The best use of technology I’ve seen in a while:
Above, Reznor Facetimes with Andrew Youssef, a photojournalist who has been battling terminal cancer for nearly two years. Youssef would have been at this very gig, but for health reasons could not make it, so Reznor got him there in another, very unique and personal way. Youssef has chronicled his story in his ongoing column at OCWeekly, titled, “Last Shot.”
Update: Nine Inch Nails Superfan Andrew Youssef Dead at 38 - Rolling Stone, Dec. 2. 2013
Trent Reznor Facetimes onstage w/Andrew Youssef, diagnosed w/stage IV cancer. Photo via Consequence of Sound.
I first heard about Youssef in a writeup at Consequence of Sound, who summarize the event and Youssef’s story perfectly:
Whether you’ve followed Youssef’s story from day one or are just hearing about it now, it’s the kind of beautiful, gut-wrenching moment that not only proves the power of music but of a little human kindness.
Youssef replied, “I’m speechless” via Twitter after the performance:
I’ve been into Nine Inch Nails since before I saw them at the first Lollapalooza about a million years ago. I’ve followed Reznor closely ever since, respecting his music and commitment to his craft. Here’s another reason for respect, to both Reznor and Youssef.
What do you think? Have you heard of similar stories? What would you do in this situation? Let us hear from you in the comments.
So I thought it would be fun to do another photomontage along the lines of my favorite visual artist, the amazing Jerry Uelsmann. Here’s my version of one of his works:
Here’s the original by Jerry Uelsmann:
And here are my source images, all photographed by me over the last few years, with links to the full-size versions:
Uelsmann is The Man
I hope to make it abundantly clear that the inspiration and vision for this image is 100% Uelsmann — I take no credit for the origination of the composition, and I’ve made efforts to make this clear in a number of places. My effort here is strictly a study of technique and a visual challenge, with full respect and homage to someone who inspires me. It was fun to do, and I’m pleased with the result.
What do you think? Have you ever photographed, drawn or painted after one of the masters or someone who inspires you? What was the outcome? Where do you go for inspiration? How does that take shape? Let us hear from you in the comments.
And let it set you free.
This is a play on the phrase by Charles Bukowski, “find what you love and let it kill you.” I like his phrase, but I also like the idea of setting something free or being set free in the name of love. This is a montage I assembled on my iPhone using a shot of a couple of treetops at sunset (with the moon rising), a roadside view of some wildflowers, and a gash of peeling paint in a parking deck. I also consider it to be in the style of my favorite visual artist, Jerry Uelsmann, whose work is endlessly inspiring to me. Click to see the originals and full-size version in greater detail at my Flickr photostream.
What do you think? Are there any litereary quotes that have stuck with you through time? Have you ever been inspired visually by something from literature? Let us hear from you in the comments.
K.I.T.T. – I need you buddy!
If you’re a Gen-Xer, there’s a chance you might have had a favorite TV show back in the early ’80s, Friday nights on NBC: Knight Rider. Sort of Dukes of Hazzard meets “the future” with David Hasselhoff as a renegade crime fighter…. with a smartwatch! Not to be outdone, Nissan has just introduced a smart watch of its own (yes, Nissan), following Samsung and perhaps Apple.
But let it be known that Pontiac was first, by way of K.I.T.T., the crime-fighting 1982 Firebird Trans-Am of Knight Industries.
Look at all those vines. Shot with Hipstamatic, edited with Rays and Photoforge2. Check out more like this at my Tumblr site.
Musician, artist and entrepreneur Will.i.am of The Black Eyed Peas recently shared his perspective on logo design with the Wall Street Journal as part of the publication’s Startup of The Year project. He makes points about the basics of logos in plain language, then concludes with thoughts about global communication trends. The original video is without music.
Here, I’ve incorporated “Funky Drummer” by James Brown as background beats. I claim no copyright and am making no commercial claims or specific statement, other than I thought it would be an interesting combination given the cadence of speech and the rhythm of the drumming. I created the above title screen via iPhone with the apps Rays, Phonto and Photoforge2, then edited the video in iMovie. Enjoy.
What do you think? Does Will.I.Am make solid points here? Have you ever mixed speaking and music elements for artistic effect? Are you into The Black Eyed Peas? Ever designed a logo? Let us hear from you in the comments.
What an honor! The good folks at iPhoneArt.com feature me on the home page today:
By the nature of the site’s name, you can probably guess what the site is about, and this is the second time I’ve been featured there, the first being in early 2012. My style has evolved greatly since then, becoming more refined in photomontage, and it’s wonderful to be noticed, especially among the ranks of so many other talented artists. This really makes my day.
I’ve written about iPhoneArt.com before as an alternative to Instagram, and the site continuously impresses me with all the compelling creative work shown there. And I’m not just saying that because they featured me, either. Definitely check it out and be amazed by what can be created with just a phone, some apps and creativity.
Big thanks to iPhoneArt.com for the feature!
What do you think? Have you been featured at a website before? Are you into Instagram or mobile photography? Let us hear from you in the comments.