For years, Hannie de Vos and her children had a sheep farm on the Sophiapolder, a small island in the river the Noord. Every morning they would row across the river to take care of the animals. But they were forced to leave their home. The dike will be breached to create new nature: a fresh-water tidal marsh. Photographer Heidi de Gier closely followed the family and the nature on the island for a year. Journalist Tracy Metz interviewed those involved and wrote The Sophiapolder: farewell in five acts.
The book entitled A Falling Horizon, is a rich recording of a full year of change. It was designed by Hans Gremmen, a talented book designer. I just bought the book, I couldn’t resist.
Twitter users — Muslim and non-Muslim alike — took over the #muslimrage hashtag by the thousands on Monday to mock Newsweek’s immediately infamous cover story and its accompanying cynical social media strategy, registering their dismay with the most hilarious tweets possible. Read some of them at Gawker. Beautiful accompanying photos above also from Gawker.
I got this lovely book from a good friend :) it has the best cover to begin with, but it gets even better inside. It’s a series of photographs made over 8 years of the quiet, contemplative existence of Charles Snelling, an elderly man living alone in a small house in Portsmouth. I’m enjoying this book so much so I thought I’d share my joy :)
Julian about his book:
"I met Charles Albert Lucien Snelling on a Saturday in April, 1992. He lived in a typical two up two down terraced house amongst many other two up two down terraced houses… It was yellow and orange. In that respect it was totally different from every other house on the street…. ….Charlie was a simple, gentle, man. He loved flowers and the names of flowers. He loved colour and surrounded himself with colour. He loved his wife. Without ever trying or intending to, he showed me that the most important things in life cost nothing at all. He was my antidote to modern living."
"For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness’ is a template model for what critical engagement should try to achieve in our day and age: forget the ‘winners’ and ‘losers’ and provide examples of people who operate in a different forcefield. People who are not grasping, not filled with self-importance and not embittered, people with a profound understanding of who they are and what they stand for, something that cuts across all cultures.”
Hans Aarsman, from ‘Do we just keep complaining about injustice or do we set an example?’ Published in the book New Commitment, in architecture, art and design. NAI Publishers.”
William Eggleston - Chromes
William Eggleston - Chromes Volume 2
William Eggleston - Chromes
William Eggleston - Chromes
William Eggleston has a self-imposed rule when it comes to his photographic process - he famously restricts himself to only ever taking one picture of one thing. This somewhat spartan point-and-shoot approach and his subsequent glorification of the mundane has influenced everyone from Juergen Teller and Wolfgang Tillmans to Martin Parr. A new tome, entitled ‘Chromes’, revolves around his early experimentation with colour and composition between 1969 and 1974, at a time when ‘black and white’ was still the byword for art photography.
Steidl’s meaty volume in three cloth-bound parts, with text by curator Thomas Weski, presents Eggleston’s early Memphis imagery. It reflects on his stellar depiction of Southern America in the 1970s, which still prompts scores of fans to head out on US road-trips seeking to capture their own piece of the ‘Americana’ pictorial pie.
Designed by Gerhard Steidl and Eggleston and put together with the help of his sons, William Eggleston III and Winston, the publication brings together over 5,000 Kodachromes and Ektachromes (the transparency films that used to be the standard in the 1960s and 1970s).
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Alexander Rodchenko’s photographs, he looked at the world with graphic designy eyes. Take a look at his art chronologically ordered here, to get an idea of his development as an artist.
Great photography by Eric Coleman, he’s part of a photography studio Mochilla. They photograph alot of hiphop artists and other musicians. I love the colors and the raw ‘sloppy’ (by lack of a better word) feel they have. No. 2,3 and 5 are from his series Knew Orleans.
Yesterday I attended a VIP sneak preview of the new IKEA PS designer furniture line in Malmö, Sweden. I was not the slightest bit interested in the designer furniture. I was there for one reason, to play with and acquire the new IKEA KNÄPPA, the cardboard camera.
The event started with everyone getting a big yellow sticker to put on their chest, a sort of VIP stamp á la IKEA, if you will. After waiting for everyone to arrive, the IKEA people announced that we could move on to the area they’ve prepared with all the furniture. On our way there, IKEA staff handed us small gift bags. This is where I knew the camera was going to be. I was ecstatic. I look down and there it is. Wrapped in classic folded IKEA carton.
They then presented us with a different assortment of food and snacks while one of the staff members showed us how the camera was operated.
They had a small presentation of all the furniture and they then let you off to roam around.
During this time I asked the staff about the camera. They told me that the camera was NOT going to be sold to the public, and that it was just made to promote this new line of designer furniture (great marketing tactic if you ask me).
After this, I quickly went home to start shooting.
Now, about the actual camera.
Description and assembly:
It is made of thick cardboard wrapped around a piece of PCB plastic.
The camera uses 2 x AAA batteries (using IKEA batteries here, obviously).
There’s two buttons in the front, the big one for turning on/taking a photo/turning off the camera (more on that later) and a small one to delete the photos from the device.
On the back there’s a small green LED light indicator and the small vinyl bolts and nuts to keep the camera together.
On the side of the camera there’s a male USB connector.
Assembling the camera is easy. You slide the two batteries in the battery compartment and you bring the other cardboard flap of the camera over to keep the batteries in place.
You then put the bolts/screws in to the mounting holes and screw the nuts on.
This is from the front and the back.
How to take a photo:¨
Now how does the camera actually perform?
Well to actually get to the photos you need to plug the camera into a USB port. When you first connect it, Windows 7 automatically installs the drivers. If you haven’t taken any photos, you’ll find two files in the 15.3MB drive. One is a photo.
This is a photo of all the products in the IKEA PS line.
The second file is a README file from IKEA. I’ve attached it here: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/14056668/README.PDF
Now as you can see from the photo above, the quality is not that great. Its like a camera phone from 2006. Here’s more examples:
You can get quite decent photos if you manage to keep the camera steady and the scene well lit. The shutter of the camera is slow, so you’ll need a steady hand.
In conclusion, this is essentially a digital pinhole camera. But there’s something extra about it, it has that certain feel. It’s not a Leica but its made out of friggin cardboard! But even though it’s cardboard the build quality of it is surprisingly robust. Image quality isn’t always everything nowadays. I would love it if IKEA started selling these. It would gain a big following.
I know this review is somewhat long, but I hope you’ve gotten something out of it! Feel free to ask me any other questions about it.
(text by hishe)
I want one too!!