Early 1900s photos in colour

June 4, 2010

Great collection online here. Via MeFi.

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Star Trek: TNG – set photos

March 5, 2010

Here’s a great 3-page photo gallery of the Star Trek: The Next Generation cast palling around on set. I love set photos.

Remember Armus? What a jerk that guy was.

Even in acid-wash, I'd be his imzadi.

What? In the real future, nobody slouches.

But even in the future, there are still dreams


See-through: Fred Lebain’s surreal location photos, and Flickr’s fake transparent laptop screens

November 10, 2009

Fred Lebain took photos of NYC locations, then blew them up and went back a year later, aligning each print to its location. I love these.

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Via TodayAndTomorrow.

Reminds me of see-thru screen photos, a neat phenomenon on Flickr. Click each pic to see that photographer’s Flickr account.

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Here’s another post you might like:
How to unclog a drain using an ordinary drinking straw.


Obama’s Flickr account

May 18, 2009

Barack Obama has a photostream on Flickr. Every day a handful of new photos go up, courtesy the White House photographers. Lots of these pics are of the “People in Suits Sit at a Table” vein you’d expect- not exactly scintillating photojournalism- but some of them are pure gold. For example, recently the son of a White House employee wondered aloud whether Obama’s haircut felt like his own haircut. In the name of science, the POTUS allowed for some exploratory palpitation:

If that little boy is Muslim, I know some Republicans who are going to be verrry upset about this

If that little boy is Muslim, I know some Republicans who are going to be verrry upset about this

Adorable. Thanks to Reub (link goes to a funny essay he wrote, which is worth a read) for the tip.


Wolf wants pig: stop motion photo animation, animated

April 14, 2009

Wicked little animated movie by Takeuchi Taijin, made by photographing stop-motion animation, then laying out the photos and photographing them, too. Supa coo.

In some ways this reminds me of Muto by BLU– I like how the characters define the world as they pass through it, and the clever use of space and geometry.


Hiroshima photos, after all these years.

November 11, 2008

One rainy night eight years ago, in Watertown, Massachusetts, a man was taking his dog for a walk. On the curb, in front of a neighbor’s house, he spotted a pile of trash: old mattresses, cardboard boxes, a few broken lamps. Amidst the garbage he caught sight of a battered suitcase. He bent down, turned the case on its side and popped the clasps.

He was surprised to discover that the suitcase was full of black-and-white photographs. He was even more astonished by their subject matter: devastated buildings, twisted girders, broken bridges — snapshots from an annihilated city. He quickly closed the case and made his way back home.

At the kitchen table, he looked through the photographs again and confirmed what he had suspected. He was looking at something he had never seen before: the effects of the first use of the Atomic bomb. The man was looking at Hiroshima.

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Wow. Full story & photos here. Source.


Found photographs, and a hipster dilemma.

August 20, 2008

I randomly found this link & clicked through to discover this found photoset of a woman with Down syndrome, dressed in fashionable clothing and grinning while being photographed in her back garden, at the seaside, etc, throughout the 1970s. And I really liked it.

And then I looked to see what site I was on, and it was Vice Magazine, and suddenly I liked the photoset way less. And I didn’t really understand why. And then I thought about Vice for 20 seconds and remembered how excited I’d be back in the day, when a new one came out (I remember how subversive it felt to read it years ago, when I was wee, back when email addresses, if you had one, were meaningless jumbles, back before Vice was even printed on glossy). And now I don’t really read Vice any more because I avoid Queen West like it’s got cooties, and where the heck else do you find Vice. But historically, I’ve usually liked the style & content of the articles. And then I decided to think some more about Vice.

And then I realized that it’s 3:30 am and I’m too tired to close my mouth, let alone think, and mouth-breathing in the dry, dry mountain air of Banff makes you feel, in the words of a very eloquent woman I’m working with here, as though there’s a suede sock stuffed in your oral cavity. So instead, I ask you, friends, to ponder my new-found prejudice against Vice and the perhaps-exploitative nature of these photos. Why did their being posted on Vice make me like them less, and is that wrong?