Origami.

My how I love origami.  It’s whimsical, creates wonder, and is just plain beautiful.

The article below has some very cool information along with photos for all those fellow origami nerds.


Origami

Face Your Pockets

I found this very cool website by two university students from Russia who are asking people around the World to empty their pockets or handbag, dump the contents on a photoscanner and send to them.

Perhaps their description will make more sense:

“Things that are living in the pockets of your bag, jeans or jacket: travel and pay checks, old cigarette pack that just looks interesting, sugar lumps and all the stuff that has found home in your pockets. They are all the treasures our project is looking for! Our goal is not only bring all this objects into light but show the owner of them.

The process.

Place the objects on the scanner. Place your face/part of it on the scanner as well. Aaaaand scan it! Send us the picture you’ve got to:

faceyourpockets@gmail.com (Don’t forget to mention your name and occupation. Also the email should include the list of objects you’ve scanned – keys, granny’s photo, gum etc.)”

 To view what hundreds of other people from around the World have sent in, click here:

FaceYourPockets

The Portrait.

One of my favs as displayed on Lomographys "Shooting a Photograph of Someone Vs. Taking Someones Portrait"

There is a certain talent that comes from people who are able to take really good portraits of people.  I tend to take really good photos of landscapes and cityscapes, well in my opinion any way, but I always have trouble capturing people.  Perhaps it is the nerves coming out in both myself and the subject or that I can never seem to whip my camera out in time to take a candid photo.

Lomgraphy.com is doing a feature on portraits, here is an excerpt and link so that you can view all the handpicked portraits they deemed worthy of noting.

“There’s a difference between merely taking a photo of someone and making a great portrait. The first shows a person, the second tells something about a person. This article contains one hundred photos of the latter.”

I couldn’t agree more.

Click Me: Portrait

P.S. it is all analog.

Street Art makes me swoon.

If you read my blog, it is clear that I love street art.  Not those lame tags that ‘crews’ or ‘gangs’ scribble on a wall, marking their territory like a dog pissing on a fire hydrant.  I am talking about murals.  A piece of art that has both thought and beauty in mind.

I lived with 3 graffiti artists when I first moved to San Francisco and I understand the whole tagging thing, I just think it is lame.  While I disagreed with tagging, I was always enamoured with the murals (or as they called it, “a piece”)  that they did.  How lovely it is, when a boring slab of cement or decrepit old building gets a facelift with a colourful piece of art.

Now that I have rambled on, I will get to my point:  over the weekend, G and I went to a street art project funded by Adidas.  Yeah, it was corporate but who the hell cares?  It was really fucking cool.  13 artists sponsored to make one mural each in the always artsy and trendy area of Cape Town, Woodstock and in the historical and completely epic, Soweto in Johannesburg.

Check it out:

IHeartArt

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