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October 20th
1:28 PM
Via
chasingtailfeathers:

Joseph Alleman - “Formation”
October 16th
8:46 AM
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June 2nd
4:00 PM
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le-desir-de-lautre:

Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, 1853-1890), Village Street in Auvers, May 1890, Auvers-sur-Oise, oil on canvas, 73 x 92 cm, Atheneumin Taidemuseo, Helsinki.

le-desir-de-lautre:

Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, 1853-1890), Village Street in AuversMay 1890, Auvers-sur-Oise, oil on canvas, 73 x 92 cm, Atheneumin Taidemuseo, Helsinki.

May 27th
4:54 PM
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dear-photograph:

Dear Photograph, My older brother is gone, and our childhood home is a occupied by others, but the memories of the times spent on that street remain. This image captures the differences between my brother and I, and captures the changing styles of the 1960’s!Dennis

dear-photograph:

Dear Photograph,
My older brother is gone, and our childhood home is a occupied by others, but the memories of the times spent on that street remain. This image captures the differences between my brother and I, and captures the changing styles of the 1960’s!
Dennis

May 26th
11:54 PM
Via
larrycarlson:

LARRY CARLSON, Glastenbury Manor, digital photography, 2013.

larrycarlson:

LARRY CARLSON, Glastenbury Manor, digital photography, 2013.

April 3rd
3:33 PM
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March 13th
12:52 PM
Volcanic Lightning
thisiscolossal.com »

Photographer Martin Rietze recently traveled to Japan where he had the incredible opportunity (or near grave misfortune?) of photographing the Sakurajima Valcano in southern Kyushu as it spewed forth smoke, fire, and lava bombs. If that wasn’t enough the hellish volcano also caused a lightning show that lasted over 20 seconds giving the photographer ample time to flee for his life take these stunning photographs. You can see many more images from the series right here. Of note, the photographer’s grit and fearlessness landed the top photo a feature on NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day earlier this week.

M a G m A </dr.evil>

Volcanic Lightning

thisiscolossal.com »

Photographer Martin Rietze recently traveled to Japan where he had the incredible opportunity (or near grave misfortune?) of photographing the Sakurajima Valcano in southern Kyushu as it spewed forth smoke, fire, and lava bombs. If that wasn’t enough the hellish volcano also caused a lightning show that lasted over 20 seconds giving the photographer ample time to flee for his life take these stunning photographs. You can see many more images from the series right here. Of note, the photographer’s grit and fearlessness landed the top photo a feature on NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day earlier this week.

M a G m A </dr.evil>

March 9th
11:20 AM
Via

imall4frogs:

Priceless Pinajian Paintings Discovered in Disused Garage

Thomas Schultz and his friend Larry Joseph purchased a run-down cottage in Bellport, New York for $300,000. As they began renovations on the property, inside the garage they discovered thousands of forgotten artworks created by the former tenant, Arthur Pinajian. Those artworks will more than pay for any renovations. The noted art appraiser Peter Hastings Falk has estimated their value at 30 million dollars.

Read more at the New York Times.

January 17th
6:00 AM
Via
paxmachina:

Gaia - Capetown, South Africa

paxmachina:

Gaia - Capetown, South Africa

August 21st
9:38 AM
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everyday man. #projectny #gppr

everyday man. #projectny #gppr

August 9th
7:25 PM

Warped Appreciation (dawning of an aspect)

Top: Basilica di Santa Maria del Carmine, Firenze

July 18th
9:18 PM
Via

cosascool:

The Ghosts of World War II by Sergey Larenkov

Taking old World War II photos, Russian photographer Sergey Larenkov carefully photoshops them over more recent shots to make the past come alive. Not only do we get to experience places like Berlin, Prague, and Vienna in ways we could have never imagined, more importantly, we are able to appreciate our shared history in a whole new and unbelievably meaningful way.

June 23rd
6:08 PM
Via
toobaa:

“It’s ironic that fractals, many of which were invented as examples of pathological behavior, turn out to be pathological at all. In fact they are the rule in the universe. Shapes, which are not fractal, are the exception.” —- Mandelbrot, Benoit, mathematician born in Warsaw, fractal geometer.

toobaa:

“It’s ironic that fractals, many of which were invented as examples of pathological behavior, turn out to be pathological at all. In fact they are the rule in the universe. Shapes, which are not fractal, are the exception.”

—- Mandelbrot, Benoit, mathematician born in Warsaw, fractal geometer.

5:39 PM
"How the fuck can self-expression ever even be classified by someone who’s not expressing it themselves? It’s like someone telling you you’re dreaming incorrectly. Only someone who doesn’t understand art tells an artist their art somehow failed. How the fuck can art fail? Art can’t be graded, because it’s going to mean something different to everyone. You can’t apply a mathematical absolute to art bceause there is no one forumla for self-expression."
—  

Kevin Smith, “Tough Sh*t: Life Advice from a Fat, Lazy Slob Who Did Good,” Chapter Nine. (via ryking)

But of course art does fail, does get classified and graded. Because that is art too, even the application of a “mathematical absolute”. And so too, this can fail. Art can fail, perhaps if in only one way, when people are so captivated and conditioned by art that they can imagine themselves presiding over it non-artistically, a fit of caprice grounded in fiat.  This would be similar to the neo-atheist imagining that an attack on religion per se is possible without exuding religio-metaphysical and faith based conceits.

That art is staged, enacted, received, heard, recognized, panned or applauded means self-expression is just a warrior in the agon. Self-expression is only part of the show. It can say to itself in a pre-stage gutcheck “I cannot fail”, knowing precisely that it can - and, in a deeper echo, knowing itself as a spirited response to failure.

Art fails when it forgets itself, falling into sentimentality and self-assuredness. When we laugh at the aboriginal - these brutes who did the cave art so so long ago when god knows what the Neanderthals were doing, snicker at their notion of art as a necessary singing, dancing and painting reality into existence, sustaining order over contingency and dancing on volcanos - thinking we have a failure free lens into a natural world indifferent, permanent and un-requiring of our labour, we fancy failure. Art becomes unconscious. 

But this is the threat, a possible fate, a harrowing horizon or the downdraft of opportunity, when translation is the absolute. 

- XHerakleitos