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"Bunnies. Bunnies. It must be bunnies! Or maybe midgets..."

"What's a knockout like you doing in a computer-generated gin-joint like this?"

Tuesday
Feb092010

who is gil scott

 

i've only been familiar with gil scott-heron by way of other hip hop artists like common, and mos def referencing and sampling him. his "the revolution will not be televised" has of course by now become iconic. but i recently came across his latest track after reading an article about him over at salon.com. he's had a very interesting life in and out of prison. as i was looking through his older albums, i found that the covers had a very 60s-70s aesthetic and just exude a sense of cool that his voice itself also embodies.

 

 

Monday
Feb082010

r.i.p. spirit

"Spirit is not dead; it has just entered another phase of its long life..."

-Doug McCuistion, director of the Mars Exploration Program at NASA Headquarters in Washington.

 

 

surpassing it's original 90 day mission which began in 2004, spirit [along with it's counterpart opportunity] has been roving around mars for 6 years now. last month however, spirit's wheels became embedded in sand and scientists determined he [is he a HE? i assume he is] would no longer be mobile. additionally, as mars is heading into winter, the angle at which spirit is now stuck prevents him from gathering the solar energy he will need to continue to function normally. so he will essentially have to go into a sort of hibernation for the winter, perhaps resuming eventually to gather stationary data.

these photos are actual martian landscapes snapped by spirit. spirit himself has been digitally comped in by nasa to represent what he most likely looked liked when they were taken.

i don't know, maybe i've watched wall-e a few too many times. but this little guy seems so cute. and he worked so hard for so long. it seems quite sad to just leave him out there all alone for the long cold martian winter.

 

photos from jpl

Sunday
Feb072010

wake in fright

"bring your own money- anyone's girl."

 

 

i came across this movie recently while browsing over at aro video. it was originally released in 1971 and is the story of a young teacher who while passing through a small outback town ends up through a series of circumstances, getting stuck there. what ensues is a sort of lost weekend experienced through a lens of drunken debaucherous encounters with the locals.

the film was just digitally remastered last year and was subsequently made available on dvd for the first time. based on a novel by australian writer kenneth cook, wake in fright sits somewhere at the intersection of the rabbit hole and a deliverance style reality check doled out by the local yahoos. mainly though it is a very strange and close up look at a town somewhat frozen in time and content to remain exactly where it is. the saturated colors, blazing sun, and assorted characters combine to create a landscape that is formed as much by the actual place, as by the odd people who inhabit it and the moment in which the films takes place- yabba circa 1970.

credited by several contemporary ozzy directors as setting off a new wave of australian filmmaking, this is definately worth checking out.

 

stills from wake in fright, directed by ted kotcheff, 1971

Friday
Feb052010

be still

 

photos by me

Thursday
Feb042010

atacoma munster mash

 

since the wedge came back with a vengeance last year, i keep thinking about how the profile often really reminds me of herman munster's sartorial stylings from beyond. last years version of acne's atacoma in black felt particularly munsterish. but i think in grey it's softened quite a bit. and it's caught my eye again. don't get me wrong-there is nothing suspect about stomping around in munster clad bootery- in fact i am huge fan of it. i just wonder when grampa munster's stylings will also make a comeback. who can resist that mean widow's peak?

 

atacoma photos from acne

Wednesday
Feb032010

raro

 

photos by me

Tuesday
Feb022010

somewhere in the world

 

actually, here also known as mount doom

photos by me

Monday
Feb012010

spirit, shadow

"Books are mirrors: you only see in them what you already have inside you. " 

-Carlos Ruiz Zafón (The Shadow of the Wind)

 

i recently read "the shadow of the wind" which is a beautiful novel originally written in spanish and takes place in 1950's barcelona. the story is set against the backdrop of fading youth in franco's spain. it is about falling in and out of both books and love, and the strange relationship between the two.

shortly after reading "the shadow of the wind" i came across a movie called "the spirit of the beehive," which similarly happens to be set in the period following the spanish civil war but ten years earlier, in 1940. the film revolves around the coming of age of young ana who becomes enamored with the figure of frankenstein after the film travels to her small town. the film is a very sweet, melancholy look at the way in which a young girl tries to understand the world around her. it is also beautifully realized and has a sort of dreamy, moody quality.

what i particularly enjoyed about both "the shadow of the wind" and "the spirit of the beehive" is that they are small intimate portraits of children struggling to make sense of growing up. and they are set in a  period where a large epic struggle happens to be playing out in the background. while the war does not necessarily affect their everyday lives, it casts a long shadow that nonetheless shapes them in ways they do not quite understand. both stories come across as incredibly sensitive and capture the simultaneous feelings of love and loss.

 

 

photos by me, film stills from the spirit of the beehive rent it here in nz

Friday
Jan292010

go west

 

 

this beautiful animation by andersen m studio really captures the feeling of climbing into a good book and getting lost. and along with maurice gee's prose, its mysterious moody quality reflects to me, the many landscapes of new zealand. i have not read "going west" by maurice gee, but it is definitely on my toread list now.

 

photos by me, video commissions by nz book council

Thursday
Jan282010

devil in the details

 

alexander mcqueen's spring 2010 collection has been fugged and loved all over the place. but what i find particularly compelling about the collection are the fabrics and how sort of primordial, vibrant and earthy they look. the prints have an incredibly textural quality that makes each dress appear to really just seem alive.

recently i took some detailed photos of natural hot springs. i recall standing next to them and thinking there is something so intense about the bubbling heat and the vibrancy of color within them. both that feeling and the images themselves evoke for me something very similar to how i feel when i look at the fabrics in this collection.

 

photos on left by me. AMcQ pics from style.com