Everybody’s business

18 photos from 1 roll of slide film shot over 1 month in a 30 year old camera with a $25 lens and cross-processed. This sentence doesn’t really do anything and neither does the previous one. Some people just need to get their brain warmed up to look at pictures.

A Malibu, birds, frogs, and all that

And I’m not going to think about anything and I don’t want to work anything out.
If you only knew how sweet and powerful it is to have no expectations and be ruthless and hungry.

John Giorno, I Don’t Need It, I Don’t Want It, and You Cheated Me Out of It [mp3]

Malibu (checkmate) -- by Joe Reifer

Malibu (checkmate) — by Joe Reifer

It's the one with the birds -- by Joe Reifer

It’s the one with the birds — by Joe Reifer

Enter His Courts With Praise -- by Joe Reifer

Enter His Courts With Praise — by Joe Reifer

Frogs -- by Joe Reifer

Frogs — by Joe Reifer

Berkeley neighborhood sunset (May 16, 2010) -- by Joe Reifer

Berkeley neighborhood sunset (May 16, 2010) — by Joe Reifer

Stretching It Wider

Stretching It Wider — by John Giorno

Somethings that work in one decade don’t work in the next, so mark it down as a noble idea that failed.

And I did what everybody dreams of doing, I walked away from it I walked away from it I walked away from it I walked away from it I walked away from it, and I never went back, without reconcile.

And since I can’t leave, I love getting drunk with you I love getting drunk with you I love getting drunk with you, and give me some more blow.

Caution, Wet Floor -- by Joe Reifer

Nobody ever gives you what you want except by mistake, and the only things you ever got is what you did for yourself, and you hate them and you’re only doing it everyday for the money and you hate them and you’re only doing it everyday for the money.

I know guys who work all their life and have got a lot, and something happens to him, and he loses everything just like that, and I even haven’t got that and I even haven’t got that.

Hard work, low pay, and embarrassing conditions, you are worse than I remember, and you’re home and you’re home and you’re home and you’re home and you’re home.

MacGyver Cycle -- by Joe Reifer

What is a rat doing when it isn’t eating garbage or scaring you on the steps, they’re laying around like a pussy cat, you and I sleeping in the bedsheets, warm and cozy, sliding your legs under the covers and staying there.

You got to keep down cause they’re shooting low, press your body against the ground, it’s gravity, the telephone hasn’t rung once today.

If there is one thing you can not and will not do is make this world a better place, if there’s one thing you can’t do is make the world a better place if there’s one thing you’re not going to do is make the world a better place.

Cause you are only successful when you rip somebody off, and everybody I ever known who wants to help somebody, wants to help themself, and I’m firm believer in giving somebody enough rope to hang themself.

Honda -- by Joe Reifer

You’re standing here watching all these people, and everything seems a little confused and everything seems a little confused and everything seems a little confused, I haven’t got anything to say.

The noose is tightening the noose is tightening the noose is tightening, and let me make one more further observation, when you die you’re going to die with a hard-on.

If I didn’t have an accident I wouldn’t be here, if I didn’t have an accident I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t have an accident I wouldn’t be here.

Home -- by Joe Reifer

Then there is the reality of the family, your mother and father, them and my mistakes is why I’m sitting at a table with a bunch of stupid jerks on Thanksgiving eating a turkey stuffed with lasagna.

I’m spending my whole life being with people I don’t want to be with I’m spending my whole life being with people I don’t want to be with I’m spending my whole life with people I don’t want to be with, and there ain’t no such thing as family, just people you work with.

I love completely perverted people, you are my best sexual fantasy, I never got that far with scat before, and I want to remember it tireless, and I want to remember it tireless, and I want to remember it tireless, and I want to remember it, tireless.

Cougar I -- by Joe Reifer

We make money the old-fashioned way we earn it, the anchor man never leaves the building, and the only difference between me and a preacher is he’s telling you he has a way out, and I’m telling you don’t bother, for you there is no way out for you there is no way out for you there is no way out for you there is no way out for you there is no way out, and it isn’t as though you got anything to lose.

Besides they blocked permanently all the exits they blocked permanently all the exits, you and I get to stay here forever and it gets worse beyond your imagination.

I would like to give my best to all sentient beings, and before I die I would like to de-tox my mind and tame delusion, but we are not in a time appropriate to do this.

