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“Never Turn Your Back On The Enemy” 12x18 color Canon Lucia inkjet print on 290gsm Hahnemüehle museum quality bamboo fiber fine art paper, signed & in a limited edition of 10 prints. (One of 31 pieces included in “From Whence We Came”, my solo exhibition on display now through April 27 2018 at @natgalcayman) #drandallblythe #fromwhencewecame #nationalgalleryofthecaymanislands #digitalsilverimaging #themillcayman #Leica #LeicaM #Summicron75mm #LeicaCameraUSA
“Night Wall” 12x18 black and white true silver halide gelatin print on baryta fiber-based 310gsm archival quality Ilford Galerie paper, signed & in a limited edition of 10 prints. (One of the photos in “From Whence We Came”, my solo exhibition on display now through April 27 2018 at @natgalcayman.) #drandallblythe #fromwhencewecame #nationalgalleryofthecaymanislands #digitalsilverimaging #themillcayman #respecttheocean
“Be Still & Listen” 3.14.2018, 10:07 AM., Richmond, VA. I watched the entire student body and staff of a high school walk out today. 17 of them were holding signs with the names of dead children written on them. They stood silently, still as statues by the road. I stood silently too, tears in my eyes blurring my vision as I took photos. These are the people who will run our country one day. They are speaking. Be still. LISTEN. #Leica #LeicaCameraUSA #changemustcome #theyoutharegettingrestless
The Cayamanian Times has published an article about “From Whence We Came”, my solo exhibition at @natgalcayman- link to the article is in my bio. The photo in this post is one of two large diptychs I have in the show- this particular one is called “Victory at Sea”- it was a rough day to swim & shoot... #nationalgalleryofthecaymanislands #caymaniantimes #fromwhencewecame #themillcayman #digitalsilverimaging #leicacamerausa #drandallblythe #respecttheocean
I had the idea that I was going to shoot a bunch of video & still photos at the opening of “From Whence We Came”, my photography exhibition the other night at @natgalcayman, but obviously that was very foolish of me- that’s not the way being the artist at your own exhibition works, hahaha. So here’s a quick walkthrough I got while the gallery was empty, then a little from opening night- I met a ton of awesome people who support the arts! My exhibition will be up from now until April 27th 2018, so if you are on Grand Cayman or are going to be there, stop by & check out the work! Admission to the gallery is free, but taking home a print is definitely not- there are 31 pieces in the show, all for sale, all in limited editions of just 10 prints- and no, you cannot buy Poppy the dog. Thanks so much to @digitalsilverimaging for the unbelievable prints, @natgalcayman for showcasing my work, & @themillcayman for facilitating this whole process. More from the show later! #fromwhencewecame #nationalgalleryofthecaymanislands #themillcayman #photography #leica #leicacamerausa
Today was pretty freaking awesome (swipe left to see more pictures)- chilling with stingrays, cruising on a boat, and free diving coral reefs. I didn’t have time to grab my free diving fins before this trip, so I had to use to regular old snorkeling fins, & I have a half-finished root canal that is giving me some problems equalizing (ouch!), but I was still able to go pretty deep. Island life is nice. Photos of me by: @cshields12- I took the rest. #grandcayman #islandlife #waterman #happyaboveandbelowthesea
