Friday, December 21, 2007

a merry carey christmas

a merry carey christmas, originally uploaded by a nameless yeast.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

your windsong stays on my mind

Monday, November 19, 2007

Thursday, November 08, 2007

you're just a sensuous bigfoot

portrait of a teenage runaway

With ol' sasquatch back in the news, it behooves me to give the info-hungry community a brief run-down of my recent cryptozoological-themed viewing.

BIGFOOT TERROR collects four count-em four motion picture features on Sasquatchian themes on a single two-sided DVD. At least half of it is worth the time of the connossieur of bad film.

The title THE CAPTURE OF BIGFOOT (dir. Bill Rebane, 1979) is a bit of a misnomer, since the arctic-furred protagonist seen here is more often known as a Yeti or Abominable Snowman. Sex-craze skiiers and fuzzy-browed bounty hunters are caught in a blanket of snowy acting and writhing with a beast - or two! - on the loose. CAPTURE's is the best-dressed beast on the marquee, but really, what makes this picture worth saving for me can be summed up right here:

In SHRIEK OF THE MUTILATED (dir. Michael Findlay, 1974), a pair of fey professors lures a team of coeds to the woods for a weekend of expanded consciousness and exposed cartilage. This motion picture unleashed Hot Butter's smash disco hit "Popcorn" on the world, except that the company that released this DVD couldn't get the rights for it so they subsituted some other generic electronic disco of the time for the unforgettable party before the storm. Redeeming qualities? Probably not, but it made for compelling bad cinema for reasons which I don't recall at the moment.

Lacking both redeeming and compelling qualities is THE SEARCH FOR THE BEAST (dir. R. G. Arledge, 1997) a straight-to-VHS mediocrity unworthy to wash the big feet of even the mediocrities that accompany it. Of some note are a Bigfoot sex scene and what is perhaps the least sexy shower scene ever photographed. Bad Bigfoot!

Last but not least is THE LEGEND OF BIGFOOT (dir. Harry Winer, 1976) ... which I admit I didn't finish after being warned of a tremendously manipulative and off-topic love story concerning two squirrels. 300 minutes is a lot of Bigfoot, and I had some Bresson next in queue. Still: two mangy thumbs up for the A-side of this quadruple bill; you can send it back with the other side unwatched.

Tangentially related - and alas, the extent of its tangentiality was unknown to me until the program's teleevangelegraphed ending: THE LEGEND OF DESERT BIGFOOT (Dir. Robert Vernon, 1995) an episode of LAST CHANCE DETECTIVES, a series which follows the adventures of pre-teen Christian seekers of truth. High production and family values aside, this was not about Bigfoot at all, but about doing the right thing.

holy smokes

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Thursday, October 25, 2007

, originally uploaded by a nameless yeast.

I like you
I like you
You're very nice

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

L'année dernière à Malcolm X Park

any bigger and i would be in a circus

Monday, October 22, 2007

the pop singer's fear of the pollen count

hotter than fire

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

rabbits grow

a Jam Handy filmstrip

Friday, October 05, 2007

, originally uploaded by a nameless yeast.

Friday, September 14, 2007

Thursday, September 13, 2007

IX. after the great northern expedition

IX. After the Great Northern Expedition

That rings, with faithful tongue, its pious note
As if your human shape were what the storm
Or else, like us, sunk into some long gaze
A frame of glided twilight
In stone waves and rock waters, far from day.

XXI. Flying in the Arctic

This perfection, this absence.
Event, the end of the painted road ends up
Grateful, I know, for just such compensations,
Cuts out of its width

(81). Unfair

I seek, above all, in the wandering
Between the vertex that the far-lit gray
Is it almost honey, is it snow?
Brush the lone giant in that somber pall.
Through the back of the picture at the patch of white
The place the road
ends, that patch of white paint

III. Earliest Recorded Northern Explorers

The Greeks and the Vikings
That only you and I can know.

--Les deux

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Monday, August 20, 2007

see you later dylan thomas

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Monday, August 13, 2007

Thursday, August 09, 2007

american thighs

american thighs, originally uploaded by a nameless yeast.

timothy carey

, originally uploaded by a nameless yeast.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

ferrante and teicher - midnight cowboy

and my copperopolis

and my copperopolis, originally uploaded by a nameless yeast.

the teeming minions of roger williams

Sunday, July 08, 2007

for silver spurs

for silver spurs, originally uploaded by a nameless yeast.

I plugged my address into the Historical Washington Post database and found letters that a little girl wrote to the paper's kids' page. A number of them were written under the pen name SILVER SPURS. As an adult she had watercolors shown at the Washington Art League and won $100 in a competition to design dust jackets for EP Dutton's Everyman Library imprint

The Post's boys and girls
Oct. 1, 1916.

Dear Aunt Anna and Pets:

May I join the pets' corner? I am a turtle,
and I wear a fine coat of mail. My
story is this: One day as I was crawl-
ing along the ground a tall man picked
me up and carried me to his home. I
was very scared, and crawled into my
house. About two weeks later my mis-
tress threw out some bread for the
birds and I, being very hungry, quick-
ly ate it up. After that she put out
bread and water for me every day and
sometimes raw meat. May my two brothers
join also? Love to you and all
the pets from RAYMOND.
(Owned by Elizabeth Langenbeck.)
Yes, indeed, Raymond. you may join.
We have several turtle pets in the pets'
corner. --A.A.

Friday, July 06, 2007

i love the highway thiiiis much!

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

I can paralyze

I can paralyze, originally uploaded by one man safari.

