My dear friend took these photos of folk dancers in Puebla, Mexico last spring. I love the overhead view, the spinning tops of color and fabric, the bold contrast against the grey stone below.
The New York Times invited historians and museum creators to produce A History of New York in 50 Objects, as inspired by The British Museum and BBC Radio‘s A History of the World in 100 Objects. They’re inviting comments/submissions as well, with full understanding that this is a history, not the history. It’s a wonderful collection and a fun way to brush up on the city’s history.
- Leonard Bernstein’s conductor baton;
- a stump section from the long-gone famous elm tree believed to grant performers good luck on stage at The Apollo Theater;
- a letter from Dutchman Pieter Schaghen in 1626 about the purchase of Manhattan for $24 from Native Americans;
- a lox bagel;
- and an audio track from Johnny Carson’s ‘Tonight Show’ in 1962.
Excavated beads from the African Burial Ground by what is now City Hall, dated to the 1700s:
The manuscript of the poem, ‘The New Colossus,’ by Emma Lazarus in 1883, commissioned to raise money for the building of the Statue of Liberty’s pedestal, with the famous words “give me your tired, your poor”:
A classic checkered taxi cab:
In honor of 80′s New York City, the boombox:
And a reference to the now “global brand” of Brooklyn, with Mast Brothers chocolate bars:
Explore the rest of the collection where you can read more details on each object.
MPD is a tumblr collection of photography from around the world. It’s a great collection and I plucked from it some essence-of-summer images to share today.
(Above, Gabriela Herman.)
(Mikael Ström and Rex Dupain)
Such candy-like images by photographer, Jill Greenberg.
(*via Design Milk)
My dear bud Matty, aka @yo_matty, is one of the best photographers to follow. He gets the most beautiful and varied shots of New York City — especially enhanced by his insane office view that he documents on an almost-daily basis — and his Instagram images are now available as canvas prints via Instacanv.as! Prints start at $39.95. These featured here are some of his recent ones, but you should definitely check out his full gallery, so many good ones in there.
See more: instacanv.as/yo_matty
For a bit more detail, here’s the description from Panar’s site:
Roaming the natural and urban world with a camera for over 16 years, often alone, on foot, keeping a low profile, Ed Panar has repeatedly been caught in the act of photography—not by other people, but by a random assortment of familiar animals: cows, cats, frogs, dogs, turtles, deer, geese…you name it. The animal sees Ed, and Ed sees the animal; an unspoken communication passes between them. If he’s lucky, the moment is captured on film, catalogued, tagged for future reference. In Animals That Saw Me: Volume One Panar brings together the first collection of his most surprising and unexpected encounters with ordinary fauna—a brief, deadpan field study of the uncanny moment of recognition between species. What exactly have the animals seen? The pictures are a reminder that we must appear as strange and exotic to them as they do to us.
(*via Design Work Life)
Aren’t these incredible? David Oliveira is a Portuguese artist who makes these sketch-like wire sculptures.
(*via Okay Great)
These photographs were taken by award-winning photographer, Camille Seaman, this June during a storm in Nebraska. Insane!