Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Muir Woods,Yoshi's, Stinson Beach

Muir Woods is a magical place...I don't mean with unicorns and druids and whatnot...just sheer humbling beauty.

Yoshi's in Oakland is a hip joint to check out amazing music. In this case: Marco Benevento.
Check him out.

The overlook from the campsite B&B and I along with new friends stayed. We were almost smote by a meteor. Honest. See here.

Thank you to Brian and Bekah for showing an accomplished (hrumph) photographer an amazing time on the west coast. I'll be back.

Saturday, August 04, 2007

The Man Sitting in the Corridor

In front of them is the changeless rolling plain going down to the river. Some clouds appear and advance together, following one another at a slow unhurried pace. They're moving towards the mouth of the river, towards the unbounded vastness. Their dull shadows pass lightly over the fields, over the river.

From the house on the rise there comes no sound.
Marguerite Duras

Sardegna, April 2006

Flower Room

First trickle of imagery from my trip to the Dells.

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Yardbirds 1966 Blow Up

Talk about status!

Michelangelo Antonioni

A friend informed me via text message today that acclaimed director Michelangelo Antonioni heart broke. I had received a text from the same friend yesterday that Ingmar Bergman had passed on. Two masters of 20th century cinema passing on in one day. This made me think of the photography world recent loss of John Swarkowski and Ted Hartwell in the same week.

Back to Antonioni however: I first saw his 1966 masterpiece Blowup while living in Chicago, the Spring before I went off to graduate school. My friend Tom Arndt suggested it as something I should watch, and watch I did. I was not quite understanding of the nuances the first go-round, but I was extremely appreciative of Antonioni's deft interlacing of photography and music as metaphor for protest and apathy in a turbulent time.

Not until Carl Toth gave a lecture and screening of the film in graduate school did I feel like I had a firm handle on the power of this film, arguably the most "pop" of his work, but also the most subversive. At any rate, I now incorporate Blowup into the curriculum of a photographic design course I teach from time to time. Not only does it allow for students to be exposed to a representation of a time that fades more and more every day, but also to ideas of sequencing and narrative through closer exploration of their work.