Honey

February 25, 2015

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what a great concept but glad i wasn’t an assistant that day.

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Full buckets of honey are dumped on the bodies of Blake Little’s human subjects, from young babies, to athletes, to 85-year-old women, drenching them in the gooey, golden syrup. For photo series, Preservation, the photographer uses the sticky stuff to capture varying body types, ages, races, and sizes like flies trapped in amber. “The honey has a way of democratizing people, to transform them in kind of a universal way,” Little explains in the behind-the-scenes video below.

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113th birthday of Ansel Adams

February 21, 2015

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It’s nice to see someone so directed so young in their life, wish i had that but my life was more like hunt, peck and discover.

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Ansel Adams, Sierra Club Commissary, 1929 (305.1991)

A shy and gifted child with a love for the outdoor, Ansel Adams became a member of the enivronmental organization Sierra Club when he was only 14. Very early in his career Adams published his work and writings in the Sierra Club’s bulletin and in 1928 he had his first exhibition at its headquarters in San Francisco.

This picture  shows a group of members gathering for a break at stunning campsite. It may have been during the yearly “High Trip”, a month-long hike that was organized each summer and took hundreds of the Club members to the most beautiful areas of the Sierra Nevada. Adams joined the trip in 1927 for the first time. In a short period of time Ansel Adams established himself as the main photographer of the Sierra Club and soon became known as both the artist of the Sierra…

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A New Cosplay alternative fashion magazine

February 12, 2015

A friend of mine Jason Paluck has developed a wonderful Cosplay as art magazine called Coswise. It’s available in digital and print editions via MagCloud.

January 1 (Brooklyn, NY) - CosWise, a new cosplay-as-art magazine, has released their first issue. As Brooklyn’s first photo art cosplay publication, they hope to bring the inspiring world of costuming, makeup, props, and performance art to fans around the world. CosWise will change the game by showcasing the art and creativity of cosplayers, including traditional anime, manga, and videogame cosplay. They will also feature steampunk, fantasy, sci-fi, and other original concept characters.

Bonnie-not to be fooled with.

Bonnie-not to be fooled with.

Readers of alternative or costuming magazines might be asking why CosWise won’t include articles, interviews, and how-to’s like other cosplay publications. “In looking to produce a publication of the highest quality photography, we put our energies and focus solely on the creativity and quality of the images,” says Greg Buyalos, CosWise Art Director. Cosplay, once just a burgeoning art form in the districts of Japan, has become pervasive in Western culture with the advent of fan conventions for comics and genre films. It has grown to influence popular culture, disrupting the worlds of TV, film, and publishing.

Ok drop them

Ok drop them

“There is a global disconnect with cosplayers,” says CosWise Graphic Designer Jason Paluck, aka Editing Ninja. “For example, cosplayers and their fans in America may not know about the cosplayers in Australia; those in Australia may not be aware of the cosplayers in France and so on.” In 2013, Paluck, along with partners Buyalos and Jennifer Levine cosplay-as-art magazine, started meeting to discuss ideas for what would become CosWise. “We wanted CosWise to connect cosplayers globally and help them grow their fan base.”

Robin's hood

Robin’s hood

Interested fans and cosplay newcomers can view and purchase the magazine on MagCloud at http://www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/853471. Available in both Digital and Print formats, CosWise is available for consumption on the iPad, as a PDF, or on MagCloud’s WebViewer using the “Read Now” function. The 54-page issue features costumes and props from popular properties such as One Piece, Final Fantasy, and The Legend of Zelda, as well as original characters.

About CosWise

CosWise is an independent cosplay-as-art magazine featuring original & inspired costumes, props and makeup. The art book magazine brings costume photography to an international audience while based in Brooklyn, NY. In addition to an open submission policy, CosWise also produces and shoots with cosplay creatives like models, designers, stylists, make-up artists and more. If you live in, or plan to visit, the NY Metro area, contact CosWise about potential collaborations on your own concept or to be part of an upcoming shoot. Visit www.coswise.com for submission guidelines, advertising and more information.

