The Kelly Moore Bag

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We are planning a trip and I really wanted a way to carry my camera other than throwing it into a purse. Before Christmas I saw the Kelly Moore bag on Uppercase and thought it looked like the perfect solution. I was going to post about it right away, but the bags were all pre-orders, and I wanted to see if they were as great in person as they looked on the site.

Well my bag arrived and it is fantastic. I can’t wait to start using it. It looks like it is really well made and is big enough that I don’t think I’ll need to carry a separate purse on my trip. Plus, since is it way prettier than a normal camera bag, not everyone will know you have a camera with you. The bags come in some really great colors and she is working on a camera bag for men too, so soon there will be a stylish camera bag option for everyone.

UPDATE: Enter the code BLOGLOVE for $50 off a Kelly Moore bag!

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Hipstamatic

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Hipstamatic is a little $1.99 app that we’ve had a lot of fun playing with over the holidays. It treats your iPhone pictures as you shoot them, applying filters and edge effects. Nothing we couldn’t do ourselves in Photoshop, but to have it happen semi-instantly is pretty rad and makes me feel way better about the iPhone’s dinky camera. The user interface is brilliantly analog retro, and there are alternate lens/film/flash pals at a small cost.

Matthew Tischler

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We’re really enjoying the “Screen Series” photos from New York photographer Matthew Tischler. By having the screens they are shot through be the object that is in focus, they make pixellations of the background scenes in a very analog way: the Tetris-y lines of raindrops, a scene that looks like a blowup of an 80s console game replete with faceless sprites, a blur that looks like low resolution television is really just focal length. I am reminded of the dreamlike qualities of closeups of television images in films like Until the End of the World, Blue Velvet, Videodrome or John Carpenter’s Prince of Darkness. And of course nothing says summer in the South (and thus nostalgia) like a screen door.

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The first print above, with the rain, is available inexpensively through 20×200.

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Lauris Paulus – Rewind

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A series of stunning photographs of statuary with videoesque distortion by Swiss artist Lauris Paulus. Three questions:

  • Would we have looked at these differently 20 years ago, when horizontal bands of video distortion weren’t a sort of artifact themselves? I think yes.
  • What do you want to bet we’ll see a trade paperback book cover (matte stock of course) using that last one in the next half year? It’d make a lovely reprint of Brave New World. For that matter the first one could serve to update Chip Kidd’s original cover for The Secret History, and if I were tasked with covering a book on celebrity culture, I’d definitely make one comp using the David one.
  • Is Lauris a man’s or woman’s name? Good question. Man. Here’s a picture of him with his cat.

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Etsy Schmetsy: Say Cheese!

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Row 1: Polariod Camera print from monstergallery; Hand-carved rubber stamp from cupcaketree; Argus Fine Art Photograph by jmbarclay

Row 2: Mini-embroidery PDF from wildolive; Camera cufflinks from LittleAngelsJewelry

Row 3: Antique Camera Pendant Necklace from shes; Katakana Graphic T-shirt from snowconecollective; Leica Diagram Print by Roosevelvet

Row 4: Retro Camera Handsewn Felt Fridge Magnet from moddyboy80; Falcon Original Fine Art Photograph by mitchyleephotos; Vintage Photographer T-Shirt from theboldbanana

Row 5: Felt Camera Camera Case from hine; Wooden Star House Camera from urastarhouse; Imperial Fine Art Print by michelemaule

Slinkachu

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I am so excited that I’ve discovered Slinkachu, a UK-based street artist. I guess I am a little late to the party — he’s been working on his fantastic Little People project since 2006 — but it is really awesome. I recommend looking in the archives of his blog so that you can see the evolution of the project.

My ‘Little People Project’ started in 2006. It involves the remodeling and painting of miniature model train set characters, which I then place and leave on the street. It is both a street art installation project and a photography project. The street-based side of my work plays with the notion of surprise and I aim to encourage city-dwellers to be more aware of their surroundings. The scenes I set up, more evident through the photography, and the titles I give these scenes aim to reflect the loneliness and melancholy of living in a big city, almost being lost and overwhelmed. But underneath this, there is always some humour. I want people to be able to empathise with the tiny people in my works.

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See a few more of our favorites after the jump.

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Vivian Bratone

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My friend Vivian has just opened an Etsy shop, VivianB, selling prints of her photography. I am really enjoying the Float series (see two more from the series after the jump), but some of her other prints are really lovely too. See more of Vivian’s photography on flickr and in her new shop.

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Etsy Schmetsy: Moon Landing

In honor of the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, here are a few fun celestial themed items from etsy.

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Row 1: Adorable Lego spaceman cufflinks from cosmic fun palace; Beautiful miniature constellation embroideries from Miniature Rhino; Awesome spacesuit for Blythe from nickyniczz
Row 2: Great original lunar oil painting from Mike Cluett; Lovely, modern silver eclipse pendant from Megan Goldkamp; Super-cute orbit girl charm earrings from marmar
Row 3: Fun, vintage-looking cast bronze spaceman keychain from Fabuluster; Amazing crescent moon photograph from Celestial Wonders; Lovely, classic crescent moon necklace Istanbul Designs

Barack Obama: The Freshman

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I am a big fan of black-and-white photography, portraits and President Obama. As such, I would love to see this show, but sadly, I am not going to be in LA any time soon. If you are, you should check out these great pictures that were taken by Lisa Jack when President Obama was a freshman in college in 1980. The show is currently on view at M+B and closes on July 18th.

Antiques by the Bay

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If you are able to be in the Bay Area on the first Sunday of the month, I definitely recommend checking out Antiques by the Bay, the Alameda flea market. There is a ton of furniture, clothing and, as evidenced by my photos, lots of collections.

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