The Radwood 2017 car show was held yesterday in Brisbane, along the water just south of San Francisco. Radwood is a celebration of 80's and 90's car culture. Attendees were encouraged to bring period correct cars, and also wear 80's or 90's clothing. The event was low key, the setting was great, and there were some hilarious outfits. My favorite costume was a guy dressed as an 80's business man with a giant cell phone who arrived in a really nice Subaru SVX. He was handing out cans of Tab and Fresca. I hope the Radwood organizers do this show again next year!
Pier 24's 9th exhibition features the work of 10 photographers at the core of the Pilara Foundation collection: Robert Adams, Diane Arbus, Lewis Baltz, Bernd and Hilla Becher, Lee Friedlander, Nicholas Nixon, Stephen Shore, Henry Wessel, and Garry Winogrand. These photographers appeared in one of two landmark exhibitions: New Documents (1967) or New Topographics (1975).
Six additional contemporary photographers are also featuerd: Eamonn Doyle, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Ed Panar, Alec Soth, Awoiska van der Molen, and Vanessa Winship. Schedule your free visit to San Francisco's Pier 24.
Time-lapse technical details: Go-Pro knock-off mounted on a shoestring around my neck. One photo every 2 seconds. Images processed in Lightroom. Time-lapse assembled at 10 fps in Photoshop. Freeze frames, titles, and music added in iMovie. View additional time-lapse videos from Pier 24.
This 360 panorama shows room #135 at the Madonna Inn, better known as Swiss Rock. Alex Madonna was Swiss, and the Madonna Inn features a few rock rooms with stones gathered from the surrounding farmland. You can also view 3 additional rooms in the 360 tour including Misty Rock, Rock Bottom, and What's Left.
Technical Details: This 360 panorama is composed of 6 shots around and 1 shot down using a Nikon D750 with a Samyang 12mm fisheye lens. I used a Nodal Ninja R1 panoramic head on a Sirui N-2204X carbon tripod. Five shots were taken at each camera position, 2 stops apart. The resulting images were processed in Lightroom, blended in Photomatix Pro, stitched in PTGui Pro, finalized in Photoshop, and output using krpano.
The image grid below shows the best books that I read in 2016. The list is heavy on graphic novels, and also includes some amazing photography and art books. Most images are linked to Amazon, but maybe your local bookstore or library has a copy. Special thanks to Mike Emmons for turning me on to so many weird and wonderful works of art that are disguised as comics. Check out Goodreads to see what I'm reading in 2017.
Artist: Joe Reifer
Venue: Sixth Grade History
Title: The Rosetta Stone
Created: 1982, Los Angeles
Medium: Plywood, clay, acrylic paint, typewriter correction fluid
Associated Work: History paper on the Rosetta Stone (missing)
Stored in Los Angeles from 1982-2008. Loaned multiple times to local students between 1989-2006. According to the curator, this artifact never received a grade of less than an A. The Rosetta Stone was professionally boxed and moved to Arizona in 2009. Moved in the same archival container to the Palm Springs area in 2016. Excavated and photographed by the artist on October 23, 2016, and subsequently destroyed.
The reason I have been honored by my students naming this magnificent boulder "Steve's Rock" is because they knew how many times I photographed it, and how many times near the end of the exposure of eighteen or more minutes, an airplane would fly across the sky making a strange white line across the whole image, totally ruining the composition - and I would have to start all over again! Overhead is a major flight path towards some airport.
This HUGE boulder is sitting just above Tioga Pass at 8,500' Elevation overlooking Half Dome and the Yosemite Valley. It was stranded along with the great boulders around Olmsted Point during the Ice Age. -- Steve Harper
To honor the memory of night photography teacher Steve Harper, I drove to Yosemite for the full moon this month. As I headed up Highway 395 to 120, a huge glowing orb was rising above Mono Lake. I parked at Olmsted Point, and took in the view down the valley to Half Dome. Then I hiked up the hill to take some pictures.
I didn't end up shooting Steve's rock until late into the night. I imagined how his famous image from 1981 looked. I remembered that the camera was at a low angle with the rock on the horizon line and positioned between the trees. I crawled around in front of the rock with my camera, and it felt like a photographer's version of a Buddhist prostration.
I wanted to bring my own sense of composition to the photo, because that's what great teachers like Steve inspire you to do. After some experimenting, I ended up with the camera closer to eye height, and opened the shutter. I laid down on the ground for a while to look at the stars, and listened to Can's Ege Bamyasi.
An hour later, my late night meditation on Steve's rock completed, I drove back down the hill to Lee Vining to get some sleep.
- Andy Frazer's interview with Steve Harper part one and part two.
- Andy Frazer's documentary featuring Steve Harper
- Lance Keimig's tribute to Steve Harper