Kodak Folding Pocket Camera. Photo: Charles Mahorney
“Living in a fisheye lens, caught in the camera eye.” – Rush “Limelight” from their Moving Pictures album 1981
Please enjoy the following musical compilation following the theme of photography, and feel free to add your own tracks!
Lady Gaga – Paparazzi
Filter - Take a Picture
Def Leppard – Photograph
Nickelback – Photograph
Paul Simon – Kodachrome
Duran Duran – Girls on Film
John Mayer - 3×5
J. Geils Band – Freeze Frame
The Cure – Pictures of You
Patsy Cline – [I've Got Your Picture] She’s Got You
Jim Croce – Photographs and Memories
Holger Czukay – Photo Song
Susan Rothenberg, Three Masks, 2006. Oil on canvas, overall: 59 3/16 in x 66 1/8 in. The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C. The Dreier Fund for Acquisitions, 2007.
Currently on display in the Sant Building, Susan Rothenberg’s Three Masks (2006) depicts three theatrical masks, one held by a pair of disembodied mannequin-esque arms rising from a field of white. Masks have been a popular subject not only for Rothenberg but for a number of artists. Recently, I was tasked with painting my cousin’s pee-wee ice hockey league goalie mask. Here are the steps I took:
- Disassemble the mask, removing the cage and all hardware.
- Sand the entire surface of the mask using 200, 400, and 600 grit sandpaper. Fill in any imperfections with body filler.
- Apply masking tape to the padding, and insert cotton balls into the vent holes to keep the mask’s interior padding intact.
- Spray filler primer onto the mask evenly.
Photos: Sandy Lee
- Pencil in the design, and apply paint. In this instance, I chose acrylic paint for its non-reactive properties with the fiberglass of the mask.
- Apply clearcoat, polish with polishing compound, and reassemble.
(Left) The helmet in use. (Right) The author taking a shot on the goalie Avery Eng with featured mask. Photo courtesy of Jacqueline Warner.
Photos from Elaine and Dick Van Blerkom's scrapbook to commemorate Dick's 1980s birthday themed after the 1880s Luncheon of the Boating Party.
Arguably one of the finest paintings at The Phillips Collection, Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s Luncheon of the Boating Party portrays a lavish gathering of Renoir’s contemporaries and colleagues for a pleasant midday meal. The work is inspiring in its subject matter, its scale, and its technique, so much so that it moved Elaine and Dick Van Blerkom to recreate their own luncheon on the C&O Canal in full period costume (hear about their first encounter with the painting on a first date to the Phillips in 1963 in their “Love Stories” video below).
The Smithsonian’s Food & Think blog has these DIY tips for an idyllic Renoir-inspired luncheon.
By all means, come and study Renoir’s Luncheon of the Boating Party at the Phillips as a guide for your next gathering, but please note, parasols will be checked at the door.