Friday, November 26, 2010

Darkness and Light

Photographer Richard Avedon in front of a portrait from his In the American West series

I recently came across a PBS
American Masters documentary on Richard Avedon, posted in its entirety on YouTube:

There is often speculation that on some level all of Avedon's photos are self-portraits – that he was always trying to get to some truth about himself by photographing other people. I think because of that, there is something about his work, taken as a whole, that
to me represents life so fully – the good and the bad, the ugliness and the promise of beauty, the reality and the aspiration – the mix of it all. It kind of kills me to think about it, his work means so much to me.

This documentary is a good survey – part 1 of 9 is above [or if you can't see it, click here to watch] and parts 2–9 are after the jump:

Your Weekly Mr. Littlejeans

way back

Guest Cat

Our friend Natasha and her cat Sebastian (above left) moved to a new neighborhood and a mean outdoor cat is trying to bully poor Sebastian.

Cracka Dawn


This is happening

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Best Foot Forward


Pierre Hardy blue suede boots, S/S 2011
[via AnOther]

Image of the Day

Marilyn Monroe publicity photo, 1950 (photographer regrettably unknown, please let me know if you know).

Happy Thanksgiving


snatch that gravy

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Need vs. Want

Lizzie Fortunato Jewels Desert Bracelet
(elastic and brass), $80 at Kirna Zabête.

Add / Subtract

Cerruti Spring 2011

On the Edge of the World

. I love the simplicity of this Filippa K Fall/Winter campaign, shot by (you can almost guess from the color) Camilla Åkrans.

There is so much information overload all the time, it's nice to see ads that are quiet and minimal, but still with a mood and feeling. I know I'm somewhat repeating myself, I guess it's just something I'm thinking about a lot lately.

Here's a little video to go with it:

More at

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Need vs. Want

Really, really Want. I love the draping in the back, and - depending on how you rock it - this dress could go uptown, downtown, or cross town. Mercifully (for my pocketbook) it was immediately snapped up at the sale price by someone else.

Stella McCartney belted one-shoulder jersey dress,
$422.50 (originally $845) at
More good pieces from the same sale here.

4:02 PM

Sonic Youth "Jams Run Free" from Rather Ripped (Geffen, 2006)

(Photo: Georgetown, Seattle, July 2010)

Fabric Works

Louise Bourgeois: The Fabric Works, at Hauser & Wirth Gallery in London, features four large-scale sculptures and over seventy of Bourgeois's "fabric drawings," made between 2002 and 2008 from clothing and other scraps accrued throughout her long and fruitful life.

Louise Bourgeois Untitled, 2007 (Fabric, 27 1/2 x 22")

Louise Bourgeois Untitled, 2006 (Fabric, 15 1/4 x 19 1/8")

Louise Bourgeois Untitled, 2006 (Fabric, 12 x 9")

Louise Bourgeois Untitled, 2005 (Fabric, 18 x 14")

Louise Bourgeois: The Fabric Works is up through December 18 – more images and info at Hauser & Wirth.

Installation view photos by Christopher Burke

A Sense of National Purpose

.Fifty years ago this month, John F. Kennedy was elected President.
Bob Herbert looks back.

Image of the Day

Eadweard Muybridge: Cockatoo: Flying; Plate 759, 1887 (collotype on paper) from a review in the current issue of Aperture magazine of Helios: Eadweard Muybridge in a Time of Change, a traveling exhibition currently on view at Tate Britain, and moving to SFMoMA February 26–June 7, 2011.

After the Deluge


Monday, November 22, 2010


It might not look like much, but the wind was blowing
the snow sideways at 40 mph, and the roads were
sheets of ice. Standing at our front windows
felt like being in the middle of a snow globe.

Image of the Day

It's getting cold here (and it's snowing hard this morning) so this weekend we put the boat in dry stack storage for the winter. Bayside Marine has this gigantic forklift to lift boats out of the water and put them on a shelf in their warehouse (it kind of reminds me of the elevator parking lots they have in New York). When you want to have it in the water again, you just call a hotline and they have it waiting for you when you get there. It feels luxurious but it's about the same price as regular moorage and it's much better for the boat. You can see more photos and a video of how they do it at