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??”

  • Jared?
    How is the molesting van? :-)
    How are you?
    Where are you?
    I still have Panos’ lights :).

  • Haiko!

    Tacos sometime soon. For Panos. To celebrate his celebrity.

    I’m swamped this week putting out my college magazine. Oh and been working on this new thing. Released a trailer for it today.

  • jared, that looks cool. I’m intrigued…

  • Thanks Peter, it’s a fun experiment with some like-minded, enthusiastic people. I’ll let everyone know when we’re up-and-running towards the New Year.

  • Haik: Vink was in the bushes, away from the internet for a few days…Taking pictures.

  • Jared…:)
    SEVERELY IMPRESSED…………………………………………
    right on

  • DAH: there is a bunch of kids taking pictures of their life at “the Building” here in Penh. They had an exhibition at Bophana Center and some of it was quite interesting. It is an initiative of On Photography Cambodia.

    Maria Stott is running the place:

  • John..
    i cant open the link..:(

  • i mean the “last chance” link..
    i do see the last one (kids) u posted though:)

  • ok…cool..nevermind..
    now the link opens..
    thank u..
    big hug

  • Glad you like it Panos. :)

    Was a community endeavor, but edited by the one and only Kramer O’Neil.

  • a civilian-mass audience

    Strangers no more…
    when there is a chance
    at all
    let’s explore the Building
    where must be a change
    for All…



  • jared..
    i didnt just liked it..
    i loved it..
    i recognized most of your photos..
    and the edit, the sequence,,,
    awesome, created a killer story..
    bravo malaKA

  • maybe the target group for circus looks more like kids like this 13-year old, who works as pro since 3 years:

  • Hello Mr Vink.
    I like photos from the bushes – especially wet converses :).

  • JARED – yes yes yes.
    let’s celebrate Panos’ newly acquired celebrity status. We can pose with the Moustache Guy to honor Panos’ fame.

    when? weekend?

    i loved the trailer. very well done. rock.

  • There was a gap of 7 hours and 12 min in between comments.
    this is to fill that gap.

  • Haik —

    We can try the weekend, but I get out of work really late. Weekdays are generally better for me, so if you can tuck the girls in and sneak out, that would be cool.

  • Jared – sure- let’s do a weekday. txt. msg. call. eml.

    This is how Jared _____ with STRANGE.RS :)

  • A good example of the fruits of childhood inspiration:

    Circus is a brilliant idea. My daughter is six, has a camera, and would love to participate. Can’t wait to see how all those relatively untainted minds see.

    im impressed by your resume my friend..
    were u photographing/recording all those wars?
    i would love to see some raw materials from the
    “insiders” point of you…
    big hug
    & im glad u made it back home safe, inspired and with a creative mind..
    keep it up

  • “My daughter is six, has a camera, and would love to participate. Can’t wait to see how all those relatively untainted minds see.”

    Untainted minds? Right. Children are bombarded with thousands of commercial images every day. I doubt you can find untainted minds unless they are in an undiscovered tribe deep in an undiscovered rain forest. Besides, there will be no six year olds on Harvey’s web site once he talks to the lawyers.

  • Hey yall..
    tonight im photographing the legendary band DEAD MOON..on & back stage..

  • “A new kid on the block,
    and he’s taking my place,
    walking on my grave…”

    ladies and gents…the DEAD MOON…in the city of mustaches..tonight..

  • Jim..:)
    why so sensitive..
    why lawyers?
    what would be that illegal?
    why anyone that is dealing with a kid
    has to be michael jackson ?
    i really dont get it…
    why schools are legal and “circus” cant?
    why cigarettes are legal and pot not?( except from venice beach of course )
    viva venice beach
    viva circus

  • Where our California Medical Marijuana comes from.

    viva Mendocino..
    plz, get educated here:

  • Jim your dreams may come true the circus could turn into a site for pushy parents……… “My wife is giving birth to twins on Thursday, we bought them matching holgas please earmark them for a essay in April 2014. they are brilliant

    ps I am not the dad we got the sperm from a famous photographer………yep you guessed it, that’s him!

  • Jim, Sure kids are bombarded with commercial images everyday,(I’m sure the paper you work for is responsible for this to some extent – the grim juggling act of editorial content and securing advertisers who are rapidly jumping ship to the net.) this has nothing to do with being tainted (unless that is your view of being tainted.). Even the most horribly neglected children have an interest, perception and enthusiasm for the world and its wonders that adults lose through experience and scepticism.

    A good friend is a child psychologist, who is constantly assigned to horrific cases of abuse and neglect, he is always in awe of the hope and innocents that is still inside these kids.

    This comes across in pictures kids take, they have a different and valid perspective of the world which sometimes we could do well to remember. Take a kid to photograph some of the stories in Africa, that you are so demeaning of and they might just be able to show you a different view of the subject.



