rachel sussman photographs the oldest living things in the world

after a visit in japan lead sussman from the oldest woman in the world to a 7,000 year old japanese cedar tree … she endeavored to capture photographs of the oldest living things in the world.

the result is a book full of nature photos in desaturated hues, framed by thick borders of whitespace and handwritten captions.  followed (perhaps) by some contemplation on nature, time and life.

the oldest:  bacteria in siberian tundra

the epic adventure:  antarctic moss on elephant island

the one in our backyard:  palmer’s oak in riverside, california.  nearby is a cement factory and suburban sprawl.

the metaphor:  this fallen bald cypress was alive when sussman started her endeavor, but burned down after a meth session in the tree’s hollow trunk.

listen to her interview w/madeleine brand on press play HERE

see more photos from this project HERE

buy book at your local bookstore.  or HERE

vice lahaina halloween 2014

see what happens when you cruise for vice down front street in lahaina … on halloween.

see more at vicelahaina.tumblr.com

traversing yunan, china. captured on 120mm.

“old town” in lijiang.  

photos taken during the summer holiday (october, 2013).  lijiang is a popular tourist destination, especially for chinese from the city looking to see the ‘old china’.  photos taken with kodak portra 160 film on a yashica-mat tlr.  

 

kcrw 2nd annual 24 hour radio race

1 theme + 24 hours = a radio story

winners get air time on ‘unfictional’ and $$ benefits

this years theme:  “You Should Know”

here are the winners…

first place:

You Should Know What’s Right Next Door by Gamma Radio

second place:

Psychic Blob by Jeff Emtmen

third place:

Coming Home by Grit City Radio

unfictional award:

Bobby is Trying to Get in Touch by so it goes

and… a non-winning entry:

you should know how to cook rice by msmlska

woven: women of vision.

here is an exhibition from some photographers on assignment for national geographic.

CLICK HERE:  WOVEN

the theme…. simply is … these photographers are all women.

often, the mantra is to equate.  gender, racial, social, etc … all in a struggle to be on the same level.  but fuck it.  lets just go ahead an put someone on top for a minute (or for a year long photo exhibition) and see how it feels.

for these photos …. it is nice to see who is behind the lens:


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and in these interviews ….. it is nice to hear who is behind the lens:

michel martin from NPR’s Tell Me More interviews linsey adario and kitra cahana…. LISTEN HERE

linsey adario received her first camera when she was 12 .

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from the exhibition’s youngest photographer, kitra cahana, “there’s always gonna be power and balance because the lens is in my hands”.

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NPR’s jacki lyden interviews amy toensing and maggie steber,,, LISTEN HERE

 

when steber was asked if she felt there was a ‘different sensibility’ in her photos….

In a way, doesn’t matter if you’re a man or woman. It’s really more about how you connect with people and everybody does that in a different way. And I don’t think that you can look at a photograph and know whether it’s taken by a man or woman. But I do believe that we can get into things and in a different way than sometimes men can. 

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amy toensing on the woven exhibition, “You know, being a freelance photojournalist is a very independent, solo existence. So this has been, I think, for all of us, a really wonderful opportunity to get to know each other and feel some community”.

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p.s. it’s women’s history month

‘twice’ …

lianne la havas covers little dragon in the woods barn sessions 2013

little dragon’s version

big island, big negative

camera:  PENTAX 645N WITH 40MM AND 75MM LENS

film:  120 (technically 220…) 160vc portra kodak

location:  big island, hawaii

city of refuge / pu`uhonua o honaunau.

city of refuge / pu`uhonua o honaunau.

           city of refuge / pu`uhonua o honaunau.

city of refuge / pu`uhonua o honaunau.

           city of refuge / pu`uhonua o honaunau.

keauhou bay.

keauhou bay.

keauhou bay.

manago hotel, captain cook.

manago hotel, captain cook.

           manago hotel, captain cook.

manago hotel, captain cook.

manago hotel, captain cook.

to view the full roll of film, CLICK HERE.