From the right vantage point, the images in Yao’s New Landscapes series bear a striking similarity to classic Chinese landscapes, from their wispy clouds floating between mountain peaks, right down to the presence of traditional red “appreciation seals,” small stamps that historically functioned as signatures for artists and studios. But those bucolic settings are in fact digitally altered composite photographs of mounds of garbage covered with green mesh. That pastoral hillside? It’s more like a landfill. That babbling brook? A littered roadside.
I wrote about Yao Lu’s New Landscapes for CoExist.
7:38 am • 18 March 2013
"We had people telling us how they learned a lot about geographic visualization in the process," says Wichary. "We’ve heard from people contacting their city officials to release their neighborhood data to the public—and even from city officials themselves. We’ve also, naturally, witnessed a lot of complaints about the shapes and names of neighborhoods, and our answer is always the same: it’s all open data, so just send us your changes. If Click That ’Hood convinces someone about the value of open source projects, or the importance of open data, that’s already a victory."
I wrote about Code for America’s Click that ‘Hood game, a mapping tool that teaches local geographies, for CoExist.
9:31 am • 15 March 2013 • 1 note
"The name is meant to probe what’s at stake with regard to production, consumption, and waste," says Hallacher. "My goal was to discover inconsistencies in production versus consumption at a local level. In the states I worked with, more beef is produced than the population of that state could consume. This means the American beef industry is dependent on its product traveling around the country and beyond, creating an environmentally and financially costly system behind eating beef." Nebraska, for instance, produces 70 times the beef its population consumes.
I wrote about Sarah Hallacher's “Beef Stakes,” in which the artist sculpts clay into U.S.-state-shaped steaks, for CoExist. The project is a visual feast, from her convincing renderings of meat to her handsomely designed faux supermarket packaging.
It’s also a reminder that regardless of the popularity of locally sourced meat, most of our meat (and food in general) travels great distances between farm and table.
8:59 am • 12 March 2013 • 1 note
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10:01 am • 9 March 2013
Gay Telese’s outline for his 1966 profile of Frank Sinatra
Listen to Talese read from the classic profile of Sinatra here.
Read the piece in its entirety over at Esquire here.
Gay Talese’s outline for “Frank Sinatra Has a Cold,” 1966, written on a shirt board.
8:58 am • 20 February 2013 • 611 notes
Lost Angeles (at Elysian Park Trail)
1:07 pm • 16 February 2013
Our greatest cities are often the sources of the most light pollution. In those places, we rarely see the stars. But, with a clever method of composite imaging, the French photographer Thierry Cohen has turned the lights out in the city to reveal the stunning stars that have always been overhead.
I wrote about Cohen’s “Darkened Cities” for Fast Company’s CoExist site.
6:31 am • 13 February 2013