Posts Tagged ‘photography’

PHOTOMATON #4: Large format camera, Sullivan & Palmer House

In Photomaton on September 20, 2010 at 6:34 pm

Photomaton started out as a weekly assembly of three images in my admiration. This time I give you a photo of a 4″x5″ negative captured with a large format camera today…taken on my Blackberry…through a window.

That’s a fellow picture maker who is also photographing me in Grant Park. Look at that gorgeous Sullivan terracotta straight ahead, and the Palmer House Hilton Hotel all the way to the right of the negative.

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PHOTOMATON #3: Man Ray & I; Chicago Zine Fest Preview

In Photomaton on March 8, 2010 at 8:34 pm

Truthisms is back after a three-month hiatus, and so is one of its very first offerings–the Photomaton, which started out as a weekly assembly of three images in my admiration.

Here I tweak the idea a bit to serve a new purpose (boredom + officeware), taking inspiration from Man Ray‘s infamous photograms (or, as he called them, rayographs).

These images are only a sampling of my shiny new zine entitled Elephanty, which will be exhibited and sold at the Chicago Zine Fest this Saturday, March 13, at the Columbia College of Chicago. We will be sharing half a table with the Mr. Daniel Majid, founder and editor of The Logan Square Literary Review. There may also be a mild form of whimsical entertainment, so do drop by if you like what you see here.

I look forward to blogging you again, lovely readers!

PHOTOMATON #2: Tsiolis_TK_Mapplethorpe

In Photomaton on March 2, 2009 at 7:08 pm

Ain’t nothing like staying in with homemade graffiti and microwaved falafel during a blizzard. Here is my second offering of the Photomaton series: a bit more risque I admit, but I recently watched the Mapplethorpe documentary Dirty Pictures and I didn’t want to hold back.


Beam Me Up, Buttercup, to the 1980s!

In Teleportation, Truths on February 27, 2009 at 11:23 am

Wondering when the Teleportation bit was coming in, were you? Well friends, I kindly transport you to two different lifelines (narratively, although it is becoming more and more possible these days):

January 20, 2009: I admit this isn’t too far back, but give a gal her break. Only a few months ago I made my second great visit to the Windy City to work as a salesgirl at the infamous, so-large-it-needs-its-own-zip-code Merchandise Mart, and the lovely Koh came up from med school in Urbana to stay (erm, party) with me. During one of our many visits to the ultra hip Wicker Park, we found a vintage leather shop where Koh convinced me to buy a ridiculously overpriced purse that looked to be the bastard child of an early ’70s/mid ’80s conjugal visit…but that’s not what sold me. Just as I was putting it back on the rack, I noticed a strangely stiff-looking middle zipper pocket. And from thence spilt a double decade flashback, to…

19-Eighty Farking-9!!

The owner of my funky purse, who judging from these business cards, shapes up to be a middle-aged-to-elderly lady (you’ll see why) and boutique owner back in the ’80s. From now on, she shall be called Crumplecake Anders-Quinn.

C.A.-Q. lovvves her Holidays! But more importantly, she loves her arts & crafts.

There is SO MUCH MORE to love about Crumplecake after the cut. Trust me, you want to see even the deepest, most private innards of her/my purse.
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PHOTOMATON #1: Strand_Falls_Feininger

In Photomaton on February 24, 2009 at 4:11 am

Welcome to PHOTOMATON, a weekly assembly of three images I’ve been staring at for so long they have developed an affinity for each other in the fictional truthspace of my mind. This week we feature photographers Paul Strand, Sam Falls, and Andreas Feininger.


You can think of it as pictures taking pictures, if you’d like. I’m from Brooklyn and we have photo booths everywhere. In our bars, our dance clubs and then on our refrigerators and vanity mirrors. The past few weeks of pseudo-celebratory weather led me to them almost as frequently as my first New York summer did, and so I researched the history of the photomaton and was led to this gorgeously examined post which includes videos, photos, and the first photo booth invented in 1926 which was placed in Times Square, New York.

Hope you enjoyed that, folks.

Oh, and “Lisa Frank called. She wants her pony back.” – ShannonShannon