before i lose my style

Sep 16

prettyboysdontlookatexplosions said: fwiw i actually just rewatched the smithsonian scene and the snowy pic is not in there! i think it is a fan edit and actually i sort of have a hunch it miiiight be a fan edit of BTS footage (which is a fandom trend i find interesting and am also in love with bc it diversifies our avenues for crying abt bucky barnes) but i'd have to rewatch the first avenger to be sure.

septembriseur:

So a little Internet detective work turns up this photo, a promotional still released for The First Avenger, which is clearly the source of the edit. Essentially the fan artist (3intheam?) has re-cropped the picture (cutting Dugan out, which allows him to reasonably be put forward as the in-universe photographer) in addition to the color work. It’s a beautiful still to begin with, but the crop’s composition is far more powerful— you get Steve as the sole figure standing alone, set apart from the now central, somewhat pyramidal structure of the gathered soldiers, which seems to echo the natural form of the mountains and trees. I think the mythic, dramatized quality that we’re commenting on is not totally absent from the original, but it’s largely a construction of the edit. 

To me, the most interesting question raised by this is: what are the levels of construction going on in this image?

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Side note about the Iwo Jima photo: I was also under the misapprehension that it was “staged,” at least to the extent that the photographer (Joe Rosenthal) had seen the first flag raising and been prepared to photograph the second.

I also find it entirely unsurprising that the notion of the serendipity of the photograph is seen as so important, and defended so strongly when contested. (Would it really have taken away from the photograph if it had been selected from a contact sheet of quick shots of the flag-raising?) That said, I ate up Errol Morris’s examinations of Roger Fenton’s Crimean War photographs so this is one of my areas of interest.

Sep 15

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snfprtch:

The CIA funding art in the 50s doesn’t mean that that art is inherently reactionary! It means the government thought they could use it to repurpose an old aesthetic ideology to consolidate cultural power! And it didn’t really work in a concentrated way!

#knowing who funded what doesn’t tell u the meaning of art sry #i saw that fuckin post going around again #and it’s historically true and important to keep in mind #but it’s not like Cia art vs authentic art #it was never like that 

true! sadly the CIA’s support of pollock is merely coincidental to the fact that pollock is garbage

importantbirds:


ginger PHOTOBOMBE 

7:18 PM.  investigator logge.  Stardate 28.  Birb still donot know I am not one them.  I have wear same feath for seven year now.  The Bathe is ver difficulb.  All birb trying doing make a sillyface for camperas.
Am a start suspect these have no politcs secret at all.

importantbirds:

ginger PHOTOBOMBE 

7:18 PM.  investigator logge.  Stardate 28.  Birb still donot know I am not one them.  I have wear same feath for seven year now.  The Bathe is ver difficulb.  All birb trying doing make a sillyface for camperas.

Am a start suspect these have no politcs secret at all.

Sep 14

cunningmarksman:

modern day Animorphs AU where Tobias discovers importantbirds and is like «Okay first of all NO.»

(via importantbirds)

septembriseur said: like in terms of narrative, i'm pretty sure it's right before they go sliding off onto the train

septembriseur:

nickminichino:

is it a still from the film reframed and made black and white? are you reading this as a photograph taken within the world of the film? does it appear out of context, or in a new context, e.g. in any of the files in winter soldier?

I think it must be in the Smithsonian exhibit, since I’ve seen a separate branch of the same post where people have commented on this. So I would assume that a still from the movie got turned into an in-universe photograph? Although that’s… stretching believability… since they’re, like, on an urgent mission… I suppose one could make the argument that this is a staged photograph that’s not actually from that specific moment, which would be consistent with photography habits of the time. I suppose in that case it would actually be the thing that I was thinking of it as evoking, which is exactly a piece of that sentimental media. Now I kind of want it to be that, because it would be super interesting.

I guess that’s what I was thinking about. On the one hand, if any soldier in the MCU were making their own photographic documentation it would be a Howling Commando, but on the other hand they’d all know better than to record something that could be used against them if it fell into the wrong hands. Maybe an embedded reporter who saw the plan and was like “oh hell no time to un-embed”? (lol)

but also think about the practices of staging, e.g. iwo jima and imagine how steve rogers feels being the one commando not actually being useful. “okay you guys do the thing, and cap? just stand at the edge of the cliff looking pensive”

BONUS PAIN: what if bucky had to talk him into it and then steve relented, “fine, i’ll just do an impression of you.” what if that was the last exchange they had before he lost bucky

rgr-pop replied to your photoi still don’t see squidlfishous as toby—maybe…
also idk about dharma bums but i can vouch that lucas read many stupid literatures by men in high school and i’m willing to share this information with the public because i’m invested in toby

that is an investment! i feel like i must make an equivalent confession: in high school i read atlas shrugged.

rgr-pop replied to your photoi still don’t see squidlfishous as toby—maybe…
he’s toby don’t take this away from me

oh i am operating under the assumption that he is toby and merely chronicling the processes of observation that will lead me to this truth

missvoltairine:

nickminichino:

missvoltairine:

nickminichino:

I wish everyone knew and loved Unstoppable as much as I (and aintgotnoladytronblues) because then I could make a meme out of Kevin Dunn as Galvin, like, nice of you to bring your portable derailer to this discussion, but obviously it failed

i feel like this would be particularly useful for missvoltairine

I’m confused

also Kevin Dunn is the literal worst

like a terrible actor, or a terrible person, or his roles are terrible people? i disagree with the first, don’t have any knowledge pertaining to the second, and agree with the third

e: also you are confused because this is confusing because i didn’t feel like explaining plot details of Unstoppable but basically i am thinking of people who try to derail conversations, and imagining representing them with a character trying to literally derail a literal train on rails

OH there is an ACTOR named Kevin Dunn

oops I forgot about that, I thought you were talking about Kevin Dunn, the wrestling production guy, and I was very confused. My bad. 

this is a wonderful miscommunication and I am so proud of my part in it

septembriseur said: like in terms of narrative, i'm pretty sure it's right before they go sliding off onto the train

is it a still from the film reframed and made black and white? are you reading this as a photograph taken within the world of the film? does it appear out of context, or in a new context, e.g. in any of the files in winter soldier?