"When I look for images, I look for something that makes you almost uncomfortable in your own skin—something that makes you observe more intently," Foster says. "That's when I know I have something that's more than just a snapshot."
John Foster is a graphic design and communications professional
by day, and joined by his wife as collectors of "vernacular photographs"
by night. Their collected photographs
have been featured at art galleries and museums
, and John has worked with others to curate outsider art shows
. If that wasn't enough, his collections extend beyond found photos
, as previsusly featured on the blue
(and as inspiration for another post
is a database of sixteen free digital image collections
built using Luna Imaging's Insight software. And there's a lot of cool stuff, well over a hundred thousand images all available for download in good resolution. Here are some of the collections featured: Pratt Institute Fashion Plate Collection
, The Farber Gravestones Collection
, Maps of Africa
, Cornell Political Americana Collection
and the The Estate Collection of art by HIV+ artists
. The advanced search allows you to search across all collection, for example seeing everything across all collections about animals
or New York
or your birthyear
. Whatever you look for, it's gonna bring up a boatload of interesting images.
: "The Times of Our Lives
." Wonderful scans of vintage photos of the 1950's
(uh, and 80's
) from flickr user aroid
:: True Tales of Adventure in the American West