Archive for the Action Photos! Category

And After It All, Something Called Stillness: Issue 41 Action Shots!

Posted in Action Photos!, Issue Forty-One with tags , , , on November 24, 2012 by mohawko

We have, shooting outta Dayton, OH, some of the best action shots ever, courtesy of Operative Rabbi David, who strutted his wearing stuff while leading Shabbat services, teaching Krav Maga, and hanging out with his kids. Seriously, this is gonna make you wanna hug someone pretty hard.

Your Very Own Outdoor Shabbat

: D

Children in the Midwest (Your Very Own Outdoor Shabbat #2)

In all honesty, these are some of my favorite action shots so far. Ever.


Israeli Martial Art

Here, Rabbi David teaches a Krav Maga class, which is Israel’s martial arts/self-defense system, creating a legion of Jews exceptionally well-prepared for hand-to-hand combat.

The counter-attacks are brutal.

Like, a really hard & unexpected hug.



Of course there is also time for more sensitive pursuits, such as buying salads.


…or taking care of one’s daughter.

Wherever You Go It Is Pronounced the Same

: D

Ordering Up a Shabbat Burrito

Of course, it all comes back to the everyone.

The Healing Prayer (Your Very Own Outdoor Shabbat #3)

I think that, given everything, this poem and its wearing– they have certain beautiful thematic relevancies.

Always nice to see things turn out relatively alright.

Before the Ark

Congruency, that’s the word.

Before & After A Day

And that’s it.


Simon, Tyler, & Rabbi David

Rings of Saturn: Issue 40 Action Shots!

Posted in Action Photos!, Issue Forty with tags , , , , on November 4, 2012 by mohawko

Operative Chad wore Ken Baumann‘s story and our 40th issue around the environs of the Art Prize, held in Grand Rapids, MI each year. In this once-in-a-lifetime installment of Action Shots, the Safety Pin Review inspires its wearers to make dramatic life choices.

Vision on, to find out how, and where, and when. Chad knows!

This Is How You Plan for the Longest Journey

This is how you frequent your local library.

This Is How You Capture Light

This is how you create mood.

This is How You Win at Business in Western Michigan

This is how you hydrate.

This Is How You Fracture Light

This is how you practice your moves.

This Is How You Take to the Streets

This is how you cross.

This Is How You Spot Objects in the Sky

This is for those who look forever up.

This Is How You Hold On Forever


And this is how you keep warm.


Did you know that a ring of Saturn, sized down, fits around your finger just like an engagement ring?


This Is How You Say Yes

I’d draw your eyes to the pumpkins, but you’ve already read them, haven’t you?

That’s right.


She said yes, of course. *CONGRATULATIONS, CHAD!!!**


LET THE SPR DEFINE YOUR LIFE. Enter today, by any and every means.

We are reveling. Big ferocious thanks to Chad and Ken for wearing and writing. For always. xx

Mauling Wales: Issue 39 Action Shots!

Posted in Action Photos!, Issue Thirty-Nine with tags , , , on October 22, 2012 by mohawko

We are proud to present the following Action Shots, brought to us off the rainy streets and from the shiny white malls of Cardiff, Wales by Operative Rebecca L. Brown, sporting her some Mel Bosworth.  BRING IT ON, Welsh-style:


Look at the way the floor pattern moves!

Pondershot #1

Mel’s story inspires deep stares.


This mall; Grecian, in its dimensions.

Pondershot #2


Pondershot #3


Pondershot #4


ACCESSORIZE THIS (Pondershot #5)

Ghosts in boxes.

The Coming Hordes


City Glaze

This is visual poetry.



Hand in Hand in Umbrella


An enormous round of applause to our operative abroad, Rebecca, for making this happen, and to Mel Bosworth, for taking us down so damn far.

Missing Steps: Issue 38 Action Shots

Posted in Action Photos!, Issue Thirty-Eight with tags , , , on October 13, 2012 by mohawko

At last, we present to you a series of action shots from Diane’s story, worn by Operative Katy around the campus of Arkansas Tech.

