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lkidgloves1Cover your eyes (in the style of Annèe Olofsson). Vintage Christian Dior gloves that are so old and deteriorated, they shed. But I don’t care -I still love them. | Pictures by me.

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The most important thing for me to recognise is that a woman is a very complex person… every woman has a mystery inside her. (…) I like this black side of people. Black minds, black moods, black clothes: I like the word and I like the emotion. That’s what I try to reflect. It’s romance for the doom generation.”

Veronique Branquinho, Fall/Winter 1998-99. (via WOOLGATHERING)

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>>> MONSTER TANK

torsofloat1. Title unknown [Torso floating over sand], 1938.

relaxjoke2a. Relaxation Season, 1953., 2b. Giving Birth to a Joke, 1956.

rose3. Under rose flowers of exploding black gunpowder Girl flutters her braided hair running to the plaza Dawn laughs out loud swaying its shoulders, 1983.

roseandshovel4a. Roses and Shovel, 1956., 4b. Cold Person, 1956.

viewdrifting5a. View with a Ship Passing Through, 1940., 5b. A Chronicle of Drifting, 1949.

selfpor6a. Self Portrait, 1949., 6b. Self Portrait, 1949.

airthin7a-d. My Thin-Aired Room, 1956.

poem18. Detail of a page featuring a poem by Hideo Oguma titled “I Wish I Were Thinking in the Body of a Horse“.

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PART II – From the book: Japan’s Wooden Divide, Photos of Hiroshi Hamaya and Kansuke Yamamoto, 2013. 

All photographs above by Kansuke Yamamoto retaken by Flower Ta.

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mypersonalnotesMy image reference sheet for the Hiroshi Hamaya and Kansuke Yamamoto posts. | Notes and picture by Flower taken via iPhone.

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>>> GLASS MENAGERIE

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kickitinIn case of emergency, break glass.  1. A designer window breaks just the same as an ordinary one. Smashed Saint Laurent window via Curse of the Multiples.  2. Clever advertising. The broken-glass sticker decal on the window of an Apple Store to promote the iPod Hi-Fi (2010). Image courtesy of Web Designer Depot.  3. Window smashing at the Bullring Shopping Centre in Birmingham. London Riots 2011. Image via Daily Mail UK.

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From HIT THE FLEUR, October 2010:

“Some of us are born rebellious. Reading the story of Zelda Fitzgerald by Nancy Milford, I identified with her mutinous spirit. I remember passing shop windows with my mother and asking why people didn’t just kick them in. She explained that there were unspoken rules of social behavior, and that’s the way we coexist as people.

I felt instantly confined by the notion that we are born into a world where everything was mapped out by those before us. I struggled to suppress destructive impulses and worked instead on creative ones. Still, the small rule-hating self within me did not die….

…When I told [Sam Shepard] I sometimes had the impulse to put my foot through a window, he just said, ‘Kick it in, Patti Lee. I’ll bail you out.’…”

- Patti Smith, Just Kids (2010)

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>>> Random: “Shoot the glass.”

 

>>> MAKEPIC

Screen Shot 2014-07-19 at 11.04.05 AMUnknown photographer. Reminder on the underside of the camera. |  Image courtesy of JAKUBOWSKI, one of my most favorite image blogs that I conquered from beginning to end.

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Excerpt below from Makezine:

“Sometimes while I ride the subway I try to look at each person and imagine what they look like to someone who is totally in love with them. I think everyone has had someone look at them that way, whether it was a lover, or a parent, or a friend, whether they know it or not.

It’s a wonderful thing, to look at someone to whom I would never be attracted and think about what looking at them feels like to someone who is devouring every part of their image, who has invisible strings that are connected to this person tied to every part of their body. I think this fun pastime is a way of cultivating compassion. It feels good to think about people that way, and to use that part of my mind that I think is traditionally reserved for a tiny portion of people I’ll meet in my life to appreciate the general public.”

Dean Spade. For Lovers and Fighters

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>>> BEARER

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PART I – From the book: Japan’s Wooden Divide, Photos of Hiroshi Hamaya and Kansuke Yamamoto, 2013. 

1a. Peaks of Takachiho Volcano, Kagoshima and Miyazaki Prefectures, Japan, 1964.
1b. Eruption at Mount Tokachi, Hokkaido Prefecture, Japan, 1962.
2.   Delta Region, Hokkaido Prefecture, Japan, 1963.
3a. Fallen Trees in Primeval Forest, Eroded Sea Bed, Hokkaido Prefecture, Japan, 1964.
3b. Trunk of Tree, Mount Hakkoda, Aomori Prefecture, Japan, ca. 1960.
4.   Eroded Sea Cliff at Tōjinbō, Early Winter, Fukui Prefecture, Japan, 1960.
5.   Magnum Photo Identification Card, 1960.

All photographs above by Hiroshi Hamaya retaken by Flower Ta.

