Pau Leal photo Session. Our very own Jim Morrison Young Lion kid.

Pau Leal photo Session. Our very own Jim Morrison Young Lion kid.

Sometime in 1967 a young photographer who worked for Elektra Records in NY city called Joel Brodsky  did a photo session for the world famous singer of the band The Doors. This pictures later became the most widely and well known photos from the bare chested iconic singer.

The first photo shoot produced the Grammy nominated back cover photograph that is used on the band’s self titled debut album. The second gave birth to the Lizard King. In this second session its well known the fact that Morrison was highly inebriated (Why he doesn’t looks to me?). The famous photos are known as ‘The Young Lion’.

young lion

Morrison The Young Lion

Its funny because being a massive Doors fan as I am, I always thought that this photos never portrayed the real Jim Morrison. I mean, on his short career with the band (barely 4-5 years) he quickly changed his appearance and physical features and I personally think he never looked again like he did in that day anymore. He went through different periods with his image: short and long hair, with and without a beard, the leather trousers years, and also due to his well known drinking habits he did gain more and more weight over the years. But like I said he never had the same look again like he did on The Young Lion photo session. That was not Jim Morrison. Funnily enough it became the most iconic photo from the lead singer.

A few years ago while I was living in Madrid, me and my good friend Pedro Leal and his wife Laura Beatriz Suela, we had together the idea to do a kind of Young Lion photo Session but this time we will do it to their eldest son Pau Leal. The idea was basically to replicate the original Morrison’s ‘Young Lion’ photo session and Pau would be our best model.

Just for fun! and, who Knows? give something original to remember when the lad grows old.

Joel Brodsky Young lion photo session 1967

Joel Brodsky Young lion photo session 1967

It was a project we had in mind for a little while so we waited a few months for when the kid’s hair had a similar length like the legendary Doors singer.
I also supplied a necklace I bought in Venice Beach on my first trip to Los Angeles in the early 90s to try and make Pau look even more like Jim Morrison in the original poster.

We were unsure what the outcome was going to be like…but we had to give it a go!

At first it was not easy (It is never easy when you do this kind of things with kids) but I have to say Pau acted like a real professional Model. Nice one lad.
Our photo session lasted almost a whole day and we took loads and loads of photos in order to be able to choose only the best ones for our poster. I also thought It would be the best to let the parents choose the photos they thought that would be the best ones so we could all have our share in the project.

The second stage was to edit the photos and make them look as much as possible as if they were original from the 60s. We had a great fun and also a good laugh mainly because the kid didn’t know what the hell we were doing. But I have to say Pau seemed that he was enjoying it too.

At the end of the day we were pretty pleased with the results and Im honoured to say that the poster hangs framed in the lad’s bedroom.

The first photo above is obviously the original Jim Morrison photo session and the second our very own ‘Young Lion’ replica.

I hope you like it.

 

Pau Leal The young lion

Pau Leal-The Young Lion Madrid 2009  © by Pedro Vila

 

Thank you Pau! and also thank you to my friends Pedrote Leal and Beatriz Suela for their collaboration.

Việt Nam and Cambodia: Phú Quốc Island, Otres 2 Beach and Koh Rong Saloem.

Việt Nam and Cambodia: Phú Quốc Island, Otres 2 Beach and Koh Rong Saloem.

 

In 2013 I spent most of the year travelling all around the world. In one of my trips I stopped over in the SE of Asia: First in Cambodia (Or Kampuchea as they like to call it there) and later went to the beautiful island of Phú Quốc (Việt Nam) to visit my old good friend Joel Lopez who happened to be there at the time with his kids and wife. Then I moved to Japan. But thats another story.

