Thursday, June 17, 2010

The Grammar of Porn: 2010 Eizo Pin-up Calendar

For years I've wanted to do a piece on the grammar of porn, the "template" poses that are endlessly repeated in adult photography. The 2010 Eizo Pin-up Calendar cleverly reveals the underlying visual structure of pornography without indulging in it. Brilliant.

Thanks for sharing Kathleen.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Visual Tropes: Pastoral Farmlands

A sure sign that a processed food product is terribly unhealthy: the use of naturalistic imagery, particulary lush pastoral scenes and edenistic farms. In this subway poster Ben & Jerry's doubles down by using the cornucopia visual metaphor.

If you pay attention you'll notice how rampant the use of naturalistic imagery has become is in the selling of garbage foods. Even Frito Lay is doing it to peddle potato chips. Legal restrictions regarding verbal food claims are strict but the high level of visual illiteracy allows marketers to say whatever the hell they want with pictures. Absurd.

From the Frito Lay website.

Related Sherman Foundation posts:

Paradoxical Food Advertising & Caregiver Abuse

Infantilizing Reality with Imaginary Worlds

Sculpture, Imaginary Worlds and Home Exercise Equipment.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

David Byrne: How architecture helped music evolve

Fascinating talk on the relationship between the spaces that music is performed in and how music develops in response to those environments.

Saturday, June 05, 2010

Photoshop Cream

The secret to Madonna's success. Hilarious.