Archive for the ‘Photography’ Category

Ship me back home from a secret location

Saturday, April 3rd, 2010

Markku_Lahdesmaki-Robot_Series. Click for a larger version.

In general I prefer not to bother readers of this blog with personal entries: the artwork I post is far more interesting than anything happening in my life, and twitter is a much better place to find out what people had for lunch. That said, I’ve been absent from the blog so often that an explanation (or at least some BS excuse) seems in order. Also, I’ve gotten some emails wondering if my obsession for dangerous fish finally took me down.

That is, however, not the case. I’m fine-ish. I’ve just been slaving away in my not-so-dank arbitrage cave, obsessing about numbers and algorithms until my head cries our for sweet liquid relief, coffee or beer or what can you bring me? I tend towards the lazy, simple life, so I build these extrodinarily complicated tools to save me from thinking and effort. Problem is, creating those tools isn’t so simple. The savings from my labor saving devices are supposed to pan out in the long run, but everyone knows what happens in the long run.

At any rate I feel ready to emerge from my coding-cave and step back in the world of color and image. Hopefully my devices are now are ready to be left to their own devices, we shall see.

Shown above: a photo from the Robot Series by photographer Markku Lahdesmaki.

One chromosome too many

Thursday, September 17th, 2009


There are lots of modern versions of the Last Supper out there. Shown above is my favorite, in part because of a personal connection I have with it. Photographed by Raoef Mamedov (Russian name Рауф Мамедов), this sequence of 5 images portrays Jesus and his 12 disciples as “sufferers” from Down syndrome…


Bashed on into the side of a feed store

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009


Artist, sculptor, and toy maker Andrew Bell built a custom wagon sculpture, tied an absurdly large and bulbous cargo to the roof, and posed it for Road Trip photos.  The result is a perfectly charming image of slightly warped Americana.

Untooned roundup

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009


Art has been about re-mixes for centuries. Retelling of famous stories, painting and repainting what is essentially the same bouquet of flowers or bountiful still life of food, the same battles, over and over. Another trick is to take an icon from one context and put it into another. Paint a sculpture, sculpt a painting, create an opera from a talk show.

Read on for more…


Photoshop of horrors

Sunday, July 12th, 2009


In recent years, a number of fine arts photographers have begun to work more in front of a computer than behind a lens. Unfortunately, the vast majority of their creations are unexceptional pieces that are scarcely more impressive than what you can find at a Photoshopping contest websites, except that, perhaps in attempt to distinguish their serious art from the dabbling hordes, their images tend to be utterly lacking in humor or nuance. Dominic Rouse’s black-and-white photo collages, often depicting ancient beauty in decay along with a cluttered assortment of generic symbols, are no exceptions.

Laughing Squid

Friday, May 29th, 2009

Brian Mccarty photographs toys. This photo was taken for Laughing Squid. In his compositions the toys are integrated with the real world, not set apart.