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MUSIC: That Old Raw Music Video That Juggles or Dances

That Old Raw Music Video That Juggles or Dances Remember those raw and rad music videos from rad musicians that create real music back in the days not so long ago. So original, so talented and beautifully weird. They were the pioneer of viral music videos that breaks the internet in a good way. They were your favorite music videos that you downloaded illegally on your phone or pc just to share it with your best buddies or your date only to find out whether both of you share the same kind of music or not. 1. First on my list is my favorite from Fatboy Slim, That Old Pair of Jeans with the Hula Hoops and the Windmills. This video makes me want to go exactly where she is and just read a book and listen to music. The music itself is just fantastic. It creates its own kind of feeling. A feeling that makes you want to be inside the music. 2. Another from Fatboy Slim back in 2006 Juggling trends with the music …

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CAMPAIGN ADS: WaterisLife: First World Problem Anthem

I hate it when they turn memes into ads. The whole concept of “firstworldproblems” was most likely created by a 10 year old using his iFunny app. Taking that to this is not creative… but hey this is for the charity! Water Is Life video using the Twitter hashtag #Firstworldproblems to highlight the gap between the haves and the have nots is one of the most innovative charity campaigns to hit YouTube. Lines such as a ‘I hate it when my phone charger won’t reach my bed’ and ‘I hate it when my house is so big I need two wireless routers’ are read out by Haitians, most of whom live on less than a dollar a day. This video is a slap on my face every time I complain when I cannot find organic baby carrot available or every time I express my hate for PC at work. What else do we hate which are not real problems? Advertising Agency: DDB, New York, USA
Chief Creative Officer: Matt Eastwood
Executive Creative Director: Menno Kluin
Head of Production: Ed Zazzera
Producer: Lindsey Hutter
Copywriter: Frank Cartagena
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CINEMAGRAPHS: Sheikh Zayed Road Once More

I made few cinemagraphs of Sheikh Zayed road just to have my own version of trending animated photography. Yey! Cinemagraphs are still photographs in which a minor and repeated movement occurs. Cinemagraphs, which are usually published in an animated GIF format, can give the illusion that the viewer is watching a video. They are commonly produced by taking a series of photographs or a video recording, and, using image editing software, compositing the photographs or the video frames into a seamless loop of sequential frames, often using the animated GIF file format in such a manner that motion in part of the subject between exposures (for example, a person’s dangling leg) is perceived as a repeating or continued motion, in contrast with the stillness of the rest of the image. The term “cinemagraph” was coined by U.S. photographers Kevin Burg and Jamie Beck, who used the technique to animate their fashion and news photographs beginning in early 2011.    Cinemagraphs posted above are all created by John Robert Ramos.   Below are few samples of beautiful cinemagraphs from http://cinemagraphs.com

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Suits & Style

I might be a little outdated but I couldn’t miss this stylish guys in Suits, tv series. Sometimes you hear about a new show, catch an episode and then, almost instantly, you’re hooked. It’s annoying to think that there is another tv series that will occupy your vacant time. Sleep late at night because you just can’t wait to finish the whole season you already recorded/downloaded because you knew you’ll find interesting look that you can wear for the next day. USA Network’s hit TV series Suits, which first premiered in the US last June, is one of those shows: it’s a slick, witty, intelligent and stylish legal drama that quickly took my attention. ABOUT SUITS Even the best lawyer in New York City can use some help. While running from a drug deal gone bad, Mike Ross (Patrick J. Adams), a brilliant young college-dropout, slips into a job interview with one of New York City’s best legal closers, Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht). Tired of cookie-cutter law school grads, Harvey takes a gamble by hiring Mike …

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PHOTOGRAPHY: Morning Angel

Innocence is Bliss. Taking photograph of a child is one of the most difficult… no, because they don’t need to act happy or sad or blissful. It comes naturally with their innocence. It is difficult… yes, when you have to force them to smile for the camera. The trick is make them play and enjoy what they are doing. This series of photos are taken with consent of her parents for her 7th birthday. I provided all the props, settings, and photography direction.             Photos taken by John Robert Ramos

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PHOTOGRAPHY: Afternoon Diva

This is how we spend leisure time, fashion photography. Simple and ordinary settings yet fabulous result. Jemmalyn Soriano, the Diva, my high school friend and almost a family has been shooting ever since. She is my very first photography muse. I thought of doing more fashion photography as I have a great feeling that one day I will make it as an art director or director of photography in fashion editorials. So I will keep on producing and taking photos. Photographer: John Robert Ramos Clothes, Shoes, Accessories, Hair & Make-Up all by her self, Jemmalyn Soriano Location: Our terrace

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PHOTOGRAPHY: Brighter Than Sunshine

I spent my Sunday taking photos of a friend who’s behind “Postura Style” Ms. Rona Kathrina. “Postura Style is an online fashion boutique based in Dubai. They offer a unique, classic, feminine, edgy collection with quality and affordable prices that you will surely love.”- www.posturastyle.blogspot.com She is selling her stuff thru Facebook page where you can find her selections of women clothing for now. Her bright collection reflects a classy, chic and very feminine woman. Price ranging from AED 50 to 150.  We ate Krispe Kreme from the beginning up to end of the day. LOVE! At first, I didn’t really have a concept for this fun shoot but as we go on finding the right corner of their apartment unit at Dubai Marina’s one of the tallest residential tower, all we’ve got are the heights, the summer wind and the sunlight. Not just proper lighting coming from the daylight but lights brighter than sunshine and I love it. Since I’m a fan of natural lighting photography it always works for me. Given that I am not a professional …

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Designers In Vogue

The September 2012 issue of American Vogue features fashion designers Riccardo Tisci (with Rooney Mara), Raf Simons (with Diane Kruger), Sarah Burton, Christopher Bailey, and Stella McCartney (with Karen Elson, Stella Tennant & Claudia Schiffer), Lazaro Hernandez, Jack Mccollough, Kate Mulleavy, Laura Mulleavy, David Neville, and Marcus Wainwright, Peter Copping and Erdem Moralioglu (with Emilia Clarke & Ruth Wilson), Nicolas Ghesquière (with Kristen Stewart), Olivier Rousteing, Joseph Altuzarra, and Anthony Vaccarello (with Chanel Iman, Kate Upton & Candice Swanepoe), Peter Dundas (with Caroline Trentini); all photographed by Norman Jean Roy.            

