High Speed Photo Series of liquids and Stuff Flying Through the Air
You don’t have to be high-brow to put together a creative photo series; you don’t even need to travel the deserts of Tunisia. Sometimes, all you need is a container full of something, the willingness to toss it in the air, and the skill to capture the result. That’s what Belgium-based photographer Manon Wethly has done, shooting various airborne containers filled with stuff and uploading the resulting pictures toher Instagram account.
Though the subject is, by definition, quite simple, it’s impressive how unique each photo manages to be. All manner of beverages and powders of different colors and consistencies are seen flying out of any given container. Coffee in to-go cups, wine in wine glasses, milk in juice glasses, and flower in bowls all become airborne when they get around Wethly.
Though she experiments with larger cameras and different backgrounds, the majority of the photos are taken with her iPhone against a clear blue or partly cloudy sky. The diversity of the images comes from the direction the container is thrown, the way it’s spinning, and the color of the stuff flying out of it:
Speaking to Junk Culture, Wethly explains:
It is absolutely fascinating to see what kind of shape an object or liquid gets when it is ‘flying.’ Clicking at exact the right second most often brings the most spectacular and surprising results.
Illustrated Series of TV & Movies Characters on their days off by Kiersten Essenpreis
Chicago-based artist Kiersten Essenpreis has created a terrific series of pop culture illustrations showing famous TV show and movie characters on their days off. They are currently on display at Gallery1988 (East) in Los Angeles until Saturday, May 25, 2013. Gallery1988 also has prints of the illustrations available to purchase online.
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How I Created a series of matching ‘Sexy’ engagement photos that went Viral
I bought a used Mamiya RZ67 Pro II a month ago, a huge medium format studio SLR with a negative area a full five times larger than the sensor on a Nikon D800 or 5DMKIII “full frame” camera.
A decade ago, the kit I bought would have sold for 5 figures, but thanks to film’s loss in popularity, I was able to get it for less than a tenth of what it cost new.
It’s a bulky thing, its six pound weight demands to be put on a tripod, it doesn’t autofocus or zoom, and dealing with film is generally a real pain in the butt. But damn it’s impressive for an empty box with a hole on one end.
For a first project I had the idea, partially inspired by Jim C. Hines, of taking a couple and posing them both in the same feminine poses and then displaying them side by side.
I approached Adam McLaughlin, who officiated my wedding, and his fiancée Casey Grim (collectively known as ACoupleOfN3rds), who I suspected would be game.
I’d photographed both of them before, and was stoked when they they not only agreed to do it, but were enthused. Casey mentioned they’d previously talked about doing some over the top boudoir parody, so the concept resonated with them.
This was my first time using the RZ67 and my first time using film since I last took photography classes in 2004. The shoot was generally a disaster: due to pure human error I shot everything 2 stops overexposed, I was having a hard time getting the lighting right without the digital crutch of instant feedback, I lost two whole shots because the focus was off, and figuring out the lighting took so long I didn’t have time to try any of the other film that I’d meant to experiment with.
Adam and Casey were patient and up for anything, but I felt like I’d let them down on my end.
I had pretty much written the whole thing off and was deep in the process of thinking I’d made a stupid choice buying the camera in the first place when a few days later I got an e-mail with the scans from Photoworks. Despite the meager resolution of their scans, you could still see extremely good resolution in the eyes (where I’d actually gotten them in focus), plus the look of B&W film was honestly even more captivating than I’d hoped.
And though I was initially disappointed to see the few shots that hadn’t turned out and I never did get the lighting how I wanted it, they managed to save most of the shots from overexposure in the processing, and I realized I had enough decent pictures to try execute the initial concept. So I asked my wife Lauren to Photoshop the selects together and then uploaded the finished photos to Facebook.
I did not expect any response.
Since then the photos have been featured on a couple blogs, The Daily Mail, The Huffington Post, and even on nationally syndicated TV. I’ve had friends message me to say they saw the photos (even one friend I haven’t talked to since high school).
I still have a lot to learn to reach basic competency with this camera, but all things considered my first three rolls have done okay.
Modern-Day Video Games Reimagined as Retro Atari Cartridges
Artist StarRoivas has used her digital manipulation skills to reimagine modern-day video game titles as retro Atari cartridges. You can view the full collection on deviantART.
