“I see these photos as a part of the family album that at one point I’d like to put back into the album, so that 100 years from now someone can look at it and say, ‘Jeez, that guy was working through some issues.” This was Richmond-based photographer Paul Thulin’s response when I asked him about the role of his family in the hypnotic series Pine Tree Ballads. I’d have to agree that these mysterious photographs would raise some eyebrows amidst the normal snapshot and portrait fare of an album. They are photographs of a family that reveal nothing about the individuals—many of the images do not include people at all, but rather a foreboding abandoned homestead in the woods. And when people are shown, they haunt the frame, peering out from its edges like feral animals caught in the light.
JANUARY / Your staff are the nicest pooch-lovers in the whole world. Penny, my precious little wiener, is on a special diet and must be fed at specific times so she can take her pills. Your room service staff was sweet enough to prepare it each day, executed to the last detail and delivered right on time. Penny is extremely appreciative and is looking forward to her next stay.
We’re pretty sure everyone involved had a blast putting together The Standard Calendar 2014. Conceptualized by Dutch agency KesselsKramer and shot by French photographer Thomas Mailaender exclusively for The Standard, this year’s calendar is “an unexpected look at the follies of 2013,” inspired by a mix of entertaining and off-the-wall customer comments from guests from across the hotel’s properties in New York, Los Angeles and Miami. Shot at The Standard, Downtown LA and The Standard, Hollywood, Mailaender brings these quirky comments to life with the help of the hotel staff, who reenacted them. Here’s to starting the new year off with a little cleverness and humor. Get yours here.