why can’t instagram captions just flow naturally out of me??? that way i wouldn’t have to sweat for 10 minutes trying to craft an enticing description of my photo only to end up just deleting the whole thing and posting 3 emojis
Madonna photographed in Alphabet City by Richard Corman, 1982.
Richard Corman had just finished an apprenticeship with Richard Avedon in 1982 and was referred to Madonna by his mother who was casting Martin Scorsece’s “The Last Temptation of Christ”. At the time, Madonna was an aspiring dancer, actress, and singer. She had auditioned for the movie and Richard’s mother saw something special in the unknown Madonna that her son could capture on film with some modeling and audition shots. On their first outing in 1982, Madonna walked Richard Corman around her neighborhood, using anything she came across as a casual backdrop for an afternoon of shooting. “I followed her around the Lower East Side,” says Richard. “She was so comfortable — it was as if she was in her own backyard.”
Iconic photographer Richard Corman remembers the first time he met Madonna. He told Rolling Stone magazine:
“[It was] in the summer of 1982 at her apartment on the Lower East Side. Prior to entering the building, I had to call her from a phone booth from across the street as she let me know, under no uncertain terms, that I was not to enter the building without her alerting all of the tenants due to a lot of illegal activity going on, on the stoop and on the ground floor – which she had no part in…
There was a group of kids outside the building, on the stoop, in the hallways, and when I said I was there for Madonna the seas parted. I looked up the staircase, and I saw this girl leaning over the edge of the banister, and even from three stories below I could see these catlike eyes just looking down. I knew at that moment that she had something special — I really did.”
This beautiful Tintin tome is full of all wonderful things Hergé
Tintin: The Art of Hergé by Michel Daubert
Harry N. Abrams
2013, 480 pages, 8.5 x 8.5 x 1.8 inches (paperback)
$31 Buy one on Amazon
If you’re a fan of Tintin comics and of Hergé (Georges Remi), this is one book you’ll want to own. Nothing “comic book” or throw away about this beautifully produced volume. The form factor and details are wonderful: a square format with an elegant embossed black and white drawing close-up of Tintin with his trademark quiff on the cover. It has also red- and white-checkerboard page edges, just like the iconic rocket ship from “Destination Moon.” This one will display nicely with the rest of your Tintin collectibles.
It won’t stay on the display shelf for long. The 480 pages inside are just as delightful. It’s full of colorful images of all things Hergé, from enticing photos of the Hergé Museum in Brussels (you’ll want to go!), to artifacts and models used in the production of the Tintin books, snapshots and promotional pictures of Hergé, and lots of images of actual camera art.
You’ll see up close and in detail how Hergé created his books, from preliminary rough sketches and figure drawings, pencil layouts and revisions, reference materials and photography, original camera art line (with all the corrections) and the final colored print version. A real look “inside” that the comic fan will appreciate.
– Bob Knetzger
How I Shoot: Capturing Cocktails with @danielkrieger
For each How I Shoot, we ask an Instagrammer to tell us about the process behind their photos and videos. For more of Daniel’s pictures of food and drink, follow @danielkrieger on Instagram.
For Daniel Krieger (@danielkrieger), a photographer in New York City, the recipe for an enticing cocktail photo includes “beautiful composition, atmosphere and the best possible light.”
Though he also regularly documents dishes at restaurants such as Estela (@estelanyc) and Maison Premiere (@maisonpremiere), Daniel said that cocktails have something special going for them that most dishes don’t: their ability to transmit light. Captured correctly, “that glass just pops and creates an instant focus for the viewer.”
Here are Daniel’s tips for capturing the perfect cocktail photo:
“A 45-degree angle is nice because it shows the different layers of the drink and glass. And try backing up a bit. When you fill the entire frame with a dish of food or, in this case, a cocktail, the frame feels cramped and the iPhone camera doesn’t do as well. Put the drink against a wall, using some of the wall in your frame to create a nice composition. Watch your peripherals. If there’s a crumpled cocktail napkin behind your drink, move it out of the frame. If some guy is in the background of your frame maybe move a little bit to get him out of it. If he keeps following you around maybe go to another bar!”
“Either use a cool glass—a coupe is a sexy choice—or a spirit with a rich, beautiful color. As with any type of mobile photography, natural light is a large chunk of the pie chart that makes up a good photograph. I will often use direct sunlight late in the day.”
“Enhance the image using an app like Snapseed (iOS and Android) or VSCO (iOS and Android). And don’t forget to enjoy the drink. Cheers!”
EAGLES TO HONOR FORMER CHEERLEADER-TURNED-SOLDIER - During every home game this season, the Philadelphia Eagles have honored a hometown hero. The idea is for the team to honor an Eagles fan who also serves in the military. This Sunday’s home finale will be a little different though because the Eagles won’t be honoring a fan in the military, they’ll be honoring a former Eagles cheerleader who left the squad in 2009 and later joined the military.
Rachel Washburn, 25, is a former Eagles’ cheerleader who is set to be honored this weekend as a Hometown Hero during the Eagles-Bears game for serving two tours of duty in Afghanistan.
According to USA Today, Washburn was a freshman at Drexel University when a friend, who was a cheerleader for the Philadelphia 76ers, convinced her to try out for the Eagles cheerleading squad.
After she made the cut, Washburn made a trip to Kuwait in 2008 as part of a military goodwill tour with the Eagles cheerleading squad and that’s when she decided that maybe she wanted to make the Army a bigger part of her life, “Getting to actually talk to people who are in the military and doing their jobs day in and day out was very eye-opening,” Washburn said.
Joining the Army wasn’t Washburn’s first taste of military life. Her father was a Army helicopter pilot and Air Force Fighter pilot.
As an Army intelligence officer with a special ops combat unit in Afghanistan, she carried an assault rifle and pistol. She was a pioneer in a special mission to relate to local women in ways that would be culturally inappropriate for male troops — including helping deliver an Afghan baby in a snowstorm.
During her two tours, Washburn became a very decorated solider. She has received the Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Combat Action Badge, Airborne Badge and Air Assault Badge.
With just over one year of service left in the Army, Washburn says she’s thinking about more, “There are some opportunities that are enticing me,” she said. (Photo: Rachel Washburn/Facebook)