Just when we were about to depart we came across a mechanical bull. A few nervous glances were exchanged before Cowboy and I decided to have a go at it. There was a small girl fiddling with a play-station control to operate the metal beast and a large crowd had gathered to watch the fools that participated. I took off my shoes and straddled the bull. It started off slowly and I was beginning to get the hang of the thing. It’s just like a strong physical exercise. I whipped off my hat and started waving it through the air and the crowd ecstatically roared. Shortly afterwards I was bucked off and came crashing down. Determined not to let this bull get the best of me, I jumped right back on. My second attempt was going quite well until I started slapping my bulls backside, the crowd roared up again and the operator detecting my cockyness turned up the speed. After no more than two slaps I was out cold.
Alexander J.E. Bradley recounts his adventures from his trip into the heart of South America in 2009. Travelling along side Alexander is Jon Bennett, a fellow Australian with a unconventional obsession to pretend things are his cock. From the largest cities in the world, to the smallest of backwaters, the most impressive sights and the most broken down buses, they’re all part of the journey of the Children of the Sun.
Alexander J.E. Bradley hails from Australia but now lives in Paris where his irrational fear of being at street level takes him to the heights and depth of the capital. It is on the rooftops 30m above Paris, or 30m below the streets in the Catacombs where you will find him happily snapping away. Photographer, filmmaker, producer - this mustachieod chap in his early thirties has many caps, and many talents. Among his many projects is a book of photographs of “La Petite Ceinture”, an abandoned railway that encircles Paris. In his own words, Bradley's influences include, "Photography, fashion, clowns, the ladies and whiskey." One of his recurring photographic themes is a simple yet effective trick - he throws buckets of milk on his portrait subjects and captures the moment of impact. He call this series The Great Spectacle of the Milking. In the meantime, Bradley's biggest challenge is to improve his French - one day he would like to speak “like a spanish cow”.
The Great Spectacle of the Milking Published February 26, 2014
Pretending Things Are A Cock - Hardcover Published December 01, 2012
Pretending Things Are A Cock - Softcover Published December 01, 2012
La Petite Ceinture - Softcover Published October 22, 2012
La Petite Ceinture - Hardcover Published August 28, 2012