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July 22, 2014 9:45 AM   Subscribe

Ellen Rumel plays in the band The Nunnery and takes 35mm photographs of the underground music scene in Boise, Idaho.

Alexander Miranda plays in the band Underpass and takes 35mm photographs of the DIY punk scene in Vancouver, British Columbia.
posted by Juliet Banana (21 comments total) 15 users marked this as a favorite

 
I looked at those pictures and said "there's no way I'm not gonna like Toy Zoo" and I was right.
posted by escabeche at 9:51 AM on July 22 [1 favorite]


There are few things that make me feel as good about the world and our place in it as photos of local punk scenes.
posted by griphus at 9:59 AM on July 22 [2 favorites]


Nice. Some of the outdoor shots have the exact colors that I can remember slides having when I was a kid. The music looks like fun (and makes me feel old).
posted by Dip Flash at 9:59 AM on July 22


I am nostalgic--thanks for this post.
posted by box at 10:22 AM on July 22


Very nice that they're documenting these things and have their special place, but ffs, if you're going to use 35mm film (which has been more expensive and difficult than digital for years now) be good at it.

Red eyes, out of focus, poorly exposed shit pictures don't magically become "authentic" because you used film. DxO FilmPack makes better pictures with digital sources than anybody but professional photographers can achieve with film.

Tumblr pages with 35mm tags are almost entirely affectation.

Sorry, I get urked by this.
posted by lattiboy at 11:15 AM on July 22 [1 favorite]


if you're going to use 35mm film be good at it.

Even worse than photographers who can't take good pictures, I bet there are members of these punk rock bands who can't play their instruments. It's disgraceful.
posted by 1970s Antihero at 11:24 AM on July 22 [4 favorites]


There there. *pat* *pat* There there.

I only looked at the first FA but they were beautiful. Plus I'd never heard of The Devil's Punchbowl or the Stonehenge Memorial (?).
posted by petebest at 11:26 AM on July 22


Even worse than photographers who can't take good pictures, I bet there are members of these punk rock bands who can't play their instruments. It's disgraceful.

I will excuse myself from this now, but using a more complicated, more expensive tool and being terrible with it would seem to be the antithesis of "punk". It would be like buying this, to play "Redemption Song".
posted by lattiboy at 11:55 AM on July 22


You mean like the complicated, more expensive tool in this photo?
posted by 1970s Antihero at 11:58 AM on July 22


Having grown up in Boise in the 80's I'm pretending that these are from my adolescence, only for some reason the haircuts are way better. I only saw one mullet!
posted by smartyboots at 12:26 PM on July 22


I derailed things. Please delete my comments if needs be.
posted by lattiboy at 12:27 PM on July 22 [1 favorite]


...using a more complicated, more expensive tool and being terrible with it would seem to be the antithesis of "punk"

No, Michael Bolton is the antithesis of punk. What you describe may as well be the liner notes to any punk album with a synth in it.
posted by griphus at 12:28 PM on July 22 [1 favorite]


Urked
posted by shakespeherian at 12:31 PM on July 22


"Too Urked to Fuck" was always my favorite Dead Kennedys song.
posted by Juliet Banana at 12:39 PM on July 22 [3 favorites]


California

√úrker Alles

√úrker Alles

Ca-a-a-alifornia
posted by griphus at 12:42 PM on July 22


I love this one. It could just as easily be from 1983 as from 2013, but without any pretense or artifice.
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 12:51 PM on July 22 [1 favorite]


These are great - thank you, Juliet Banana!
posted by jammy at 3:19 PM on July 22


Major love for fearless weird young people and punk rockers in surprising locations. So awesome! This photo pretty much sums up my life from ages 14-20. This one sums up 21.

The house show photos evoked so much reminiscing, I can feel the sodden sticky heat of random basements and taste the communal bottle of Fuzzy Navel Boone's Farm. Ah, the good old days. Thanks for posting all of these delightful links!
posted by divined by radio at 5:15 PM on July 22 [2 favorites]


I can feel the sodden sticky heat of random basements and taste the communal bottle of Fuzzy Navel Boone's Farm.

With a lot of the photos, I knew exactly how that room smelled, to the point that looking at the photo created the scent in my brain.
posted by Dip Flash at 5:21 PM on July 22


I live in Vancouver and it does me good to see some images of it that aren't the high gloss HDR corporate digital shots I see everywhere always, and it's just as nice to see the film tone of my crappy childhood disposable cameras again. Thanks!
posted by Jon Mitchell at 8:39 PM on July 22


OMG there's an Idaho guitar
posted by smartyboots at 4:16 PM on July 23 [1 favorite]


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