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)."
March 17th, 2011
"what a don! some of the wierdest and best photos ever"
February 9th, 2011
Ross Reyes says:
January 20th, 2011
Low O2 says:
"The thing you do with a light and human body blows mind away. Awesome."
November 20th, 2010
Big Daddy Rosa says:
"the shit is good."
November 19th, 2010
| MI CHI | says:
"Merkley??? a unique style, the best"
October 25th, 2010
" Quirky Merkley is retro and futureristic and fantastic at the same time !"
September 18th, 2010
deserted brass says:
"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!"
April 15th, 2010
~ Djia ~ says:
"- JUDASISM -"
January 12th, 2010
invincible committee says:
"انت عجيييب :p"
December 13th, 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."
October 22nd, 2009
"Merkley's pictures are the first here in Flickr that I'd call ART."
September 23rd, 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!"
September 7th, 2009
"Crazy tasty photographs. Amazing beard."
August 10th, 2009
wakeful curve says:
"Man, YOU A FUK!N' GENIUS.
I just love your work."
July 21st, 2009
fabulous machine says:
"What a fuckin' genius!"
July 7th, 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 &
July 2nd, 2009
Steve Harmon / pootydog says:
June 22nd, 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"
June 21st, 2009
AizenJan ® says:
"His work always surprises me.
I haven't words to describe it. He's a great artist."
June 1st, 2009
caring hand says:
"merkley is a fucking god..!"
June 1st, 2009
confused wish says:
"Let me use just two words:
Thanks for sharing!"
May 15th, 2009
zesty railway says:
"the theater made photography! enjoy it!!"
May 12th, 2009
unknown test says:
"Grade A douche... self loathing and quite possibly a direct descendent from Narrissus himself... however quite the clever one with the camera"
May 10th, 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"
May 9th, 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."
April 23rd, 2009
"merkley doesnt need a fuckin testimonial. none of the above and including this one."
April 15th, 2009
craven toad 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."
April 20th, 2009
"Artists don't have to play by the rules. Gotta love that!"
April 4th, 2009
Gustavo Olive says:
"man , are you the messiah?"
April 9th, 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...."
April 13th, 2009
Randy's Dailies says:
"How can I be more like merkley?"
April 2nd, 2009
"ridiculously inspiring. that's just all there is to say."
March 23rd, 2009
"Im not a photographer either! So why arent my photos as fucking good as Merkleys?"
March 21st, 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"
March 18th, 2009
Stefan Löffel says:
"ich liebe den typen ! ethernal odyssey eindeutig, zum abheben seine werke"
February 23rd, 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 :)"
February 13th, 2009
abundant health says:
January 27th, 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."
January 20th, 2009
"This is great stuff our as he might say "Great shit!"
Whatever you call it, whatever your claim is - it's cool........."
January 10th, 2009
Boniface- FPE Images says:
"awesome photostream, very inventive and creative... love your work!"
December 27th, 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."
December 26th, 2008
"He is a genius.
December 14th, 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."
December 8th, 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."
November 10th, 2008
glossy beginner says:
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."
November 14th, 2008
"I think i'm in love with him.
Ohh and I love his photos too.
Me gusta Merkley????yes"
November 15th, 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..."
October 26th, 2008
"I dub thee "Honorary Jerusalemite" : )"
October 20th, 2008
quiet rings says:
"""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 !"
October 19th, 2008
"Would totally let merkley??? adopt me if he wanted to. Sorry mom!!"
October 11th, 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."
October 8th, 2008
"stop looking at his pictures on the net for free and buy his book!"
October 7th, 2008
"I think he is not from this planet."
September 29th, 2008
Cristóbal Marambio says:
September 24th, 2008
"I WANT TO KISS HIM ON THE MOUTH.
....but then, who the hell doesn't? So that makes me unoriginal, booooo."
September 16th, 2008
Patricia Penna says:
"merkley??? = genius."
September 15th, 2008
[ Noktor-Matic ] says:
"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"
September 9th, 2008
"If you believe that a picture is worth a thousand words... you are seriously underestimating the power of 'merkley???'."
September 7th, 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."
September 4th, 2008
Carolvs Malvs says:
"He added me to his friends. He's cool."
September 1st, 2008
gabby beginner says:
"Only The Best"
August 27th, 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."
August 21st, 2008
burly quartz says:
" 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. =)
August 21st, 2008
"you are a fucktard... but I like your work."
August 20th, 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.
August 13th, 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!!!!!"
August 8th, 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."
August 6th, 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."
August 5th, 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."
July 22nd, 2008
elfin string says:
"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"
July 1st, 2008
You're the fucking man."
June 26th, 2008
"merkley has a large beard and takes nice pictures with his camera"
June 3rd, 2008
"Merkley makes me wish my friends were just as awesome as he was."