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Last year in LA, I first laid eyes on the photography of Hiroshi Hamaya and Kansuke Yamamoto at the J. Paul Getty Museum. I remember running around and scribbling into my sketchbook the titles because no photography was permitted in that particular building. Then I tracked down the book and have been waiting to share some pictures with you.

PART II will feature the photographs of Kansuke Yamamoto and they’re wonderful too.

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>>> CIAO CHOW

Screen Shot 2014-07-17 at 1.31.34 PMNeon Neon. New York’s last working CHOW MEIN sign that died during the Summer of 2011 (T. Rinaldi) via New York Neon.

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I used to work right next door to a bakery. It was in a shopping plaza that I always referred to as the land that time forgot. One afternoon, I pop in next store to ask Patty for a little favor:

Me: Hey Patty, may I have a fork for my lunch? I forgot mine today.

Patty: It’s for your chow mein, right?

Me: (laugh/choke uncomfortable laugh follows)

[You know that sensation that happens when you are eating sometime with rice in it (I know, ha ha) and a small tiny fraction of the little grain of rice suctions down the wrong pipe and you choke and feel like your eyeballs are going to eject. So, that happened.

Then, in the final blow delivered, the fatality - She looks me dead in the eyes and asks:]

Patty: That was good one, right?

To answer your question, yes, Patty that was a good one. I’m more of a lo mein girl, but thank you for reminding me that blatant racism can be hilarious and for inspiring this post.

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>>> GLOB

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O.P.P. – Other people’s pictures. 1. Face reminds me of a flower. Reposted picture from desktop folder.  2. Your legs at night via Tumblr.  3. Paper crown profile. Repost but I don’t care. I love this picture. 4. The set designers made it look like the model made a teepee via Lula Magazine. 5. Memento inside the wallet of an international woman. Reposted picture from desktop folder.  6. A page from Reversible Destiny: Arakawa / Gins (We Have Decided Not to Die).  7. Area of Interest chalkboard diagram by Nikolaus Gansterer via Wisdom’s A Gift.  | This is a perfect example of bad blogging etiquette- not properly crediting the image source. Email me if you need me to make it all better.

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>>> Random Thoughts on Blogging (or doing anything creative)

My site is a heavy blend of other people’s pictures and a splash of my own. When I’m on a trip, it will be laden with my personal images, but I mostly share the work of others. If I like what someone has created or think their work/ideas are noteworthy or the image just makes me happy, I share. I want other people to see it and feel that way too.

If you read a general list of blogging rules – one is to only POST ORIGINAL CONTENT. First off, I hate rules. Back in school, whenever I would get my project outline, I was actively thinking of ways to manipulate them to what I wanted to do. To me, bending or breaking the rules meant broadening your viewpoint, reshaping confines, and having much more control over your final product.

Yes, original content helps but everyone blogs for different reasons. My blog is a daily exercise. It is my blog. It is background noise. I am generally speaking to my friends who do stop in. It has been active for years and years and it originally started for one reason and has eventually evolved into something else. Like me, it is continually changing.

Every now and then, someone will ask me for tips on starting their own blog. I do the best that I can with giving advice, but even I’ll admit that I’m still learning everyday. The advice below can be applied to everything. With blogging, it goes like this: just write and post. Stop thinking about it and just do it. And then keep doing it even when you don’t want to because you’ll only improve and your voice will become bigger and more clear. 

There are times very late at night when I am clicking around aimlessly for a line or an image that will keep me above water. Then I find it and it’s a needle in a haystack and nothing to anyone else, but to me, it’s a lifeboat. I create with the hope of reaching one person. Each time I post/write/make something , I think to myself – if I can reach just one person, – just one, and they truly appreciate what I am producing, it’s worth it every time. 

<3,

Flower Ta

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>>> PROJECTIONS

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1. Projector selfie via JAKUBOWSKI.  2. The idea spreads. Image by photographer Estelle Hanania via The Best Time of the Day.  3. Simplified version. (from InceptionSaito: Simple enough. Cobb: No idea is simple when you need to plant it in somebody else’s mind.)

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Definition:

Projections, also known as Sub Cons, are the images of people or objects in a dream that are “projected” by the sleepers‘ subconscious minds. Projections of humans are compared to antibodies in the human body; as the subject’s subconscious becomes aware that the subject is being manipulated by a dreamer, they will attack to defend the subject’s mind.

- Inception written and directed by Christopher Nolan (2010).

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>>> I saw the trailer for Interstallar, Nolan’s newest film starring Matthew McConaughey, last week and I got really excited (Release date: November 7th, 2014).

 

>>> ORBIT MOON

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POCKETSQ2Polka dot pocket square. | Image by me from this full moon weekend.

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>>> CHESS

martinunplugged‘A waste of time’. Close-up shot of photographer Martin Schoeller’s quote on social networking in the contributor section of ELLE (July 2014). The funny thing is that the focus of the issue is all about social networking -mainly Instagram. | Image via Flower.

