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Grass Doe
posted by OmieWise (44 comments total) 6 users marked this as a favorite

 
I don't get why this is special. Looks like someone's regular old home pictures, with a nicer camera.
posted by Malice at 5:23 PM on March 2, 2010


If you get a few pages in there are several photos of hogs being butchered. Just a warning for those who might not be expecting that.
posted by sciurus at 5:28 PM on March 2, 2010


too fucking late.
posted by Jikido at 5:32 PM on March 2, 2010


I really like a lot of these. Thanks, OmnieWise.
posted by brundlefly at 5:36 PM on March 2, 2010


I don't get why this is special either, except maybe that there's a boat named Whore Afire.
posted by XMLicious at 5:43 PM on March 2, 2010 [1 favorite]


Jeez, go take a nap, cranky asses. These are great photos.
posted by desjardins at 5:46 PM on March 2, 2010 [5 favorites]


Jeez, go take a nap, cranky asses. These are great photos.
posted by desjardins


I'm not cranky at all. I just don't think there's anything 'great' about it. They're normal, slightly badly shot pictures on an upper quality digital camera.
posted by Malice at 5:52 PM on March 2, 2010 [1 favorite]


Is there any back story for these?
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 5:52 PM on March 2, 2010


desjardins, I think that's the point. Several of us disagree that these are great photos. I'll agree that some few really hit home, but personally: it's a weak FPP.

The shots are too formulaic, too risk-free. And, aside from the gallery, there's... nothing. Not a goddamned thing. Another peeve of mine: Mefi posts that are nothing more than "looksee this artist!". No context. No larger theme.
posted by IAmBroom at 5:56 PM on March 2, 2010


Ultra-short posts are great when the content speaks for itself. For me, these photographs didn't quite rise to that level.
posted by Joe Beese at 5:58 PM on March 2, 2010


looks like it should have been called FuckYeahPrettyPeopleInWisconsinIceFishingAndShit.tumblr.com
posted by mathowie at 5:59 PM on March 2, 2010 [14 favorites]


Hey Omie—I liked 'em, I liked the Americana, I liked the wistful feel. But I will say that after the first page, I was about done with hipsters ice fishing. Young, beautiful people are always easy to shoot, frankly. And I was wondering if there was more to this… I looked at Levitt's regular site, and that he's a food photog doesn't surprise me. He's got a decent sense of how to shoot food, but, say this shot shows that while he knows how to get an evocative portrait, he doesn't know what to do with it. By cropping that closer (which, honestly, letting the full frame in is a hallmark of photo journalism, because you have to give your photo editor room to fit it in), the image would have been almost infinitely stronger.

So what this ends up looking like is someone who is a pretty good photographer technically, but without that arts training or disposition that it takes to make images that are compelling enough to not just look at once, but to return to. I do, of course, include the caveat that these are all on my screen—I find the vast majority of digital photography as displayed through the web to be vastly inferior to actual prints, and I do know that I've been dismissive of people's work before just due to that gap, i.e. loving it once I see it in person.
posted by klangklangston at 6:05 PM on March 2, 2010


That name was already taken.
posted by OmieWise at 6:05 PM on March 2, 2010 [1 favorite]


I liked them in a weird way. They seem like stills from a movie. Maybe it's the guys Bob Dylan hat that made me think of the 1960s. They also look as if they were taken from the film The Sweet Hereafter. They also reminded me of this bizarre HSBC: Lumberjack ad with a song by Joanna Newsom. They also reminded me how creepy nostalgia is sometimes.
posted by Omon Ra at 6:06 PM on March 2, 2010


Ah! Boston Globe - great photos and travel writing. It makes a picture of America for me.
posted by tellurian at 6:12 PM on March 2, 2010


How does one shoot like this, I mean the whole nostalgia bleached colors thing so photos look 40 years old? Is it just desaturation in Photoshop and maybe adding a slight bluish tint to everything?
posted by mathowie at 6:13 PM on March 2, 2010


Oh! and good recipes too.
posted by tellurian at 6:15 PM on March 2, 2010


How does one shoot like this, I mean the whole nostalgia bleached colors thing so photos look 40 years old? Is it just desaturation in Photoshop and maybe adding a slight bluish tint to everything?

Basically get Lightroom, google around for some "Polaroid" presets until you find something you like. But yeah, desaturation is most of it.
posted by drjimmy11 at 6:22 PM on March 2, 2010


I hadn't realized Garrison Keillor was art-directing for Ambercrombie & Fitch these days.
posted by Chrischris at 6:26 PM on March 2, 2010 [7 favorites]


Desaturation is some of it, but it's not what creates the color shifts - that's usually done with a "curves" adjustment layer in Photoshop (I think Lightroom has the same capability).
posted by kcds at 6:32 PM on March 2, 2010


Rotting ice. Alewives. A Crate & Barrel table shot. A novel I don't like very much. Dogs thinking dog thoughts. A shot of someone's parents from before they got old. One of nature's ex-boyfriends -- sunny, handsome, healthy and yet instantly punchable. Pickled okra. Not enough Jack Daniels left.

