6 August 2009

Uneven Terrain


Founded in 1920, Palladium quickly emerged at the forefront of aviation tire production. Their technique of layered canvas bands encased in vulcanised rubber enjoyed a high popularity in Europe. By the 1940s and the end of the war, Palladium decided to turn towards the manufacture of footwear, specifically a boot which would be as tough as their tires. The Pampa boot was born in 1947, and it would soon be adopted as the footwear of choice by the French Foreign Legion. Over 60 years later and after a brief hiatus in recent years, the iconic boot has been made available once again.

I remember seeing these boots when I was younger, especially the numerous cloned cheaper designs one could easily find, and must admit that I am rather pleased to see them back in production. Whilst the boot itself is everything you would expect from having a 60 year heritage - functional, comfortable, hard wearing; it is actually the latest lookbook which appeals to me most.

I recently wrote about the difficulties presented by the concept of a lookbook for footwear, where the balance between shoe and background story can be a tricky one to master. For this shoot however, I find myself drawn to the exact opposite of close up shots and soft portraits, for it is the atmosphere and drama of these that I enjoy. With such an iconic design, I suppose it is easier to create a lookbook based on story and feel, as opposed to simply needing to display the footwear. I find this lookbook, of close up shots mixed in with the more story driven shots, highly appealing.

The presentation of the decaying urban landscape really is a powerful one, and I find the use of light in these shots quite simply stunning. I often feel that it is easy to lose the concept of a piece when considering it in isolation, for one needs to see it in the landscape the designer envisaged upon creation. It is here that I feel this lookbook is successful, for the shots somehow manage to convey the very meaning of the boot. Like all photography, it is perhaps not something easily conveyed through words, but something to be felt upon sight.

Currently playing: Be There - UNKLE

xxxx

120 comments:

  1. You always have the most fascinating topics.
    Amazing photos. It's hard to capture the true essence of industrialism without making it seem depressing or drab. These photos are optimistic and inspiring.
    The boots sound awesome. I'm afraid I wasn't too familiar with them, but learning about them from you was really cool. They look comfortable yet very practical. Plus, they're stylish! :) That all sounds good to me! Do you think you will get a pair?

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  2. did you take the picture???

    they are gorgggggsss

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  3. did you take the picture???

    they are gorgggggsss

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  4. hi dapper!
    beautiful photos!
    you're like a pro!
    pictures are so wonderful!
    good job!

    http://momfashionworld.blogspot.com/

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  5. I love these images. They evoke a rugged industrial kind of air that really reflects the footwear. I love the idea of clothing, manufacturing and styling having a history behind it--heritage. It is interesting to wear things that have a story behind them, one you can add onto by deciding to wear them (if that makes any sense).

    Paz
    Diego
    Freefall Blog
    http://freefallblog.blogpsot.com

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  6. These photos are perfect. I love when the setting actually coincides with the product being sold, it only makes sense! Though I must admit, I love contrast as well. But these boots in fairy forest with unicorns certainly would have me confused.

    Thank you for your supportive words, DK! Sorry that you hear it as well. Don't change one bit! :)

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  7. Those are some great photos. I love those. You do pots such interesting things here. I hope you're doing well. Take care.

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  8. The locations are pretty rugged which seem perfect for these boots, but I think they could also work on a Johnny Depp/red carpet event.

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  10. I misread the post at first and thought you actually own the boots... But I stick to what I first thought, those pcitures are fantastic. They're artistic, real and totally fit the "footwear" style. Excellent.

    C.Elizabeth

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  11. gorgeous post!uhh and the song is perfection..i would love to post the video just found it, its so lovely, can i, when i say it was inspired by you?
    xo lilly

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  12. Fabulous post and pics of the "decaying urban landscape" ~ powerful!

    xoxox,
    CC

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  13. Definitely, a fasinating background for adventure! Love the shoes. Really, something to endure the elements. Honestly, I'd prefer something like this over pretty high heels anyday.

    Thanks for the note. I just see Gemma who's trying to reach out and Kelsy is trying too, but something gets lost along the way.

