I’ve always been interested by things like science and space, but as of lately that’s been one of my big influences. I think this was re-awakened when I saw the Aaron Morse installation at The Hammer, something really struck a nerve. So as I was looking through the photos of Vincent Fournier I got really excited by his series called Space Project, a collection of photos that are all over the place, from full on giant space crafts to a desert somewhere that looks like it could be another planet. His shots are absolutely stunning, filled with wonderful hues of pink and bright blues and tons of details and textures.
His name may also sound familiar as he shot those ads with the people wearing giant, full body sweaters. Definitely check out all of his work, he’s one talented guy.
Two of Us by The Beatles
All yesterday I had a song stuck in my head, but it was just the melody, and I couldn’t figure out what the hell it was. Finally I narrowed it down to being The Beatles, and with some help from my friend Nick, we figured out that it was the song Two of Us. I have no idea why I’ve had this song on repeat on my brain, I was just happy to finally figure out what it was. The song is the first track on Let It Be and came out in 1970.
I decided to use this obsessive impulse to figure out what the song was to make a fun cover for the song, almost like if the single was released today. I felt kind of Japanese inspired while designing it, though the song has nothing like that in it. Mostly I was trying to stay away from the idea of two people, or a house, I wanted something more abstract. So after a couple hours of searching, I decided that a pair of eggs were not only random, but kind of funny. They needed a lot of work, the original photo looks nothing like that, but I like how polished and perfect they look. I also like that the text is almost completely hidden, almost hard to see compared to the bright yellow of the yolks.
Hopefully this makes for a good wake up song for a lot of you!
Since 1999 the Landsat 7 satellite has been circling the earth, taking photos of the surface to provide for a more accurate picture of our planet. In 2000, NASA scientists parsed through some of the 400,000 images to create a gallery of amazing images of earth, which were then displayed in the Library of Congress. The collection was called Earth As Art, and featured almost 100 images, showing just how amazing and abstract our planet can look from afar. The images are displayed in real color and infrared, whichever made for a more interesting and dramatic appearance.
I love shit like this. It still amazes me to see images like this, though seeing them blown up at a huge scale would be 100 times more impressive, I’m sure. There are actually several ways to view the exhibit. There’s this more childish (not in a a bad way!) map of the earth where you can click on a continent and view the images. Or you can click here to see the whole shebang, which is probably your better way to go. Take some time to look through all the images!
Found through Environmental Graffiti
P.S. Wouldn’t those make great mixtape covers?!
The folks over at Lens Culture were able to get their hands on a documentary about Dennis Darzacq, the photographer who takes those photos of people about to splat into the ground in random locations. It’s an interesting look at the process of how he gets these images, as you find out that he hires professional dancers to perform these moves, capturing them at just the right moment. It’s also cool to hear the dancers talking about their “performance”, and how they felt they weren’t really doing a great job, but Dennis was still about to catch such amazing moments.
This kind of reminds me of that behind the scenes video with Todd Hido, which also gives you a look into his process as well.
I came across the work of Famewhore after doing some random Flickr exploration late one night. I tried emailing him to get some more info, there’s not a lot about him out in the Googles, but sadly I didn’t hear back from him. What I do know is that his name is Francis Chan, he lives in Vancouver, Canada, and he and his wife just had twin babies. But what got me excited was his amazing photography. His style is really interesting me, it all seems to have this incredible light to it. Maybe it’s that his lighting looks naturally un-natural? Or maybe it all seems somewhat perfect or planned but in this very crisp, spontaneous way. Blah, I’m getting all fluffy. Basically he’s a damn good photographer, and you should definitely check out his site.