I post what interests and inspires me, and I hope to inspire you in the process.
I blog about Photography, Art, Music, Coffee, Craft Beer,Food, & Politics,
Plus a bunch of random nonsense I find entertaining on the web.
Follow my photography blog
I also run "Take a Photo, Pass it On" as well as several other Tumblr blogs
Fine art photographer Tina Schultz makes worlds on camera which skillfully combine the raw power of nature with the beauty of the female form. Gaze in awe as her models and their dresses are distorted into a variety of fabulous shapes: wisps of black smoke caught in the wind and silver-blue rivers stretching off into the horizon.
For many people who need to “go,” the very last resort is often a port-a-potty. It’s a claustrophobic’s nightmare, but nonetheless they can be a desperate person’s saving grace.
Photographer Travis Rix sees them not only as a last resort, but also as a “First Sign.” Since he was a young boy, Rix has traveled around the country with his father, a floor-covering contractor for companies that build retirement centers. Born in Arizona but raised in Michigan, Rix has spent a lot of time on the road with his family, having seen roughly 45 of the United States. At a young age, Rix received disposable cameras and photo albums from his mother, who encouraged him to take pictures and to “keep them and remember them.” He said he did it reluctantly, though he loved looking through the viewfinder—especially in Colorado, where it was “too easy to make beautiful photos.”
Diving into the everyday drudgery of domestic life, self-taught photographer Paul Hermes chronicles the tedious duties and existential desires of the Australian homeowner in his seriesMowing the Dream. For two years, Hermes spent his summers winding through the many neighborhoods of Melbourne, car windows down and senses alert for the tell-tale smells and sounds of the season’s most common weekend chore. The series looks at the settled success of suburbia when juxtaposed against a lifetime of tedious responsibilities destined to be repeated again and again. Mowing the Dream‘s typology of backyard laborers explores the seemingly tiresome nature of “having it all”—the sunny perfection of domesticity paling just slightly when the grass gets a bit high.
From 2011 to 2013 Erika Larsen traveled to many locations in the western U.S. to learn about the significance of the horse in Native American culture. Many people shared their stories and experiences about this connection with her, as well as the word for “horse” in their respective languages. Larsen’s photographs documenting this bond are featured in the March 2014 issue of National Geographic.
In one photo of the healthy head of hair of 70-year-old Greenland native Uunartoq, photographer Ciril Jazbec has managed to poetically encompass his entire project of Greenland’s last true subsistence hunters. In the image, Uunartoq’s hair, taken from above and behind, is a swirl of greys and blacks and whites—chaotic and unkempt, healthy and wild. As he approaches old age, we can appreciate this unruly head of hair even more for its stubbornness and resistance to change. At the same time, its messy swirls also resemble the unpredictable and oftentimes harsh climate of Greenland itself.
The Stan Terg mine, part of the Trepca complex, in northern Kosovo, has been in operation intermittently since the Middle Ages. Shuttered by the Kosovo war in 1998, the mine reopened in 2005 and has recently become a mirror for larger issues facing the young republic. In his series “The Bread with Honey,” the photographer Andrew Querner documents the Stan Terg miners and their quiet community. Many of the miners Querner photographed are in their sixties, and face forced retirement. They expressed serious concern that their pensions would not support their extended families. Nevertheless, the mine is still rich in lead, zinc, and silver; it has become, according to Querner, “a beacon of potential for the newly independent Kosovar state—a promise to deliver an economic independence to match (and perhaps guarantee) its newfound sovereignty.”
In reaction to a story by NPR’s Planet Money team about the financial collapse and its effect on Southwest Florida housing market, the The Big Picture photography column at Boston.com spent some time scouring Google Earth to document exactly how man-made structures and development planning has altered the land, coast and the way we cover that natural beauty we desire so much.