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  14. Beautiful photos, i think they really convey a lovely sense of what the boots are about. And obviously, seriously tasty boots! x

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  15. Oh, this was really quite rich with history. Great shots. You can really live in those shoes.

    & thanks for the note. Funny, I started writing about Sebastian and well, I think I have enough posts for the entire month, yet I do try to put in what's up with Rhys & Sasha, Maxie & Katy and Cecil & Franny..oh and there is always trouble with Jamie.

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  16. awesome pictures! Palladium are awesome.. your blog is awesome..

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  17. i adore those pictures !xxx

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  18. Great post & lovely images You're a brilliant writer by the way!;)

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  19. Agreed. And it is SO nice when the setting for a shoot enhances your understanding of the product's design.

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  20. you are right, these images are quite powerful. have a great day!

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  21. The images are powerful but so are your words!! OMG can I go through the closet at Vogue when you take over for Anna? or Carine? Thanks :)

    your comment was HILARIOUS. I love when my boys chime in!

    XOXO!!!!!

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  22. Amazing photos, really cool/weird/original-effect.. Adore it (again:P)

    xx

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  23. Definitely. The urban images for the lookbook are prefectly in tune with the shoes. I love the starkness of that very last image. It's beautiful!

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  24. The lookbook is pretty cool! I like the photos although it's a little boring? maybe? But I do love the lighting and the background...very nice! xxoxoxo

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  25. the photos r really cool..very urban-esque xxx

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  26. Wow great photos! I see you are a man of many talents! I once read a college essay by boy who wrote from the point of view of his shoes. It was REALLY good... got him into Princeton! :0) Random tidbit, I know. But those photos made me think of him.

    Cheers!

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  27. im sure glad i found this little bundle of inspiration. thank you.

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  28. Could you possibly be MORE talented? These boots are super uber sexy on men, I think---very nice---oh yes.

    By the by----I gave you a bit of an award---cause you are super amazing!
    Go on over and check it out!

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  29. i like the boots! i like the flap at the front! looks like they have many different styles.

    i can see you sporting them! :P

    thanks for adding the link =D i will add you tonight!

    hope you're having an awesome day dapper kid =)

    x

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  30. I've always wanted a pair of these boots, but they're so hard to track down here in Saskatchewan, Canada.

    ~Faith

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  31. that boot looks amazing in those photographs. my dad has similar boots, but those are lovely.

    i have to say that i love your blog style. everything you write is so insightful and meaningful.

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  32. Drama is definitely the term to describe those backdrops. Almost apocalyptic...

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  33. what a great look book, i've always been fascinated with urban buildings in ruins, they make for great, dynamic pictures, but with the history of the boots, it's so suiting!! love it, great post xx

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  34. Love the last pic! Wow, so dramatic. Abs love the visual effect!

    XOXO

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  35. great post, really interesting :-)

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  36. I adore these boots and the way that the setting of the photo and the subject are so closely intertwined. What a fabulous concept for a lookbook!
    I hope your day has been fabulous and that you have some amazing plans for the weekend! I do hope you're feeling so much better, dear!
    P.S. I love a man who can call another man hot and still be confident in his sexuality - good for you! :) :)

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  37. love this!

    UNKLE match those images just perfectly.

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  38. Those boots seem like they would automatically give you the ability to kick some ass!

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  39. the boots in the first pic are so hot

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  40. they look Fantastic and as i was staring at them i took a mind trip back to wat u said bout d difficulty involved in shooting footwear lookbooks, must agree with u dat they managed to do it almost perfectly :o]

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  41. They are timless beauts. Never grow tired of them ♥

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  42. Those pictures are awe-inspiring. Breathtaking, I might add. And you haven't made it look sad or boring, which is always a plus.

