Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Form: In Praise of Shadows

Eugene Sakhnenko is the kind of photographer whose work I view and think, 'I remember having that idea once kindof... I just figured someone else had done it so it never materialized....' These are the photographers who inspire the rest of us when we've been convinced that all the ideas had finally been taken.
Especially when you get an idea such as... a series of portraits of the backs of people's heads... And 6 months later, there's someone who did it faster then you, and it's better because the subjects are birds. http://www.audreycorregan.com/ (click on 'obviously').
So they take the cake. And I'm sure there is someone out there cursing Eugene as I cursed Audrey's lovely portraits.
Although Eugene's website is a work in progress and his artist statements are a bit cute in their simplicity, when I see his work I am reminded of something that seems to be a bit of a phenomenon. And this is that the nationality of a photographer is captured on a camera sensor as if it were just another color in the spectrum of light passing through the lens. It is impossible for a photographer to attempt to hide their nationality through their images. The camera never lies. We could both photograph the same subject side by side, and he would capture it differently through his Ukrainian eyes. Surely it is somehow related to the complexity of the relationship between our eyes and minds. And it doesn't help that most of the time they communicate without our conscious knowledge. So the idea that a moment of this communication could be captured with the click of a shutter... That doesn't seem very easy to conceal. That's not just an accent.

Form: Merry Gigahertz

It took me a couple minutes to figure out what was going on, but in the end it's quite amazing.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Phorm: Phriday Photo

shameless self promotion.

Form: Ponderosa Paper

Yulia Brodskaya has created a niche for herself by, simply put, curling thousands of pieces of paper to form typographic illustrations. She has harnessed her talent quite well, and as you look through her site thinking the next piece couldn't possibly get any more interesting then the last (because what else could anyone do with with curled pieces of paper) it does! Though they are a bit feminine, they are very inspiring.

Form&Funk: Gem Sweater Genius

I was happy to see that the Gem Sweater gallery has not died out, and though it is a few years old, it's worth revisiting because of it's legacy - like quality. Check out the rest of the site, especially the Gold Pants music video. Leslie Hall is a genius.

Friday, December 05, 2008

Funk: X Mas shopping. Blegh.

If you're one of the unfortunate folks who have to buy a bunch of stuff and junk during the holidays, don't look to lame places, or even sort of lame places. You know what I'm talking about.
Shop local and support the Charm City Craft Mafia. This weekend there are a couple craft fair sorts of things you can go to. It will be like elementary school when they had santa's workshop, and your mom gave you $2 to buy her a christmas present, and you bought a 25 cent glittery tree ornament that said #1 MOM, and then you kept the $1.75 for yourself and bought a reeses peanut butter cup and a weird eraser to go on the top of your pencil......

.... Except it won't be like that at all because it will be cool. You'll be able to find all kinds of classy, stellar gifts stuff for everyone, including your #1 MOM. So turn blegh into bleghctacular!

Funk: A movie at 12am? What a novel idea.

Midnight movies are back in style. Tonight, it's Robocop at The Charles.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

It's time for a couple BALTIMORE tidbits.

In the late 1800's, the USS Constellation, that 'ole boat parked in our harbor, intercepted slave ships in the Congo river and freed 705 slaves.

That restaurant that our parents all boohooed about when it closed, Haussner's, used to have whale on the menu. And sometimes moose. And once my Gramma told me giraffe, but I don't buy that. Apparently there was also a ball of string made by the employees for 'generations' that weighed 825 pounds and was four feet tall and they actually auctioned it off and it actually sold, for over $8,000, actually! Believe it or not. But I checked these tidbits to make sure they were true. Except the giraffe thing.

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Funk: The revolution will not be televised

There isn't much live footage of Gil Scott-Heron performing as a young man...
But I found this video of the album cover with a lonely record playing in the foreground to be quite a well composed (and due to the syncopated lighting in the background somewhat amusing) ambient accompaniment to the music. There is a series of these on youtube....