via stream o' consciousness i aggregate stuff i find on the internets that exhibits one or more of the following: quality, aptitude, intelligence, accomplishment, monochromatics, compassion, creativity, cleverness, humor, family, friends, words, images, authenticity, style, stories, ideas, color, decisions, missions, desire, passion, lexicon, points of view, acceptance, curiosity, scholarship, spies, m0dernism, pettifogging, semiotics, music, fashion, trends, elan, architecture, design, typography, hand lettering, fagney & lacey, fine arts, the past, the present, the future, limns, interiors, exteriors, black and white, peace, virtuosity, flair, virtuality, symbols, animals, world travel, flight or fight, hedonism, variety, appreciation, gratitude, imagos, loyalty, wit, coiffure, icons, captiousness, hugger-muggering, sarcasm, whimsy, arcanum, imagination, surreptitiousness, fixity, reverence, irreverence, the bitterati, gimcrackery, panache, paradigms, noesis, parity, excess, reconnoitering, anachronisms, artifacts, vexation, discovery, accolades, and more. it never stops, this busy brain of mine. here are some images and stories that were trapped in the net of my gestalt.
jason lee bringing the cute and creative to the world of photography via thedailywhat: Photo Series of the Day: Wedding photographer Jason Lee’s cute-creative set-ups featuring his two favorite subjects: Daughters Kristin and Kayla.Q: Any quotes you live by? A: Like in Finding Nemo, Dori advises “just keep swimming, just keep swimming.” Replace swimming with taking pictures and I think you have a winning formula : ) More here. [boingboing.]
the drive from san francisco to mendocino is beautiful as one might expect. there is one bit that feels a bit like an enchanted forest, with giant redwoods lining the sides of the road and the sun barely able to peek through the vegetation. on a hot day, it’s a cool respite. these photographs by lars van de goor remind me of that stretch of the journey. see more of van de goor’s portfolio here.
via zeemp: This is the first post of our series about the wonders of nature where we’re going to showcase only breathtaking images of many talented photographers. In the collection below we are showcasing the tree-lined lanes that are full of magic and light.
These pathways are a great analogy for the journey of our lives, there are many sad and happy moments, but what really matters is that we keep walking and learning throughout the way, the beauty of life lies in enjoying the voyage not only the destination.
yes, everyday household objects *do* have a secret life. in rene guneriussen’s color photographs, pedestrian items are anthropomorphised. the artist places objects in [sometimes] unlikely settings, where they create a visual dialogue with one another. the phones, have a literal dialogue. the chairs engage in some private moments; lamps carry on secret rendevous with one another; books stack themselves to resemble a totem; globes glow on the shore as if they were phosphorescent; black chairs pursue a white chair. symbolism? accident? artifact? doesn’t really matter to me; i’m quite amused with them as they are, content or not.
the photographs of fulvio bonavia instantly brought a smile to my face. using fruit and vegetables, he’s styled food into woman’s accessories to great effect. the photographs are from his book, “a matter of taste.” other similar works include a series of items in a similar vein, but with flora in lieu of food. what really knocked my socks off were the gorgeous and tender land/water/sky scapes he’s snapped all over the world. the scapes can be viewed here, with an ample supply of his other work.
via designaside:l’opera fotografica di Fulvio Bonavia esplora le corde più sensibili dell’animo femminile, unendo, nella sua ultima produzione fotografica dal titolo A Matter of Taste, cibo e accessori moda.
the humble circle/sphere: all lovely with no corners. rick chapman “circle” series seen @thesilverlining. more via young gallery and the silver lining: Chapman’s obsession with searching rivers and creeks for spherical rocks fuels his interest in the universal truths symbolically held within their perfect shape. Researching circle themes found in religious iconography, architectural theory and nature’s systems inspired the creation of his series, Circle, over 11 years ago.
Chapman studies what is remarkable about the mundane circles and spheres he encounters in everyday life. Whether the objects are found in urban centers or rural landscapes, he explores the universal truths they represent. Sizing every printed circle to the same diameter, they become virtual letters of a lost alphabet, together communicating a language that transcends the original objects themselves.
via trendland: Where renown photographer Michael Eastman’s work usually glorifies the nostalgic facades inexorably destroyed in the name of modernization and progress, his Cuba series portrays the decrepitating walls of a place in which progress has been arrested. A place where the present lives in an evidently historical past.
playful, inventive, colorful, sexy, surreal, snarky photographs by alva bernadine.
interview and photos via ignant blog: Please tell us a little bit about yourself – where are you from and when did you start becoming interested in photography? I was born in Genada, West Indies but I have lived in Britain since the age of six. My interest in photography began at the age of 21. Armed with a lot of Cokin filters I would go around London taking pictures of the tourist spots using colour filters and double exposure. The following year I started producing my present style.
How do you describe your style of work? I have always had difficulty trying to describe my work to other people but on the whole I would say it was surreal but not always. There is always a strange event happening or an unusual perspective, sometimes a narrative which is often accompanied with a sense of tension. It is usually shot on location and mostly in colour. I have always had a good sense for colour.
