Thursday, March 23, 2006

Today, I'm going to show a vacation picture of out trip to Los Angeles, We were able to visit the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (lacma). It is a great museum. They had some nice German Expressionist paintings, which is one of my favorite art movements. I am posing by 2 paintings by my favorite artist Ernst Ludwig Kirchner.

Check the link for more info. When Hitler came into power, he decided that the German expressionist paintings were "degenerate" and put the clamp down on this and other "non wholesome" things that had been going on in Germany after WWI. That was a pretty liberal time in art and entertainment. Hitler had flunked out of art school and wanted wholesome still lifes etc. He also started book burnings and other "moral majority" type social reforms. So watch out for the people who want to clean things up and control what you see!

Friday, March 03, 2006

Todays post is Miss Atomic Bomb 1957! Yes this is for real! In Nevada near Las Vagas was an above ground nuclear testing facility, that was a local pride, and a proud effort to stop those commie bastards! The blasts could be seen from the top of the Vegas casinos, and it was a tourist attraction to go up there and watch them. There were even special drinks made for the occasion called "atomic cocktails". People were either uninformed or oblivious to the dangers of the radiation. Eventually the testing was moved underground and as we all know was no longer considered high tech , safe , and cool. But this picture says it all as far as the mood of the times toward it.

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Spaceage Scott!

Spaceage Scott!
I have been plotting a full blown website with different pages for different photgraphic themes for a long time, well guess what...This is it good as it gets for now! Todays choice is a photo that I did based on "Function follows form". I am always keeping my eyes open and looking for design in the manmade landscape. This shot was waiting for me every time I drove by it at night, so I finally shot it one night. It isn't new but it was in a photo show " ImageOhio 6" in January which was a good feeling.