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, …

Today's Obsession: The Week's Obsessions

Let’s finish out this week looking back at the week’s posts, in picture form. I’d like to think I’m a good curator in the written form, but for the sake of seeing this week’s work in another way, let’s pretend …

Today's Obsession: Family Affair

Cool gift idea for your design nerd, number 7456: Alex Steinwess, Inventor of the Modern Album Cover, Art Edition from Taschen Books. From the press release: “In 1940, as Columbia Records’ young new art director, he pitched an idea: Why …

Today's Obsession: Enough with Instagram

Laurie, whom some of our nerdier readers will recognize more readily under the name Seldo, posts a really great screed at her place about Instagram, the iPhone photo toy of the moment, and why she hates it. And she makes …

Today's Obsession: Kim Pimmel

Kim Pimmel is a User Experience Designer with Adobe, a lighting designer, a photographer, and a huuuuge nerd. My partner recently ran across one of his lighting experiments on Vimeo, playing with a combination of stop-motion photographs of lighting stitched …

Today's Obsession: Depression-Era America

My Twitter stream yielded this amazing link the other day: a huge gallery of circa-1940 color photographs. The images are breathtaking; color photography was possible in those years, but nearly unheard of outside of those who could afford a luxury …

The Photo Book Will Rise Again

Well before the release of the iPad, the conventional wisdom was that book publishing is in a state of critical and imminent peril, and within the photography book community, the argument has received special attention in ways that reflect this …

Gourmet Returns as iPad app!

I was delighted to read that Gourmet magazine will be resurrected as an iPad app, just in time for me to use the device in the kitchen and perhaps try my hand at a recipe or two when time allows. The news brings …