merkley???'s photostream Pro User
I MADE A BOOK!.
If you ain't a member or you ain't signed in with your "Safe Search" OFF , then you ain't seein what you oughtta. Take the appropriate measures .
1. I'm Not a Photographer.
2. 95% of the people you see in my pictures are friends, ex girlfriends, current girlfriends, some girl's girlfriend, some random dudes and a couple gays here and there.
I know these people.
Guess who doesn't know them. The Robot Camera Machine.
The Robot Camera Machine is a dirty rotten box of bolts that don't know shit. The stuff it does to people with it's ten billion watt flash is nothing less than barbaric, freezing them, killing them, exposing their zits and warts and clogged pores and such.
The Robot Camera Machine LIES.
Fuck The Robot Camera Machine and it's cruel robot camera machineness.
Using a Robot COMPUTER Machine, I take the LIES The Robot Camera Machine tells and replace them with.... ummm... groceries, flying pets....
...and a bunch of other bullshit.
Fuck the robots.
Bless the robots.
ALSO, no meetings were held in the making of ANY of these photos.
The Inept take meetings as the Adept take naps.
this is my website
this is my tumblr
this is my old blog
this is my twitter
this is my facebook for people I know
this is my facebook for people I don't
this is my vimeo
this is my youtube
Here are a few interviews with me. ,JPG, DTK, S7, rollertrain
HST, SFGate, FredV, BAS, SFBG, LFM,
these are some of my favorites from all over flickr.
These are the people, objects and artists that have most influenced the work you see here. Ha -- I said "work" calling art "WORK" is oxymoronsville 2000
Oh yeah, influences...
not neccesarily in order:
Gary Larson and the one panel cartoon format.
Glamour Shots (you know from the mall)
The entire lowrider aesthetic
Post Mormon Repression Correction
and perhaps most significantly and despite my staunch atheism, these three words:
Do unto others...
Jesus stole that line I bet.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: Dude, what kind of camera do you use?
A: Some digital gizmo with a megapickle dealie. You can read all about it in the flickr sidebar if you super enjoy completely useless info.
Q: What kind of lighting do you use?
A: You know, LIGHTS, the kind that sit on tables and hang from ceilings, it's convenient because most rooms already have them installed. Sometimes I will flip a switch on a table lamp if I think about it. Ooooh, DESK LAMPS ARE COOL FOR SHOTS OF DESKS!
Q: What kind of flash do you use?
A: Whatever is built in to whatever camera I am using. It's AWESOME how they build stuff in these days.
Q: So why does everything look all properly lit and everything?
A: Because I have an AMAZING darkroom built by some of the best technicians in the universe and get this, they crammed the whole thing into this doohicky that fits nicely on my lap which also plays PORN!
Q: Yeah smartass, it's called PHOTOSHOP. What filters/plugins are you using to achieve xxx effect?
Q: Seriously, don't be a dick, just tell me.
A: That's not a question, that's a demand, YOU don't be a dick.
Q: Why won't you tell me? I'll just figure it out anyway.
A: FANTASTIC! link me when you do.
Q: How do you get all these beautiful women to take off their clothes?
A: Threats of violence, rufies, intimidation, Jedi mind tricks, blackmail, hypnotism, empty promises, alcohol, indian burns, crying, screaming, pleas of pity.... depends on the woman really, but I've found that a long subtle campaign to destroy self-esteem mixed with religious/spiritual gobbledygook and the ritual bloodletting of newborn north korean identical twins works pretty good.
Q: How come they all look like plasticish and lotiony?
A: HA HA your question almost contains the answer! Before any photo shoot all the women are sprayed with liquid PLASTIC and dunked in a vat of LOTION -- so funny how you almost had it.
Q: Do all those women really live in homes with 15 foot ceilings, matching lamps and awesome sofas or is that your house or studio and you own a furniture shop or something?
A: All of the above. They all live with me in a ten billion square foot furniture store.
Q: I am a woman and I am curious why it is that you seem to be able to understand how to bring out the true inner womanly beauty, it's almost as if you understand how a woman feels.
A: Huh? dude, don't be weird. I don't understand women, I don't understand anyone. I like to make pretty pictures of pretty girls, with groceries and pets -- don't get all Dr. Oprah on me. It weirds me out.
Q:Will you take my picture?
A: Maybe. If you are actually in some way part of my immediate real life physical social network then maybe. Otherwise you gotta pay.
Q: Why won't you answer any question directly? It really is kinda assholish you know.
A: That was direct.
Q: Yeah but only because you just edited it but didn't edit my response. That's assholish too.
A: I know huh. I wanna be a better person, I just don't know how. HELP ME.
Q: Dude, why don't you credit LaChappelle in your influences list?
A: The people I credit are really the ones who got in my balls about the junk I make. LaChapelle is total hooraysville but I found him long after the other stuff listed above fucked me up on the reelz. I'd be willing to bet he likes nachos as much as I do.
Q: What about Halsman? you sure have a lot of flying cats!
A: My urge to throw cats has more to do with my disdain for hippies than it does any admiration for a photographer, no matter how fantastic he may be. Frankly, I always looked down my nose at photographers when I was painting, it's only since I picked up a digital camera and a pirated copy of photoshop in 2000 that I have been perusing photography to any significant degree.
Q: What's with the annoying long titles?
A: Because blind people should enjoy flickr too. And also because one day someone on flickr said my crap looked like Les Krims' crap so I Googled him and looked at his crap and it wasn't crap at all, in fact I thought I found a brother from another mother (HE EVEN HAD PICKLES!) and he had long titles on his pictures and I already had long annoying titles on my blogs but NOT my PICTURES and it made me go DUH!!
Which is a long way of saying I kinda copied Les Krims. Fuck off.
