Thursday, January 31, 2008
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
So what was I thinking? Actually, this all came to mind with a recent UFO repost. I had once presented and defended my belief in UFOs (and all it entails) to a noted photo blogger (and scientist) who very emphatically cut me down for ever giving breath to such complete and utter blasphemy. It didn't matter that many of the people who had documented UFO experiences were pilots, military personnel, fellow scientists or even goddamn astronauts! It didn't matter that Dr. Allen Hyneck, the astronomer and physicist in charge of Project Blue Book (the official US Air Force "investigation" into UFOs) who was hired to discredit UFO sightings, left the program in disgust, proclaiming the need for unbiased, scientific investigation of a very real and occurring phenomena.
Don't think I'll be asking him to reconsider either...
Monday, January 28, 2008
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Much in the same way that a love affair gone awry continues to revolve over and over in the mind, the lingering pangs of regret over these might-have-been pictures still troubles me.
Saturday, January 26, 2008
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Garret Izumi self published one of my favorite photo books well before self publishing became the click and paste domain of the internets. Surreal Estate is a brilliantly understated essay of 24 sepia toned B&W photographs, well reproduced on 4X5 paper complete with plastic spiral binder. The subject matter (suburban backyard LA) is so commonplace domestic, that it makes one marvel at how the simple, direct, no bells and whistles compositions really shine through. Short on equipment and post production, long on imagination and insight. All at ten bucks a pop- think a poor man's Henry Wessel (and that's no insult)!
Monday, January 21, 2008
Aint it the truth... Or as our own beloved president has reminded us, "The Constitution is just a goddamn piece of paper!"
At least this guy is trying to represent-- with a little help from... us!
*Make sure to scroll down on the first link to read the interview on how W purposely let Osama escape after "surrounding" him on 3 sides...
One of the joys of living back in pre-Disney NY was reading Jimmy Breslin's column in The NY Daily News, the proverbial pearl in that popular but conservative, blue collar tabloid. Jimmy was many things: loud, brash, and humbly unassuming, the affable hard drinking Irishman equally at home in the side streets of Harlem, or the social clubs of Little Italy. He reported on City Hall's power elite, and beyond- never cozying up to them as those that later followed (or preceded). But mostly, he was found working the streets of the working poor in any of NY's five boroughs. He was (and still is) the quintessential New Yorker's New Yorker.
Saturday, January 19, 2008
It seems that some scientists and medical personnel are finally starting to approach this seriously- one hopes. And I sure as hell can't help but make the obvious parallel as to how astronauts, military officers, aviation personnel, etc. are also dismissed offhand as misguided or worse when it comes to UFO reports- when all they ask is for serious scientific investigation as well...
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Although these portraits were published in The Digital Journalist last year, I didn't see much buzz elsewhere on the internets about them, perhaps because they're black and white, perhaps because they just don't fit the current, aforementioned, zombie nation portrait syndrome. Ironically, the penetrating glares that these subjects convey could also be construed as vacant, yet these portraits by Stephen Dupont are some of the most powerful, disturbing, and beautiful I have ever seen...
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Monday, January 14, 2008
Saturday, January 12, 2008
Friday, January 11, 2008
Thursday, January 10, 2008
Here's an interesting little historical gem from 1935 that I wasn't aware of until yesterday when I first laid hands on it. Unfortunately, most of the Leica made photographs that accompanied this work have been lost forever, but the text lives on to record an America that endures much as first recorded some 70 odd years ago by these itinerant Russian satirists who met untimely deaths...
Here's a short, revealing take from their Hollywood experience:
There are four main kinds of pictures... Each kind of movie has only one plot, with endless and excruciating variations. So year in and year out, American audiences are actually watching the same thing. And they're so used to it that sometimes a picture with an original plot doesn't do well at the box office.
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
Tuesday, January 8, 2008
Monday, January 7, 2008
Saturday, January 5, 2008
Friday, January 4, 2008
Thursday, January 3, 2008
Wednesday, January 2, 2008
All I know is this is the name and the face that goes next to the word hero in the illustrated dictionary of life...
Tuesday, January 1, 2008