Monthly Archives: February 2010

Franny and Zooey inspired collection

The style of the Glass family, New York circa 1955. Also easy to mistake as the pieces from the set design of The Royal Tenenbaums. (via constantwanderlust: thethinkingtank)

Jules Verne Cover Designs

Fantastic book cover designs by Jim Tierney (via faceoutbooks).

The Moment Devoted to Pastries

“…he set down a plate of sugar-covered crescents, the cornes de gazelle. No one was the least bit hungry anymore, but that is precisely what is so good about the moment devoted to pastries: they can only be appreciated to the full extent of their subtlety when they are not eaten to assuage our hunger, when the orgy of their sugary sweetness is not destined to fill some primary need but to coat our palate with all the benevolence of the world.”

Gourmet Rhapsody by Muriel Barbery

Street Art in Okinawa by Koax

Nice collection of street art on Unurth including Chu, JR, and 2501. (unicornology: spaceships: texturism)

Transporting Love

Today is Valentine’s Day and I find myself reading Alain de Botton‘s book Essays in Love. By chance, instead of being on one of the less love-y chapters, such as ‘Romantic Fatalism’, ‘Intermittances of the Heart’, or ‘Romantic Terrorism’, this morning I was at the chapter ‘Speaking Love’ where de Botton analyzes the difficulty his experience of first trying to articulate sentiments of love for his girlfriend Chloe.

There seemed to be no way to transport love in the word L-O-V-E without at the same time throwing the most banal associations into the basket. The word was too rich in foreign history: everything from the Troubadours to Casablanca had cashed in on the letters. Was it not my duty to be the author of my own feelings? Would I not have to fashion a declaration with a uniqueness to match Chloe’s? I felt disconcertingly aware of the mundanity of our situation: a man and a women, lovers, celebrating a birthday in a Chinese restaurant, one night in the Western world, somewhere toward the end of the twentieth century. No, my meaning could never make the journey in L-O-V-E. It would have to seek alternative transportation.

Urban Love Daily

For a daily dose of love, the photoblog Urban Love Daily posts images of found objects that resemble a heart or love in some way. Like this heart-shaped piece of insulation on the street.

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World Press Photo winners announced

World Press Photo has announced the winners for the 2010 contest. The main prize goes to the Italian photographer Pietro Masturzo for a single from his series entitled From the Roofs of Tehran.

“The picture depicts women shouting in protest from a rooftop in Tehran on 24 June. The winning photograph is part of a story of the nights following the contested presidential elections in Iran, when people shouted their dissent from roofs and balconies, after daytime protests in the streets. The story as a whole was awarded first prize in the category People in the News.”

Other favorite series include Marco Vernaschi‘s photos from Guinea Bissau, Tommaso Ausili‘s images from a slaughterhouse in Italy, Pieter Ten Hoopen‘s series on Hungry Horse, Montana, and Fang Qianhua’s photos of contaminated oranges in China. All of the winning images can be viewed in the online gallery.

The Story of the Image

While enjoying Abby’s photos from a trip to a nursery in Oregon, I was caught by this image of the window of a blue house, the tree with faint spots of red. Lovely.

I have been looking at a lot of photos lately at work, like thousands a day. I’ve noticed that when I look at photography I can never silence the writer inside me. I also want to hear a caption, to know the context and hear a story about the captured moment. I can be impressed by the aesthetics of the image, but I can connect with it only when I can connect with its story. For me, the image of plants and flowerpots at a rustic nursery on a sunny February day in Oregon reminds me of the subtle beauty of the Pacific Northwest. Home. And then I wonder how my mother’s landscaping project is progressing.

La Crue

Images of the 1910 flood in Paris.

(somethingchanged: twentysomethingtales)

If Only You Suspected

“It makes you wonder. All the brilliant things we might have done with our lives if only we suspected we knew how.”

— Ann Patchett, Bel Canto

(via modish: abbytryagain)