Tiny Figurines Making Love Outdoors
For an imaginative ongoing photo series, Berlin-based musician, micro-sculptor and photographer Mr Peluchemakes 1:87 plastic scale figurines and puts them in a variety of sexually explicit scenarios. The first in the series is titled “My Summer of Love: Make Love Not War” and it features tiny naked figures frolicking outdoors and enjoying it as Mother Nature intended. The entire series can be viewed and selected prints are available to purchase at his site.
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Portrait of Kids Around the World Posing with their favorite toys
This portrait is of a little boy named Lucas who lives in Sydney, Australia. Like many children around the world, Lucas enjoys playing with toys, particularly his set of miniature trains and wooden railroad tracks.
Like many photographers around the world, Gabriele Galimberti enjoys traveling. During an 18 month span of travels, Galimberti visited and photographed children in a long list of countries around the world with each child posing with his or her favorite toys. Lucas was one of the kids Galimberti visited for his project, which is titled “Toy Stories.”
For each of the images, Galimberti played with the children and their toys for a short time, helped them arrange the toys neatly on the ground, and then had the kids post for a portrait. Through the many portrait sessions, Galimberti discovered that children around the world have similarities and differences. While all enjoy playing and having fun, the economic status of the children apparently has a big influence on the children’s personalities.
The wealthiest children were more possessive of their belongings, refusing to let Galimberti touch the toys at first. Building rapport with those kids took longer. The poorer children were much more receptive to Galimberti and were more generous with their fewer belongings. In the poorest countries, children often had very few toys, and therefore spent most of their time outdoors with friends.
Galimberti’s portraits are very revealing of the children’s worlds — their personalities, economic statuses, families, interests, personalities, and countries:
You can find the entire set of Toy Stories photographs over on Galimberti’s website.
That is what heaven looks like
Want to own a giant collection of vintage cameras, but don’t want to spend a lifetime acquiring them one by one? If you have deep pockets and money to burn, here’s your shot: collector Brain Cue of Alameda, California (kka20101 on eBay) is selling his massive camera collection that he has spent over 50 years building up.
The collection contains over 1,000 pieces of cameras, lenses, and various accessories. kka20101 notes that he doesn’t know the exact number of pieces in the collection — it may even be more than 2,000 separate pieces.
All the major camera brands (e.g. Canon, Nikon, Rollei, Yashica, Ricoh, Polaroids, Kodak, Fuji, Pentax, Petri, Pax, Mamiya) are represented in the lot, as well as all kinds of camera bodies (e.g. SLR, RF, TLR, medium format, point and shoot).
Most of the are in both working order and great cosmetic condition — this isn’t a mountain of broken cameras.
Here are some more jaw-dropping photos showing how expansive the collection is:
Shipping the collection would likely cost an astronomical amount of money, so Cue recommends that you visit him locally to pick up the lot (you’d probably want to bring a U-Haul, a boatload of cardboard boxes, and tons of protective padding).
So… regarding price: the starting bid is $34,999, but you can buy the collection outright if you’re willing to drop $49,999 on it. If there’s indeed 2,000 pieces, this would average out to about $25 for each item. There’s currently one day left in the auction, so get a move on it if you’re interested!
Air Drive, Old cars transformed into flying cars
Google Street Scene
You can always rely on the internet to be a complicit and worthy aide in your daily mission to procrastinate; whether it’s Lance Armstrong singing Creep orsartorial hounds, there’s enough fresh madness to make every day as thoroughly unproductive as the last. Those on the lookout for further distraction will surely admire the efforts of serial-map-blogger Tre Baker; the founder of Close to the Borderline – a blog that compiles images of locations divided by, well, borders – has introduced a plenitude of pop culture to his map obsession, with Google Street Scene.
Less than a week old, Google Street Scene – the latest in a long line of Street View-influenced art and culture projects – has already been kicking up somewhat of an international online storm; no-less than Time picking it out as their Tumblr of the Week. The premise is, as all good ideas are, painfully simple – the execution not so. Baker has managed to create a series of very authentic Street View-style screen grabs, the twist? They’re all scenes from famous movies, brought into the real world through the familiar guise of Google’s Street View. Superbly executed, Baker’s mash-ups deliver humour, intrigue and menace; the sight of Javier Bardem’s cold killer in No Country for Old Mennonchalantly strolling towards you is particularly chilling.
