You’ve asked me in evaluating your work to be brutally honest. Admittedly, it’s something that other photographers have asked for, but I’ve always been reticent about honestly fulfilling such a request. I have often perceived it as the equivalent of a wife or girlfriend asking, “Do I look fat in this?” A frank, honest answer to that question is likely not going to end well.
However, you have been insistent about receiving such concise, unrestrained and to-the-point-feedback. So, I feel inspired to share with you why your pictures suck.
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Image from Deserted Places
No, it isn’t Atlantis. However, a town in Argentina spent 27 years submerged by the sea and the waters have now moved on to reveal lots of ruins. The town used to be the home to over 1,000 people and gained lots of tourists because of the saltwater lake right by it–which was similar to the Dead Sea. It had a bustling railroad and was a major trading center that started to come up during the 1920s. There were loads of businesses and apparently the tourism industry brought in 25,000 people a year.
In 1985 though, the sea flooded after lots of wet winters and a major rainfall. The waters have now rescinded, and the town can once again be explored. If any scene looked apocalyptic, it would be this town.
There are loads more photos over at the BBC and on Google Images.
Via AP and BBC
Generally, people often wonder what the world looked like in olden times. We have loads of black and white images, but as we know, the human eye doesn’t (usually) see in black and white. Indeed though, the world was dramatically full of color–and lots of it too. Claude Friese-Greene, a British Cinema Technician, was able to shoot lots of video using a color process that his father was using.
The process was called Biocolour, and started in the 1890s. It was often in conflict with Kinemacolor–another British invention and the first commercialized attempt to introduce color video. By the time he really tried to get it going though, Technicolor was already rapidly growing in the US around 1916.
Either way, the important thing is that Greene was able to show off the olden times in full color.
All images are copyright of Daniella Zalcman. Used with permission
New York and London are extremely photogenic cities that are not only the center of many commercial shoots, but also in various films. What if you could fuse the two though? Daniella Zalcman has done just that in a series of double exposure images that were shared on her Instagram and Flickr. She got the idea when she prepared to move from the Big Apple to the home of Big Ben. She took to Kickstarter to accumulate funding for the production of a limited run book called NY + London and received her goal for the creation.
Take a look at some of the selections after the jump and read out quick interview with her.
Via Time Out NY
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The Huffington Post is running an interesting story right now on photographer Melanie Willhide. Willhide had her computer stolen along with the backup drive. After reporting the theft, police found her machine in the back of a car they pulled over. It was then returned to Willhide and she began the process of trying to recover the images after the thief did some minor work to wipe the hard drive.
Amazingly, Willhide’s images were actually made artistically better and similar to things (Like Andy Warhol’s Eight Elvises) that one would see in a MoMA exhibit. And now, Willhide wishes she had him as a student.
So how did this happen? When one tries to recover images sometimes, the files can be corrupted and not totally in their original state. Plus it depends on how the software you were using went about trying to recover and piece the data back together. My feeling (after recovering data cards for years) is that the images are also nowhere near full resolution. And Willhide is simply just embracing a technical glitch as art. Go figure.
Some men just want to see the world burn, and some men want to commodify it. When the Boston Marathon Bombings happened, loads of images were flooding the internet. Photo based sharing network Instagram started the #PrayForBoston hashtag and many images from the event were made public. One man, Steve Goldstein, tried to make some extra dough from all these photos–so he put together a small photo book and charged some money for it.
Unfortunately, I don’t think that Mr. Goldstein knows just how protective the photo community is of their images. For example, our site asks for permission to use images if they’re not ours every time we publish a story if the images aren’t ours or in a public domain. The images that Goldstein included were from major news sources–and he was treated with a cease and desist from the NYTimes. Usually, it is these major outlets that are stealing images that will try to get away with anything to not pay someone. But this time around, it was pretty much the reverse.
And apparently, this isn’t the first time that he’s done it.
Via PDN Pulse and NPPA