la gratitude

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one of the best things i own is this framed etching of La Gratitude manor in Dorp Street, Stellenbosch. my dad bought it from some poor guy who was actually peddling it door to door. he seemed a bit down on his luck, so pops took it off his hands for something ridiculous like… R350. i don’t really LOVE the etching, but i really like the fact that it’s of a building in stellenbosch (born & raised) – and a place i walk past almost everyday.

legend

i’ve watched this advert a multitude of times, but decided to share anyway for those of you who might not have seen it yet – it’s been all over the sa blogosphere (for good reason). it’s an ad for the south african investment firm, allan gray. read the background story & making of over at king james and pay close attention when the dust clears at the end of the ad, that’s actual james dean right there : )

vivian maier

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You won’t recognize the name of Vivian Maier. A Jewish refugee of wartime France, Maier came to America in the 1950s and lived in Chicago until her passing in April of this year. She left behind no known relatives. In a storage locker, however, she left behind almost 40,000 undeveloped negatives of photos she took on the streets of Chicago during the 1960s and ’70s. The collection was purchased at auction by John Maloof, who has been developing the photos and displaying them on his wonderful blog.

superheroes

superheroes placed in political & wartime scenes by Agan Harahap (though i’m not sure if vader qualifies as a superhero)

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it’s actually pretty funny to see superman standing amongst the allied soldiers (in that scene, neuschwanstein castle in bavaria). there is a book called the monuments men which i have been meaning to pick up, which tells the story of the group of curators, archivists, artists & art historians who set out to find all the art and other treasures that the nazis had looted and hidden across europe during WWII. check out their official website, it’s super interesting.

the life of a poet

i found these old pics of poet rod mckuen over at life magazine. somehow, this is how i imagine poets to spend their days. you know – maxing out with the cat, chillin’ in the tub, reading some fan mail… life.

hastings park, 1955

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Hastings Park, 16 July 1955 (2008) is from Stan Douglas’s project Humor, Irony, and the Law, in which the artist re-stages historic moments of unrest in his native Vancouver. This particular image recreates a scene at a Vancouver horse track in 1955 using models dressed in period clothing selected to match the look of color film at that time. The models were photographed between takes while they were off guard. This image is composed of 30 separate shots.