Here we are at the end of 2008, and there are some sparkly gems I’d like to bestow upon you.
Go see The Wrestler. It’s slightly depressing, but so well done that it doesn’t make you feel bad. The acting is great. Cinematography is great. Story is great. My only complaint would be that I wanted more story, but the subtlety of the movie is what really got me. I love that it’s filmed in New Jersey. Asbury Park is such a great location, and I was happy a film used it well. The scenes of Randy (or Robin) at his day job almost feel documentary. I could go on, but just go see it.
Two Boots is coming to Echo Park! Two Boots is coming to Echo Park! I couldn’t be happier about this momentous event. Finally some good, nay, great pizza in LA. Finally.
There is a genius who works at MySpace Music who began a program called Transmissions. The MySpace Transmissions are a series of EPs that are recorded by a band specifically for MySpace that you can download for free on MySpace (funny how that works). There are beautiful versions and different arrangements of songs. Sometimes a band will throw in a cover you’ve never heard before. My favorites so far are Bon Iver and City and Colour. Go download those two now.
My pal Ryan who works at Crumpler gifted me the Cork and Fork which is a beautifully designed carry-on suitcase/backpack/camera bag. As you can see, many cameras and what not fit inside. You can pull the backpack out of the hard shell suitcase and use that on it’s own. You can roll that bad boy on any flight. You could even pack the backpack with photo gear and then put clothes in the suitcase. It has a billion secret zipper pockets, and you’ll look cool rolling it around…not like you should be wearing a tan vest with a ton of pockets.
My mom sent me Annie Leibovitz At Work. Although not life changing, it was a very good read – fun, informative, and interesting. I read the whole thing in one day. I would definitely recommend it to any portrait photographer. There were certain elements in the book I could definitely relate to and also some I could not. She talks about how certain shoots came to be, her philosophy on dealing with people, and also quite bit of technical stuff which surprised me. Annie Leibovitz started shooting in a different time and place than where we are today. From the sound of the book, there was little competition and red tape for her to battle back in the day. I would love to read this same book from the point of view of a photographer who started her career in the last 5-10 years. Hmmmm….I think I might know someone like that.
Happy New Year everyone. Be careful out there tonight.