May 25th, 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"
May 22nd, 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!!!"
May 18th, 2008
May 10th, 2008
"I like your stuff a LOOOOOOT"
April 30th, 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!"
April 17th, 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."
April 15th, 2008
"For me the best, ever !"
April 7th, 2008
"im positive merlkey needs at least one more testimonial.
i have a new idol, and it is he.
there, i said it."
March 19th, 2008
oscar juarez says:
"one of my favorites "non-photographers" on flickr."
March 14th, 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."
March 12th, 2008
"hey dude - you ROCK!
totally great and hot shots!
go on and stay cool!"
March 5th, 2008
March 5th, 2008
aquatic elbow says:
"Let me know if I can borrow your camera:p"
February 21st, 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!!"
February 19th, 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..."
February 19th, 2008
splendid sand says:
"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."
January 29th, 2008
"merkley, dude, seriously, your photos are eye heroin.
freeze your semen."
January 28th, 2008
"Too great to be real, almost insane.
must visit his album daily and put it onto your shozu."
January 26th, 2008
January 14th, 2008
"I wanna be like merkley??? when i grow up."
January 13th, 2008
"some o' them girls in his pictures is nekkid
i done seen it."
January 12th, 2008
hard-to-find kettle says:
everything from merkley is just perfect!!!"
January 11th, 2008
slippery digestion 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."
January 10th, 2008
just tiff shaw says:
"Merkley??? is not only talented and witty, but humble too. The man ROCKS!"
January 4th, 2008
"I think you are giving lachapelle a run for his money!!! Excellent..."
December 19th, 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."
December 13th, 2007
"I like Merkley???!"
December 11th, 2007
"merkley??? has singlehandedly turned picture snapping into an extreme sport!"
November 26th, 2007
"Amazing photos - I could look at them for hours.
But I'm usually done in about three minutes."
November 25th, 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."
November 24th, 2007
"merkley is friggin nuts, especially armed with a camera. I love it!!"
November 24th, 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."
November 20th, 2007
De▲†h Is Be▲u†ifvl says:
"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."
November 2nd, 2007
Burnt Umber says:
"King of Flickr. Enough said!
Viva la robots!"
October 31st, 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."
October 26th, 2007
"merkley??? ah ! yes the star of flickr."
October 8th, 2007
"Man you rock!!
I hope one day I'll take pictures like yours.
Thanks for the add!
October 7th, 2007
donmimi83 ( away ) says:
"the best !!"
September 4th, 2007
"So good to see you're having fun.
August 26th, 2007
"Merk's masterfully saturated works feel like fresh, warm pancakes resting on the mind's eye."
August 16th, 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! ;)"
July 28th, 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."
July 16th, 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."
July 6th, 2007
steadfast cake says:
I'd just like you to know that I love your style of photography, especially the colors and... well, chutzpah!
July 4th, 2007
three steel says:
"you work hard and deserve what you want .. anyway .. thanks for sharing"
July 1st, 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!"
June 30th, 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!"
June 19th, 2007
June 14th, 2007
the awful din says:
"Merkley is the shit."
June 9th, 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.
May 28th, 2007
dependent giraffe says:
"merkley's shots just plain kick serious ass!"
May 22nd, 2007
historical pies says:
"This guy's crazy - kraazeeee. So why am I just now discovering his work?
Keep it up, man - this stuff is dynamite."
May 21st, 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..."
May 19th, 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.
May 17th, 2007
swanky lunch says:
"i dont need to say shit.
the photos speak louder then my rambling mistyped words.
im just glad my safe search is off!"
April 29th, 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!"
April 25th, 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?"
April 27th, 2007
"Yeah, yeah, yeah...great photographs, amazing skillz, blah fucking blah. How come no one's mentioned how awesome his hair is?"
April 17th, 2007
"IF MERKLEY WASN'T A BADASS PHOTOGRAPHER HE'D BE A STAND UP COMEDIAN! LOL!."
April 16th, 2007
"merkley??? is another great dude i do not know who knows his way around photography."
April 3rd, 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."
March 27th, 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."
March 19th, 2007
Colonel Killgore says:
"One word - Respect..."
March 13th, 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 !"
March 10th, 2007
quizzical knee 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!"
March 7th, 2007
"i just ♥ you. that is all."
March 7th, 2007
thundering muscle says:
"The best i've seen so far on flickr!!!"
February 23rd, 2007
"Your pictures are wonderful !!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
February 13th, 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."
February 12th, 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."
February 3rd, 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."
February 2nd, 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."
January 26th, 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."
January 25th, 2007
"Humerotic. Merkley??? Birds-eye-view, wet sex and laughs, what could be better???"
January 25th, 2007
draconian fork says:
"Simply great!! A great artist, not only a Photographer...."
January 23rd, 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!"
January 19th, 2007
"Unlike every school report ever written, could NOT do better!!
