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Polaroll'd!

…for this gift that combines two of my all-time favorite activities: photography and sitting on the toilet!

Polaroll’d,

-Shady

Image from photographer Richard Renaldi's photo project "Touching Strangers."

…makes strangers get close with his photo project “Touching Strangers.”

Learn more here.

Never met a stranger I wouldn’t touch,

-Shady

…that blends images together to make one (almost always creepy) image.

Here are a few of my first test runs.

Me (top) + Bill (bottom) =

Shady + Bill

Mr. Fabulous + Bowery =

Mr. Fabulous + Bowery

Sarah (left) + KB (right) =

Sarah + KB

Sarah (top) + KB (bottom) =

Sarah + KB

KB + Sarah =

KB + Sarah

Jonah + Me =

Jonah + Me

Holy split, those are terrifying,

-Shady

Nick Stern/Banksy

Neither is Nick Stern.

Can’t wait to see the recreation of the dog pissing,

-Shady

…and caught three photo exhibitions: Herb Ritts: L.A. StylePortraits of Renown: Photography and the Cult of Celebrity, and In Focus: Los Angeles, 1945–1980.

All three exhibitions were great. If you live in Los Angeles, or if you’re visiting and are looking to check out some amazing art, get to the Getty!

Here are a few of my favorite pieces from the exhibitions.

Herb Ritts, Mask, Hollywood, 1989 (with model Stephanie Seymour):

Herb Ritts, Rossy de Palma, 1990:

Nadar, Victor Hugo on his Deathbed, 1885:

Edward Steichen, Auguste Rodin – The Thinker, 1902 (with sculpture of Victor Hugo in background):

Diane Arbus, A Castle in Disneyland, Cal., 1962:

Learn more about the Getty here.

And thus ends your art history lesson,

-Shady

See more of his work (and this great series) here.

Wish I had thought of it,

-Shady

 © 2011, Ellagraph Studios, www.ellagraph.com

…for a whole lot of reasons.

Not only are they great friends, but KB and I were also fortunate enough to have them shoot our wedding last month.

Check out a few of the photos here.

If you live in the Milwaukee/Chicago area (or if you’re willing to pay for travel wherever you are) and are looking for photographers, we couldn’t recommend them any higher.

They’re the best,

-Shady

…is trying to raise $25,000 to fund a new documentary film about American photographer/artist Joel-Peter Witkin. The name of the project (for now, at least) is “Joel-Peter Witkin: An Objective Eye.”

If you don’t know what Witkin does, he creates a lot of imagery like this:

Sure, it’s not exactly for everyone. But if you’re an art and photo nerd like myself, you love it.

Anyway, Marino started up a Kickstarter page to raise money for the film. The page contains an outline of what he’s trying to accomplish, as well as a fancy trailer! Check it all out here.

Oh, and did I mention that my good friend Erik Rose is also involved in the project? Yep, he is! That’s his illustration work on the Kickstarter page.

So support indie film (and artists like Thomas and Erik) and donate today.

Going to bed,

-Shady

…is pretty fantastic. Learn more here.

Gonna do one,

-Shady

…saw me holding my camera and asked if I’d take a photo of her for “…the newspaper, so the people of Los Angeles know how serious the homeless problem is in the city.”

I don’t have the power to get this photo printed in a newspaper, so this will have to do.

Learn more about Los Angeles’ homeless here, and donate to help them here.

I kept my promise,

-Shady

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