Sunday, July 29, 2012

George Tice and Gaslight Anthem

For this Sunday's New York Times Magazine, George Tice was commissioned to photograph the indie band Gaslight Anthem. It was a good pairing - the band considered to be the righteous heirs of the Springsteen tradition photographed by New Jersey's unofficial photographer laureate.

In there increasingly multi-media world that is the new reality of magazines, there is also a nice short video which you can see below which not only shows the shoot but presents a well edited selection of the pictures that Tice is so rightly renowned for

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Seeing Stars

For fans of Jack Pierson and the website 20 x 200, there's a new edition released today of two drawn images of stars.

I'm pleased to say I snagged the first print in the large (16 x 20 inch) edition but that still leaves 49 large prints at $600 a pop as well as some rapid sellers in the smaller sizes. (Quite a bargain as Pierson's work goes well into six figures.)

For those unfamiliar with Pierson's work, the statement on 20 x 200's website is a pretty good description:

Jack Pierson makes photographs, word sculptures, installations, drawings and artist’s books that explore the emotional undercurrent of everyday life, from the intimacy of romantic attachment to the distant idolizing of others. Many works register as melancholic, their beauty speaking to nostalgia for dreams left unfulfilled. Using friends as models, Pierson has consistently engaged star culture through his work, whether the stars are from the screen, stage or art world. Refusing cynicism or irony, Pierson relates to his viewers by seeming to admit his own attraction to the fantasy life depicted in his artworks.

Check his work out online. His range and imagination are incredible. And for those unfamiliar with 20 x 200, it's a two year old website dedicated to selling affordable art prints by decent artists at super-reasonable prices.

P.S. This is a totally unpaid endorsement!

Saturday, July 21, 2012

The Return of the Weekend Video

In true Olympic spirit, The Year in Pictures proudly presents the latest viral video - Australian Michelle Jenneke's pre-race warmup routine in the 2012 IAAF World Junior Championship in Barcelona last weekend.

Not just a pretty face (and figure) the 19-year-old dominated her event - the 100-meter hurdles. And while Jenneke is not competing in the London Olympics, until her chance in 2016 sports fans will have to be content with what the video creators described as "an overt celebration of Jenneke and her dancing and running presented in gratuitous slow motion, and with an awful song over it." (Awful song version above, slow motion version below.)

Thursday, July 19, 2012

The Storm in Pictures

There's nothing like a good storm to bring out the best in photographers and yesterday's mega-storm in New York City was a doozy! Among the best shots were the landscape above by Inga Sarda-Sorensen.

And this Instagram shot taken from a plane leaving LaGuardia by former Giants football player Dhani Jones.

This anonymous picture has a dramatic "noir" feel.

And lest you don't believe that squirrels use their tails as umbrellas, check out this other photo below from a previous snowstorm!