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D.J. Cotrona as Sean Mathers in Windfall

“I just want to show up with the other lottery winners. You know, stop living my life in the shadows.” 

2015

Flights: 60+
Miles in the air not including tour bus travel: 121, 697
Tour: 38/52 weeks

This is me in Manchester, UK. Photo taken: Adam Elmakias.

This year was a ride. Having an opportunity to shoot for one band for about 10 months all over the world was a blessing. It is hard to keep inspired when you photograph the same concert every night. I try to keep it different and work on personal work along side of what the band wants by candids, portraits, and squeezing time for other artists between tours. All Time Low took me on tour all year, although I still got to work with some incredible artists and on some other projects of my own. Here are my favorite 1-2 images of each month of 2015.

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Doing some ratings research unrelated to Scandal made me realize  how much of a petty Olitz fan I am

While at this point, IDGAF about Olivia’s romantic dalliances and I think Fitz and Olivia needed to split given the hyper absurdity of the circumstances written for them, I still cannot get over the swindle of season five’s key art and the marketing and promotion of the show in general. And while I understand and even surprisingly agree with Olivia’s choice to have an abortion, I still cannot get over how unsettling and gratuitously unexpected the depiction was. 

When Scandal returns, the Petty Olitz Fan in me wants their ratings to drop so fucking low, ABC is forced to consider instant cancellation.

When Scandal returns, the Petty Olitz fan in me wants their ratings to get so low, production is forced into budget cuts because advertising revenue isn’t up to par. 

When Scandal returns, the Petty Olitz Fan in me wants their ratings to get so low that DJ Casper is in disbelief when he gives instructions for the ChaCha Slide.

When Scandal returns, the Petty Olitz Fan in me wants their ratings to decline so far that they’re instantly forced to course correct whatever direction the writers are taking the show. 

When Scandal returns, the Petty Olitz fan in me wants their ratings to stoop so terribly low, the writers consider bringing Harrison back from the dead.

When Scandal returns, the Petty Olitz fan in me wants their ratings to drop lower than a Hotep’s IQ and credit scores combined.

When Scandal returns, the Petty Olitz fan in me wants their ratings to tank so fucking hard, that it’s only profitable to air repeats of “The Trail” every fucking Thursday for the duration of the season. 

When Scandal returns, the Petty Olitz fan in me wants them to cut every Rowan and Mellie monologue per episode, inevitably cutting the show down to at least 30 minutes to make room for the loss of ad revenue. And in that additional time frame, the Petty Olitz fan in me wants ABC to be forced promote shows on competing networks.

When Scandal returns, the Petty Olitz fan in me wants the writers to be forced to write Olitz fan fiction as scripts to recoup the loss in audience.

The Petty Olitz fan in me is talking smutty fanfic where it’s basically the Vermont portion of 308 for 44 minutes of screen time, no plot, no story line to compensate for the ridiculous whiplash they’ve given their characters in development and their audience in viewing the show. 

When Scandal returns, the Petty Olitz fan in me wants their ratings to be so historically low Nielsen considers new methods of data collection. 

When Scandal returns, the Petty Olitz fan in me wants CSPAN to have a higher viewing audience. 

When Scandal returns, the Petty Olitz fan in me wants it to be an instant bubble show and gets ignored in marketing and promotion like it did in season one and like every other non TGIT related drama does now. 

When Scandal returns, the Petty Olitz fan in me wants the ratings to be so low, when it returns in season six (because it will return even if there is a ratings drop because everything else on ABC might as well not exist), I hope the writers are forced to write a time jump since they’re so obsessed with them and  write a five part, traditional Indian style wedding that lasts for days as Olitz fan apologia. 

Because honestly, I’m here for whatever changes or “evolution” Olivia is going through. That’s fine. It’s a show about her. But when you incorporate a relationship into the fabric of the show for five seasons and fail to pay it off in any meaningful way (which isn’t to say it won’t happen. who knows?), when you have repeated the same patterns in writing a relationship after five fucking seasons, when you sell the show as the season when an on again off again couple finally will have an “At Last,” forever moment…only to tear that shit to shreds in the most devastatingly way possible for a viewer, when you have asked an audience to watch and invest in a couple that has gone through impossible ass circumstances including rigging an election, forgiving murder (of a parent at one point might I add), starting a fucking war, possible impeachment and public scrutiny, when you have written a couple as having at least a half dozen logical places to split only to have your audience watch them split in the context of a procedure that it is deeply personal and ideological…bringing up DEEP-seated emotions for viewers, you have truly challenged fans….to not watch your show. And the Petty Olitz Fan in me hopes the general audience says,” challenge fucking accepted.”  

Because holy shit what shippers have been fucked with and trolled as much? Scandal has earned audience disinterest sooooooo hard. It’s saving grace, ESPECIALLY following the shit-tastic 4B, has been ABC’s ability to create buzz (buzz often generated from Olivia’s relationships).The Petty Olitz Fan in me hopes it last no more.