Q: You seem to fly off the handle and get abusive and rude for no reason at all, can you not take criticism?
A: Fuck you you lousy piece of crap. I could't give one smidge of a fuck about what you have to say and the fact that you'd assume that I would makes my skull disintegrate. I HATE YOU. Here's a dime, go slit your wrists.
BTW: Resplendent or repugnant, time turns you inside out. There is no photoshop for your personality. There is no photoshop for your soul.
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"haters gonna hate. holla. (and big ups to merkley)."
17th March, 2011
"what a don! some of the wierdest and best photos ever"
9th February, 2011
Ross Reyes says:
20th January, 2011
"The thing you do with a light and human body blows mind away. Awesome."
20th November, 2010
Big Daddy Rosa says:
"the shit is good."
19th November, 2010
| QUADRO | says:
"Merkley??? a unique style, the best"
25th October, 2010
" Quirky Merkley is retro and futureristic and fantastic at the same time !"
18th September, 2010
"Merkley is . . . well, he tells it himself. But wow what photos! Nudes posed in the midst of everyday items composed in tribute to ecclesiastical art, most notably and noticeably that out of India . . . . Unique vision expressed most convincingly!"
15th April, 2010
~ Djia ~ says:
"- JUDASISM -"
12th January, 2010
"انت عجيييب :p"
13th December, 2009
Jackson S. Duke says:
"merkley??? might be the BIGGEST inspiration and influence to my own artful aspirations. It's my opinion that he eats shit and shits gold."
22nd October, 2009
"Merkley's pictures are the first here in Flickr that I'd call ART."
23rd September, 2009
*~ peedge~* says:
"i'm just impressed by the length of merkleys testimonial list ! that should say something ...
also impressed by his funky images
also impressed by his wit and banter
all in all .. an impressive guy!"
7th September, 2009
"Crazy tasty photographs. Amazing beard."
10th August, 2009
Luis Leonardo [luigi] says:
"Man, YOU A FUK!N' GENIUS.
I just love your work."
21st July, 2009
Digital Deviant says:
"What a fuckin' genius!"
7th July, 2009
massimo ankor says:
"What can I say...merkley has mastered such a rough and abused style as Erotic Photography! His images are raw, yet classy, beautiful and full of celebration for womanhood and sexuality with a lot of colours. Truly amazing!!
For me he is the heir of great mad photographers :
Nan Goldin &
2nd July, 2009
22nd June, 2009
"everytime i visit your flickr, im amazed. you literally, atleast in my eyes, one of the most creative artists ive come across.
its a pleasure to even have you as a contact on my flickr"
21st June, 2009
AizenJan ® says:
"His work always surprises me.
I haven't words to describe it. He's a great artist."
1st June, 2009
`Lðuie Banks says:
"merkley is a fucking god..!"
1st June, 2009
"Let me use just two words:
Thanks for sharing!"
15th May, 2009
rauldap.com (moderated) says:
"the theater made photography! enjoy it!!"
12th May, 2009
Logan Cyrus says:
"Grade A douche... self loathing and quite possibly a direct descendent from Narrissus himself... however quite the clever one with the camera"
10th May, 2009
"got his 111 book, he just tinkle your eyes until you vomit an orgasm, his photos are like dark beaches wet by a beer sea with crunchy bodies around"
9th May, 2009
..Alison Wonderland.. says:
"I have been following merkley???'s work for a while now and am always in awe. I'm honestly a little jealous. His creativity inspires me more and more every day."
23rd April, 2009
"merkley doesnt need a fuckin testimonial. none of the above and including this one."
15th April, 2009
Brother -in- Spirit says:
"What is there to say about Mr. merkley... good question, seeing as he probably has the most testimonials on flickr and or friends. Reason why he has so many friends and such is because one obvious thing: his work is fucking amazing! hands down some of the most creative work on this planet or the United States of American Art. He mirrors such respects of other artists like Andy Warhol and David Lacheppelle but when it comes down to even those dudes he has them beat in a lot of aspects. When I look at his work I just feel lazy lazy lazy but so inspired to new levels Sir, you astound us all so whether you think you're a photographer or not or an artist or not (which you are and then some) continue on and on with your spirit and amazing ways of illustrating life."
20th April, 2009
"Artists don't have to play by the rules. Gotta love that!"
4th April, 2009
Gustavo Olive says:
"man , are you the messiah?"
9th April, 2009
"Merkley??? is surprising, amazing, research of bizarre and unusual objects and situations. Once in my life i would like to be in a set with merkley...."
13th April, 2009
Randy's Dailies says:
"How can I be more like merkley?"
2nd April, 2009
"ridiculously inspiring. that's just all there is to say."
23rd March, 2009
"Im not a photographer either! So why arent my photos as fucking good as Merkleys?"
21st March, 2009
Gregory Warran says:
"I don't think I've ever written a testimonial before. Certainly not for someone I don't know. But this stream is actually and quite literally inspiring. Whilst I feel it has elements of other photographers who I love it still maintains a fresh and original feel. The imagination and creativity oozes out. I live in the UK and I'm gutted because I'd love to have been able to watch you at work and try and soak up whatever it is that you've got going on. Merkley??? I salute you and your mind boggling photos. Keep it up"
18th March, 2009
Stefan Löffel says:
"ich liebe den typen ! ethernal odyssey eindeutig, zum abheben seine werke"
23rd February, 2009
"In a word: inspiring. The writing and the attitude are as good as the art if you ask me - and the art's brilliant. merkley??? I salute you :)"
13th February, 2009
Maddy Magdalene says:
27th January, 2009
"merkley, you are a GIFTED FUCKEN NUT! Thats the shit! Your twisted mind (altered by the sticky I'm sure) is a just out there and inspiring! Keep that in your face attitude and fuck 'em all."
