um…yeah. starting that never-ending list right now.
This hurts my feelings in the best way
I need to stay here. Right now.
The great portrait photographer tells the stories behind her best shots
by Annie Leibovitz
2008, 240 pages, 9 x 9 x 3
$29 Buy a copy on Amazon
I knew Annie Leibovitz was a phenomenal photographer. But I didn’t know she was a terrific storyteller, too. In At Work, she reveals the behind-the-scenes stories of her most famous photos: John and Yoko’s nude photo session (taken just a few hours before he was assassinated), Whoopi Goldberg lying in a tub of milk, Keith Haring in body paint, a shirtless Arnold Schwarzenegger mounted on a horse, a naked and very pregnant Demi Moore, and a very formal portrait of Queen Elizabeth.
John and Yoko were exchanging a kiss on the cover of the new album. It was a simple kiss in a jaded time. I thought about how people curl up together in bed, and I asked them to pose nude in an embrace. They had never been embarrassed about taking their clothes off. There was frontal nudity on the cover of Two Virgins, the first record they did together. They were artists, John had no problem with my idea, but Yoko said she didn’t want to take her pants off for some reason. So I said,”Oh, Leave everything on.”
I made a Polaroid of them lying together and John looked at it and said,”You’ve captured our relationship exactly.” He had just spent five years being what he referred to as a house husband, taking care of their young son, Sean, and the new album was his return to a musical career. He took me aside and said that he knew that the magazine wanted just a picture of him on the cover but that he wanted Yoko on the cover too. He said it was really important.
The end of the book has clear practical information about the equipment she uses and answers to the ten most frequent questions she’s asked.
8. When do you know you have a good picture?
When I was young, I never knew when to stop. I could never tell what I had. I was afraid I was going to miss something if I left. I remember working with the writer David Felton on a story about the Beach Boys and being surprised that at a certain point he just walked away. He said he had enough material, which seemed incomprehensible to me. What did he mean he had enough? How could he even think like that? I thought that if you kept doing it, it would get better and better.
As I became more experienced, I began to understand that someone who is being photographed can work for only so long and that you shouldn’t belabor the situation. Something is either going to happen or it’s not going to happen. It’s not going to suddenly turn into something else. Or very rarely. What does happen a lot is that as soon as you say it’s over the subject will feel relieved and suddenly look great. And then you keep shooting.
There are times when I just can’t get what I want. I sometimes think I get maybe 10% of what I see. I can be very frustrated, for instance, by natural light. Sometimes the light on someone looks incredibly beautiful but it just won’t translate into the photograph. It won’t look the same. Photography is limited. It’s an illusion of what’s going on. Basically, you’re never totally satisfied.
— Mark Frauenfelder
This is the best gif to ever gif.
Pretty much snort-laughed uncontrollably when I saw this. WIN.
Woohoo! Super selfie 2014 Osca—- BENEDICT WHY
Hahhahaha, oh, YES.
3 Min. Conversation Challenge: Movies for when you’re sad!
We challenged ourselves to have a 3 minute conversation about a topic picked out of a hat. The topic: Comfort movies!
How did we do? What are your favorite movies to watch when you’re feeling down? Have any suggestions for what we should attempt to talk about in 3 minutes?
We totally didn’t get distracted discussing Much Ado About Nothing
What? Distracted? Us? Never!
"may i feel said he" by e. e. cummings read by Tom Hiddleston
may i feel said he
(i’ll squeal said she
just once said he)
it’s fun said she
(may i touch said he
how much said she
a lot said he)
why not said she
(let’s go said he
not too far said she
what’s too far said he
where you are said she)
may i stay said he
(which way said she
like this said he
if you kiss said she
may i move said he
it is love said she)
if you’re willing said he
(but you’re killing said she
but it’s life said he
but your wife said she
now said he)
ow said she
(tiptop said he
don’t stop said she
oh nn said he)
go slow said she
ummm said she
you’re divine!said he
(you are Mine said she)
oh my god yes.
Can’t believe that it took me so long to discover these amazing apps!