MBK Tattoo Contest Vol 10, 2015

This isn’t the first post from this event, MBK Tattoo Contest Vol 10, that took place in Bangkok in November 2015. I’ve already posted some photos here in the blog, but now I’ve uploaded them all to a gallery on Flickr.

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Divine Ink (Click on this image to visit the full Flickr gallery)

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Some portraits from Bangkok

Yesterday I came home from a week-long stay in Bangkok, where I met a lot of wonderful, talented, beautiful, sexy, creative, amazing, friendly and inspiring people. These are just a few of the photos of the amazing people and scenes that I captured there.

During one week in Bangkok, I spent most of my time in tattoo shops and hanging around with other tattoo interested people. It all culminated in the MBK Tattoo Convention 2015 on my last day, where most of these photos were taken. For me, as a person who’s probably more than average interested in tattoos, being at a tattoo convention makes you feel at home: You meet lots of people who all share the same passion and love for the same kind of artistic expression. It makes you feel like you’re a part of an international society. I’ll post plenty of photos from this magnificent event later. Because I had a flight, I couldn’t stick around to find out who won in the different classes, but for me it wasn’t important to find out who came out victorious or not – the important part was to be there, feel the vibe and be a part of the event.

The Muay Thai boxing photos were shot at Bankok’s Rajadamnern Stadium (which will also be covered in a separate post) and, since I was already in Bangkok, of course I made sure to arrange a photo session with a local model: Rogue Seraphim and make-up artist Adia Braun (the photo session will also be covered later). I haven’t had the time to go through even a small fraction of my photos yet, but I probably have some interesting street photos to share as well.

I hope you all (my readers) have been having a good time and enjoying life lately and I hope that I get to visit Bangkok again soon! The sooner the better!

Nude Portraits: Magda

There’s some nudity in this post. I know that nudity bothers some people because of their superstitions or work environment. In that case I suggest that you read a garden blog, a cat-blog or something else instead. (Fair warning given).

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Portraits: Magdalena Jewuła

Back in June, I promised you that you’d see more of Magdalena Jewuła. I’m the kind of man who likes to keep his promises (well, probably not all of them –  but at least I always try to keep them), so here she is again: the wonderful Magdalena Jewuła.

Portraits: Paulina

I have plenty of portraits of beautiful models and it’s a shame (no, it’s a sin!), to let them gather dust on the hard disk. That’s why I decided to post portraits for the next coming posts in this blog.

Instead of posting them one by one, I’ve divided them into models. First one up is (the title kind of revealed it already) Paulina. I’ll share more photos of her later, but for now enjoy these two shots:

Paulina by CardinalGuzman.wordpress.com

Paulina by CardinalGuzman.wordpress.com

Double exposures plus some street

Enjoy these double exposures plus some street photography. I hope you’ve had a great weekend. It’s almost finished now, but it will return in less than a week.

Check out Paula’s B&W Sunday post:

Magda the Mountain Lion

Magdalena Jewuła as Mountain Lion. Mountain Lion photo by Brad Wilson. Composite by CardinalGuzman.wordpress.com

Magdalena Jewuła as Mountain Lion. Mountain Lion photo by Brad Wilson. Composite by CardinalGuzman.wordpress.com

This is a composite image that I made based on one of Brad Wilson’s photos of a mountain lion. If you don’t know his work, I suggest that you check out Brad Wilson’s studio portraits of wild animals. He’s got some truly brilliant photos. The human element here is a studio portrait that I shot of the model Magdalena Jewuła. The composite image is inspired by a work of the Italian experimental photographer Wanda Wulz (1903 – 1984).
I guess you can say that Wanda Wulz is my muse when it comes to composite images of felines and people.

See my previous Wanda Wulz inspired images, more muse related stuff and visit Brad Wilson’s website:

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Photo Session with Magda

Here’s the first shot I’ll share with you of Magda. I’ll share some more when I have processed them, but I have a lot of photos to process and not so much time… Magda is an amazing model to work with. She’s professional and she has a magic sparkle in her eyes.

Magda by CardinalGuzman.wordpress.com

Magda by CardinalGuzman.wordpress.com

You can check out her portfolio @ facebook.com/stern.photomodel

Portraits of Monika & Pamela

Model photography is on my schedule this coming weekend and I’m really looking forward to try out the new cameras in a different setting than usual. I thought I’d share a few model photos with you. These were shot with my ‘old camera’ two years ago. If your boss/management is retarded, one of these shots is probably NSFW and if it’s so, I suggest that you immediately change your job or even better: fire your boss/management!

You can check out Monikas stuff here: https://www.facebook.com/gebalamonika

Street Portraits of Gunn

Gunn had some awesome tattoos, so I asked her if I could shoot some photos of her and post them in my blog. She obvisouly agreed. Gunn is from a Norwegian city called Trondheim and if I remember correctly, she got her ink at Purple Pain Tattoo. I believe that she also mentioned Flaming Heart Tattoo, but I’m not 100% sure about that (I didn’t write any of the info down).
Edit: Gunn stopped by the blog and gave me the correct name of the second tattoo studio: The right arm is done by Roger and Izzy at Lowlife Tattoo in Trondheim. Both studios are located in/around Trondheim.

Thanks for being sporty and letting me shoot your portraits Gunn!

A Portrait of Tore

Five photos / five stories black and white challenge: This is a portrait of my friend Tore Kierulf Næss. I can’t remember exactly when I took this photo, but if I say that it was shot sometime between 2004-2009, I’m pretty sure that I’ve nailed it time-wise.

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Tore Kierulf Næss (born 21 February 1973) is a Norwegian master of philosophy, writer and art critic.