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  43. Woooowwwww!!!!!!....boots are like awesome........i would like to hve one...plzzzs



    joliiesss!!!!!:-)

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  44. i love the super powers bestowed on one through a new pair of shoes. jump higher! run faster! they give you an extra dash of courage, like in these photos. happy weekend friend!
    xo s

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  45. Hello lover. Did you hear?! Brave New World is apparently going to be turned into a film. I hope they'd be able to capture it well. It's still in the early stage of production. I wonder who's going to be cast as what characters. I think Scarlett Johansson (although, truthfully I don't like her very much) would be great as Lenina because it sort of reminds me of her role in The Island. I'm not sure as the rest of the cast. I guess we'll see when the film is further along. :D

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  46. You're right -- those shots are super rad. And I love the boots (not on me, mind you). Especially the different linings on the tongues.

    I'm adding you to my blog roll, by the way. Which is actually something I've been meaning to do for awhile :)

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  47. Wonderful post, fabulous pictures, really. I think those boots are quite yummy on a guy (hehe, I prefer more feminine footwear).

    And thanks for adding me to the exchange! Yay! I'm really excited for this.

    Be sure and pop by & leave a note!

    -Laila
    www.randomweavings.blogspot.com

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  48. Great shots. You have the best posts!I love the shoes.

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  49. those pictures are so fantstic.


    hope you have a nice weekend



    xoxoxo
    Nic

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  50. You are such an amazing inspirational writer, and have an awesome style! What more could one want?!?

    These are really cool

    xxx

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  51. I definitely like the atmosphere of these pictures, too. I would love to go to a deserted building like that one.

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  52. awsome pictures and the landscape is mindblowing..

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  53. Footwear look books are my professional 'quelle horreur'. It's nice to see an iconic brand like Palladium, think outside the box and create a look book that presents a modern image yet manages to capture elements of the brands heritage.

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  54. You really are one great writer! Great post and very interesting!
    Enjoy the rest of your wkd :)

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  55. Thanks so much for sharing. I agree that shoe lookbooks can be tricky, but as you said, the choice of background setting in this case is really complimentary. I think if you're talking about footwear that's both functional and iconic, it definitely benefits to show how it can be used and also in which context the designer sees it. I love the shot of the abandoned warehouse as well. Hope you're having a terrific weekend so far :)

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  56. the photos are indaed dramatic . i love the last two ones. although i must say this boot is a little too rugged looking for my liking

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  57. dk, you really are sensitive to beauty! and to find beauty even in "urban decay" is something only very few in the world is gifted. :D

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  58. funny, i was about to buy these boots last week.

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  59. fabulous boots hun!

    xx

    www.inspirations.co.nr

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  60. Hey, I just noticed that they're going to be selling Clae on Giltgroup.com this Tuesday. You should snap some up, if you get a chance! I think I showed them to you once, but if you don't remember, they're the ones who have the sleek leather sneaks. They use quality fabrics - I can vouch for it!

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  61. the lightening is indeed very stunning!

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  62. Hey ♥ thanks for the sweet comment you left on my blog :) and I'm sooo sorry about the late reply but my week has been CRAZY busy! But so exciting! Especially filming for the new fashion programme with Jameela Jamil :D

    You always have the most incredible posts, and stunning photos. You write so beautifully... Makes me feel so inferior lol! Your blog is always so fascinating!

    ♥ Hannah

    ((london--rose.blogspot.com))

    x

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  63. hello dearest :)

    has the "around the world" project commenced yet? just wanted to know because i am so excited!

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  64. You are so right. Usually when you see footwear shots they're bland and boring, having to do with nothing at all besides the shoe; yet these are, as you said, a bit dramatic. They have more depth and meaning than the typical two dimensional shots. They're lovely in a different way, for in some of the shots you can hardly see the boots at all.

    I hope you're feeling well, love. Enjoy your week :D
    I miss your posts already!!

    xo,
    hk

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  65. the background is absolutely gorgeous, also the pictures are stunning

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  66. I love the lighting on that last photo. It's perfect.

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  67. Wow! Ehat is up with that busted tar mac road!! Looks like an earthquake has been through there! These photos are cool - moody and evoquative!!

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  68. how that is just so awesome!

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  69. I love your writing and it goes so well with your gorg pictures

    C.

