Well I finally got a Polaroid SX-70 and could use the awesome Fade to Black film I had bought in NYC when I visited the newly opened Impossible Project space.
I decided to enjoy the beautifully sunny, warm day (Thursday, Sept 2, 2010) by working on this personal project and using the film by walking around my neighborhood, the Mission, and finding random folks to take portraits of at some of my favorite spots. I also asked them to write down one word that they could relate to currently. Here’s what I got!
Photo 1: Breegan (pronounced BRE’-gun) – “adventure” – taken on Guerrero Street between 18th and 17th Continue reading Impossible Project Fade to Black film personal project
I really liked her piece that I saw on the Embarcadero and in last week’s Newsweek magazine they did a whole piece on her which was pretty fascinating. Check it out to read about a true artist – something I should strive more to be (although in the words of Yoda, “there is not try, there is only do“)
I had this posted as a comment on my MySpace page by gonçalves. I don’t think I’ve ever been drawn like this before so I got a kick out of it. Can anyone figure out who everyone else is? I think the top right is Debbie Bramwell – I’ll leave the rest to you all!
So I had never seen Edward Hopper‘s Soir Blue before I saw it at the Whitney last month with my sister. It’s definitely my favorite piece by Hopper mostly for the absurdist initial impression you get as well as the combination of characters in the scene. I hadn’t been to an opening for a while so it was nice to finally get to the Whitney. They were also showcasing their Summer of Love exhibit which had some neat pieces but was more a collection of the history than purely an art show (at least that’s how it felt to me). I did enjoy the museum although we didn’t have that much time to check everything out.
I found out about this old Dr. Suess cartoon from World War II while reading a book about photographer Dorothea Lange and her work during the internment of Japanese Americans. I have always been fascinated by that part of American history being an Asian American of partial Japanese heritage. I was surprised though that even Dr. Suess was on the bandwagon of paranoia about the Japanese during that time. Ansel Adams and Lange also were at odds with Lange being one of the few on the side of the Japanese Americans and seeing the civil liberties of Americans being taken away. The book is called Impounded.
I listened to Henry Wessel speak about photography and composition. It was fascinating since it reaffirmed something that I’ve noticed on my own. One of his statements was: “Once you recognize something, you are less aware.”
He gave an example of how once you know that a telephone pole exisits, you don’t really see it in regular life. Most of us walk by telephone poles all the time, and don’t notice them at all. It also has something to do with the pure mind and what it perceives and that’s often evident in shots where I end up loving my first shot more than the subsequent ‘more composed’ images. It also reminds me of how babies have that certain look in their eyes when they look around.
Check out the full podcast here on the SFMOMA website or grab it here.
Here’s a pic from a Japanese artist that I like – Naoshi:
I saw this comic strip and it made me laugh since it reminds me of some of the travails my sisters has gone though. It was cited in part of an article in the Chronicle about Asian men which also piqued my interest although I didn’t read through the whole thing…