I had about thirty minutes of Cole's time to ask him a handful questions about his process in making his photo book "Talk Story" (launching tonight at PF Gallery). Here are but a few of those few minutes.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Within a couple moments of logging into Facebook today, we were confronted with two videos. On the one hand, a television advert The Inertia claims is "the best surf commercial...a must-see" ironically made by a non-surf brand. On the other, a home video of a jazz band playing When The Saints Go Marching In to a bunch of road-side cows, a video this blog contends is the greatest bit of surf advertising we've come across lately. Also ironically made by a non-surf brand.
You be the judge.
You be the judge.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Like most of us, Cole Barash grew up on a steady diet of action packed Hawaiian surf imagery. Unlike most of us, he took the chance to explore that scene deeper when given the opportunity. Blending a documentarian's journalistic impulse with an artist's desire to approach things from nontraditional angles, Cole spent a season on the North Shore in the company of a series of mythical characters like the young surfing phenom and North Shore product John John Florence.
On Thursday night Picture Farm Gallery is excited to present the book launch for Talk Story, a body of work that pulls the viewers deeper "behind all the action" in a refreshingly thoughtful way.
Thursday, July 24 6-10 PM at PF Gallery.
Monday, July 21, 2014
Saturday, July 19, 2014
A Few Items For The Baby In The Belly That I Should Also Have Mentioned To Your Older Brother Before He Was Born
1. Let me first tell you, right off the bat, I'm sorry about high school. For that matter, I'm sorry about junior high. Of course I'm projecting here, but I've found the person is rare whose had a rip roaring time during their awkward adolescence. It is an awful time of cunning insecurity, intense listlessness and excusably mean contemporaries.
2. The American Century is over, as they say. Whatever after-party you might be attending by the time you're old enough to attend it, know that the power has shifted and your country's moment as shining center of the geopolitical cultural universe is a shadow cast by a dead sun. This doesn't mean your country of origin isn't important, it means your country of of origin isn't as important as a bunch of people in your country of origin think it should be.
3. You are hurt. You will be hurt. Everyone is always hurt.
4. If you can be some sort of humorous and adept blend of know-how and know-nothing, you'll have achieved some sort of satisfaction.
5. Good things to have around when you're sick: trampolines, peppermint, eucalyptus, tea tree, arnica, rosemary, garlic, turmeric, epsom salt, oysters, water, a good view.
6. The only way to combat the smug is to be content.
7. Honesty, being honest, has nothing to do with truth, or truthfulness. Truth is something else. Truth, like its cousin success, is inaccessible in this lifetime. I suppose you'll figure those things out once you're dead, but by that point it will be too late.
8. Never trust top ten lists, or Best-Of lists. It's something about their inherent passionlessness, or inherent passionateness. One of the two. On the one hand, they are drawn up by academics or intellectuals in said field of listedness who claim not to be moved by said good thingieness. On the other, they are simply a list of subjective preferences trying to pass off as objective authority. Either way, read them, catalogue them, but don't swear by them.
9. If you're humble and then you win, you've won twice, if you're proud and then you lose, you've lost twice. Do the other maths yourself on that one, but... if you aren't ostentatious, if you don't believe in yourself beyond anyone else's expectations, you'll never do a god damn thing. So do that.
10. Surfing is wonderful. It's one of the only things I truly believe in, if you know what I mean. Try to understand that, even when it's difficult.
11. Learn Italian. If only to be able to say "Se il mondo fosse una torta di merde torta di merda voi sarests la fetta pui grade" and say it with intent.
12. Smiling makes you smarter. There's some science to that.
13. "Don't judge a book by its cover" is one of the most prescient bits of advice ever passed on, however if the person in front of you in the line for the airplane bathroom looks suspiciously like they're going to make the bathroom stink to high heaven, they probably are.
14. The worst things humans do to each other are persecutions in the name of morality. Read as much as possible. Write. Draw. Move. Look. Breathe. These things will help you steer clear of those classic pitfalls.
Friday, July 18, 2014
The First Annual Endless Bummer NY No Surf Surf Blog of Champions Name-My-Board Inevitable-Disaster Online Poll Competition of Champions Champions
Inevitably you find the rails a bit too non existent. And along with that the fins and any proportional amount of control you may be used to. Of course you also happen upon the increased float, a key arena of pleasure. In the end it's a bit like riding a plastic toboggan on a slushy hill. The sort of slushy hill that is already exposing clumps of dirt and matted grass thanks to a thankfully early spring, kicking up cold mud and bits of rock. Then there's the gnawing and equally inevitable humility component. You pump yourself up, reminding yourself how many different boards you've ridden in how many different conditions over the years, but there's something about riding around with a nine foot pink softtop on the roof of your car that can't help but take you down a peg. Over the winter in California, I rode nothing but softies for half a month. More as a lark than anything else. From Blacks to Old Mans and nearly everything in between. For the past week, thanks to Ty Breuer, I've been riding nothing but that pink foamy. Less as a lark and more as a proper experiment. And if you've been around Washington or Lafayette the last few days, you'll notice I've been having a ball. I think my quiver finally has its swiss army knife. And so, without further do... help me name my board (in the comments section.)
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
It has been a wild year since the moment this show came down, leaving me with no time to finally get around to the documentary process. At least a little breathing room yesterday got me what I needed to finish this. Patagonia helped fly Naomi out to continue his organic/reuse message, giving him space at the NY and Cardiff shops and showing him around the Ventura HQ. Naomi and Mike got to decamp at Picture Farm to show some work and work some magic. Rad guys.
Monday, July 14, 2014
Tin's got a pretty good track record going, and he's somehow churning the hot hot hits out, shooting on 16mm and travelling the globe in search of friendly times to film. World premiere happening in New York City on the 23rd of this very month. Buy yer tix here.
Join us this year for the 16th ANNUAL RELL SUNN SURF CONTEST & BENEFIT on Saturday, August 2nd at Ditch Plains in Montauk. (Rain date/No Wave date will be Sun. Aug. 3rd) This event, hosted by the East End Foundation (a local 501-c that raises money for local families in need), includes an all-day surf contest, t-shirt sales, art auction and raffle.
This community SURF CONTEST is a fun-filled day with divisions for ALL riders including longboard, shortboard, menehunes, bodyboard and SUP surf. Even if you've NEVER competed before, this is a good, safe environment to get your feet wet in the field of competitive surfing. Professional judges with a lot of humor oversee the day's heats, and in the afternoon, we will hold an award ceremony for the day's winners. GREAT trophy's & memorabilia for participants.
The ART AUCTION includes photography, paintings, jewelry, mosaics and multi-media works from locally acclaimed artists such as Walter Iooss, Peter Beard, Dalton Portella, Victor Kerpel, MJR Photography, Marcie Honerkamp and many, many more. This is a GREAT way to pick up beautiful, ocean-based art for your Hampton's home at less-than-gallery prices.
Our RAFFLE PRIZES include items from local retailers and gift certificates from local restaurants. All items are GENEROUSLY donated from our community to help raise funds for a local family who needs our help.
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