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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La Petite Morte – Burlesque Dancer

La Petite Morte - Burlesque Dancer
La Petite Morte – Burlesque Dancer

 

La Petite Morte – Burlesque Dancer – she has to be my favorite Burlesque Dancer in Seattle. She is awesome, both as a dancer and as a person as we have interacted over the time since I took this picture at the Steam Punk Ball in January. Yes the steam punk ball is so worth going to and checking out, so hopefully you can make the 2013 edition of the show. Overall, she is awesome, you should go see her shows. She is generally at the Jewel Box or at the Can Can. The Jewel Box is up for my vote for the worst place to take a picture in Seattle, as it only has one can light for the stage, and it feels like it is maybe 100 watts. You want a 1.4F lens or better to get anything out of that place. I have not been to the Can Can yet so I can’t tell you what it is like to shoot there.

You should go see her shows, she is awesome.

 

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Burlesque Dancer – Crypticon Seattle 2012

Burlesque Dancer - Crypticon Seattle 2012
Burlesque Dancer – Crypticon Seattle 2012

 

Just in case you missed Crypticon Seattle – and it is a show you should not miss at all, they will sometimes late at night as they are doing the dance party, will have other things going on. This year they had a bunch of new Burlesque Dancers on the stage and it was well worth seeing. I was one of two photographers allowed in to take pictures, one used a flash that lit up the whole room like lightning, I tried to use as much natural lighting as possible. But this is one of the drawbacks to using natural stage lighting, you get what you see. In this case they were using red LED lighting that was on the ground and aimed about mid body rather than at their faces. The original pictures are horrid requiring a lot of color balance and cleaning and fixing. When the lighting is bad but the picture is good, you break out the Photoshop and lightroom filters to try to fix all the badness so you can see the goodness.

The dancer is Morgue Anne, a relative minor deity – celebrity in the burlesque circles here in Seattle, so if you get the chance to go see one of her shows it is well worth checking out. She also does Jello Wrestling from what I understand, but I have not seen this yet.

 

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Longtan Park Beijing China

 

Longtan Park Beijing China
Longtan Park Beijing China

 

There is always something wonderful to find in Beijing, and Longtan Park in the South West area of Beijing is just such a place to find a little quiet, a little tranquility, and a little peace in a city that never ever stops moving. Longtan requires a small payment of 2 Yuan to get into the park, but it is truly an amazing place, without a lot of people. It really is one of those few places where you can really just sit down without a crowd of people around you and enjoy the lake. If you are lucky you can even rent a paddle boat and go out into the lake and just sit in the middle of it.

 

That is probably one of the biggest things about being in Beijing, is that it is nearly impossible to be alone, there are always crowds everywhere, unless you are up by the Olympic Stadium and the Olympic Park.

 

Longtan Park, so worth visiting on your next trip to Beijing China. Worth taking Subway Line Five down to Dongsi and taking a 2 Kilometer Hike along the roads to get there. Look for the huge ferris wheel at the long abandoned Beijing Amusement Park, it is right next door.

 

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Blue Sky Beijing China – The Forbidden City

Blue Sky Beijing China - The Forbidden City
Blue Sky Beijing China – The Forbidden City

Blue Sky Beijing China – The Forbidden City

I don’t know if you have been to China ever, but in the month that I was there I only saw blue sky on two of the days I was there. But when the sky is blue in Beijing you can capture some of the most amazing images of the city and the special places that are there. I deliberately frosted this picture to have an older ektachrome look and feel to it, thousands of people over the years sat through millions of slide shows, and ektachrome was the way that it went. Sometimes you have to bring a little old fashioned into this.
This shot is from the North West side of the Forbidden City, where you can see some of the details of the moat that surrounds about 80% of the entire place. There are little streams like the Serpentine that connect the major moat on the North quadrant of the Forbidden City.
In all this is an amazing place to go visit and see what they have going on. When I went it was summer time, and it was overly hot, but one trick to surviving is when you purchase water from a vendor make sure it has been freshly frozen. You can drink what is there, but then you have this huge ice cube you can put on your neck when you get over heated. And watch for the umbrellas. I am 5’11’’ and I was always getting poked in the neck, as many Chinese women were running around with umbrellas to keep the sun off of them.
I am so looking forward to going back there this summer.

 

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

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