Saturday, August 1, 2015

Cardstock Camera

China wants you to have this.

It's a pinhole camera made from yes, Virginia....cardstock.

It probably yields gorgeous photos, actually.

And it's around ten bucks.

Just don't take it out in the rain.

I did love this ad copy for the camera:

Description:

Pinhole cameras do not have an optical lens.
Use 135 film (the ones commonly found in filmshops).
Film is exposed by light through a tiny hole in front of camera.
Because there is no lens the image will be in focus at all distances.
Best photos are taken on a bright day, hold the camera very still when shooting.
Exposure times range from 5 seconds to hours and sometimes days ,Multi-exposure is available.
The pinhole camera (has 3 pinholes) is able to shoot in 3 formats:
> 4:3 Regular frame.
> 8:3 shoots 2 frame in one shot, gives a TRUE panoramic image.
> 3D stereo photography, shoots 2 slightly similar photos in 2 frames, which can be viewed 3D with the 3D viewer.
Widely used in fashion, advertising and portrait photography, landscape photography.
An excellent gift for children (educational and fun).

Of course, you could make your own pinhole camera without buying anything.

There are many sites online for learning how to do that.

And, oh gosh, look at this paragon of simple, beautiful design.

It took all my inner resources not to buy a Blackbird Fly camera today.

Then I was looking at Yashica Mats.

Now I'm all over the place looking at both medium format and weird lomo cameras.

I am so itching to make a camera purchase today.

I already bought three poetry books but at an incredible value.


Today's Date on the Jacobin Calendar

14 Thermidor CCXXIII.

The Thing about I'm Revolting

The quality about I'm Revolting that I like most is that it's such a buoyant site.

You can float upwards, backwards, like a helium balloon through the entire history (344 pages) in short order.

But you'll find yourself seriously laden with inspiration afterwards. (Inspiration can be exhausting, because it makes you feel the need to go make things yourself: work!).

You'll want to follow up on so many artists too.

Sure, there are canonical figures there. The usual suspects.

But there are also rafts of emerging artists who you sense are going to do a lot more than just emerge. There's often the promise of explosive aesthetic force with these artists.

I don't know if it's just to the point where I've read so far, but there's a strong skew/bias towards sculpture or at least sculptural sensibilities.

I've just found an unconscious guest curator for my Tumblr today.

I wonder why there is no I'm Revolting Tumblr. It would be huge.

But I suppose one has to leave time for a life somewhere in the day.



This Was Too Good Not to Steal and Share

Going back through I'm Revolting, I was soon in January's postings and this was my favorite image posted there between then and now.

It's credited as "Cosmic Wonder F/W 2003."

What a great, darkly humorous updating of "The Yellow Wallpaper."

Feminist conceptualism rocks.

I suppose this would also naturally elicit thoughts of other types of servitude (servants are dressed to blend into their opulent cages of servitude) and could easily be read as a work about class structure. The woman is reduced to "human decor," no more significant than the curtains with which she is fused. One senses the unspoken injunction here to "Stand back and wait to be called upon."

It's a stunning image, no matter how you choose to read it.

Could the lighting be any more painterly?




Which Poet is Behind This?

It's seems about one hundred percent likely that a poet is behind the delicious art blog I'm Revolting.

But which one? I had one or two educated guesses based on links and such. But I wasn't sure.

I could not believe my eyes when I clicked on the Pinterest link for the site's author. The person has over three hundred thousand followers on there. I'd always figured Pinterest as a sluggish site where networking is really phlegmatic. I've never spent more than a few minutes at a time on there, so obviously I don't know the network.

But back to I'm Revolting. It's really a treasure trove of the intricately otherwise.

It looks like the last  posts were made towards the end of June. So it might not be frequently updated anymore. But I can see it's certainly worth spending some time in the archives there.

I arrived there by accident (as I arrive everywhere, if we're to tell the truth) when I was chasing down some Halloweeniana.

Oddly enough, I found this gorgeous bit of sculpture in a Google search for something else, and I had to click on these to learn more. That's how I got there.

I love that the artist used ephemera (plastic fruit) as the genesis for these chimeras, which should last a little longer than their exemplars and parents.

Oddly enough, these feel very Halloween to me, but I'm sure that's just a coincidence, or it's because I was in that mindset when looking at things.


Plastic fruits and vegetables, fused together into hybrids, and cast into bronze containers. From the “Copy Copy Nature” series (2009) by Sayaka Yamamoto.

Friday, July 31, 2015

I'm Looking for a Particular Photo and Cannot Find It

I think it's either the late eighties or early nineties, what I'm looking for.

I cannot for the life of me remember the photographer's name.

But I keep coming up with wonderful consolation prizes, some of these old friends and some new to me tonight.

To wit:


                                             Wynn Bullock. Child in Forest. 1951.


Judy Dater. Japanese-White Embrace. 1964


Chris Hollingsworth. Nude in Landscape. 1957.


Judy Dater. Chris


                                                   Wynn Bullock. Girl in Car. 1960.


Judy Dater.


                                                 Judy Dater. Summer Bath. 1974.

The Ghost of Francesca Woodman

This is Chris Townsend.

I was looking for something else and found this.

It's so Storyville.