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Fresh Air: Nicholas LaClair

I know it’s been two months since the last update — with work and ministry increasing by the bucketload, this site got left by the wayside. No excuses there.

The evolution of photography has been nothing short of miraculous, considering how technological advancements and downward-spiralling costs of entry-level DSLRs have effectively levelled the playing field for amateurs. Therefore it should come as no surprise that with the hyperconnectivity of the internet, a plethora of digital photos, good and bad alike, have also pervaded all known social media spaces. Ideas no longer remain new or unique, but have instead evolved or devolved, assimilated into the digital consciousness, regurgitated, transformed, sometimes no longer carrying even a vestige of its original self.

Photography, for example, and like design, has undergone similar change. Techniques that took hours in the darkroom and years of experience to properly execute can now be easily simulated by your average adolescent armed with a smattering of Photoshop skills and ninja Googling; what remains somewhat resistant to that sort of digital tweaking, however, is that innate knack to compose and craft more than a photo, but a story: a photo by itself may be visually appealing, made possible by any number of elements (clothes/pose/location/etcetera), but storytelling itself is a skill, a gift honed through discipline, unrestricted by its medium, be it photography, film, or prose.

Maybe I’ve been jaded or worn down by the cynics that permeate every strata of our modern society, but a photo has to be more than just good-looking; a photo, like a story, has to say something. A girl in her knickers taking a self-portrait with a vintage camera is all well and good to the throngs looking through tumblr and whatnot, but where is the story in that? Where is the magic, the  finesse, the silent gasps of awe?

All images by Nicholas LaClair.

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Fishbulb

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Looking at this makes me wonder if I can do the same thing.. won’t the fish have to be really tiny?

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Free Bohemia Love

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I want that van

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Fables #77: Fafhrd & The Grey Mouser

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Catching up on my Fables reading, when I came across the lawyer-friendly appearance of Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser. I have to admit geeking out when I discovered it.

If you haven’t been reading Bill Willingham’s Fables and gawking at James Jean’s cover art, start already. Even if you aren’t a fan of comic books. Yes, it’s that good.

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And, spring

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And, spring: stationery from Korea that are way too cool for me. Add in film-esque photography, wooden tables and minimalist aesthetic by way of indie-inspirations and no-frills MUJI and you’ve got me craving this stuff. Clean-pressed grey shirts with short sleeves or sleeves rolled up, or wrinkly ones in neat, grid-like plaids, messenger bags, notebooks tucked into back pockets.. forget Parisian chic or polished oxfords strolling down the streets of Milan, give me unfinished concrete, roads with loose gravel, coffeeshops manned by wizened grandfathers who followed his father who followed his and sipping dark, rich coffee in cheap ceramic cups and saucers, anytime.

This post has been sitting in my drafts for the longest time and left by the wayside for reasons of, I don’t know, memory (forgotten) and the relentless passage of time (excuses).

Local cafe/shop casualpoet carries and, spring, while sojourners to Seoul can visit their store spring come, rain fall at the following address: 35-11 Tongui-dong Jongno-gu, Seoul, Korea (email: help@o-check.net; tel: 82-2-3210-1555/6 fax: 82-2-3210-1557). Take me with you.

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spring come, rain fall by O-Check Design Graphics:

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Emma Cherry

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Currently in love with Emma Cherry‘s photography – the desaturated, vintage-y colours and the dreamy composition. Think Fleet Foxes crossed with Helios, open skies, flowers and rolling plains of green grass.

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self-portrait (a pretty one, ain’t she)

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There Is No Charge For Awesomeness

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Next time when I have a pet, I am going to do the exact same thing in my neighbourhood.

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