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MEN’S WEAR: Leap like Olympics

Just another early from work shoot. Getting used with the grainy natural effect from my 5mp phone camera since the super humid weather in Dubai doesn’t allow my slr camera to go out in the air. EXTRA WIDE NECK SHIRT, BERSHKA, in TOPS KHAKIS, H&M, in H&M PANTS POINTED ESPADRILLES, MAX, in FLATS       Post by: John Robert Ramos Photo: ME, its always me.

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I Left My Heart In San Pedro

Please play the music below while browsing this post. San Pedro, Laguna where my heart and family lives. I love this place more than Santa Mesa, Manila where I grew up and went to college. San Pedro is our new found home since 2005, my hidden paradise. I wish I could take more photos every morning when I go over the hills to chase the sunshine and sweat. I wish I can go home and watch the sunrise ’till it goes down to my feet. Just home and do nothing. Photos here are taken by my old phone camera and Olympus Digital camera years ago (4 yrs back or so). Pixels aren’t great but the framed memories are gold. Post by: John Robert Ramos Images: Own Music: http://spazzkid.com/ Thank you Mark for creating this music. http://popscenemanila.bandcamp.com/

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FILM: Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (and the sashimi)

Another inspirational feel good movie I recommend to watch. But this time this film is not something only weird graphics designer will want to waste time with, though the title of the film might sound like another indie film but it is not. In fact the movie title really mean it literally. The film has a lot of political humor but not very funny, somehow funny in a smart way if you are aware of what’s happening in the middle east. “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen” is a full fiction based on a novel with a same title written by Paul Torday. In the story, the Sheikh from Yemen is very wealthy, but in fact the Yemen is considered one of the poorest countries in the Arab world. I am a fan of Ewan McGregor and should say that he made a right choice for a film role once again… I like this actor. I’ve notice from the opening scene which there are swimming fish in the river while Ewan was fishing is the same with …

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MUSIC: Somewhere Over the Rainbow

I’ve never seen a rainbow here in Dubai, UAE. Not sure if the nature forbid itself to show a beautiful spectrum of light over the desert or its just not possible in this kind of climate. I guess I really miss San Pedro, Laguna my luscious green hilly home town where you can find the rainbow after the rain or in the orange afternoon. I found a new rendition of my favorite song. A song very close to my hearth, a song I’ve sung a hundred times… Somewhere Over the Rainbow. Here I am sharing the beautiful music. The instrumental rendition by The Piano Guys. Here below is the original version by Judy Garland from Wizard of Oz. I hope you’ll enjoy the music from The Piano Guys like I do and support them by buying the music online. Post by: John Robert Ramos Image Credit: My own altered photo of rainbow in Deira, Dubai.

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FILM: I Wish (Kiseki) “What is the world?”-Koichi

FILM: I Wish (Kiseki) Japanese Film. I couldn’t explain it myself but this movie is simply heart felt, nostalgic, and it brings back some memories of my childhood. I didn’t came from Japan but the movie setting feels like home for me. Innocence is really blissful. We may though that life as a kid is easy but the world is still so big and hard for them to understand. I wish that there are always good people around them to teach and answer their questions (we adult sometimes don’t know how to answer). I just love this film. A 2011 Japanese film written and directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda with real life brothers Koki Maeda and Oshiro Maeda. I don’t think that this film will be shown here in middle east. You know where to find it. TRAILER: SYNOPSIS: Twelve-year-old Koichi lives with his mother and retired grandparents in Kagoshima, in the southern region of Kyushu, Japan. His younger brother Ryunosuke lives with their father in Hakata, northern Kyushu. The brothers have been separated by their …

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PHOTOGRAPHY: Prenuptial

PHOTOGRAPHY: Prenuptial photo shoot for a friend of mine Subert & Anna. This is my first art direction attempt for prenuptial photography. I manage to select all details, setting, location, wardrobe, props & set-ups, effects, gestures and emotions. The final product look authentic. Awesome for the first time hit. This is only possible with the help of our friends. We had fun while doing this. Watch the video:

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ART FILM: Pina

“Dance, dance, otherwise we are lost.” – Pina Bausch. Captivates your heart and soul. The first in the world 3d Dance film. It is amusingly weird but its art. Synopsis: PINA is a feature-length dance film in 3D with the ensemble of the Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, featuring the unique and inspiring art of the great German choreographer, who died in the summer of 2009. PINA is a film for Pina Bausch by Wim Wenders. He takes the audience on a sensual, visually stunning journey of discovery into a new dimension: straight onto the stage with the legendary Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch ensemble, he follows the dancers out of the theatre into the city and the surrounding areas of Wuppertal – the place, which for 35 years was the home and centre for Pina Bausch’s creativity. Follow and read more about the featured film through their official website: http://www.pina-film.de/en/about-the-movie.html (Disclaimer: I do not own the image and video posted in this blog.)