Saturday, July 31, 2010
I'm a huge johnny cash fan, Its the first thing you read when you hit my website and someone you'll often here on the record player at our house but I had never heard the song above before... It's so hauntingly poignant and so wonderfully sad and i never would of come across it otherwise because lets face it I'm no nine inch nails fan... So thanks Bret, your a bloody legend, and so is johnny cash!
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Friday, July 30, 2010
While I only registered to vote at the age of 26 I am somewhat into Politics.... I know I know you are not supposed to talk politics or religion with friends or family... but your not supposed to wear white after labor day and people do that anyway....
Don't worry - I'm not into politics in a heavy kind of way but I do like to keep track of Palins latest media blunder, be shocked at Americas sudden turn on Obama - acording to The New York Times he has the lowest approval rate (among white Americans) after his first year in office than any president before him) Here in Australia I was all for Gillard running our country while kevy is away, but now that she has swiped his job I'm not too sure about her! I whole heartily dig Australia's plea to stop the whaling, I vote green, don't use plastic bags etc etc etc so why not turn this blog into a political platform... if only for just one post...
Who said creativity and politics had to be mutually exclusive? Your either left brained or right brained? Clearly the dudes behind the boarder film project are a little bit of both. And just what is the boarder film project?
Well.... It's a collaborative art project that hands out disposable cameras to two groups on different sides of the border: undocumented migrants crossing the desert into the United States, and American Minutemen trying to stop them. How fucking crazy is that!
To date, 73 cameras have been handed out — 38 to migrants and 35 to Minutemen — with nearly 2,000 pictures in total. These pictures are utterly amazing as they show the human face of immigration.... not the sensationalised picture that is painted for us by the media. These are REAL people, some struggling to live, others struggling to do their jobs... Its a heartbreaking reality that each of us could learn something from just by observing the beautiful photos produced from a somewhat juxtaposed way of life...
I just wrote two more rather large paragraphs and deleted them before this turns into the longest post in the history of posting. I'll just let the contrast between the shots above speak for themselves. 1 man guards the boarder just trying to do his job while another, Javier departs Mexico for Las Vegas - on foot! To learn more about this project, and i highly recommend you do - click here to be taken to the boarder film about page and here to read a story on its founders... Oh and you'll find 100's more amazing photos by clicking here. Let me know what you think.
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
His name is Rick Norsigian, a school district painter and collector and you can read all about him and his lucky find here. I dont know about you but for me the real exciting thing here is not the money but the photos! What a amazing slice of history, I hope he keeps a couple to hang on his walls!
Ansel Adams died in 1984 and was believed to have lost many of his negatives in a 1937 darkroom fire. The blaze destroyed as many as 5000 negatives, or about one-third of his portfolio. Many of the negatives had never been developed into photographs.... so for these to turn up now, after all these years is fantastic news for photographic enthusiasts the world over.
You can enjoy more of Ansels american landscapes here.
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Saturday, July 24, 2010
Friday, July 23, 2010
Some people strongly agreed, others strongly disagreed, all comments and opinions were welcome and at the end of it all i was (and still am) a little unsure of where i stood. Maybe lomo teaming up with rip curl is not such a bad thing... the point was made if it encourages one kid to pick up a camera and embark on a lifetime of taking beautiful photos then it makes it all OK.... but on the flip side if it makes one child feel inadequate about not having the "cool" camera well, that's just less than cool now isnt it... I guess my thinking is its just a camera, its a tool for expression... so why do we need to whack a rip curl sticker on it too? The only clear reason seems to be to sell more cameras to make more money...
Either way it must be working too because lomo are at it again and this time with hello kitty!
You can check out the new camera here... I'm still not sure if I'm for or pro what lomo are up to at the moment but as always i would love to hear your thoughts below.... go nuts people!
