The iconic Bubble series
was created by fashion photographer Melvin Sokolsky for the Harper’s Bazaar 1963 Spring Collection.
Haunted by a particular image from Hieronymous Bosch
, Sokolsky experienced a re-occurring dream in which he saw himself floating inside a bubble across exotic landscapes.
Here are some more
and a Flikr
was one of his favourite models. (Tumblr
There is more of Sokolsky's work on his website
is journeying across the United States to record and share the essence of contemporary Native Culture with the world. There are at least 562 Tribal Nations recognized by the US Federal Government.
"I've been described as being a pioneer. Am I a pioneer? ... Maybe I am, maybe I'm not. I don't mind one way or the other."
Saul Leiter was born
in 1923 in Pittsburgh; at 23 he left theology school and headed to New York to become an artist. He worked in both painting
and photography, finding early support for his black-and-white photos in an 1953 MoMA show. He settled into an East Village apartment and did fashion photography to support himself. But on his own time
, on the sidewalks
of NYC, he developed a lyrical
personal style of color street photography that's now seen as both masterly
and very ahead of its time
. In his twilight years he saw a new appreciation
for his work, with books
and a new documentary film
, which had its New York debut on Nov. 16. Saul Leiter passed away last night
in New York City at age 89. (Previously
Mormon Women Bare
is an art project spearheaded by Katrina Barker Anderson, a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. It's designed to challenge the LDS Church's strict views on modesty and the value of "virtue" by having Church members pose naked in an attempt to reclaim their bodies while protesting the belief that they need to be careful of inflaming the passions of men.
— a glamourous costumed set by photographer Francesco Ridolfi
The Fed Up
project has collected over 7000 student-submitted photos of school lunches from across the US. They'll be used to create a map and report to make a case for better school lunches. [more inside]
Alexey Kljatov takes some rather nice macro photos of snowflakes
on the open balcony of his house, mostly on glass surface, lighted by LED flashlight from opposite side of glass, and sometimes in natural light, using dark woolen fabrics as background. He recently detailed his camera set-up
, featuring an inexpensive point-and-shoot camera and an old USSR-made Helios lense
, taped to a board. Reverse mounting is nothing new
, but it's usually done with reverse-mounting rings
Visarute Angkatavanich takes beautiful portraits of fish. [more inside]
"Basically, a guy who runs one of the stands called me over because I "looked like I would like rock 'n' roll"—and he was right. I don't know what was lost in translation, however. He obviously didn't know what he had. To tell the truth, I didn't either. I obviously knew it was the Stones, but it took about a week of looking them over to realize that this was really a very unique circumstance. After extensive research, I came to find that these are unpublished, never-before-seen photos of one of the most legendary bands in rock 'n' roll history. Not only that, they are beautifully composed, candid, raw and perfect in every way. They really convey a band innocent to their destiny." Lauren White, on her discovery
and showing of 26 candid photos of the Rolling Stones
, circa 1965.
What No One Tells You About Losing Lots of Weight. For at least some newly thin people, there’s a meta-dissatisfaction in feeling that significant weight loss has made life anything other than perfect: Any discomfort you may feel with your body is compounded by a sense of shame at not feeling unmitigated pride at a moment you expected to be triumphant. [more inside]
If you've seen images of NASA, you've seen the work of Bill Ingalls
, Project Manager and Senior Photographer for NASA Headquarters, who started out as an intern with NASA, and has worked now for the agency for 25 years. You can see a ton of images on the NASA HQ Photos account on Flickr
(plus non-NASA photos on his personal Flickr account
), and he even has a few short videos on Vimeo
. You can read about NASA photographers, including Ingalls
, and hear Bill talk about his work with NASA and photography in general
in this 365 Days of Astronomy podcast (related: the super moon photo
, and Neil deGrasse Tyson's response to the super moon hype
"[Walmart]'s policy of allowing overnight stays in their parking lots is intended to boost sales, but has the tangential effect of creating a subculture around its locations... The two separate Walmart parking lots in Flagstaff, Arizona are specifically known for their long-term residents, and this past summer photographer Nolan Conway
spent several days making a series of portraits of both the overnighters and the people who call these asphalt grids a temporary home."
