumpkins  United States 1995

20 Prisoner of Society The Living End  Australia 1997

19 Dammit (Growing Up) Blink-182  United States 1997

18 Hey Ya! OutKast  United States 2003

17 Tomorrow Silverchair  Australia 1994

16 Skinny Love Bon Iver  United States 2007

15 Breathe The Prodigy  United Kingdom 1996

14 Little Lion Man Mumford & Sons  United Kingdom 2009

13 Paranoid Android Radiohead  United Kingdom 1997

12 Hearts a Mess Gotye  Australia 2006

11 No One Knows Queens of the Stone Age  United States 2002

10 My Happiness Powderfinger  Australia 2000

9 Somebody That I Used to Know Gotye Featuring Kimbra  Australia/ New Zealand 2011

8 These Days Powderfinger  Australia 2000

7 Mr. Brightside The Killers  United States 2003

6 Everlong Foo Fighters  United States 1997

5 Bitter Sweet Symphony The Verve  United Kingdom 1997

4 The Nosebleed Section Hilltop Hoods  Australia 2003

3 Last Goodbye Jeff Buckley  United States 1994

2 Seven Nation Army The White Stripes  United States 2003

1 Wonderwall Oasis  United Kingdom 1995

a small selection of clips:

Ben Lee-' Cigarettes will kill you' (Australian version)-1998:

Silverchair- 'Straight lines'-2007:

Something for Kate- 'Monsters'- 2001:

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros- 'Home'- 2009:

Nirvana- 'Heart shaped box'- 1993:

Red Hot Chilli peppers- 'Scar tissue'-1999:

System of a down- 'Chop Suey!'-2001:

Goyte- 'Hearts a mess'-2006:

Jeff Buckley- 'Last Goodbye'-1994:

Oasis- 'Wonderwall'-1995:

Rust In Peace dear Stacy.