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carrie mae weems

03/05/14 2 Comments

"a single's waltz in time" (2003)

“a single’s waltz in time” (2003)

Art is the one place we all turn to for solace. We turn to it constantly, whether you are listening to music, or pop in a film; you want to escape reality, and if you thinking deeply, you want to engage in art in a complex way. Art allows us to navigate the more complicated parts of our lives in a way that is more palpable. We don’t go to the movies just to see a movie; we go for the experience. I’m very interested in the experience. Art has saved my life on a regular basis. I wanted to offer that experience to children, to enlist them, to show them the possibilities that are in the arts, to persuade them to pursue it for both their own personal salvation and for changing the way we are understood.

– mother, artist, macarthur fellow carrie mae weems.  she has an installation at the guggenheim until may 14th.  if you can’t make it to nyc in time, you can check out some of her work in the gallery below.  pics via her website & a recent nytimes feature (click both links to learn more about her story).


a stunning look at dejection

08/05/13 3 Comments


photographer suzanne tylander captures a diver literally sinking in despair after losing a championship meet.  as described by tylander via the open:

This particular diver was expected to win the entire event. The diver knew as soon as he hit the water his form was flawed and that he might have just lost it all. I was fortunate enough to witness this moment as it was unfolding underwater. I captured the sequence of emotion just a split second after he hit the water and began to sink to the bottom with a sense of defeat written in his body language. This was the image I chose from the series. I have felt this emotion and disappointment before as many athletes do. My chance to capture it underwater was rare but beautiful. It is a moment no competitive athlete wants to relive but something important that many of us can relate to. It is raw and human and real.

related: the sweet science | ode to defeat

model mothers

02/23/13 1 Comment

camila dubay and her mother, lourdes dubay

camila dubay and her mother, lourdes dubay

via nytimes:

Women who are pregnant with girls are often reminded of the old wives’ tale about daughters’ stealing their mothers’ beauty. But what Howard Schatz captures in his photos of models and their mothers are the origins of beauty and how certain features translate into the next generation. Interested not only in their genetic similarities but also in how they interact with each other, Schatz has been taking pictures of mother-model pairs for more than 12 years. Sometimes they hold hands affectionately; other times, they don’t want to touch at all. “I tell the model, ‘Be your mother’s daughter,’ ” he says of his instructions to his subjects. “ ‘No need to be a sexy fashion model.’ They have a very hard time with that. I want them to stop smiling and stop telling the camera how it’s supposed to see them.”

after checking out the pics below (click to zoom + see names), tell me which mother-daughter combo you think:

looks the most natural?

looks the most awkward?

looks the most alike?

looks the most different?

has the mother that could be (or have been) a model also?

is your favorite?

related: “love me”: a reflection on the worldwide pursuit of beauty

the sweet science

05/02/12 2 Comments

whether it’s in photos or videos, i love seeing images with multiple frames of contrasting action.  case in point, this pic from a 1955 boxing match (via siphotos).  the brutal sight of an unconscious tony demarco might attract your eyes first, but there is also the joy of a victorious carmen basillo celebrating a 12th round knockout.  the two frames fight against each other emotionally.  however as a whole, they work together in perfectly showing the highs and lows of boxing.

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