Contact:

Jennifer Levine, Communications Manager

jennifer@coswise.com

Heading north

February 9, 2015

this was meant to finish up this series which i meant to do from the beaches of Hawaii where we were vacationing last month but there are so many distractions in paradise that i never had the time. no we didn’t take many pictures chased the elusive Green Turtles but the water was rough and full of sharks. did manage to get some surfers but they are a dime a dozen out there.

last post ended with the grand canyon with our next destination being Page Az. home to the slot canyons. one of the things we learned there besides how poor the Navajo’s who live on the reservation are kept. there is a huge power plant powered by Lake Powell dam on the reservation with not one watt going to the Navajo but sent out into the white world keeping the Navajo in the dark which maybe why they are up before dawn.

the internet has changed the economy for some of these people especially the slots. they now have a steady stream of visitors 11 months out of the year with december being the slow month. yes it does get cold out there so be prepared if you go. we booked a photographic tour of the upper antelope valley with a Navajo company called Chief Tsosie, there are two tours by different companies the lower canyon and upper we chose the upper. dumb luck maybe if we go back we can do both.

Antelope valley slot canyon

Antelope valley slot canyon

we were lucky to have only one other couple on our tour and our guide was very helpful moving us around to get the best possible pictures. but we had to shoot above other peoples heads mostly. we went in the afternoon which i am sure is different than the morning.

wall of Arizona slot canyon

wall of Arizona slot canyon

no matter what time of day it’s pretty specutular just being there.

Slot canyon floor to ceiling

Slot canyon floor to ceiling

the other photographer couple with us were very fussy brushing off their lenses, yes dusty for sure. we only had a two hour time slot with about half that in the canyon. we were fighting people time and light. i shot as fast and as wide open as i could sometimes just going 2.8. the other tog said his auto focus wasn’t working, where do you focus?

wall of upper slot canyon

wall of upper slot canyon

detail of rock

detail of rock

it’s all so sensual in the earth really cool. take a tripod for sure but know that there is a lot you won’t get, don’t forget to just enjoy the experience while you’re there, who knows when you’ll be back.

Arizona slot canyons

Arizona upper slot canyons

we were lucky to find lodging in a motel 6 at $156 per night in a smoking room, but could open the window giving us a nice view of this sunset.

Page arizona sunset

Page arizona sunset

sky painting

G 12 sunset

G 12 sunset

beware the national parks are full of bus tour people so our end of season camping ideas were squashed. heading north to Zion and Bryce canyons there were no rooms in the inns nor campgrounds. but i found a state campground called Coral Pink Sand  Dunes in the south of Utah close enough to drive to Zion National park and Bryce.

Coral Pink Sand dunes

Coral Pink Sand dunes

Coral Pink Sand dunes park

Coral Pink Sand dunes park

know what they do there? drive dune buggy’s day and night.

dune buggies at night

dune buggies at night

coral pink sands, dune buggies

coral pink sands, dune buggies

Stars, Utah night sky

Stars, Utah night sky

Milky way, Utah

Milky way, Utah

our camp site was pretty cool, no creepy crawly critters nor rain though going across the sands to bathroom i did see some trails, kept to the road after that.

campsite

campsite

yes this is how we planned to travel not having to check into motels to shower but this state park had very nice hot water showers.

picnic table with rain cover

picnic table with rain cover

if one can’t find national parks to stay in look for state parks as sometimes they are just as good if not better.

So here we are entering Utah where i’ve never been but have heard so much about with Zion national park as our first destination.

Checkerboard mesa, Zion National Park

Checkerboard mesa, Zion National Park

wow talk about something different here it is. when you enter from the east this is your first amazing sites.

Checkerboard Mesa, Zion national park, Utah

Checkerboard Mesa, Zion national park, Utah

this is a non drive through park with parking and shuttle buses into the canyons. lots of hiking trails streams and pools hidden somewhere.

lonely tree, Zion nat'l park utah

lonely tree, Zion nat’l park utah

Zion National park, Utah

Zion National park, Utah

Zion national park,Utah

Zion national park,Utah

rock face waterfalls, zion nat'l park

rock face waterfalls, zion nat’l park

this is on our hike to see the Emerald pools of the stream coming from the Emerald pools.

