Sunday, September 14, 2008
Saturday, September 6, 2008
I tend to be very reluctant about landscape photography. In fact, if I think about it, the subjects of photography are always bland in concept: "Portraits." "Landscapes." "Flowers." "Nudes." Whatever.
So it goes, of course, that the real challenge is making a subject interesting using the camera alone. Michael Kenna does this with landscapes, and it's even more amazing because he does it with black and white landscapes.
Kenna returns to similar motiffs over a span of decades, saying he likes that work he made in 1975 can sit next to work he made in 2005. He also keeps them at a size of 8" by 8", small enough to stay small.
Friday, September 5, 2008
Fans of "This American Life" familiar with the story "Hands on a Hard Body" (It was re-aired this week) may be happy to know that the feature-length documentary is available online, for free, over at Google video.
For those who don't know, the film follows an event in which a Texan car dealership gives away a truck to the contestant who can keep their hand on it the longest. They stopped doing it in 2005, after someone committed suicide. They presumably lost.