Friday, August 26, 2011

Panda Bear - Alsatian Darn


EagleOwl slow-mo


Greta Alfaro

Greta Alfaro's Ictu Oculi is just amazing. Her play on chaos and vulnerability is so visually striking. I also love her "In Praise of the Beast"- there is such a humor within nature at times.

Amy Stevens

"The Confections series began as a response to turning 30. It was a celebration of birthdays, color, pattern and obsessive absurdity. My original idea was to bake 30 birthday cakes for myself and photograph them. I didn’t quite make it to 30 cakes in time for my thesis show, but I sure got a lot of ideas from those first cakes. I ordered a kit from Martha and watched an instructional video on decorating cakes. When I quickly discovered my cakes were never going to look like the ones in the video and the pamphlet, I decided they were better off in their exuberantly imperfect states. With over 70 cakes constructions to date, I’m often asked, “Why still with the cakes?” Cakes are the centerpieces of celebrations and symbolic trophies evoking nostalgia and awe. Historically, cake has played a significant role in womens’ lives. Women have used cake as both an outlet of creativity and a symbol of female power politics. In my constructions of these photographs, I am commentating on not only cake itself as a rich cultural symbol, but of the domestic fantasy world of contemporary home decorating and cooking magazines and television shows. It’s a fantasy world where entertaining, cooking and decorating unite. It’s a place where one needs to have a beautiful home, decorated seasonally, in order to entertain friends with gourmet meals and elaborately concocted desserts.” – Amy Stevens

Jesse Kanda

Jesse Kanda's beautiful detail is completely fantastic

Lukasz Wierzbowski

I seem to have been daydreaming of Lukasz Wierzbowski's photos... and didn't even know it.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Paa Joe

This aeroplane coffin, made in 1951, was the first such coffin in Ghana. Made by brothers Kane and Adjetei Kwei, the coffin was their final gift to their 90-year-old grandmother who had never been in a plane but told them she often day-dreamed of flying.
The tradition for fish coffins is believed to have originated in the village Teshi, where fishermen were buried in two canoes bound together in the shape of a fish.

I was so happy to find information on Paa Joe today. When I was in 2nd grade I remember reading an article about him in Nation Geographic for kids. He's an artist/craftsman from Ghana that makes these amazing coffins to reflect the what the owners profession was during their life (prostitute to fisherman). It was such a beautiful amazing imaginative craft that I began to daydream about all the things I wanted to be burried in. And maybe that's a bit morbid ...but it was a light hearted funny idea at the time.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Children of Heaven

Simply a BEAUTIFUL movie!! So sweet and heartfelt.

MOVE LEARN EAT - Rick Mereki

44 days, 11 countries, 18 flights, 38 thousand miles
3 pleasures of life.