“The Future” National Gallery of the Cayman Islands, Grand Cayman. Today was one of THE COOLEST days of my entire career as an artist, & I do mean my ENTIRE artistic life- music, writing, acting, photography- ALL OF IT. Yesterday, I had an amazing turnout for the opening of my photography exhibition, “From Whence We Came”, at the National Gallery here on Grand Cayman- it was a packed house, & yes, I’ll be posting photos from that later. So yes, the opening was awesome, but today was even better- I got to teach! “Shoot With Purpose” was a free photography workshop/photowalk I designed for beginning photography students, and I had 9 of them show up, ages 14-16. I gave a short talk for them at the Gallery, showing examples of 5 different types of shots I was looking for, then we all piled into a Sprinter van and went to a few different locations to walk around and shoot. Most of these kids are from Cayman, but I even had two kids from my hometown show up who happened to be here on vacation. ALL of these kids were just amazing- super-polite, attentive, & engaged with the world as we went out to make art together. It was beyond gratifying for me to watch them work, out in the world CREATING- from some of the shots I saw, we have some serious talent down here! In a few weeks I’ll be showcasing some of their shots here, so keep your eyes open. In the meantime, thanks to everyone at @natgalcayman for organizing this, @themillcayman for providing transport, and most of all TO MY STUDENTS: thank you all for coming out- I am so very proud of each of you & I can’t wait to see your work! Keep shooting! WHAT AN AMAZING DAY FOR THIS OLD MAN! #teachtheyouth #supportthearts #nationalgalleryofthecaymanislands #shootwithpurpose #fromwhencewecame #leica #leicaq
Today! 12 noon PT/3 pm EST, it’s a new episode of my @gimmeradio show, The Power Remains! Coming to you from the studios of @themillcayman with assistance from Poppy the dog- this week, @billyoceanofficial may or may not show up to be my guest. Tune in to find out! I AM THE TOP RANKIN’ PUNK ROCK DJ PON’ DI WHOLE CAYMAN ISLANDS AND I COME FI MASH UP DI PLACE INNA RUDE BWOI STYLE! #islandtime #🏝🌞🏝 #weregonnahaveapunkyreggaeparty #gimmeradio #randyblythe #punkfuckingrock #leica #LeicaQ
“The Caribbean Vacation Dream” Cemetery Beach, Grand Cayman Island. A little house on the beach, a white picket fence, and two-point-fiv- oops... I meant, NO children hahaha. #relaxyourself #Leica #LeicaCamera #LeicaCameraUSA #LeicaM #LeicaMP #LeicaMP240 #Summilux #Summilux50mm #LeicaCraft #🔴📷 #MyLeicaJourney #MKexplore #streetdreamsmag #RatsEyesPhotography #HoneTheAesthetic
This Friday, it’s a brand new episode of my @gimmeradio show, “The Power Remains”- tune in Friday at 12 noon PT/3 pm EST. This weeks show was recorded in the beautiful studios of @themillcayman here on gorgeous Grand Cayman Island. My guest this week will be the undisputed king of Caribbean punk rock & grindcore, Mister Billy Ocean! (Well, maybe- that is if we can work out our schedules- @billyoceanofficial, call me, man!) #gimmeradio #billyocean #thepowerremains #randyblythe #islandtime #billyoceanisapunkrocker
“Reversed Perspective” Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands. Usually I see waves from above, riding down their face on a surfboard. From below, they look just as cool- like incoming storm clouds as they break over a coral reef. Shallow water, bad visibility, & a lot of sloppy wind waves made it a bit hectic swimming & shooting the other day-you don’t wanna touch coral for health reasons (both your’s & the coral’s), but I had fun anyway- I love being beneath the sea. #sonya7ii #aquatech_imagingsolutions
18 years ago I met the dude in this video, my bro @sonny_mayo. Lamb of god was on our very first tour, opening up for Amen & GWAR- Sonny was in Amen at the time (although he’s played in a bunch of other bands- Sevendust, Snot, Ugly Kid Joe), & we put quite a few beers back together on that run. Two years later he would get clean & sober (& he’s remained that way for over 16 years now), but it would take me another 10 years after that tour to get my act together. When I finally got sober, Sonny was a dude who had walked that path before, a fellow musician who could help show me the way to a better life- & he has. Now instead of touring with bands, he works with @rocktorecovery, a highly successful nonprofit program which helps addicts, alcoholics, combat veterans with PTSD, & other people with mental health issues of all sorts to heal by getting together with them and helping them to write music. He’s a health conscious