Julia Fullerton-Batten is a award winning young photographer from the UK. Her photos have an awkward, polished feel with her teenage models, which says a lot about those “in between” years as a young teenager. Those influential years a lot of us can relate to, not knowing exactly how the world works yet, not being completely opinionated, you find yourself well, floating.  Oh those gloriously awkward pimple filled days of young adulthood… sigh.

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In the early morning of July 1st 1908 in Siberia, there was a great explosion. Eyewitnesses close to the explosion reported the loud thundering sound moving east to north. The sounds were accompanied by a shock-wave that knocked people to the ground and broke windows hundreds of miles away. The explosion knocked over an estimated 80 million trees over 830 square miles. Estimates of the energy of the blast to be about 1000 times as powerful as the bomb dropped on Hiroshima. It is estimated that the earthquake from the blast would have measured 5.0 on the Richter scale, which was not yet developed at the time. Since there was no discernible impact zone, meteor impact was ruled out, theories for the cause range from black holes, anti-matter, to a UFO crash. Today the more popular theory is whether it was a comet or meteor, it exploded 8 or 9 km over the earth’s surface, from immense built up pressure from traveling over 21,000mph into our atmosphere. Later in 1966 Guiness book of world records calculated that if it were to hit earth 4 hours and 47 min later it would have completly destroyed St. Petersburg, Russia! They say the earth gets these mid-sized hits once every 300 years or so. 100 down 200 more to go!

Since the launch of sputnik in 1957, amateur astronomers have been tracking the paths of satellites and recording their data for decades.  It is estimated that 189 “classified” satellites orbit our earth. Surely  being used for reconnaissance, and data gathering, it’s not hard to imagine that these, (as far as our government is concerned) “non- existent” satellites have more sinister applications.

Enter Trevor Paglen, artist-astronomer. With satellite data from “observer clubs” and special software designed to control a motorized tripod to follow the path of the stars (so they are static objects in the photo), you are then able to see the partial orbit of the “classified” satellite. In a recent interview Paglen said, “When you look at the number of satellites, what they’re doing and what they represent, it is really a vision of trying to have the world in your clutches.” All conspiracy theories aside you cant help but feel that “big brother” could actually be watching your every move. Bring on the tin foil hats!  Be sure to check out his art show coming to San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in 2009.

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As Photoshop can create beauty in an artificial way, it to can take it away. Zsolt Mocacsi is from Hungary mixes his illustration skills with photo.

I grabbed the Canon G9 and headed to Brooklyn Projects opening and launch of the Nemo produced book FREESTYLIN’. Nike SB’s, John Martin asked Nemo creative director Mark Lewman if he could do anything for BMX what would he do. Lewman brought the old band together from the Freestylin’ days and put together an amazing historical outline of the pioneering days of freestyle BMX. Spike Jones and Andy Jenkins collaborated in their original roles and put together the book.

BMX racing will debut in China at the Olympics next month and Nike SB has been doing promotions to bring focus to the new event. Michael Lau designed special limited edition Blazers for the promotion and if you were at the party in LA the he also design two special edition toys and a show box that is so unique and original!


Mark Kohlman an retired Nemo photo assistant, gone snowboard photog now editing for ESPN has put an old shot of Shaun White up on the EXPN website. I hope the surprise and delight of seeing my work published never goes away!