process and cliché

mickster | photographers | Monday, March 24th, 2008

“CC: Inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just show up and get to work and the belief that things will grow out of the activity itself and that you will, through work, bump into other possibilities and kick open other doors that you would never dream up if you were just sitting around looking for a great art idea. And that a belief in that the process, in a sense, is liberating and that you don’t have to reinvent the wheel everyday. Today you know what you will do, you could be doing what you were doing yesterday and tomorrow you are going to do what you did today and at least for a certain period of time if you can just work to hang in there, you will get somewhere.”
– attributed to Chuck Close during an interview by Joe Fig – (Plus Ultra Gallery, NY)


“Photography is essentially a cliché-making machine… I don’t think it is healthy for a photographer to altogether run away from clichés — just as I don’t think it is wise for any kind of artist to try and do something entirely new. We are all working within a language and tradition. To avoid that language is to speak gibberish.”

the big chill

mickster | cycling culture | Saturday, March 22nd, 2008


Pics from the coldest good friday meet i’ve ever been to. Congrats to all the riders who stuck it out – it was a good day. Pics by Craig Beech.
There’ll be a couple of portraits from me on here soon – ahh the sense of mystery and anticipation you only get from shooting film 😉

good friday 08

mickster | cycling culture,photographers | Thursday, March 20th, 2008


Here’s hoping that the rain, wind – and if you believe the Met office – snow flurries hold off for tomorrow’s annual track extravaganza in South London.
I’ll be there come rain or shine taking portraits either of the punters and the riders, or if the weather’s shite of a bunch of half cut friends and a fed up camera crew in the pub in E Dulwich. Maz Lewis has been working on producing a 30 min documentary on the event which culminates in her filming the action tomorrow…keeping fingers crossed for her as well as for the riders and organisers.

hey! you at the back, catch-up…

mickster | cycling culture | Sunday, March 16th, 2008


What’s this – the first post of 2008 natch, and it’s almost easter… Life’s taken off in all sorts of new directions these past few months – exhilaration + exhaustion (the good kind). I’ve been working on a couple of photographic projects which – fingers crossed – will hopefully turn into a Masters degree in photography in about 18 months time. I’m so excited!
So the blog’s not dead, just having a long slow nap which will be punctuated by occasional moments of wakefulness/lucidity when I get the time…
…which brings me to a fitting first post of 2008, and that’s announcing the (kinda) relaunch of the soon-to-be-global rollapaluza phenomenon. They’ve been running roller racing shows since 2000 – that’s pre 9/11, pre Bush ‘n Blairs ‘war on terror’ and just as Armstrong was about to go and win the tour for a second time to prove that his first win wasn’t a fluke… Yup, THAT long. And this year looks like its gonna be a big one for them. They’re good people and we say ‘chapeau!’ to them for doing what they do and being the best in the business at it. And we also love the new red/black logo and site re-design: we at badbean like to imagine that it’s a sign of Winston’s anarcho-syndicalist leanings… but then again it could be that he’s just a closet addicks fan. We’ll let you decide.

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