Paris

Holga Image Flavor of the Month

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

My image Boy, Steps, Paris, Life Paris 2007 was selected as one of the top images posted on Flickr groups in May.  There are other great images there so check it out.

Holgblog Best of May

http://www.holgablog.com/

Boy, Steps, Paris, Life

AHHH, Paris 2 Years, and Still Beautiful

Sunday, May 31st, 2009

Paris, what a city.  A city so vibrant full of life, beauty and something to catch anyones interest around any corner one chooses to turn.  That was the greatest thing.  The endless wandering from street to avenue to the broad boulevards.  Again a big shout out to Patrick, Sophie and Frederic who made our trip to their city even more enjoyable. 

 

Another Holga view of Paris.

 

Obstructed View

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Chilling in Jardin du Luxembourg

Bent on the Subway, Paris

Round About Paris

Paris Two Years On. . .

Sunday, May 17th, 2009

It was about two years ago when I and my wife climbed aboard a jet and headed to Paris.  It had been a dream for so long to venture to the city.  The city were Eugene Atget once wandered the empty morning streets. I too wanted to roam the streets.  See with my eyes and my lens the city of culture.  I walked the streets, rode the subways, wandered though museums.

Meeting wonderful friends, Patrick, Sophie, and Frederic.  With their guidance we were able to see Paris from the vantage point as a native, not a tourist.  

In actuality, besides not speaking French I was quite at home.  Wether it was sipping cafe on a street side table or grabbing some bread from the baker.  AHHHH.   I miss it so.  I will return to my beloved Paris.

Where the Tricksters get theier Hair Cut

River Side Coliseum. Paris

Synagogue beth Yousef,Marais Paris

Frederic in Juarez

Light Flare in the Catacomb

Lilttle Parisian Birdie

Chateau de Versailles, Reflection

A top of Old Notre Dame

Door 55, Paris

Chateau de Versailles, Reflection

Catacomb of Light

The Bridge is the way Between the two

Sunday, May 3rd, 2009

Up and over the journey begins.  Sometimes toes slip though the crack, or one slides back a few step.  However, we keep on striving to get to the other side, where we can say, ” WE MADE IT”  only to realize that the journey to the other side was making it.

Bridge Over my Life

Life, Death and the Beautiful in Between

Sunday, May 3rd, 2009

Headaches makes one take stock, reevaluate, stand up and be counted.  This past week being troubled by headaches even though I am officially off of work, and suppose to be able to relax.  Not able too.  I started thinking back to my trip to Paris in 2007, the trip and love of a lifetime.  To be surrounded by such beautiful culture, good people, like Frederic, Ann Sophie, and Patrick, who helped to introduce my wife and i to their city.  All was beautiful.  My only worry was which film to load, and where should we stop to have a noisette.

 

This all leads me to here.

Where are we going before our bones lay under the cities walls.  There is so much joy in between.

We need, I need to seek out the joy.  Love the precious life that we are given.

Love

Boy, Steps, Paris, Life

Where We All End Up, Paris Catacombe

Axe Libre: Abstractions: Political Posters and Signs in Japan

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

 

 

I have been fortunate to have another portfolio published by the trend setting publication Axe Libre in Paris, France.  Please take a minute to browse their site and their portfolio section.

My portfolio can be viewed here.  Go to the right hand side and click on the Jacob Schere Portfolio.

 

an introduction to the images is below.

On the walls of Japan I have for years come across political posters from the Communists, Socialists, Democrats, and Religious Parties. All of them taped, or neatly pasted to the walls of homes, in neighborhoods though out the country. I found myself starting at these posters. Looking, deeply into them, seeing the dots, blots that build the image. We need to deconstruct and turn these political persuasions, into socially conscious works of art.

 

Affiches politiques et signes au Japon…

Apposées furtivement au ruban adhésif, ou collés méthodiquement le long des murs des maisons, dans le voisinage comme à l’extérieur, les affiches politiques fleurissent depuis des années le long des murs Japonais. 
Communistes, Socialistes, Démocrates ou autres parties religieux, depuis des années, je les observe, les scrute, me plonge profondément en elles jusqu’à n’y voire plus que des points, taches formant une nouvelle image. Je déconstruis pour transformer ces dogmes politiques, pour en faire un travail artistique, socialement conscients.

Axe Libre Portfolio

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To view all the images in the Axe Libre portfolio please click here.

Underworld Magazine: Featuring Lucid Communication’s Jacob Schere

Sunday, June 29th, 2008

The ear to the streets Underworld Magazine was totally revamped there website and this includes a feature selection of images by Jacob Schere. Including his Lucid Communication Manifesto. Please take the time to browse though the Underworld website and give the wonderful Magazine an intensive going though.

http://underworldmagazines.com/featurestories2.html

Lucid Communication Manifesto:

These pictures represent the pursuit to bring together the spirt and practice in photography. The spirt brings guidance and a deeper understanding of the world. It’s mission is to bring the world closer together though the act of stimulating interaction between myself the photographer, the subject and then the viewer. In this the catalyst for the interaction in the camera created image. I strive to seek out the positive, I want to show the negative in such a light that humans will want to reverse and change it into a more spiritual, positive direction. This is the goal of Jacob Schere’s Lucid Communication’s Manifesto.

