Friday March 8th, 2013
Stars who hang with dictators.
How baby giraffes sleep.
Sleeping is cute, it’s the waking moments that are awkward. Photo by Cristina Candel
Live from North Korea!
Vimeo’s ‘Looks’ lets you add filters over your videos.
The Vatican commemorates the Pope with a Comic Sans photo album.
Olympian becomes first woman to sign an exclusively male-modeling contract.
Businessman attempts same thing in reverse. Doesn’t go as well as he had hoped. Photo by Karl J Kaul
Endearingly strange photos of a woman and her chicken.
The daily dish.
Fluffy isn’t thrilled with the idea of having her private moments shared with the world. Photo by Grace Chon
- Maria Luci
Sunday December 23rd, 2012
Sunday September 9th, 2012
Wednesday August 8th, 2012
by Maria Luci
“I came across the fire by chance,” says Jesse, “driving west from Santa Fe, I saw it and I was mesmerized.” The fire that photographer Jesse Rieser is speaking of was The Wallow Fire, the biggest wildfire ever recorded in Arizona. The fire spread across Arizona and New Mexico, burning 841 square miles during the summer of 2011.
It was in May of last year that Jesse first encountered the fire. As he says, it memorized him—”the towering smoke plumes and expanses of blackened earth”—and he soon returned to capture the effects of the blaze.
For five days, Jesse photographed what this giant fire left in its wake. He focused his lens on shooting the unique beauty that comes from destruction. This new landscape was equally distressing and captivating. Jesse says,
I was drawn by the way the fire reshaped the landscape and the atmosphere, making it a surreal, deadly place where playgrounds stood empty, where tree bark turned to ash scales, where grazing land was charred to cinder, where the air swirled thick with smoke and heat.
Although Jesse has tackled a number of documentary series in the past, this was his first focusing on landscapes. He chose to focus, not so much on the fire itself, but the ways it altered the land it consumed. Jesse also documented the large force brought in to contain the flames.
To achieve the look and feel of the series, Jesse chose to shoot with film on a Mamiya RZ 67II and a Mamiya 7II,
I had been itching to get back to shooting color negative film. The tonalities of the landscapes and the desire to be as documentary as possible created the perfect excuse to go back to film. The biggest challenge with his project, aside from the physical issues of being in a heavily contaminated location, was being patient with the film workflow and really spending time with the images in creating my final edit and narrative.
The photos were printed large-scale and have already been displayed in several galleries. Jesse has also created a limited edition, handmade book featuring the photographs. He adds, “I think this body of work many become a part of a larger project, exploring our choices and how we’re adversely affecting the land.” Jesse is currently in the Midwest creating a new series on the drought and its effects on farmers.
View more, including the entire Wallow Fire series, at jesserieser.com.
Friday January 6th, 2012
Behind the scenes photos that kill the magic.
Hitler can sell anything.
Obama joins Instagram.
Iconic photos stripped of their subjects.
Sports Illustrated tried the same thing with their swimsuit issue. Sales were flat. photo by Trent Bell/Boston
Sketching banned at photo exhibit.
Student sneaks his work into the National Museum.
As a result of the prank, museums are taking bizarre measures to increase security. photo by Jesse Rieser/Los Angeles
Truth in logo design.
Living with a lion.
Facebook timeline used for anti-drug PSA.
If Cheech and Chong are in your Timeline, you may have a problem. photo by Bryan Meltz/Atlanta
Release your inner creativity.
- Maria Luci