What We Learned This Week: Glow Worm Lighting; Uber for Drones
This week in photography we learned that bioluminescent bugs can be effective light sources. We also learned the there is now an Uber-like service for drones, that one big stock-photo agency is getting in on the virtual-reality trend, and that Instagram is making some significant updates that will help users connect with photographers. We also learned that the award-winning title sequence for HBO's dark crime series "True Detective" was inspired by fine-art photographer David Maisel. We spied on Parisians through their apartment windows, and admired the late, great French photographer Jacques Henri Lartigue's color work. But the week really started inside the White House.
MAP Spotlight: Minimalist Luxe In Forrest's "Palace" Music Video
“Here, fashion meets strangeness, and the artist makes a cameo.” So says director (and MAP reader) Olivier Labonté LeMoyne, whose latest effort is the music video for the song “Palace,” by Montreal-based DJ and producer Forest in collaboration with Thailand's Sunju Hargun. The bone-shaker of a song is matched by the steely palette of the video, which, notes Vice magazine’s Thump blog, “is glazed in a minimalist-luxe that teeters into sinister territory. It's like watching the cast of a Pantene Pro V commercial tweak out on a cocktail of Veuve champagne and bath salts.”
Alice at 150 and Counting
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland revolutionized children’s literature by flouting the conventions of its day. It sought neither to educate nor to instruct, but only to delight. It has never been out of print and is translated into over 125 languages. Since copyright expired in 1907 Alice has inspired almost every major illustrator from Arthur Rackham to Ralph Steadman and artists and designers from Salvador Dali and Max Ernst to John Galliano. Parodies, sequels and adaptation...
Latin American Fotografia: Rodrigo Bernal
After graduating from college, Rodrigo Bernal spent 10 years working in advertising agencies in his native Colombia. "However, not long ago, I started to feel uncomfortable," he says. "Witnessing the number of people in my society who are in need made me feel I had to do something about it." One thing he did was to create a Latin American Fotografia-winning photo series spotlighting the street entrepreneurs of Bogata, who have found their own to make money in a country without jobs.
Illustrator Profile - Sarah Jacoby: "I consider landscapes as spaces for imaginations to inhabit"
Sarah Jacoby creates gentle, powerful watercolor illustrations and artwork, oftentimes filled with imagery of nature and the outdoors. "The natural world is still a realm that's a bit sacred, full of possibility," she says. "It inspires me because nothing is written on it yet." Jacoby is relatively new "on the job"-she's been living and working in New York for the past year. But in that time her work has appeared in The New York Times and a number of other publications, and gathered some outstanding awards, including a gold medal last year from the Society of Illustrators.
- Illustrator Profile - John Cuneo: "The act of making marks on paper is a rare and singular pleasure"