WHY ALEC SOTH CHANGED ME:
What Soth is discusses in this interview is really what I am all about. He mentions that the craft of photography in the digital era has become really frustrating- this is something I’ve felt for a long time and I agree fully. How are photographers to go on making innovations to their art? Soth is inspiring to me in his solution to use narrative in photography. The answer is so refreshing and obvious that I sort of scold myself for not reaching it myself. But it all makes sense; what makes a photograph (or even an artwork for that matter) interesting is the story and the idea behind it. To me, at least.
“And it was frustrating. Because one of the things I love about photography is its accessibility. The fact that so many people can respond to it.”
I am seldom interested in art that is solely meant for the viewer to interpret, or works that come with no context. Because they are unrelatable. And this “relatability” and accessibility are what I think create the best art and the best photographs. I say this to anyone who I go to a museum or gallery with- how can I really care if I as the viewer am being unacknowledged? Looking at a square block passively is much worse than looking at a square block and knowing what it took to make it and why it was made. The same goes for a photograph.
“And I really feel like this is what we should be working on. Finding new forms, new media, new ways of telling stories, refreshing the medium. With this barrage of Flickr and all that, and it’s so easy to take a picture, my daughter can do it, the little outback kid can do it. Let’s spend all of our time with F-stops and this alternative processes. It’s great, but we should also be working on this.”
In an age where just about anybody can take a picture, I think that for a few years now Soth and his contemporaries have been adding to the photographic arts just what needs to be added in order to progress it.
You really should read the interview because it’s so full of his great insights. I think they are very important.
Why I Love Cat Power
Three bands in this life got me through tough shit. This is one of them. Chan Marshall aka Cat Power is one of those musicians who has a continuously good body of work. Where like, every album has a majority of perfect, catchy, awesome songs. She’s brilliant and her voice is raspy and soulful and wonderful. Every time I listen to her stuff anything I’m looking at becomes inspiring. And like, shit.. that’s real music. I guess girl just came into my life at the right time and now listening to her albums just feels like coming home.
Interviewer: Is there ever a kind of argument in the Keira Knightley school of thought to “treat them mean and keep them keen” with boys?
Keira Knightley: I couldn’t be bothered. It just takes too much forethought and I’m sort of like-I feel like this. I can’t play anything else.
GOD she’s just.. ugh.. she’s fantastic.
My Obsession With Keira Knightley
If anyone knows me personally, they know my opinion of Keira Knightley as the most beautiful woman I’ve ever seen. Lol. To me, she is the standard of perfection.
The Greeks had their ideal woman and carved her figure out of marble, etc. etc. but here is my ideal. And if I had a gigantic slab of marble I would do the same, though I highly doubt I could do her beauty any justice.
If you’re still reading, that is surprising, and I will just keep going then. She has a kind of Grace Kelly elegance, but far more raw and contemporary. Grace Kelly’s looks were more held together, and though stunning, still prim. Whereas every look and stare Keira gives is captivating. Okay? Her beauty is some kind of mysterious force that I’m still trying to figure out, because she changes in every picture. And I can’t think of anyone else like this; with every different angle something shifts and you see another element of her.
Still reading? Okay. I’ll get technical. (And I swear I’m not crazy.) Her cheekbones, her jaw, her lips, and her neck are all in on it and they know exactly what they’re doing. The way her jaw protrudes outwards the slightest bit- making her lips pout and her cheekbones stand out, making her neck long and statuesque.
Girl does that naturally. Her neck is a phenomenon all on its own. Thin, long, graceful. Joe Wright, director of Pride and Prejudice said about her, “Keira has one of the most beautiful necks in the world”. I can’t disagree. In fact…
Nefertiti- considered to be rendered as one of the most beautiful females in history had the same slender neck and proportionate, balanced face. This is the Golden Ratio, a precise correlation applying to facial features (but also so many other things in nature, plants, etc.) that results in proportion, balance, and what we come to call beauty. Keira has this.
This is ultimately the result in attempting to do the reading for my art history class. Digression. Epiphanies. Embarrassing myself.
I had a post in my drafts entitled “Why I Love My Boyfriend Chris So Much”, but I figured after he surprise-created this post from my account, it would pretty much speak for itself.
Why I Love The Sopranos So Goddamn Much
How many years late am I in finally noticing this show’s genius?
The first time I heard the term ‘goomah’ mentioned on this show, suddenly realizing tortured mafiose wife Carmela Soprano was using a phrase coined for ‘mistress’, I knew this show and I would get along. As the days of my winter break draw to a close, I have polished off two seasons of The Sopranos. And thanks to the internet’s bountiful spoils of illegally uploaded t.v episodes, I have completely submerged myself into this show.
It is so engaging, like… I can’t.
What is so great about The Sopranos is two things: it is wonderfully simple, and was the first of its kind. Goodfellas, The Godfather or not, here came a television show that didn’t simply give a saturated hour and a half-long snapshot of a Cosa Nostra plot. It is an odyssey. It goes on and on, a feast of six seasons. It provides that much more realism, which makes it that much more awesome. The Sopranos’s simplicity lies in the fact that it gives us everything we like; a satisfying amount of classic mafia antics, but all of a sudden, something new. We get sensitivity and humanity in the self-destructive, violent oaf that is Tony Soprano. Authors and screenwriters take note- this is an example of perfection reached in creating a great, three dimensional character.
And it’s not just Tony. As you watch, you realize it’s everyone. This kind of attention to detail, mirroring of real-world people, is what gets me off. As each episode unfolds, you see more and more sides to, for instance, Carmela. At first she is pained, gritting her teeth through the day, putting on smiles. Then you see she is religious, but genuinely so (probably the only character on the show who is.. which is another point of interest). It goes on and on. Just when you think she could leave Tony at any moment, she speaks to him with almost nonchalant awareness about his infidelity, as if it’s a truth she’s accepted long ago.
Okay so dear world of T.V: bring THIS kind of stuff back. Not all shows today lack expertly crafted plotlines and characterizations, but alright, I only have four more seasons of the New Jersey mafia left..