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Cheesy Christmas is coming…
Cheesy Christmas is coming…

Cheesy Christmas is coming…

#KiteSurfers at #SealPoint on yesterday’s #BayTrailRide with @dianarenee
#KiteSurfers at #SealPoint on yesterday’s #BayTrailRide with @dianarenee

#KiteSurfers at #SealPoint on yesterday’s #BayTrailRide with @dianarenee


Images from the feature “SURREALLY?” by Geof Kern, published in the September 2014 Art of Fashion campaign celebrating Neiman Marcus’ The Book’s 20th Anniversary. Get behind the scenes at friendandjohnson.com/news.



Animated Double Exposures
A thought is a pulsation force that appears in our minds, and it comes from our experiences in our world. Those thoughts seem, at times, to be all over the place, but sometimes we can experience moments of lucidity where we can see a clear picture on how our mind navigates. Finally we can contemplate ourselves, the actual present and feel.

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really lovely


New Orleans, LA

It is no secret that New Orleans is made of its own kind of magic. During Mardi Gras — the city’s culmination ultimé — a reified sacred world emerges from the street, so raw and brightly colored we have to squint. No matter where you are in the city or what time of day it is, men in masks throw beads from balconies and glowing LEDs light up trinkets, swandive from giant fiberglass floats, high school kids in marching bands tilt their trumpets to the sky in unison, as if lifting their golden throats to sing holy holy in some tribal rhythmic ritual. Crack a crawdad and suck out its insides, and boogie in a bounce-induced fever while everyone slips into a proper southern swoon. 

The most elusive tradition is the march of the Mardi Gras Indians. A tradition nearly three centuries old, the Mardi Gras Indians are African-American “tribes” borne out of working-class neighborhoods, secret societies, and spiritual clubs. They wear elaborate hand-beaded and feathered costumes known as “suits” that members spend the whole year making. Each suit comes to symbolize a very specific and hierarchical position within the tribe, be it that of chief, queen, spy boy, or wild man, and the ornate patterns tell a tale all their own. Mystery shrouds the origins of the Mardi Gras Indians. Some say they pay homage to the Native Americans in the Houma and Chitihacha tribes who provided refuge for runaway slaves in the swamplands of Louisiana, while others maintain it was a show for Buffalo Bill’s visit west. 

In public ceremony, tribes dance and circle round each other in ritualistic competition. Once violent in nature, these days rival tribes compete for the superior suit and act of showmanship. When rival chiefs meet on the streets, they shout boasts and insults and you lookin good, babys at each other, while chanting call-and-response ditties that their grandparents before their grandparents before their grandparents sang. The songs remain to this day the most prominent and accessible part of Mardi Gras Indian culture. A line of percussionists offer support with tom drums, penny jars, bells, and forties bottles. It’s a spectacle of magic realism, characters of folklore, myth and legend culled from neighborhood 7-11s and front porch stoops.   

Photographs taken by one of The Big Easy’s own, Michael P. Smith.

Great movie


Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPicecream

Weekend Hashtag Project is a series featuring designated themes & hashtags chosen by Instagram’s Community Team. For a chance to be featured on the Instagram blog, follow @instagram and look for a post announcing the weekend’s project every Friday.

The goal this weekend is to take creative photos and videos featuring ice cream. Some tips to get you started:

  • For a gourmet look, artfully arrange your ice cream and find a spot with soft window light to stage your photo. Remember to work quickly or in a cold environment to get the shot before it melts.
  • Think about the simple joy ice cream can bring. Surprise someone with a scoop, start snapping portraits and don’t be afraid to get messy (especially with children).
  • Finally, try to think outside the cone. Experiment with unlikely uses of ice cream and what you can do with it both before and after it melts.

PROJECT RULES: Please only add the #WHPicecream hashtag to photos and videos taken over this weekend and only submit your own photographs and videos to the project. Any image or video taken then tagged over the weekend is eligible to be featured right here Monday morning!

I will be more than happy to participate in this one!

Photographer Franck Bohbot captures the classic movie palaces of southern California [x]

That bottom one is in NoCal! The Castro Theater here in SF. :)