Tuesday, August 23, 2011

American Surfaces by Stephen Shore

Stephen Shore, born 1947, was second to get a solo show at the MoMA by a living photographer. He started photographing at a very early age and already sold three prints when he was 14 to Edward Steichen, the curator of photography at the MoMA back then. During the early seventies, he started doing road trips, at first with another friend and later on all by himself. That's when the photographs below were shot. He titled them American Surfaces. Although they seem like regular snapshots at first, they're unmistakably by Stephen Shore. He simply wanted to record everything he came across. Along William Eggleston, he helped establishing colour photography where it is today. Many famous photographers (Nan Goldin, Thomas Struth and Martin Parr just to name a few) have listed him as one of their influences. His work American Surfaces may have not been well received by the audience back then, but it was certainly a turning point for him and colour photography. American Surfaces is one of my favourite photography books and an endless source of inspiration. If you have only the slightest interest in colour photography, I suggest you have a look at this book as noone handles colours in photographs as Stephen Shore.

© Phaidon Press Limited and the book is available on Amazon

Sunday, August 21, 2011

10 Mile Stereo

10 Mile Stereo by Beach House

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Streetstyle Selection #13

Another roundup of streetstyle looks from recent weeks that piled up in my Google Reader folder. I am really surprised myself that almost all the girls are wearing ankle length skirts. But I definitely seem to like that look. Unfortunately only one guy in the selection below but not an unfamiliar one. Especially love the platform sandals on girl #3, the sweatshirt/shirt combination of Gustav (#4), the all black outfit of girl #7 and the sneakers of girl #12.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Bits And Bobs #65

T-Shirt by Albam, Trousers by Whyred, Shoes from Grand Bazaar in Istanbul

Some of you might have seen a snapshot of my slippers a few months back on my Twitter and here they finally are. I figured the slippers are worn best with the most simple outfit in the most simple colour combination possible because of the bold pattern on them. I found them somewhere around the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul. The fabric looks to be the same used for traditional Turkish carpets. I also love the fit of this t-shirt. Slim and fairly tight around the neck.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Alexander McQueen F/W 2011 Ad Campaign

I am not really sure whether I like this ad campaign or not. But I think I somehow do. What about you? It surely is very different from other ad campaign out there and it suits the mood of the designs and clothes really well. That's why I decided to post these on my blog.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Visual Diary Update #6

I am trying to set a new pace for my Visual Diary, so I have been posting one photograph almost every day lately. Keep an eye on it and see more here. I was in the mountains (La Punt Chamues-ch) for a couple of days and did a hike from there up the mountain along the rock face to Hotel Castell and Zuoz .Check my Twitter for a photo from said hike. It was nice to briefly get out of Zurich but I am also happy to be back.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Turned Out

Do you know the streetstyle blog Turnedout.tv? I can't believe I have only heard about it recently and after one peek I couldn't stop clicking next page. Maya Villiger (apparently grown up in Switzerland and now based in New York) captures people who inspires her and puts collages together. Her more recent streetstyle photos though are not the typical ones you see on other websites. She photographs with film and the photos look like something you would find in Juergen Teller's Go-Sees. It is actually how I intended to take my streetstyle photographs after I couldn't be bothered anymore to carry around my heavy DSLR but unfortunately I never made my plan reality. Enjoy a selection of Maya's photographs below and visit Turned Out to see the rest.