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The making of Isle of Dogs + VSCO presets for the film

Twenty-seven animators worked on the new Wes Anderson flick Isle of Dogs. This video demonstrates some of the techniques and challenges they faced in production. According to one of the creators, “one of the hardest things to do in animation is a walk.” So they strapped cameras to the backs of dogs to understand a canine’s […]

Hidden by what we see

The combination of perception and imagination can turn the ordinary into the extraordinary. But we strive to go deeper into the details, beyond what is manifest. Said René Magritte: “Everything we see hides another thing; we always want to see what is hidden by what we see.” The more we look, the more realize what […]

Borders by VSCO

In its never-ending endeavor to augment mobile photography and enhance digital art, VSCO added Borders to its app today. The new feature allows VSCO X users to frame their images with 17 different color options. You can see some of my first efforts above. Filters aren’t dead. Nor are the wall decorations. Kudos to VSCO […]

Experiments in pink + orange

What’s interesting about distortion is that ordinary photos or videos can instantly become more interesting. VSCO has some excellent filters for converting your photos into different looks. While my favorite is still the Nike Sportswear Mars-like filter, I love the pink, blue, and orange effects as part of the VSCO D-series. All photography is in […]

Scales aquatic 🐟

The logic of aquariums, as with zoos, is the logic of conservation: individual animals must sacrifice their freedom so that the species as a whole can be protected. Plenty of its creatures seem delighted to be there, as far as one can tell, and others seem perfectly unaware of where they are. No doubt many […]

To be close to the texture of things

All photos by Wells Baum (@bombtune) I walked through woods, botanical gardens, and autumnal light-filled streets spotting the hybridity of green and colored plants, swamps, leaves, and vines trying to grasp a sense of texture that brings a sense of play to the air. The peaceful taste of daily experience relaxes the texture of the human […]

Finding Vivian Maier

The 19th-century French novelist Gustave Flaubert once said to be “be regular and orderly in your life like a Bourgeois so that you may be violent and original in your work.” Vivian Maier took this to heart. No one ever knew this nanny was an artist of her own. She took over 100,000 photos, mostly street […]

Mars Effect: Download the new Nike Sportswear x VSCO filter

The new Nike Sportswear x VSCO filter dropped while I was on vacation last week in the Dominican Republic. It paints a Mars-like effect on your photos. This is how VSCO describes it on its blog: “the preset creates a bold, duotone look using strong black and red hues. The tonal range of each image […]