Archive for the ‘Photography’ Category
It’s the return of the Monday Mo(bile)Pho(to)! I miss doing the old Monday Photos I used to do back in the day, and since I have a camera with me every second of the day now and extraordinarily easy sharing technology, there’s no reason I shouldn’t get back into it. So I am. So there.
OK, so this image wasn’t really taken in a post-apocalyptic wasteland… it was actually taken on my walk home from Alewife. But with the overgrowth of the bushes, the lack of traffic and the glare of the evening sun sure makes it look like zombies are gonna come down that on-ramp any minute. (Or maybe that’s just wishful thinking.)
This picture of Laurel, now closing in on six-and-a-half, was taken at a friend’s birthday party last weekend. I heart her so much.
(Yes, I’ve been light on content the last week. Very sorry, but we’ve been moving into the new place and I have had neither time nor brain. Both lacks will soon be fixed, and actual content-like substance will return!)
Yesterday afternoon, Arlington (the town in which I live) was hit with a weather phenomenon apparently known as a “microburst.” This particular term was new to me, though apparently it’s a very small, incredibly intense storm system which is very very tornado-like in its effects. The Wikipedia tells me that “A microburst often has high winds that can knock over fully grown trees.”
Well, yes. Yes it can.
I took this picture this morning on the Minuteman Bike Trail on my way to Alewife from our new place. Just between my apartment and Alewife, there were two fully-grown trees horizontal across the path. People had to climb over them and pull their bikes over tree trunks and under branches. Another tree fell over on a car two blocks from our place, and a neighborhood near mine was apparently thrashed pretty heavily. Even in our current apartment, we were pummeled with so much rain in such a small period of time that we experienced the first significant flooding we’ve had in the two years we’ve lived there — water poured through our basement access door like we were a submarine that had recently been torpedoed.
(A couple more photos of the damage are available on my Flickr stream.)
I think I might’ve just seen my favorite thing in the history of all things ever: French photographer Stefán Le Dú took pictures of Stormtrooper action figures every day for a year. That description alone might not make you say “Yes, Allen, that does sound like grandest of all possible things!”, but trust me on this.
Le Dú didn’t just meticulously pose action figures — he imbued them with personality, an especially impressive feat when you realize that you can’t see the Stormtroopers’ faces. (His figures had removable helmets, but he keeps their faces hidden even in shots with their helmets off.) Through their poses, stances, placements and relation to each other and their environments, Le Dú paints a plastic picture of two Stormtroopers, one not-so-bright and the other dealing with his partner’s not-so-brightness1, who taunt Ewoks and Jedi alike, who cower in fear from Sith lords (yet who still worship them), who gleefully promote the benefits of working for the Empire, and who know how to enjoy a good time.
His three-hundred-sixty-five photos don’t exactly tell one story, though he certainly uses recurring themes and imagery, such as the troopers’ fondness for the phrase “rebel scum.” But the beauty of this set is that each and every photo tells a story. There’s a deep fondness for the Star Wars universe present in this set, and several of the photos provide subtle (and sometimes not-so-subtle) meta-commentary on Star Wars and the place and reputation of Stormtroopers therein. For instance, I think this photo might be my favorite for exactly that reason:
Take the time to go through the pictures. Le Dú shows not only some tremendous creativity and humor but also some serious technical chops — he’s a hell of a photographer, with a fantastic sense of compositon, staging and lighting. It takes a while to take in all 365 photos, but if you’re a fan of photography, storytelling or Stormtroopers, it’s well worth the time.
A couple more of my favorites:
To be perfectly fair, there’s more than one picture that insinuate that neither of them is chock full o’ brains. ↩