“For worldly wisdom what do I care?
I am sick of its prating mummers;
She breathes of the field and the open air
And the fragrance of sixteen summers.”
— Henrik Ibsen
This week’s edition of News From the Craft + Style Blogosphere has coming of age photographs, people in vehicles, digital paintings and synchronized swimmin’.
Photographer Jack Radcliffe has chronicled his daughter Alison’s life in frank, moving photos. Looking at these pictures, it’s impossible not to feel bittersweet about the passage of time. Haven’t we all experienced brutally dyed hair and ruined pillows, painful partings, shaved heads and awkward bodies? As Radcliffe says, “When my daughter Alison was born, in the tradition of a new parent, I began to photograph her, initially in a separate and private body of work. However, in the process of documenting Alison’s growth, I developed a passionate interest in human relationships and capturing intimate moments in the lives of family and friends.” [Via Wolf Eye Brows]
A car is basically a mobile home. In its cozy metallic confines, traveling in a pack of other moving machines begins to seem comfortable, non-threatening and anonymous. However, you’re never really alone. Photographer Andrew Bush has documented his neighboring vehicles and their occupants for years, creating an enviable catalog of characters and scenarios. Where are they going? What’s their mood? It’s fun to imagine. [Via Public School]
These painterly images confounded me at first; I couldn’t seem to identify the medium. Were they knit, decoupage or three-dimensional topography? In fact, these are the result of developer Pierre Commenge’s app, Processing, which transforms regular photographs into textured, surreal images. [Via Today and Tomorrow]
Old age can be a scary prospect. Debilitating disease, dementia and — perhaps most frightening — loss of independence are candid realities for the elderly. The short documentary Aquadettes looks at the life of Margo Bouer, a seventy-five-year-old synchronized swimmer, overall fun lady and sufferer of muscular sclerosis, who continues to embrace the joy of swimming in the face of illness and unpleasant truths. [Via Beautiful Decay]
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Alison is Editor in Chief of the Etsy Blog. When she's not trawling Etsy for pottery, folk art, and vintage oddities, she enjoys exploring New York, historical nonfiction and thrifting. She loves a good cat video.