Thursday, July 22, 2010
She's recently been on a little jaunt to Italy and taken some amazing Polaroids! Ive always travelled with a Polaroid camera and believe you me it takes some dedication, commitment not to mention valuable space in your back-pack! I was even thinking next over seas trip I'll leave the Polaroid at home, but after seeing these images, above and here on Irene's site, I cant imagine being in Europe with out it!
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Friday, July 16, 2010
See more critical slides here
Its called the Holga D and a very detailed design development and study can be found here ( I highly recommend you take a look the renderings and technical drawings alone are worth checking out) Its a interesting read and a extremely well presented project... but is a digital camera designed to mimic the beauty of a real life Holga all for the sake of instant gratification really worth it? Isn't waiting to get your roll developed half of the fun? Food for thought people, comment below...
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
I went to Asia last year and before I left Polaroid film was about $75 bucks for a triple pack (that's 30 shots) when I got home at the start of this year it had sky rocketed to $40 for a single pack of 10... needless to say I shoot more 35mm now than I do pack 600..... and it used to be exclusively the other way around!
Even though the Impossible Project have done us proud and bought Polaroid film back from the dead its still a little too pricey for this kid at the moment... I'll just have to settle for reminiscing over the shots i took in Asia... you know back when life wad goo and Polaroid was cheap :)
It was weird, watching a doco on my own city... the pommy presenter was marveling at the beauty of our coasts, the emptiness of our skylines and "the exotic cockatoo often found in our national parks" haha! Its funny what he sees as exotic I see as the 6 noisy birds who shit on my window sill every Sunday morning waiting to be fed some stale bread!
For those of you who missed the program or have never been to Sydney... Here's a empty skyline and exotic bird for you to enjoyment! The photo above was taken on my golden half camera using fujichrome 100 speed film cross processed in C-41 chemical.
Monday, July 12, 2010
That's what Mariam, the 13 year old girl in the photo above is doing. When I first saw this photo I passed it off as a innocent snap shoot of youth. A small child playing in the mud (perhaps at dads work) while her little brothers and sisters watched on. Well I was right about one thing, she is at dads work, it just so happens dads work is her work too... and well one day be that of her siblings.
The International Labor Organisation (ILO) is currently working towards the withdrawal of children from brick making work. The Child Labor Project is a website dedicated to educating people about complex issues such as these. Its about moving people emotionally while motivating people (that's you and me) into action.
Child Labor and the Global Village: Photography for Social Change is a team of 11 photographers who will be photographing child workers around the globe. Photos produced by the project are part of an exhibit that has traveled to the U.S. Congress, universities, schools, and other forums in the United States.... all to raise awareness for the plight of these kids.
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Thursday, July 8, 2010
You can learn more about Hilda and her super rad name here on her blog Forever is Today. Deep stuff Hilda. Deep stuff!
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Just a sample of the fine fashion items available in the W10 range above. Click here to see much much more!
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Monday, July 5, 2010
It was such a fun day - I only took one roll of film which I am yet to get devleoped so once that was out I had to spend the rest of the day shooting on my hipstamatic... A sneak peek above to tie you over until i get the roll developed.
Sunday, July 4, 2010
Thursday, July 1, 2010
Astronaughts spent 8 months learning how to use a specially designed camera, just so they could shoot eight minutes of 3D footage. The aformentioned astronaughts had travelled up into space on the space shuttle Atlantis last year, carrying with them a 3D camera.
Their mission: to dock with the Hubble Telescope (a spacecraft orbiting the Earth about the size of a bus) and perform repairs on it, while also capturing 3D video of the Hubble and our planet. The limited amount of 3D footage that could be shot in space was a result of physical constraints.
The film roll on board the Atlantis was the largest in the world, with the film strip 1.52-kilometres long and weighing 24.5 kilograms.
The 317-kilogram camera had to be packed into the space shuttle's cargo bay using a crane, and became part of the craft's ballast. Images from the top, Gas pillars in the Eagle Nebula, As a star dies a butterfly emerges from Planetary Nebula NGC 6302. Pretty crazy shit hey!