20th January, 2009
"This is great stuff our as he might say "Great shit!"
Whatever you call it, whatever your claim is - it's cool........."
10th January, 2009
Boniface- FPE Images says:
"awesome photostream, very inventive and creative... love your work!"
27th December, 2008
criPSy duck says:
"In a sea of polaroids, the fucker's a goddamn singularity. You see one and go "it's a Merkley???, right???" Few others have such distinctive, recognizable strokes and are anywhere near as consistently goofy and pickle-filled. Lush, colorful, clutterous, dopey and incessantly gorgeous. The beautiful chicks don't hurt, either. A huge inspiration. Prick."
26th December, 2008
"He is a genius.
14th December, 2008
el loco poco says:
"his profile claims that he's a jerk, but his pictures say he is a great photographer... what a combination."
8th December, 2008
Megan McIsaac. says:
"merkley makes some fascinating photographs, in my opinion. i love them. you might love them too, or not. either way, i will continue to recommend the viewing of his photographs to friends and non friends alike.
i love the photographs he has made, it's as simple and as complicated as that."
10th November, 2008
1.good at a form of creative expression
2.involving art or artists
3.showing taste, skill, and imagination
4.able to appreciate the beauty and worth of art
1. in a process of decline in morals.
2.showing uninhibitedly self-indulgent behavior.
3.somebody who behaves in an immoral or uninhibitedly self-indulgent way."
14th November, 2008
"I think i'm in love with him.
Ohh and I love his photos too.
Me gusta Merkley????yes"
15th November, 2008
"ever since i got a copy of the maestro's new book 111??? and put it on my coffee table...the girlZ who come over ..just take one peek and start ripping off all their clothes off...it really werkZ...just like Merkley??? said..
hugZ big buddy
oh i forgot to mention...if yer lookin' for zitZ...you came to the wrong place..."
26th October, 2008
"I dub thee "Honorary Jerusalemite" : )"
20th October, 2008
"""i think Merkley????? has such a unique eye, is my favorite photograper in flickr, he's Kewl, Weird, Unique, from Outerspace,keep doing the great stuff"
I look forward to your next fucking shot !"
19th October, 2008
Lentes de Agua says:
"Would totally let merkley??? adopt me if he wanted to. Sorry mom!!"
11th October, 2008
"Merkley??? is boss. I dig his maximalist style the most. (For a true hedonist, too much is never enough.) His photos are the visual equivalent of snorting a few dozen lines of Pixy Stix and listening to "Ballroom Blitz" by The Sweet at full volume. Through headphones. Headphones made from chihuahua skulls. By Chinese political prisoners.
P.S. Does this guy really need any more testimonials? He's worse than that Jesus guy. Not H. Christ, the OTHER Jesus, the guy who hangs out at the laundromat and steals womens' panties from the dryer."
8th October, 2008
"stop looking at his pictures on the net for free and buy his book!"
7th October, 2008
"I think he is not from this planet."
29th September, 2008
24th September, 2008
"I WANT TO KISS HIM ON THE MOUTH.
....but then, who the hell doesn't? So that makes me unoriginal, booooo."
16th September, 2008
Patricia Penna says:
"merkley??? = genius."
15th September, 2008
"what can i say about this guy, nothing really other than the fact that he's so stupidlyridiculously cool lol and owns! with his robot camera & computer machines lol"
9th September, 2008
"If you believe that a picture is worth a thousand words... you are seriously underestimating the power of 'merkley???'."
7th September, 2008
"one of my few favs here on flickr. and with good reason. don´t know many people here, who are no photographers but for some reason manage it to get me back to their site countless times. my compliments."
4th September, 2008
Carolvs Malvs says:
"He added me to his friends. He's cool."
1st September, 2008
Gerardo López says:
"Only The Best"
27th August, 2008
mareksy @ creamteam says:
"..."Because blind people should enjoy flickr too"...
Nobody (than me of course LOL) will say and show that better and I like UR point of view cos of that... yes UR smart originality too."
21st August, 2008
" One can only dream of being as talented of an artist like merkley???. Had it not been for merkley, i would still be upset that yahoo photos was couped by Flickr. Now I'm addicted to this site and his artistic photostream. =)
21st August, 2008
"you are a fucktard... but I like your work."
20th August, 2008
Acronimius Maximus says:
"You absorb a Merkley??? photo...then go "look" at others...
...and the immediacy of the definition of mediocrity...
...inhabits your mind.
Merk is the MOTHER FUCKIN' shit.
13th August, 2008
pilar glam says:
"Merkley??? is my hero!....well at least here on flickr...ha ha!....He proves my theory that to take great pictures you dont have to be a technical know it all photographer. I am a true artist not a photographer and I admire artists that work from their subconcious and dont give a flying frok! what people think about their art.. Merkley's ??? passion is felt trough his art........what an inspiration!!!......thanks man!!!!!"
8th August, 2008
Lasha Paine says:
"merkley??? has an extraordinary beard, a blessed artistic ogling eye for the female form, has no inner monologue and an attitude as big as all cyberspace. we are all so much richer for that."
6th August, 2008
Joel de Liege says:
"Merkley??? is in my opinion a true artist (if there ever is) in the fact that he only cares about three things : an idea (what he sees), its rendition (what we see) and the respect regarding the authenticity of the process between the two. Who cares about the details? I'm a writer, who cares about the pen I use or the weight of my printer paper?
Keep it up M???, I'm waiting after your book. Can't wait. It's gonna be the king of my coffee-table-throne-thing."
5th August, 2008
Roger Mann says:
"I thought this combination of creativity, bloody mindedness, vision, anarchy, perfection and searing intelligence had died out with the 1970s. Obviously not."
