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HIGH STREET LOW STREET SEOUL: AN UPDATED AND REIMAGINED EDITION OF DAYV MATTT’S SEOUL STREET PHOTOGRAPHY


HIGH STREET LOW STREET started out as a project to raise money for a new camera by independently publishing a large format print edition of my Seoul street photography.

The photos that made it into the physical edition represent what I, in 2012, thought were my best photographs. However, I’ve noticed that my opinion of my photography has changed and I felt like it was time that I update my book and try to offer a more complete glimpse of my Seoul street photography.

From everyday occurrences to Cosplay and protests, HIGH STREET LOW STREET represents hours of walking, experiencing, and capturing the daily routine, atmosphere, and excitement of Seoul. From the bustling streets of Myeong-dong, Sinsa-dong, Apkujeong-dong, and Gangnam station, to neighborhoods off the beaten track, HIGH STREET LOW STREET exposes Seoul and brings you closer to one of the world’s coolest cities. From Gangnam-gu to Nowon-gu, Dongdaemun-gu to Eunpyeong-gu, Jongno-gu to Yongsan-gu, HIGH STREET LOW STREET does what most brochures and books do not; gives you real and amazing pictures of a city well worth visiting.

This was Seoul from 2008 until 2012.

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REWIND: Toronto’s Jungle Scene in the Late 90’s: A book of Toronto jungle scene photography from the mid- to late-90’s


By (author): Dayv Mattt

This book is not a history of the Toronto Jungle scene. It is a snapshot of what the scene was like in the late 1990’s. During this period – 1998 to 2000 – Toronto’s Jungle scene was well established. There was, in my opinion, a pretty strong community of fans, DJ’s, MC’s, and promoters. Top acts arrived in the city every other week, and at least until Man Of Steel dropped, performances were rarely dull.

Today, the kids think raves are Swedish House Mafia concerts at an arena with numbered seating. Torontonians who missed this chapter of the city’s history have no idea, and little evidence, that Toronto once had a large and popular warehouse party scene exposing underground electronic music to a generation eager to hear it.

There are a number of reasons why this scene largely died. A sensational media portrayed ravers as drug fiend kids addicted to unprotected sex and bottled water. Politicians took advantage of the negative media coverage and decided to win votes by preventing possible problems for concerned parents. Then again, it could just be that the heads that started it all got older, needed time for other things, and the new school just didn’t have the same kind of drive. The mode of delivery simply changed, for better or for worse.

Not being able to relive my first rave experience is one of the reasons I started shooting at parties. I didn’t dance, I hadn’t embraced drugs the same way others in the scene did, and most of my friends didn’t like going to parties as often as I did. Shooting gave me a reason to be there alone and through that I ended up meeting a lot of really cool people. Then I got older, moved on, and eventually just stopped going to parties.

The pictures I took, most earlier shots lost over the years, will provide those who were there glimpses back to a time in their youth I am sure they have fond memories of (you may even appear in a photo). For those of you who weren’t around, this book will give you an idea about what it was like for those of us who spent our Friday and Saturday nights broking out, lightering, and demanding rewinds.

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High Street Low Street Colombo


By (author): Dayv Mattt

There are plenty of books, blogs, and guides out there that provide details on what a visitor “should” see when they arrive in Colombo. This book does not include those places. Instead, this book explores the small streets and neighborhoods, including a few that have since been “redeveloped”, and provides the viewer with images of what Colombo is like for the average resident.

The photography included in this book has been chastised on social media for making Colombo look “poor” and not providing enough pictures of the “fancy” and “better” places in the city. What’s peculiar is that the people criticizing this photography don’t live in Colombo. They’ve almost always been the children of Sri Lankan parents who fled the war for more stable environments overseas. In fact, Sri Lankan friends in Colombo – of varied social standing – appreciate this photography and the people I encountered while out photographing were friendly, helpful, and welcoming. They were not embarrassed about where they lived and I had no problems photographing anyone or anything.

It is very difficult to describe the sense of community one feels walking or passing through many of Colombo’s neighborhoods and with Colombo changing so dramatically, it is hoped that this sense of community remains, as it is truly marvelous.

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THE BREAKS, THE BASS, THE AMBIENT: The following tunes are tracks that I composed more than two decades ago. My expectations that you may also like them are realistic.

THE BREAKS

  1. mooncake
  2. overagain
  3. fail
  4. comingdown
  5. covercharge
  6. biatch
  7. aab
  8. disorder
  9. essay
  10. goldengun
  11. kungfu
  12. addict
  13. platoon(con mix)


THE BASS

  1. irc
  2. bloodything
  3. antichrist
  4. sdf
  5. amourpropre


THE AMBIENT

  1. cloakndagga
  2. wort
  3. ambient01
  4. rene
  5. ambient02
  6. oct10
  7. ambient03
  8. indifference_to_the_gods
  9. devilsplaything
  10. angst
  11. avemaria(remix)