Virtual Reality in Flint. by zackary canepari

“The police officer in Flint is arguably the most accessible leader available to the people. We are always judged by our response times. No other city leader has this level of accountability. The more hats we wear, the more society expects from us. People expect the police to positively resolve every situation they’re called into, and when they can’t, they’re quickly criticized.”
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Check out the thoughtful, complex Op-Ed by Flint Police Officer Brian Willingham in last week's The New York Times Opinion Section. Willingham’s piece is an entry point to our virtual reality film “Policing Flint” which can now we watched on the NYT VR App. Directed by myself and Drea Cooper.  More of both in the link below...

http://nyti.ms/2ghOwpc

#flintisaplace #zcdc 

Everything Water Touches. by zackary canepari

This thing in Flint feels like a horror movie. I keep expecting for someone to push the quick-fix button because it seems too scary to be true. But it is. The water is poison. There's a reason Jessica Dimmock and I called the project "Everything Water Touches".

The link is below. Thanks to all the Flintstones that came to talk to us. Thanks to my dudes at Plied (Matt Joynt+Nathan Sandberg) for the audio and for the ZCDC crew to do what they do so well. Special thanks to the folks at Verse and The New Yorker for all the support. And no way this happened without Joshua Banville's will to live...

‪#‎flintisaplace‬ ‪#‎flintdeservesbetter‬ ‪#‎zcdc‬

Made in Bangkok. by zackary canepari

To kick off 2015 let's time travel back to 2014.  This is Bangkok.  The city is sinking into the flood lands it was built on.  Someday soon the roads will be rivers.  But that hasn’t stopped the expansion.  Megacity.  The exurban and suburban zones are nearly as dense as the city center.  Building and rebuilding.  Old and new structures competing for skyline.  Some resemble robots.  Some remain unfinished.  The elevated Skytrain connects them all.  Down below the infrastructure sags.  Progress and tradition.  Congestion edging towards permanent gridlock.  None of the cars, buses, trucks, tuk-tuks, motorcycles, ferry boats, river taxis, scooters and bicycles move at all.  Most people wear hospital masks on the street, pulling them aside to slurp noodles or smoke a cigarette.  The air is thick with humidity and sweat and smog and sex.  Inside, everything is Megamall. Climate controlled consumption.  Medical tourism.  Sex tourism.  Drug tourism.  Displays telling you how to look and how to feel. Massive electronic billboards advertise for dental surgery.  Written in Thai.  In Chinese.  In English.  In Neon.  Screens above and screens below.  Reflections in the puddles, on the windows, in the eyes.  Projections.  Personalized.  Customized.  Individualized.  Food.  Fashion.  Eye color.  Politics.  Products.  Sex.  Gender.  One third male.  One third female.  One third hybrid.  Everyone is plugged in to something.  Artificial realities.  Globalized Realities.  Cosplay from Japan.  Pop from Korea.  Products from China.  Tourists from Australia.  Showtunes from America.  Ultimately, it’s all now Thai.  Images of the King project onto the IMAX screen before the start of the film.  Everyone stands to honor him.  This is Bangkok.  The year is 2014.  A time of extremes.

I made these photos over the course of 10 days in November.  Its part of the Future of Cities project, a collaboration between Panos Pictures and Sony.  When I arrived in BKK, jetlag got the best of me and I wasn’t sleeping much.  Through my hazy eyes, Bangkok appeared as the future.  Utopian and Dystopian all at once.  Globalized and localized.  Maybe I was hallucinating.  But I couldn’t stop thinking “Blade Runner Blade Runner Blade Runner”. Sci-fi author Philip K Dick writes "The future is already here — it's just not very evenly distributed."  Still not sure if I agree or not...  

Seafoam to the Dome by zackary canepari

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It's not quite William Z. Shakespeare but The Oakland Sideshows vs. KRON's Stanley Roberts is def comic tragedy at its East Bay best.  On one side, stands Stan the Man.  Mr. Roberts is a classic blowhard sensationalist.  Ellsworth Toohey on local TV news.  His segment People Behaving Badly is man-on-the-street reporting at his comic apex (for example).  Adorable, right?  Lately he's had a particular taste for the Sideshows.  Starting with this gem.  And then this one.  And this.  And this.  And this.  And then it finally peaked with this lovely segment.  But the Sideshows are almost as old as Stanley.  Nearly 4 decades of donuts and burn outs and ghost rides.  Some things just can't be killed.  And if you can't kill something, maybe it's just better to leave it be.  Or something like this might happen.  So on and on and on and on it goes.  And with Sideshow Summer Season creeping around the corner, there will probably be a lot of hot smokey nights in East Oakland.  Hope to see you out there... 

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i'm pretty damn pleased you've made it this far. 

i'd offer you a drink or something but all i have is tap water.  

here's a pillow if you'd like to stick around...

you're welcome!  

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Lost in Penetration. by zackary canepari

I was gonna tell you all about my assignment for Vox.com where I photographed porn stars for this radical series they produced but instead I'm just gonna list great names of porn parodies.    

A Clockwork Orgy.  

Gangbangs of New York.

Missionary: Impossible

Big Trouble in Little Vagina.  

Edward Penishands.  

Apollo 13 Inches.

On that note, 

have a lovely week...

Tabula Rasa. by zackary canepari

Disclaimer: I am not responsible for anything I say or do in this blahg.  Oh wait.  Maybe that's not how it works.  Anyone got any ideas of how I can simultaneously take credit and avoid blame at all times?  Hmmm.  Give me a minute.  I'm gonna call a lawyer...  

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