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mr. west by cweeks mr. west by cweeks
almost 4 months since i've submitted anything besides updates to my blog ... i guess ... it's my way of protesting the flicker-ization of photo community sites ...

yes, hdr and photoshop ... yes ... they make pretty landscapes.

what i think is funny ... is that all of these hdr-fuckos ... lets see them shoot people. ;)

i guess they probably won't though .. they'll just go to flickr and put "pro" next to their name because a us$20 fee definitely makes you pro.

and what the fuck does this have to do with kanye? well ... at the vma's he had a bit of a tirade-strewn-melt-down.

and, honestly, besides meeting him at the vma's in miami when i didn't really know who the fuck he was ... i really hadn't had much contact with mr. west. in fact, i've heard him perform a few times ... but ... i'm not really listening ... i'm making photos.

so ... last night ... at the opening of the latest place for the angeleno denizens and japanese tourists to spend and consume ...

i got a chance to actually talk to the guy.

it wasn't as prolific as mr. malkovich ... but ... i found kanye to be pretty damn cool.

a lot more humble than i would have expected ...

then again, he was alone (i mean, with a girlfriend) ... and there was no entourage to "hop him up" as has been the case before when i saw him launch into a tirade about awards and who should and who should not get them.

he's passionate.

i think that's a good thing.

passionate people are misunderstood i think.

i know i am.

when i showed kanye the back of the camera after having said, "this is the photo i wanted to make all night, bro."

he said, "and you did this in the middle of a party."

'twas a very cool exchange.

and ... interestingly enough ... that was the last photo i made with this particular leica m8. pretty much killed the fucker ... but .. it's obviously still making nice photos...

leica m8. summilux 35/1.4 at 1.4. 320 iso. 1/60th second. b/w native mode. adj levels. add +cont.
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bezosjecajna Featured By Owner May 20, 2009
You've been featured [link]
venturadiva Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Why waste the camera and the film? On him. Gee.
cweeks Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2009
he's not so bad.

it was digital.
kty-3 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2009
Man, u are so lucky..
I mean u talked to kanye ..must be awesome.

I love this photo btw.
atemoS Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2009   Photographer
looks so serious :>
jenny-zzz Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2009   Photographer
Fantastic story, and fantastic photo. You're right, photographing people is MUCH more challenging. ;)
Tote-Bag Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2009
I love Kanye
WmBCrawford Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
I like this capture.
Great composition, light.
( Not sure about his expression though! :) )

I agree with what you say.
Most do not know the definition of 'artist', ';pro'.
( I know well enough that I am neither ...yet! )

Another comment: I wish more would put the
story of the photo behind it, as you did so well.
MagikTrik Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2009
I'm not personally much into rap & although i've heard some things about this particular artist that I may not like, (admitting i don't know "both" sides though) unlike some people I know that makes absolutely no difference to the quality of the image presented.
The first thing that stands out to me is the lighting. It's kind of backwards, technically, but I really, really like the way that works for this picture, it seems to kind of speak to the personality of the subject, like he's staying in the shadows on purpose.
Not just the eye contact but also the expression & the 'way' he's looking at you gives this portrait a lot of power also. It seems kind of like, "arresting" I suppose, when looking through a page of thumbs this one pretty much demanded a larger look, if that makes sense. The way the light is split on his face definitely reinforces that too.
I have a feeling I'm not quite making sense though so I'll stop there. The point was I like it, and nothing else should matter.
Dawsha Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2009
Amazing one!
Homogeneous Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2008
you lucky son of a.................................rockstar
emitomioka Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2008   Photographer
What's your profession.. how do you mean so many famous people?
sunnflower-seed Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2008
that's so amazing!
the shot+the story.(:
you're really lucky;
i'd love to meet this guy.

kanye is amazing :D
Xmikaela Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2008  Student
so , so , SO jealous !

