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the swinger by cweeks the swinger by cweeks
yeah, i carry my fucking camera on the way to take out the trash if the next place i'm going is my car. but ... i am more happy knowing i can record what i see when i see it.

whilst driving from beverly hills to the studio in hollywood ... i passed by swingers. it'd been raining that day. hard. like biblically hard. okay ... i'm from l.a. i know i don't shit about weather but it rained forever.

i was beginning to consider prozac if i didn't see the fucking sun.

the skys opened up. and gave me some light.

there was this old man just chilling outside a popular restaurant with the-after-two-a.m.-i-just-need-something -to-soak-up-the-alcohol-hipster-set of los angeles. there was no one there at this time. in the afternoon.

i just wonder what was going thru this old guy's mind.

leica mp. 35mm/1.4 summilux at f/8 and 1/500th. ilford delta 400 (normal)
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henriss Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2006
I looooove this one, and your all other b&w photos!
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Aquiel Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2005
....I going to have to kill you...

This photo...It's brilliant...and your description is hilarious...:P I know that not seeing the sun feeling...Its horrid...I spent nine weeks in England in winter and it nearly undid me completely to not even see the goddamn sky!! let alone the sun....Its terribly depressing.

I take my camera with me "everywhere" too:) I feel complete that way:)
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isha-1 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2005
Great shot. Looks like Hitchcock waiting for Teppi Hedren to stop swinging and come back on the set.
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Lawrence0-o Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2005   Photographer
that's fantastic! i love this type of shots, in the street. I think that natural pics (with not-in-pose people, i mean) are the best! :D
I don't take them so much because i'm afraid to disturb people's privacy... I don't wanna appear arrogant... :(
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myrnajacobs Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2005  Professional Photographer
Love it... and of course, you carry your camera to take the trash out... duh..
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:iconcweeks:
cweeks Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2005
goes EVERY-FRIGGIN'-WHERE!

cheers from los angeles!
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myrnajacobs Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2005  Professional Photographer
:P
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:iconcweeks:
cweeks Featured By Owner May 2, 2005
i use digital and film.

i don't prefer colour street photographs either.

thanks!
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swordfish76 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2005
love this shot!! :)
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papertigress Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2005
Beautiful black and white! The contrast's perfect! :clap:
I wish I knew more about photography to present you with a nice comment... All I can really say is that I like this!
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:kiss:
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xMEGALOPOLISx Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2005  Professional Photographer
very nice shot!
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HybridProcess Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2005
really hilarious slump in his posture, stories far more interesting than mine, something along the lines of playing chess with his stepson that morning and gambling on horses at night.
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worldvision Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2005
gooood!!!!
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jark Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2005
i wonder what is going through that guys mind too. quite a neat capture of everyday life!
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cweeks Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2005
thanks, mate!
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Findel Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
Great picture! The only way it could possibly have been better for me is if the "take a menu & seat yourself" sign had been better framed in the window.

Still, I love it. Thanks for sharing with us.
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cweeks Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2005
i'll talk to the management of the restaurant.
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Findel Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh, please don't think I was being picky. The capture is brilliant. I just love the way that reflections can bring added depth to photos, and that sign reflecting in the window (I believe it would have probably been just over your left shoulder) adds a great 'extra' depth to the photograph.

It makes me think that he read the sign, and possibly got confused because the place is closed. Then he did "seat himself", as if to wait for service.
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cweeks Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2005
sign was gone tonight when i ate there.

can't believe that i went to the place ... but it was the only place open after all the fashion shows today and tonight.

i think you're right about the old dude!
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UnfinishedSympathy Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2005
Don't take it wrong but this shot and Christina's new ring... are very american according to me. They are very cinematographic and I find them very very interesting !!
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cweeks Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2005
well ... i'm american and i made the photos in america ... so ... there's a good chance that they may appear american!

;)

thanks!
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UnfinishedSympathy Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2005
Your american and you live in america but that's not enought to take very american shots according to me ! :)
You know strangers always got an idea about country full of "cliché" and america is generaly cadillacs, hamburgers, dinners, Marylin Monroe etc... and your shots exactly look like my personal idea about america.

I remember the photographs of the excellent Stephen Shore. He done many colors shots in differents places in america in the '70 and many photographer (still now) try to copy what he's done. So his photographs became mythic and we can't have an idea about america without making a reference to his work.
And some of your shots stick to his work.

:phew: 25 mn to try to explain myself in english... too hard... :faint: :lol:
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cweeks Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2005
thanks for the 25 minutes ... you explained yourself very well. bravo.

cheers!
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radioPooh Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2005
he is thinking about the time he did it with marylin monroe
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:iconcweeks:
cweeks Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2005
shit ... i should have sent it to the new york post...

i knew the bastard looked familiar!

