The Tobolowsky Files
“The moon is the shutter of the universe and creates a photo every 28 days. As the moon waxes the shutter opens slowly and as the moon wanes it closes slowly. The photo made by the universe through the moon does not record the light of things and it is not sectioned into fractions of time, but rather records energy in a constant and uninterrupted fashion. The sea, for example, poses for the moon when the shutter is completely open and exposed there is a more intense tide and with the waning moon when the shutter is closing there is a softer tide; one accompanies the other. All that has energy on planet earth, from stones, to people and to the world, poses for the moon’s photograph, and thereby joins the movement of the universe. Photography is not only an image, it is also a relationship.”
Whew. Give me a minute to catch my breath from all that beauty! I bought “Floraissance Art” by André Feliciano at Photoville this summer for $5, but only just plucked it off my bookshelf to read last night. It is a lovely photo/ art theory manifesto formulated around the idea of “art-nature.” A small book, it almost fits in the palm of your hand and is double-sided, in English from one direction and in Portuguese from the other (Feliciano is from Brazil) The manifesto is 34 pages long and a truly enjoyable read. I met Feliciano briefly at Photoville and he is a wonderfully humble and sincere person and I look forward to seeing where his art career goes. Check out his blog here. You can send him an email to order his books.
Also, check out my earlier blog post on his awesome greenhouse that was at Photoville.
Podcasts Podcasts Podcasts
Guys. I discovered a new podcast today that may be a new all time fav. The Tobolowsky Files. Tobolowsky is an actor and writer who has had countless roles but is perhaps most recognizable as Ned from Groundhog Day. He is also a positively brilliant storyteller. I found his podcast when he was featured on The Bullseye, part of the Maximum Fun podcast alliance. The Tobowlosky Files is beautifully engaging. Each hour long episode centers around a theme and consists of stories drawn from Tobolowsky’s everyday experience. It just so happens that his everyday tends to be much more strange and beautiful than yours or mine. His brushes with stars, musicians, grocery store gunmen, and hotel ducks are honest, surprising, and disarming. Check it out.
You may not know this about me, but I listen to a lot of podcasts. And I mean A LOT of podcasts. I scan and clean film for a full time job and while the subject matter can be interesting, it can also get monotonous, so I listen to podcasts to pass the time. Here would be where I plug the Stitcher Smart Radio app which may just be the greatest app ever in my opinion. Seriously. It has drastically improved my quality of life and helps me keep my brain sharp while clicking dust off of film scans. Sometimes I get so excited about what I’m hearing that I just can’t keep it to myself, so I plan to feature some of my favorite podcasts and episodes here.
"The reason for art is to give people another camera to cut to in the film that is their experience of being alive."
Chris Thile on APM The Story
Title Unknown, Pedro Luis Raota
Taking self-portraits with a large format camera is hard. Why didn’t I think of training a dog to operate my camera instead of trying to rig a self timer?