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kubrik’s paper-bag camera

9 Dec

It’s Friday, a day on which I really only post fluff. Today’s topic: Stanley Kubrik’s photographic history.

Before he made 2001: A Space Odyssey or A Clockwork Orange, Stanley Kubrik was a photojournalist for Look magazine, “their youngest staff photographer on record,” writes Caroline Stanley. “Kubrick’s striking black and white images of 1940s New York City—which were often shot on the sly, his camera concealed in a paper bag with a hole in it—hint at the dark beauty and psychological drama of his later creative output.”

A photo by Stanley Kubrik during his tenure as a photojournalist for Look magazine

Kubrik's work is largely cinematic, writes Caroline Stanley

More of Kubrik's photos can be seen at Flavorwire

via Kottke

bathtub prune syndrome

13 Sep

From The New York Times health beat, and via Kottke, what happens in the tub may serve a purpose:

An evolutionary neurobiologist and his co-authors examined 28 fingers wrinkled by water. They found that they all had the same pattern of unconnected channels diverging away from one another as they got more distant from the fingertips. The wrinkles allow water to drain away as fingertips are pressed to wet surfaces, creating more contact and a
better grip.