So, I wanted to try more with my photos and step out of my comfort zone. I need to actually put effort into the 365, even if I am busy and whatnot. This photo was definitely a challenge, but I'm okay with the end result. And I promise I'm not naked! haha.
Friday, June 29, 2012
there is something so beautiful and inviting about this shot. It uses nudity but it isn't really sexualized whatsoever even though there is a man and a woman naked. Its to me about comfort and intimacy . I want to go in a forest and get naked this looks fun!
Kim's theme for this week was "lit from behind or silhouette" and I had two ideas. This was the second one. It was quite a technical challenge to shoot and process and I hope is an indicator of how far I've progressed over the course of this project. It's wonderful trying new things, my vexel image was hard work, but it gave me a comfort level with the pen tool that will stay with me for some considerable time and I used it in the post-processing of this image.
My self-portrait project involves taking a picture each week that I post the following week on a Thursday. Feel free to critique - I welcome it. Thanks
"Her empty stare scanned the dressed up lumps on the ground; a pale canvas with random blotches of different shades splattered in, a Grey tint complemented his lost yet wishful eyes. She sat at the base of a tree with shaky fingers and worn out lungs when the burning remnants of a rookie she'd just admitted in the squad fell at his feet still wearing a half broken smile. She rested her chin on the side of the rifle and let out a quick prayer.
The numbing deafness of artillery strikes, gunshots and profanities felt good, even if just for a strange moment... it felt comforting."
-Bryan Archilla (collaborating with texts at the moment with me)
Picture taken and edited by me.
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Thursday, June 28, 2012
Collinsville, IL; although all the historians (it's on the NRHP list) have concluded that this is a Phillips 66. I still have my doubts. Perhaps this was built by an independent oil company and then shortly thereafter, taken over by P66. If it was built originaly by P66, I have never seen another station of theirs (in life or in photos) like this one. The Marfak sign at far right (barely visible along the roofline) was installed in 1958 when Eck bought the building and began selling Texaco here. The station is repairs-only now.
[update -- as I suspected, most likely NOT a P66 -- see comments below]
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
The Doo Dah Parade is a popular farcical and flamboyant parade held in Pasadena, California about once a year, usually in the fall or winter. Founded in 1976 as a response to the traditional formality of the Rose Parade, which is also held in Pasadena, the Doo Dah Parade features absurd participants such as the BBQ & Hibachi Marching Grill Team, The Shopping Cart Drill Team, The Bastard Sons of Lee Marvin, The Men of Leisure Synchronized Nap Team, The Marching Lumberjacks, Claude Rains & the 20-Man Memorial Invisible Man Marching Drill Team, and the Committee for the Right to Bear Arms, a group that marches in precise formations while carrying mannequin arms. Many groups participate in the Doo Dah Parade as a fundraising effort for various charities.
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Monday, June 25, 2012
The Kikuyu are the country's largest ethnic group (22%). They live on the whole territory of Kenya. However, the highest concentration can be found in Central Province, known as the traditional Kikuyu homeland. The Kikuyu were formerly hunters, and meat was the prerogative of men. But from now on, Kenyan laws prohibit them from hunting, and meat is served only on special occasions (circumcision, new visitor etc.). The Kikuyu are also traditionally an agricultural people. Nevertheless, many are involved in all kinds of businesses and a lot have moved into cities. Since they speak a Bantu language, they are culturally related to other Bantu-speaking peoples of East Africa, in particular the Kamba, the Meru, the Embu, and the Chuka.Most of their culture has been communicated through very rich oral traditions. Their oral literature consists of original poems, stories, fables, myths, enigmas, and proverbs containing the principles of their philosophy and moral codes. The Gicandi for example is an ancient poem of enigmas, which is sung in public markets and accompanied by musical instruments made from gourds. According to tradition, the founder of the tribe is a man named Gikuyu. His nine daughters are supposed to be on the origin of the nine sub-groups. Each member of the subclan (mbari) knows from which ancestor, or which daughter of Gikuyu, he or she originates. The transition from one life stage to another in the Kikuyu society used to be marked by rites of passage, both for males and females. Were included in the main stages : the birth of a newborn, the stage of infant, the one of children before circumcision or excision, and after circumcision or excision, the period of mariage without and then with children, and old age. The concept of age-sets (mariika) is still of the utmost importance in their society. Each one of the circumcision groups (generations) is given a name. Members of the same age-set are given a rank in the groups. This rank determines the behavior of the members within a age-set and their behavior towards members of other age groups. More respect is given to the elder. Relationships are very strong between members of the same age-set and continue throughout their lives, even if it is less true today. Traditionally the Kikuyu worship their ancestors and their unique God called Ngai, name borrowed to the Maasai. In the past, they used to offer to Ngai sacrifices of animals on sacred places. Mount Kenya for instance is considered the home of God. The Kikuyu still gather sometimes on these places for religious or political meetings. Traditionaly, the medicine man is a powerful person who forecasts the future, heals, or frees people from ill omens. His main attribute is a gourd. It contains river's pebbles collected during his initiation, as well as small bones and sticks, marbles, old coins and pieces of glass, among other things. Conversion to Christianity was slow because they didn't want to give up their own culture. Even now, many have become Christian but their customs are still very strong. Many Kikuyu firmly opposed to the abolishment of excision. However, because of the influence of Christianity and Western education, they tend to be monogam. And though the main religion is now Christianity, some still have their traditional beliefs and others are muslim.
