Welcome back to our twenty seventh post in our new section ‘Tickle Your Fancy’. ‘Tickle Your Fancy’ includes a round-up of five links to articles from around the internet that have specifically interested us during the course of the week. Ones that we feel are relevant to your interest in photography and art.
Just to explain the title for this section ‘Tickle Your Fancy’ is an English idiom and essentially means that something appeals to you and perhaps stimulates your imagination in an enthusiastic way, we felt it would make a great title for this new section of the site.
We hope you enjoy this weeks’ selections…
Great literary husbands: The men who supported genius
Wonderful article about the wonderfully supportive men behind literary women. ‘Rebecca Mead’s wonderful new book, “My Life in Middlemarch,” offers a reminder that at least one woman writer succeeded in making an ideal selection in 1854 — even if George Eliot was not actually able to marry George Henry Lewes when the couple moved in together that year. (Lewes was already married to a woman who had deserted him for another man.) Lewes not only adored Eliot, he admired and supported her work without competitive reservation and helped change the course of literary history by persuading her to move beyond journalism to write fiction.
NPPA Attorney Explains Photographers’ Rights and How to Deal with the Police
Interesting article on PDN with Mickey Osterreicher, general counsel to the National Press Photographers Association. ‘The gist of Osterreicher’s message is how to stay out of trouble while also getting the photos you need. He also suggests ways to explain your rights to an irate officer without getting arrested. And, on the maybe not-so-off chance you DO get arrested, he explains who to call for legal counsel’.
Artist Sketches the Mundane Moments of Strangers’ Lives
‘Japanese illustrator Hirofumi Hamaguchi takes mundane moments in life as an opportunity to practice his craft. The artist tells Mashable that he considers this method to be similar to athletes preparing for a big game. “To score a goal, to swim fast or to draw a good illustration for a client, you need to warm up,” he says’. via Mashable.
Fantastic High Contrast Images of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics
The Guardian has put together a selection of outstanding high contrast images of the Winter Olympics. These are a real treat to view.
Lilian Bassman’s Distinctive Images of the 40’s and 50’s
Another fabulous series of images, this time by Lillian Bassman ‘produced by careful darkroom manipulation, they brought elegance and whimsy to a previously fusty, straight-backed style of promoting clothes and jewellery. Bassman was born in Brooklyn in 1917 into a family of free-thinking intellectuals. So bohemian were her parents that they allowed her to move in with her future husband at 15, before they were married. She trained as a textile designer first, but decided to try her hand at fashion illustration. When she showed her portfolio to Alexey Brodovitch, the director of Harper’s Bazaar, he immediately accepted her at his prestigious Design Laboratory, where she switched to graphic design’.