22nd July, 2008
"looking at merks stream is like having a camel lick the back of your figs
not too sure about wtf is going on, but fuck you want more"
1st July, 2008
You're the fucking man."
26th June, 2008
"merkley has a large beard and takes nice pictures with his camera"
3rd June, 2008
"Merkley makes me wish my friends were just as awesome as he was."
25th May, 2008
"These are the 111 reasons why I like this guy;
Thought-provoking invigorating energizing refreshing rousing attention-grabbing remarkable captivating absorbing beguiling alluring spellbinding enthralling mesmeric compelling gripping absorbing engrossing captivating charming charismatic ranting artisan flair genius wordsmith originator creator mentality psyche outlook acumen astuteness emotive passion zeal craze delight obsession exhilaration fascination enthralment lure entice ensnare abusive convivial frosty amiable genial insolent polite leading prominent influential disreputable potent great popular fury opinionated belief conviction fervour commitment devotion enthusiasm ardour zeal vehemence vigour vivacity verve potency fortitude grit tenacity doggedness attentive meticulous rigorous fastidious conscientious assiduous industrious productive dynamic prolific fertile inexhaustible imaginative original ingenious novel unique exceptional inimitable distinctive matchless incomparable extraordinary unparalleled unrivalled passionate flamboyant novel resourceful capable proficient skilled dexterous accomplished"
22nd May, 2008
My friend turned me on to your page and you immediately became my FAVORITE artist on Flickr! Hands down...
I will buy the book for sure!
These are SOOOO much fun!!!"
18th May, 2008
10th May, 2008
"I like your stuff a LOOOOOOT"
30th April, 2008
ejsabandal 李忠仁 says:
"merkley??? is a genius! A true gifted artist! He said that he is not a photographer but a lot of pro photographers admire him! keep on inspiring us! Mabuhay!"
17th April, 2008
Lars WWW says:
"merkley??? is the sweet relief among all the jerk photographers the internet so sorely needs. I go to his stream or his blog every time i need to remind myself not to take photography or life too seriously.
that aside, his pictures are amazingly creative, wicked, over the top, brain melting, original, semen inducing, great, fantastic and and and and and so on and so forth."
15th April, 2008
"For me the best, ever !"
7th April, 2008
"im positive merlkey needs at least one more testimonial.
i have a new idol, and it is he.
there, i said it."
19th March, 2008
oscar juarez says:
"one of my favorites "non-photographers" on flickr."
14th March, 2008
sam hiscox says:
"Nude photography is normally lame. This guy doesn't do lame. This isn't porn, this is fucking great picture taking. Hats off."
12th March, 2008
"hey dude - you ROCK!
totally great and hot shots!
go on and stay cool!"
5th March, 2008
5th March, 2008
"Let me know if I can borrow your camera:p"
21st February, 2008
"Merkley???'s is the funniest freakin' site on Flickr!! It's the only place I come where I know I'll laugh out loud. Very creative, very witty, and totally hilarious!! You go, dood!!"
19th February, 2008
Bennington Purcell says:
"One of the most wonderful and fantastic, and really imaginative photograhers i have ever seen. His understanding of the true use of photography and photoshop are amazing, I might even have alittle crush on him... in a total hetrosexual life partner kinda way..."
19th February, 2008
"One time I was reading the artist section of Craigslist and this girl wrote a big long rambling letter about Merkley and his photos. She didnt speak very nicely about him and went on to say that Merkley said she "was acting gay" Ive been a fan of Merkley ever since."
29th January, 2008
"merkley, dude, seriously, your photos are eye heroin.
freeze your semen."
28th January, 2008
"Too great to be real, almost insane.
must visit his album daily and put it onto your shozu."
26th January, 2008
14th January, 2008
"I wanna be like merkley??? when i grow up."
13th January, 2008
"some o' them girls in his pictures is nekkid
i done seen it."
12th January, 2008
everything from merkley is just perfect!!!"
11th January, 2008
Robert Mallon says:
"I ordered one of merkley???' new books at 11:11pm (Japan time), on 11-11-07, and the funniest thing happened. My bank account held $111.11 less than it had just 1 minute before. Fucking mystical man."
10th January, 2008
just tiff says:
"Merkley??? is not only talented and witty, but humble too. The man ROCKS!"
4th January, 2008
"I think you are giving lachapelle a run for his money!!! Excellent..."
19th December, 2007
"he seems sweet and more than slightly crazy and in this way seems very familiar and is much like a long lost brother who continually comes up in conversations which make me think, i ought to write that brother-o-mine."
13th December, 2007
"I like Merkley???!"
11th December, 2007
"merkley??? has singlehandedly turned picture snapping into an extreme sport!"
26th November, 2007
"Amazing photos - I could look at them for hours.
But I'm usually done in about three minutes."
25th November, 2007
"If aliens do invade the world one day, only merkley??? can save us. But will he? Or his cats? Put your trust in him nonetheless. He's from another galaxy anyway. He's our best chance, by far. So enjoy it all while you still can. There is no need to question him, for his images tie the world together. As do his thoughts. You oughta know that by now. In a grand way. So you'd better stop wining. Like right now."
24th November, 2007
"merkley is friggin nuts, especially armed with a camera. I love it!!"
24th November, 2007
"I love this man and would have his children if I didn't already have a few from some other guys...
seriously love your work and your sense of humor."
20th November, 2007
"Damn you! For making me favorite practically all of your shots. They're eye candy. I swear your a bloody wizard. Like I said, damn you. And thanks."
2nd November, 2007
Burnt Umber says:
"King of Flickr. Enough said!
Viva la robots!"
