Funky!

February 11, 2010

I’m currently doing production stills for a feature film being filmed here in LA…

A recent location of ours was in the middle of Topanga, in a pretty isolated section of the mountain. We were shooting at an old two-story farmhouse, and EVERYTHING was old about this place…

I fell in love with the wallpaper in the living room. No, I probably would never have it in my OWN house, but for where we were, it was perfect… Enjoy!

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Most of the time I’m sharing photo or tech related links, but I can’t help but share this one.

It’s a fascinating article about the death of a language, breaking a 65,000-year link to one of the world’s oldest cultures.

The link to the actual article is here. I’m also going to copy and paste it below, just in case the Guardian ever removes it!

Ancient tribal language becomes extinct as last speaker dies

Boa Sr, the last speaker of the Bo language of the Andaman Islands, has died. Photograph: Alok Das/Survival/Survival

The last speaker of an ancient tribal language has died in the Andaman Islands, breaking a 65,000-year link to one of the world’s oldest cultures.

Boa Sr, who lived through the 2004 tsunami, the Japanese occupation and diseases brought by British settlers, was the last native of the island chain who was fluent in Bo.

Taking its name from a now-extinct tribe, Bo is one of the 10 Great Andamanese languages, which are thought to date back to pre-Neolithic human settlement of south-east Asia.

Though the language has been closely studied by researchers of linguistic history, Boa Sr spent the last few years of her life unable to converse with anyone in her mother tongue.

Even members of inter-related tribes were unable to comprehend the repertoire of Bo songs and stories uttered by the woman in her 80s, who also spoke Hindi and another local language.

“Her loss is not just the loss of the Great Andamanese community, it is a loss of several disciplines of studies put together, including anthropology, linguistics, history, psychology, and biology,” Narayan Choudhary, a linguist of Jawaharlal Nehru University who was part of an Andaman research team, wrote on his webpage. “To me, Boa Sr epitomised a totality of humanity in all its hues and with a richness that is not to be found anywhere else.”

The Andaman Islands, in the Bay of Bengal, are governed by India. The indigenous population has steadily collapsed since the island chain was colonised by British settlers in 1858 and used for most of the following 100 years as a colonial penal colony.

Tribes on some islands retained their distinct culture by dwelling deep in the forests and rebuffing would-be colonisers, missionaries and documentary makers with volleys of arrows. But the last vestiges of remoteness ended with the construction of trunk roads from the 1970s.

According to the NGO Survival International, the number of Great Andamanese has declined in the past 150 years from about 5,000 to 52. Alcoholism is rife among the survivors.

“The Great Andamanese were first massacred, then all but wiped out by paternalistic policies which left them ravaged by epidemics of disease, and robbed of their land and independence,” said Survival International’s director, Stephen Corry. “With the death of Boa Sr and the extinction of the Bo language, a unique part of human society is now just a memory. Boa’s loss is a bleak reminder that we must not allow this to happen to the other tribes of the Andaman Islands.”

Boa Sr appears to have been in good health until recently. During the Indian Ocean tsunami, she reportedly climbed a tree to escape the waves.

She told linguists afterwards that she had been forewarned. “We were all there when the earthquake came. The eldest told us the Earth would part, don’t run away or move.”

Back to Los Angeles….

January 29, 2010

I made it back to Los Angeles just in time to enjoy some of the torrential downpours that I usually associate with the EAST coast. Fun times!

And just like that, I got back into the swing of things.

Last Thursday I attended a SmugMug LA meeting, my first. I pretty much floated my car down Ventura Blvd. to the venue, but I got there in one piece. (The flooded streets down here looked more like São Paulo than Los Angeles). Jim Brammer was speaking on marketing. Like anything we see or hear, we should take it all in, digest it, then sort through what we need or don’t need. The good thing is, some of what he was saying echoed ideas that I’ve read in two GREAT books, VisionMongers – Making a Life and a Living in Photography and The Art of Start. Other things countered as well, but again, we take what we need, then leave the rest on the table.

The following night I found myself at Loft 4300 to photograph a “Pancakes and Booze” event. It is a monthly event that this gallery holds. Artist Nicole Palmquist, creator of www.booleep.com was asked to paint one of her pieces on a nude model. She had hired me to photograph/document the event for her. It was a great night! There was lots of great work on the walls, pancakes were served all night long, and I especially enjoyed being able to see all of the steps Nicole had to take to get to her final product. Images will be up soon, but I believe I have some censoring to do before I can post them online.

In the meantime, I’m sifting through my images from Brasília, VERY eager to get them online to share, as well as working with liveBooks on my new website. I also have a few meetings set up next week with architects. Already busy!

Hope everyone is well and I look forward to posting some images for you all very soon.

Goodbye, Brasil!

January 13, 2010

I’m spending the day trying to figure out how to get everything home…

When I arrived in Brasil, I had a suitcase filled with presents, so I figured there would be no problem getting home. Somehow, I’m heading back with a whole extra suitcase.

I get into NYC Thursday morning, head to Philly for the weekend, then back to LA to work! I have a new website coming soon, and my designer needs to hear from me!

Before I go to juggle around the weight of my bags, check out this photo. One thing I came to get used to down here was the thunder storms! Some last only 5 minutes, some last longer… Regardless of length, they always seem to flood the streets! Here is the last bit of sun kissing one of the buildings before it became completely enveloped by the black clouds moving in.

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See you soon!

~jess.

Hey all,

It’s been a little while since my last post – I spent a few weeks in NJ/Philadelphia with family, then escaped to Brasil for a month! I’m still here in São Paulo, still with 10 days left of my trip. In just a couple of days I’m going to the capital of Brasil, Brasília. If you like modernist architecture, this place is a dream come true. I’m so excited to shoot here.

Here is a little something to hold you all over until I can post more!

Hope everyone is well and had a great holiday season… New Years on the beach in Baleia sure was perfect for me, even if I did have the flu!! (which I still have..)

~jess.

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Pennywise!

November 10, 2009

When I was in 6th grade, 12 years old, I got a cassette tape in China Town in Philadelphia of a band called Pennywise… A year later I saw them in concert for the first time, oddly enough only a few blocks from where I originally got the tape. I was hooked!!!

Fast forward 16 years, they are still the top of my list of favorite bands, but just two weeks before I moved to LA, the singer quit the band!!!

No worries, because the rest of the band has forged forward!

After a recent APA meeting, I found myself at the Air Conditioned Supper Club where they played a show, vocals were filled in by Zoli, singer of the band Ignite.

Since I’m a complete geek for Pennywise, and since my friend is their web guy who I’m always happy to help, I got to work and shot some images of the gig! Enjoy, and please contact me if you are interested in usage and licensing. 415.509.7407 – jess@jessreynolds.com

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LACMA and iPhones

November 4, 2009

Tonight I swung by the LACMA to shoot the architecture… I got there late of course thanks to traffic, but I decided to walk around anyway just to check things out!!!!

What a beautiful place!!! I didn’t shoot much at all, but I did shoot this…

Can’t wait to get back there!! Also, I’m writing this blog post from the WordPress App for iPhone, so I’m eager to see how it looks. It will be great for my upcoming trip to Brasil!

~jess.