Something like love

William Eggleston at the LACMA

Posted in Uncategorized by linhdy on January 2, 2011

As part of my full-photo immersion, I finally made the trip to the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art to visit the William Eggleston exhibition.  The wonderfully, mundane, color photographs are inspirational.  The sheer size and scale of the exhibit is particularly impressive.  It ranged from his earlier black and white photographs (which capture his early aesthetic style) to his more recent  Paramount Studios project in Los Angeles.

The exhibition contains a fair share of some classic work, some famous work, and some lesser known works!  His mastery of the dye-transfer process to completely highlight the everyday vernacular is eloquent and unexpected.   I was incredibly impressed with his ability to draw the audience in with his off-centered, diagonal frames– but we still understood his vision.  I’m so jealous of his hardcore formalism and eye for design.  The core of his work captured an often overlooked humor surrounding American southern culture.

One interesting tidbit includes how Eggleston often asked for additional feedback editing his work.  For  him, the challenge was that he viewed all his photographs as equal, “I’ve also never had favorite pictures. Or subjects. I have this discipline of treating everything equally-I used to say ‘democratically.'”  It further emphasized how Eggleston has rose to the forefront of modern photography; through his photography, he praised the everyday and helped all of us look at our lives with a fresh perspective.

William Eggleston - Los Alamos

[William Eggleston, Los Alamos, Eggleston Trust]

Read Harmony Korine interview Eggleston at Interview Magazine or visit the Eggleston Trust.

Ariana Papademteropoulos – Painting Stories

Posted in Uncategorized by linhdy on November 25, 2010

If there is one thing I have fallen in love with through the years it is the sense of fairy tale, stories and wonderment.  Painter Ariana Papademteropoulos’s paintings seem like a twisted photograph until the viewer goes closer– and the whole illusion falls apart as her brush strokes and water marks take center stage.

Ariana Papademteropoulos PaintingsView her blog or see her paintings at the Robert and Tilton Gallery in Los Angeles until December 18th.

Photographer Jacqueline Di Milia Plays with Explosure

Posted in Uncategorized by linhdy on November 19, 2010

Jacqueline Di Milia is an up-and-coming photographer with a striking contemporary edge.  I can imagine her fashion photography appearing in an Urban Outfitters catalog.

Her double exposure photos are especially interesting since they play with our inner expectations of a photograph and identity.  And most of all, she gets the absurdly fun job of photographing famous people and collaborating on some fun projects with other creatives.

Jacqueline-Di-Milia

 

Anne Sexton

Posted in Uncategorized by linhdy on November 17, 2010

Joachim Schmid-Berlin, April 1986

Her Kind

by Anne Sexton

have gone out, a possessed witch,
haunting the black air, braver at night;
dreaming evil, I have done my hitch
over the plain houses, light by light:
lonely thing, twelve-fingered, out of mind.
A woman like that is not a woman, quite.
I have been her kind.

I have found the warm caves in the woods,
filled them with skillets, carvings, shelves,
closets, silks, innumerable goods;
fixed the suppers for the worms and the elves:
whining, rearranging the disaligned.
A woman like that is misunderstood.
I have been her kind.

I have ridden in your cart, driver,
waved my nude arms at villages going by,
learning the last bright routes, survivor
where your flames still bite my thigh
and my ribs crack where your wheels wind.
A woman like that is not ashamed to die.
I have been her kind.

[Photo by Joachim Schmid, Berlin, April 1986]

Scheltens & Abbenes: Beautiful Inside and Out

Posted in Uncategorized by linhdy on November 13, 2010

Artists playing with the idea of perspective is nothing new.  But I cannot get enough when they do it well.

Photographer Maurice Scheltens and visual artist Liesbeth Abbenescutting join forces in Scheltens & Abbenes to create quirky, quiet and exploratory works by juxtaposing the objects, the setting and the photograph-as-an-object.

My personal favorite is their floral bouquets; which is a fitting name for a project that is a throwback to 16th century Dutch vanitas paintings.

