Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Animal behavior

I've been interested in ideas related to home/habitat for awhile now. This probably started a few years ago when my own domestication occurred:) Now that I'm expecting a baby, I'm always intrigued by the ways other animals attract mates. I saw this story not too long ago and it reminded me of the male bower bird, known for making a swanky abode in order to attract a lady.

Checking his work

Finished product
This latest story is about a Japanese puffer fish who creates an intricate design on the sandy floor of the ocean in order to attract a lady and protect her eggs. The underwater photographer who first found this thought it was the work of an artist, since this was an unknown phenomenon.

Hard at work

Apparently the area in the middle is where the eggs go and the shapes around it are designed to protect the eggs from waves and currents. So smart!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Fall in Hayward

We were lucky enough to head up to northern Wisconsin about a month ago for our last road trip of the year. This summer was so hectic it felt wonderful to get out of the city and be surrounded by beautiful scenery and fresh air. We were at a house on a lake and we got to go out on a boat a few times which was so fun! We saw a bunch of eagles, cranes, and other fun wildlife. Here are a few digital images, still waiting for my film to be processed.

Gregory Crewdson Brief Encounters

Looking forward to seeing this documentary on the photographer Gregory Crewdson. I remember the first time I saw his photos in the 90's and was totally blown away by the cinematic quality. It will be interesting to see behind the scenes and learn more about his process.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Flying Lotus short film

This short film made for Flying Lotus directed by Kahlil Joseph is stunning! I will be showing this in my class tonight, looking forward to sharing it with my students.

Fredrik Åkum

Fredrik Åkum via Little Paper Planes

Berndnaut Smilde indoor clouds

These photographs by Berndnaut Smilde are just stunning! At first I assumed they were Photoshopped in but he actually created the vapor clouds inside and caught them on film. Awesome!

via Anthology Magazine