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Saturday, July 19, 2008

Animal Hat

Looking at Talia's work reminded me to check in with Julianna Swaney, who recently moved to Portland. Via her blog I came across this great new drawing of hers:

Animal Hat(eyes) © Julianna Swaney

Friday, July 18, 2008

This & That

Foster Series ©Talia Greene

Ahhh summer --it has a way of getting you away from the computer ;)
I have been neglectful.
Here are a few things to check out:

Ryan McLennan has a great print up for grabs over at Tiny Showcase titled "Haul".

Haul © Ryan Mclennan

Also via Tiny Showcase I found out about the work of Cole Gerst, whose illustration are really awesome.
And today Talia Greene showed me her new work, which I think is really fantastic. Talia has such a strong vision, but at the same time always finds new ways to express her ideas. It is really neat to follow the progression of her work.
You can currently see Talia's work at The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education in Philadelphia through August 29, 2008.

Foster ©Talia Greene

And at last: via My Love for You is a Stampede of Horses I came across the work of Carrie Marill, which is getting a lot of buzz. Check out her work via: www.carriemarill.com

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Paris & Tema

I am still thinking about Ty & Dobbs and about people and their relationship to animals in general.
And when I read Tema's post today, I got all chocked up.

Ubud, Bali

a rice field and two Balinese women © Nina Buesing

Last July the husband and I travelled to Indonesia. My favorite trips are those with a purpose. Our stay in Bali was prompted by the nuptials of dear friends.
While the ocean is usually my preferred local, in the case of Bali, we decided to spend our time mostly in and around Ubud. Away from the beach and in the cultural center of the island instead-- and we absolutely loved it.
The bride and groom cleverly picked a wedding date during the Galungan holiday. Because of the festivities the island was in a heightend state of magic realism during our stay. It was an overwhelming experience (in a good way) taking in Bali and I found the island a challenge photographically.
I am not sure one can capture the experience that is Bali through photography alone. One needs to not just see Bali but also to smell and hear Bali.

view from the car, morning in Ubud & reflections in the pool © Nina Buesing

The New York Times published an article by Seth Mydanis titled At Royal Balinese Funeral, Bodies Burn and Souls Fly Tuesday and the piece was accompanied by a slide show titled Circle of Life, which in turn is accompanied by some of the sounds of Bali. Well worth a read, look and listen--but still the best thing would be to visit Bali if you have the chance.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

The End of History

The End of History is a lovely store at 548 1/2 Hudson Street (between Perry & Charles) in the West Village
- if you are looking for or just want to look at nice period glass. Arranged mostly by color, the inventory is a feast for the eyes.

Green © Nina Corvallo

Amen to That

Read Jonathan Jones' post Explanations are the traitor of art on the Guardian art blog, prompted by an article in The Independent titled Is art running out of ideas? Artists forced to explain modern art.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Eminent Domain in NYC

Photographers Thomas Holton and Bettina Johae who both are part of the Eminent Domain exhibit, on view currently at the New York Public Library, were guests on The Leonard Lopate Show today.
You can listen below.

courtesy The Leonard Lopate Show

Ellen Rennard

Via Women in Photography I came across a portfolio by Ellen Rennard titled the "The Downs at Albuquerque" depicting portraits of jockeys and vignettes of life behind the race track. A beautiful artist statment accompanies the work.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Andrea Galvani

Via I Heart Photograph I came across the work of Andrea Galvani, which I really like.
Take a look at Mr. Galvani's work via his site: www.andreagalvani.com

Hoping for the Best

As I mentioned before that part of my income is from stock photography.
Besides all the business issues surrounding stock photography these days, I also am concerned about what my images are used for. I create positive images but of course it is all about context. Charles Duhigg's article "Warning: Habits May Be Good for You" for the NY Times illustrates the positive influence advertising can have.
And it just makes you hope that industry would focus on the positive and realize that there are also jobs in new avenues.
Wouldn't it be great if the US would go from being a champion CO2 emissions producer to being champion in sustainable technology & production?

we need more sustainable solutions © Nina Buesing