March 18, 2009
Practically every morning I ride the ferry over to Seattle with my friend and co-worker, Michael Nalley. Fairly often, he’s on his computer massaging a photo he’s taken recently. I often watch with amazements as he does this. Why? because I see a lot of the same things he does (Bainbridge Island ain’t that big, and several of his photos are things I’ve seen many, many times). The truth is that he sees them and captures them in a way that makes me see them again in a new way. That may not be the exact definition of “art” but it works for me.
Check out his work at www.michaelnalleyphotography.com.
February 11, 2009
I wrote a recent post about a visualization of the rate at which Wal-Mart and Target stores have opened over the last several years.
Well, this is on a similar theme — bringing statistical information to life, visually. Seattle photographer/artist Chris Jordan has an amazing series of works called “Running the Numbers: An American Self-Portrait.” In it, he brings to life America’s consumption habits (among other things) in a way that really stops you cold.
This shot from the exhibition shows two million plastic beverage bottles — the amount used in the united states every five minutes.
Can’t see the bottles? Seriously, check out the images — including close-ups — at Chris Jordan’s site.
February 10, 2009
I have spent an inordinate amount of time over the last month pondering phenomenon of Wal-Mart, its growth and its enormous reach. I’m not going to say why. Sometimes things in advertising must remain confidential because it is SO DARNED IMPORTANT.
Nevertheless, as I toiled with my colleague from Los Angeles, Jefferson Burruss, he showed me something really interesting about Wal-Mart. Check this out, it’s by the folks at FlowingData and maps the growth of Wal-Mart over the years.
Now, just for shits and giggles, let’s take a look at Target and how it grew. Take a look here. I just think it’s interesting how these companies have taken off. The rate of growth is different, for sure, but so is the geography. Probably explains a lot about why these brands are perceived differently in different parts of the country — and by different demographics.
Oh, there are a lot of things we could talk about with these tow companies, but I’m going to skip that and just marvel at the growth stories illustrated here.
February 9, 2009
Perusing my Twitter feed one day, I noticed a blog post by Seattle photographer Chase Jarvis. While Chase is a gifted photographer and we had just shot a campaign with him for one of DDB Seattle’s client Chateau Ste. Michelle, this particular post was not about anything too high-end in terms of photography.
No, it’s about getting great shots from your iPhone and you can read it here. There are a few tips (hold the camera with both hands, press the shutter release and then compose your shot– and release when you are ready), and a few suggestions for handy ap downloads. It’s definitely worth the read if you’re taking photos with an iPhone.
February 9, 2009
About a year and a half ago, I wrote a blog post about this cool bike thing I’d heard about. It’s called the Xtracycle and I got mine up and rolling in no time. I basically took an old bike — a Trek Singletrack circa 1990-ish — and bolted this extender on the back.
Well, I ride it to work just about every day. Here on Bainbridge Island, I end up riding it to the ferry where I walk on and then just walk the few blocks to work. Where I’m living right now, my commute takes me on a trail through the woods, then on some back rodes, past my kids’ elementary school, down the hill and through downtown Winslow, and then on down to the ferry dock. Probably something like five miles or so. It’s great.
But while I thought the Xtracycle would allow me to pick up a few bags of groceries on the way home from work, I have found that that situation as been exceedingly rare. What I have found is that I don’t have to really worry about what I take to and from work. It all fits. And none of it needs to fit on my back. It all rides low and steady right next to the back wheels.
Thus, the only downside. I find myself carry too much up and down the hills of Bainbridge Island — only because I can. But you couldn’t get me to trade in my Xtracycle for anything.
February 2, 2009
It’s not many mornings that I get a chance to see my kids off at the bus. When I do, it’s always a good day. Won’t be long now before there’s no need for a flashlight.