Feb 24 2019

NYC

Announcing the screening of the HE doc and the release of the new book, SF EYES, in New York!

Tuesday
March 5 2019
8:30 PM

METROGRAPH
7 Ludlow St
New York, NY 10002

We will be doing a Q+A after too.

This is a free event, but you have to rsvp.

Send email to rsvp@hatandbeard.com with “Metro” in the header and your name.

See u there.

Feb 14 2019

Eighteen

We’re 18 yrs old now and couldn’t do it with out you. Here’s a 20% discount code for the store. It will last a day or 2. Enter code ” VDAYBDAY ”

Shop here : http://shophamburgereyes.com

Feb 11 2019

SF EYES

It’s happening, our book is here! Come celebrate with us in San Francisco. We will be screening a 30 min documentary and launching the new book.

WEDNESDAY
FEB 27 2019
ROXIE THEATER
3117 16TH ST
SF CA 94103

6:30 – 7:00 Book sales are open
7:00 – 7:30 Screen documentary
7:30 – 8:00 Signing and conversation

More info here : https://www.roxie.com/ai1ec_event/hamburger-eyes/?instance_id=32221

Buy the book here : https://hatandbeard.com/collections/books/products/hamburger-eyes

The event is free but you must rsvp!

Send email to rsvp with your name and “Roxie” in the subject line.

rsvp@hatandbeard.com

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Feb 04 2019

Polarities

Photo by Samuel Liebert

Remember when dobermans were the badass dogs? In 80’s movies, the bad guy’s mansion always had 2 dobermans. When I was a kid I got chased on my bike for 5 blocks by a huge doberman. Sooner or later pitbulls took the crown for most badass dog. Remember in “No Country For Old Men” when Josh Brolin is getting chased by a pitbull? Soo sketchy. Great scene.

At what point does “bad” evolve into “badass”? At point does “badass” mean “good”? For example, why do we root for the menacing killer robot machine known as “The Terminator”?

I dont know, I’m not very psycho analytical. But I’ve been looking at photos all day and wonder why certain “bad” photos are actually “good” and why some of the “good” photos are actually not good at all.

There are more than a few things at play here. State of mind, editing for printed pages vs editing for anything else, peer pressure, etc. I could go on and on.

I think that we need the polarities of good vs bad to learn. (“Contrast” right?) The idea is you learn how to shoot a basketball by evolving from bad form to good form. Then good form is supposed to lead to more buckets.

But we know this is not always the case. You can have perfect fundamentals and still totally suck. Or you can have the worst posture but somehow swish every shot. So beyond learning is game perspective.

To bring it back around, I think once you’re passed good vs bad, passed winning vs losing, then you develop a wider perspective. And sharing perspectives is sharing stories. So I guess this is more about game appreciation.

Jan 29 2019

The Greenest Light

Photo by Alex Martinez

In the NBA, there’s a guy killing right now. His name is James Harden. I am not a huge fan though because while he does kill it in the regular season, he is often choking in the playoffs. Commentators always seem to mention that he has “the greenest light,” meaning that the coach, his team mates, and the whole organization all give him the go ahead to do whatever he wants on the court. For example if he decides to never pass the ball, that’s fine. Or if he happens to miss every single shot in a game, that is fine too.

Most players aren’t allowed this much freedom. That’s because your team would lose if the coach played it this way with an average player.

I guess we are going esoteric today. I got some questions about editing for projects, zines, and books. And usually I can tell that it is their inner coach holding them back saying things like, “You’re not ready for prime time.” I am here to give you the green light. The greenest light. Do whatever it is you want to do and don’t second guess yourself or your talents.

There are 2 main questions when it comes to self publishing.

How much are you willing to spend? Let’s say you want to make 100 copies, you are either going to spend $300, $1200, or $20000. Or somewhere in between.

What is it for? Are you planning on selling it and making money back? Or are you giving it away for promo? Or do you just feel the need to express yourself? Or do want to make something for the homies?

There are no right or wrong answers. But answering these questions will be part of the shaping of the edit. For example, if it is for the homies then running those 2 extra photos of Gary going crazy is fine. But if this project is for showcasing your visions in hopes to find work or other projects, etc. then maybe it doesn’t need any photos of Gary at all.

For me, I want to make something different and cool and I want to make my money back and little more so that I can put out the next one. I envision what my zines and books will look like on someone’s kitchen table. I want it to look odd next to other publishings like newspapers and magazines.

For Hamburger Eyes, I want to showcase a certain style of photography that we all know and love yet doesn’t get that much attention. For my own zines, I want to have fun and be as weird as I wanna be.

Sometimes it is a matter of just making 1 copy. Show it to some people, then work on it some more. Rinse and repeat till you can’t work on it anymore, then make 1000 copies.

Whatever it is you want to do, you now have the green light. Start today.

Jan 27 2019

Crossing the Chasm

Photo by Ray Potes

After writing about darkroom stuff it made me think about when I started to cross over from shooting film to digital. I found this thing I wrote in 2013 about experiencing psychosis from the switch. Click here to read that.

For me, when I started hanging prints from digital cameras next to prints from hi res scans next to prints from the darkroom and pretty much no one could tell or didn’t care to notice, that’s when I started thinking it was ok.

Sure maybe people did notice and didn’t want to say, but at that time people around me had no problems telling me a photo I made didn’t work, or if I should have chosen a different cover for a zine, or if I printed something too dark or too light, or whatever. I always invited comments and criticisms. Yet no one ever asked what cameras or film stocks. Those conversations happened at coffee shops and bars with other photographers.

I would think at least the gallery people wanted to know. When you sell these things you always put down the paper stock which sort of implies the process. Like this, “Silver Gelatin Print” or “Digital C-Print”. Technically, you could use “silver print” for C-Print because there is silver in a chromogenic print. But no, it wasn’t a big deal what you shot it on, no one cares. I guess that’s what goes in the “Artist Statement” but I never had one of those.

Maybe some folks just assumed that we were all film and all darkroom. I could see how that assumption was made because we published black and white zines and had our own black and white lab.

Also, some of the photographers in our early issues like Vic Blue and Brian David Stevens were submitting digital photos. I didn’t know till years later and published them with the same assumptions as every body else.

I am not telling you to cross over. Do whatever it is you love to do. But the game has changed. When people say they love film, sometimes they are referring to camera mistakes and darkroom misshaps and imperfections. When I was in school, that was an F grade. F for fail. We had to make perfect negs and perfect prints. Same when working in commercial labs. So for some the switch to digital meant getting closer to that perfection, easier.

Just saying and sharing my thoughts. I know some will want to battle about it. For me there is also cost and convenience factors. What do you think?