Five For Friday #113

“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” – Mae West

Rocky McCorkle

Rocky McCorkle shot his 85-year old neighbor every Sunday for five years in order to put together this massive scale “silent film” made up of 135 still images which he calls You & Me on a Sunny Day. When seen in order they tell the story of “an elderly woman recollecting, and at times dreaming about, her deceased husband and his youth as a champion long-distance runner.” Each print is a combination of up to twenty-two images, giving each one an incredible sense of depth and clarity.  [via PDN]

Michael Messaia

These portraits of people basking in the afternoon sun in Central Park are chilling. To me, they look like bodies displayed in a morgue. Michael Massaia, who is known for his long-exposure night photographs, wanted to do something a bit different with these. Although they were captured in the full light of day, he waited to “capture the moment they turned into unassuming sculpted objects.” [via aCurator]

It is hard not to feel a little bit jealous when you see the wonderful life National Geographic photographer Cory Richards has created for himself. His work is stunning, but even better is why he does what he does. “Life is fun…,” he says. “This started as a way to communicate what I was experiencing and what it’s become is a way to communicate what we are experiencing.”

Corinne May Botz

Yes, these dioramas are as grizzly as they seem. They were put together by Frances Glessner Lee and are miniature replicas of actual crime scenes. Created in the 40s and 50s, they were used by the New Hampshire police, as well as Harvard, for training tools in investigating crime scenes. Lee’s story and her models are just fascinating. She was a stickler for detail – so much so that even the miniature pencils would write and window shades would roll up and down. Artist and writer Corinne May Botz has put together a book telling Lee’s story and is filled with photographs taken of each of the 18 models.  [via Slate]

Aaron Blum

Aaron Blum turned his camera on his hometown in West Virginia – in the heart of Appalachia. Rather than shoot images we are used to seeing from that area, Blum decided to show the place he knew in vivid color and gorgeous light. At first glance they seem documentary in nature, but Blum arranged each scene carefully, creating his own interpretation of life in his world.  [via Flavorwire]

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