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Gang Gang Dance Boadrum 88 | Dazed and Confused 

© Shawn Brackbill

http://www.dazeddigital.com/music/article/850/1/88boadrum-on-williamsburgs-waterfront

Happened across this link to a piece that I shot for Dazed and Confused on 08.08.2008.  Shot on Polaroid film with various cameras and a Yashica Electro GSN rangefinder.  A few weeks after this story, Dazed Digital editor Susie Lau asked me to cover NYFW for them.  Having never been to a show, I quickly got on board.  This spring I covered my 14th season of Fashion Week.  Glad I pitched this idea almost 7 years ago.  Kudos to Dazed for their amazing archive as well.  Much of my work for Dazed and Confused can be found here…

http://www.dazeddigital.com/user/shawnb

Part protest, part performance – the mass chanting on the eve of the UK’s general election, highlighted those left out of the political system.

They demanded ‘an immigrant for prime minister… someone with AIDS for prime minister… someone who has debt’.

The text was originated by US artist and activist Zoe Leonard in 1992. It was revived for the 2010 Swedish General Election and this new version was collaboratively authored at workshops in Berlin and London over the past year.

Over 50 people yesterday spent an hour collectively chanting both Leonard’s original and the new version – the first time it had been performed in the UK

Laura Guy, who helped organize the Trafalgar Square event, told GSN: ‘The readings are not simply about demanding greater representation within the present political system but about showing how so many people are failed by that very system.

‘We were informed by a historic moment of queer and feminist political struggle and wanted to orientate that toward a present set of demands.

‘It was empowering to stand together, to take up space and read in unison. I think many of us would all like to see a reinvigorated LGBT politics in the UK that aligns queer struggle with that of the many others.’

Read the new version in full here:

I want a dyke for prime minister. I want an immigrant for prime minister and I want a person with AIDS for prime minister and I want someone who has debt and I want someone who watched their council estate being bulldozed and replaced with luxury flats.

I want a prime minister who never crossed a picket except on the way to have an abortion and I want a candidate who isn’t the lesser of two evils and I want a prime minister who lost their last lover to suicide, who still sees that in their eyes every time they lay down to rest.

I want a prime minister with no access to legal representation, a prime minister who has stood in the line at DWP [Department for Work and Pensions], who has a chronic illness and who had their DLA [Disability Living Allowance] withdrawn, who has been unemployed and sexually harassed and gay bashed and deported.

I want someone who is a migrant worker, who had no choice but to leave her own children to work in a private household and who survived an abusive employer.

I want someone who has been in love and been hurt, who respects sex, who has made mistakes and learned from them. I want a prime minister who thinks black lives matter. I want someone who was stopped and searched, someone who couldn’t afford their care home fees, someone who is trans and has done drugs and is still on the waiting list for the mental health service.

I want someone who has committed civil disobedience. And I want to know why this isn’t possible. I want to know why we started learning somewhere down the line that a president is always an elite: always a john and never a sex worker. Always a boss and never a laborer, always a liar, always a thief and never caught.

- See more at: http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/do-you-want-poor-dyke-sex-worker-or-immigrant-prime-minister070515#sthash.NSw2P0l1.dpuf

So, we’ve been watching GSN quite a lot while we’re dog-sitting, and every time a commercial for Skin Wars comes up, I have to wonder:
Are men paint-repellent? Or does nobody want to have to paint any pendulous dongs? Not to say this isn’t fantastic art, of course, I’m just curious.

Intro

I started shooting film in 2015. I’d randomly shot a few rolls throughout my life. A few disposable cameras when I was really little. Two or three rolls of 35mm in an slr last year. But I’d never done it consistently. It was just incidental. This year, something changed.

Throughout the winter I grew restless and started to look for something different. I felt like I had writer’s block. Except it was photographer’s block. That’s a strange phrase. “Photographer’s block”. It sounds like a block of houses inhabited solely by super eccentric hipster photographers. They would probably only shoot film. Maybe It’s located in Fishtown. Sounds awesome!

So, back to the part where I felt like I had hit a wall. I’d fantasized about shooting film before, but never really took the plunge. I decided to try something different. After all, it’s worth a shot. What could be more adventurous than putting a strip of plastic/celluloid in the back of a metal box? Not much, not much at all. So, this year I bought a bunch of film, started using a borrowed Mamiya RB67, bought a Pentax 67, and a Yashica Mat Electro 35. So basically, now that I have all this stuff, I have to use it.

I do more “professional” stuff over on my website: http://www.alexmedvick.com/ and that’s fun and all, but I think tumblr is going to be very film oriented for me. I’m going to relax, post whatever, and not worry about anything. So, if you like film, or photography in general, hi! If you don’t like that stuff, hi anyway!

Bye.

THERE IS LITERALLY A SHOW ON GSN RIGHT NOW CALLED ‘IT TAKES A CHURCH’ AND THE MEMBERS OF WHICHEVER CHURCH COME TOGETHER AS MATCHMAKERS TO HELP ONE OF THE MEMBERS OF THEIR PASTORAL STAFF FIND A WOMAN AND NOW THEY’RE DETERMINING WHO GETS TO GET TO KNOW HIM BETTER BASED ON POINTS FOR A BOUQUET TOSS I WISH I WERE JOKING