Bobby Davidson ( likes cutouts….representations… is not too hard to figure out what this Parson’s School of Design student is trying to say with the above created cardboard cutouts image….it pretty much says it all in our current landscape of everyone taking pictures of everything….does this symbolize the end of photography as we know it (or should i say knew it)??

not on your life…if young photographers do not see today/now/ this moment as offering them more than any previous generation’s wildest dreams, then they should just go back to bed….every generation has to re-invent something…whatever my generation had, they pretty much built themselves…it only looks now like perhaps it was handed to them, but alas life just ain’t like that…sure there are problems now and yes there were problems then…different problems,  but things needed to be revolutionized, changed, modified, re-worked, then as what is new??…

most problematic today is simply figuring out how to finance our passion….but, this will be done, this will be done….the smart ones, the positive thinkers, the doers, will figure it out…they already are….personally, i am so so pleased to just be able to lend a small helping hand to the next generation…what could be more worthy in life than the passing on of knowledge to the next in line??….leads to the big warm all around….give it away is what i say…please do it the first chance you get…this time may come sooner than you think….

Burn is almost one year old…a lot has happened since our original powwow in my loft just before Christmas last year….go back and search for the photos taken at the time….read what we were thinking…how we came up with our name, who said what to whom,  who took the lead, who gave the time , and who created this organism…who is the who? you is the who that’s who…

right now our repository of distributable content from Burn contributors would rival potential output of most medium sized agencies….young photographers have clearly chosen Burn as one of THE places they want to be published along with MediaStorm, 100 Eyes, NYT Lens blog, Aperture, Foto8 , PDN, Digital Journalist, etc etc…today’s online photo world is no longer a zero sum game….instead of competition it is co-opetition….like minded peer groups often supporting the other…an umbrella under which well meaning serious communicators in the arts and journalism can co-exist and thrive…it is about trust…it is about authenticity….this affirmation from the young generation gives me only one thing…a sense of responsibility….dammit, i have dug myself into a hole…i cannot quit now!

in the last few weeks i have been working to establish relationships with the established giants of the media as well as keeping things operating with stealth….for it will be stealth that will save us…the giants do not have stealth, but they know it when they see it….they may be welcoming partners after all….not necessarily out of altruism, but out of a combo of a sense of the right thing and practical production costs….we are in the right place at the right time , the right connections , the right content, and the ability to produce on demand…  a bridge to the future…..beyond those types of relationships, i have also now a grant writing team in place as well as other funding possibilities soon to be announced so that photographers published here receive a fee and commissioned work is well funded…both for the emerging and the established photographers…obviously my goal is to make the emerging, the established…and the established, keepers of the flame…

i may be asking a lot of you, but i surely plan to pay you back..with an on demand print magazine by the end of the year, with a possible Burn book imprint,  alternative gallery shows, $15k grant, international seminars, and with cold beer in my refrig for any of you who stop by…who doesn’t know that??

the other morning at 3am, i woke up out of a deep sleep and was wide awake instantly…sometimes, maybe always, my ideas come to me at the weirdest times and for no apparent reason…lightning bolt….always simple, nothing complicated, obvious, pretty straight forward ideas….i am not an intellectual, but i do think about things….esoteric and utilitarian concepts coming together….yes, a dreamer forever, but i do like to see product on the table so to speak…anyway, i woke up with an  idea and title for a new magazine(as if i needed more work! and Anton hates me for this!)….anyway, four hours after my “wake up call” we bought…

Circus …the online magazine for the REAL EMERGING PHOTOGRAPHERS…..

young photographers aged 15 and under…..not a kids magazine…the opposite….

an international magazine produced by the very young generation that would appeal to “adults” as well as to their own peer group..sophisticated…leading edge….

