Wednesday, November 30, 2011

inspiration: magnum, sport

i'm not a huge fan of soccer/football, but i fall for the idea of it every time i watch this--it can't be embedded, so click here for the video.

the marriage of visuals to the soundtrack (those the terrific rhythms, the play by play) elevates it beyond a mere "promo" piece, and it showcases how stills, properly edited, can have as much impact as live-action (i can't seem to convince a few producers i work with of this).

anyway, i come back to this again and again.
hope you like it, too.


here are few stills from the magnum photographers whose work is featured in the spot:

AFGHANISTAN. June 2006. Playing football in an empty swimming pool on a hill surrounding Kabul.
Paolo Pellegrin/Magnum Photos

GB. ENGLAND. Liverpool. A street off Scotland Road. September 1986.
Peter Marlow/Magnum Photos

CONGO. Brazzaville. March 5th. From left to right the French sound engineer Charles CARATINI, the Italian drummer Aldo ROMANO, and the French bassist Henri TEXIER and saxophonist Louis SCLAVIS.
Guy Le Querrec/Magnum Photos

Friday, November 18, 2011

lens experiments: friday, union square

"everything shifts as you move, and different things come into focus at different points of your life, and you try to articulate that."
-- chris steele-perkins via


random, but i like the people entering the frame...

nov 18, 2011
all photos © anita aguilar

Thursday, November 17, 2011

lens experiments: OWS at union square

OWS made good on a promised appearance at union square this afternoon.

i was stuck inside trying to finish a project, like a bobbed rapunzel trapped in her tower... by the time i made it down there, they had all moved on.

here was the view from the 5th floor:

union square, nov 17 2011
© anita aguilar

Saturday, November 12, 2011

read a good poem: the white

These are the moments
before snow, whole weeks before.
The rehearsals of milky November,
cloud constructions
when a warm day
lowers a drift of light
through the leafless angles
of the trees lining the streets.
Green is gone,
gold is gone.
The blue sky is
the clairvoyance of snow.
There is night
and a moon
but these facts
force the hand of the season:
from that black sky
the real and cold white
will begin to emerge.

--Patricia Hampl via the writer's almanac

photos © anita aguilar

Friday, November 11, 2011

lens experiments: mad square view I

i have a feeling you're going to be seeing a lot of leaves and trees...

with the lensbaby (5.6)
nov 10, 2011

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Sunday, November 6, 2011

pretty city 2011: the dash to the finish line

snapshots from a very spirited pre-marathon 5k, "the dash to the finish" in central park

my friend, steph!

ryan hall - love the 5 boro gloves and the official ing marathon cap

all photos taken on nov 5, 2011
© anita aguilar