June 05, 2013

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News we can get behind

Check out this great article from the NY Times that came out today. It's about a Harlem bar bet in 1951 that resulted in a 26 y/o stealing a plane in New Jersey to landing it on the streets of NYC... drunk.... at 3am (it was really dark in 1958). Six years later he did it again because a patron at the same bar didn't believe he did it the first time. 

Have an audacious story of your own? Share it (or links to it) in the comments. 

Read here: Long Ago, a Pilot Landed on an Uptown Street. That's Where the Bar Was.

 

May 30, 2013

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April 24, 2013

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April 24, 2013

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March 27, 2013

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Today's Inspiration: Edward Steichen

"Photography records the gamut of feelings written on the human face, the beauty of the earth and skies that man has inherited, and the wealth and confusion man has created. It is a major force in explaining man to man." - Edward Steichen

Photography is a key element to the Izola story and work ethos. From setting up a perfectly styled product shoot to Izola founder, Neil Rasmus being a photographer himself. 

So it seemed fitting to acknowledge the birthday of one of America's greatest and most influential photographers, Edward Steichen. Regarded as the best known and highest paid photographer in the world, he photographed for Vogue, Vanity Fair and Camera Work as well as directing 1945 Academy Award winning war documentary, The Fighting Lady. His work below is an example of how he continues to influence many contemporary photographers to this day.


self-portrait, Edward Steichen



Actor Gary Cooper, 1930



Antonio de Marco and Renée de Marco, 1935


Greta Grabo, 1928



Gloria Swanson, 1924

March 18, 2013

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Today's Inspiration

Determination


March 15, 2013

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Today's Inspiration

Happy weekend everyone!


March 13, 2013

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The Endurance Expedition

"MEN WANTED: FOR HAZARDOUS JOURNEY. SMALL WAGES, BITTER COLD, LONG MONTHS OF COMPLETE DARKNESS, CONSTANT DANGER, SAFE RETURN DOUBTFUL. HONOUR AND RECOGNITION IN CASE OF SUCCESS."

- SIR ERNEST SHACKLETON

 

I'm excited to start reading "South: The Endurance Expedition." This is the story of Ernest Shackleton, who in 1914 lead an expedition on the Endurance to be the first to traverse Antartica by way of the Weddell Sea in the icy waters surrounding the Antartic continent.

On this adventure Shackleton faced intolerable levels of hardship. The Endurance froze within an ice floe forcing the crew to transform the ship into a semi-permanent winter camp. The hope was that this would hold them over until Spring when warmer weather would break the ice allowing the camp to float slowly toward solid land. The events that follow make up a 497 day journey of courage, bravery, darkness, and frostbite.

Great men like Ernest are a part of the story we convey through Izola. We strive to represent achievements of the past and stories that will never go untold. 

What stories are you reading lately?

 

                                     

 

 

March 12, 2013

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Today's Inspiration

Rainy Day in NYC

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