It Is Spring in Our Hearts


: D




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Life on Screen


: D


Mucho thanks to Operative Katy Featherston for wearing this story in such fine style.


By the way, we were recently interviewed on the Six Questions For… blog, so you should check that out straightaway, find out a little more about our druthers.

FOREIGN TONGUES: Issue 37 Action Shots!

Posted in Action Photos!, Issue Thirty-Seven with tags , , , on September 22, 2012 by mohawko

HEYO. In celebration of Chad Redden’s po3try this week, we have a glorious set of Action Shots, delivered straight into our hot little digital hands from Bulgaria by none other than Operative Delaney Nolan. Let’s go on, continue to rule this:

Yellow. Brick. Sidewalk.


Among many.




In Delaney’s words:

I wore this patch around Sofia and Plovdiv, Bulgaria, when I was there to read at the Sofia Poetics Festival. I started by wearing it on a free walking tour, and an Austrian, a German, a Bulgarian and a Dutch guy all noticed it and asked to photograph it– they loved the idea, and most everyone in Sofia spoke English, so they could read it.


Skittle Skeletons.



w/ Guns.


I wore it at the mineral springs where I saw a gypsy woman washing her hair. I wore it at the baths– that big broke-windowed building in one photo– which used to be a social/gossip center until they had to close it up because it was falling apart.


A Riot (of Colors and Flavors)





I wore it by fruit stands and beautiful graffiti and Cyrillic warnings. I wore it to Plovdiv where we went hiking and found sheep grazing in a field around what looked like an abandoned school. My friend wore it in front of that giant monument to Soviet soldiers, which  is slowly, gradually getting torn down by the Bulgarian government.


You Know He Likes It



Meet Me at the Gates


Now it’s made it out to the coast of the blue Black Sea. благодаря, безопасна игла, това е било реално…


This Is Not a Photograph


Chad’s story saw lots of wide-open spaces. Wide-open spaces are nice-nice.  Infinite and eternal thanks to Delaney Nolan for volunteering and kicking the ball right out of the park. With a club.


That’s right. We love our sports metaphors.

WALK THE WALK: Issue 36 Action Shots!!

Posted in Action Photos!, Issue Thirty-Six with tags , , , on September 9, 2012 by mohawko

Presenting, at long last, three Action Shots of our Issue 36, chiseled from the finest of operative stone, worn around NYC on the back of Operative Dylan, the very epitome of portraiture. Dig.



So far I’ve actually often forgotten I’m wearing it until my girlfriend (who is the one snapping the photos) leans over and informs me that someone has been reading the story. Most of the readers that she’s caught sight of have been on subway platforms and trains, though I hope I also had some while I took it with me to a Defiance, Ohio show last night, as I expect many in attendance would’ve gotten a kick out of the story and the project. The story also accompanied me past a Catholic mass at the beautiful church I live next to as I walked to the subway to go to brunch.

(captured via email).


Operative Dylan also took the story STRAIGHT UP DOMESTICITY LANE, cooking, buying homeware etc. Rumors of spectacle: “other adventures in the works include going to a pass-the-hat show of Americana/ bluegrass music on Wednesday in a spectacular vaudeville-esque theater space.”



Imagine: you stroll these streets. You stop. You step back. You think to yourself the same thing you think every day:


Let’s not do that again.

BOOM. EXPLOSIONS. See you soon.

Kissing the Stone: Issue 35 Action Shots!

Posted in Action Photos!, Issue Thirty-Five with tags , , , on August 24, 2012 by mohawko

Operative Tyler took a stroll around the sculpture gardens of the Walker Art Museum in Minneapolis. Here are the returns, like paintings.



Like nebulae.







You have seen Tyler’s chops before. Early on in the SPR’s history, when our cagey editor was still wearing all of the stories himself, Tyler was the primary action-shot photographer.


For Those Without Bodies


Since the beginning.







(A fish.)


Talking to Strangers


Huge thanks to Tyler for being so patient in waiting for this story to come and for these elegant photos when it finally did.


Big news next week, warnings of possible prizes. Stay tuned.