April 17, 2008

Summer Blob

2006
Austin
On Flickr

Let’s make it pool week. I think I like these weekly themes.

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April 16, 2008

La Casita Pool

2002
Austin
On Flickr

Sticking with a pool theme this week, just ’cause I’d really like to go swimming soon.

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April 14, 2008

Laugh/cry

“Shannon and Clayton”
2007
Houston
On Flickr

Seriously, this dust-up over Obama’s ‘bitter’ statement and the way Hillary is stooping (duh, I guess) to using San Francisco as a kind of code word to further feed the standard Republican narrative on this crap … well, see above.

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April 12, 2008

Inching Along

2007
Austin
On Flickr

This weekend the Expressions News Blog featured a photo I took of Amanda. Cool.

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April 11, 2008

New camera

“Bryan and Sous”
2008
Golden Gate Park, SF
On Flickr |

First negative I’ve scanned from a vintage Carl Zeiss camera that I picked up in Germany. So far, so good.

Links:

— pixish.com looks like a cool resource for linking struggling pros (yo!) to potential publishers. For now, it’s mostly contests, but hopefully some real jobs might come down the pipe, and maybe even some photogs might be able to quit their jobs tip-tapping away on databases owned by German tech companies…

— Free, high quality photo editing through a web application — at last! — with Photoshop Express.

— This interview with the founder of Maxim is one of the weirdest things I’ve ever read.

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April 10, 2008

Lights … Too … Bright

2006
Austin
On Flickr
Golden Bear’s site

Still drawing from the big portfolio.

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April 9, 2008

Nick All Alone

2001
Austin
On Flickr
Visitors on Myspace

2001? Really? Wow. This was the long-time landing image on my website, so most of you have probably seen it more than a few times. I need to get back to taking strong B&W photos like this.

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April 8, 2008

Pollen Buds

2004
Austin
On Flickr

Back into the archives this week. Went looking for some old favorite shots that I hadn’t thought about in months. This is a macro.

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April 6, 2008

The Man Had Me Down

2006
Austin
On Flickr

— Depressing: Evidence that the horrible bankruptcy bill the credit cards companies managed to get passed a couple years ago contributed to the collapse of the housing industry, which led to the public basically subsidizing a bunch of for-profit companies.

— Feeling somewhat better: tons of really old, high quality pictures at a blog called Shorpy. Work from photographers like Russell Lee, Walker Evans, and Dorothea Lange. I could look at this site for hours. Link from Danny.

— Back to utterly depressed: The story of Pat Robertson. Just in case you needed to remind yourself of what a total whack job this guy is. Then think about how much political influence he wields. Then think of it in the context that it’s Obama’s minister who’s getting all the attention. Ugh.

I mean, wait, I have to quote this at length:

‘Ultimately, Operation Blessing spent a staggering $25 million to buy and outfit the Flying Hospital, which was rolled out with considerable fanfare at Dulles International Airport in May 1996, complete with a keynote speech by former president George H. W. Bush. The plane, it turned out, was too large to reach the remote, medically underserviced areas (in Africa — ed.) where it was needed, and the cost of using it was largely prohibitive anyway. By 2001, it was sitting unused in the Arizona desert.

‘In the meantime, however, Robertson told viewers he had acquired some cargo planes and implied that they were being used to ferry doctors and medicine into Zaire’s teeming refugee camps. “We actually carved an airstrip,” he said at one point, showing his co-host some photos. “This is a 3,000-foot airstrip carved by hand in two weeks by natives with machetes and mattocks. They were so excited . . . The whole village came out, because they were so thrilled to have a little airport.”

‘What Robertson didn’t tell viewers was what I learned from two pilots who flew the planes: The airstrip was actually built so the planes could bring in equipment to dredge diamonds from a remote jungle riverbed for the African Development Company, a for-profit owned by Robertson and registered in Bermuda, where there is no corporate income tax and business regulations are lax. The three planes, two of which were registered to Operation Blessing, were used almost exclusively for a mine deep in the jungle, the pilots told me. Only one or two of more than forty flights were charitable. Chief pilot Robert Hinkle, a former Peace Corps volunteer, said he became so embarrassed by what he considered the duplicity of the operation that he had Operation Blessing’s name removed from the planes’ tail fins. His account was backed up by notes he kept during most of the flights. On one day that Robertson was a passenger, the notes read, “Prayed for diamonds.” ‘

Aaaarrrrrrrrggggg.

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April 3, 2008

One Happy Man

2008
Stone Winery, Sonoma, CA
On Flickr

Continuing a theme of snapshots that came out with a little something extra to them. This one works for me, personally, because Grady said just a few minutes before this photo how badly he’d needed a break from classes and a lazy vacation like he was enjoying.

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