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Their own personal Jesuses

In the northern Romanian region of Maramureș, roadside crucifixes are part of the countryside landscape and a symbol of people’s spiritual views. Traditionally, they were handcrafted locally and so they were also visual displays of local art. But local handcrafting skills are quickly disappearing and their preservation hardly encouraged. And so the locals switch to representations of Jesus mass produced somewhere in the world. The new plastic Jesus does not reflect the old spirit of the villages but a new trend instead, a mix of consumerist practicality and kitsch. In an ongoing series, photographer Vasile Dorolti tries to capture these People and Crosses, before they disappear. [more inside]
posted by Kabanos on May 1, 2016 - 3 comments

Growing up with Star Wars

I Grew Up Star Wars had been collecting and posting photos of people growing up with Star Wars for almost a decade now. It is chock full of photos of kids with amazing retro toy collections, fake looking Darth Vaders signing autographs and a ton of Christmas and birthday photos. While it is fun just to look at the old photos, the site also demonstrates the influence this franchise has had on people over the years. [more inside]
posted by metaboy on Apr 10, 2016 - 27 comments

Windows on Earth

Astronaut Scott Kelly tweeted 1,000 photos during his year in space.
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Mar 1, 2016 - 13 comments

Roadtrip like it's 1966

Every year for the last 50+ years the BC Ministry of Transportation has had a instrumented truck drive every mile of every highway in the province to record highway conditions. Part of the instrumentation is millions of pictures (one every 10-30 metres). The Ministry has compiled selected sets of those pictures from 1966 into video photolog trips of selected highways. Highway 1 from Lytton to Revelstoke; The Island's Malahat; Highway 99 from Horseshoe Bay to Squamish; [more inside]
posted by Mitheral on Feb 28, 2016 - 17 comments

"Those who choose to exist and identify outside of the binary"

Meg Allen's photo documentary project BUTCH 'attempts to explore the butch identity and aesthetic through a series of personal portraits'. This Buzzfeed article selects a few pictures and has some quotes from the artist.
posted by howfar on Dec 28, 2015 - 19 comments

Continuous Until 4 AM

Photos of everyday life in 1950s NYC found in an attic decades later.
posted by The Whelk on Dec 26, 2015 - 41 comments

Loafs of Northern Darkness

What's nihilistic, majestic, atmospheric, misanthropic, and screeching? [more inside]
posted by ignignokt on Dec 14, 2015 - 13 comments

Aerial photos of airports, with a detour into abandoned airstrips

MeFite backseatpilot likes airplanes, airports and photography, and combined those into a collection of photos of New England (and beyond!) from a mile high. [via mefi projects] [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Dec 11, 2015 - 12 comments

I'll do this until the election.

One man is replacing guns with sex toys in photos of GOP politicians. That man is Matt Haughey.
posted by maxsparber on Dec 7, 2015 - 167 comments

This Is Not Real

This Is Not Porn (.net) (previously here) has been showing "rare, candid, funny, beautiful, strange and awesome celebrity photos" for five years. But now the site has added a category for debunking fake celebrity photos, whether through a frivolous use of photoshop, a malicious use of photoshop, or simply a misidentification. Also, don't miss the collection of gifs.
posted by oneswellfoop on Nov 28, 2015 - 9 comments

I don't know if they're the best. I don't know if there's even 100.

100 Best Photographs Taken Without Photoshop (or, at least, 100 pretty cool photographs that are well worth scrolling through if your turkey coma doesn't allow for any serious reading.)
posted by jacquilynne on Nov 26, 2015 - 33 comments

"and the gates to hell opened"

"In those terrible moments we did not know if the ship was below the water or still floating! But like a miracle the windows cleared again, and 'Stolt Surf' continued its brave battle against the waves." Amazing photographs and first-person description by Karsten Petersen of the chemical tanker "Stolt Surf" running afoul of a strong hurricane and rogue waves in the North Pacific, 1977. [more inside]
posted by taz on Nov 4, 2015 - 19 comments

