Dec 10

Viva la Revolución

There’s really too much to say about this show that’s up (until tomorrow) at the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, so for now I’m just going to snag a snippet from their site and post a bunch of sweet photos.

From the Viva la Revolución page:

For the first time in history, the majority of the world’s population lives in urban communities. The urban setting and its corresponding lifestyle are major sources of inspiration in contemporary culture. This is an historic revolution in visual culture, in which the codes and icons of the everyday—found on the streets in graffiti, signage, waste, tattoos, advertising, and graphic design—have been appropriated and used as an integral part of contemporary art-making. The urban landscape inspires and serves as both a platform for innovation and a vehicle for expression for many artists. The city itself, its buildings, vehicles, people, and advertisements, are not only the surface where the art is applied. The city fuels the practice.

A multifaceted exhibition that explores the dialogue between artists and the urban landscape, Viva la Revolución: A Dialogue with the Urban Landscape features works both in the Museum’s galleries as well as at public sites throughout downtown San Diego.

The exhibition includes a diverse range of 20 artists from 10 countries that are linked together by how their work addresses urban issues — Akay (Sweden), Banksy (U.K.), Blu (Italy), Mark Bradford (U.S.), William Cordova (U.S.), Date Farmers (U.S.), Stephan Doitschinoff [CALMA] (Brazil), Dr. Lakra (Mexico), Dzine (Puerto Rico), David Ellis (U.S.), FAILE (Canada), Shepard Fairey (U.S.), Invader (France), JR (France), Barry McGee (U.S.), Ryan McGinness (U.S.), Moris (Mexico), Os Gemeos (Brazil), Swoon (U.S.), and Vhils (Portugal).

Viva la Revolución: A Dialogue with the Urban Landscape is curated by guest curator Pedro Alonzo and MCASD Associate Curator Lucía Sanromán. The show runs through 1/2/2011.

A few of the day’s photos:

Dec 10

Monterey Bay Aquarium

The cold waters of the Pacific around San Francisco – more specifically the Farallon Islands – are among the best habitats in the world for great white sharks. Unfortunately this isn’t a post about sharks, though I did search for shark diving outfitters this weekend and henceforth will be actively scheming up ways to make that happen. After spending a morning filling my head with visions of 18 ft. monster great whites chasing cute little seals through the kelp forests for breakfast, I decided to head to the Monterey Bay Aquarium for a dose of undersea awesome. Apparently every family living between Vancouver and Tijuana felt the same urge; the triple threat of shooting handheld in super low light, three to thirteen-inch plexiglass between camera and sea creature, and hundreds (if not millions) of screaming, whooping children (myself included) made for challenging photo conditions. Midway through the afternoon I had to retreat to the solace of the cafe for a cheeseburger and a calming beer, then back into the teeming fray for more. Some images:

Aquariums have always captivated my imagination, and Monterey Bay is no exception. It’s as close to being a part of the ocean as an aquarium can get – Wikipedia says they pump “2000 gallons per minute of Monterey Bay ocean water, night and day, through the 100+ exhibit tanks. During the day the water is filtered for viewing clarity. During the night, raw (unfiltered) seawater is pumped through exhibits, bringing in food in the form of plankton. Waste ocean water from the aquarium is returned to the Bay. This design makes the aquarium ecologically essentially part of the ocean in the Bay, and allows the culture of organisms such as Giant Kelp which are not suitable for ordinary saltwater aquariums.” Monterey Bay is also the first aquarium in the world to successfully keep great whites; the Outer Bay exhibit regularly hosts young white sharks, and though Outer Bay was closed this time, I WILL be back next time a baby Jaws comes to stay.

edit: now featuring jellyfish video:

jellyfish from tristan greszko on Vimeo.

Dec 10

PDN Photo Plus Expo 2010

Here’s the keynote speech and panel discussion from PDN Photo Plus Expo 2010 – Chase Jarvis with a great outlook on the state of photography today (and as usual, contagious enthusiasm), followed by a panel discussion featuring Zack Arias, Jasmine Star, Rob Haggart, Joey Lawrence, and Vincent Laforet. This one is good.

Dec 10

Everyone has a plan until…

Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth. -Mike Tyson

Unrelated note: SNOW has been on my mind lately, here are two shots I just re-edited.  I’m pretty obsessed with the level of detail you can pull out of the highlight side of the histogram, it really makes the snow feel like it’s alive:

Dec 10

360° Interactive Ski Vid

This is pretty crazy video from an equally crazy company, yellowBird, who on a side note wins the prize for the most absurd URL in the history of the internet. Click and load, then scroll around like you’re kind of sort of there. Weeeee. Pretty fun, but I don’t think it’s going to threaten regular filmmaking – good images are as much about what you choose to eliminate from a scene as what you choose to include, and how you choose to lead a viewer through a scene. Not that I’m not impressed, because it IS an amazing interactive experience, but there isn’t a ton of artistry in the production. It’ll be interesting to see how the technology develops and evolves, especially with all the wild cameras – the Cineflexes, Phantoms, REDs, even dSLRs – that are transforming creativity in the action sports world…