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Photography: It’s all in the timing

seagull-takes-ice-cream-perfect-timingNow that everyone is a world-class photo editor thanks to programs like Photoshop, it’s hard to believe anything we see online. But there are still photographs out there that are captured naturally and look more amazing than anything someone could “cut” & “paste” together. The fine folks over at Twisted Sifter put together the 50 Most Perfectly Timed Photos Ever. Several of them are internet classics, but some were unknown to us and too impressive to not share them. We picked a handful of our favorites, both beautiful and hilarious.

soccer player balances the sun




bird berry





woman falls into pool


Here’re some photos of a grandmother & her chicken

Mamika and Bob working outWe thought you deserved to wrap up the week with some whimsical photos that’ll take your mind off the winter weather. Photographer Sacha Goldberger produced this series that features his 94-year old grandmother “Mamika” with her friend, Bob the chicken. As you can see, Mamika’s age and Bob’s fowl nature do not stop them from getting around town and living life to its fullest.

Mamika and Bob photography

Mamika and Bob in car

Mamika and Bob at lunch

Mamika and Bob with rose

Mysterious images by Valerie Hammond will leave an impression

valeriehammondprints00If we were to describe the prints, paintings, sculptures, or photographs by Valerie Hammond, you might dismiss it as the kind of imagery that you’ve seen before in half a dozen galleries. The feminine sensitivity in her repeated depiction of hands combined with botanical elements to describe our relationship with the world of nature might get abused as nostalgia in the wrong hands. Hammond’s crafty handling of multiple mediums instead turns the subjects into mysterious relics that grabbed our attention after the first glance. Her website (which is really well designed, btw) shows how her exploring of the same imagery from different angles has yielded a range of subtle differences that make each work intriguing. She recently showed in our own backyard at the Walker Contemporary Gallery in Boston and we certainly wish we’d gotten to check these out in person. In her own words, Hammond tells about what inspires her –

Growing up in a small agricultural community in California, my exposure to cultural institutions was limited, at best. I have always been drawn to places and objects that are full of mystery. Some of my most significant visual influences were images I saw in church. While the religious aspect of my church experience was less pressing, the visual cues at church were what kept my attention. I am fascinated by shrines and ex-votos-devotional votive objects that families make to show love and respect. These objects inspire the type of physical intimacy that holds my artistic practice. Asian art is also a strong influence on my work. From Tibetan medical drawings to Buddhist sculptures, I find myself looking to ancient forms for inspiration. Gesture often plays a most prominent role for these artists, as it does for me, whether it plays out in a small aspect of the image or is its essence, as with the images of hands.



It was so cold last week that even fire was freezing

Alright, so maybe that title isn’t scientifically accurate. You’re gonna have to cut us some slack – our teeth are chattering so loudly that we can’t hear ourselves think. Brrrrrr! At least we’re just framing in this weather, and not outdoors trying to put out a fire like the one that happened last week in Chicago. It took almost 200 firefighters to extinguish this abandoned warehouse fire – fortunately, no one was hurt. Given the frigid temps, the water sprayed on the fire froze almost immediately! Check out the other-worldly results captured by photographers Robert R. Gigliotti, David Schalliol, and Darek Szupina. You can mouse over each image to see who shot what.
See, there is an upside to these arctic conditions – as long as you can appreciate it from the safety of your computer monitor. Chicago Wharehouse Fire-David Schalliol

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Chicago Wharehouse Fire-Darek Szupina

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Chicago Wharehouse Fire-truck-David Schalliol

Chicago Wharehouse Fire-Robert R Gigliotti

Shelving the human body

DarraghCaseyShelf1In 2012, Darragh Casey began a series called “Shelving the Body”. In it, he experimented with using people’s bodies combined with specially placed shelves to support or counterbalance objects on those shelves. He was inspired by his dad who used to put up a shelf every time he got bored. Casey uses family members in the photographs of his shelving arrangements and appears himself in “shelf portraits.” There’s a nifty time-lapse video of how the photography end of it is done.

