Posts Tagged ‘photography’

Dumdeedum, lazy Saturday spent watering plants, cleaning, doing other tasks I’ve otherwise put off… including watching some Say Yes to the Dress, the TLC show that follows brides as they shop for their wedding gear at Kleinfeld in Manhattan.  As reality TV goes, it’s not a particularly brilliant show (The Real Housewives of NY has really stepped it up this season… especially that last episode with Kelly-gone-psycho and Bethenny’s high-larious “46 pinot grigios” comment), but I still get hooked.  It reminded me of this one Gatsby-esque wedding dress that I liked at J. Crew, which sadly is no longer for sale.  In an attempt to find something similar, I google-imaged “Great Gatsby wedding” and stumbled upon Once Wed, a photograph-rich blog chronicling, among other things, hipster theme weddings.  It has to be seen to be believed.

Josh Goleman behind the lens for Great Gatsby wedding

their wedding is in a forest?!

circus wedding!

…really? really? I love that these people have avoided the cheese of 99.99% of all weddings.  It’s so artsy fartsy and dreamy and in the countryside and blah blah. Fantastical.


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Since it’s Friday, today will be festo Lite for this post-er.  No manifestos, no reflections on consumerism or objectification.  Just the unique entertainment that is AWKWARD FAMILY PHOTOS.  Looking through old family photo albums can be so FUN…  or the source of anxiety, especially when your awkward years stretched from 18 months to 18.  Never fear!  These exists a forum where you can post your photos & face your [awkward] face.  Or even more therapeutic, gawk/cringe/laugh (all at the same time!) at everyone else’s!  This is a recent favorite:

“These boots were made for…”

The site is a vast repository of awkward family photos spanning decades with cheeky titles and endless comments from their loyal readers.  Some of those from the 70s and 80s are reminders of an esthetic that in 2010 just seems awkward, but back then was awesome!  (And given the current obsession with 80s “fashion”, dare I say a source of inspiration?) Case in point:

“Fast times”

Other ones are truly just awkward/creepy:

I highly recommend visiting the current Hot Tub Time Machine Totally Awkward Top 5 for some priceless shots and a brief tasting of the huge archives of AFP.

Enjoy!  And if you’ve got an AFP treasure (and we all do), don’t hold out on us– submit it to the site and then shoot us a link!


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So this one time I moved to a city across the pond whose name stateside is more commonly associated with school lunches and motorized over-sized wieners.  There I made use of a camera obtained via an amazon.com fluke that turned $895 into $89.50 (friendly advice: should this happen to you, order immediately, select overnight shipping).  I “captured” the people and places that fluttered into and, subsequently, out of my life, in a somewhat artistic fashion.

exhibit a

exhibit b

exhibit c

Upon moving back, I visited the friendly people at a reputable photographic institution (with a silly website), slogged through 1,000 plus images to select the winners, and paid the big bucks to get them printed on some quality paper.  Voila! the primary ingredients for a wall art expressionistic explosion that now “adorns” my wall after a semi-manic night of nostalgia, scissors and scotch tape (and, actually, graph paper and matches).

But, to give myself some credit, I didn’t just decide to tape pictures on my wall and call it art.  There was inspiration: a poem! and this whole long post’s point is twofold: (1) to encourage you to make your own wall art so I’m not the only one, and– more importantly– (2) to get you to read this awesome poem that so moved me to creation and (2b) to alert you to the fab publication that brought it to my attention, which can also subsequently provide you with fodder/”inspiration” for your own DIY masterpiece collages.

Working backwards… allow me to introduce you to Lapham’s Quarterly!

nice to meet you, too!

It comes out (no surprises here) four times a year and each issue is carefully curated around a theme like Money, War, or Travel (my favorite). Fiction and nonfiction selections & illustrations are pulled from 1000 BC to the present.  Expect authors from Jack Kerouac to Socrates putting in their two cents on an experience, concept, or feeling related to the topic at hand.  The result is a history of meditations on a theme. FABULOUS for your inner philosophizer!  AND the sidebars are often cheeky, abbreviated histories, maps, travelogues… organized miscellanea at its best! You can access some of their back issues here, but it’s worth it to get a subscription or  back order a single issue whose theme intrigues you.  By the way, Lapham is the former editor of the other, more commercial manual of organized miscellanea, Harper’s.

So! There I was, re-reading the Travel issue, getting all inspired, when I came across this perfectly lovely poem that in a parallel universe I would have tattooed on me.  I’ve picked out my fave lines, but please read the entire poem here, courtesy of Lapham’s.  Enjoy! And go make some wall art!

“Not Too Late to Seek a Newer World”

I cannot rest from travel: I will drink

Life to the lees: All times I have enjoy’d

Greatly, have suffer’d greatly, both with those

That loved me, and alone…

For always roaming with a hungry heart

Much have I seen and known; cities of men

And manners, climates, councils, governments,

Myself not least, but honour’d of them all;

And drunk delight of battle with my peers,

Far on the ringing plains of windy Troy.

I am a part of all that I have met…

…Come, my friends,

‘Tis not too late to seek a newer world.

Push off, and sitting well in order smite

The sounding furrows; for my purpose holds

To sail beyond the sunset, and the baths

Of all the western stars, until I die.

It may be that the gulfs will wash us down:

It may be we shall touch the Happy Isles,

And see the great Achilles, whom we knew.

Tho’ much is taken, much abides; and tho’

We are not now that strength which in old days

Moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are;

One equal temper of heroic hearts,

Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will

To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.

-Alfred Lord Tennyson, from “Ulysses”


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dear stieglitz

even a few words i don’t feel like writing.

you know exactly what i think about photography.

i would like to see it make people despise

painting until something else will make

photography unbearable —

there we are.


marcel duchamp

17 may 1922, new york

[ stefanie ]

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william eggleston did for color photography what marcel duchamp did for urinals turned on their sides.


that is, he took what was once seen as a rather banal object of the masses and lifted it into the realm of high art.


william eggleston (1939-) was cool before ryan mcginley stripped his friends down and set them loose in the wilderness, before juergen teller put victoria beckham in a shopping bag, and tons before hip kids discovered the grainy over-saturated magic to be found in a polaroid camera.


william eggleston, conveniently, has a retrospective up at the whitney from now until the end of january entitled william eggleston: democratic camera photographs and video 1961-2008. we will see you there.

[ stefanie ]

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