Dec 15, 2017

New video by Marek Okon "Three Stones"

A must-see video by freelance art director Marek Okon, it's awesome!

The four-minute-long film explores the perspective of a female wanderer, who perceives the world in a constant state of lucid dreaming. As the film progresses from the calmness of lush greenery in the Japanese countryside to the electrifying night scenes of the Tokyo metropolis, the wanderer’s graceful movement synchronises with the atmospheric music and ethnic rhythms produced by Kalakmul.

During post-production the various upside-down scenes throughout the film were rotated or mirrored so that the viewer is not entirely certain which direction is up and which is down.
‘Three Stones’ is a self-funded production driven by the passion and creativity of a unique group of people. The female aerialist featured in the film is Maika Isogawa, who up until recently was on tour with Totem for Cirque du Soleil. The video is produced by Strategy Set, an award-winning international production and creative agency based in Australia and Japan. The art director, Marek Okon, is a Tokyo-based independent creative who previously worked for Wieden+Kennedy Tokyo on brands such as Nike, Spotify, and Sony. The music was produced by Kalakmul, a psychedelic dub DJ and music producer based in rural Chiba, Japan. The film was color graded by Toshiki Kamei, currently a colorist at Cutters Tokyo.

Three Stones – Kalakmul from Marek Okon on Vimeo.

Dec 5, 2017

The oldest profession in the world ... reclaim the word 'whore' with Whoretography

Very nice and very good initiative by Camille Melissa, a sex worker herself. Respect!

A prostitute, a whore, a slut (I love the explanation on Urban Dictionary: "A woman that sleeps with everyone but YOU!!!!!"). None of these words have a positive connotation. Spending my childhood in Amsterdam and visiting an uncle who had a bicycle shop near the red light district for me being a prostitute is a profession. The oldest profession. Same with a call girl. Sometimes it's a choice, sometimes it's not. Talking about this people explain to me that these are often foreign girls, human traficking, abuse ... but that is a total different problem. Like kids forced to work in underdeveloped countries. I guess it also has to do with a taboo on sex, so if you have a job in the sex industry, whatever job, it's bad.

“Whoever controls the image controls the message. We must celebrate the fact that sex workers are now image makers; we must challenge the exclusion of sex workers from online visual spaces” – Camille Melissa

Whoretography is the intersection of imagery, technologies, society & the sex worker rights movement.

You can support her here.

And this made me furious, shame on them:


Here you will find details of the places, platforms and institutions that Whoretography has been rejected from in an effort to take my photographic reseach work main stream, I am posting these to highlight the stigma associated with being a sex work researcher and getting my artistic work in front of a greater audience.

My account on Linkedin was rejected after I updated my qualifications. In listing my Master's Degree, I wrote a paragraph about my research question, which was 'Is it possible to reclaim the word whore through creative practice as research?' and then discussed my desire to pursue a Ph.D.
My account was immediately suspended. Apparently, the puritanical peeps at Linkedin take offense to an artist in their corporate mix.

I was rejected for a Ph.D. application at a leading university in Melbourne (one at which I have studied before) I pitched for a photography Ph.D. exploring issues related to sexuality, surveillance, and identity that are part of contemporary photography and sex work.  Whilst they acknowledged that my research sounded fascinating and unique I was rejected on the basis the doctoral level research in photography should be conceptual and formal not social and political and if I was serious about pursuing a Ph.D. I would need to change my research.

Airbnb suspended my account after I booked accommodation to attend a photography conference and I was discussing my research with (not the name of my research, I omitted that) my Airbnb host.  Apparently Airbnb is a community for all, except sex work researchers.

iBooks rejected the initial version of the Whoretography Magazine citing objectionable content - I thought perhaps I had made an error with the format of the book but was told some of the visual content was deemed to be offensive.

You can buy the book over here.


Quite a monochromic inspiration

No, I don't think using one color in a space is boring. Look at these. Below my absolute favs.

Nov 19, 2017

Who, why and where - The world's first color photograph

The world's first color photograph was made by the Scottish scientist James Clerk Maxwell who wasn't interested in photography at all.

Curious? You can read it here.

Emergence - More is Different

Very nice video by Kurzgesagt, explaining Emergence - How stupid things become smart together. I was left with one remark: an ant colony and a body don't have a 'leader', countries, a society has. So .... ..... now I have to think.