31st October, 2007
"If you were unfortunate enough to lack sight you would miss merkley???'s photos. That would be a shame but you could still enjoy merkley??? via the words written in his profile. Frankly being able to enjoy his words and his photos is a bit of an extravagance.
Blind one eye.
View via a mirror over your shoulder.
#1 is right, he's no photographer;
he's a fucking renaissance man.
Enjoy the speedball of prose and pics."
26th October, 2007
"merkley??? ah ! yes the star of flickr."
8th October, 2007
"Man you rock!!
I hope one day I'll take pictures like yours.
Thanks for the add!
7th October, 2007
donmimi83 ( away ) says:
"the best !!"
4th September, 2007
"So good to see you're having fun.
26th August, 2007
"Merk's masterfully saturated works feel like fresh, warm pancakes resting on the mind's eye."
16th August, 2007
"I've been watching this stream for quite some time... what can I say? merkley??? is recognizable, stylish, and always fun... great work! :)
so, if you have not yet seen his work, do so now! ...but be warned, this is not for the for the most of puritan of tastes! ;)"
28th July, 2007
"I recommend that everybody take a deep look at Merkley's work. Seeing it these last months, I have noticed that the way he sees women is pretty much how they see themselves, even the nudes which may seem superficially rude or fashion-styled; they remind me a lot of how many woman photographers shoot other women as well as themselves. And that is a great accomplishment for ANY man. Not just a photographer."
16th July, 2007
i am klaus says:
"where have you been all of my life? now i see the light. welcome to the house of merkley. i am your devout servant."
6th July, 2007
I'd just like you to know that I love your style of photography, especially the colors and... well, chutzpah!
4th July, 2007
"you work hard and deserve what you want .. anyway .. thanks for sharing"
1st July, 2007
"merkley is the best. nothing more. censored his photo is a bad story.Flick's BOOO...... :-(
Go Go go Mekley you are fantastic , man!"
30th June, 2007
"Good god "merkley???" just steps out of Reality and makes us capable of seeing his thoughts! What a mad man with the camera and visions! No one can duplicate his art!"
19th June, 2007
14th June, 2007
the awful din says:
"Merkley is the shit."
9th June, 2007
"When I grow up I wanna be a Merkley. A new breed of humanity....all with amazing creativity and the power to rock!
Your stuff is amazing sir, I salute you.
28th May, 2007
"The man's a genius"
25th May, 2007
"merkley's shots just plain kick serious ass!"
22nd May, 2007
Paul Robinson photostuff says:
"This guy's crazy - kraazeeee. So why am I just now discovering his work?
Keep it up, man - this stuff is dynamite."
21st May, 2007
"I'm coming around a lot on flickr, 90% of the images look the same. Another 9% are really good, and there is 1% which is awesome. Merkley's pictures belong to this last group, as they are different. Interesting compositions, awesome post production, they are unique... I love them... Some of the best pictures here on flickr..."
19th May, 2007
Claude Bencimon says:
"Merkley est probablement l'un (si non le) des photographes les plus "déjantés" sur Flickr, mais son travail est absolument génial.
Un humour extraordinaire et poéte à la fois.
je ne me lasse pas de me délecter de ses images si colorées et si travaillées.
qu'il nous émerveille encore longtemps.
17th May, 2007
CHAD COOMBS says:
"i dont need to say shit.
the photos speak louder then my rambling mistyped words.
im just glad my safe search is off!"
29th April, 2007
"no human on flickr can touch u! i believe flickr should pay u too post u'r pics. MERKLEY??? is god bow to thee! and piss of if u think i'm kissing u'r ass merk! just telling like i see it!"
25th April, 2007
danny dont go says:
"Merkley is a baby with jaundice and everyone else is a collection of edgar allen poe poetry.
great ass, nice boobs, merkley really looks good. and the woman are also kind of attractive.
There is no place I'd rather be, than in Merkley's dog's asshole. But I can't be, so I'll just be here. playing with myself.
Hey merks, when are we gonna play grosser than gross again?"
27th April, 2007
"Yeah, yeah, yeah...great photographs, amazing skillz, blah fucking blah. How come no one's mentioned how awesome his hair is?"
17th April, 2007
"IF MERKLEY WASN'T A BADASS PHOTOGRAPHER HE'D BE A STAND UP COMEDIAN! LOL!."
16th April, 2007
"merkley??? is another great dude i do not know who knows his way around photography."
3rd April, 2007
"It's hard to know, when you're in the maelstrom of free will and live in scene that supports you, how long you can keep the jam rolling. Merlkley's stuff is good, the women hot and fine, and his view of earth is art. He's a favorite. Some of his photos are like little vacations."
27th March, 2007
♥ shhexy corin ♥ says:
"As he's in possession of the third finest beard on Flickr, I am morally obligated to be a merkley fan.
Of course it helps that he fuckiing well kicks arse whilst he's at it."
19th March, 2007
Colonel Killgore says:
"One word - Respect..."
13th March, 2007
innita para no says:
"the lost of female innocence
the gain of color and illumination in their bodies and environment
..... nuff said
very inspiring !"
10th March, 2007
Bedtime Champ says:
"Any last meal requests? Sorry, all we have is Carl Budding corned beef. Your death will be long and painful as I laugh from my mouth!"
7th March, 2007
"i just ♥ you. that is all."
7th March, 2007
"The best i've seen so far on flickr!!!"
23rd February, 2007
"Your pictures are wonderful !!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
13th February, 2007
"I've never seen portraits like merkeley's, mixin the raw and the elaborated in such adequate proportions. I love the composition, the angles and of course, the urban beauty os his models. The colour treatment and his unique approach to the women world in his work are really unique.
I wish someday I'll be able to make some 'a la merkley' portrait."
