73 posts tagged Photography
You’ve all seen them. One lone spectacle of arboreal majesty, towering above the treeline as you drive down the highway. It’s only when you get closer (though not too close, because the disguise is not so good) that you realize the impressive tree is nothing more than a cell phone tower.
How do you overcome that fast-food temptation? Set that burger ablaze says photographer Henry Hargreaves.
Portraits Of Extreme Plastic Surgery, Done In Classical Style
There are two ways most people interpret A New Kind Of Beauty, a book of photographs by Phillip Toledano that documents proponents of extreme cosmetic surgery. First, there’s revulsion: “the expected ‘Holy shit! These people look crazy,’ which definitely isn’t the point of the work,” the British photographer tells Slate. “And then there are hopefully some people who understand the point I’m making about the direction we’re headed.”
It’s also easy to feel a bit of both. While body modification is an increasingly accepted mode of personal expression, it’s still a taboo and unnerving topic for many of us—even more so when seen in the razor sharp detail of Toledano’s lens.
Fairy Tale Photos Of An African Space Program
n 1964, a Zambian high school science teacher named Edward Makuka Nkoloso took it upon himself to found a space program for his country. It was the climax of the Space Race, and Nkoloso wanted to put the first African on the moon (and later, Mars). “Zambians are inferior to no men in science and technology,” he wrote in an op-ed entitled We’re Going To Mars! “My space plans will surely be carried out.”
Alas, Nkoloso’s plan was both underfunded and undercooked. His group had no capital to build a rocket, and their training mainly dealt with rolling down a hill inside of an oil drum (though to be fair, that’s not so different from early NASA training techniques). A few months into the project, one of his astronauts-in-training, a 16-year-old girl, became pregnant, and the Zambian space program quickly fell apart.
50 years later, a brilliant photobook imagines what could have been.
Here’s the story about Christina De Middel’s The Afronauts.
The Mesmerizing Skyscrapers Of Hong Kong In Eerily Beautiful Close-Up
For four years, photographer Michael Wolf explored life in Hong Kong by studying the exterior of its apartment towers. When cropped and textualized, residential facades buildings become something other than architecture, but grids of information, charts, data, colorful patterns.
For more images and the full story, click here.
The photo above is ‘of’ Robert De Niro.
Chris Buck’s takes photographs of famous people like Snoop Lion and Robert De Niro. But before he shoots, he gives them a chance to hide.
And here is Buck’s “Snoop Dog” portrait.
Look At These Chinese Workers Carrying Mind-Blowing Amounts Of Stuff
Shanghai’s migrant workers are the foundation of China’s economy, ferrying goods around the city on their bicycle. But if these photos of them look impossible, that’s because they are. Their loads have been digitally increased as part of a photo project on the Chinese economy and global consumerism.
”[W]e are the servants of all these objects that we desire and wish to own, prompted by adverts.”
Remarkable Images Of Volcanic Lightning, A Scientific Mystery
Martin Rietze, a German photographer who works under the title “Alien Landscapes on Planet Earth,” has traveled to dozens of them. Rietze’s photo of the Sakurajima volcano was featured as NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day earlier in the week, after Rietze traveled to southern Japan to photograph it in January. The volcano was part of the Osumi Peninsula until 1914, when it blew its lid and separated to form its own little island. Today, it’s one of the most active volcanos in Asia. “It leaves a very deep impression,” Rietze tells Co.Design. “Sitting near a boiling lava lake, feeling the heat and static charge of an ongoing eruption column 1000m high, smelling all kinds of toxic gasses, watching burning sulfur, hearing eruption sounds as loud as a starting airplane nearby …”
The Strange, Incredible Nests Of Weaver Birds
DILLON MARSH TOOK TO THE KALAHARI DESERT TO DOCUMENT THE OVERSIZED AVIAN HOMES.
These massive, amorphous avian homes can support hundreds of birds at a time in their complex interior chambers and clusters, and, boy, are they impressive from the outside as well. The effect is somewhat otherworldly and—maybe this is just me?—kinda creepy, as the formations look like they are, or could be, super strange and sentient creatures living off our power grid.
NEW WORK: Camera Collection - I collaborated with stylist Krisitn Lane on this artwork commission for Nike’s in-house photo studio. The final print will be 10x8 feet and will hang in the studio’s atrium. See more collection images here. Purchase prints here.
One of the more interesting aspects of this project was the banding together of Portland’s photo community to assemble a collection of cameras this large. Many memories and stories were passed around all day at the shoot. A HUGE thanks goes out to everyone who participated.
Here are some of the beautiful winning shots from Sony World Photography Awards.
In order to arrive at the finalists for the annual competition, a panel of judges combed through more than 122,000 entries from 170 countries—the highest number of submissions yet.
White Horizon, a portfolio by photographer Michael G. Zimmerer, captures the Midwest after a major snowstorm.
The Dark Side Of The Moon
Russia’s Luna 3 spacecraft returned the first views ever of the far side of the Moon. The first image was taken at 03:30 UT on 7 October at a distance of 63,500 km after Luna 3 had passed the Moon and looked back at the sunlit far side. The last image was taken 40 minutes later from 66,700 km. A total of 29 photographs were taken, covering 70% of the far side. The photographs were very noisy and of low resolution, but many features could be recognized. This is the first image returned by Luna 3.
Former Playboy bunnies, in a post-bunny world.
What does the inside of your refrigerator look like?
Some people fear the skeletons in their closet. But most of us are probably more self-conscious about the green things growing in our refrigerators. It’s an idea explored by Mark Menjivar, who spent four years photographing You Are What You Eat, a series featuring the contents of more than 50 refrigerators across the United States, all of which are in their native, often disgusting, state because their owners were never given a chance to clean them out first.now