Tuesday, September 28, 2010

5D Frankenstein

What happens when you place a hundred-year-old 35mm lens on a Canon 5D? Monstrously beautiful photos. No Photoshop necessary.

"This morning he called me into his store. He has something for me....A circa 1908 ( possibly earlier) 35mm lens. Still functioning, mostly brass, and not nearly as much dust or fungus as one would think after sitting in a box for over a hundred years. This lens is a piece of motion picture history, and at this point rare beyond words. So i say to him, "Wow... what do you have in mind?" He smiles and says, (in the thickest Russian accent you can imagine), "I can make this fit EF you know..." My eye twinkled, and then 6 nail biting hours later, he had it finished." 

Full collection here.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Dymaxion #4

It's hard to imagine anything "anti" without Buckminster Fuller and his black-rimmed genius coming to mind. He was a geometric and vertical maverick of both the simple and the grandiose, creating complex designs that were laced with heavy doses of pomp, yet always remained oddly approachable. One such combination of "Bucky" audacity was his infamous Dymaxion Car, which has recently been brought back to life by the vintagents of Croswaite & Gardner and the vision of Norman Foster. The project revisits and rebuilds the mythical vehicle, launching "Car #4" (above) as a tribute to Fuller and the Dymaxion story - the previous 3 cars built enjoyed brief moments of glory before tragic deaths in post-war middle-American scrap heaps. It is story of triumph and tragedy, breathing new life into a three-wheeled fuel-efficient fantasy of aeronautic futurism and nautical inspiration (think aluminum-coated wooden frame). A teardrop, if you will, of nonsensical bravado and modernism that celebrates the "anti" in all of us.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Mickey Smith "Volumes"

I recently had the pleasure of stumbling across the work of Mickey Smith and I must admit that I find her work is both intriguing and oddly surreal. As a lover of text in the art world, the work of this Minnesota-native strikes a unique chord that steps away from the contrived and conceptualized scripting of the likes of Rucha and instead delves into photographing the no-nonsense design and aesthetics of books that already exist within the modern library. Looking at Smith's pictures, one can almost pick up that signature collegiate library smell wafting through the hum of fluorescence that serenades the shifting canvas covers of medical journals and the perpetual squint of still trying to understand the Dewey Decimal System.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Rapha x Paul Smith

Sir Paul Smith teams up with Rapha to tantalize our two-wheeled sensibilities. This time around the legendary mens designer outfits the team for a few well-tailored laps around the Manchester Velodrome. While other designers like Moncler and Thom Browne are utilizing the dramatics of the velodrome, few can match the speed and style of this classic British collaboration.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Murakami x Versailles

"I am the Cheshire Cat who greets Alice with a devilish grin..." - Murakami

[via artkrush]