Les Kikuyu sont le groupe ethnique le plus large du pays (22%).Ils vivent sur l’ensemble du territoire du Kenya. Toutefois, la plus grande concentration se trouve dans la Province Centrale, connue comme la terre traditionnelle des Kikuyu.Les Kikuyu étaient auparavant des chasseurs, et la viande était la prérogative des hommes. Mais désormais, les lois kenyanes leur interdisent de chasser, et la viande est servie uniquement pour les occasions spéciales (circoncision, nouveau venu etc.). Les Kikuyu sont aussi traditionnellement un peuple d’agriculteurs. Néanmoins, beaucoup se sont engagés dans tout type de commerces et un grand nombre est parti dans les villes. Comme ils parlent une langue Bantu, ils sont culturellement liés aux autres peuples de langue Bantu d’Afrique de l’Est, en particulier les Kamba, Meru, Embu et Chuka.La majorité de leur culture a été communiquée par des traditions orales très riches. La littérature orale est composée de poèmes originaux, histoires, fables, mythes, énigmes, et proverbes qui contiennent les principes de leur philosophie et codes moraux. Le Gicandi par exemple est un ancien poème d’énigmes qui est chanté sur les marchés publics et accompagné par des instruments de musique faits à partir de gourdes. Selon la tradition, le fondateur de la tribu est un homme nommé Gikuyu. Ses neuf filles sont censées être à l’origine des neuf sous-groupes. Chaque membre du sous-clan (mbari) sait de quel ancêtre, ou se quelle fille de Gikuyu, il provient. La transition d’une étape de la vie à une autre dans la société Kikuyu était autrefois marquée par des rites de passage, pour les hommes comme pour les femmes. Faisaient partie des étapes principales: la naissance du nouveau-né, l’étape du petit enfant, celle des enfants avant la circoncision ou l’excision, celle après la circoncision ou l’excision, la période du mariage sans puis avec enfants, et la vieillesse. Le concept de classes d’âge (mariika) est encore de la plus grande importance dans leur société. Un nom est attribué à chacun des groupes de circoncision (c’est-à-dire chacune des générations). Un rang est donné aux membres d’une même classe d’âge. Ce rang détermine la conduite des membres au sein d’une classe d’âge et celle envers les membres des autres groupes d’âge. Les aînés ont droit à davantage de respect. Les relations sont très solides entre les membres d’une même classe d’âge et continuent tout au long de leur vie, même si cela est moins vrai aujourd’hui. Traditionnellement, les Kikuyu vouent un culte à leurs ancêtres et leur Dieu unique appelé Ngai, nom emprunté aux Maasai. Dans le passé, ils avaient l’habitude d’offrir à Ngai des sacrifices d’animaux dans des endroits sacrés. Le Mont Kenya par exemple est considéré comme la maison de Dieu. Les Kikuyu se rassemblent encore quelques fois dans ces lieux pour des réunions religieuses et politiques. Traditionnellement, l’homme sorcier est une personne puissante qui prédit le futur, soigne, et libère les gens des mauvais augures. Son principal attribut est une gourde. Celle-ci contient des galets de rivière ramassés lors de son initiation, ainsi que des petits os et bâtonnets, des billes, des vieilles pièces et morceaux de verre, parmi d’autres choses. La conversion au Christianisme a été lente car ils ne voulaient pas abandonner leur propre culture. Encore de nos jours, beaucoup sont devenus chrétiens mais leurs coutumes sont encore très présentes. De nombreux Kukuyu s’opposent fermement à l’abolition de l’excision. Toutefois, à cause de l’influence du Christiansme et de l’éducation occidentale, ils ont de plus en plus tendance à être monogames. Et malgré le fait que la principale religion soit maintenant le Christianisme, certains ont conservé leurs croyances tandis que d’autres sont musulmans.