12th February, 2007
"The primal, raw, prurient, visceral images by merkley??? emanate from the screen and consciously linger for weeks. Vicariously, I admire and peer at his subjects, methods, and artistic techniques. Like Charles Bukowski’s narratives and Tom Waits’ lyrics, merkley???s' compositions simultaneously titillate, disturb, and stimulate the visual perception. His pictures are pure emotional art and he is an unequivocal artist."
3rd February, 2007
"I spend way to much time on Flickr, one of the main reasons being: merkley???. To put it simply, he is a shining example of having that indescribable "it" quality that so many people strive for but only a select few have. Every piece of his work is edgy, original and awe inspiring; and he just doesn't give a fuck. He just does what he does, take it or leave it, love it or hate it. That is perhaps what makes his work so stunning, imaginative and admirable, and keeps me coming back for more."
2nd February, 2007
"i don't know if i want to be him, or beg him to take my picture (and subsequently airbrush the shit out of me).
his photographs also confuse me, in the pants."
26th January, 2007
✪ Zuan says:
"smart, rad, master of saturated dreams and seductive visual beauty.
I really hope that one day I'll get drunk with this cool dude."
25th January, 2007
"Humerotic. Merkley??? Birds-eye-view, wet sex and laughs, what could be better???"
25th January, 2007
"Simply great!! A great artist, not only a Photographer...."
23rd January, 2007
""badass hyper cool photos" is what you will find all around merkley's photostream, just plain cool images with superb colors and ultra chic models in the most alluring poses... this guy is an artist by definition... not much to say, just watch! my 2cnts!"
19th January, 2007
"Unlike every school report ever written, could NOT do better!!
Quite simply, perfect."
16th January, 2007
"merkley??? has great command of his medium. He understands what it takes to create real nympholeptsy at a level that is on par with Guy Bourdin, Helmut Newton and David Hamilton. That spontaneous desire, for something ultimately unattainable is manifold in his work."
8th January, 2007
"The images are truly breath taking. There is a surreal feel to them as if they were taken in some alternate realm. So artistic, so beautiful.
In one word, amazing."
30th December, 2006
Florida Studio says:
"Bugs, snakes dogs, cheap underwear, inhabit Merkleys color saturated ring flashed wordl!! Great concepts, casting and use of color, pure genuis."
24th December, 2006
- Nahum - says:
"El mas Chingon - the fucking Best !"
22nd December, 2006
ashley & traci says:
"i took my clothes off for merkley once. we were in my bedroom and i was wrapped in a heated blanket. i thought i looked pretty silly in his little sister's high heels and his grandmother's pearls, but after he plugged me into his laptop, i came out looking like cameron diaz inflated in inappropriate areas and as if i were covered in cocoa butter. which was strange because i was.
i still haven't figured out why he has to take off his pants to shoot."
18th December, 2006
yonatan zur says:
"merkley just blew my mind off...when i see his photos i feel like making a big fire, putting all my minimal stuff in it and going out to shot naked chicks!"
16th December, 2006
the known universe says:
"Merkley's okay, I guess. I really just wanted to get linked on this little sidebar of testimonials over here.
Seriously, though...well, I am serious, but also, I heard rumour of a coffee table book by Merkley. When it comes out, I'm gonna buy it, even though we're friends, and I deserve to get one for free, because as you can plainly see, Merkley has a zillion friends and, well, we're not hardly real friends anyway."
14th December, 2006
"Merkley??? makes me happy. I am one of his 8 wives, and he manages to make quality time for all of us, good man."
11th December, 2006
"merkley, you're a sexy beast.
come take my picture already.
5th December, 2006
"merkley is the man, anyone who fucks with him will meet his fists!"
20th November, 2006
"Merkley is a pimp."
8th November, 2006
Love Of Carnage! says:
""i love his work so much, i'll forgive him for looking like Jesus!""
28th October, 2006
fullon NM says:
"Our inspirations and passions determine who we are to ourselves, but how hard we work for these traits means little compared to how much we get done to prove them. merkley you give it to me when I need that overdose and I always come back for more.
flickr inspires us to celebrate collaboration around the world. Collaboration is the glue that holds this online community together and keeps it moving forward with fresh ideas. merkley is the grand celebration of those collaborative efforts."
28th October, 2006
"We who are about to photoshop salute you.
Seriously man, you fucking rock.
And you're pretty funny too.
12th October, 2006
"He's a dude, a very cool dude.
5th October, 2006
4th October, 2006
Mr lovelace says:
14th September, 2006
"with so many testimonials already I doubt there is anything left to be said about merkley??? but I feel compelled to thank him for being such an inspiration for me.
His work is incredible and fantastic and I have to confess my envy for his talent."
7th September, 2006
Dave Nicoll says:
"incredibly interesting sexy photos, each polished to perfection."
7th September, 2006
Von Floto says:
"Ive got a lamp that would feel embarrassed but flattered to be in your robot machine workings"
5th September, 2006
"so interesting, the women here, are gods"
3rd September, 2006
my satori says:
"The one thing that is constant in all of Merkley's photographs is his attention to detail and beauty. His stream oozes class and style... the guy is fuckin' brilliant."
31st August, 2006
"Carlsberg don't make photogrpahers but if they did..."
30th August, 2006
The Chorizo Warrior says:
"You have such a strong sense of asthetics. Everything in the frame co-ordinates one with the other -colour and moodwise- You don't cop out by shooting in a studio either.
30th August, 2006
"Well - he is the only one who gets me a quick`a` boner.. What??? Say again ??? ..... I ment of course with his pics aashole. And hmm, the only one on flickr that I`m not lazy to write a testimonial."