Monday, July 02, 2007

stars of the industry

IMG_0071, originally uploaded by indiana_hotel_and_lodging.

inspired by flickr user butterfig's favorites, I will occasionally search for the kind of anonymous corporate user whose photostream gives up such random gems as this.

Thursday, June 28, 2007

signed, puppy

signed, puppy, originally uploaded by a nameless yeast.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

i lost it at the bull pit barbeque

I don't know if this was made by the restaurant or by a crafty traveller, but this snapshot came wrapped around a souvenir matchbook (hence the crease) from the Bull Pit Barbeque in Glendale, CA.


chinatown, originally uploaded by a nameless yeast.

san francisco

new york girl (for zoe strauss)

I had the great pleasure of meeting Zoe Strauss at her excellent Chelsea show this weekend. I've wondered how she approaches her subjects but when you meet her that combination of toughness and sweetness makes you understand. And she had such nice things to say about my own work (which she knows from flickr)! She's really awesome and if you don't know her work you will. Anyway I was inspried to approach this woman who I saw on the bus. "May I take your picture Miss?"

Friday, June 22, 2007

hotel chelsea

hotel chelsea, originally uploaded by a nameless yeast.


Board-Directed Coup Topples Chelsea Hotel’s Famed Manager Stanley Bard

The breaking news at New York’s famed Chelsea Hotel is that managing partner Stanley Bard, and the rest of the Bard family, have been forced out by their board of directors. Starting Monday, an as yet unnamed new management company will take over the day-to-day operations of the hotel. The beloved Stanley—everyone calls him by his first name—has been in charge of the hotel for over fifty years.

It was he who fashioned and maintained the unique creative dynamic of the hotel, presiding over the sixties when Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen wrote some of their greatest songs here, and Andy Warhol filmed the famous Chelsea Girls. Since then, nearly everyone who’s anyone in the New York art, music and writing scene has lived here at sometime or another, including Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe, Madonna, Dee Dee Ramone, and more recently Ethan Hawke and Ryan Adams. Stanley has always managed to keep rents low for the creative people living here, most of whom—unlike the stars listed—don’t have much money, but all of whom are just as important in maintaining the famous Chelsea spirit.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

, originally uploaded by a nameless yeast.

Saturday, June 09, 2007


z, originally uploaded by a nameless yeast.

san francisco

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Sunday, June 03, 2007

die-cut pups

die-cut pups, originally uploaded by a nameless yeast.

Saturday, June 02, 2007

the winter's tale

the winter's tale, originally uploaded by a nameless yeast.

Muir Woods, California

Friday, June 01, 2007

what i did on my vacation

me and richard kiel

Thursday, May 24, 2007

the central nervous system

from the filmstrip BRINGIN' HOME THE BACON (1939)

Monday, May 21, 2007

sandie shaw on rte 66

the great outdoors

the great outdoors, originally uploaded by a nameless yeast.

Friday, May 18, 2007


hi, it's bernice here, we should catch up

I found this in a vending machine ca. 1999. I wish I had a better scan but the world needs to know.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

babies makin' babies

bacon babies, originally uploaded by a nameless yeast.

Friday, May 11, 2007

i or culebra

i or culebra, originally uploaded by a nameless yeast.

on the way to work yesterday, I spied a three-story high McGruff the Crime Dog on the Mall. I didn't have time to get off the bus and when I went back after work he was deflated, as are we as a nation.

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

everybunny's invited

everybunny's invited, originally uploaded by a nameless yeast.

Somewhere between chick tracts and YouTube lies the lost artform of the filmstrip - what some critics call the ur-Powerpoint. This program celebrates not only the educational filmstrips that delighted and bored students of a certain age, but commercial titles used to promote everything from lab safety to the new fall fashion season ... circa 1971.

Focus on Filmstrips
Lapis Auditorium
2121 Crystal Drive, Arlington, Va.
Metro stop: Crystal City
Wed May 9 - 8:00pm-10:00pm
Tue May 15 - 8:00pm-10:00pm


Tuesday, May 08, 2007

, originally uploaded by a nameless yeast.

Sunday, May 06, 2007

soul finger

soul finger, originally uploaded by a nameless yeast.

orchard street, new york, new york.

Saturday, May 05, 2007

yeasty get ready, originally uploaded by a nameless yeast.

Thursday, May 03, 2007

your power animal

your power animal, originally uploaded by a nameless yeast.

chinatown, nyc

Thursday, April 26, 2007

chuckwagon babylon

chuckwagon babylon, originally uploaded by a nameless yeast.

seeing beyond sight

Photography wasn't the obvious subject to teach at Governor
Morehead School for the Blind.

Even Jackie, one of the first three students to take the class,
was incredulous: "What are you thinking, teaching photography
to blind people?"

As a photographer, I feared losing my eyesight and began to wonder,
"If I were blind, could I still make photographs?"

Saturday, April 21, 2007


malvolio, originally uploaded by a nameless yeast.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

, originally uploaded by a nameless yeast.

Monday, April 16, 2007

my little minotaur

my little minotaur, originally uploaded by a nameless yeast.

Saturday, April 07, 2007

georgia avenue

, originally uploaded by a nameless yeast.

Thursday, April 05, 2007

" I like to watch the clown best of all"

He turned one knob, then another. Then he waited a second. There it was -- the program with all his little television friends on it! And now came the big jolly clown!

The clown told about the new baby elephant in the circus. He sang a funny song. It was a wonderful program.

Zippy was getting hungry again.

from Zippy the Chimp, 1953

Sunday, April 01, 2007

Saturday, March 24, 2007

, originally uploaded by a nameless yeast.

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Saturday, March 17, 2007

, originally uploaded by a nameless yeast.

weeki wachee, florida