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Ignition Fire Troupe at Seacompression 2012

Ignition Fire Troupe at Seacompression 2012
Ignition Fire Troupe at Seacompression 2012


I have to admit that sometimes you get really lucky when you are taking pictures. You get lucky when everything just seems to come out right, and I had such an experience with the Ignition Fire Troupe over at Seacompression 2012 this weekend. There is nothing cooler (well ok, maybe there are things that are cooler than this) than night time fire breathing. There are always interesting things going on in Seattle, and the Seacompression show was just one of the cooler things that happened along the way. These are some pictures of the Ignition Fire Troupe that was doing the fire breathing or fire eating routine at the show. The full Flickr galleries are here – but hope you enjoy these cleaned and edited pictures.

I was asked by a lot of people what my camera settings were for this shoot, so I’ll share:

3200 ISO

Auto Focus


Anywhere between 1/100 to 1/125 second on the shutter

Some of the fire effects did not come out the way I was hoping for, some came out way beyond what I was hoping to get. As always with any advice, your mileage will vary, but if you get the chance to do some fire eating shows, give it a spin, see what you come up with.


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Slutwalk Seattle 2012 Pictures and Comments

God Loves Sluts - Slutwalk 2012 Seattle Washington
God Loves Sluts – Slutwalk 2012 Seattle Washington

One of the things I like to do is go and take pictures of parades or protest movements. Slutwalk 2012 is a combination of both of those styles. Slutwalk is probably one of the more important things I have done this year outside or inside a studio. The basic premise of Slutwalk is that people should not get raped, that all sex regardless of what it is or how it is should be consensual. That there is a right to say no at any time and have that respected by all parties.

We talk about “rape culture”, we talk about using the words “slut” and “whore” and “she/he begged for it” when it might not necessarily be true that this is something that is consensual.

We talk about who we are as sexual beings and what we do and what we want.

A drunk boy/girl is not “asking for it” is not “agreeing” and cannot “consent” when they are passed out on the floor or living room floor. Really what you are doing is having sex, or having non-consensual sex, or raping someone because they cannot resist.

Rohypnol, or other drugs just add to the problem. This is what makes Slutwalk so important as a movement at least to me, as a photographer. Check out their site and read about what they are doing, who they are, and their viewpoints. You can disagree with them and their methods, but the idea is sound, and something we should all be more aware of as we move along in this society. Check out my Gallery on Flickr for the parade/protest.

And remember – never ever use a photographers work to harass or otherwise demean people, that also happened at this event, and that alone is worth talking about. Come on seriously, this is exactly the kind of behavior that Slutwalk is trying to kill off.



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Welcome to Studio 5 Graphics

Burlsque Dancer at Crypticon Seattle 2012
Burlesque Dancer at Crypticon Seattle 2012

Art, Dreams, Design, Reality. Who we are and what we do and how we go about it and what we think about what we are doing is all encapsulated in the art we produce, the dreams we have, the designs that we do, and how we bring them to reality and fruition. Welcome one and all.

This site is made up of multiple layers, the things we do, the things we want to do if we can find the time, space, and energy to do them on the side, and the ideas that we aspire to. There is so much that we can share with our unique vision of the places that we go, the people that we meet, and the ideas that come to us over coffee or drink of choice in the places that we exist in.

We read way too many existentialism books by the way.

Parts of this site might not be safe for work, so be careful – we will mark when and where something is not safe for work so that you don’t get busted up too badly if you are checking this out from work. We really recommend that if you are hitting this site from a corporate server that you back off and go someplace else. We should be blocked by most nanny/interception software as either being too adult for a company, or too awesome for the internet. Take your pick, it is all in how you see the world.

The surreal is a way of life, and no we are not a pile of dead hipsters, zombies, or generally weird people along the way. Weird is relative. Occasionally we tend to do something overly bizarre along the way, but then that is what makes life interesting.

So welcome, and welcome again. We hope you enjoy this site, and the things we do, the things we want to do, and the goals that we aspire to.

To say the word Romanticism is to say modern art – that is, intimacy, spirituality, color, aspiration towards the infinite, expressed by every means available to the arts.

Charles Baudelaire


Just remember, art is a way of looking at the world, it is not the only way, but one of the more wonderful ways of looking at the world.



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