© Eric Lafforgue
According to their culture, wearing brass neck – rings symbolizes a beautiful form of body adornment. Girls start with their first nine rings as early as five years of age and new sets are substituted every four years on nine separate occasions. The last change occurs when a women is 45 years old.
The weight and number of rings depends much on each wearer’s individual choice; the longest recorded is 32 brass rings weighing 13 – 15 kilos (around 32lbs !!).
The truth about the Karen-Pa-Dong women is that they do not even have elongated necks! The heavy brass coils which they fit around their necks press down on the rib cage and cause the ribs to grow downwards.
Furthermore, the weight of the coils pushes the necks and shoulder muscles deep into the shoulders. This creates the illusion of a longer neck, when in fact it is the upper body which has been shaped into the appearance of a longer neck.
Mario Topsy Turvy! James Kuhn. Face Paint in Motion. a video by hawhawjames on Flickr.
Watch Mario come to life as I wiggle my face.
Full length video on youtube: youtu.be/KptYokp9OEc
Friday, June 22, 2012
"Sounder". Edmonds Waterfront, Washington, USA
February 3rd, 2010 © 2009 Doug van Kampen, All Rights Reserved
A while back I attempted to get this shot, but completely wimped out regarding how close I got to the train passing at around 40mph....
That being said, this time I had about 30 seconds to change lenses (because I was off shooting macros of driftwood near where this was made) and get completely set up, tripod in place and all, and fire off this one frame in manual mode to get the shot.
The one thing that would take this shot to the next level would be a model in there somewhere getting blasted with gigantic soft box.
The colors in the sky this evening were simply amazing...which I have not seen in some time around here. Fifteen minutes after this shot it began to rain cats and dogs, which has been the typical weather we have been having the last couple weeks...
OK, OK, there *have* been a few sun-breaks in there from time-to-time.
Time to bring on Spring for goodness sake!
B l a c k M a g i c | My Stream in a New Light
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Hot Stuff In Chicago Metro (Lake/Randolph Red Line) a video by velouria! on Flickr.
This guy was hilarious. He had a whole choreographed routine to "Hot Stuff", complete with a phone call to Paris Hilton on his snazzy "cell phone".
Check the guy in the background - he is LOVING IT!
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
The gorgeous Gillette home, owned by William Gillette who made famous the role of Sherlock Holmes on stage, is located East Haddam, Connecticut, a short drive northwest of Mystic.
Fog over the Connecticut River during sunset, taken from the shore in Glastonbury, CT at the site of the Rocky Hill/Glastonbury Ferry. The fog was lifting off the water. It was just amazing.
The Rocky Hill - Glastonbury Ferry is a seasonal ferry crossing the Connecticut River between the towns of Glastonbury, Connecticut and Rocky Hill, Connecticut and is part of Route 160. The river crossing has an annual average daily traffic of 400.
The ferry is the oldest continuously running ferry in the United States. Started in 1655 it actually pre-dates the foundation of the towns of Glastonbury and Rocky Hill, both towns then being part of Wethersfield, Connecticut at that time.
Originally a raft that was poled across the Connecticut River, it was then for a while powered by a horse on a treadmill before being upgraded to a steamship in 1876. Today's ferry is a 3-car barge named the Hollister III towed by a diesel towboat named the Cumberland.
Operating between May 1st and October 31st, the toll for cars is $3 and for cyclists & pedestrians is $1.
--Wikipedia ( en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rocky_Hill_-_Glastonbury_Ferry )