On May 1, 1947 Evelyn McHale leapt to her death from the observation deck of the Empire State Building. Photographer Robert Wiles took a photo of McHale a few minutes after her death.
I will never forget this image, which I discovered on the found-image photo blog riotclitshave. In fact, I’ve found many unforgettable images there. A little bit of everything: humor, horror, beauty, ugliness, joy and everything in between. Sometimes, the blog curator, Bean Noneya, will go through phases. One week, she’ll be obsessed by the texture of old people’s skin. Another week, she’ll be taken by Islam. Preceded by: cute piglets! Another perennial RCS fixation is the interaction between people and animals. There is also a wealth of incredible black-and-white gems from bygone eras. If you’ve never seen this blog before, start looking. It’s a blog you can get lost in for hours; by the time you finally close the browser, the world will seem infinitely stranger.
When I told my roomate that I interviewed Bean for this blog, she didn’t seem that excited: “it’s just a popular photo blog where someone reposts images that they found elsewhere! It’s not like she takes them herself or anything.” But I’ve seen many photo blogs, and none impact me as strongly as RCS. In order to assort images so profoundly, one has to have a good eye, a sense of humor, a degree of subtlety and a unique perspective of the world. I’m constantly impressed by how the blog makes strong points simply by posting images in a certain order – a good example of that is the day she decided to post only images of female couples.
So who is the person behind riotclitshave? Why does she do this every week? Full interview after the jump.
It’s called riotclitshave as a play on “right click save” and the three words just felt rather lovely together.
Where do you find the images that you post?
I search for my images in a handful of ways. I watch a bunch of photo posting communities on livejournal, which include some Russian photodump blogs RSS’d into my LJ, I search terms on Google that I’m interested in and think will garner good pictures. I use the Flickr and LJ random image grabbers too. The Russian sites really give me some great stuff. It’s SO random and has so many pictures.
Have you ever posted an image that you later wish you hadn’t?
I have definitely posted pics that I wish I hadn’t. I don’t like posting photoshops- but I won’t usually delete them if I find they are. I get very annoyed with the comments whenever I post a skinny girl- people just can’t seem to help themselves. After the hundredth “sammich” comment I just want to delete the post. Which is why you’ll never see me post a picture specifically pointed at making fun of a fat person. People are cruel and I don’t want my journal to be a place for people to get hurt.
It always seems like you have just the right balance of ingredients: a little humor, a little tragedy, etc. How do you determine which pictures to post when? Does it have to do with your mood, or do you have a pre-defined list of what types of images you’re going to post on a certain day? Or is it all just random?
I post according to my mood. If you can feel the tone of the set you can probably divine my general mood. Though I do sometimes post to a theme so you’ll see all water pictures or portraits or such.
Do you consider yourself political and do you think you’re ever promoting a certain political agenda with the images you choose to show?
Am I political… I am, but I don’t deliberately put it into riotclitshave. I think my liberal personality does show with the pictures I choose. I have a few subjects I won’t post about though. I definitely don’t believe I’m promoting anything more than keeping an open mind to the various ways beauty presents itself in our world.
What are your other hobbies besides maintaining this photoblog? You’re not, by chance, a photographer yourself?
My hobbies, ha. Well, I do take pictures but I think I’ve posted maybe one – they have to pass my critical eye just like any other photograph does. But I do have a lot of other hobbies – writing, gardening, reading, shooting guns, camping and really a host of other things I get into when I can.
Finally, why? Why run a free photoblog?
I have a lot of fun doing this, I love looking at pictures and I really enjoy sharing what I’ve found. I do think I’ve got a pretty good eye for interesting images, my mother is a pretty well known artist in Texas and she raised me to see the world with that eye. I’m happy that other people enjoy the images I find.
I’ll keep doing it as long as I’m still interested. The people who comment are fantastic- they amuse and educate me. They help find credits for the pictures, post more information for us to learn about the images and are very often hilarious. The comments for me really make it fun. My husband Bob and I are always laughing about something random that’s been posted.
I started a photoblog because I’ve been saving crazy/interesting pictures from the internet for years. Sometimes I’d show people who visited but it wasn a lot to digest all at once. So I started posting a few here and there in my personal blog. Not everyone who reads me shares my tastes and people asked me to put them under cuts, I didn’t want to – so I created another blog just for my pictures. I didn’t actually expect riotclitshave to ever reach outside of my friends list.