Tuesday, October 9, 2012
In the world of welding there is something called a macro bead. This tiny bead of metal by itself can’t do much good. Each bead alone will not hold up under pressure, but thousands of them, now you have something. Now you have something that is strong enough for Superman to leap in a single bound. Something that can sail the seven seas bring us wonders from exotic lands. Also something that is as beautiful as the Eiffel Tower.
How is it that something so small can change our world, so huge, one bead at a time?
|Funky Fall Fashion ©Cara Eglinton|
When I think about the word macro in relation to photography, I think about small things being photographed to show their smallest of details. Since it is Fall, I set out to find something small that reminded me of season.
While I was out and about in search of things that screamed “Fall,” I found this great piece in a place that I wasn’t expecting. This cute little owl ring adds just a flare of funky to your Fall wardrobe, and when accompanied by a great scarf there is no way to go wrong.
|Coney Island Hot Dog Stand - Tiny Town, Morrison, CO|
|Coney Island Hot Dog Stand - Bailey, CO|
I needed a temporary escape this weekend, so in Christi-esque fashion I hopped in my car and started driving, In hopes of seeing the last peak of Colorado's fall colors, I turn the car south on Rt. 285 towards Conifer. As I drove up the steep incline past Indian Hills, I pondered the meaning of life to the haunting melodies of Sigur Ros and Imogen Heap.
It was then I saw a sign for Tiny Town. I veered the car left onto South Turkey Creek Road, As I came around the bend and into the clearing of this enchanted playground full of miniture buildings (railroad included), seeing that dreaded CLOSED sign gave me flashbacks of the Griswold family pulling into Wally World. I settled for taking the first image through the fence.
Coney Island, a 1950s diner shaped like a giant hot dog (toppings included) and one of Colorado's greatest examples of roadside architecture, happens to be one of the small replicas at Tiny Town. The actual diner is located in Bailey, Colorado, roughly 20 miles south of Tiny Town's location. Did you know the bun is 35 feet long, the hot dog 42 feet, with the building weighing 18 tons? <Insert immature hot dog comment here>
-- Christi B.
Christi Bode Photography
Here a small gingerbread village is torn by war. The soldiers came quietly, preying on the weak and ravaging the marshmallows. Those affected by the tragedy weep for the sacrifices that are to be made – all in the name of deliciousness. Remember, you can't spell “warmth” without “war.”
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Monday, October 8, 2012
Whenever I think of Macro photography, I always think of those National Geographic photos of bugs really close up so you can see their spectacular detail. I wanted to use that same concept but with a different subject. Macro photography is a fascinating way to show detail that is unforeseen by the human eye. So, for my subject I chose this skateboard wheel. Skateboarding has got to be one the most frustrating and stressful sports to learn and most definitely one of the most difficult to master. During all of these trials and tribulations of learning that new trick, your main tool, the Skateboard, goes through far more stress and destruction than you do. In this shot, I wanted to show the gritty detail of just one part of a skateboard that takes some of the heaviest beatings.
- Ryan Bilawsky
Fall Fashion Details
Fall is all about comfort, style, and beautiful sights. The color palates of fall with the golds, reds, oranges, and browns in both nature and fashion are comforting and warm to the viewer. The details can sometimes tell the whole story, in so few words. Details like switching from those worn-out leather sandals, to the sturdy pair of suede high tops you love so much. Fall is the season when it is okay to wear a chunky sweater, and a scarf. You can have your cake and eat it too. No more discomfort. No more limitations. Much more happy.
The term of architecture can be applied to many things. The entire building is just as important as the nuts and bolts that keep it together. Macro photography shots usually highlight the details of a subject. I have an obsession with how nature's structure plays off of the man made structures that have taken over. The overgrowth of this small weed flower on the stop sign is intricate and playful, weaving in, out and around. This literal macro shot of the weed flower presents the overgrowth as something beautiful even though the relationship is not symbiotic.
|Macro shot of chickenfoot and Japanese blade. ©Kevin Reeve|
To kick off the quarter, I thought it would be great to shake things up. I have been thinking recently about the ever-increasing disconnect we Americans have with our food. We often shudder to think about where the meat on our plates actually comes from. In many societies feet, organs, and other “undesirable” cuts are the norm, it is simply too expensive to eat Western-style cuts of meat, yet these peasant foods often form the spirit of the larger culinary culture.
It is important to remember that a strong agrarian ethos was one of the key factors in building America. As a nation, we have largely turned our backs on local, small-scale farmers. Next time you’re faced with the decision of purchasing sustenance, have a quick think about what you’re leaving in the wake of your shopping cart, and what’s actually for dinner.
That, and it's just a really super-creepy shot...