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.
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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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.
Angelina Jolie’s Self-portraits with a Hasselblad
Angelina Jolie is an Oscar-winning actress who has become popular by taking on the title role in the “Lara Croft” series of blockbuster movies. Off-screen, Jolie has become prominently involved in international charity projects, especially those involving refugees. She often appears on many “most beautiful women” lists, and she has a personal life that is avidly covered by the tabloid press.
Here are interesting photos of Angelina Jolie with a Hasselblad from her photoshoot taken by Alexei Hay for the Marie Claire magazine in January 2012.
Bonus: Angelina Jolie with a large format bellows camera
Photographer Recreates his dreams as surreal photographs
Some people use dream journals to record and remember their imaginary nighttime escapades. Israel-based photographer Ronen Goldman uses photographs. Whenever he has a strange dream that he’d like to document, he goes out and recreates that dream as a surreal photograph. The project is titled “Surrealistic Pillow“.
For the past six years I have been recreating my dreams through photos. Each photo takes weeks and even months of preparation from dreaming it, writing down the main elements, planning, shooting and post production.
I don’t always fully understand the meaning of these images- much like dreams they sometimes reveal themselves only months after being created.
All elements of all the images were actually shot on location on the same day and combined together.
You can find the entire series over on his website here.
Sandy Beach Home Office
Working from home is a dream for many. In fact the only thing better than working from your home is the ability to work from the beach, paradise if you will. Well the ‘Surfing With The Sand Between My Toes’ workspace allows both of those options fused into one.
Artist Justin Kemp offered up a way for you to work directly from your home office, while still enjoying the feeling of being at the beach, with your toes between the sand all day. ” The sand is relaxing, but for me, it’s more a symbol of my permanent vacation. It’s the design of a lifestyle where work becomes so satisfying that vacation and retirement become undesirable. It’s a permanent state of chill,” Justin explained about the home office setup. Essentially a massive wooden sandbox located under your workspace, this would definitely leave a mess throughout your home. [Via]
How photoshop tools would be used as beauty products
If Adobe Photoshop tools could work their magic in the real world, what would people use them for? One obvious application would be as a beauty product, which would allow people to ‘shop actual faces instead of photos of faces. Budapest, Hungary-based photographer and graphic designer Flora Borsi recently shot a series of photos that humorously depict how it might work. The project is titled, “Photoshop in Real Life.”
As the photo above shows, anti-acne face soap makers would suddenly find themselves out of customers.
An example of how not to use the Smudge Tool:
The plastic surgery industry would completely vanish as people begin using Photoshop on noses and other features they don’t like:
Feeling blue? Just change your hue!
The Smart Object feature alone would make this product a must have:
You can find more of Borsi’s work over on her Facebook page.
Famous Photographs turned into arm’s Length self-portraits
Self-portraits snapped with an outstretched arm can be seen everywhere these days, from profile pictures on Facebook to filtered shots on Instagram. Among iconic historical photos? Not so much.
However, Cape Town, South Africa-based newspaper Cape Times has launched a brilliant new advertising campaign that imagines what those photos were look like if they had been captured with arm’s-length “selfies”.
Created by advertising agency Lowe Cape Town, the ads show four famous photos Photoshopped to look like they were captured with a hand-held camera by one of the subjects.
The photograph above is a remaining of the 1945 image V-J Day in Times Square.
A portrait of Winston Churchill resting on a bench by LIFE magazine photographer Hans Wild:
A photograph of South African social rights activist Desmond Tutu:
A picture of Prince William and Kate sharing a kiss on a balcony on their wedding day:
The images are a pretty neat way of making the point, “You can’t get any closer to the news.”
Floppy Table is a wonderfully designed coffee table created by the Berlin art, design and architecture duo Axel van Exeland Marian Neulant of Neulant van Exel that is made to resemble a classic 3.5″ floppy disk. Axel and Marian built the good sized table out of welded hot rolled steel and stainless steel and even added a secret compartment that can be accessed by pushing open the shutter. The Floppy Table is available to order by contacting Neulant van Exel (contact information is listed on their website).
Abstract Photos of Human Bodies in Motion
Japanese photographer Shinichi Maruyama has an interesting series of photos simply titled, “Nude.” Each image shows an abstract flesh-colored shape that’s created by a nude subject dancing in front of the camera.
Although the photographs look like long-exposure shots, they’re actually composite images created by combining ten thousand individual photographs of each dancer. The result is a look in which each model’s body is (mostly) lost within the blur of its movement.
You can find more of Maruyama’s work over on his website.
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