Emerald pool, zion nat'l park

Emerald pool, zion nat’l park

well we were traveling during dry season, oh well.

plant life, zion nat'l park

plant life, zion nat’l park

wood pattern

wood pattern

Mountain goat, zion national park, Utah

Mountain goat, zion national park, Utah

yes a pretty cool place to be and not too crowded but not empty. bus loads of tourists come into these parks from as far away as Los Angeles and Las Vegas along with other major cities. that’s why if one is traveling to our parks one must have advance reservations or will fine no room at the Inns. people come from all over the world to see our amazing country.

we did two days at Zion before moving on up the road to Bryce National park. we didn’t expect to stay in the park although we tried looking on line but found nothing. we found a place just outside the park called Ruby’s Inn a huge RV camping site with tent camping. but they did have something different, 8 authentic Teepees along side the road. of course we had to try them.

Ruby's Inn teepees

Ruby’s Inn teepees

we did have a wonderful dinner at the Bryce canyon lodge inside the park another well managed dinning room with excellent food and service.

mary in teepee

mary in teepee

as life happens it did rain one night and teepees aren’t waterproof, leaking in the center, the floor was covered with canvas so no fires inside but lots of water around us.

mary under the covers

mary under the covers

what we had to do in order to keep dry was to erect our tent in the middle of the teepee and put our sleeping bag in the tent. this is were life threw us a curve ball. our air mattress wouldn’t inflate. something happened to the battery case and nothing i did seemed to fix it and a slow leak in the mattress didn’t make for a comfortable nights sleep.ugh

we did manage to hold out but soon wanted to continue on and get a good nights sleep. mary did try to keep a diary at night by the light of our coleman lantern.

diary

diary

the weather wasn’t ideal for pictures going from overcast to partly cloudy but we were there so we made the best of it. we were tired of being on the road by now but continued anyways.

Bryce national park,utah

Bryce national park,utah

bryce national park

bryce national park

hoodoos, bryce national park

hoodoos, bryce national park

natural bridge, bryce national park, utah

natural bridge, bryce national park, utah

then the foggy clouds moved in

cloudy day,bryce nat'l park, utah

cloudy day,bryce nat’l park, utah

living amongst  clouds

living amongst clouds

three pine trees, bryce nat'l park

three pine trees, bryce nat’l park

hoodoo, bryce nat'l park,utah

hoodoo, bryce nat’l park,utah

one may walk a few mile trail amongst the Hoodoos, as the ancients called them but i wasn’t feeling up to it then which i now regret. we were chasing something different but probably should have stayed another day of so just the be able to walk around these formations.

next was going to be a big jump for us to wyoming and  Yellowstone National park being our next destination but on check out i asked about the Aspens turning and was told to go down this road over a mountain which was in full  bloom. ah but that’s another post. tune in again for the conclusion of our incredible journey.

jene youtt

now a change in direction

January 1, 2015

as we head north from Canyon De Chelly but because of roads going south is north, when we really wanted to go west, funny how that is in life to get where one wants to go we first must go here when here isn’t where we want to go at all. but we may find something we need of want. oh well.

to go north (really going south) we travel through the Painted desert which is pretty cool. places i had only heard about in school, i was educated in an old school curriculum of geography with wonder and curiosity. too bad the kids don’t get exposed to it now.

painted desert

painted desert

landscape

landscape

Tree in Painted desert

Tree in Painted desert

mesa

mesa

we just follow the roads open to discovery and really in awe of the landscape. what did the pioneers think when they first laid eyes on this scenery.  Then finding this The Petrified Forest wow

Petrified forest park

Petrified forest park

petrified trees

petrified trees

 more trees

more trees

must say it’s pretty impressive just riding around in the car but not much else to do because i don’t think you can wander around certainly not picking up souvenirs.