plant-based diet freak, & an animal loving dog rescuer. Overall, Sonny is just one of the nicest dudes you’ll ever meet, but at just 46 years old, he’s also had 2 heart attacks in the last 19 months due to a hereditary heart disease. Even with insurance, he’s already $30,000 deep into medical treatments that don’t appear to be effective stopping the heart attacks, & the doctors just keep on giving him the same treatment. That doesn’t make sense really, so he’s trying to be proactive about staying alive & getting allogeneic mesynchymal stem cell therapy (which is not covered by insurance for some insane reason, but has a proven success rate with his particular problem.) My bro is just trying to stay alive, so if you can, kick down a couple of bucks, whatever you can spare- he’s a good man who has helped A LOT of people, including me, & he has more work to do here. Link for more information & to donate is in my bio, or over at his page, @sonny_mayo. Thanks so much for your time. -Randy
“Cooked Food” Grand Cayman. When I come to YOUR country, I’m going to eat YOUR food. I’m not going to go to some American chain restaurant filled with half-drunk tourists from a walled-in resort who want to stuff their faces with something familiar- I can just travel out to the suburbs back home if I want that experience. Down here, you will find me off the beaten path in the small hole-in-the-wall joint with no air conditioning and the handwritten menu that says things like “Cowfoot”, “Stew Conch”, “Oxtail”, “Curry Goat”, & “Brown Stew Fish.” I’m gonna throw on Scotch Bonnet sauce until sweat drips into my peas & rice, & I’m going to be really, really happy about it. Yes, man- let’s EAT. #Leica #LeicaCamera #LeicaCameraUSA #LeicaM #LeicaMP #LeicaMP240 #Summilux #Summilux35mm #LeicaCraft #🔴📷 #MyLeicaJourney #MKexplore #streetdreamsmag #RatsEyesPhotography #HoneTheAesthetic #🔥mekithotlikefiyah🔥
“Dinner View Point” #Leica #LeicaCamera #LeicaCameraUSA #LeicaM #LeicaMP #LeicaMP240 #Summilux #Summilux50mm #LeicaCraft #🔴📷 #MyLeicaJourney #MKexplore #streetdreamsmag #RatsEyesPhotography #HoneTheAesthetic
Niceness ‘pon de sea with the Voice of Thunder.
Today! 12 noon Pacific/3 PM East Coast time, it’s a new episode of my @gimmeradio show, THE POWER REMAINS. Today I am joined by my good friend, @bubbleisforever, basserist of @buryyourdeadofficial & @allthatremains. A fellow member of the #bestdudescrew, a coffee aficionado, & one handsome motherfucker, Bubble is one of my favorite humans, so download the @gimmeradio app for iOS/Android or listen for FREE at WWW.GIMMERADIO.COM. DEATH BEFORE DECAF!!!!! #gimmeradio #aaronpatrick #buryyourdead #allthatremains #randyblythe #punkrock #hardcore #bestdudescrew #deathbeforedecaf #leica #leicaq
Yesterday I went to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts to see the exhibit of terracotta warriors. These were created by the first emperor of China in his quest for an immortal reign- my wife has seen the whole terracotta army in China itself when she went a few years ago. At the museum in Richmond they only have ten of the warriors, but transportation of these priceless relics must have been a logistical nightmare, and the insurance costs sky-high- the Terracotta Army is one of the most important archeological discoveries of the 20th century. Anyways, I was walking along checking out these very impressive sculptures & quite enjoying myself until I came upon this guy- he was an archer. As I stared at him, I suddenly realized that this one particular dude looked uncannily like my homie, guitar tech to the stars, @warreng357. In person, it was kinda freaky to see an ancient statue that looks like one of your good friends- I’ve never had that happen before. “Maybe one of Warren’s ancestors was the model for this statue back in ancient China,” I thought. Then I stared some more at the statue, until I really started bugging out over the resemblance. Finally, I leaned in & whispered... “Psssst... Yo! Pssst... yo, that you in there? Blink twice if you need assistance! I’ll