Do you do much post processing or editing of your photos? In my new book, Gratuitous Sex and Violence – My Favourites, http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/985607, I would say 20% were done on the computer but it might not always be the ones you might think. My style predates the use of computers so I was achieving impossible looking images even back then. For instance, I have an ongoing series of pictures entitled Succubus, where I might make a human torso with four legs or photograph a standing nude whose top half I have reversed so her face and arse are towards the camera at the same time. I used to do these sort of pictures by double exposing in the camera but now I do them in Photoshop because it is more accurate although slower.
I don’t spend a lot of time manipulating my images as I find it more satisfying to come up with and execute an ingenious idea like making a face from the shadows of birds or drawing the outline of a figure on a mirror and reflecting twigs and leaves in it to make up the bodily features. The only trouble is that when I do something clever, people who don’t know about such things assume I did them in Photoshop.
Which cameras do you use? Up until recently I have used 35mm film cameras. I have always preferred that format rather than larger formats because I like the grain and the proportions of the format and I rarely crop my pictures. Recently, though a friend of mine has lent me a digital camera. Although I have been using Photoshop since 1996, I still have a lot of trouble trying to match the colour and feel of Fuji Provia film which I prefer.
Tell us something about your work for magazines such as Vogue, GQ and Elle. How is the work proceeding on the sets? At the age of 26 I won the Vogue/Sotheby’s Cecil Beaton Award, a competition for young photographers. I then did some work for Vogue then other Conde Nast publications like GQ and Tatler. When I am on set doing editorial work I generally know how many pages I have to fill. Mostly I will have sketched out my ideas on paper or written them down and often I will have an extra idea just in case one does not work. I always leave myself open to new ideas while I am shooting. The model might do something interesting and I will incorporate that. I nearly always shoot on location, preferring that to using a studio. In a studio you usually set up the lighting once and it stays relatively the same for each shot. While on location you have to move to a new background for each shot and light for it. That often means there is no time to relax and after I have lit the shot and waiting for the hair and make-up to finish so I can start, I am already thinking about the next shot.
What do you think about pages like flickr? I joined Flickr and intended to post pictures there regularly but never got around to to it. I have never actually explored it properly. I mostly go there when sites like yours link to it. It is great that anyone can put up work but it means you have to wade through a lot of mediocre work to get to some good stuff. That is why it is good to have sites like yours that do the some of the sifting for you.
What does creativity mean for you? For me creativity is not only about the final product but also the process of arriving at it. It can be exhilarating to come up with a good idea. Sometimes I get them in the early hours of the morning, having gone to bed with the problem on my mind. One of my favourite pictures in my new book is called the Shadow and Its Shadow and is a Dali inspired double image of a face that is also a woman riding a horse, all done by casting shadows of objects on the wall. The process of thinking it up then successfully executing it was very satisfying. It is nice to be wondering the streets or some place you would not normally go when you are in search of the right place for a picture. On the other hand, I have ideas I sketched years ago that I have not had the opportunity or resources to yet do.
What do you do in your free time? In my free time I take pictures or look for locations to take pictures. Like a lot of people I spend too much time on the computer. I design occasional magazines of my work. http://issuu.com/bernadinism/docs/bernadinism_1 . Quark Xpress was the first programme I learned on a computer. I have been teaching myself video. It was a steep learning curve learning to edit in Final Cut Pro and do visual effects After effects so I can do a moving example of some of my imagery. The first thing I have made is a 2 hr film to be shown at my exhibitions. It was first shown at my exhibition in London last year. There a excerpts from it on the web. http://bernadinism.blip.tv/
I also love to follow professional cycling. I used to race in my teens but when I discovered photography my passion for it pushed out my passion for competition. I love the spring classics and hate being disturbed in the afternoons for the 3 weeks in July when the Tour de France is on.
Your favourite photographers? Guy Bourdin is my favourite photographer. I made the first website of his work back when it seemed that he had been totally forgotten and there was only 3 pictures of his on the whole internet. My first book, Bernadinism, How to Dominate Men and Stupefy Women, came out the same time as his first one back in 2001. Others I like are Helmut Newton, Bill Brandt, Cartier Bresson and Lartigue.
Where do you get your inspirations from? That is a question creative people are so often asked and which I have tackled in my film. One source of inspiration is other photographs. I have always had the facility and see other possibilities beyond what is directly in front of me on a page or taking ideas from two different pictures and putting them together. I also get ideas from painting and film and just walking around with my eyes open. I like shops that sell cheap kitsch. In a £1 shop picked several small mirrors that led to a whole series of mirror images. I often go to the library for inspiration but I don’t just look at the art books. One of my favourite sections is the craft section where there are books on frame making, quilting, home decoration, making jewellery, mosaics etc. I have got many ideas from such books.
Your future plans? I am decompressing at the moment after my new book but my plans for the future involve getting to know more about video I have no plans to become a director or anything. For now it is just a hobby. I am also looking for opportunities to exhibit more. There are restraints put upon you when you work commercially for other people which means some of my best pictures have not been used. It is hard enough to take a good picture but when you do and it is not used it is very frustrating. Recently I have been looking at magazines and thinking that I have nothing in common with what is going on in them and I am drifting further away. Ultimately I want to become an art photographer so I don’t have to work for anybody else and I have been cutting down on my commissioned work.