hillside tree

hillside tree

fallen tree

fallen tree

these two parks flow together as one which is pretty cool. there are plenty of place to buy  petrified wood in Holbrook Az which we didn’t do because it was getting late and we wanted to find a room. we tried finding lodgings at the Wigwam motel #6

wigwam motel

wigwam motel

wigwam motel

wigwam motel

but they are booked far in advance and had no cancellations. there are three surviving motels out of 7 that originally existed. oh well maybe another time and place. we head west to sleep.

the way we were traveling, not knowing what days we would be where pre-booking lodging was almost impossible. the way we did it was booking via my cell phone as we traveled mostly through www.booking.com reading the reviews there and on tripadvisor. we found people write the damnedest things we never experienced. we stayed in quality inns, motel 6’s, red roof inns and a restored Grand Hotel, Big Timber Mt, which they say is haunted, i snooped around but didn’t see or feel anything amongst the antiques. we were in room 8, mary slept soundly. full plate of bacon and eggs for breakfast got us on our way.

the san francisco mountains are sacred to the local native tribes which upon seeing them rise in our front window i fully understand. i can’t really explain it but this afternoon between the lighting, clouds and the road they looked magical and beyond us into Flagstaff nestled underneath.

i got our brakes and wheels checked in Flagstaff and didn’t like the answer on one if not two of our wheels were out of alinement and the shop who could do service us was closed for the weekend.  but we decided to continue our northward journey to the grand canyon instead of staying two more nights.

we arrived safety without an event and checked in to the thunderbird motel with a partial view of the canyon. it’s nothing special room wise but who stays in their room at a place like this? we both have been to the grand canyon before with different people but every time i stand on the edge looking into it i am amazed.

i always wonder what the first person to see this grand canyon though?

lone tree on a ridge, grand canyon, az

lone tree on a ridge, grand canyon, az

as is seeing a place  you’ve seen before though different eyes. mary and i had been here before with other people but now we shared it together making it our special memory.

mary on canyon edge

mary on canyon edge

we had hoped to camp there but campgrounds were full, i understand they are pretty nice but a lot of people use them from all over the world. we carried a full camping setup packed in the car. we learned on our first american journey the importance of have a spare sleeping bag for when the first one gets wet.

colorado river,grand canyon, az

colorado river,grand canyon, az

sunset, grand canyon az

sunset, grand canyon az

sunset with clouds

sunset with clouds

sunset

sunset

then it gets dark along the rim. we ate dinner at the iconic El Tovar restaurant. lovely room overlooking the canyon which was a big disappointment because of the food, ugh. i had fish mush covered in thick white gravy, uneatable. i sent it back not ordering anything else, the manager was slow to arrive at our table but didn’t give me a hassle. eat breakfast there, i had eggs benedict with  southwest spices. odd for sure.

the next night we ate at the bright angel lodge in the Arizona room which also overlooked the canyon was much plainer but what a difference in how the room was managed and the quality of food. the busboy commented that this was the best manager he’d ever worked for. dinner was great and we thanked the manager for all his hard work, he was busy setting up tables constantly moving around the room.

daytime found us walking the rim of the canyon, taking the shuttle bus to the many lookout points and finally after checking out the next day driving out the eastern entrance towards our next destination page az. we were pushing towards seeing the aspens turning color this time which we missed on our last journey along with discovering a new america.

til next time

jene

Phila Museum of Art Seeks Photographer

December 29, 2014

Originally posted on LOOK UNDERFOOT:

The Museum is seeking a studio photographer with exceptional digital retouching skills and a minimum of 2 years of experience in art object/fashion photography, studio/on location lighting and medium format digital cameras. The Museum Photographer will be involved in a dynamic, creative environment and must be able to effectively coordinate a range of high volume projects. Experience in styling on or off figure fashion, portraiture and installation/architecture photography is a plus. 
The candidate must have strong communication skills, be extremely organized, be a proactive problem solver, be very detail oriented, and work well with others.

