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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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EnterNewUsername Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
"what i think is funny ... is that all of these hdr-fuckos ... lets see them shoot people. ;)"

it's hard for me, but i'm trying, people intimidate me and sometimes they make me feel like crap, but if I learn my little camera, and take fear out of the equation like 'lightdrafter' recommended, then...i have a changed event available, and in that window i can maneuver for moments - and try to steal that person's soul just for an increment, a tiny glimpse into the vulnerable ego/self, and grab a sneak-peek into another's life - most of my stuff is outta' focus or wrong, so i have to cull and find a gem, it's weird thou, some of my favorites - of people - are one shot opportunities......the human is the toughest mammal for me, so since it is my weakness - i approach it, in hopes of expressing myself more effectively in a non-verbal fashion.....just because i can digitize something, does not make me more human, i think it merely brings me closer to God........again, i appreciate your work 'cweeks'
unsettledheroine Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Student Photographer
This is so amazing !
I also had the chance to take kanye west in picture but it's not as good as your picture. It was in morocco, mawazine concert.
benaj Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Kanye west music is awesome,nice photo
TooFamous Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool :O you meet him^^was he funny *-* was he a genius :P
pmd1138 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011  Professional Photographer real landscapes AND people.
Eowyn831 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Mr. West isn't mt favorite person, but your photograph of him is!
Bleeding-ELEGY Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2010
"...passionate people are misunderstood i think. i know i am..."

SO true! Oh, and lovely photograph Mr. Weeks.
Denitorious Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2010   Photographer
Lucky you :)
madly Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2010
i like him, specially 'don't say you will unless you will'
what a heavy despairing yearning erotic passionate song
fenhrir Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2009
Why do you rant after self thaught photographer that post on flickr...
WTF is your problem? Everyone have to start somewhere sir!
Complaining about HDR and Photoshop making thing easy...a little bit like shooting people in black and make the job easier!

But I have to say you are very skillfull and I like your work... I would give a lot, only to have half your skills.
Keep on the good work and respect for the people that share the same passion as you...even if they are on flickr and do HDR! :)
Nyco1 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2009
Hi, have been on Kanyes only concert in Germany the last year, my girl friend gave me the tickets as a present. That was a great time.

Just got my first roll of film out of a leica m3, and yes film looks very much like film, digital is something else...

Its just noisy as hell didn`t expect that at ISO 400? thats the pic: [link]

keep up the good work.

cweeks Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2009
yeah ... i hadn't seen him live and then i did and knew what everyone was talking about: he's pretty damn good.

i've found that tri-x didn't scan right for me which is the reason i shoot delta 400.

that said ... grain can happen like that for myriad reasons.

keep shootin', man!
Nyco1 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2009

I`ll try the delta next time.
You must have good connections to germany? since you got that m9 so early and Leica is based here in germany.
jamz2008 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2009
Bad pic
Origin21 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2010   Photographer
Bad comment
xxKeiko-Toxicityxx Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Damn right!
jamz2008 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2009
Nize pic
AndySimmons Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2009  Student Photographer
Really nice story... I'm glad you share your experiences with us
SaroV1 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2009
This is a nice one for you. If you want to be understood, listen.

Lovely shot.
adstantes Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2009
I read a few of the early comments and couldn't agree more with your comments about people that are kidding themselves into thinking they're teh smex as soon as they hold a camera that weighs more than their phone.

I've only recently bought Kanye's latest album (after watching Dave Chappelle's Block Party) and have to say it's nice to see an "un-pimped" shot of the master producer. Thanks for posting it up.

I'm nothing special, but at least all the shots in my gallery (at this point in time) are shot on film cameras.
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...
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Sep 25, 2007, 9:51:18 PM