when you think about it for even a few seconds you can see it…killer…

yea, yea kids with cameras is nothing new….that is the point…we will  work with schools, aid organizations, inner city groups, NGO’s,  etc etc to create a child safe site and allow a real home for all this work which is being done worldwide….just as we know that the walls of grade schools are filled with great art , we know that the purity of the very young will manifest itself in something very very special….i will ask Burn photographers to help …with their ideas and with their time and with their curatorial efforts…so now i am digging a hole for you!! you can’t quit now…..told you.

with the combination of Burn and Circus we have nothing but interesting things to think about….and work to do….if you do not see it that way, i suggest you log off now….if you do stick around,  i plan to continue nurturing  this audience as much as i can…i can only do so many Skype calls in a day, or portfolio reviews in a day and your patience is appreciated… but, many of you know that i do give it a good try….

why would i do this?  simple…if i discover even one strong talent out of a thousand , then i will have done my bit…

if i can mentor one book, one show, one photographer who makes a mark, then all is well…and the work in progress nature of Burn allows all of us to see a cross section of what is being produced today…for better or worse…and the more good photographers who are inspired here, or developed here, will only lead to stronger content ,therefore making us more viable for support with each passing day…and Burn will pull Circus, and Circus will push Burn and, well,  you get it i am sure….smart crowd….

why i am writing this just before a 24 hr marathon flight is beyond me…avoiding packing and paying last minute bills could be a reason…not having written a Dialogue post in a long time could be another….or, more likely, i just have built up energy and it has come out somewhere…this is too damn long, but i do not have time to really edit…so this is raw… a contact sheet or whatever…please just remember the good parts…laughing.

oh by the way, remember the story from last july on my stray cat, now constant companion, Simone?

well,  Simone is pregnant…now what??

1526 Responses to “cutouts??”

  • a civilian-mass audience

    BURN and CIRCUS family …

    Let’s ..BURN the CIRCUS

    VIVA…good energy BURNIANS…new blood is coming…open the windows…let the fresh air

    PANOS,it might be the mousaka… the wine is ready and wild pork in the oven …
    What not to BURN !!!

  • I agree. Let’s burn the circus, preferably with the annoying little brats inside.

  • I agree. Let’s burn the circus, preferably with the annoying little brats inside.

    i know its a joke.
    i hope its a joke.
    better be a joke…

  • Andrew B. I’ve posted this once before but thought I’d re-post it as it has a common thread to your sailing story…

    “The youth gets together his materials to build a bridge to the moon, or, perchance, a palace or temple on the earth, and, at length, the middle-aged man concludes to build a woodshed with them”

    Henry David Thoreau

  • ok…ALL..

    I JUST “discovered” the new “next big thing”…not for BURN…


  • I hadn’t seen this yet..check it out..from Oaxaca.

  • I agree. Let’s burn the circus, preferably with the annoying little brats inside.

    Panos – it IS a joke. :)

    Where is the link?

    And where is Vink?

  • a civilian-mass audience


    “Kids are wonderful, but I like mine barbecued.”
    Bob Hope

    (to be perceived as a joke) …Blues, booze and BBQ…and Kids

    P.S the link is kinda mess…BUT bare with me :)))
    LOVE ,LOVE, LOVE…today we drink Cranberry Juice

  • a civilian-mass audience


    VINK went for a leak
    when PANOS is looking for the link
    DAH is doing the Jet lag dance
    ROSSY talks about the youngs
    EMCD is always on the spot
    DAVIDB is looking for scotch

    and I left behind doing the rolling globe…

    I can’t find a word for the CIRCUS people…CIRCUSIANS …hmmmm

  • David B…:)))))
    Damn , thats insane…….dope…
    VIVA CIRCUS………..
    THOSE KIDS…they have a lot to teach…us..
    all of us……….
    my oh my…….
    ( i thought i knew.. didnt know shit…….)

  • or…
    One bourbon
    One Scotch
    One Beer……. u r a detective…….

  • a civilian-mass audience

    MY GRACIE, AITKEN…come on BURNIANS…bring your baby CIRCUSIANS …buy them a polaroid and let
    them show us what they see !!!

