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September 26, 2007
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Leica Camera AG
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Date Taken
Sep 25, 2007, 9:51:18 PM
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  Professional 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!
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