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Excerpt from Underworld Collection

Blackpool Magazine #10: Hifana Zen and the Art of Having a Good Time

Tuesday, May 27th, 2008

Blackpool Magazine Issue #10 and Jacob Schere bring you a direct no cut interview with the fantastic duo Hifana. There brand of live SP1200 beat mixing with analog sounds is all the rage in Tokyo and now France. The article and photos were taken the end of March as the cherry blossoms were peaking. The English text is below.

http://www.blackpoolmagazine.com

http://www.hifana.com

Both can also be found on myspace.

check them out.

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Hifana: Push Breakin’ Beats and the Zen of Having a Good Time

By: Jacob Schere text and photographs Illustration: YoMay
Interviewed on March 28th 2008

Hifana’s cozy home office is tucked away in a quiet residential neighborhood off the Inokoshira Line somewhere between Shibuya and Kichijoji. The Cherry Blossoms are peaking, as I make my way over to the Hifana House, and spring fever is in the air. I first became aware of Hifana from a fresh video that was posted to me on Myspace. The energy that these two had on stage amazed me as they would pull out a bass guitar while thumping out beats on an MPC drum machine. That contrasts pleasantly with the low tempo vibe of the Hifana House. A base of operations for Hifana, Ground Riddim, Maharo, and VJ GEC. They just moved into the house the end of last year. On my tour though the wooden house, the tranquil living space is more of home than an office. In one of the upstairs design offices, Juicy’s older brother, Maharo is out cold in a little nook of a bed. Sketches abound on the table in front of the computer. Maharo’s the illustrating guru behind most of the fresh artwork produced for Hifana. Down in the sound proof studio basement pulses some fresh tracks being mixed by “The Genius” as the staff affectionately refers him to. The studio is dream of classic beat making equipment like the SP 1200 and scores of traditional percussion instruments. The whole house vibrates with fusion. It’s a place where West meets and melts into the East. Espresso is as at home as green tea. A traditional Shoji (screen) in the living room served up with Hip Hop flavor makeover of a map of Tokyo with the Hifana House as ground zero. The warm spring air and light flood into the kitchen where I sit down with Juicy (Jun Miyata) and Keizomachine (Keizo Fukuda) at a wooden country table. Keizomachine arrives first, offers me a cup of green tea, pulls up a chair, then pulls some tobacco from a pouch and rolls one up. Juicy arrives a few minutes later looking like ragamuffin, makes himself an espresso, and pulls up a chair next to Keizo. As we get down to our little chat, dub spills out of a speaker from another room. In the end, it’s all about fresh push breakn’ beats for the world streets and having a good time.

JDS: Jacob Schere

K: Keizomachine

J: Juicy

JDS: How did you two meet?
K: We all grew up in the same neighborhood, and Juicy’s older brother, who’s an illustrator, Maharo and were I working at the bar together so I met Juicy though him.
JDS: Can you talk about your influences art, music, and culture from when you were kids?
J: Ok, for example, I was really into skateboarding, and from there I got into the music in the skate videos. Oh yeah, I love Bob Marley too.
JDS: Everybody loves Bob Marley!
K: Yeah, everybody does. For me I was first into was techno Then I got into percussion and tribal music. I next stated to play percussion.
JDS: Were you influenced by any underground Japanese music?
K: Not so much really, but old traditional music from Okinawa.
J: Well, for me it is Showa Era music. 50’s and 60’s covers of America music in Japanese, it was what was everybody was listening to on the radio back then.
K: Yeah, that’s good stuff. Also, lots of traditional Japanese like Kogaku, and old music from really WAY back in the day.
JDS: What about from Japanese culture?

