19 April 2011

11 April 2011

Recording specificity: So Yoon Lym's "The Dreamtime"

While we tend to ascribe the image of a happy-to-be-nappy-chick with a slew of implications about political and social statements, particularly in light of the now not-as-recently mainstream natural hair movement, cornrows are another traditional style that instead is often viewed simply as a means for looking fresh, no more ideologically significant than rocking the newest pair of Jordans.

"The Dreamtime," a series of portraits by a NJ artist/high school teacher, takes a second look at that assumption, and draws out the frequently forgotten rich tradition behind what happens to be currently trendy. She photographed all of these styles during her time teaching in Paterson, and makes deliberate choices to depict them in ways that revive the colorful cultural history they embody even in a contemporary context.

read more about the series here, and see the rest of the images on her site.


11 March 2011

04 March 2011

Lite Feet

I need to get into this.

17 February 2011

Bill Cunningham New York Trailer

"The "Bill" in question is 80+ New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham. For decades, this Schwinn-riding cultural anthropologist has been obsessively and inventively chronicling fashion trends and high society charity soirées for the Times Style section in his columns "On the Street" and "Evening Hours." Documenting uptown fixtures (Wintour, Tom Wolfe, Brooke Astor, David Rockefeller—who all appear in the film out of their love for Bill), downtown eccentrics and everyone in between, Cunningham's enormous body of work is more reliable than any catwalk as an expression of time, place and individual flair. In turn, Bill Cunningham New York is a delicate, funny and often poignant portrait of a dedicated artist whose only wealth is his own humanity and unassuming grace."

Good God I can't wait to see this, it looks brilliant.

goth grammys

Comedienne Margaret Cho and singer Anna Nalick gothed it up at the Grammys, and I was pleased. A good number kept it fly [Keri Hilson, Mya, Janelle Monae doing more of a femmy look], but these two took it away with that touch of alt.