In the late 1800s and early 1900s, the Eastman Kodak Company started introducing the first cameras truly suited to amateur photographers: small, easy to use, and capable of being loaded and unloaded without access to a darkroom.
These early Kodak cameras were perfectly suited to an emerging market: young women, eager to take advantage of the freedoms that were slowly being granted to them. In 1893, the first ‘Kodak Girl’ was introduced: carefree, adventurous, and independent.
The Kodak Girl: Women in Kodak Advertising | Ryerson Archives & Special Collections
The Martha Cooper Collection
(Note: like a lot of early advertising, this particular image is uncredited. If you know the artist’s name, please let me know.)
I wasn’t going to post a song this weekend. Nothing seemed right.
But then I was listening to the radio. And I heard a song. And it suddenly struck me that, for the very first time, I was listening to a song in French, and understanding nearly every word. Not just picking out a word or phrase here or there (which is what usually happens), but actually understanding the lyrics, without thinking about it.
So, today, I’m listening to…
‘On dira aux autres’ by Sally Folk.
1. liking… the idea of a new holiday (tomorrow), but I’m not really sure what to do with it. It feels a bit random.
2. putting… solid plans in place.
3. painting… my nails navy blue. And highlighter-pink. And listening to ‘Live Through This.’ This is exactly how I spent most afternoons in 1994.
4. craving… pad thai. Seriously, it’s been ages. I need to remedy that.
5. getting… distracted, reading old novel drafts. After four(!) years, I can be objective enough to see that they aren’t nearly as terrible as I thought at the time, but even now, I mostly see problems that I’m not sure how to solve.
6. dealing… with too many technical issues at once. (I think my backup drive is on it’s way out, and there’s something going on with the fan in my MacBook, and… ugh.)
7. thinking… about art. (For the walls, mostly, but also, just in general.)
8. starting… to get bored with this whole “snow” thing.
9. admitting… that this whole growing-my-hair-out thing isn’t working. My hair seems to go weirdly flat and sad-looking before it’s long enough to really do anything with (other than a boring ponytail). Chopping it off this week.
10. feeling… pretty good about getting this out on time. (I think it’s the first time this year, isn’t it?)
Big Noble // "Ocean Picture" from Daniel Ryan on Vimeo.
I feel like I’ve been posting a lot of videos lately.
This is another. But it’s also a still photograph—or, rather, several hundred still photographs, taken with a Lytro Illum camera, and edited into a stunning video for a gorgeous piece of music by Big Noble.
More details at Co.Create.
Normally, when I’m thinking about songs for the ‘soundtrack’ posts, I try for something new, or a little obscure, or at the very least, not featured on the most recent episode of a CW show. But this week, I don’t care. This is what I’m listening to right now:
“Get Some” by Lykke Li
(And, while we’re sort of on the subject of The Flash, can we talk about Iris West’s wardrobe? It’s fantastic, and I kind of want everything in it.)
1. getting… snowed in. At least once, and possibly again this coming week.
2. thinking… too far ahead, probably.
3. trying… to get back on schedule. (These last few weeks… ugh.)
4. working… out the logistics of some of my plans for this year. (It’s going well!)
5. looking… for a very specific song… that may or may not actually exist. It’s more an emotional thing than a song-stuck-in-my-head thing. I’ll know it when I hear it.
6. taking… a break from baking for a while. (Though I might already know what I’m going to make for dessert at Easter.)
7. waiting… patiently. Or not.
8. daydreaming… that’s it. Just… daydreaming.
9. reading… nonfiction, pretty much exclusively. Haven’t been in the mood for novels at all, for some reason.
10. feeling… a little better than before.