Rediscovering The Great Outdoors . . . And My Own Library

While researching an article I’m doing for an upcoming subject on 1920s posters, I pulled several books off my shelf to leaf through hoping to find some supplemental material. One of the volumes I grabbed was “Outdoor Advertising” by Wilmot …

I See VU

VU was a French illustrated weekly that innovated graphic design, photo journalism, periodical publishing and more. From March 21, 1928 (five years before LIFE magazine) to May 29, 1940, more than 600 issues were published – many were stunningly printed …

Behind the Scenes of "Lucky"

Since July of 2010, I have been creating monthly visual essays for Imprint. These pieces are part art, part poetry, part storytelling and part design. They combine poetry and prose, illustrations, photography, paper sculpture or three-dimensional typography to create the visual …

Vintage Circus Photography

Last week was kind of a crazy one for technology news, between Adobe, then Apple, then Steve Jobs’ death—not to mention terrible economic news from everywhere. I don’t know about you, but I could use a little bit of a …

Emulsion Si, Digital No!

The Center for Alternative Photography focuses on the preservation of emulsion-based photography through the education and promotion of alternative photographic processes. Marcia Lippman is a master of the form. She has been shooting invisible light for 35 years. She uses …

Botany Blueprint: Tara

Specimen #18: Tara (Caesalpinia spinosa) ith its flaming beans and razor-sharp noli me tangere spines, the tree we call, simply, “tara” (Caesalpinia spinosa), is a striking figure, in any landscape. My encounter with tara was by a Pacific tide pool, …

Polaroid's Back and Lady Gaga's Going Gaga

The Made in Polariod Art Exhibit: 50 Artists, 50 GL10 Printers, 50 Works of Art is “an art exhibit like no other,” says Polaroid.  50 artists were given GL10 Instant Mobile Printers and “the freedom to creat whatever came to …

From ? to !, Part 2

After posting “From Question Mark to Exclamation Point: A Visual History,” quite a few of you have sent me more samples which I did not include in my collection. Thank you, especially to Chisholm Larsson Gallery for their continued support …

Botany Blueprint: The Bladderpod

Specimen #15: Bladderpod (Isomeris arborea) true California native, the bladderpod (Isomeris arborea) lives comfortably in the desert and by the sea. It inhabits the sort of world traveled by the itinerants in Steinbeck’s books: the parched highways and less-traveled coastal …

Today's Obsession: Impromptu Photo Studios

Hey, this is neat: over at Photojojo, there’s a blog entry that teaches you how to tape-and-bubblegum a tabletop photography studio together. I don’t know how many times I’ve had a project suddenly require photography after a budget’s been set, …