  • Panos,

    it probably has nothing to do with michael jackson type things and everything to do with legal issues connected to minors, as far as things like property ownership go. Im not a lawyer but it is plain to see that there is a WIDE spectrum of issues here.


    maybe im a little naive..
    but i cant see much of a problem mentoring kids or inspiring them..
    perents will be around anyways…
    but then again..i could be wrong…legal issues never been my forte..
    big hug from the city of mustaches

  • All…
    celebrity saga continues…
    TV interview tomorrow..yes ( heard that right )…
    i cant wait to spread the word about BURN and baby circus…
    this time on the national mustache tv…
    our community deserves that…
    my name will be Apostle panos…

  • Fundamentally no, but realistically? It is going to be a headache. And ofcourse Im sure it will make it much more difficult to get 3rd parties to get involved in Circus. The problem may also be that there might be a spillover effect to Burn.

  • pushy parents or pushy teachers – i’m sure there will be submissions from both, yet i’m also certain there will be a wealth of work from teens n pre-teens who are web savvy and photo passionate.. flickr users.. after school clubs.. blahblah so on


    i think a great deal will come down to the content of the photography.. in some cases you may well be right and others you will not be..
    one way or another i’m confident there will be a bunch of good photos which will not have too many difficult morals to overcome..
    many schools in england have darkrooms and teach snapping as part of the arts.. digital photography is in schools everywhere..
    i can’t see jill n jackies slumber party or bob n bens happy-slappin snaps getting through the circus edit.. any more than they would be in the edit in a school show.

    reserving judgement – as is always best.

  • There is a big difference between schools and Circus though, isn’t there? Schools do not provide a platform for publishing work. I’m not sure what the laws are vis a vis minors and property ownership but such issues will have a strong application to Circus that they wouldn’t to schools just teaching photography. For example if someone published my work under their name I would probably have a legal case against not only that person but Burn as well. There are issues like this one must think about.

  • Our schools here would probably have to officially sanction circus before students could directly be involved. I have never shown any students on line nor would I ever do it on my own whim ……….. too big a minefield.

  • david, my take on DAH is that he is not going to want to be a nanny to a bunch of kids. Seriously. Which is what I mean about lawyers. Any forum for kids photography is going to have to be heavily moderated, photos carefully sourced, etc. DAH’s hectic lifestyle certainly isn’t conducive to being a full time nanny, so things are going to be much more complicated then Burn, even if you discount the legal minefield catering to children online imposes.

  • Jim Powers,
    “Untainted minds? Right. Children are bombarded with thousands of commercial images every day. I doubt you can find untainted minds unless they are in an undiscovered tribe deep in an undiscovered rain forest.”


    my daughters aren’t bombarded by thousands of commercial images on any day… and rarely have been. firstly we don’t have a tv, secondly we live in a rural setting with lots of trees, wild flowers, frogs, rabbits, ladybirds, parrots… i don’t know what kids you have contact with, if any, but don’t you think your being a little bit too sour, even by your own standards? come on, lighten up dude…

  • O.K. You and the other guy that doesn’t have a TV are exempted.

  • Simone is pregnant…now what??

    Damned! Another teenage pregnancy due to an absent parent, most likely… :-)))

    Kids and cams
    Great idea. Kids are cool photographers. Untainted, no, but that leaves plenty of other qualities, plus all the stuff they do not have to struggle to unlearn. Proof is, all these color pictures I mastered, some 10 years ahead of Egglestone, Meyerovich, and others, happened when I was a kid (already)….

  • “O.K. You and the other guy that doesn’t have a TV are exempted.”

    and all the kids at Waldorf schools, as they have a no tv policy…for a start. Where I have been living tv for kids is very demode, fact in some progressive circles you just might get shunned for letting your kids watch tv.

    but that’s neither here nor there, really. little warped minds can have great creative inspiration too :)

  • Yeah, Erica, maybe a pregnant cat essay.

  • (un-shun) Jim, hence the word “relatively” (re-shun)

  • Panos,

    Thanks, man. Not documenting but participating. I do have a bit of video footage, but it needs editing. Maybe I’ll get around to making something worthwhile of it and post it after the holidays.

  • ALL…

    midnite update from underground in Kabukicho, Tokyo…

    hugs to all… i would be nothing without BURN

    [ps this one’s for you david b mate…]

  • anton the great.. that fantastic news, really good stuff.. could have been way dark..

    i had no idea your fixer is in guns n roses .. top man

    stay safe and talk soon..

  • “i would be nothing without BURN”

    i don’t believe you.

  • …the dark alleys here have brought me many things but not the ability for a sensible answer – but mostprobably you are right.
    actually you have been as long as i remember :-)

    2.30 am here and more creativity awaits..

  • Not sure if this has been posted yet, but here’s GAry Numan performing “Cars” with NIN. Filmed by Rob Sheridan with the Canon 5D Mark II. Possibly the coolest thing I’ve ever seen.

  • brian – you’ll maybe dig this.. produced by one of the many trying to bring nottingham, back in the old country, to the peak of it’s potential..

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