Saturday, May 31, 2014

[He] 2s2 2p6 (tacky + smush)

one of my favorite seniors left school yesterday and i found myself unexpectedly grieving for both the time we spent together and the time we didn't (i know that sounds way dramatic but I am allowed to have drama thoughts because I AM A TEENAGER HEYYO**).

despite being sad, i was also incredibly happy for them because graduating is such a great thing (mostly because high school sux haha).

and then i also got this really weird feeling when i realized that there's 7 billion people and  I am one of them and they are one of them and there's a big chance that I'll see thousands more people in my life but never see them again. even though this kind of thinking usually leaves me pretty existentialist and sad, i am actually feeling super excited to be alive because:

wow there are so many people on this planet and we all have supercomputers in our bodies and we can feel emotions and see colors and there are billions of ways to be alive wow. 

anyway, i decided to make a playlist of songs that kind of capture all of those loud beautiful emotions.

(if anyone wants to teach me how to embed 8tracks playlists, that would be cool- but for now i think you have to click through for the link)


the visual representation of all this is probably best described as neon because

1. neon glaring at you in the middle of the night in the city when everyone's supposed to be asleep
2. very tacky, very beautiful neon lights at those old arcades


Washington DC 2013

1// Washington DC 2013 by Mollie Dauphin


Luke, Brighton 2014 

2// Luke, Brighton 2014 by Rosie Florence


3// Faye Dung in Chungking Express (1994) x Pas De La Huerta in Enter the Void (2009) (via tumblr)



Ian Teh


4// unknown by Ian Teh (via tumblr)



Long exposure, 3 traffic lights in the fog.

damn this justthis fukn does it for methis is gorgeous

5// Long Exposure, Three Traffic Lights in the Fog by Luke Zimmerman

6// I am here but nothing, 2000 by Yayoi Kusama

And of course, the undeniable James Turrell, who I'm isanely in love with because of how simple everything is, but unusually magical.

Photo: Florian Holzherr


Photo: Florian Holzherr

Photo: Florian Holzherr

Photo: Florian Holzherr

Akhob, 2013

What do you think of neon, and what are your favorite photos?


*title is the electron configuration of neon
** yes i am now a teen, but more on that in a later post.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

what time is it?

hi there- sorry this is just to inform you about a semi-planned 1000% final exams induced hiatus for this blog, please expect regular posts when it's (finally) summer, but in the meantime: 
High School Musical 


Wednesday, May 7, 2014

to be our age was very heaven

hi... i'm sorry i've been so absent lately- but this time, I actually have an excuse (other than insatiable laziness) it was tech week and then opening week for my dance performance and then I had to complete a bunch of scholarship essays (bleh.)
1. this lil short post (sorry it's so photo-heavy) is just here to explore the aesthetic vibes associated with a sort of stereotypical portrayal of TEENAGE GIRLHOOD. Of course I'm still interested in discussing the deeper societal implications of femininity - but maybe not today because I still have to study for exams.  

2. When I was compiling these photos, I basically fell asleep on my keyboard trying to find and type all of the sources [none of them are mine] so "insert stuff about how the internet is (read: I am) super irresponsible and yah if you know the sources plez comment thank you."

3. I also noticed that most of the photos had a pretty one-dimensional, conventional image of femininity that is also kind of heavily focused on sexuality I wish could have gone a bit deeper- but as I said, this post is purely for aesthetic exploration so even though I'm a bit frustrated, I won't be posting a rant about it.


innocence (or loss of): Virgin Suicides, Picnic at Hanging Rock, Lolita, roses, pale

pageantry: Hole, HOLE, Toddlers in Tiaras, beauty queens

obsession (because all girls are crazy amirite guys*): sleepaway camp, Meadham Kirchoff, eternal sunshine of the spotless mind, hoarders, John Waters movies

pink, pastel, tulle, "pretty", bubblegum, light blue, Pink ladies, Powerpuff girls, Mean Girls, MLP


Gisele B√ľndchen by Richard Burbridge for i-D 2000


Iconoclasm of Her, 2014
by Tayler Smith 


Charlotte Cullen’s show “Intimates Index” at Gal Space, London, December 2013

I think I like these last three images because they seem like they were bathed in pink and tinted with some sort of rebellion (not that they're mutually exclusive or whatever) (lol that probably made 0 sense I'm gonna stop trying to be insightful and go to sleep bye.) 


*title is a quote from Frederick Seidel