Wednesday, November 27, 2013

PORTRAIT SERIES - JULIA ROBERTS

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Photographed November 19, 2013, Beverly Hills, California.

PORTRAIT SERIES - CHRIS MARTIN

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Photographed November 8, 2013, Beverly Hills, California.

PORTRAIT SERIES - JENNIFER LAWRENCE

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Photographed November 8, 2013, Beverly Hills, California.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

BEHIND THE GUARDS - WIKILEAKS JULIAN ASSANGE SPEAKS

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Just a stone throw away of Harrod's department store and under around-the-clock surveillance by security and police officers, WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange has been living at the embassy of the Republic of Ecuador in central London  for over 500 days.

Despite being granted asylum by Ecuadorian president Rafael Correa, one step outside the embassy will result in his arrest, transfer to Sweden and, as many fear, extradition to the United States.

His movements restricted to just a few rooms, he sleeps in a converted bathroom. The embassy staff have become family. "We've gone through a lot together and we understand we are all in this together."

Meeting Assange personally, it becomes clear he has not lost any of his spirit the world came to know since WikiLeaks released a gruesome military video of a Apache helicopter attack in a suburb of Baghdad, Iraq, in 2010.

While, due to security reasons, the one-on-one encounter was off-record, Julian Assange agreed to an exclusive Skype interview.

Some of the highlights, 

“The United States should be a place where people seek asylum, not to, but from…(Today) journalists live in exile away from the United States.

-  On the United States

“To a degree, while I am, if you like, imprisoned here, there is a developing prison where you are living as well. It would be pretty bad when I finally get out of here, to actually see that it’s better here than out there. At least in here, this is a place where there are no sudden raids by police, where there is a rule of law, and not an arbitrary breakdown as there are in many countries now.”

“When your profile is sufficiently raised, where it’s clear that you have very powerful enemies or friends, then every decision takes on a political character. That’s what we have seen here in the United Kingdom, with the way that I have been detained, without a charge, in any country, for more than three years—almost 500 days in the embassy, where the British government admits to spending more than 10 million dollars on the surveillance of me at this embassy. This is a figure that has been condemned, even by the Conservative Mayor of London, Boris Johnson.”

“The embassy staff are like family now. We’ve gone through a lot together. There was a siege of the embassy in August of last year after I’d been here for two months. When it was rumored that the Ecuador government was going to grant me political asylum, that caused international outrage. The UK was completely isolated. The OAS (Organization of American States) condemned the United Kingdom.”

“But can you imagine inside the embassy? Several dozen police descended at three in the morning, including at least one on a rope coming down the wall? Those incidents produce a sort of camaraderie. So the people at the embassy have become quite close to each other. We understand that we are all in this together.”
“There are some staff who have been working here for nearly 20 years in this embassy. Of course, the working environment in the embassy has changed a lot. There is still police surrounding the embassy and intelligence observations of everyone who comes in and out. It’s a difficult environment for the staff. Yes, we have lunch together and celebrate people’s birthdays and other details that I don’t want to go into because of the security situation.”

- On life at the Embassy of the Republic of Ecuador.
“The US said that not even a single person has come to physical harm because of our publications. It said so under oath in the Bradley (now Chelsea) Manning proceedings earlier this year…The real harm is caused by war and torture.”

- Amid accusations WikiLeaks has endangered the lives of others.
“The minimum sentence is a tactical victory by the defense team who worked extremely hard and by Chelsea Manning supporters. However, it is an outrage that an alleged media source, and that is all that is alleged, could be sentenced at all, let alone for 35 years for allegedly committing espionage. This is a linguistic abuse. There is no allegation that Private Manning sold any information. There is no allegation that he intended to give any information to a foreign state. There cannot be any allegations in espionage."
“And yet in this case, we see an alleged media source being convicted for espionage as a result of simply informing the American people what was going on in their name and on a number of different abuses in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere. No allegation that Private Manning was motivated by anything other than the desire to help others.”