    I TRUST the new generation…this is a good one .

    p.S BBQ anyone ???:)))

  • a civilian-mass audience

    I am just a Civilian…hmmm…

    P.S there is an opening …CIRCUS is looking for CIVILIAN …


  • Haik..
    i saved the link for the CIRCUS launch..
    remember DAH…asked me to practice PATIENCE…
    and as JAY-Z once said:
    “I have no patience…and i hate waiting…”
    same here..same here…
    we have a great emerging photog coming up soonest…( less than 10 years old.Wayyyyyyyyyy less…:))))))
    very very very young…a talent..
    i will submit that essay to DAH ,ASAP…
    but im not gonna ruin the element surprise ..
    ahhhhhh life is good…
    i really cant wait to see Tor Capa with a camera in his hands..
    the game starts again..
    right about time..
    right when i thought that things are getting kinda boring over here…
    but of course DAH had another ace in his sleeve..

    Motorhead doing “Ace Of Spades” on The Young Ones

  • Page 10 “Photography and the Art of Seeing” Freeman Patterson.

    “A third major sight barrier is the labelling that results from familiarity. It was Monet, the painter, who said that in order to see we must first forget the name of the things we are looking at”

    “When we are children we think primarily in pictures, not words. But this approach is played down when we go to school. The basic analytical skills (reading, writing and arithmetic) are impressed upon us as being more important than the appreciation of direct sensory experience, so we come to depend less and less on the parts of the brain that encourages visual thinking”

    “By Grades Three and Four, many of us no longer regard painting or drawing as being very important; we stop visualizing things freely, and put word labels on them instead. This pattern becomes so firmly established that, by adolescence, we hasten to catalogue everything we see. We rule out visual exploration, and seldom discover the myriad facets of each object”

    Page 64 “Photography and the Art of Seeing” Freeman Patterson.

    “When a child thinks of drawing his mother, he may intuitively abstract love as one of her most distinguishing traits, and in drawings he leaves out many of the physical details of her body, but not the one that counts- her smile”

    “The child abstracts and then selects-quite naturally. The result is an honest and clear expression of the mother’s attitude and the child’s response. Photographers can learn a great deal from children’s art?

  • Meant to be “Photographers can learn a great deal from children’s art” – (no question mark…)

  • Participants of Circus arent circusians. does not sound well.



  • a civilian-mass audience

    HAIK, the wizard of BURN…
    Does this sound good …???


    P.S 1. Steroids
    2. Websites…

    ai,MR.HARVEY…it’s getting harder and harder for my ESL …:)))

  • Haik – Call them “Carnies”

  • the only reason i “hate” CIRCUS is my insecurity…
    im afraid that those young punks are “better” than me…
    mirror, mirror on the wall plz tell me that im prettier than them all…

    mirror what???????????

    no,…my mirror is broken…
    i have no wrinkles…
    me? im perfect..
    im young
    im creative
    im perfect



    jigga what?, jigga who?

    night night y’all from the mustachioland..( or athens )…( or the dirtiest , nastiest city in this universe )

  • haha Panos I remember the first time I played that song, uncensored, after hearing it all over the radio … I was with my parents and was like oh sh** this song is dirrrtier than i thought. what if we had to censor our work for the masses, and you couldn’t see the REAL images until you bought the book/looked at my website, etc??

  • DAH
    Circus is a crazy good idea, but i have to say that i would put the age limit up to 17, 17’s are still teens and totally lost in every way (at least i was when 17 ”””” at pigs in front of my *** (perhaps accidentally). loved to be innocently, arrogantly, and visually (still paying cause of my words) fucked up, even my *** said few days ago that some good comes always from shit) which means that the photos of 17’s (and under) are also total “stream of consciousness”. Hate those words (simplifies things too much) but i think that they (badger etc.) made those words up to make things more understandable for anglicans. to define how’s life in photographs, too defining, too easy, too this, too that. choose one. anyway.

