2021 Lenscratch Staff Favorites
At the end of each year, we ask the staff to share a few of their favorite things. Hope you enjoy!
Aline Smithson, Based in Los Angeles, California, Founder, Editor-in-Chief (@alinesmithson)(@lenscratch)
Favorite Lenscratch post of 2021: The 2021 Lenscratch Student Prize First Place Winner: Allie Tsubota
What can I say, announcing the Student Prize winners each year is like Christmas morning. This year’s group of artists is stellar and it has been a privledge to get to know them and witness their successes.
Favorite Book of 2021: Paula Riff: Works on Paper
This is a personal favorite as it celebrates the work of remarkable artist and my dear friend, Paula Riff. In her final months, I encouraged her to focus on creating a legacy of her work. Photographer and friend, Susan Swihart, picked up the ball and designed and navigated this wonderful tribute to a wonderful artist.
Favorite Binge Watch:
Currently, How to With John Wilson on HBO–earlier in the year, it was Zero Zero Zero and Green Frontier. Trust me, there were many more!
Favorite Song of 2021:
I’ve always been a big Beck fan (we went to the same junior high and High School) but after watching the documentary series, Lenox Hill, that used his song Wave in the soundtrack to describe the effects of Covid on a hospital, I can’t get that song out of my head. It speaks to this moment in time.
Current Favorite Photo by someone else: Barbara Bosworth’s photograph of bear bones
Favorite Photo that I took:
New Food Discovery: 2021 was a deep dive into my neighborhood cuisine: Persian. I have mastered Muhammara dip and garlic labne.
A self-realization for 2021: Everything is fleeting. Seize the day.
Linda Alterwitz, Based in Las Vegas, Nevada, Art + Science Editor (@lindaalterwitz)
Favorite Lenscratch Post of 2020: Rebecca Cummins: Art + Science Award
Standing Together: Inez Milholland’s Final Campaign for Women’s Suffrage by Jeanine Michna-Bales, published by MW Editions.
Favorite Photograph that I took:
The installation at the New Mexico Museum of Art in exhibition Breath Taking, a 12-panel installation from the series Just Breathe, curated by Kate Ware, https://lindaalterwitz.com/
Favorite binge watch of 2021: The Morning Show
A self-realization for 2021: Try not to take things (including myself) too seriously, except for science. Don’t ignore that.
Macaulay Lerman, Based in Burlington, Vermont, Lenscratch Content Editor (@macaulaylerman)
Favorite Book of 2021: The Overstory by Richard Powers
Favorite song/artist of 2021 In Normal Ways by Gia Margaret
Michael Honegger, Based in Nice France, Content Editor (@michaelhoneggerphotos)
Favorite Lenscratch Post of 2021: Text + Image: Alec Soth and Christopher Fausto Cabrera: The Parameters of Out Cage
Favorite book of 2021: Blue Violet by Cig Harvey
Blue Violet…because I shared this with my 97 year old mother and we took turns absorbing the luscious pages in sheer joy.
Favorite Photograph by someone else: Saidou Dicko, Elegance
Favorite Photograph that I took: The Geometry Lesson
Favorite song/artist of 2021: The Hot Sardines, Welcome Home, Bon Voyage
Favorite binge watch of 2021: Mare of Easttown
A self-realization for 2021: Trying to remember what democracy once looked like in America.
Clay Lipsky, Based in Los Angeles, CA, Lenscratch Art Director (@goclaygo)
Favorite Lenscratch post of 2021: Artist, Innovator, Friend: Remembering Paula Riff
Favorite Book of 2021: Anne Berry, Behind Glass
Don’t actually have this yet, but having seen the prints firsthand I’m already in love.
Favorite Photograph that YOU took:
Favorite song/artist of 2021: Koffee “Toast”
Favorite binge watch of 2021:
A new realization:
Life is short. Just do it (whatever “it” is).
Emily Wall, Based in East Greenbush, NY, Lenscratch Intern (@emilyannwall)
Favorite Post of 2021: Lenscratch Student Prize Award Honorable Mention: Lois Bielefeld
Favorite book of 2021: Maggie Smith’s book of poetry, “Goldenrod”
Favorite Photograph by someone else: Penny Molesso, Braid
Favorite Photograph that I took: It’s been a good year to explore ideas without putting too much pressure on myself. Untitled
Favorite song/artist of 2021: Well based off my spotify wrapped my favorite song of the year was Hot & Heavy by Lucy Dacus
Favorite binge watch of 2021: Ted Lasso
A self-realization for 2021: Moving slowly is better than not moving at all
Barbara Ciurej, Based in Chicago, Ilinois, Collaborations Editor @barbaraciurej
Favorite Lenscratch post of 2021: Digital Mediations: Jari Poulin: Senses in Animate
I also loved the Dec 25 post on beauty..needed that! Wendi Schneider: On Beauty
Favorite Photograph by someone else: Jon Feinstein’s Instagram posts of dandelions..among them…
Favorite Photograph that I took:
Favorite song/artist of 2021: Wet Leg, Chaise Lounge…their Tiny Desk concert was everything,,.catchy, bawdy, sad, wry, sweet
Favorite binge watch of 2021: The Chair
A new discovery: I really got into mayonnaise this year..mayonnaise mixed with garlic chili paste on everything.
Lindsay Lochman, Based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Collaboration Editor (@lindsaylochman)
Favorite Lenscratch Post of 2021: Lenscratch Student Prize Award Honorable Mention: Lois Bielefeld
Acting Out: Cabinet Cards and the Making of Modern Photography : John Rohrbach, ed., Erin Pauwels, Britt Salvesen, Fernanda Valverde
Favorite Photograph by someone else: APE – Katie Burnett, Cabin Fever
Horrifying and hilariously one continuous photo experience
Favorite Photograph that I took: Milwaukee River from Good Hope Island
Favorite binge watch of 2021 : whatever it was, I can’t remember it cuz it was so stupid —
A self-realization for 2021: it’s way more fun to walk in the woods than on sidewalks
Posts on Lenscratch may not be reproduced without the permission of the Lenscratch staff and the photographer.
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