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Pumpskin

14th November 2011

Back around Halloween, my friend Derek and I went on a hunt around the artificial pumpkin patches of Los Angeles for the perfect sized pumpkins to carve and place on our heads.

The process was really simple and fun…and a bit of a mess.

Derek documented the process I used to make mine, with his iPhone.

Heres how to fit yourself for a pumpkin mask:

  1. Cut the pumpkin as if it were a slice of pie, from the bottom to midway up the back of where you plan on the face being
  2. Rip out its pumpkin guts (do NOT eat them raw. It tastes like organic garbage vomit) and scrape it until its shallow/ lightweight
  3. Try fitting your head into the pumpkin.
  4. If it doesn’t fit at first, cut WIDER but not higher to the stem of the pumpkin. (I say this because Derek cut his pumpkin head too high up and had a hard time keeping it from falling off.)

A series of poor choices are illustrated in this image, actually…

Heres some tips on making your face:

  • Cut 1 hole where you think an eye should go
  • put the pumpkin on your head, and mark where you plan on cutting the other with the assistance of a pen and a mirror.
  • The less space you cut open, the less people can see your face, the creepier the head becomes.

Wearing a pumpkin mask is SO fun! You can do so many things in disguise like:

Get all of your shopping done*

Practice your football tosses in the house

Go on a hot date.

Take fun photos

Get too drunk on your date and cry because no one can see you!

Photos by Chloe Rice

*Photo montages taken by the toy camera wizard,  Derek Woods

I Wuz Here.

26th October 2011

This has been my week, in polaroids.

Holding the photos that I’ve taken, after the fact, when they’ve lost all of their context is the most peculiar and exciting part of shooting.

I makes me realize that I find myself in some very unusual places.

Like, right now, I’m typing this from underneath the floorboards of Vincet Prices old mansion.

Thats only half true.

The Price is right…

I’ve Been Exposed!

23rd October 2011

The other night before heading back from Vegas, my friend Jeremy walked out of the dollar store to present me with a bundle of glowsticks. I kind of nervously smiled, expecting this to be the punch line to another playful stab at my raver past.

I asked him ”So, what’s the plan for those?” to which he responded with “I don’t know, but probably something awesome”

Trying to find a good use for glow sticks sounded like a fun challenge, so while driving through the pitch black desert toward Los Angeles, I decided to pull off to what was probably the most desolate exit in all of North America to try something I had never attempted with my camera, before. Drawing with light.

Everything that was said as we got further from any sort of civilization, fit the bill for being quoted in the horror film that would be made about us (ya know, just two ravers lookin’ for a place to party), later on:

  • “This looks like a good place to pull over”
  • “Did you hear that?”
  • “It was probably just a dog”
  • “I’ll go check it out”
  • “We’re gonna need a bigger boat”

Another thing I said a lot for the first couple of minutes of showing Jeremy how to make a glow stick light up while twiddling with my camera was the term “bear with me”

It was the first time I had decided to play with long exposure so, like most things in my life, I learned though a couple of stabs at trial and error.

In order to achieve what I was going for, heres what I eventually switched my settings to:

I propped the camera on the trunk of car and made Jeremy stand in the road with the glow sticks so that I could use the manual focus, to find him. Then we just made some raver art!

(insert DJ unce-unce’s new dub-step album here)

Almost all of the shots were set so that we could hold the light, and flail around for 30 seconds, before the shutter closed. So we pretty much did the stereotypical things you would do if you were presented with this situation.

(from upper left, to lower right) Make a series of lowest common denominator shapes; tag your initials in the sky; do a fruity glow stick dance while your friend laughs hysterically at you for 30 seconds; and explain how cool nature is.

We also made several attempts at drawing the symbol for Jeremys band

I think looks pretty rad if you can see it like this instead of some buttholes floating in the sky.

Jeremy jokingly representing his being straightedge/ a documentation of the place where we found a buried treasure!

For spending an hour in the middle of a pitch black desert at midnight, I would say that we PAC’t in a a lot of fun.




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