  • circus is definetly a bad ass kool idea

    my nly wry is hw r d oldr generation plnnin to kp trck of the cmnts n d sms lingo ??

  • David,

    I imagine dreams from the name of “Circus”.
    It would be very valuable and precious work for each other
    I’m with you!

    best wishes,

  • 17 sounds about right as boys are still preoccupied with pocket billiards…… at 15 the game is still at its peak

  • …9:20am yall..
    moving up north today.. in a greyhound bus…
    after all those years of driving ( only ) now its time
    to see the real world…just downloaded all magnum podcasts
    on the iphone and im ready…
    leaving the mustaches behind for now..
    i need fresh clean air…which is everywhere and anywhere
    but athens…
    big hug

  • a civilian-mass audience

    I would suggest offense IMANTS…

    I am wearing my silver pan and I am facing west…where are you JIMMY ???

    and yes …thank you DIMITRIST…you and your football essay brought good luck to the Greek team
    SUNSHINE…beautiful weather…I LOVE YOU ALL

    Give me a smile and now shoot …

  • stuck again….
    not east , not west..not even north..
    its a long long story but..
    im stuck in the mustache city ,…
    and im a nurse.. yup u heard that right..
    im with a 9 year old… the kid has extreme flu syptoms..
    and i dont know what to do…
    im shooting a family, staying with & dad at work..
    and im the nurse…high fever.. im kinda paranoid of what flu..
    which strain..etc..i dont worry about me..
    i worry about the kid…
    im afraid i need to take him in the emergency…
    love you all.. wish me luck..
    coz i dont know what the fuck im doing…
    ok..over & out

  • a civilian-mass audience

    Breath and focus mate…

    don’t panic …hmmm…at least don’t show that you are in panic mode…

    We are sending good energy …and throw the toxins out …
    you will be fine …

  • …things looking better now..fever subsides…
    my voodoo prayers seem to be working..
    civi U DA MAN

  • Panos…

    don’t panic stay cool, remember like Fonzy, be cool…

    first look for a medicine cupboard…

    you need a thermometer to check how bad it is. or ask a neighbour.

    37c /98.4f is normal – oral is best way to test, otherwise check under the armpit (1 – 2 minute)

    (if it is over 104f (40c) get help or go to hospital, but try and call the parents first…)

    Here are some ways that a child with a fever can be made more comfortable:

    Dress child in light clothing.

    Give them small quantities of clear fluids such as water, weak tea, or diluted soda water or lemonade to drink at frequent intervals. (Lemonade is too strong for a child with gastroenteritis with diarrhoea — it must be diluted.)

    make sure that they are drinking enough to avoid dehydration.

    Give paracetamol in the correct and recommended dose (liquid form is best), with no more than five or six doses every 24 hours.

    You can also use ibuprofen.

    Asprin must not be given to treat fever in children. It can be seriously harmful for the child.

    stay relaxed, it will help the child a lot, they need to rest…

    all the best, it will be fine

  • Sam..
    thank u… following your directions…
    so far victory…the dis fever is down to 38.9
    from 40 an hour ago…
    thank u sam
    thank u burn
    ( always there when u need it…what an amazing community we created..thanks David…)

  • a civilian-mass audience

    ououaou…I LOVE YOU BURN…I am in awe…

    BURN it’s working…
    PANOS ,you did it,…and yes, please no aspirin… SAM is DA MAN…

    P.S after the ordeal …u deserve some cranberry juice…on the CIRCUS !!!

  • Kids..stay away from drugs…

    its not cool….

  • The Leaving Trains were an American indie rock band from Los Angeles, California. Founded in 1980 by Falling James Moreland

  • Leaving Trains- women are evil

  • Panos

    Los Angelitis is a rare and extremely worrying condition. How anyone can miss this place is beyond the scope of most medical practitioners.

    How are you, Malaka?

  • Jared,
    how u dare ask a celebrity how it feels?

    listen to this:


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