Quite simply, perfect."
January 16th, 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."
January 8th, 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."
December 30th, 2006
thinkable marble says:
"Bugs, snakes dogs, cheap underwear, inhabit Merkleys color saturated ring flashed wordl!! Great concepts, casting and use of color, pure genuis."
December 24th, 2006
- Nahum - says:
"El mas Chingon - the fucking Best !"
December 22nd, 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."
December 18th, 2006
brash name 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!"
December 16th, 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."
December 14th, 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."
December 11th, 2006
witty soda says:
"merkley, you're a sexy beast.
come take my picture already.
December 5th, 2006
"merkley is the man, anyone who fucks with him will meet his fists!"
November 20th, 2006
innocent vessel says:
"Merkley is a pimp."
November 8th, 2006
impossible elbow says:
""i love his work so much, i'll forgive him for looking like Jesus!""
October 28th, 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."
October 28th, 2006
"We who are about to photoshop salute you.
Seriously man, you fucking rock.
And you're pretty funny too.
October 12th, 2006
ad hoc view says:
"He's a dude, a very cool dude.
October 5th, 2006
October 4th, 2006
Mr lovelace says:
September 14th, 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."
September 7th, 2006
Dave Nicoll says:
"incredibly interesting sexy photos, each polished to perfection."
September 7th, 2006
Von Floto says:
"Ive got a lamp that would feel embarrassed but flattered to be in your robot machine workings"
September 5th, 2006
receptive growth says:
"so interesting, the women here, are gods"
September 3rd, 2006
elated wall 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."
August 31st, 2006
"Carlsberg don't make photogrpahers but if they did..."
August 30th, 2006
descriptive pizza 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.
August 30th, 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."
August 24th, 2006
"Your images are the fucking bollocks mate"
August 23rd, 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."
August 22nd, 2006
"Maybe the best shooter on Flickr!
I would dream to be able to drawn up my robots like you.
August 22nd, 2006
"your Q&A section is "geil". Very entertaining and sooo informative..."
August 21st, 2006
Fernando Vega says:
"A great artist!
in merkley??? we trust!"
August 15th, 2006
"he's got a funny profile.
his pictures are good too."
August 8th, 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."
August 3rd, 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 ...
August 2nd, 2006
the pictures are nice*"
August 1st, 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.
July 31st, 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."
July 27th, 2006
acid argument says:
"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!
July 21st, 2006
unbiased trail says:
"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???"
July 20th, 2006
"Merkley is the Best for the photos of artistic nude!"
July 13th, 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.
July 10th, 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."
July 9th, 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!"
July 7th, 2006
"The best stream on flickr."
July 7th, 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"
June 30th, 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."
June 27th, 2006
"merkley??? is a flickr popstar! A saint! Welcome to the curch of merkley???"
June 21st, 2006
Produtziones Aldabar says:
"Ese Merkley??? great work!!! beautiful girls!!!"
June 20th, 2006
"merkley for prez."
June 15th, 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."
June 8th, 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."
June 3rd, 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."
May 31st, 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."
May 23rd, 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."
May 20th, 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."
May 17th, 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."
May 15th, 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."
May 10th, 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..."
May 9th, 2006
Miguel Tavares says:
"Yep, he's three or four geniuses. He made me laugh my guts out , though."
May 8th, 2006
"The photos are mind blowing. Simply amazing."
May 8th, 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?"
May 5th, 2006
spectacular thumb says:
"Three Question Marks is the true name of god!
Dude, he even looks like the man!"
May 2nd, 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."
May 1st, 2006
Lilly Crinoline says:
"70's, girls, cameras, asimov, tender, Bing Ji Ling, Ice cream....Mercley???'s world is saturated fun :-)"
April 30th, 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!
April 28th, 2006
"Merkley, is goddamn brilliant. Creativity, I swear if you could put that shit in a bottle. . ."
April 27th, 2006
"This shit is raw."
April 25th, 2006
"merkley??? is taking flickr over by storm... watch out now..."
April 24th, 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."
April 22nd, 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."
April 21st, 2006
general business says:
"Warren Ellis, get out of this poor lad's body, now!!"
April 20th, 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!!"
April 19th, 2006
Gavin Wilson Cumbria says:
"Look and like...!"
April 18th, 2006
Welvis Tarn says:
"For fuck's sake, it's like art or some shit."
April 16th, 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..."
April 16th, 2006
rohini moradi says:
"mr. merk is my Inspiration."
April 15th, 2006
poopee shmoopee says:
"i love burritos and beards. merkley??? is my hero."
April 14th, 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."
April 13th, 2006
prickly railway says:
"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."
April 12th, 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.
April 10th, 2006
"i think Merkley has such a unique eye, is one of my favorites photograper in flickr, keep doing the great stuff"
April 5th, 2006
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