The photographer’s primary responsibility is the photographic documentation, digital post-production, and digital archiving of original works of art in the museum’s Costume and Textiles, and Prints, Drawings and Photography collections. Additional duties may include photographing exhibitions/installations and related events, occasional portrait work, and the maintenance of the studio and its related photography equipment.

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Zigging and zaging our way west

December 9, 2014

as we wind our way westward heading to Arizona along I 40 having a destination but like the rest of this trip being open to the road. we get off I 40 at Gallup NM heading north across secondary roads. we discover the Navajo Code Talkers memorial in Ganado Az.

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welcome

Ganado AZ

Ganado AZ

Code Talker

Code Talker

Plaque

Plaque

The Navajo National Tribal Park

The Navajo National Tribal Park

and right down the road is a national treasure actually a national historic site The Hubble Trading Post

T Shirt

T Shirt

Interior

Interior

want this picture doesn’t show are all the baskets nailed to the ceiling. yes they also sell new one’s that were beyond my budget but beautiful and worth it. also lots of blankets on display. but trading post markup don’t go to the artists. all we could afford was a T shirt and a couple of refrigerator magnets.

sign

sign

Building

Building

Buggy in barn

Buggy in barn

horses

horses

white horse checking me out

white horse checking me out

my favorite image all day

my favorite image all day

mary thought i only took this trip to buy T shirts which i didn’t do on our first trip and i wanted to this time so i’ve got T shirts from almost every place we stopped at.

now we are on our way north again to Canyon De Chelly which i’ve heard so much about. they have a campground there not much to talk about, no showers and expensive campground, run by the Navajo’s since it’s on their reservation.

Cyn De Chelly camp

Cyn De Chelly camp

the campsite wasn’t too busy but enough to surprise us traveling late in the summer after school started but there is a whole age group of retirees with campers wandering  America.

dinner from a bag

dinner from a bag

which mary discovered and quite tasty, just add hot water and go.

we did the self tour along the south rim drive we wanted to take one of the native tours that drive on the bottom of the canyons but we were on a budget

caves

caves

ancient ruins

ancient ruins

ruins

ruins

Spider Rock

Spider Rock

canyon

canyon

at every overlook were navajos selling things, jewelry, pottery some of it lovely and going directly to the artist. mary bought a necklace from one, here is a etching artist whom i bought stuff from

Navajo etching artist

Navajo etching artist

they are all so poor with limited resources available to them.

we stayed at Canyon De Chelly campground and explored out from here since it was centrally located. our next day trip was to Monument Valley which we drove around from Mexican Hat south somehow missing the visitor center and the valley drive.

monument valley

monument valley

monument  valley

monument valley

rock formation

rock formation

off in the distance

off in the distance

El Capitan i think

Agathla Peak i think

otherwise known as El Capitan. pretty cool huh?

monument valley

monument valley

well this is all i have time for today, if interested you’ll have to tune in latter when i get more time.

Jene Youtt

National Gallery of Art Seeks Photographer for 1 Year Contract

December 8, 2014

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I would love to do this myself but afraid they would want me to show up every day ruining the life  I am living.

Originally posted on LOOK UNDERFOOT:

Searching for Contract Photographer at National Gallery

Division of Imaging and Visual Services, of the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C has an immediate contract opportunity for a skilled photographer. This is a full-time, limited term (16month) contract opportunity beginning January 20, 2015.

This position requires one year work experience for a cultural heritage institution.  Experience should include color management and other best practices of reproduction of works of art.; art handling, medium format digital photography, studio lighting of art using electronic flash, Photoshop CC, Lightroom , and strong background in event photography.

Duties include:

  • ·      Event photography
  • ·      Photography of works of art
  • ·      Production of digital files and ink-jet prints
  • ·      Catalogue digital assets into DAM

Interested candidates should email resume and persistent link to samples by January 2, 2015 to Lorene Emerson <l-emerson@nga.gov>

The National Gallery of Art serves the American…

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Ahhhh… tis the season of giving

December 2, 2014

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thanks honey

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And what could be better than giving a gift that also gives back.

