Bernini monument, The Fountain of the Four
Rivers, La Dolce Vita turns from sweet...to sour.
In the grand tradition of Mark Twain,
Norman B. Schwartz recounts the comic
misadventures of an innocent abroad—neither
an Ugly American nor a Quiet one—-but
someone young who soon learns that within
the Eternal City one cannot stay that innocent
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Badass and Badass Pix is not a genre. It’s an attitude, an approach, a vibe. More than anything, it’s Art Photography, which is a h-u-g-e and diverse categorization. It’s you being a photoartist, not just a photographer. It’s having the self-confidence to take risks, break the rules, and venture outside norms. Badass can be photojournalism, scenery, portraits. It is fun to screw around with all of those and add twists that baffle viewers. These photos are squinted at, disqualified from contests, or vaguely labeled “mixed media,” “digital graphics,” or “weird sh*t. “Most of the work I call Badass, illustrated here, is found-art photography, which more-or-less means art made by recording the image as one finds it. Simply…as is. Now I can imagine you saying, “Well, duh, that’s pretty much all photography, now isn’t it?” Not really: here’s some help. Badass is trying to find images that most people miss or never see at all because it takes imagination (some might say awareness. Or both) to recognize them.
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