J: I’m pretty much crazy about some famous manga writers, like Katsuhiro Otomo.
K: It’s the architecture for me, like gardens, Shinto Shrines, and Buddhist Temples. Kind of a subconscious influence. And all the food is so tasty!
JDS: Who’s the Boke (funny man) and who’s the Tsukomi (straight man)? Seriously, Humor is a big part of what is Hifana. [Note: Boke and Tsukomi are part of the traditional Manzai or 2 person standup comedy. The boke is referred to as the funny man and the tsukomi as the straight man, who’s job it is to support the other comedy.]
K.J: (Bust out laughing)
J: Well, we both have the respsonsibilty to be able to support each other as the straight man.
K: Everyone in the crew is a Boke, so we’ve got to be there for each other and play the part of the tsukomi.
JDS: Why is humor an important part of Hifana?
K: It’s not really an important part of our show. I like humor and making people laugh. It’s about just having fun.
JDS: Do you want to make people laugh?
K: It’s having fun with many people, and laughing if part of having a good time, right? For example if we go to America to do a show, we probably wouldn’t do much humor. Humor doesn’t always translate across cultural boundaries.
JDS: What one cultural finds funny doesn’t always work in another.
J: Yeah, it’s pretty difficult, isn’t it?
JDS: Why does Hifan’s music fuse analog and digital, hi-tech and low-tech sounds?
Keizo has been playing with two sets wooden balls attached by a string on the table.
JDS: What are they?
J: (in English) They are African Shakers. (In Japanese) I really recommend these African shakers!
Keizo begins to bust out a little beat using the African shakers.
J: We really like variety and to mix things up. It doesn’t matter to us if it’s analog or digital. It’s just if we like it or not. Having fun with the sounds we create with.
K: It’s whatever sounds good and fun to our ears. That’s it! So we don’t get bored.
JDS: Many people, who come to Japan, only go to places in their guidebooks. Where would you recommend guests to visit in Japan? Where’s the cool place to go in Japan, or Tokyo?
J: Kyushu (Japan’s largest southern Island) for sure.
K: Northern Kyushu. It would never be mentioned in a guidebook.
J: We did some shows there and the food was delicious. There are lots of hot springs everywhere; good people and you can see raw nature too.
K: Osaka, tasty eats, lots of underground culture, cool areas to check out.
J: Also, Northern Japan. Lots of Onzen (Hot Springs).
K: There are hot springs all over Japan. Down in Kyushu you can even take a mud bath. Its great for the Beauties! It’s quite the experience the mud is so slimy. You are taking shower and shampooing your hair. You wonder what is that sticky stuff still on my head. Then you are like OH Yeah I went to the mud bath. That stuff never comes out, even after you shampoo. After you towel off your skin is SO smooth. (In English) It’s good for women’s skin! All the local old ladies down in Kyushu have super smooth skin. I always tell foreigners that come to Japan that you should hit like 2 Hot Springs a day and see some local Shinto Shrines.
J: There are even hot springs here in Tokyo, they are everywhere.
K: (turning to Juicy) Where should people check out in Tokyo?
J: You can pretty much have fun wherever you go in Tokyo.
K: It’s a lot like NYC, or any other big city in the world. It’s basically wherever you go will be fun and interesting.
JDS: Who would you like to collaborate with? Living or dead?
J: (Laughing), Jimi Hendrix, because it would be great to meet him, get him into the studio and record some of his guitar licks. (to Keizo) and you?
K: Sachmo, Louis Armstrong. To get him on a track would be the coolest, and it absolutely would bring our music to the next level.
JDS: What about living musicians?
J: The Japanese blues singer Kimura Atsuki.
JDS: What do you want people to experience at a live Hifana show?
K: First of all people should have a good time out in the club. It doesn’t matter if they think we are strange or cool people. What would be cool if they can take something with them out of the club having expierenced something new and different.
J: Have a good time, kick back take it easy. LOVE and PEACE.
JDS: What’s a Hifana recording session like?
J: Whenever its just the two of us it’s a bit simple and kicked back, but when we invite vocalist, mc’s or other guest musicians we want to have a good time with them.
JDS: Like a party?
K: Not all the time. We have all kinds of sessions. We sometimes have really serious people come in. Nowadays we don’t have to record with the guest in the studio. Thanks to the Internet, we can send data back and forth all over the world. Here at the house we collect a scratch from this DJ, or vocal from this person and we put it together here. Sometimes invite people over to our house and cook for them, exchange the data, and we can bring it home with us and work on it there.
JDS: How has the Internet and computers changed how you make music?
K: It has made it is SO much easier. Its brought making music up to the same level as if you car could fly. It has given us so much power.
J: The way we can make our work progress is really easier now.
K: We can email a track a, or a vocal from a foreign artist anywhere in the world. The computers have helped to eliminate all boundaries of what can be done.
JDS: Any message to the people of France and the world?
K: How do you say Yorushiku onegaishimasu in English?
JDS: Please do your best to support us.
J: Please enjoy our CD’s, DVD’s and the other creative works.
K: We will try our best so and we will keep getting better, so come out and support us. Futsutsukusamonodesuga, which is what a bride to be says on her wedding day to her to be husband, basically I’m still an inexperienced person, but I will try my best. (Everybody laughs)

Hifana’s debut release of CONNECT CD+DVD is coming June 9th to France.

One Year Ago….. Paris

Monday, May 26th, 2008

One year ago I ventured to Paris. The city spoke to me at every turn. Around every corner the fed energy to my soul. I long for those long early summer Parisian nights. The night would not come to so late. It wouldn’t be dark to 10pm.

My soul want to return.

My camera wants to capture Paris.

Soon I will be there again.

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