Tore Næss was an art critic for the Norwegian newspaper Klassekampen from 2005-2009 and was also the founder and editor of the art magazines Kunstmagasinet and KUNSTforum. Since 2009, Kierulf Tore Næss has been a medical student at the University of Oslo and has worked as an editor for the medical student paper Æsculap during the years 2011-2013. (Source: Wikipedia).

Tore and myself once held up a whole boat when we were on our way from Turkey to Greece. We’d been enjoying some wine at a local place and suddenly realized that we had to run in order to make it to the ferry. A turkish man from the customs came running after us on the docks, while waving his arms, screaming and yelling our names. We were almost afraid to stop and thought for a brief moment that we were on the verge of being arrested and charged with something ridiculous, like being in charge of an international league of drug smugglers or something like that. When the out of breath officer caught up with us, he held our passports in his hand and said, with a heavy accent:
“Mista Nas, Mista Max, You forgot your passports”.
A large crowd of tourists stood by the gunwale on the ship and laughed heartily with us of the little scene that had just happened on the docks.

 


  • Miz Rocket challenged me to a five photos / five stories black and white challenge. This has been the first out of five posts.
  • These are the rules of this challenge:
    1) To post a black & white photo every day for 5 days.
    2) To write a story to accompany your photo for 5 days (this can be fiction or non-fiction, a page, a paragraph or a poem).
    3) To nominate a different person each day.

 

  • I’m not a big fan of rules, so I made my own interpretation to fit me:
  • 1) I’ll post 5 black & white photos in 5 different posts (on any random day and I might post other stuff in between those 5 posts).
    2) I’ll let some text accompany these 5 shots (but it might be a quote or a poem written by someone else if I don’t feel like sharing anything).
    3) I’ll nominate a different person each day. This will probably be some random who’s not actively following the blog. (We all have blog followers that you never see around, so I’m thinking that this can be a good way of interacting with them).

My first nomination is Nia from photographyofnia.com. Nia loves cats, trees & birds and she lives in the beautiful city of Istanbul (but it was pure coincidence that she lives in Turkey and that this post had a story that happened in Turkey – I didn’t know this when I nominated her). Just like me, Nia doesn’t accept awards, but she might be up for this black & white photo/story challenge?
You can see Nia’s latest post here: http://photographyofnia.com/2015/05/15/ill-be-right-here-waiting-for-you/

Edit: I just dicovered that Nia has a blog dedicated to B&W photos: https://blackandwhiteshotsofnia.wordpress.com/2015/03/13/nothing-left-to-eat/

B&W Challenge 5-5: Anita & Magda

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Anita & Magda

The wonderful Ksenia has challenged me to post black & white photos for the up-coming five days. It took me a few weeks to notice that I’d been challenged, but better late than never!

In return I nominate Patti Kuche @ nylondaze.wordpress.com

In order to take this challenge, you must post B&W photography for the next five days, and each day nominate another photographer to enter the challenge. Good luck!
(Needless to say, but of course you can also choose to not participate or to do it later if it doesn’t fit your current schedule).

Also check out Photo101 rehab: http://luciledegodoy.com/2014/12/04/photo101-rehab/

Cirka Loka HalLokween 2014 Portraits Part 1

Last weekend I was the photographer at Cirka Loka’s HalLOKween Party 2014. Here’s part 1 of the photo gallery from that night.

 

The light conditions were difficult to work with because they were constantly changing and the autofocus sometimes struggled with the darkness and the smoke. So, it was challenging conditions, but at the same time it was tons of fun and very educative. Big thanks to all the sporty people that let me take their portraits! Thanks for an awesome party with great people! All in all I’d say that the party was fantastic & epic!

 

Anita Sikorska Gallery

Random collection of photos from a photo shoot with Anita Sikorska.

These were shot in an old fort. We set off some smoke bombs, used reflectors and flash and took advantage of the sunlight at the time around sunset. We had to work very quickly because of the sun and the smoke.

Portrait of a Musician

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Knut Neerland is a Norwegian photographer and musician. I took this photo probably around 2001-2003.

I guess this photo could have been the cover art for an album. The guy playing guitar on the photo is Knut.
Knut and I met through mutual friends and he’s a guest musician on several of my ‘recordings’.

If you’re interested in listening, here’s a tune we recorded many years ago. This recording is from an early rehearsal of the song. The lyrics are based on a short story by Franz Kafka and the video has nothing to do with the song at all. It was just something I added so there’s something to watch while the song is playing.

You can find more music here: https://cardinalguzman.wordpress.com/music/

Milk Splash Model

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Milk Splash Beata by CardinalGuzman.wordpress.com

This could have been an advertisement for the infamous Korova Milk Bar from the movie/book A Clockwork Orange, but it’s not. Ben Rowe posted a milk splash tulip the other day. I was inspired by his result and felt like playing with some milk myself, so I sat down and created this. At first it had too much air on the right side of the photo and I thought that I wouldn’t bother to correct it, but then I corrected it anyway.

Model: Beata Siudek was my model for this photo.
Milk Splash: Free milk splash images found @: 
http://all-free-download.com/free-psd/milk-splash.html
Font: Mistral, by Roger Excoffon

WordPress’ Weekly Photo Challenge: http://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_photo_challenge/refraction/

Street Portrait 9527

After I posted the street portraits of the two police officers in Jerusalem, I’ve been thinking about sharing more of my street portraits. This one is technically not on (or even near) a street, as it was shot in the Wadi Rum desert of Jordan, but still it counts as a street portrait.

Wadi Rum, Jordan

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