ignoring the fact that this photo includes one of my favourite artists .. this is really nice shot :)
sean723 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2008
guess its all about the glass. nice.
cainadamsson Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2008
If people enjoy doing hdr landscapes, why not let them? ;)
clashy Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2008
you really know your way with words
Iuno-cung Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2008
mr ego...bonnaroo 08' -- kanye kicks phil lesh off stage 1h early so that kanye can be the only one playing. the light show didnt happen since kanye didnt show until 4 something in the am (daylight). kanye then didnt give a farewell and cut the show short. what a man...
cweeks Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2008
and you know him personally?
Iuno-cung Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2008
no, what i do know is the fact that he showed 2hrs late for his "light show" and many many people were very angry. angry enough to tag the walls and grass with the nature of "fuck kanye."
cweeks Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2008
sounds like it was a very immature crowd.

the times i've seen him perform he was on time.

thanks for letting me know to never cover that festival; the fans sound like assholes.
Iuno-cung Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2008
that's not the only time he hasn't showed, heh.
pretty immature to not show up, don't you think?
people aren't always what they seem,
referring to both the crowd and kanye.
cweeks Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2008
i'd prefer to know the whole story.

why, though, kanye was at "this" festival is beyond my comprehension.
Iuno-cung Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2008

go ahead and read some of the comments, too.
cweeks Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2008
does it really matter?

i don't care, mate. when i've photographed him he's always been on time.

were you at bonaroo?
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Valentinik Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2008
He's so sexy!
khizarmalik Featured By Owner May 20, 2008
gonna watch him in concert the end of this month! sounds like it'll be fun.
solitude-is-love Featured By Owner May 19, 2008
i agree with what you said about passionate peolple being misunderstood. :thumbsup:

very nice photo. you really captured the expession of his eyes. :clap:
suminanu Featured By Owner May 12, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
ommmgggg kanye west...i just adore him...n ur right passionate people are misunderstood a lot of this shot...
Gunzino Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2008
I like this shot! Like one person said, i like your stories as well as the pic, great job man!
jakamalu Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2008
lovely ! :) <3
DeepKick Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2008  Professional Photographer
you STUD! f/1.0 pheww

sweet photo, your an inspiration.

makes me want to get a leica and a set of balls and shoot some real street.

my d80 gets a bit big.
cweeks Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2008
thanks, mate. not easy to nail, actually. that lens ... when you nail it ... amazing ... otherwise UGLY.

'tis honestly amazing shooting with a rangefinder. you don't need a leica.

cheers for the comment!
DeepKick Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2008  Professional Photographer
no worries.

just a quick question.

do you look for theser celebrities, or do you just happen to live "up market"

you seem to get quite a few of them.
cweeks Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2008
i'm hired to photograph celebrities.

i do get quite a few for sure! :)
DeepKick Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2008  Professional Photographer
im looking forward to seeing more!
cweeks Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2008
you'll have to go to [link] for more as i only lurk here!

kasiaku Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2008
ohhh :heart:
the3plesix Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2008
Pretty cool man!
boinextdoor Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2008
great shot bro!
kanye maybe a prick sometimes but he's definitely passionate and creative
cyb213 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2008
this man is a genious!
really good portrait!
monkey07 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2008  Student Photographer
dude you really know how to capture a moment and describe it in few words, respect for that. :)
cweeks Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2008
thanks, mate!

nice work yourself! gotta see croatia one of these days for sure!
monkey07 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2008  Student Photographer
Thank you very much appriciate it alot. :D
You really should! :) If you are coming to Zagreb you can contact me and I'll show you around.
peskylittledog Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2008
I love the stories behind your photos.I have the same opinions too.You're a good man.With the camera for sure.
shanahben Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2008  Professional Interface Designer
great photo! i look up to Mr. West!
psychogizmo Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
You seem like you lead such an amazing life.
RICKisBOSS Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2008
Good job
angelarrr Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
you're amazingly lucky.
i mean, for someone who's just starting out with taking photos, this is kinda like a dream.
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September 26, 2007
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Date Taken
Sep 25, 2007, 9:51:18 PM