 

Cut Outs Display

Second to those,  their Detail In Reverse series is perhaps more awe-inspiring.  These reflect fabric patterns details in the distorted reflections on silver chalices.  It leaves the viewers wondering about the exterior and interior connection.  Do we always reflect what is on the inside?

Scheltens & Abbenes pulls one on the viewer.  It’s false beauty either way you slice.

Detail in Reverse

 

Why Is Kate Spade So Amazing?

Posted in Uncategorized by linhdy on September 28, 2010

I don’t know how they do it, but Kate Spade has the most amazing photographers, stylists and designers!  Check out the amazing set of talent that graces the pages of their catalogs.  Tierney Geary, Larry Sultan (who is sadly deceased), & Tim Walker!  See more work by Partners & Spade and you will start to feel uber stylish and cultured!  Is that even possible?

Tierney Gearon for Kate Spade

Photo by Tierney Gearon

 Jessica Craig-Martin for Kate Spade

Photo by Jessica Craig-Martin

 Jessica Craig-Martin for Kate Spade

Photo by Jessica Craig-Martin

Larry Sultan for Kate Spade

Photo by Larry Sultan

Tim Walker for Kate Spade

Photo by Tim Walker

A New Leaf

Posted in Random, Uncategorized by linhdy on September 1, 2010

I apologize for my long-term neglect of this blog.  I had high hopes to share my life — but then I didn’t do anything!  Not to fear, I will make it up.  Check back in the next few weeks for some exciting new posts, changes, and new direction.

4 reasons to look forward to Valentine’s Day

Posted in Fashion, Funny, Love, Pretty things, Uncategorized by linhdy on February 2, 2010

Yes! It’s that time of year! Time to commercialize on romance or the lack of romance in your life! Either you’re in a relationship and looking for something to do or you’re single– and you’re still looking for something to do. Either way, you probably shouldn’t sit at home and ponder the meaning of loneliness.

Design Studio360 is hosting a Valentine’s Day contest “Will you make over my Valentine?” where you can submit unique Valentines! Yes, they are sick of the hearts, the roses, the corniness.

Maybe it’s because I started making my very own Valentine’s Day cards (which I have failed to finished), but I am fascinated with Valentine’s Day cards! Something about the sappy expression of love + appreciation, the candies, the red! Everything just screams novelty. Anyway, I have posted a few favorites from their Flickr feed…if you’re lucky, maybe someone loves you deeply enough to send you one!

(or maybe you don’t want the creepy love message?)

I Wish I Could See Inside Your Head

I'll be your mirror

IOU Love

Valentine's Heart

Carnage

Carnage

And if that didn’t satisfy your Valentine’s Day hunger, here are some more retro ones! If you like some retro stock art, check this out.

Here’s to happily ever after

Posted in Fine Art, Photography, Pretty things, Random by linhdy on January 26, 2010

There is something really romantic about a modern day fairy tale. There’s something so appealing about the idea that everything really can be being happily ever after. Something comforting knowing that everything will always be okay. Right is clear. Wrong is evil, marked by ugly witches and big caution signs.

These photos are homage to my love of the perfect, clean-cut & predictable world of the fairy tale. These photos tell a story that only our imaginations, lived experiences & shared childhood memories can only evoke. Here’s to always living happily ever after, or just like that Drew Barrymore movie, simply ever after.

One at a Time, Nadine Rovner (2009)

One at a Time, Nadine Rovner (2009)

South Downs Way, West Sussex, 8th October 2007, Simon Roberts

South Downs Way, West Sussex, 8th October 2007, Simon Roberts

Becky in the Livingroom, Jessica Todd Harper (2003)

Becky in the Livingroom, Jessica Todd Harper (2003)

Taking love literally

Posted in Love, Photography, Random, Uncategorized by linhdy on January 19, 2010

I don’t mean to be so literal with the whole love theme of this blog, but I saw this photo by Alex Leme which that really made me wonder…

I love you...-God, Alex Leme

I love you...-God, Alex Leme (2009)

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