Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Monday, March 30, 2009
Update: It's a start...
Sunday, March 29, 2009
And this is why we would have never won The Cold War had it ever gone hot. Sure Americans all think their bad with their steroids and their guns, but there just aint no beatin' this kind of mindset- and that there's a female! (both via TYWKIWDBI)
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Friday, March 27, 2009
‘This was a crisis that was fostered and boosted by irrational behaviour of people that are white, blue-eyed, that before the crisis looked like they knew everything about economics,’ he declared.
‘Now they have demonstrated that they don’t know anything about economics.’
President Lula, head of Brazil’s main left-wing party, said that ‘no black man or woman, no indigenous person, no poor person’ had been in any way culpable for the global banking crisis.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
That is why we will always need socially conscious and responsible art the likes of Sin Nombre (Without Name) to make us look in that mirror- and if we don't see our own reflections in the lives of others, at least give thanks we're not in their shoes...
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
The really cool thing about single speeds however, is simply how they look. Aesthetic purity on wheels- clean, graceful lines with no extra anything! Man and machine as one.
Fortunately, some do come with hand brakes- but I'm happy with as many speeds as I can get in this horizontally challenged mecca. My half century legs may not get many admiring glances, but they still get me up the hill (with camera in tow).
Monday, March 23, 2009
I grew up loving the sport. There's something so fundamentally pure at its core- a leather ball, a metal hoop, and whatever spark of ingenuity one brings to the hardwood. But this avenue to success has long been overcrowded and oversold, like the asphalt streets surrounding many a broken backboard.
Photo: Lauren Greenfield
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Whenever I think of Europe, I always think of the sights- and the food. And the latter often made up for the fact that despite all the beauty, I'd often come back with a less than satisfactory number of quality images. When going cross country (NYC-San Francisco) two years ago in well under two weeks however, I managed to compile a good number of keepers- but anything near edible eats was slim pickins at best.
I was reminded of that fact while viewing This Is Why You're Fat, which actually features a few items I would have gladly substituted for some of the greasy gastronomic cardboard I had to endure. "Favorites" include The Slinger and the Hamburger Crust Pizza! (via boingboing)
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Friday, March 20, 2009
|The Daily Show With Jon Stewart||M - Th 11p / 10c|
|The New White Face of Crime|
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
The autopsy reports list deaths by "strangulation," "asphyxiation" and "blunt force injuries." An overwhelming majority of the so-called "natural deaths" were attributed to "Arteriosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease."
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
No, we can't publish everyone's submissions, frankly, some of them have a way to go- being of a certain age and having a group of related images does not guarantee publication. And make no doubt- the individual taste of the individual judge is always paramount, as with any other place you'd submit images. If your work needs refining, keep shooting; I've been doing it some thirty five years and I still aint got publishers and gallery dealers lining up outside my door. If you think your work is there, keep pushing it- anywhere and everywhere! And good luck to us all...
Photo: Keith Dannemiller
Saturday, March 14, 2009
What should a a small group of researchers do when they find themselves confronted with a phenomenon that does not follow the recognized laws of nature? How far should they go in alerting their colleagues and the public in the absence of definite proof? Can they really hope to influence an academic community that is notoriously enamored of the status quo and intimidated by political intrigue? Is it even possible to to preserve the intellectual traditions of scholarly research in an environment marred by the secrecy of government budgets, the drudgery of government bureaucracy and the public's fear of the unknown? -Dr. Jacques Vallee
Friday, March 13, 2009
Thursday, March 12, 2009
But many other photographers who photograph the urban environment are not immediately recognized as "street photographers." They photograph the urban landscape, and the compositions therein, more or less regardless of the people that inhabit it- Friedlander himself would fall into that category. Then there are those who accentuate and incorporate the various relationships between man and his urban surroundings- Thomas Roma, Henry Wessel, Martin Parr...
I realize street photography hasn't been in vogue for years, neither has jazz- and that doesn't mean I'd mock jazz musicians or their art form, just because I can't appreciate them. If an artist has "mastered" a particular art form (such as street photography) and has gone unto bigger and better pastures like a young Picasso or Meyerowitz, I could then understand the arrogance of a remark like "walk down the street if you like street photography," otherwise... But I digress.
There's a really good interview (not just concerning street photography) with Jeff Ladd at Blake Andrew's blog (via 2 point 8). After the interview, make sure to check out Mr. Ladd's sight, the sheer eloquence of which will not disappoint.
photos: Jeff Ladd
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Sunday, March 8, 2009
And I pray we never have to actually open and use this arc of life that someone has had the incredible foresight to construct as we continue to poison and imperil our planet (ie-ourselves) with pesticides and genetically modified food substitutes!
Friday, March 6, 2009
Elsewhere of note in blogdom (via Colin Pantall, and Jim Johnson) there's this thought provoking series of night time prison landscapes by Stephen Tourlentes, particularly relevant in a time when judges have been caught sentencing juveniles to private adult prisons in exchange for bribes. The prison industrial complex in this country is way the fuck out of control- people debating whether to put preteens in adult jails, adults being sentenced for years on end for simple marijuana possession, prisoners who can't vote but are counted as residents of their "host" community to increase the town's state and federal revenues. Is it any wonder the US leads the world in incarceration... including that of children! Jeff Brouws photograph of graffiti at the Dystopia group exhibit at The Robert Koch Gallery pretty much sums it all up!
Then there's Ian Teh's mesmerizingly beautiful landscape essay in Deep Sleep Magazine caught over at Exposure Compensation.
Finally (as in last and certainly not least), a heart felt shout out to Benjamin Chesterton at DuckRabbit for extending "concerned" photography into the digital age with his brilliant audio slide shows, and more so-- for actively advocating for the empowerment of individuals who are the usual subjects of this genre to become some of its primary documentarians. If I had a MacArthur Grant to give...
(c) Yasuyoshi Chiba
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
1) Every bit the celebrated wunderkind.
2) Another emerging photographer with potential.
3) Ryan who?