24th August, 2006
"Your images are the fucking bollocks mate"
23rd August, 2006
"I want to hang out with Merkley for three days while he shoots pics. I will charge camera batteries, unload memory cards, whatever.
Brilliant pics...lots of color...lots of fun."
22nd August, 2006
"Maybe the best shooter on Flickr!
I would dream to be able to drawn up my robots like you.
22nd August, 2006
"your Q&A section is "geil". Very entertaining and sooo informative..."
21st August, 2006
Fernando Vega says:
"A great artist!
in merkley??? we trust!"
15th August, 2006
"he's got a funny profile.
his pictures are good too."
8th August, 2006
Parson Reed says:
"I discovered Merkley through one of my contacts contacts, and immediately got addicted to his style and touch. Even though there are a lot of naked women in his shots, every picture is an esthetic joy that removes it from porn, softporn, nakedshots or peeping, and establishes itself instead as art. A deep respect for his work and skills give me the joy of anticipating his every new piece of art."
3rd August, 2006
"I wish I could be an asshole with a broken down camera and no knowledge of anything so I could take beautiful photos and get chicks like you.
Seriously man, Merkley??? 4 life ...
2nd August, 2006
the pictures are nice*"
1st August, 2006
"Hey Mr.Merkley, do you hate a chubby girl?
Not only are you legendary, but we've met around town.
I'm gay, so we don't have to be exes, I just thought you might get a lot of really dynamic photos with a girl with some curves...
Plus, I'm a camera ham (yes, I'm reluctantly admitting it.)
Love you, love your show.
31st July, 2006
"One of my favorite things about flickr is seeing a new Merkley photo in my contacts list. If i was black, I would totally say that Merkley is my nigga, but I cant do that, so it will have to suffice that he's pretty much awesome. Black people have a much more colorful vocbulary, not unlike Merkleys photostream."
27th July, 2006
"Where to begin? The photos are fantastic, they are so full of color and life, the models are beautiful, andthe scenerys are always arranged in an outstanding detailed way! merkley??? is one of the greatest artists I've seen on flickr so far, it is definitly worth to take the time and watch through his stream and enjoy the photos!
21st July, 2006
"His photos taught me one thing.... maybe i shouldn't have gotten married yet.
His profile also taught me one thing..... I am nowhere near as clever as the mighty Merkley???"
20th July, 2006
"Merkley is the Best for the photos of artistic nude!"
13th July, 2006
Amanda Rowan says:
I want you to Photograph me!
I think your look is amazing... you have captured the beauty of the modern pin-up! i love it! so hot. I live in NYC but i will be in San Fran visiting fam from july 16th till the 23rd. Lets do a photoshoot.
10th July, 2006
JR Studio says:
"The best photography book that Taschen never published. The biggest letter is up there with Sam Taylor-Wood and Helmut Newton for me. A San Franciscan edutainment."
9th July, 2006
Nathan Berry says:
"merkley??? you are a bad ass. Your pictures make a grown man cry. Someday I hope to be as good as you. As of right now, I am still learning. Good job man, keep it up!"
7th July, 2006
"The best stream on flickr."
7th July, 2006
"merkley??? has been wasting my fucking time getting me addicted to his photos when I should actually be reading my thick textbooks. I don't have a clue how on earth he gets the colours, the lighting and the skins so damn amazing. There is no such thing as a zit or clogged freakin pore - pureness at the heights of heaven. I know one can Photoshop things but even then that has its art - of which his I truly admire. nevertheless, the expressions and emotion he's captured as well as this thing they call 'composition' with his captivating angles, backgrounds and props and positionings is something not even Adobe can bless us with. Amazing stuff - I am A FAN! owmmmm"
30th June, 2006
"what i adore more about u fotos is the material..i dont see landscapes , nature and i feel exactly what u mean when u talk about robots...u make all shit and trash pure back again into essence of nature and its soo wonderful that its possible to forget theres no moon , no star,no sun...no mother earth , father earth...and u girls soo naked are soo untouchable they look like they going dress and run nunnery,u face looks as a creator, but its cause what u see is beyond all perfumes and furnitures and i wonder if u alcohool has a guarana effect nowadays, i hope , really hope to have one day my foto taken from you...i thank u for u great selection of pictures."
27th June, 2006
"merkley??? is a flickr popstar! A saint! Welcome to the curch of merkley???"
21st June, 2006
Produtziones Aldabar says:
"Ese Merkley??? great work!!! beautiful girls!!!"
20th June, 2006
"merkley for prez."
15th June, 2006
"you don't know me but i've seen your work EVERYFREAKINWHERE. i always thought to myself "wow this photo is brilliant... who the fuck is merkley???" then later it was "wow this photo is brilliant... oh ofcourse it is.. it's that merkley??? guy again..." and now i find myself LOOKING for your photos everywhere... and ofcourse, i find them.
so... hooray for you. you are doing a fantastic job at making this world a little bit less ugly.
ps. you're little speech thing in your profile is probably the best artist's statement i've ever read."
8th June, 2006
"Only just discovered merkley??? recently, but that doesn't matter. I consider myself a pretty good photographer...of inanimate objects for the most part. But merkley??? creates art...which is inspiring. Thanks for the visions."
3rd June, 2006
"Your phographic language is superb.
Im amazed for all the details on each shot:
incredible models (real)
composition ( balanced)
definition ( selective)
equisite colors ( HDR and PS ?)
over all a Mastermind,
and loco with good taste."
31st May, 2006
"I don't know merkley??? at all, but having surfed his blog thing for the last hour or so, I firmly believe he should be bought by Yahoo for millions of dollars (at least), given his own series on the Discovery Channel, made into a UN Special Envoy and appointed Minister of Arts and Culture,,, and although it hardly seems relevant any more, he takes supernizZe photos too. Bastard."
