NYT Lens Blog on Abelardo Morell (genius of camera obscura imagery)

Humblebrag: I was lucky enough to see Abelardo Morell speak at the NGM Photographic Seminar several years ago. I love images of reflections, especially ye olde dichotomous juxtapositions of nature v. human-imposed order, but these are beyond magical.

#fireworks from my window. #july4 #washingtondc #logancircle #diyfireworks #merica

#fireworks from my window. #july4 #washingtondc #logancircle #diyfireworks #merica

#shadows from my #helmet and #bike. #mondaynight #eveningbikeride #fyeahsummer

#shadows from my #helmet and #bike. #mondaynight #eveningbikeride #fyeahsummer

barackobama:

In case you missed all the excitement this weekend: Meet Paul Ryan, who is actually the worst.

barackobama:

In case you missed all the excitement this weekend: Meet Paul Ryan, who is actually the worst.

And of course, everything leads me back to “Mein liebster Feind (My Best Fiend),” Werner Herzog’s visual memoir of working with the terrific/horrific genius, Klaus Kinski.

Exhibit II: “Burden of Dreams,”  (1982) Les Blank’s mind-blowing documentary about the making of “Fitzcarraldo.”

"Gap-Toothed Women", Les Blank (1987)

As far as I’m concerned, Les Blank can do no wrong (even though he never accepted my totally unfounded Facebook friend request).  

dents de lait, dents de loup, dents de bonheur!

I can’t believe I just learned that a gap between your two front teeth is called “dents de bonheur” en français! So, in addition to my deux dents de lait de loup (two baby [wolf’s] teeth), I also have happy teeth.happy teeth

I was just reminded of the Gee’s Bend AL quilts by a post on xojane… So striking and gorgeous. The bright colors and uneven designs underscore that beauty (for me, anyway) is not about perfection. It’s humbling to think that these skilled women made do with what they had, and still made some of the most amazing quilts I have ever seen. 
Quilt info: Annie Mae Young, Work-clothes quilt with center medallion of strips, 1976; denim, corduroy, synthetic blend; 108 by 76.5 inches(Click-through link takes you to the article from Fiberarts Magazine)

I was just reminded of the Gee’s Bend AL quilts by a post on xojane… So striking and gorgeous. The bright colors and uneven designs underscore that beauty (for me, anyway) is not about perfection. It’s humbling to think that these skilled women made do with what they had, and still made some of the most amazing quilts I have ever seen. 

Quilt info: Annie Mae Young, Work-clothes quilt with center medallion of strips, 1976; denim, corduroy, synthetic blend; 108 by 76.5 inches
(Click-through link takes you to the article from Fiberarts Magazine)

I am dying over Jennifer Collier’s typewriter.I used to collect typewriters (OK, FINE. I had two. Sh’up) but mostly, I just love looking at them. I love the sounds they make: clack clack, whirrrr, PING!, I love the dusty, oily smell, and I love the colorful buttons and how they cradle my fingertips. They’re quite sensual!And I love that she made this, by hand, out of old paper. Very meta, don’t you think? 

I am dying over Jennifer Collier’s typewriter.
I used to collect typewriters (OK, FINE. I had two. Sh’up) but mostly, I just love looking at them. I love the sounds they make: clack clack, whirrrr, PING!, I love the dusty, oily smell, and I love the colorful buttons and how they cradle my fingertips. They’re quite sensual!
And I love that she made this, by hand, out of old paper. Very meta, don’t you think?