And what’s more – if browsing these fanciful delights alone was not gleefully distracting enough, the pop-quiz element adds a whole new level of “I’ll leave that till tomorrow”, place your bets and click on the Source link below each image – mark yourself honestly and send the results to We Heart Towers (prizes TBC).
Still catching his breath from a bracing few days, we caught up with Tre to find out more about him, his passion for maps, and the Street Scene lightbulb moment…
So you just launched the Tumblr last Wednesday, and already things are blowing up for you – did you expect anything like this level of exposure?
I absolutely did not expect Google Street Scene to receive this much attention. This is the third or fourth site like this I’ve started, and I fully expected it to remain as obscure as the other ones. I’m happy people are getting a kick out of it.
One of your other sites, Close to the Borderline, tracks an obsession that personally fascinates me too – that of locations crossed by international and state borders – how long have you been backpacking via Google Street View, when did the attraction begin and when was the Google Street Scene lightbulb moment?
I’ve been a fan of maps and cartography since I was a kid. The first time I ever got to play with Google Maps was when I worked at a talk radio station. We’d get a call from some place like Calvert City, Ky., and I had nothing better to do while screening calls than to dive in and take a look around the city where some particular caller was from. I’m fascinated with how everything pretty much looks the same on Google Street View, the newer high-def ones excluded. You can “drive” down Pennsylvania Ave in Washington DC, and instead of it looking like what you see in the movies, it looks much like the same old drab street you’d see from the back of a cab.
So international borderlines, film scenes, the house you grew up in… they all come off with the same treatment. On Google Street View, the pictures are all going to be from that weird angle with lines and data and copyright information blending into the background. The same gloves are used. This week, a co-worker showed me one of his discoveries: his grandmother. She’s been gone for awhile now, and yet, there she is on Google Street View, a blurry figure tending to her garden some time in August 2007. It’s strange enough to hear what you sound like played back on a recording or what you look like in a group picture. Imagine how disorienting it is to see yourself, or a loved one, walking down the street, unaware of your picture being taken from the point-of-view of some stranger’s car.
So taking something as familiar as the opening chase scene on Princes Street from Trainspotting and turning it into an incident that’s casually observed – like an apple farm in Washington State – that’s pretty cool, I guess.
Can you tell us a little about yourself – what do you do for a day job, for example?
My day job is as an online editor for Arkansas Business Publishing Group. We’ve got a weekly business newspaper that’s our flagship and several niche publications that appear on InArkansas.com. It should also be said that I create and post my Google Street Scenes from my home, off the clock. *cough*
You clearly know a thing or two about cinema – what’s your favourite film, and scene within it?
I wouldn’t consider myself a cinephile. I’ve got two children, ages 3 and 5, so I average about one movie in the theatre a year. Any others on DVD or cable are usually split up in parts. Right now, I’m just trying to work my way through The Wire series. Please, no spoilers.
My traditional answer though to what’s my favorite movie is GoodFellas. The “May 11, 1980″ montage is one of my favorite sequences. There’s probably something in there that would make for good Google Street Scene material too.
What makes a good Google Street Scene?
Finding a good movie scene to turn into a Street View; there’s a few tricks. First and foremost, it has to look like something the Google cameras would’ve captured. That crosses off a lot of things – night scenes, alleyways, parking lots. You also have to keep in mind that your average cameraman is six feet tall while the Google camera is perched up about 10-12 feet in the air. So even some street shots have to be eliminated only because they’re too much at eye level.
What’s next for Tre Baker?
What’s next? Well, I’m moving to a new desk at work that’s next to a window, so I’m pretty pleased about that. It’ll be nice to watch street scenes in real life for a change.
East L.A street and people photography by George Bojorquez
East L.A Street and People Photography by Gregory Bojorquez: Gregory Bojorquez has been photographing the people and places within East L.A for years. Whether capturing women in Hollywood, his hot lady friends, crime, or musicians, he keeps it raw and in-your-face. Via PsyCreator
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