- On Private Chelsea Manning.
“My focus of attention is on the US case, the continuing grand jury investigation. That is what I have received full political asylum in relation to. I assume the Swedish case will disappear in due course. That doesn’t alter the situation for me here in relation to leaving the embassy.”

- His expectations for the future.

“I found in investigative journalism that it’s always best that if you have any language skills, it’s always best not to admit them.”

- Joking about having learned Spanish while living at the Ecuadorian embassy - maybe.

“In any complex matter, if you are going to work for a brute cause, many small, tactical decisions go one way or another,” he said. “But in all the major decisions, no, I wouldn’t have done it differently. The major decisions are mostly forced moves. They reflect the underlying character of the environment that we are dealing with or the assets that we have available or the number of people that we have available."

“If we could manage to have a billion dollars’ worth of capital, and 10,000 people, we could start instantly. Of course, that would give us vulnerability. But within the constraints that we have, we have very good people. All the major decisions made, I believe, were correct. I can’t see a way we could have done things differently.”

- On having no regrets.

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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

PORTRAIT SERIES - HARRISON FORD

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Photographed October 19, 2013, Beverly Hills, California.

PORTRAIT SERIES - ASA BUTTERFIELD

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Photographed October 19, 2013, Beverly Hills, California.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

PORTRAIT SERIES - ROGER CORMAN

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Photographed September 13, 2013, Beverly Hills, California.

PORTRAIT SERIES - LARRY DAVID

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Photographed September 12, 2013, Beverly Hills, California.

PORTRAIT SERIES - STEPHEN MERCHANT

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Photographed September 12, 2013, Beverly Hills, California.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

PORTRAIT SERIES - KEANU REEVES

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Photographed September 10, 2013, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Monday, September 9, 2013

PORTRAIT SERIES - NIKI LAUDA

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Photographed September 9, 2013, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

PORTRAIT SERIES - FELICITY JONES

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Photographed September 8, 2013, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

PORTRAIT SERIES - DANIEL BRUHL

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Photographed September 7, 2013, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

PORTRAIT SERIES - OLIVIA WILDE

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Photographed September 7, 2013, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

PORTRAIT SERIES - BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH

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Photographed September 6, 2013, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

PORTRAIT SERIES - CHRIS HEMSWORTH

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Photographed September 7, 2013, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

PORTRAIT SERIES - RON HOWARD

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Photographed September 7, 2013, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Monday, August 19, 2013

PORTRAIT SERIES - OPRAH WINFREY

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Photographed August 12, 2013, Beverly Hills, California.

DOLPHINS PLAY AT NEWPORT BEACH

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Photographed August 17, 2013, Newport Beach, California.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

PORTRAIT SERIES - AMBER HEARD

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Photographed August 1, 2013, Beverly Hills, California.

PORTRAIT SERIES - MICHAEL J FOX

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Photographed July 28, 2013, Beverly Hills, California.

Monday, July 22, 2013

COMIC-CON FATIGUE - HAVING HEARD EVERY FILM IS THE NEXT HUNGER GAMES ...

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BEHIND-THE-SCENES OF COMIC-CON'S MEDIA CIRCUS

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It is the place where a unknown actress receives a overly enthusiastic standing ovation - from a single blogger.

Where Marvel Comics hands out identification sheets in case nobody recognizes Scarlett Johansson. A panel without Samuel L. Jackson is a rarity and a intimate Q&A session means bringing seventeen actors on stage - at once.

Where media conferences are closed with journalists acting they were just infected by a Planet of the Apes virus, forced to storm the stage and take photographs - with cellphones.

Every film is the next Hunger Games. Every script the best ever read. Every co-star a dream to work with and each young actor is being asked about preparedness to be the next Robert Pattinson or Kristen Stewart.

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COMIC-CON - THE HOLY GRAIL FOR SIFI AND ANIMATION FANS

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Photographed July 18, 19, 20, San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, California.