Waking Up At Walmart (via)
As a joke, Stephen Young, a geography professor at Salem State University
, put a landscape image on the office door of Paul Kelly, a herpetologist
colleague of Young's. The biologist mistook it for an electron microscope image that his office mate had created, which got the two talking and comparing imagery. “We found that we had this similar interest in understanding scale and how people perceive it,” Young explained. They tested each-other over the past year, and now have created and collected more than 50 puzzling images—of polished minerals and glaciers, sand dunes and bird feathers—for display in “Macro or Micro?,” an exhibition currently at both Salem State University’s Winfisky Gallery
and Clark University’s Traina Center for the Visual and Performing Arts
. You can test yourself with images hosted on The Smithsonian Magazine blog
, Yahoo News
Nightwatch: The Haunting Light Painted Nightscapes of Noel Kerns
: Dallas-based photographer Noel Kerns
specializes in capturing haunting night scenes of ghost towns, decommissioned military bases, and industrial abandonments. His creative use of different colored lights combined with moon light helps these old abandoned places come alive as vivid nightscapes. [...]
By very carefully planning out his shot and using flashlights, strobes and colored gels to strategically add light, Kerns captures the final product in-camera during exposures that last, on average, one to three minutes — very little, if any, post-production is done at all
. [more inside]
Just the Two of Us
: Portraits of Cosplayers at Home (via Colossal)
"One of the most important aspects of the interview is to check the tidiness of the future help. Lam Ling checks the hands of a student."
In a beautifully shot series, French photographer Gratiane de Moustier depicts the Indonesian women and Hong Kong employers who are linked together in global care chain
, beginning at their training camp in Java to their final place of employment in the homes of Hong Kong families.
is an artist based in Montréal whose photographic series Alone Time
features one person as two different people, of different genders, in the same frame. The latest in the series has just debuted on Buzzfeed
and features Levine's partner as both an expectant mother and an expectant father, as well as an interview with Levine. [more inside]
Hannah Price’s series, City of Brotherly Love
, features portraits of men in Philadelphia captured just moments after they’d harassed her on the street. [more inside]
Young to old
, gifs showing the transformation of age. One noticeable thing in all photos is the known ‘random fact’ that the ears and nose are 2 body parts that never stop growing and getting bigger – from birth to death.
All on one page
, where you can click the hand icon in the corner of the image and slide the bar back and forth manually. Video
. [more inside]
Middle + Off
: A tumblr blog that juxtaposes photos to surprising, elegant, and often humorous effect. (Probably NSFW -- there's some artful nudity in there.)
is a very cool Infinite Zoom Illusion Video of Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue created by Paul Trillo. [via] [more inside]
Do you like classic pin-up girls? Do you like milk? London based photographer Jaroslav Wieczorkiewicz put the two together
in these mind-boggling high speed photos featuring dresses made of milk.
Although best known for iconic photographs
of his Weimaraner dogs, artist William Wegman is also a painter
. While Wegman's combined the two before, recently painting atop commercial travel postcards
, he's just published Flo & Wendell
, a children's storybook illustrated by dog photos painted over to tell a whimsical tale. Images and review
(LA Times); video
She's the most famous woman in the world you've never heard of. The Overexposed Model
is a blog dedicated to collecting appearances of a mysterious stock photography model whose smiling face has sold eyeglasses in Greece, healthcare in Peru, oral gel in Malaysia, Jamba Juice in the US, radio stations in Germany, and countless daily deal websites. Its readers report seeing the model almost everywhere they go. [more inside]
Deadly lake turns animals into statues
-Photographer Nick Brandt
, who has a long association with east Africa, took a detour from his usual work when he discovered perfectly preserved birds and bats
on the shoreline.
shoots in black and white, sometimes strangers
, a lot
, but with a sense of humor
He runs a blog
and a tumblr
of art and essays.
The USGS Native Bee Inventory and Monitoring Program
designs and develops large and small-scale surveys and identification tools for native bees. A vital aspect of the program is to create accurate and detailed pictures of native bees as well as the plants and insects they interact with. To that end, Sam Droege
has curated a collection of more than 1,200 macro photos of insects and posted them to the USGS NBIaMP Flickr collection
. You can also browse via sets
, if the unfiltered collection is too much to take in at once. This group has also provided a guide to taking macro photographs of insects in a lab setting
The Lens Is Standard, the Photos Anything But
Jerome Delay has been on a quest for simplicity while covering some of the most important stories in Africa for The Associated Press. For the last year he has relied almost exclusively on one camera, and one lens, a 50-millimeter F1.4.
is a Barcelona-based photographer whose work shows Barcelona and its surroundings with a cool melancholy. Flickr stream here