1. Heisler Park, Laguna Beach

     
  2. exhibition-ism:

    Alex Roulette's strange and surreal oil paintings. 

     
  3. (Source: disappear-r, via caravaggista)

     
  4. A letter from Akira Kurosawa to Ingmar Bergman in honor of the latter’s 70th birthday. Originally published in Chaplin film magazine, 1988.

    (Source: kurosawa-akira, via bbook)

     
  5. natgeotravel:

    A creative photographer uses a storefront window to capture reflections of a town in Provence, France.

    Photograph by Simona Taronna, National Geographic Your Shot

     
  6. cinephilearchive:

    Another set of stunning photographs from the excellent book Conversations at the American Film Institute with the Great Moviemakers: The Next Generation.

    • Fellini lines up a shot for Satyricon (1969). He told reporters it was a science-fiction picture
    • Billy Wilder with Gloria Swanson and Cecil B. DeMille on the set of Sunset Boulevard (1950). DeMille directed many of Swanson’s early films, and Wilder recruited him to play himself in the story of the decline of a silent film star
    • John Wayne, Howard Hawks and Joanne Dru on location for Red River (1948), the first of four pictures Hawks made with Wayne
    • Cinematographer Sven Nykvist (right) with Ingmar Bergman. The director says, “I think the camera is erotic. I think it is the most exciting little machine that exists”
    • Frank Capra, seated below camera, working with Jimmy Stewart and Jean Arthur on Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939). Joseph Walker is behind the camera

    How do you see the business as far as opportunities for directors today?
    Today it’s a big lottery. You’re playing not with thirty-six numbers and double zero, but 360 numbers. New ugly words have appeared on the horizon. What they now tell you is the agent got you a date with an executive and you’re going to pitch a story. Pitch? The pitch stuff used to be Sandy Koufax. He was pitching. Me, I’m no pitcher. Most of the time you sit there and pitch to the executive, and you know his face and you study it, and then finally you figure out where you know the face from. He was the mail boy at William Morris, and now you’re pitching a story to him. Then suddenly you’re so ashamed of yourself you say, “Forget it. You wouldn’t like it anyway,” and you walk out. In the old days, Paramount was not the biggest studio, but that’s the first eighteen years of my life here, so I know it best. Paramount made forty pictures a year, and Warner Bros. made around fifty, MGM made sixty, then there was RKO, then there was Universal, blah, blah, blah. Today, if a studio makes six pictures a year, this is a major thing. You do that picture and they are sitting thinking, “Shall we? Shall we not? Shall we put it in turnaround? Shall we go half and half with a group of financiers from Tunisia?” Then when you start shooting they look over your shoulder. Everybody has his own ideas, everybody gives you their criticism, but you want to be left alone. Then, it was only one of forty pictures. Now they make you feel it’s life or death for the studio. “If you don’t hit with this picture we have to dismiss all the secretaries, all the policemen. Everything is going.” —Billy Wilder

    Excerpts from a 1986 appearance by Wilder at the American Film Institute:

    (Source: cinephilearchive)

     
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  8. A bright future

     
  9. The Jet Star Roller Coaster sits in the ocean after part of the Casino Pier was destroyed during Superstorm Sandy in Seaside Heights, N.J. on Feb. 25, 2013, then after its removal Oct. 13, 2013.
    The boardwalk in Seaside Heights, N.J. on Nov. 22, 2012, then again Oct. 13, 2013.
    The ruins of more than 100 homes in the Breezy Point section of the Queens borough of New York on Dec. 12, 2012, and rebuilding efforts a year later.
    Sea water floods the entrance to the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel in New York on Oct. 29, 2012. The same location is then seen just a year later.

    latimes:

    The ravages of Hurricane Sandy, one year later

    Just a year ago, the northeastern states were smashed by Superstorm Sandy, which caused a colossal amount of damage particularly in New Jersey and New York city. After more than $14 billion in federal support and countless hours spent cleaning up, significant progress has been made, but the job is far from over.

    Above is a look at some areas hit hard by Sandy, and for more interactive before-and-after photos, you can head here.

    Or, for a look back at the sheer scope of the damage Sandy left in its wake, check out Nation Now.

    Photos: Mark Lennihan, Mel Evans, John Minchillo / Associated Press

     
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  11. timelightbox:

    timemagazine:

    Britain’s future king has used a long apprenticeship to build a charitable empire. Our new issue takes an exclusive look inside Prince Charles’ world as he quietly takes charge. Read an excerpt now. 

    (Photograph by Nadav Kander for TIME)

    Go behind-the-cover with photographer Nadav Kander on LightBox.

     
  12. tierradentro:

    David with the Head of Goliath" (details), c.1607, Caravaggio. Taken by me at the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna.

    (via caravaggista)

     
  13. thestilled:

    Dusk \ Nightfall

    Scenes from the NDK bridge, sofia
    Canon 7D , 50mm

     
  14. The best burgers

     
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