have you guys been watching The Last Man On Earth? it was my first thought when i saw this series of digitally enhanced photos by photographer Ed Freeman (whose early career was in the music industry – working with acts like The Beatles, Don McClean and Carly Simon – whoa!). Western Realty features scenes that you might see in a post-apocalyptic landscape, abandoned buildings that The Last Man On Earth’s Phil Miller might break into & explore just for fun. i know i would.
i’m doing this thing now where i’m picking random dates in my archives and looking up people i posted about years ago. Missy Prince is a Portland based photographer, originally from Mississippi, who i have followed on flickr since, well, i discovered flickr. i posted about her 3 years ago – and her work still amazes me. in between her more personal work and some beautiful landscape imagery she also captures a world that, in my head, i only know through american road trip movies, or shows like friday night lights. bits and pieces of middle america, vignettes that remind me of the work of Stephen Shore or William Eggleston.
I’m usually drawn to scenes that lean toward the peculiar or askew. My interest in them is like my interest in, say, Tom Waits’ album Small Change or some old blues lyrics. Hard times are doorways to the unknown. People go to weird places through them, and you wonder how they got there. It’s more interesting than joy or contentment.*
*taken from this interview. as you can probably tell Missy works in film, and she develops and prints everything herself. you can see more of her work on her website, tumblr, flickr and buy prints from her shop.
i was taking in this seemingly picturesque scene of a nice house with a winding driveway surrounded by rolling lawns, and as my eyes scanned the image only then did i notice the ominous clouds of pollution from a factory in the distance. this is the dark undercurrent that runs through daniel shea‘s ongoing photographic series called plume:
plume is a photographic exploration of southeast ohio and its unusually dense concentration of coal-fired power plants. the project serves as a follow-up to the work i made in 2007 in appalachia, removing mountains, which focused on mountaintop removal, a particularly pervasive form of coal mining. plume follows this coal up river to ohio, where it is being burned to generate electricity.
Once upon a time — or more accurately, back in the 1970s — the van reigned supreme. Riding in right on the heels of the fading muscle car era, the custom van became the ultimate self-expression vehicle– tricked-out and personalized to show all the world just how your bad self rolled. […]
from The Selvedge Yard
hey dorks, it’s art history time. if you’re not familiar with the classic frontier paintings by albert bierstadt – you will be now. you owe it to yourself to stare at these bad boys. that light! that detail! oh wow, i could just imagine a million reproductions hanging in thrift stores & seventies living rooms the world over and not getting a second glance (shame).
Albert Bierstadt (1830 – 1902) was a German-American painter best known for his large landscapes of the American West. In obtaining the subject matter for these works, Bierstadt joined several journeys of the Westward Expansion. Though not the first artist to record these sites, Bierstadt was the foremost painter of these scenes for the remainder of the 19th century.
his work was criticized by contemporaries for being too large, with excessive light (actually known as “luminism”), dramatic colours & an exagerrated shift from foreground to background.
my doctor had an entire wall in her consulting room wallpapered with a picture of the yosemite valley, i found it strangely calming.
once in a while i discover a band whose album i want want want and all the music i can get my hands on gets listened to over and over (so far this year it was passion pit’s “manners”, that became hideously overplayed – last count it was over 100x for “moth’s wings” alone)
anyway, this is how i feel about freelance whales. a taste from their album weathervane:
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carl w. heindl photos of nevada at flickr
i decided to rent the first season of true blood and watched it pretty much in 2 days (the only way to watch a series, really). i absolutely love the southern / louisiana setting (obviously romanticised, this is television after all). anyhoos, who wouldn’t want to live in an old plantation home surrounded by giant live oak trees, sitting on the porch in just shorts & a vest, fanning yourself, drinking home-made lemonade and eating pecan pie?
ps: i highly recommend watching true blood. it’s dark, gritty, funny and gory – with plenty of explicit sex scenes. the opening credits should give you some idea of what to expect:
Wayne Thiebaud (b. 1920–) is a Californian painter who is best known for his iconic still lifes of all-American foods and products, such as cakes, pies, sandwiches, cosmetics, and toys. He is also celebrated for his vertiginous San Francisco cityscapes and his richly hued views of Northern California. Known for his plain-spoken style and self-deprecating sense of humor, Thiebaud links himself to the long tradition of painting from observation and speaks in defense of painting to audiences regularly.
just in case, you know, you don’t want to be a slave.
i’m sure i would also ♥ NY circa now, if only i could get there. look through the entire flickr collection of NY pics: 19th century – now