Cambodia and Việt Nam are so close and yet so different countries. The different language (cambodian and vietnamese have no links whatsoever), the local customs, ethnicity, etc… everything changes completely. For example, you see in Cambodia houses on stilts which is something more uncommon in Việt Nam. In Cambodia man wears turbans and beach wraps as trousers while in Việt Nam the classic straw hats called ‘Non la’ (that you have seen in many movies). Vietnamese people seemed to me very very hard working, fast and very focused on business, while in Cambodia things were pretty much more relaxed, more laid back lets say ….and not that this is a bad thing to be honest! Ethnically Vietnamese people looks very SE asian while Cambodians are more closer to Thailand and looked completely different than their neighbours. Even the food was very very different. And not to mention Cambodian-Khmer writing!

 

While both countries had their historic issues and border disputes, nowadays everybody seems to want to live in peace. They had very hard times on the past and I don’t blame them for that.

Otres 2 beach its on the outskirts of Sihanoukville which is a busy coastal Cambodian city. Sihanoukville wasn’t our scene really (lets put it that way)  so thats why we decided to stayed in Otres 2 instead in a great beautiful beach with our friend Ouk Sreyka the owner of Castaways bungalows. You can visit their Facebook here:  Ouk Sreyka the owner of Castaways bungalows

Phú Quốc Island used to belong to Cambodia but according to the locals and If I did understand correctly, it seems that some Cambodian king gave the island to Việt Nam (Much to Cambodian people despair) as a a kind of present. But make no mistake, once you get in Phú Quốc you realise you are in Việt Nam, there is no doubt!

Phú Quốc is also very popular for its fish sauce and the black pepper.  The island is beautiful and has stunning beaches but I could tell the place was going to change very soon as they were building brand new roads and also an International airport. Fingers crossed the place doesn’t looses its original purity.

 

If you are interested you can read more here about our staying in Cambodia and also here about our visit to Koh Rong Saloem Island

I will never forget my days there and I am hoping to go back very soon.

You can also see a below a video I did for my Friend Joel of our staying in the 3 mentioned places. I didn’t have a proper video cameras, just a point and shoot photo camera, so I hope you forgive the shakiness of some parts of the video.

Hope you enjoy it.

 

 

 

Welcome to my Blog

Welcome to my Blog

 

While I keep updating the website, Im hoping on the next weeks to add more content to this Blog. It will be content mostly about my 3 main passions Web Design, photography and some music related news from my current favourite bands.

Meanwhile, here is a video I did for my friend Dave Fielding original member of the legendary cult 80’s band The Chameleons. Although the quality isn’t very good due that the original footage comes mainly from old VHS video tapes, the footage is indeed very rare and had a great acceptance from the avid hardcore Chameleons fans.

the chameleons

The song is called ‘Jesus came to Manchester‘ by The Reegs, which was Dave Fielding and Reg Smithies solo band when The Chameleons did split up sometime around 1987. This particular rare track its sung by Reckless Robbie Malone a Manchester poet who sadly passed away some years ago. Dave Fielding was supposed to produce ‘Snooker Hooligan‘ which was Robbie musical project but sadly it never happened.

I had the pleasure to see The Reegs 3 times when I was living in Manchester in 1998 and I always will remember those gigs as one of the most special ever in my entire life. The first time was in Night&Day in Manchester northern quarter and it was a coincidence! The second in Kaleida (Which is call now Matts and Frets this days I think). The last one was at the Witchwood in Ashton.

You can read more about my first live experience with this fantastic and criminally underated band in the notes I wrote in the booklet that comes with the lyrics in the double cd ‘The Reegs Definitive collection‘ released in 2009. Dave told me recently there was a possibility of a re release in the near future. So hoping here for more unreleased stuff (perhaps The live recording at The Duchess Of York in Leeds?)

Dave Fielding and John Lever (Along with Puressence frontman James Mudriczky) are currently recording a new album which is due for release in May 2015. We are looking forward to that.

I also run a unofficial website for The Reegs since 2004 and a Facebook Fan group. Since there was no information at all on the internet from this two excellent guitarists band I thought that someone had to do it.

Its been 11 years since I started the website and needs obviously a new design, which is something I’m hoping to do in the near future …If I manage to keep and migrate all the data!

I hope you enjoy the video anyway.

 

Only one thing is impossible for God: To find any sense in any copyright law on the planet.
Mark Twain

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