For every published photograph, there are usually many images taken before or after, omitted for lacking light or shadow or crispness or magic. The Contact Sheet, edited by Steve Crist, examines over forty iconic photographs and their respective contact sheets, complete with details of the photo sessions and short interviews.
I've worked with several people who possess mad typing skills. At one point, after hearing hours of rapid fire clicking, with swells, crescendos even, I had to ask, "What's your speed?" H. answered, "Oh, I'm not that fast, really. 110-120 words, maybe?" I guess that isn't so fast if you consider the World's fastest typist clocks 285 words per minute.
The vintage typing charts make the keyboard look so elementary!
The Academy Award nominations have been announced and a few independent films have made it on the list of top honors. Jennifer Lawrence received a well-deserved Best Actress nod for her portrayal of a teenager searching for her drug-dealing father in Winter's Bone. The film played in a few small art house theaters in Los Angeles, but is so well written, with such strong performances, I hope the nomination sparks new interest in viewers.
Missing any attention but also released in smaller theaters for a nanosecond were Nowhere Boy and Get Low. Nowhere Boy depicts a small slice of the life of John Lennon before he was a Beatle, before he was even a musician. Get Low tells the story of a mysterious hermit (played by Robert Duvall), who has resurfaced to plan his funeral with the nonjudgmental town funeral director (played by Bill Murray). These three films are among the handful/short list for 2010 that have lasting appeal through superb storytelling.
I purchased some lovely spring flowers and in placing them I fell in love all over again with my vintage painting of a window with Winged Victory. In the background, a city (New York?) building saturated by afternoon sunlight.
Raynal Pellicer's new book, Photobooth, presents the history of the automatic photo studio. Richly illustrated with self-portraits of both famous and unknown sitters, with some inspiring, artistic variations too.