I had a three-hour dentist appointment yesterday and never made it home to blog before meeting up with Adam for our evening’s activities. We met our friends Mark & Julie for dinner on the Upper West Side and then went to see Black Swan
. I was totally mixed on whether or not I wanted to see Black Swan. Several friends recommended it – but others told me how disturbing and unpleasant it is, which made me sort of uninterested. I have seen several of Darren Aranofsky’s films over the years. I hated Pi
… I saw Requiem for a Dream
and was so disturbed, I thought I was going to vomit through most of the movie. I still think, to this day, that that movie was the most nauseating and upsetting movie I have ever seen. I was also disturbed watching The Wrestler
, but I enjoyed it more than I was put off by it. I just had to close my eyes through some of those wrestling match scenes (stapler anyone??)
As for Black Swan… I really liked it much more than I thought I would. I thought the performances were awesome. I liked the hand-held shooting style and I thought the last dance performance scene completely ROCKED. I was all pumped in my seat! There were some parts that went too far in my opinion – and ended up eliciting laughs from the audience (I do not think laughs were the intended response). But overall, I am totally glad I saw it and I thought it was pretty damn cool. Have you seen it? Thoughts?
Meanwhile, here are my photos from the last two days:
Photo 278 out of 365 – “Chinatown Statue with Birds”
- “Chinatown Statue with Birds” – Settings: ISO 800, f/6.3, 1/400 sec, 100mm lens
Photo 279/365 – “Bead Noir”
"Bead Noir" - Settings: ISO 6400, f/4, 1/100 sec, 100mm macro lens
This bead photo is a perfect example of why I love the editing process. I took this at Adam’s office yesterday. It is just the beaded pull for his window blinds. I think I was inspired by the dark nature of Black Swan… so I created this super shadowy, grainy look in Lightroom, which gives the photo this Noir feel. Here is the original photo… BORING:
Now, I’m off to Ben’s studio to go take pictures & video of him blowing glass! I’m psyched. I’m hoping for a little glass-blowing lesson myself. Happy Friday!