Since our trip to Cambodia in 2008, Jene Youtt and I have been donating fine art photography prints to Friends Without A Border’s annual Friends of Friends Photo Auctions in NYC.  This year at a preview hosted by the Howard Greenberg Gallery, I learned that the Anghor Hospital for Children and it’s satellite clinic in Siem Reap are now sustainable.  Kenro Izu, who founded the hospital has turned his dream into reality and is now working his magic in Laos.

Kenro’s tireless efforts of fundraising touched so many in the art world: artists, galleries and the patrons of the arts.

So if you are looking for affordable photography as a special gift to someone or for yourself, please join FWAB on Tuesday, December 9th for their 17th Annual Friends of Friends Photography Auction.

An entrance fee of $75 entitles…

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Albuquerque New Mexico and beyond

December 2, 2014

as we continue west ready for new adventures not really having a detestation only a direction we head to Albuquerque where i knew mary would enjoy shopping in Old Town square

San Felipe church

San Felipe church

mary looked at local native artists works located around the square

Native american artist

Native american artist

while i went around the square looking for photo ops becuase i’ve been there before.

sunflower

sunflower

chillies

chillies

Navaho traditional oven

Navaho traditional oven

details everything is in the details

Shadows

Shadows

it’s not that i am not into native crafts matter of fact i have baskets from all over the world but i found this leaning against one of the churches columns.

Church yard native arts

Church yard native arts

and this madonna imbedded into the church yard tree, who would do this

madonna in tree

madonna in tree

you can see albuquerque does have a sense of humor looking at this fire hydrant

cherry on top

cherry on top

along with an interesting native american cultural center which doesn’t allow pictures oh well

mural at Indian Cultural center

mural at Indian Cultural center

Indian Pueblo cultural center mural

Indian Pueblo cultural center mural

albuquerque has lots of interesting places around it one being in the suburbs Petroglyph National Monument which we climbed in a hot New Mexico day

mary

mary

Petroglyph

Petroglyph

Petroglyph

Petroglyph

Petroglyph

Petroglyph

right here in the suburbs

suburbs

suburbs

pretty cool anyways and to think people lived here thousands of years ago

Petroglyph

Petroglyph

having spent a few days seeing the sites we consulted the map where to go next and found Bandelier National Monument north of Santa Fe camping on the Pajarito plateau  elevation around 7000 feet.

New Mexico canyons to Bandelier NAt'l mon

New Mexico canyons to Bandelier NAt’l mon

New Mexico canyons

New Mexico canyons

Pajarito_Plateau

Pajarito_Plateau

campsite

me

me

mary

mary

oh it does rain there very heavy at times but rainbows abound

inside car

inside car

selfie

selfie

we were almost alone in our campsite given the time of year but people did come through. we learned about another close by site Tent Rocks national monument a close drive away but i listened to a park volunteer who sent us around the long way, took four hours but pretty. a cafe along the way

wedding dress cafe in Jemez springs NM

wedding dress cafe in Jemez springs NM

masks in  cafe in Jemez springs NM

masks in cafe in Jemez springs NM

mary at Jemez springs NM

mary at Jemez springs NM

the masks are made by a waiter at the cafe who sells them there. there is no camping at Tent Rocks Nat’l so it’s a day trip, because of the changeability of weather it can be a challenge, as you can see by our pictures

blue doors adobe building

blue doors adobe building

going from this sunshine to these clouds

Tent Rock national monument NM

Tent Rock national monument NM

Tent Rock national monument

Tent Rock national monument

really cool so we began up the trail hoping for the best

Tent Rock national monument

Tent Rock national monument

then the clouds blew away

Tent Rock national monument

Tent Rock national monument

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rocks

rocks

spires at Tent Rock national monument

spires at Tent Rock national monument

this is all formed from rain and wind pretty cool huh?_MG_7032

 so now we continue on our journey west on interstate 40. i hope you are enjoying these posts as much as the boys at work whom i sent text messages from my phone.

we encourage everyone to explore this beautiful country it truly inspires.

jene

 

 


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