Extreme Eye Contact: Brad Wilson's "Affinity" Portraits

Tiger #4, Los Angeles, CA, 2010 by Brad Wilson

Tiger #4, Los Angeles, CA, 2010 by Brad Wilson

Brad Wilson's captivating photographic series "Affinity" captures stark and illuminating portraits of animals. Wilson has worked with a wide range of creatures, bringing them into the studio, and patiently working with them to offer an intimate portrait of animals that most of us can never get close to.

Great Horned Owl #3, Espanola, NM, 2011 by Brad Wilson

Great Horned Owl #3, Espanola, NM, 2011 by Brad Wilson

Chimpanzee #11, Los Angeles, CA, 2014 by Brad Wilson

Chimpanzee #11, Los Angeles, CA, 2014 by Brad Wilson

Mountain Lion, Los Angeles, CA, 2011 by Brad Wilson

Mountain Lion, Los Angeles, CA, 2011 by Brad Wilson

The soft lighting and deep black backgrounds strip away any distractions and allow one to instead delve into the intensity of the animal's eyes and facial features. He excludes from the frame any hint of the surrounding handlers or perches, so it feels like only a moment between the photographer and the animal. The resulting quietness portrays a gentle and reflective interaction between human and animal.

African Elephant #1, Los Angeles, CA, 2010 by Brad Wilson

African Elephant #1, Los Angeles, CA, 2010 by Brad Wilson

To see more of Brad's work, visit his artist page at www.bradwilson.com

11 Rules For Critical Thinking

We found these challenging maxims compiled as "Prospero's Precepts" via a tweet by Brainpickings' Maria Popova (follow her @brainpicker for more curious brainfood).  Prospero, the Duke/magician of Shakespeare's The Tempest, could certainly give a speech, but he did not pen these thoughts, nor the bard himself.  

Sourced from several great thinkers, and one of unknown origin, these quotable parameters for constructive thought are rather thought-provoking in their own right.  Though Brainpickings doesn't elaborate on who originated this collection,  these "eleven rules culled from some of history’s greatest minds can serve as a general-purpose guideline for critical thinking in all matters of doubt." writes Popova.  


Prospero's Precepts

  1. All beliefs in whatever realm are theories at some level. -- Stephen Schneider
  2. Do not condemn the judgment of another because it differs from your own. You may both be wrong. -- Dandemis? (unknown source)
  3. Read not to contradict and confute; nor to believe and take for granted; nor to find talk and discourse; but to weigh and consider. -- Francis Bacon
  4. Never fall in love with your hypothesis. -- Peter Medawar
  5. It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories instead of theories to suit facts. -- Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  6. A theory should not attempt to explain all the facts, because some of the facts are wrong. -- Francis Crick
  7. The thing that doesn’t fit is the thing that is most interesting. -- Richard Feynman
  8. To kill an error is as good a service as, and sometimes even better than, the establishing of a new truth or fact. -- Charles Darwin
  9. It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so. -- Mark Twain
  10. Ignorance is preferable to error; and he is less remote from the truth who believes nothing, than he who believes what is wrong. -- Thomas Jefferson
  11. All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed, second, it is violently opposed, and third, it is accepted as self-evident. -- Arthur Schopenhauer

What are your strategies for thinking critically?  Do you identify with any of the ideas above? 

"Reveal" Alan Winslow's 24 Hour Portrait Project

We are ecstatic to announce that our instructor Alan Winslow is shooting a portrait project at Rabbithole Gallery next Thursday, March 5th as a part of Dumbo's First Thursday.  It will be a two night performance piece called Reveal: 24 Portraits of 24 Strangers in 24 Hours, it will start Thursday evening March 5th, and end the next night Friday March 6th.  During the 24 hour time period Alan will photograph 24 strangers, 24 prints will be made, one of each model, and flush mounted to the gallery walls.  At the end of the 24 hours will be the reception where the public can view each portrait.  The strangers he will be shooting are connected through their participation in this project, and he will be collaborating with each of them to make a portrait that reflects some of their individual truths or stories.  Come by Thursdayevening and take a glimpse into what goes on behind the scenes of a photo shoot, or drop by and cheers Alan at the end of the 24 hours that Friday night.  Read more about the project on Rabbithole's website here.

Shooting performance: Thursday, March 5th 7 PM - on 
Opening reception: Friday, March 6th 6 - 9PM

At Rabbithole Gallery 33 Washington St. Brooklyn, NY

What We're Watching: Sandro Bocci "...meanwhile..."

Meanwhile... shows the world of marine animals like corals and starfish at high magnification and during long time span through the time-lapse. The music almost alien and disturbing and has been joined to the images to stimulate mental associations.

Check out more images here: juliasetcollection.wordpress.com

Images and editing: Sandro Bocci

Original Music: Maurizio Morganti


The Week Of Wonders

Steven Kasher Gallery

“Pheromone Hotbox” Exhibition

The exhibition showcases the work of five young women photographers: Aneta Bartos, Amanda Charchian, Shae Detar, Olivia Locher, and Marianna Rothen. Each artist will be represented by approximately ten photographs from their recent work, all of the images portraying women.

Through Feb 28, 2015

Steven Kasher Gallery
515 W 26th St


Angelika Sher “Disturbing Beauty”

Drawing the viewer into a spellbound theatre of inner narratives and overlapping cultural memories, the images of Angelika Sher reveal a hypnotic yet profoundly dislocated interior universe. A sense of loss and disquieting beauty, restless, fugitive, and saturated with color permeates these images.

Through February 21, 2015

547 West 27th St


Facebook in Virtual Reality

1988  Andrew Mishkin wearing a 3-D virtual display helmet that is connected to a six-wheeled roving vehicle. 

1988  Andrew Mishkin wearing a 3-D virtual display helmet that is connected to a six-wheeled roving vehicle. 

Just when you thought Social Media couldn't get any more invasive, Facebook announced they are producing virtual reality versions of its apps that would allow users to share their current surroundings with other users.  

Last year Facebook bought virtual reality startup Oculus VR, maker of the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset for $2 billion which foreshadowed this new development.  Facebook's head of product development Chris Cox didn't give away too much information during his interview at Recode’s Code Media conference, but he did mention that he imagines Virtual Reality could become an everyday way of sharing. "You'll do it. Beyoncé will do it," he said.  

"A while" is as specific as Cox would get when asked to suggest when we might be able to try Facebook in virtual reality. "We're a long way away from everyone having those headsets" Cox said.   

Would you wear a VR headset to chat with your friends?  Which raises the question... Is Facebook still cool?