Monday, 25 February 2013

From the Eyes


The eyes say all you need to know in this image of the chaining of a young pig-tailed macaque as it is displayed for sale in Padang Pariaman, West Sumatra, Indonesia.  Fear, uncertainty and even a sense of 'please help me' can be seen in those eyes. Of course if it were a cobra being chained up the image would lose all of its power. Cobras don't have that awww factor about them.

This image by Rivo Andries of Associated Press was featured in last week's best images on the Time/Lightbox website. It can be tough going through the images each week but strangely this one stood out. Maybe it represents so acutely the darker side of human nature. Looking at this image i thought of Agent Smith's rather accurate appraisal of the human race. Maybe he has a very valid point.

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Finding Vivian Maier


The photography of Vivian Maier has certainly received a lot of attention recently with books, exhibitions and now a film focusing in on the fascinating story of the quiet nanny whose discovered photographs make up one of the most amazing collections of street photography.

If the trailer is anything to go by then it looks like an interesting watch but i do wish that film makers would relent from using overpowering dramatic music to try and intensify the atmosphere. The film score should blend seamlessly into a movie and not overwhelm. Less is more.

So if you haven't heard the  fascianting story behind the Vivian Maier photography, check out the movie trailer.
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