Patrick O'Dell and myself had a little show at Colette in Paris recently. Altamont sponsored the show and Justin Regan came along with us, too. I arrived a day before those guys and did the first thing that came to mind...
Sounds boring but that thing is fucking high as hell and taking the elevator up to the third floor is a little spooky.
I shot all these photos with my Yashica T4 by the way. That means film. T4 tries real hard but kinda blows it sometimes. When shooting through glass it prefers to focus on the actual glass rather than the scene outside. Bummer.
This is the point at which the elevator to the third floor pitches you in a weird direction out of nowhere. It kinda makes you wanna shit your pants.
Our hotel was right by this empty park that had clearly been taken over by rollerbladers. This dude was zipping through these cone things backwards switching his legs from side to side. It was awful.
There's an incredible web site called Metal Travel Guide that literally lists all the metal record stores all over the world. Anywhere! I use it every time I travel and have made some major purchases along the way.
This is Sergei from Monster Melodies holding up the 2 records I found, Scorpions original 'Virgin Killer' LP and Iron Maiden's 'Women in Uniform' 12" single (their first ever 12"!). Monster Melodies is ridiculously expensive but they have everything. I've been looking for this Scorpions LP forever. A real find.
Here are my records displayed really nicely on the couch in my hotel a few hours later. They look so great!
Later that night...
The metal bar!
New metal friends. Neither of them like Motorhead which is so weird and so, so wrong. Words can't explain how absolutely fucked up not liking Motorhead is. Especially for a metal fan.
This is my face of disgust.
Drunk and back to the hotel!
Patrick and Justin arrived and off we went to Colette to watch other people hang our photos. There's nothing I hate more than hanging artwork so this was a real luxury, believe me.
Justin's real impressed, I can tell.
Sarah from Colette! Thanks Sarah!
Colette has about 8 million things that you don't need but really, really want to buy. Actually, I need this. Pamela Des Barres! mmmph.
This is the point at which putting our photos in order started to make me insane and I totally lost my mind. We decided to leave the hanging to the pros and go sight-seeing.
Patrick and Justin did some skateboarding...
Met up with good friend, Brecht! ...and off to find the infamous Zero Zero bar. Apparently Patrick had quite a few adventures there in the past. It was claimed that Zero Zero is the Max Fish of Paris.
Zero Zero bathroom. Hmmmm.... Very similar.
A clear failure to focus on the part of the T4.
Blow job stairs!
French breakfast. Patrick and Justin preferred Starbucks.
A little more sight-seeing... Notre Dame. We didnt go in. The lines were looong. Today was the day of the '200 Troubled Teenagers' opening! We went by Colette to get some stuff done.
They were peeling Cory off the wall...
This is Gary. He had an opening the same night as ours at Colette. It was a retrospective on the font Helvetica.
It was pretty sick! Justin kept mentioning how the Emerica logo is actually Helvetica. (side note - Yogi Proctor designed the Emerica logo. He rules...)We weren't quite sure what to do with ourselves at our opening, standing around and talking to people got a little crazy so we went to eat food.
And then back to the metal bar, of course!
Last day in Paris, time to go out and see more things!
Goth kid hangout! Shot portraits of kids, checked my internet and bought some insane goth boots here.
Hello New York!
But my adventures and traveling weren't even close to over! The next day I went to the Scion art show at the Reed Space in New York.
Jeff from Staple/ Reed Space and Karen from Elevated Minds. Karen's cool as hell.
My images in the Scion show. Amazing T4 non-focus quality here.
And the next afternoon I flew out to Finland to photograph Children of Bodom! Dream job!
Pre Finland breakfast with Captain Sunglasses
Haha... thanks for the drinks Greg...
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