Cougar II -- by Joe Reifer

Tonight, I want you to give me some drugs and a little alcohol, if something is good people like it if something is good people like it if something is good people like it.

It looks the way it should and you make me feel good, so let’s open it up, stretching it wider stretching it wider stretching it wider stretching it wider stretching it wider, and it shouldn’t be any trouble.

Cola Seat Time-lapse


I walked 11 miles today.

I’ve been reading this Ed Ruscha book. I think it influenced the video.

Last week I made a to-do list with 45 items with due dates. 9 are done already.

This year I’m doing.

Is there something on your list that you’ve been meaning to do for months or years?

I have one. It’ll be done before the end of the week.

I’m thinking about getting a rowing machine, but I’m not sure if I like rowing.

Turn Off, Get Out: Cultivating Disparate Artistic Input Beyond the Internet

Managing daily input & output is important to continuing to grow as an artist. Many of our daily rituals are centered around the Internet and cell phones. I’ve been ruminating lately on how the online world is extremely useful for displaying artistic output, but the input that really inspires me often comes from somewhere else, outside of these little boxes. Please embrace the irony of a guy writing a mildly abstract manifesto on a computer, telling you to turn off your computer and go experience the world. Are you sitting in your cubicle reading this? Go outside on your lunch break. Take a camera. You have a camera with you, right? Your assignment is to go walk around the block. No talking. Only listening. Watching.

This adventure recap is a manifesto to myself to stay motivated to get out and directly experience the amazing place that I live.

Deeper Listening

Last week I went to the Sutro Baths to shoot at night. What a beautiful place to photograph — especially on a clear night under a big bright moon. Find places that inspire you. Turn off your machines and go there. Sit and listen to the waves. Your breathing. When the stimuli inside the electronic boxes goes away for awhile, something more interesting may happen.

Sutro Baths (#30) -- by Joe Reifer

Sutro Baths (#30) — by Joe Reifer

Not Knowing

During the last full moon I also photographed an abandoned rural farming area. I didn’t know exactly where I was going. Friends led me to the place. Surprise. What fun! Pressing buttons on Google Maps isn’t nearly as good as a brisk hike in the middle of the night. You need to know enough to get there and be safe, but sometimes you don’t need to know everything.

Untitled (farm) -- by Joe Reifer

Untitled (farm) — by Joe Reifer

Open to Disparate Input

Saturday I attended the Berkeley Peace Lantern Ceremony to commemorate the 64th anniversary of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings. Seeing children and families gather together to create and launch colorful hand made lanterns for this beautiful memorial was an intense experience. What events are happening in your community that might inspire you?

Peace Lanterns (2009 #02) -- by Joe Reifer

Peace Lanterns (2009 #02) — by Joe Reifer

On Sunday I went to a pancake breakfast on the SS Red Oak Victory, a Liberty Ship that saw service in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. The juxtaposition of touring a military vessel after the previous night’s vigil was thought provoking. The dedicated volunteers of the Red Oak Victory have done an amazing amount of restoration work since I last visited 2 years ago. The Red Oak Victory is hosting movie nights, tours, and another pancake breakfast on September 13th. A recommended outing.

Red Oak Victory (diptych) -- by Joe Reifer

Red Oak Victory (diptych) — by Joe Reifer

Close Your Eyes

I picked up a few back issues of Artforum at the library, one of which happend to be on Pop Art (October 2004 issue). Thinking about Warhol is strange — we just take him for granted. When I got home from work today I listened to Lou Reed and John Cale’s Songs for Drella. When was the last time you sat down, closed your eyes, and listened to a great album all the way through? Perhaps more listening would be easier on the eyes and the brain than firing up the computer after work.

Double Dog Dare: A Day Without Your Phone and Computer

So what are you doing this Summer? Sending people lollipops on Facebook? On Friday I’m going to see the Richard Avedon and Robert Frank exhibits at SF MOMA (Note: The Robert Frank exhibit closes on August 23rd). I’m leaving the iPhone at home. Friday will be completely Internet and cell phone free. Consider this a challenge — go one day this week without looking at a computer or cell phone (except for an emergency, of course). Do you think you can stand it? I’ll admit that I don’t think it’s going to be easy. But I’m double dog daring you. Let me know how it goes — but don’t call me on Friday, my phone will be at home, and I’ll be out.