Cinematography of The Wire

An ode to the cinematography in David Simon’s gripping, sprawling Baltimore saga, The Wire.

I’m surprised there aren’t any spoilers here (not really), in case you care about that sort of thing.

And if you haven’t seen the show? Allot yourself some time and make it happen.

By the way, I’m aware of the controversy regarding the original 4:3 broadcast and the 16:9 HD remaster that occurred years after the series ended. I have my own opinions about this, but for the aesthetic sake of this post only, I’m okay presenting the widescreen version.

Note: I am not the copyright holder on any of these images, and would assume that all rights belong to HBO.

CSS parallax effect for my About page

I just revamped my About page using a CSS-only method described in detail by Keith Clark here. Really happy how easy it was to use and extend!

The key is using the CSS perspective property in the wrapping div, where the children planes then appear to scroll at different speeds due to applied transform: translateZ(n) properties:

keith clark css parallax method

I’ve been wanting to play around with this for a while, without getting into Javascript methods, and from Keith’s post and the follow-up comments, it appears the modern browsers—especially Chrome, natch—do either a fast or acceptable job of rendering it performantly due to the browsers being able to use hardware acceleration.

The Art of Chelsey Pettyjohn

The amazing style of Brooklyn artist Chelsey Pettyjohn, that I just happened upon in Instagram this morning.

Some of my favorites are embedded below. Note: I think they’re beautiful but some might consider them dark, disturbing, perhaps nightmarish, so fair warning.

potato connection

A photo posted by Chelsey Pettyjohn (@hideousthings) on


Chompity chomp

A photo posted by Chelsey Pettyjohn (@hideousthings) on


fry daddies

A photo posted by Chelsey Pettyjohn (@hideousthings) on


you again

A photo posted by Chelsey Pettyjohn (@hideousthings) on


stoned again

A photo posted by Chelsey Pettyjohn (@hideousthings) on


candyman

A photo posted by Chelsey Pettyjohn (@hideousthings) on


killer smile

A photo posted by Chelsey Pettyjohn (@hideousthings) on



Peek

A photo posted by Chelsey Pettyjohn (@hideousthings) on


devil take the hindmost

A photo posted by Chelsey Pettyjohn (@hideousthings) on


chop chop

A photo posted by Chelsey Pettyjohn (@hideousthings) on


born to lose

A photo posted by Chelsey Pettyjohn (@hideousthings) on


poodle party

A photo posted by Chelsey Pettyjohn (@hideousthings) on


in the garden

A photo posted by Chelsey Pettyjohn (@hideousthings) on


comforting sounds

A photo posted by Chelsey Pettyjohn (@hideousthings) on


old stuff- moon bison

A photo posted by Chelsey Pettyjohn (@hideousthings) on


bone daddy

A photo posted by Chelsey Pettyjohn (@hideousthings) on


old habits die hard

A photo posted by Chelsey Pettyjohn (@hideousthings) on


chomp chomp

A photo posted by Chelsey Pettyjohn (@hideousthings) on

ColourLovers API mini-project

colors.telecommutetojuryduty.com

Built using Angular, Bootstrap, and open access to the ColourLovers.com api, check it out! It’s a simple way to view the most popular patterns, palettes, and individual colors from ColourLovers.com.

This was a super old site I built long, long ago, with some pretty scrappy jQuery and gross jQuery markup templates, but it felt like a good thing to upgrade now that I’m learning Angular. Plenty of features I’d like to add, but for now, it’s mostly just a quick n’ easy way to browse some nice tones.

Source code is available to peruse here.

This URL is Haunted

Well… not this one. This one.

This is a bit of a Frankenstein’s monster I culled together from old projects.

Current bits: Node.js, Grunt, Bower, jQuery, Handlebars, Sass, Compass, and Instagram’s API. Code is open source on Github here.

Hoping to port it, cleanly, either to Angular or React soon. (Though it’s fairly simple so there won’t be much flexing of either framework, rather, it’d just be more practice for me than anything.)

new alt Instagram account

A photo posted by Dominick (@subtle.psych) on

So I’ve started an alt account at @subtle.psych. I’ll still be posting roughly the same amount of art here to my personal account, but the new one will be a platform for more experimentation and likely a different overall aesthetic.

Feel free to take a peek. Not a lot posted thus far and not sure what the volume of output will be, but we’ll see how it goes.