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A large part of me feels this way. But within the past month of joining Instagram, after saying over and over again that I would not, I will openly admit that Instagram has me by the throat.

>>> Take a look at Schoeller’s portraits via Ace Gallery.

>>> WRINKLE IN TIME

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smashfash1More random crumbs. 1. Found on the recent hunt: Chinese Shar-Pei Club of Central Florida, Fifth Annual Florida Fantasy sweatshirt.  Yea. It’s pretty great.  2 & 3. What Moogie would look like as a Shar-Pei. Yea. He’s pretty great. | Pictures taken via iPhone by Flower.

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>>> BENDER

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trompbikiniRandom crumbs from the day before. 1. A bentwood bed designed by Serge Chermayeff in the 1930s. 2. Trompe-l’œil bent figure inside a bin. A sorted stack of finds from yesterday. | Images via iPhone by Flower.

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>>> FIRESIDE CHATS

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1. Kaboom. Spread courtesy of So Much To Tell You.  2. “Crisp.” Inspiration shot for Spring 2014. Image courtesy of Helmut Lang via The CUT for NY Mag.

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Fireside chats. Backyard. Steady flame. Drinks. When various coordinates of the country merge into one dot. It’s like watching all of the angles in a triangle invert and collapse towards each other.

Sometimes pictures don’t record those nights and it’s best left that way, – like it’s late and nothing else mattered and the only thing illuminating our faces is the light from the fire and not our phones and it’s amazing.

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>>> Please excuse the lapse in posts. Something keeps trying to hack my blog and I keep getting locked out of my own site.

>>> WATER MANIA

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Random after holiday pics that have been cooped up in a secret folder waiting to see the light of day. 1. A sequence of underwater swimming shots from the pages of Harper’s Bazaar via Gramatologia.  2. Old man and the sea wall via JAKUBOWSKI.  3. An epic face towel via JAKUBOWSKI.  4. Wherever this is, I want to jump off and float around in the water. Image via JAKUBOWSKI.  5. I love noodles. Rice noodles. Pool noodles via Patternity.

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>>> THREE STATES IN WATER

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Random pictures from the pool. | Images taken by Brian Bellissimo Jr.

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>>> FOURTH TIME AROUND

FLASHBACK: The fearless dachshund with a hot roman candle. This is one of my most favorite animals videos of all time. The guy who dodges the 9th shot – I get the giggles every time. | Image courtesy of YouTube.

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Happy Birthday to my dog Moogie, who will be sequestered to the bedroom on the 4th while watching animal flicks with the volume turned way, way up because the fireworks horrify him.

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+ Flower’s Curated List of Animal GIFS/Videos (in no particular order):

1. Water’s just fine.
2. I get window treatments.
3. Dolphins can be quite forward.
4. I smell cabbage.
5. Lollipop, Lollipop.
6. And stay down.
7. Smell is the strongest memory trigger.
8. Hello Babars.
9. Everybody look at meeeee!
10. No No Nooooo.

Bonus. Batman and a wiener. 

 

>>> COSMIC BURN

Beldar’s fireworks from Coneheads (1993). | Image courtesy of MOVIECLIPS. 

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Posted just because.

Happy Independence Day! 

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>>> SYLVAN

Screen Shot 2014-07-03 at 9.49.40 AMLouisiana Museum of Modern Art in Humlebæk, Denmark. | Image courtesy of JOURNAL DE JOURS: Dagboek van dagen.

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In my dreams, you are a constellation of tags hanging in the forest. Your paper has a purposeful weight. I run my fingers over your texture and the messages. I can feel the varying impressions of your handwriting. I walk under the low hanging branches and can’t get through the paper web without all of them touching me.

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>>> MAIL

photo1. The Swiss Cross pressed onto the envelope. I’m a sucker for this icon. You can spot them in my home – on the hand-painted first aid kit, hand-painted pillows, the painted duct tape adorning the repurposed clothing hooks. It’s an overused symbol in home design, but I don’t care. I love it.

imonano2. Music is really important to me. I have some kind of background noise on at all times. So when Jourdan said that she didn’t have a portable music player, I loaned her my old Nano loaded with music. She returned it in the package. Look at how cute it is. There’s a pompom snuggled under the leather. I didn’t want to unwrap it.

photo3. i+w x drew’s brews coffee. Coffee. Hot coffee. I’ll drink hot coffee even if it’s hot outside and I’m sitting in a hot car. I just love coffee and sometimes I don’t mind if it scalds my insides as it goes down. It’s delicious. Coffee is always very much appreciated.

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IMOfull5. Overview. Overhead shot of the goods.

Thank you, Jourdan. You’re the best and so was the lovely letter which I read after I returned home from Chicago. I hope that you got mine.

XOXO

All my love,

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6. MADE IN THE U.S.A. Let’s take pride in American-made, especially this week when we set stuff on fire (yea!) on our nation’s birthday.

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Getting mail is always super fun! All goodies from Jourdan Ducat at imogene + willie. Photographs by Flower Ta.