I would say "About Me", but I'm a Narcissist
It all started when...
I take pictures, I write stuff, I loathe #hashtags, I like kittens, boobs and bacon.
My friend Tara Aal did my astrological charts at the bottom of this page, so now you know me, feel free to visit her site to learn more.
There is a short list of questions I've been asked below in case you want to know some other things.
Sarcasm and Irony are the stuff gods and legends are made of!
Survivor 42 is somewhat a cathartic journey of mine in words and images and an homage to Douglas Adams "The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy"
If you want to know more, or ask me other stuff, email me - michael at survivor42 dot com
The world is changed by your actions, not your opinions, tweets, posts or hashtags.
The Holy Man has been and will be a work in progress. It has a special place in my blackened little heart.
Legal Stuff - Everything in Images, Snap Shots, About, Travel and Thoughts is Copyright Protected to Me. You cannot use (Transfer, Store, Save, Convey, Copy, Replicate, Duplicate, Adjust, Modify, etc) anything on this site without my expressed and written permission.
Frequently Asked Questions:
1) Why do you take pictures of flowers?
Truth be told, I don't really have much of an opinion on flowers, and I have no actual knowledge of flower names, types or styles, I just like the colors and shapes. I find it pleasing to the eye.
2) “Like, dude, you over edit / filter everything, wuts rong with u?”
Many things are wrong with me. But to the actual question; I push up the contrast, drop the shadows into a richer black and reduce the exposure. It has a similar effect as adding saturation. I also don't like a lot of yellow, so I change the temperature to more blues and greens. I do editing on an ipad using a program called Afterlight. On the PC I use Photoshop CS5.
3) What equipment do you use?
For almost everything I use a Nikon D500. I have an 85mm macro lens that I use for all of the close up shots. I have a few other lenses, but it is unlikely you care enough to know the details. No, I don't use my phone for anything other than snap shots, hence the other page called "Snap Shots".
4) Do you sell any of your pictures?
Good question. Eventually I will. If you really like something, send me an email, michael at survivor42 dot com. I have had a few books of images printed, but I am a complete quality snob, so its hard to meet my standards for how things are printed. I also don't watermark them because I think it looks tacky.
5) Do you have a real job?
Yes I do. I am still waiting to win the lottery so I can be an international spy.
6) Do you do weddings (or other events)?
No, not that I wouldn't it's that there are a lot of people much better than I am to do those types of things. I would be hitting on brides maids and probably not doing any actual wedding photos. I don't like things so staged, which is what a wedding is. You also cant afford me.
7) Your "Thoughts" page is really (good, bad, interesting, stupid, uneducated, biased, brilliant, other), why do you write that stuff?
I write what I think. Some of it is interesting (to me at least), some of it is not. I rarely spell check anything, which is a bad habit. Eventually I will piss someone off and I will be accused of something that ends in 'ism', 'ist' or 'phobia' because entitled people love to claim victimization. Its just the society / culture where we live. Which is sad.
8) What was your most interesting job?
I use the word "job" loosely, I was the DJ at a private club for a few years in the Seattle are. There are some interesting stories that go along with that. Otherwise it would be when I was a bill collector or when I worked at Disneyland.
9) Can I use your (words or images) for my (website, blog, book, social media bullshit, tattoo, porn site, facebook cover, myspace gif, manifesto...)?
No. Until you are sending my large amounts of money, don’t even ask.
Honestly, until I get to the point where this is either making me money or I am dying of something terminal I claim complete and total ownership of all of my images and posts and I don't give, release, lend, loan or grant anyone, any license or permission in any capacity to use anything of mine. Sorry, but show me the money. I got 42 problems and being a non-profit-organization isn't going to be one of them. I am however willing to negotiate on the porn site part, I am not completely dead...
10) What is a MOEV and where did you get that quote?
MOEV was a Canadian band that isn't around anymore. My friend Jeff and I saw them at a club called Post Nuclear in Laguna Beach a way long time ago. I just love that quote and liked their music. It speaks to me.
11) Tell me random things, because I made it to 11, and it goes to 11
The movie The Godfather II is one of my all time favorites, along with Bad Santa, Galaxy Quest and the extended versions of the Lord of the Rings movies.
My cats were Axel and Akasha and I had them from 17 years.
I had an instagram account but I deleted it. I don't like how they compress image quality. I do have a facebook page but I don't see much traffic on it and the amount of work involved is currently a low priority. I wont do twitter because its abjectly stupid. I don't even know what pinterest, tumblr or any of the other platforms actually are.
I gave up on social media. I find it a distraction at best.
I love horror movies and anything with zombies and aliens.
I've made a lot of mistakes in my life and it will sooner or later come back and haunt me.
Karma is about existence, not about talking.
If you want to know anything else; ask.