You have to check out Zoe Spawton’s Tumblr What Ali Wore Today. It’s such a treat to follow and will quickly put a smile on your face. Long story short, Zoe (an Australian photographer) has been chronicling the daily outfits of trendy Berlin-based tailor Ali ever since she saw him walk past her work. And how couldn’t she? Dude’s got style: perfect attention to detail and a pose that screams confidence. Not to mention he’s 83. I love to see someone take their fashion that serious into older age. Definitely an inspiration to us all.
A while back my friend Angella d’Avignon posted a series of photos on her Facebook labeled Southern California. They were wonderful. While I swear that every part of the world has its own unique lighting, I’ve always been drawn to the way photos from that part of the country look. It didn’t hurt that she shot on film and blends street photography with visions of endless summers, backyard gatherings and road trips – you know, some of my fondest memories.
So I asked Angella to pare down her collection to 50 favorites and to share and a bit about the series. You’ll find her answers below.
What do you love about photography?
I’ve always taken photos for sport and it comes and goes in my life (it can be very, very absorbing) but i’ve always relied on it as a therapeutic practice and a creative tool. It’s sort of like taking notes.
Who/what influences the style of photos you take?
I’m definitely inspired by the more noted street photographers from the 60s and 70s – William Eggleston, Stephen Shore, Bruce Davidson, Gerry Winogrand, the pioneers if you will. And since Southern California is already such a beautiful landscape, San Diego especially, I found that I was drawn toward the smaller scenes and weird details and that taking a picture of them was a way to point them out and be active in observation.
What camera did you you shoot this series on?
All of these photos were taken with a Yashica FX-3 35mm SLR camera from the 70′s (found it at Amvets!) between Spring 2011-to present. It’s got a light leak and it’s beat up, but i love it. Plus I broke my Lomo LC-A that i carried around for 6 years, so it was time for something new (old).
I don’t remember exactly where or when I saw the work of experimental photographer Caleb Charland. What I do remember is being in awe of his still works that combined a bit of science, a bit of art, and huge scoop of wonder. Over the last year Caleb has been experimenting with using various types of fruit powered light that he captures with long exposure photographs. They’re wonderful pieces that remind us that there’s still beauty in science.
My hope is that this work affirms that even within the well tested laws of science there are, and must always be, pathways to reinterpretation and discovery.
Make sure to check out more of his great work, especially his earlier Demonstrations series.
You’ve heard about Detroit’s hard times before, but if these before and after shots by Detroiturbex.com don’t stir up something fierce inside of you, I’m not sure what will. I find these photos to be a hauntingly grim, yet eye-catching look into the city’s better days. I’m not sure what the fix is (can auto tradesmen also build high-speed rail parts?), but maybe Obama saw photos like these when he agreed to bailout the carmakers. Hell, we should help Motown on account of Mayer Hawthorne and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. being from there. [via Lifelounge]
Back in October we covered FILMography, a creative blog where film stills are inserted back into real life. In a similar vane, Agan Harahap plays with digital imaging to deliver a wholly unique narrative wrapped up in a photo. He’s got this Super Hero series, where he places the likes of Superman, Batman, and other characters seamlessly into famous photos. Really love the idea: pop culture permeating all facets of life, superheroes playing a role in the everyday. It’s silly but ingenuous, and really entertaining. Check out a few below, then head over to his Behance to appreciate the clever idea. And let us know if you start seeing super heroes anywhere. Apparently they are sprinkled throughout history…
Remember when the San Francisco Giants won the World Series and the Mission went bonkers? There’s a zine for that. As much as I despise rioting and destroying the city you live in (when your team won!), I had to scoop up a copy of this World Champs 2012 Hamburger Eyes zine. Judging from the few photos I’ve seen so far, Ray Potes makes it seem like the riots were twenty years ago, not two weeks. It captures rioters, revelers, low-riders, sweet Mexican hairstyles and some of the seven million high fives that went down the evening of October 28, 2012. You know, humanity at its finest hour. I’m just hoping he snapped a shot of the “Gaints” biggest fan too.