The Curious Eye

My morning routine thrives on two factors:
1. My morning coffee (Gimme Coffee in the Bialetti with almond milk...yum)
2. Selecting a podcast to play while I get myself gussied.

Currently the podcast pavilion consists of the following:
1. Wait Wait Don't Tell Me (Can I please have Carl record my outgoing message?)
2. The Moth (Love the stories. Love the events. Love everything about The Moth basically.)
3. Stuff You Missed in History Class (From the Brontes to the Medicis to the 'real' Sherlock Holmes)
4. Pop Culture Happy Hour (NPR "foursome of perfection" talk pop culture)
5. This American Life (Ira Glass...need I say more?)

Recently a This American Life episode aired titled "The Invisible Made Visible," which was recorded live on stage and simultaneously beamed into movie theaters around the country. I unfortunately was not able to be seated at one of these theaters during the broadcast, so I was thrilled to find out that the entire show is now available to download for only $5! Let me tell you, it's soooooooo worth it.

During the latter part of the program, Ira talks about "undiscovered" street photographer, Vivian Maier. I had never heard of this unearthed treasure trove of "on-the-street" photographs that Maier took predominantly during the 1950's and 60's, but I fell in love immediately with what I saw.

"The story of this nanny who has now wowed the world with her photography, and who incidentally recorded some of the most interesting marvels and peculiarities of Urban America in the second half of the twentieth century is seemingly beyond belief."

This is the story of a photographer who never left the house without a camera by her side, who took pictures every day of everyday life....and never showed a soul. Her beautiful black and white documentations of "a moment in time" didn't see the light of day until 2007, when they were discovered at a local thrift auction house on Chicago’s Northwest Side after "one of Vivian’s storage lockers was auctioned off due to delinquent payments." One very lucky man found some buried treasure and decided to share it with the world...and I'm so grateful that he did.

Photos courtesy of The Maloof & Jeffrey Goldstein Collections. Found on Flickr.

I'm simply captivated by this woman's work. Her photography wasn't something for "show." These artistic explorations were for her. I think that's what lends such an authenticity to what she so adeptly captured. Makes me want to bust out the black and white film again. Immediately.