Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Such Great Heights

I had to save this photo when I saw it on NPR this morning. Unbelievable, isn't it?! Found in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, this tree is at least 1500 years old and 300-foot high! The climbers' tiny bodies in the photo give you the best sense of scale. National Geographic photographer Michael Nichols spent a year photographing the giant redwoods in California. The process is quite interesting: he devised a way to do redwoods justice. It involved three cameras, a team of scientists, a robotic dolly, a gyroscope, an 83-photo composite and a lot of patience. The largest tree elevation is thus assembled! (see the video on NPR)

Hopefully I can travel to that State Park someday. My fascination with giant old trees originated from the forest scene in Hitchcock's Vertigo. I've traced the footsteps of Madeleine and Scottie through the redwoods at Muir Woods. The cycle of life and death, the cycle of death and rebirth, the poetic melancholy, the enigmatic beauty, will haunt me forever...

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Waiting for the Love Story of Capitalism

I'm thrilled to hear about Michael Moore's new documentary Capitalism: A Love Story on NPR today. Always attracted by Moore's provocative documentaries, I wonder what controversies this one will stir up in American society. From his previous sensitive subjects such as terrorism and health care system, he makes a further step to investigate the much more substantial and fundamental issue: Capitalism itself.

Placing the yellow crime scene tape around Wall Street is so very Michael Moore, reminds me of the mock funeral he staged outside the HMO's headquarters in Sicko. His confrontational style has a powerful comedy and irony effect which is somewhat reminiscent of Chaplin.

Can't wait to watch Capitalism. Oct 2nd - Yes!!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Jeremy Liebman

I'm intrigued by the fashion photographs from American photographer Jeremy Liebman. He studied both film and liberal arts in college, no wonder his works exhibit a lot of consideration on the relationship between human body, costume pattern and space. Fashion design is best displayed against the minimal composition of the geometries. I find the first image really stunning, and also love the the sutble expression of light and shadows in all these photographs.

view more of his works at

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Funky Dishwashing Gloves

As I need to wash a lot of Chloe's stuff these days, I decided to get a pair of dishwashing gloves to protect my hands. A little bit internet search led me into the world of funky dishwashing gloves. My favorites are the Lushlife sponge gloves (upper image) - so adorable and practical! The Couture series (lower image) are fine too, stylish with a retro and feminine look. Guess I'll get a pair of Lushlife to make everyday washing a fun experience!