I FOUGHT THE LAW

In Tennessee hollow logs may not be sold.

In Tennessee hollow logs may not be sold.

Strange laws still on statute books make for interesting subject matter when it comes to this ongoing photo series ‘I Fought the Law’ by Olivia Locher.  Locher cleverly parodies the bizarre nature of these unusual US state laws with scenes that prey upon the prohibited acts.

Who knew it was illegal to back pocket ice cream in Alabama?

She says: “Using early pop art as inspiration, I intend to defy rules and regulations across all the remaining US states.”

Way to go rebel! Maybe I’ll start putting my Good Humor bars in my back pocket once I’m over the Mason Dixon line too.

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In California Nobody is allowed to ride a bicycle in a swimming pool.

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In Utah no one may walk down the street carrying a paper bag containing a violin.

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In Rhode Island it is illegal to wear transparent clothing.

 

In Arizona you may not have more than two dildos in a house.

In Arizona you may not have more than two dildos in a house.

 

In Delaware it’s illegal to wear pants that are “form-fitting”around the waist.

In Delaware it’s illegal to wear pants that are “form-fitting”around the waist.

 

In Wisconsin it is illegal to serve apple pie in public restaurants without cheese.

In Wisconsin it is illegal to serve apple pie in public restaurants without cheese.

 

In Texas it is illegal for children to have unusual haircuts.

In Texas it is illegal for children to have unusual haircuts.

 

In Alabama it is illegal to have an ice cream cone in your back pocket at all times.

In Alabama it is illegal to have an ice cream cone in your back pocket at all times.

In Hawaii coins are not allowed to be placed in ones ears.

In Hawaii coins are not allowed to be placed in ones ears.

 

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All images © Olivia Locher

PHOTOGRAPHER INSERTS HERSELF INTO HER CHILDHOOD PICTURES

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I figured this would be one of those ‘Like 4 Like’ scenarios but photographer, Chino Otsuka did more than just recreate old memories – she added herself to the cemented moments of her past.

In her photo series, Imagine Finding Me she focuses more on her time spent traveling – often she is standing side by side her former self or merely seen passing through these old memories.

Ostuko says, “things are not quite past or present, or somewhere in between… that has reflected from my upbringing, where I’m neither here nor there, and I’m not really Japanese or English.

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photo credit: Chino Otsuka

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GRACIE HAGEN : SECRETOMOTOR PHENOMENON

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Cry·ing  /ˈkrī-iNG/ – the act is defined as a complex secretomotor phenomenon characterized by the shedding of tears from the lacrimal apparatus, without any irritation of the ocular structures.

Chicago based Photographer Gracie Hagen is uses her lens to explore the vulnerable side of human emotions in this compelling and intrusive photo series Secretomotor Phenomenon.

“In an age where nudity is less vulnerable than genuine emotions, I wanted to explore an aspect of peoples lives that are hidden. These are the faces of the intentionally vulnerable. They’re showing you a part of themselves that is usually saved for their loved ones or even sometimes, just themselves. You don’t know why they are crying, but you know that this is a rare look into a stranger’s most personal moments. Things that were private, now made public.”

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Going at it with William Hundley

by Ginger Rudolph

When I first contacted photographer William Hundley, I had a hunch that he didn’t take himself too seriously. I was hard-pressed to believe that anyone putting a Chihuahua on top of cheeseburgers had an ego complex. Hundley’s photo series has a run of eccentric themes with simple titles. Because of the nature of the photographs, I wanted Hundley to have fun with his interview answers. “Let your personality shine through – think ‘humor with a splash of serious’,” I told him. So, without a spectacular setup, you’re about to read our informal back and forth.

HAHA Magazine: Let’s do a review of your past photographs – a ‘mini retrospective,’ if you will. What comes to mind when you look back at “Things I Do in My Garage”?

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“The Oblivion of Sleep” from the photo series, Things I Do In My Garage

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“Wet Balls” from the photo series, Things I Do In My Garage

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“Little Clouds” from the photo series, Things I Do In My Garage

William Hundley: Going into my garage and doing some more things.

HM: I left myself wide open for that…

WH: Yeah, you did. No, seriously, I am currently working on some things in my garage for an installation in Austin on July 17th at Co-Lab.

