Subtle smiles and soft light.
"Rappers with Cameras is one of my favorite events in Seattle because of the way that it celebrates art, diversity, and, above all, community, while still being accessible and inviting to individuals of all walks of life and all ages." (Full post here - Rappers with Cameras - Zine #2 Release Party)
I really feel like RwC is one of the best embodiments of the idea of #townallday. Major thanks to Geo and Thig for continuing to promote community through these events.
UNICORN PARIS Renaissance Full HD is a virtual museum, letting people be in the internet posterity within web culture.
By scanning them with the kinect sensor UNICORN PARIS allows people to become allegories of our internet culture.
Those are the scans made at the CODAME (2013) ART+TECH Festival.
Fascinating immersive art
No one gets 1,000 likes for teaching a kindergarten class
"No one gets 1,000 likes for teaching a kindergarten class.
No doctor gets over 300 likes when he saves a life.
Sure, we all know that saving a life is more important than photography and teaching is an incredible profession.
But those doctors and teachers and waiters are just like you and me. They want to be known, seen and heard.”
The above quote is an excerpt from photographer Jeremy Cowart’s piece "Why Everyone Is A Photographer". His piece brings up a number of very valid points, some uplifting, some concerning.
There is tons of empirical evidence and social research that points to the fact that people want to fit in and be liked and appreciated by their peers (and strangers). As Cowart very directly spells out:
"People come home from their jobs, post a photo to Instagram or Flickr and get validation by everyone. “Epic.” or “You’ve got a great eye!” or “You should really take this more seriously” or “OMG AMAZING!!!!” or an endless series of complimentary hashtags. On top of that, all our friends see those compliments. It’s the most uplifting ego boost possible, isn’t it?"
Anyone who takes a photo of someone and has that person receive it well knows how great it feels to capture our friends, family, or moments of our lives and share them with others. Now people/systems have quantified the ways in which images are or can be appreciated, and it can be a great system of feedback… to a degree.
The problem with looking for validation externally is that it often interferes with, if not replaces, looking for validation internally. Everyone in this world has the power to make the world a better place, and as silly as it may sound, they probably should look inside to figure out how to do that, rather than outside. I’m not saying that people shouldn’t be sharing images on public platforms and receiving likes. I just think that if you are going to be a “photographer’, do it because the world is beautiful and you want to share the parts of it that you get to see.
Become a photographer because you want to learn how to watch people move and capture that movement.
Become a photographer because you want to spend time in the woods listening to the sounds of nature, and you want to bring that nature back to others to enjoy, inspiring them to go and find it themselves.
Become a photographer because the people in your life are beautiful and sometimes you have to take a photo of them as a reminder.
Become a photographer because our time on this planet is often cut to short, but pictures can help us remember those who are lost.
Become a photographer so you can communicate with others who speak a different language than you.
Don’t become a photographer for the likes. Learn to like yourself. That’s the only like that matters.
Edward Burtynsky. Check out Edwards work, for lack of a better explanation, he focuses on capturing nature affected by the human race and in case you can’t tell, we are fucking up the planet
Side note - I’ve admired his work for awhile and most importantly his ability to find a subject and style that he’s passionate about and sticking to it. I feel that is one of the greatest challenges I personally face as a photographer. I love so many styles and subjects that I never get great at one thing, my ADD takes over and forces me into something different because ultimately it’s more fun in the short term. I’m working on defining and narrowing my scope of what I want to shoot and more importantly what I don’t enjoy shooting and stop those first. We’ll see how it goes.
Burtynsky’s “Manyfactured Landscapes” is one of my favorite bodies of art/movies of all time. Like Ryan mentioned, Burtynsky’s ability to critically interrogate this subject matter and present that interrogation so beautifully is remarkable. One of the reasons I joined the Chasing Ice team was because James Balog’s work moved me in the same way that Burtynsky’s did.
As an aside, the open scene (10ish minutes) of the movie is absolutely stunning. You can watch it here.
I went for a walk. This was what I saw.
#Yeezusing - concept and art direction: Tina Le. with Tina at Totokaelo – View on Path.
Founded in 2007 by James Balog, the Extreme Ice Survey (eis) is an innovative, long-term photography project documenting climate change with 28 cameras deployed at 13 glaciers throughout the world.
Each camera takes about 8000 photos a year, which are edited into stunning time lapse videos that reveal the pace and effects of climate change. Balog and EIS were the focus of the 2012 documentary, Chasing Ice.
1. Columbia Glacier, Columbia Bay, Alaska - 2006 and 2012. The glacier has lost two miles of ice in six years, and the rate of its retreat is accelerating. since 1980 it has diminished vertically an amount equal to the height of New York’s Empire State Building, and has retreated 13 miles.
2. Stein Glacier, Switzerland - 2006 and 2012. If the trend of hotter and drier summers persists in the high country, many alpine glaciers could lose as much as 75 percent of their bulk by century’s end or even vanish, imperiling the region’s water supply.
3. Bridge Glacier, British Columbia - 2009 and 2012. Retreating roughly five feet a day during melt season, the 10.5 mile Bridge Glacier suffers both lower snowfall in winter and hotter temperatures in summer.
Very proud to have spent the last year of my life working with the Chasing Ice team. It was an incredible experience for me personally and professionally, and if I hadn’t said yes right away, logic probably would have told me I was “too busy”.
If you haven’t read about Balog or his work, please invest some time in doing so. He is a huge inspiration to me as a photographer and citizen of the world.
Three different groups of my friends just spent the last week in the Enchantments. While these pictures could easily be FOMO-inducing, I’m choosing to see them as a celebration of the beauty of the Pacific Northwest. We truly live in one of the most majestic areas of the world.
This shot is from Eric Bowley, a creative individual who I’ve known for many years now. He just released an album with Andrew de Torres under the name "Prince of Spain", which is a wonderful evolution of the musical ideas that existed in The Scene Aesthetic. [His instagram feed is also worth checking out.] It’s been wonderful to see both of them grow creatively over the last decade.
As Eric says, we were #borntoexplore, so get out there.