I like the caption-free format; it allows me to supply my own.
posted by Countess Elena at 6:35 PM on March 2, 2010 [3 favorites]


I kept waiting for the list of what they were wearing and how much it costs.
posted by missmary6 at 6:36 PM on March 2, 2010 [2 favorites]


Seems like a nice life. God bless.
posted by gwint at 6:40 PM on March 2, 2010 [1 favorite]


Maine is a great place.
posted by Vectorcon Systems at 7:04 PM on March 2, 2010


He totally loves the Marshall Tucker Band girl.
posted by Mister_A at 7:05 PM on March 2, 2010


"I hadn't realized Garrison Keillor was art-directing for Ambercrombie & Fitch these days."

Ha! I'd got as far as "J Crew" catalogue then got stuck...

Kind of like the slow wistful, dreamy thing, but everyone is just a bit too pretty, too benign, and the blood in the snow looks like artful visual confection.
posted by marvin at 7:28 PM on March 2, 2010


Strangely fascinating. Like the kind of thing sold in the fiction section that's not sci-fi, horror, mystery, or fantasy.
posted by niccolo at 7:36 PM on March 2, 2010


Glass Joe
posted by schoolgirl report at 9:00 PM on March 2, 2010


Put me in the "fuck the haters" category. A lot of these photos are really great, don't get what everyone's beef is.

Though I do agree with mathowie on the title bit.

Seconding wondering how people achieve that look to their photos. Wish I knew what camera they were shooting with, too.
posted by CitrusFreak12 at 9:06 PM on March 2, 2010


*he's, rather, not they.
posted by CitrusFreak12 at 9:08 PM on March 2, 2010


I keep expecting to see a link on where I can order their clothes.
posted by Kloryne at 9:09 PM on March 2, 2010


Upon review -
Duhh. I guess.
posted by Kloryne at 9:10 PM on March 2, 2010


Is there any back story for these?

Ice fishing hipsters.
posted by Naberius at 9:10 PM on March 2, 2010 [1 favorite]


At first I was disappointed with this link but I was glad I kept looking.
i really liked some of these... I liked how they made me feel whether they were technically correct or artistic or not.
I recognized the photos from Key West immediately and a few shots later thought to myself Isn't that Earnest Hemingway's shower head? Confirmed when I say the oryx head in his study...
posted by fogonlittlecatfeet at 9:10 PM on March 2, 2010


Stealth marketing campaign?
posted by gallois at 9:21 PM on March 2, 2010


Nice.
posted by Relay at 10:10 PM on March 2, 2010


Ooooh, look at us, we're wholesome and beautiful...
posted by TheCoug at 11:00 PM on March 2, 2010


This thread was an interesting Rorschach. I posted it without commentary, but people seemed to react to not only the pictures but also what they perceived might have been the intent behind my post.

For the record, I thought mathowie's first comment perfectly captured my response.
posted by OmieWise at 7:18 AM on March 3, 2010


I've been following the blog for awhile, and for a long time it's been anonymous - just these artful photos of a contemporary rural life that I, as a brooklyn kid, could not exactly place. The emphasis on food photography did make me think it was the blog of some high end organic restaurant that runs a farm out in the country.

To the degree that the photographer is just shooting the daily life of him and his friends, I celebrate and applaud the quality and care of his work and his lovely aesthetic.

For the most part (slaughter clearly excepted) it's extremely well done quiet, contemplative work about making a very good life away from the city.

Nothing wrong with that. Looks like a nice life to me.

It's a fun blog to follow over time. Please don't dismiss the work on a knee jerk basis. There is more to get here than a good joke.
posted by bonsai forest at 8:00 AM on March 3, 2010


He totally loves the Marshall Tucker Band girl.

So do I. The rest, meh.
posted by Splunge at 8:11 AM on March 3, 2010


Hipsteris Borealis
posted by Anything at 11:37 AM on March 3, 2010


Most of these shots were taken in coastal Maine, with a roadtrip to the Badlands, California, possibly Mexico and then back east to Palm Beach. It is interesting to see the photographers eye change as you go back far enough. I didn't see anything disturbing in slaughtering the hogs, but then again I also live on the Maine coast.

One persistent them I have noticed is the presence of a Husky (dog).
posted by Runcible Spoon at 5:21 PM on March 3, 2010


Look at this fishing hipster?
posted by klangklangston at 5:52 PM on March 3, 2010 [1 favorite]


I guess no-one clicked my link up above. Jonathan Levitt writes and takes photographs for The Boston Globe. Travel pieces, Americana, food and restaurants. This is just an offshoot of that.
posted by tellurian at 6:39 PM on March 3, 2010 [1 favorite]


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