HM: There’s a particular piece in that series that grabbed my attention; it’s entitled “This Business of Art”.

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“This Business of Art” from Things I Do In My Garage

WH: It was a collaboration with Paul Moncus and Peter Von Diest. I bought the trucks at a garage sale that morning, and Paul picked out the book at a nearby Goodwill. After making this piece, we envisioned a machine that would put wheels on any book that was run through it. Like an assembly line scenario that could be used to turn every book in a library into a huge population of books on wheels.

HM: Books seem to be a running theme in your work – there’s one in the series “w/ cheeseburgers” as well. The books you choose all have really great titles by the way – great conversation starters. Do they serve a purpose?

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“Chihuahua on Cheeseburgers” from the photo series, w/cheeseburgers

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“Art Now Vol. 2 on Cheeseburgers” from the photo series, w/cheeseburgers

WH: Convenience.

HM: Convenience? I have to say I was looking for something more, you know…meaningful. But I can live with that. And what about the cheeseburgers, because I could amuse myself all day long by taking wild guesses at what “w/ cheeseburgers” is about. But something tells me that your explanation for this series will be much more entertaining. Please do ramble on about how you came up with this piece – there are cheeseburgers under chairs and fake Easter Island statues. Were you smoking anything weird as you conceived it? Or did you give that to the dog?

WH: I’m not too sure how the cheeseburger series started, but I know that when I began to show the photos to others, it perplexed them. It is ridiculous. It is a waste of food. Why would you do such a thing? What does it mean? Do you eat them afterward? Is the Chihuahua real? Were you drunk when you thought of this? Are you drunk right now? Are you trying to look at my ass? Are you even paying attention to me?

Seriously, these are all valid questions, but I prefer to let the images do the talking. Enjoy.

HM: “Little Naked Person Storage” is some of your more recent work. I have to tell you; every time I look at the pictures, I wonder how you persuaded them to be a part of this. Are the spots they’re cradled in important or just unused space now filled by warm bodies?

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Little Naked Person Storage (TW)

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Little Naked Person Storage (JP)

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Little Naked Person Storage (WS)

WH: Sometimes when I talk to people, I look at their size and then think of the different places I could put them. I interacted with a man at the store the other day and I wanted to put him in a nearby recycle bin. He would have been a perfect fit.

HM: Have you noticed that certain elements are recycled in other series? Do the separate series have an intertwining meaning?

WH: I don’t know; do they?

HM: I asked you first.

WH: Then yes, there are some recycled elements in my photographic work. “Meaning” is something that the viewer should apply to what they see or try to find in something that they don’t understand.

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“Dress for Less” from the photo series, Entopic Phenomena

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“Tommy Gun” from the photo series, Friends

HM: I feel guilty for enjoying this chat so much. Now I feel obligated to punish you with clichéd questions so that people will feel like they’re conferring with the artist in you…

What do you see as your strongest period of work? Why?

WH: I am probably stronger today than I have ever been.

HM: How long does it typically take to plan out a photo series?

WH: I am not big on planning.

HM: All these photos seem like they took some pretty intense setup time…any good stories? The shot that just didn’t happen? The dog that wouldn’t stay put?

WH: Yeah, there have been so many silly, scary, and downright ridiculous encounters along the way…I guess my favorite would be when we almost got knifed on the east side by a crazy old woman.

HM: I’d like to hear more about the crazy old woman, please.

WH: She was old, crazy and did not speak English. She kept yapping at us and pointing for us to go away. We might have been on her property, but I couldn’t tell. I just kept smiling and saying “OK” and continued to shoot photos. She went away and came back with a huge kitchen knife and started swinging it through the air. It was really a beautifully bizarre moment.

HM: Ok, enough of that. Here’s series of silly questions: Just what you do in the garage when no one is looking?

WH: Sing.

HM: If a cheeseburger was slated to be your last meal, what are you going to have it with?

WH: Ipecac

HM: It’s a “Little Naked Person Storage” horror shot…where would you be terrified to be put naked for the shot?

WH: A heated oven

HM: We just met at a party, and you’re trying to impress me by explaining the series “Entoptic Phenomena”. Sell it to me in two short sentences.

WH: I’m wasted! Here is my card.

It you’d like to see more of William Hundley’s work, check it out at  www.williamhundley.com
 


all photos courtesy of William Hundley