221.05.1.250, Roanoke, Va., 2005 by Christine Carr
NPR’s “The Picture Show” takes a look at the state of landscape photography in 2012. Like everyone else, I’ve been a worshipper of the 1975 New Topographics exhibition. Are we ready for re-examination of our concept of the landscape?
What about virtual landscapes? Do we now consider the “landscape” beyond our physical world?
Not sure what the answers are, but Christine Carr’s photo (above) is beyond landscape … it’s beyond wonderful. The “once and never again” happenstance of street photo meets the banal, flat landscape of suburbia / office park / Nowheresvile, USA.
From now through November 30th, I’m raising funds to publish “I Wish You Where Here”, a book of my photography that explores the simultaneous experience of being a resident and a tourist. The images are from five months spent living in Europe: too long to be just a visitor, but too short to be a bona fide [...]
Leslie Horn at Gizmodo noticed a woman using an iPad to make her own, uh, digital archive of paintings at MoMA. Horn gently admonishes her, but commenters offer at least one thoughtful perspective on why someone might do this: “I witnessed something similar at a museum in Philadelphia. However, the person who was taking [...]
Photographer Kip Praslowicz had a thought: … it seems like many amateur photographs spend more time putting elaborate watermarks on their images than they do making images worth stealing. This led to a second thought that I don’t really recall ever seeing the photographs of famous art photographers with a gaudy watermark. So, he made them. [...]
The weather has been very, very nice recently.
This is a spectacular idea … if you’re me, a design junkie + baseball nerd. As the great baseball novelist WP Kinsella noted in The Iowa Baseball Confederacy, there’s no rule stating that the foul lines end at the outfield wall. Technically, they run on forever, making just about all of America part of a [...]
Just one of the many beautiful animated gifs at Retinart exploring “The Secret Law of Page Harmony“. There’s something deeply calming and reassuring about those lines. They slow my pulse; I could watch ‘em all day. (via Retinart)
The final frame taken by Neil Armstrong from the surface of the moon was fogged by exposure to light during film loading / unloading. Despite it being considerably easier to load film on planet Earth, I do this all the time. (via American Photo)
Kodak’s Colorama photographs are known for both their massive size (60 ft. wide) and their saccharin depiction of a naturally pristine and socially carefree 1960s America. The New York Times Lens Blog features several in a brief piece and slideshow highlighting a few Colorama exhibitions; great to see them include a few made in Rio [...]
Lots of new images at my “walkin’ around” photo blog: Shikaakwa.
(via stopping off place: for R.C.)
Proof that Vermeer used optical devices?
“Prove it — with a Kodak”
(via The Triumph of Kodakery: The Camera Maker May Die, But the Culture It Created Survives – Alexis Madrigal – Technology – The Atlantic)
Chairs. Fugazi. … ? “These are a few of my favorite things.”?
P.S. This poster is available on eBay for $600 in case anyone forgot to buy me a Christmas present.
Robert Frank: Red-and-Yellow Brogues, Circa 1974-1975
Frank accidentally left these shoes at the Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, N.Y., while working with film students in the mid-1970s.
(via Shoes of the Very Famous – Photo Gallery – LIFE)