;)
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londn Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2005   Photographer
exactly.. hate the feeling of not being able to record a moment.

most of my shots these days are from plain curiosity of another's condition.

whenever i read your journals or descripts.. it always brings me back to la for the moment.. as i sit here writing midterms and studying for essays.. i really need that :)
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cweeks Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2005
hate it. in the rare moments where i don't have a camera with me and some really cool moment develops in front of me ...

ah ... i get so pissed. using a camera-phone isn't the same. ;) but those digi-minded people probably think it is. ;)

sunrise earth is playing in front of me right now. it's almost 4.20, no?

dude ... go with the shots you're doing. another's condition is very interesting ...

well ... i'll try and upload a few more l.a. shots, brother!

good luck with the exams!

chris
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londn Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2005   Photographer
aye.. i'm watching my buddy play video games.. writing a story about illegal taxicabs in sf.. so boring.

yeah.. 4.20.. just matched you on a bowl :P

my roommate gets so pissed because i clog up the DVR with hd recordings of sunrise earth every morning.. some people just cant appreciate the simple things in life like watching birds walk across the frame of a beautifully composed shot.

anyway, back to it. lllllllate.
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geekster Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2005
incredible use of thirds, i really love the vibrance of the white on the front of the umbrella.
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intoxicatedchild Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2005
there's something uncannily relaxing about this picture. thanks for doing it :)
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intoxicatedchild Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2005
hey, i'm an easily relaxed person! Too much stress to deal with everyday, you should be glad you give me so much relief.
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cweeks Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2005
hmm ... relaxing ... i thought that was my trees shot.
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ashex Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2005   Photographer
beautiful picture, I love how you put the man on the edge instead of the center, but he still remains a main element of the scene
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calamity-jane Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2005
this shot is lovely... and it makes me want to pee my pants. He looks like he might not be the coldest beer in the fridge, the way he is seated - slipmed over and a dull expressin on his face. "Ok I'm sitting, now what?"
nice.
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cweeks Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2005
i believe there is a jewish home for the aging not too far away.
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Royksopp Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2005
wow sir.... i love it :+fav:
..powerfull capture

...and yea i should carry camer around too...
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:iconcweeks:
cweeks Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2005
always carry it!

thanks!
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Love it. Absolutely perfect.
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Idhril Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2005   Photographer
I just love how you photograph people wondering what's on their minds..
Really human
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flashtek Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2005
The old man just read the sign on the door in which the top part is partially hidden.
This kinda shot makes me wanna go back to film again...but first I need an slr cam.
Nice setting and gotta love black and white
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darkblackcrow Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2005
I really love so many things about this shot, such as the way you have used the door to frame the swingers and "seat yourself" signs, but my real interest lies in the balance; or lack there of. Somehow this shot seems ever so slightly outbalanced by the building, it simply "seems heavier" than the other side of the shot. This is by no means a problem, but to me it feels as if I am the old man. It kinda works. It feels like the frame is gonna tip any second and the guy isn't going to react, thus he is going to go into the coffee shop!

I know this is madness, but then so does the guy, who in his drunken state is probably questioning himself right now, not to mention Sir Isac Newton. Hehe. Great shot Chris, really put me there. =)
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dougans Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2005
looks to me like he's lonley, got no place to go, noone to be with, or maybe he dosnt want to be with the one who's waiting at home...
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whymebeacause Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2005
this is perfect , just perfect
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ashigaru Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2005  Professional General Artist
Very cool. Swingers, eh? *laugh* Remember the *old* Polaroid "Swinger" camera? Had one of those when I was growing up... never did know what the hell "Swinger" meant until I was older... and understood the uses for a Polaroid. :devilish:

The ol' chap is looking a bit tired. Too many dances, and been too many times around the block, no doubt. When you're sitting and catching your breath, your mind has nothing to do but reflect, or cling to the fear that you're going to die any second.

Incredible work, your Leica suits you well, and vice versa. The street looks so very *empty* though... a somewhat spooky aspect.
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cweeks Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2005
you should move to where i live ... swinging is alive and well. really. you wouldn't believe it.

i noticed the same thing after i made my one frame. truth be told i'd have made one more ... but ... it was frame 36.

thank you so much. i love the way my leica suits me. in fact ... i just did a two hour interview on why i use an m. looks like the editor is as much of a fan of the m-system as i am and we both want to see their continued success.

hope you're stayin' frosty, mate!
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ashigaru Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2005  Professional General Artist
*laugh* :rofl: Yeah, I figured it probably is. It's pretty prevalent here, as well...

Sometimes the last shot is where everything comes together. No idea why that is, though... maybe all the other shots are practice? :D

Cool, interviewed for two hours... that's a lot of time to give your opinion. I can also see that you've established yourself as one in the know, if they're seeking you out.

Famous amongst the famous. How cool is that?

I've thawed a little, but trying to get back into snowman status. :snowing: No worries... life is normal :rofl:
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amour-etranger Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2005   Photographer
The typical L.A look, it's lovely. It's just really nice to look at
It pleases the eye
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cweeks Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2005
yeah ... i think you're right. la has "a look" ... and i went back and looked at it again. that quasi-60's building ... the street. the sidewalk. the trees.

thank you so much!
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