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  70. COOL boots, dude. are you getting some?? you should. maybe. haha

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  71. your posts are always so interesting and entertaining, i love reading them. keep up the excellent work!
    sea @ fashionsqueah!

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  72. this project above is so original. im so interested to see how it will develop.

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  73. Absolutely fascinating...the images are very powerful :)

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  74. well hello there! i noticed that it's been a week since your last post. I hope everything is going well with you. I really enjoy your blog; thanks for the hard work that you put into your posts!

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  75. hey DK! I just wanted to check in and see if all is ok? I hope everything is ok!

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  76. Oh, hello! :) Long time ago.. I have been so busy lately, so I have not had time to check your blog. I will read all your new posts now. Yey! ^^ I hope you are okey and I hope you have had an amazing summer :)
    I like the boots, they are so "military" but still beautiful and fashionable! :)

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  77. Very interesting and awesome photos.

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  78. im diggin the subtle plaid on the shoes

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  79. Hi dear! Just wondering if you've received my postcard I sent out to you a while ago! Let me know k! xo

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  80. I hope you're well, my dear. Just thinking of you, and hoping your having a wonderful day =)

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  81. Interesting post! The shoes are awesome!

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  82. Shoes like these would give the wearer instant butt-kicking ability. I like!
    They're such a cool hybrid of Converse All-Stars and your everyday hiking boot. The grey-black tones are so industrial but they also work quite well. Would look great with a rugged plaid button-up and some unexpected-color pant.

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  83. Hey, hope all is well. Miss you. Love your style.

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  84. Hey u. I'm so so bussy these days, sorry for my absence.. Hope you're enjoying the last days of summer and that you're well!


    Xxx

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  85. Ah such an outstanding post! I'm coveting those boots, they make me wish I was a cool, androgenous type. Damn long hair and girly face!! Fantastic photography

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  86. DK, I hope all is well. Haven't *seen* you in 10 days, are you OK? Love & prayers, sweetie. xx

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  87. Hiya DK !
    I hope things are moving good from your side ,haven't ead any og your blog since long !


    Joliiieessss:-)

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  88. hi DK,

    hope you are doing well! :D

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  89. Haven't heard from you in ages dear! You okay? Keep us updated ♥

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  90. hiya DK,

    how are you and how have you been? i've totally been away from the circulation for quite awhile so im just doing some much needed catching up. i definitely missed your intellectual and sartorially refreshing blog. just got back to blogging too, so hope you could drop by sometime..

    much love

    eden

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  91. Why am I so fascinated with heritage brand boots and vulcanized rubber? Great read, great post, as always.
    Have a lovely day Dapp Kid!

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  92. nice boots! and great song

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  93. Like so many others here, I hope you're doing ok and that your absence is just related to you being busy and not anything serious? Hope to hear from you soon :)

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  94. I hope you're well, dear :)
    How have you been?

    xo,
    hk

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  95. Where have you been? Are you okay? I hope you're doing well, sweets!

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  96. Where are you DK? miss you!

    XOXO

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  97. you have such amazing and interesting topics :)

    shoeboxgal.blogspot.com

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  98. Great pictures it looks like you had a great time taking these photos!

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  99. This truly is genius; the focus on the footwear is incredible! Most campaigns for shoes seem to lose focus on the actual product - another element seems to override them, whether it be the styling, hair, makeup, clothing, background, etc.

    You. Are. Brilliant (:

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  100. DK, hope everything is well with you dear...I'm a little concern!

    Take care & miss ya'

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  101. Hi DK, i have been checking your blog for a while now and no updates! I hope everything is ok!
    Hope to hear from you soon!

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  102. Love these photos and miss your blogging face!!!

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  103. You did a wonderful job with those photos... You always manage to capture scenes in a wistfully romantic way that's not suffocating. If that makes any sense. Hope you're enjoying your week so far!

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  104. my god, that place looks soo awesome. you should film something there, its has the perfect setting and mood for a thriller or something. and really nice lighting in your pictures. kudos.

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  105. Agreement with everyone else, the photos are amazing.

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