Ian Ruhter’s photo truck is a time machine

Ian Ruhter

Ian Ruhter's photo vanIf we had to make a list of our all-time favorite subjects, today’s post would be in the top three. This video about Ian Ruhter and his camera-in-a-truck will surprise you. Frustrated with ubiquitous digital cameras and camera phones, Ruhter packed up everything he owned and spent his life savings on this project. He created a traveling camera that occupies the entire inside of a panel van and prints on 1.5 meter wet plates. Each print costs him $500, and they don’t always develop properly. If you’re not an artist, his narrative in this video will explain a lot of what is involved in every artist’s experience. If you have ever made art, it will remind you of what makes the process so rewarding. Making art is not one thing. It is not being talented. It is not having the right the materials. It is not skill. It is mixing all those things together until the perfect accident happens. It is magic.

The Special Olympics are More Than Just a Game

“More Than Just a Game” is an exhibit of photographs by Len Rubenstein that featured a variety of athletes from the Special Olympics. We were honored when Mary Beth at the Special Olympics office brought us the job of mounting the 20 photos, but we didn’t grasp just how fantastic the concept was until we saw the photos. Len Rubenstein’s studio setting and large format made each portrait quite personal – just having them in the store to work on became inspiring for us.

We got an invite to see the show at Boston’s Institute for Contemporary Art on the evening of November 14. It was a thrill to be there in person and see them in a world-class gallery setting. Coming from a framer’s point of view, it was hard to imagine how the pieces would look after being mounted so simply. But being able to walk around the photos created a much different impression than if they’d been hung on a wall. There was a feeling that the work was just about each person and his or her personality – very different than being confronted with a piece of art that the viewer is forced to face from only one point of view.

Check out this video of Len Rubenstein’s photo shoot – it’s easy to see just how much pride & joy went into the project, for Len just as much as the athletes.


If you’re anything like our own area manager – if you enjoy science, whiskey, and photography – then today’s post is for you! Vanishing Spirits is a series of photographs by Phoenix-based photographer Ernie Button in which he explores what happens after the last drop is drunk in his macro photographs of evaporated single-malt Scotch whiskey.

The idea for this project occurred while putting a used Scotch glass into the dishwasher. I noted a film on the bottom of a glass and when I inspected closer, I noted these fine, lacey lines filling the bottom. What I found through some experimentation is that these patterns and images that you see can be created with the small amount of Single-Malt Scotch left in a glass after most of it has been consumed. The alcohol dries and leaves the sediment in various patterns. It’s a little like snowflakes in that every time the Scotch dries, the glass yields different patterns and results. I have used different color lights to add ‘life’ to the bottom of the glass, creating the illusion of landscape, terrestrial or extraterrestrial.

Many of these appear to beautiful abstract paintings, while others are indistinguishable from satellite photos of interstellar landscapes. Be sure to check out his site – he’s got lots more that are just as impressive.

Daniel Kukla’s photographs reflect on desert life

“Edge effect” is an ecological term that describes the juxtaposition of two contrasting environments. It’s also the name that Brooklyn based photographer Daniel Kukla has given his series of photographs taken in Joshua Tree National Park. Kukla, 28-years old with a background in biology, lived alone in the park in a cabin for a month. Armed with a camera, an easel, and a mirror, he set out to capture the ecology in the desert of southern California. “The whole area has a really surreal feel to it. At first glance the desert looks completely barren but once you get closer, you realize it’s incredibly diverse,” he says.
If you’re a regular visitor here, you know that we like clever ideas with low-tech execution. Even with his simple trickery, Kukla’s mirror-on-an-easel photographs had us a fooled for a moment – or at least mystified. The elegant, reflection-free effect keeps us moving from one to the next, curious to see what is revealed in each mirror. The mirrors behave like tattle tales, reporting to us the world that’s going on outside the frame of the camera.

What’s black & white, famous, and coming to Peabody?

Even if you’re not a photography aficionado, you’ve seen the work of Ansel Adams. His warm, black & white photos of natural wonders like those in Yosemite National Park have been reproduced in popular posters and coffee table books. Some of his lesser known works that revolve around water will be the focus of “At the Water’s Edge”, an upcoming exhibit at the Peabody Essex Museum. When we think of Adams’ work, we often think of rocky and desert landscapes. But he also had an interest in the many forms of water, including rain, fog, mist, ice and snow – even the waterfalls and rapids in places like the High Sierra.

“Ansel Adams: At the Water’s Edge” will be on view June 9 thru October 8 at the Peabody Essex Museum in their special exhibition galleries. So if you’re looking for something to do and a unique experience, here’s a chance at a deeper look into the work of an American original.