I thought this recent Humans of New York post was just fantastic! Because isn’t life really about the small things? “What’s been your greatest accomplishment in life?” “Well, I haven’t done any big things, but I’ve done a bunch of small things. I grew my junior college speech club from four members to twenty two members, I got to see Yosemite in the snowfall, I got my first dog four years ago– he’s a beautiful beagle named Buddy. Let’s see… I built a house two miles from my job, I sang in a show tunes choir, and I just finished directing a stage version of Charlie Brown’s Christmas, but with drag queens.”
A couple of months ago, Ken Heyman, an 83 year-old photographer, received a call from his former agent, Woodfin Camp. Camp informed Heyman that he had old photographs in a storage facility that was closing and he needed to retrieve them. Buried amongst dozens of old boxes were hundreds of prints that Heyman had shot throughout his career. In one box was a long-lost folder marked, “Mothers”. More than 50 years old, the photos documented the diversity and parallel of motherhood in over 60 countries. Many of the photographs were done for a book Heyman created with anthropologist Margaret Mead in 1965 entitled Family which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize that same year. The resurfacing of these photographs have made quite an impression on the web in the last few months. Many of which are being viewed by the public for the very first time. Great story, eh? You can check out more of Heyman’s beautiful photos at BoredPanda.com Enjoy! S.
Everyone knows that the best part of flying is snacking on salty peanuts and silently taking in the elevated view. The perspective almost always alters my sense of self when I attempt to compare my realtime world with all those miniature toy cars and Monopoly-style homes beneath me. Matt Low, a Brooklyn based photographer, beautifully captured the calmness that comes over window seat passengers when taking in the view from above. Makes you want to jump on a plane today, eh? You can see a lot more of Low’s work on Behance. Enjoy! S.
Now, I know I’m being slightly bias, but writers are truly fascinating creatures, aren’t they? They allow us to venture into worlds that don’t exist, make us fall in love with characters that aren’t real, and skillfully connect us to experience an array of human emotions in the truest sense — with nothing more than words … sigh. Check out this amazing blog collection of black and white photos of famous writers. After perusing the collection a few times, it hit me that I knew more famous male writers than female. What a shame! I’m going to make a conscious effort to get to know a few of these amazingly talented and often overlooked ladies. Charles Bukowski Ernest Hemingway Harper Lee Joan Didion The full collection, in all its glory, can be found here. Enjoy, S.
Tim Archibald, a San Francisco-based photographer started photographing Elijah, his 5-year old autistic son, as a creative outlet while dealing with his son’s diagnosis. This portrait project titled Echolilia, like most uninhibited artistic expressions, helped to bring Tim and his son closer together. What struck me most about these story-like photos — was not just the unique perspective of Elijah, but the delicate world in which he lives. As a viewer, I couldn’t help but attempt to envision his isolated world. Echolilia has been turned into a beautiful book! Check it out and get a signed copy on Tim Archibald website. (photos via mymodernmet.com) S.
Photographer Richard Renaldi has been working on a series of photographs since 2007 which focuses on two or more strangers physically interacting with one another, creating a strangely intimate series entitled, “Touching Strangers”. His subjects’ poses are directed of course, yet nothing about these photos feel forced or awkward to me. While researching this project, I came across a fabulous quote from a video produced by Live Leak: “Most photographers capture life as it is. With these strangers, Richard Renaldi has captured something much more ethereal and elusive. He shows us humanity as it could be. As most of us wish it would be. And as it was, at least for this one fleeting moment in time.” A book of Touching Strangers is apparently in the works after being group-funded on KickStart for $80,943. (God, I love the internet!) I’m so excited to get my hands on this book when it becomes available. I think it would make for an incredible coffee table book, yes? Oh, and this video is just awesome! Enjoy, S.
While browsing one of my favourite blogs, Humans of New York, I came across a quote that literally took my breath away. For the last few months, It seems like I’ve been tumbling around in the core of a big, tumultuous wave. Each time I manage to get my head above the water, it takes me a little longer to catch my breath and gain a sense of direction…. I hope it passes soon. “If you could give one piece of advice to a large group of people, what would it be?” “When a wave comes, go deep.” “I think I’m going to need an explanation for that one.” “There’s three things you can do when life sends a wave at you. You can run from it, but then it’s going to catch up and knock you down. You can also fall back on your ego and try to stand your ground, but then it’s still going to clobber you. Or you can use it as an opportunity to go deep, and transform yourself to …