Archive for category: News Outta My Control

The Two Faces of John Boehner

08 Nov 2010
November 8, 2010 John Boehner on the cover of Time. Click image for detail. When the mailman handed me this week's Time magazine I was immediately drawn to the cover photograph of John Boehner, the presumptive Speaker of the House. But I couldn't figure out why. There is something very odd about it (see detail). It's not an attractive portrait. The shallow depth-of-field forces us to confront his face. His eyes are bloodshot and his expression is inscrutable, like Da Vinci's portrait of Mona Lisa. Boehner looks Read more [...]

The Rally for Sanity? It Was Insane!

31 Oct 2010
October 31, 2010 I positioned us at the Rally for a good photo op of the Capitol. At the last minute I decided to bring one of my Chamomile Tea Party posters to the Rally for Sanity here on the National Mall yesterday. So Friday afternoon I got it printed BIG. You might wonder why this wasn't on my radar weeks ago. After all, procrastination is not my usual style. Let's see, there's work, soccer games, work, grocery shopping, exhaustion, and work --well, you get the picture. The Chamomile Tea Party is my "side" Read more [...]

The Genesis of a Message

26 Sep 2010
September 26, 2010 The latest poster by the Chamomile Tea Party (click image for larger view). Posters distill the essence of ideas or messages to their most economical form. You glance at a poster as you walk by the wood barricades of a construction site or, these days, as you peruse the walls of the Internet. When remixing someone else's poster as I've been doing with World War II-era propaganda posters for the Chamomile Tea Party, I'm initially attracted to the design and then to its message. Simple and direct Read more [...]

The Real Reason AT&T Has Exclusive Rights to the iPhone

25 Jun 2010
June 25, 2010 A recently discovered magazine ad fuels speculation that Steve Jobs can time travel. This morning, in an old dusty box hidden in the corner of my attic I unearthed some old magazines. I can't remember why I kept them. But thumbing through their pages I came across this 1960s ad for Western Electric's Picturephone ® and something in the shadows caught my eye. Steve Jobs knew Marty McFly. But more importantly, proof positive why AT&T, the descendant of Western Electric, is the exclusive carrier Read more [...]

I Hate Late Winter and I Hate Late Abstract Expressionism

10 Feb 2010
February 10, 2010 Jeff Gates, From a Series of One Acts… #7, 1987. Click on image for larger view. Before moving to the DC area I spent a year teaching art in Minnesota. I learned to drive in the snow that winter and am proud to have survived a week of -90F (-68C) windchill. But that pales by comparison to what the Mid Atlantic is going through right now (okay, what I'm going through right now). It's a blizzard out there and believe it or not, I think this storm is worse than the snowpocalypse that inundated Read more [...]

Did Somebody Say Snow?

08 Feb 2010
February 8, 2010 Top: Panorama of the entrance to the park across the street from our house taken during the blizzard (part of a series of photographs I've been taking). Bottom: Our street as I struggled to get back inside (our house is at the extreme left). Click on either image for a larger view. We knew it was coming. They had been warning us for days. The good people of the nation's capital thought we were seasoned winter citizens after the last big snow in December. But at the last minute we all panicked Read more [...]
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