23rd May, 2006
"Few photographers understands portraiture. Retrieving the pure essence of a person, presenting their soul, making the viewer experience being with the person are the difficult goals of the portrait photographer. Merkley??? combines all that and displays a portrait in a fresh, well composed manner...and makes it all look so easy."
20th May, 2006
"It truly blows my mind how much class and quality exists in Flickrland and Merkely??? is one of the best out there.
Looking at his work makes me want to learn."
17th May, 2006
- Kemaha - says:
"I came across Merkley??? a while ago and thought 'wow!' His images are all of such a stupidly high standard and aspire me to do better with my own.
I decided to write this testimonial for him, as commenting and faving every image to show him my appreciation for his work would take too f**king long.
So geezer - your work rocks, its gonna be a pleasure looking at everything you've done."
15th May, 2006
"Merkley??? I want to party with you cowboy. And not just because you're a renaissance man, or live across the hall from the San Francisco mail-order bride clearing house, or have the best tags. Nope, it's much more than that - it's the way that your greens glow and your grimy floors are sharpened just so, and the way each pair in your matching lamp collection is calibrated to give off an identical amount of light when placed on opposite ends of a sofa. It's the curly smoke, chicks with stitches, and your liberal use of the word "fags". It's also that one guy with the handle bar mustache.
Go print out a couple hundred of those little iPhoto books and become a "krillionaire" already. You can put me down for two."
10th May, 2006
"It is funny what emotions are revealed when looking at work such as his...I feel excitement, wonder, passion and a bit of jealousy. Why jealousy? Because the beauty of the women and the artistic talent of the man. I hope that one day I will find such mysterious subjects and gain the knowledge to enhance what my camera captures in such a beautiful way.
I am utterly awestruck by his photographs. I can't seem to stop looking at them. They make my mouth water. The colors, the sets, everything is edible.
You leave me wanting more..."
9th May, 2006
Miguel Tavares says:
"Yep, he's three or four geniuses. He made me laugh my guts out , though."
8th May, 2006
"The photos are mind blowing. Simply amazing."
8th May, 2006
"I'm one of the lucky ladies in Merkley's photos. For those of you who don't the man - I am sorry. The photos are only one sliver of his talents. He's a great friend. He's also a whizbang with gadgetry, a fucking awesome producer and musician, painter and writer. There is nothing he can't do. Well, maybe picking a favorite lady - but when there are so many lovelies, why would he choose?"
5th May, 2006
"Three Question Marks is the true name of god!
Dude, he even looks like the man!"
2nd May, 2006
"he has a lot of houses and one day I'm gonna live all up inside one of them when I got nowhere else to go."
1st May, 2006
Lilly Crinoline says:
"70's, girls, cameras, asimov, tender, Bing Ji Ling, Ice cream....Mercley???'s world is saturated fun :-)"
30th April, 2006
"wow! so much feeling in your art!
i really enjoyed looking at all your photos! it wasn't the subject
it was the emotion thru
light and colour that captivated me!
28th April, 2006
"Merkley, is goddamn brilliant. Creativity, I swear if you could put that shit in a bottle. . ."
27th April, 2006
"This shit is raw."
25th April, 2006
"merkley??? is taking flickr over by storm... watch out now..."
24th April, 2006
Noah Kalina says:
"I don't know merkley??? personally but what I do know is that he uses a small camera and makes great big pictures. It also looks like he has very nice hair."
22nd April, 2006
Kris Kros says:
"merkley who??? Well, I think, either he is the weirdest of my flickr friends or he is just too good to be true. But boy oh boy. He is a sure stud artist that I've known in my life. Definitely one of the best in his business and I am so impressed with his production."
21st April, 2006
"Warren Ellis, get out of this poor lad's body, now!!"
20th April, 2006
"I wonder if you have to have a very surprised and interrogative tone when you pronounce Merkley???'s name to account for the three question marks...
Apart from that, his stuff is wicked, his style unique, his technique perfect, his friends very cool, well-dressed (those who are dressed), arty....
I open a bottle of champagne at each of his new upload!!"
19th April, 2006
Gavin Wilson Images.com says:
"Look and like...!"
18th April, 2006
Welvis Tarn says:
"For fuck's sake, it's like art or some shit."
16th April, 2006
"Merkley???'s work is like being on extasis reading a Bukowsky's book illustrated by Andy Warhole. Grab a bottle of water and enjoy it..."
16th April, 2006
rohini moradi says:
"mr. merk is my Inspiration."
15th April, 2006
poopee shmoopee says:
"i love burritos and beards. merkley??? is my hero."
14th April, 2006
Mr David Tomlinson says:
"Ahhh, Merkley???, Merkley???, Merkley???. The lushness, the loucheness, the Victorian colour schemes. But here's the rub - what to listen to when admiring his canon? I mulled, I mused - something modern - perhaps - The Arcade Fire album, something classical - Vaughan-Williams' Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis - all good and fitting, but then it hit me - Hocus Pocus by Focus. I tried to find a link for those of you not familiar with this soaring work of whimsy by the 1970's Dutch prog-rockers, but came up wanting. This should not deter you from sourcing the piece yourselves, and enjoying."
13th April, 2006
"The vivid colors are just one of the eye-catching features of his work. The comfort level that each of his subjects has in front of his camera is the mos unique and vital part of these images."
12th April, 2006
"Phenominal vision, color control and observation of the human spirit. Excellent work, great style.
All students of the photographic art should review this gentlemans work and spend some time learning to challenge themselves and their environment in similar ways.
10th April, 2006
"i think Merkley has such a unique eye, is one of my favorites photograper in flickr, keep doing the great stuff"
5th April, 2006
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