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Footprints in the Snow

18 Jan

Got out of a movie (The Fighter, which was really, really good) and it was snowing! Took a walk to Duane Reade and made some tracks in the snow.


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Marie’s Crisis: Sing it Loud and Proud

30 Sep

Yet another iPhone photo. Try not to get bored, here. I really love this one. Do I say that about all of them? Well I ain’t lying, k?

This picture was taken during a birthday celebration for my good friend, Jim. We even got the whole bar to serenade him with The Birthday Song. He totally loved it/wanted to kill us.

The colors here are really vibrant and I love how the lights bleed slightly. If you’ve ever been to Marie’s Crisis you will probably have had the time of your life. That is, unless you loathe show tunes…then you likely wanted to die. I, however, happen to love singing at the top of my lungs with a bar-full of others and I think this pictures captures the warm, jovial atmosphere of the place.

What say you?

New York City’s Financial District, from Ferry

11 Sep

I took this photo using my iPhone and the hipstamatic app that I’m obsessed with. My boyfriend, friend and I took a ferry out to IKEA in Red Hook and the somewhat gloomy night lent itself perfectly to a skyline shot. I thought it came out really cool. Agree? Disagree? Lay it on me!

Flat Butts are Normal Butts

8 Sep

Lately there has been a ton of scrutiny placed on published photos of incredibly skinny models who are made to look even skinnier “in post”. The media has blown this issue up often publishing before and after photos of the same shoot illustrating how heavy-handed certain retouchers can be. In response, it seems the fashion world, and not high fashion, (heavens, no) but mainstream fashion like Lane Bryant, Ann Taylor and some magazines have begun to speak out about this practice and supposedly tone it down.

Additionally people—and by people, I mean celebrities (so not real people)—have been emphasizing how photoshop free they are! “Look at me! I’m fearless because I’m going on the cover of Vogue and I am telling those nasty retouchers to stay the hell away from this face!” Of course, these celebrities are drenched in make-up, work out 6 hours a day and eat leaves, but that is beside the point!

Clearly all these half-assed responses to the photoshopping problem are PR clean-ups and such. But, hey, if the end result means little girls don’t look at waifs with unreasonably smooth body parts and wish to Jebus that they could have smooth body parts just like their emaciated counterparts, then I’m okay with this.

Anywho – I’m blabbing because Jezebel featured an article about a particular portrait of Sophie Dahl by David LaChapelle and how freakin’ photoshopped the final image was.

David LaChapelle's Portrait Of Sophie Dahl Gets Photoshopped

Jezebel points out all the differences (reminding me distinctly of my favorite bar game, Erotic Photo Hunt)

What was once a grittier, realistic portrayal of a size 14 woman, became a glitzy, contrasty and flashy version of a seemingly thinner-than-size-14-woman.

Now listen, nothing pisses me off more than the emphasis on disgustingly thin women as the ideal of beauty. It’s unrealistic, its bad for the female psyche and its unhealthy in so many ways. This picture, however, may be photoshopped and post-production-ed up the wazoo, but this is not an example of the aforementioned offenses. This is David LaChappelle, people. As one Jezebel commenter so astutely pointed out, LaChapelle is more a “fine artist” than a production artist or retoucher. And this is true, in my opinion. If you look at any of his celebrity work, you will clearly see how outrageous and unrealistic most, if not all, his subjects become after the actual photograph is taken.

Let’s find some good ones for you:

Elton John, flying high in a sea of cherries and cheetahs. Oh, and bananas:



The same woman, Amanda, as Andy Warhol’s Liz and Marilyn Monroe:

And Christina Aguilera after falling into a Lisa Frank illustration:

So the point is, I don’t think Sophie Dahl was exactly misrepresented here. Her photo ended up looking different because that’s what LaChapelle does. His work is created in the studio and on the computer and he makes some pretty cool stuff. Even if you don’t like his work, you can admit he has a distinct, consistent style and Dahl’s portrait fits right into his general aesthetic.

I would like to ad that I prefer the original version of the photo to the published, flashier one. It has a quality to it that is refreshing, right? It also makes me happy  to see butts looking like real butts and a portrait of a real-life, normal human being.

Thoughts?

“You don’t give a shit about anyone but yourself…”

28 Aug

Photo via FFFOUND!

I loved this photo immediately when I came across it. The colors are vibrantly saturated and the irony of the letters is hilarious surrounded by happy balloons and sprinkles. But what I loved most was the imagined story I see behind the photograph.

The birthday boy here is 6 so like, duh he doesn’t give a shit about anyone but himself. But you know, sometimes Mom just wants say to the little precocious nightmare, “Bobby, STFU. I exist here too, goddamnit!” She was probably baking this cake for the person she loves most in the world, little Bobby, but was distracted, whilst stirring the batter, by all the terrible things he had done during the last week.

Bobby pushed his sister Sally down the stairs leaving her a paraplegic, he colored all over the walls of his room with Mom’s expensive adult crayons and started a coup on the playground where he held 5 weaker children hostage while threatening their lives if he didn’t get a free week of hot lunch.

As she stirred and stirred, she became angrier replaying her impromptu parent-teacher conference where Bobby was expelled from 1st grade, all the hospital visits to Sally’s bedside and the resulting medical bills piling up. She remembered how much work it was to explain to the cleaning lady how to properly remove crayons from Bobby’s bedroom wall and how pissed she was on Thursday when she wanted to color but had no supplies.

Mom remembered all these things and she found herself making an extra trip to the grocery store to find just the right letters to sum up her sentiments.

And this cake is what came out. And boy, does it look delicious.