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September 26, 2007
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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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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! :)
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