18.09.14 by Jeff

Music Video: TJH87 “Good Life” Featuring Artwork by Illustrator Jon Boam

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I’ve always wanted to see Jon Boam’s illustrations brought to life and now thanks to animator Kalle Kotila I have! Watch this little music video for TJH87 below.

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17.09.14 by Jeff

Music Video Premiere: Benjamin Verdoes “So Bari”

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Benjamin Verdoes (formerly of Mt. Saint Helens Vietnam Band, and half of Iska Dhaaf) released a solo album at the beginning of the year called “The Evil Eye” and I’m excited to premiere the first video from the album.

“So Bari” is sung entirely in Somali and the video, directed by Tristan Seniuk, feels very much like a play as it features a series of tableaus of an imaginary place. Some nice art direction here; they did a lot with very little. Watch the video below!
 

 

Music by Benjamin Verdoes

Directed by Tristan Seniuk

 
 

17.09.14 by Jeff

Meghan Howland

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Paintings by Maine-based artist Meghan Howland. Previously featured here. More below.

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17.09.14 by Jeff

$20,000 Leica M Edition 60 Camera: The Stupidest Invention of the Year

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This year Leica celebrates 60 years since the release of the first Leica M3 camera, considered by many to be the most iconic rangefinder in history. Despite the camera brand’s sparkling legacy they continue to produce new digital products that no one buys; beautiful design objects with zero regard for usability.

Such is the case with Leica’s latest offering, the new Leica M Edition 60 camera will feature no LCD screen. No screen! For the fabulous price of nearly $20,000 dollars you can have all the convenience of not knowing what you’ve shot. Innovative! I didn’t think it would be possible to top the Apple Watch as the stupidest invention of the year but this is surely it. At least it looks better than the watch, I’ll give it that.

 

 

Why any photographer would buy a digital camera, at this price, and not have any way to view their images (or access to any onboard menu) is beyond me. If the idea is to get people to slow down and remember what it was like to shoot film why not buy an actual film camera and shoot film? Or use a digital camera and simply turn off the display???

It is no wonder all the images you see on Instagram are taken of Leicas not with Leicas. Anyone who buys this camera should be required to attach a giant spinning red light to it, at least then it could be a pretentious asshole alarm system.

I try not to be negative on this site very often but this is so idiotic. Feel free to disagree with me in the comments, but be honest with yourself – you are not buying this camera.

 

 

17.09.14 by Jeff

Jean de Wet

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Drawings by artist illustrator Jean de Wet. More below.

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17.09.14 by Jeff

Liu Guangguang

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Paintings by Chinese artist Liu Guanguang. More below.

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17.09.14 by Jeff

Siobhan McBride

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Paintings by artist Siobhan McBride. More below.

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16.09.14 by Jeff

Imprint Presents: Jeff Hamada (Full Video)

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In July, I flew down to Los Angeles to speak as part of Imprint Culture Lab’s on-going lecture series. One of the last speakers they had was David Choe so I had a fairly tough act to follow (he began his talk by smashing a chair on stage). Two years ago I set a goal for myself to say yes to public speaking events until I actually enjoyed doing them, and I’m excited to announce I may not ever speak publicly again; I actually enjoyed this one.

I don’t want to give away my whole talk, I’d rather you just watch it, but there’s a healthy amount of embarrassing stories, and things I’ve observed about the Internet. Specifically the way in which it’s killing creativity without most people noticing it.

Watch the full hour-long video below (if you have nothing better to do), and if you have any thoughts/insights about anything I touch on I’m totally into having a discussion in the comments section!

Hope you enjoy it.

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