bust you outta here- we gotta go on Slayer tour in May, remember?” The statue remained motionless, so I guess he hadn’t gotten cursed & trapped in there somehow, & I didn’t have to get arrested for stealing a priceless clay version of my buddy- whew! See ya on tour, Warren! For the rest of you, the exhibit is up until March 11th here in RVA- check it out. It’s impressive! #Leica #LeicaCamera #LeicaCameraUSA #LeicaM #LeicaMonochrom #Monochrom #Summilux #Summilux50mm #🔴📷 #MyLeicaJourney #MKexplore #blackandwhite #bnw_planet #bnw_life #pocket_bnw #bnw_captures #noir_shots #RatsEyesPhotography #HoneTheAesthetic #realfriendsdontletfriendsbecomemuseumpieces
When you get old, sometimes your parents wait to get their revenge & show up with NINE GIANT BOXES of crap that you’ve left in their attic since high school. You’ve promised them FAITHFULLY that you will come clear your crap out of their house for the last, oh let’s say, almost THIRTY YEARS, but you never do. Then one day, suddenly there’s Dad on the front porch with a truckload of said crap, most of which is REALLY BAD fantasy novels. I did find some gems though- a six month “happy anniversary” card from my first real girlfriend (Yay! We made it SIX WHOLE MONTHS! Man, six months used to be a looooong time), a book about keeping seahorses (the dream is still alive!), a few yearbooks (99% of the people who wrote in my yearbook wrote some version of this: “You are crazy. Try not kill yourself on your skateboard this summer, you weirdo”), & some old school notebooks I used to draw band logos on. This is a notebook from when I was around 15 or 16 years old, I guess. It’s a poorly drawn snapshot of my listening habits at that time- apparently, at age 15 I was deeply into the Sex Pistols, 7 Seconds, Vandals, Vice Squad, & Samhain- Samhain was Glenn Danzig’s band before he became famous- after the Misfits & before he formed Danzig. Note drawing of Samhain-era GD to left of Samhain logo- no long metal hair, full-on punk rock Devil lock- probably drawn from a photo in Thrasher magazine (as you can see, I am a terrible artist.) Do kids still draw band logos on their school notebooks? Do they even have notebooks now or is it all iPads? Also, I have zero idea of who Shelton Sessoms is, or why his name was on my notebook- maybe I stole it from him? If so- I’m deeply sorry, Shelton. However, I do know why I wrote the word “shit” in French (merde)- because I could get away with it. Damn, 15 year-old-Randy, I gotta say I’m proud of you- while most kids your age were listening to fucking top 40 bullshit, you already had GREAT taste in music. Ain’t nothin’ changed in this PUNK ROCK LIFE, ya heard me? ANARCHY BURGER!!!!!!!! #sexpistols #7seconds #vicesquad #samhain #thevandals #ifyourenotnowyouneverwere
Today, I had a nice lunch & good chat with a politician (of all things). Our discussion touched on a quite a variety of topics- the mechanisms of government, the ridiculously binary nature of modern partisan politics, the American health care system, the need for campaign finance reform, aaaaaaaand... the upcoming SLAYER TOUR. Try doing that with YOUR local legislator, hahaha. Hails to you, Danica Roem- see ya in the pit, lady! #danicaroem #eatinglunchwithmetalheadpoliticians#dontletthebastardsgrindyoudown #🤘🤘🏻🤘🏼🤘🏽🤘🏾🤘🏿
“Low End Glow” Baltimore, MD. Every good band needs a bass player with magic glowing knees. @fredsablan holding it down with @cchelseawwolfe in Charm City last October. #Leica #LeicaCamera #LeicaCameraUSA #LeicaM #LeicaMonochrom #Monochrom #Summilux #Summilux50mm #🔴📷 #MyLeicaJourney #MKexplore #blackandwhite #bnw_planet #bnw_life #pocket_bnw #bnw_captures #noir_shots #RatsEyesPhotography #HoneTheAesthetic #fredsablan #chelseawolfe #hissspun #baltimoresoundstage #charmcity
“Shelter” Taipei, Taiwan. #Leica #LeicaCamera #LeicaCameraUSA #LeicaM #LeicaMonochrom #Monochrom #Summilux #Summilux35mm #🔴📷 #MyLeicaJourney #MKexplore #blackandwhite #bnw_planet #bnw_life #pocket_bnw #bnw_captures #noir_shots #RatsEyesPhotography #HoneTheAesthetic