A 249,999,900% return on your investment in a photo

A $2 photo purchased at a junk store has been verified as only the second known image of Billy the Kid. It may sell for $5 million.
posted by COD on Oct 16, 2015 - 52 comments

HIPSTER BARBIE IS SO MUCH BETTER AT INSTAGRAM THAN YOU

Wired Magazine introduces us to Socality Barbie:

Socality Barbie is a fantastic Instagram account satirizing the great millennial adventurer trend in photography. It’s an endless barrage of pensive selfies in exotic locales, arty snapshots of coffee, and just the right filter on everything. Anyone who’s flipped through an issue of Kinfolk gets the aesthetic. And it’s everywhere on Instagram.
posted by Johnny Wallflower on Sep 7, 2015 - 94 comments

It is surprising how much brighter Earth is than the moon

From a Million Miles Away, NASA Camera Shows Moon Crossing Face of Earth. [more inside]
posted by Narrative Priorities on Aug 5, 2015 - 74 comments

Behind-the-scenes On 'Big Adventure'

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Pee-Wee's Big Adventure, he's just posted some never-before-seen photos from the set of that classic comedy. Time to hit play on the movie, or perhaps enjoy a very rare promotional song by Pee-Wee and his friend Allee Willis! Of course, for the more literary inclined, you could always pick up an interesting book on the subject. Viva Pee-Wee!
posted by ktoad on Jul 26, 2015 - 49 comments

2,500 people in their clean picnic clothes

One hundred years ago today, the SS Eastland, about to set out for a company picnic in Indiana, tipped over at its dock in the Chicago River with over 2,500 people aboard. Eight hundred and forty-four of them died in one of the worst non-military maritime disasters in American history. The Chicago Tribune has published some previously unseen photographs of the recovery efforts. [warning: a couple of these are potentially disturbing] [more inside]
posted by theodolite on Jul 24, 2015 - 39 comments

Time Marches On, Algorithmically

Time-lapse Mining from Internet Photos: Paper [PDF] and video by Ricardo Martin-Brualla, David Gallup, and Steve M. Seitz: We introduce an approach for synthesizing time-lapse videos of popular landmarks from large community photo collections.
posted by Cash4Lead on May 18, 2015 - 13 comments

Midnight Modernism

Evocative photos of Palm Springs houses by moonlight.
posted by Foci for Analysis on Apr 13, 2015 - 6 comments

Too Hard to Keep

Photos that are too hard to keep "The following is a selection from the Too Hard to Keep submissions Jason Lazarus has received in the past year—responses to a request for photographs deemed too difficult to hold on to by their owners." A photo gallery from Vice. NSFW, some images disturbing. [more inside]
posted by chainsofreedom on Mar 14, 2015 - 22 comments

Showcasing The Dreams and Passions Of Russians Aged 1 to 100

Photographer Keen Heick-Abildhauge loves Russia and decided to ask various residents about their passions and ambitions. The result is Portraits And Dreams Of People From 1 To 100 Years Of Age.
posted by purplesludge on Mar 1, 2015 - 11 comments

InstaEssays

"In recent months, a number of writers and photographers have begun to utilize Instagram beyond its common use as an application that enables the creation, stylizing, and sharing of personal photographs to a particular group of friends and acquaintances, and rather as a journalistic tool. In particular, writers like Jeff Sharlet (#Nightshift // A Resourceful Woman ) and photographers like Neil Shea have paired their photos with short narratives, constrained to 2200 characters by Instagram’s caption limit. The effect is similar to that of “Flash Fiction”—short, impactful self-contained stories—except that these stories are true and paired with a photograph of the subject." [more inside]
posted by zarq on Feb 24, 2015 - 9 comments

Hi-Yo, Scuttles! Away!

Glorious photos of a Reinwardt’s Flying Frog riding a horned beetle , captured by Hendy Mp, wildlife photographer from Indonesia. (previously)
posted by Orange Dinosaur Slide on Feb 18, 2015 - 30 comments

17 Astonishing Places You Wouldn’t Believe Are In Pakistan

17 Astonishing Places You Wouldn’t Believe Are In Pakistan
posted by Nevin on Feb 17, 2015 - 45 comments

Beautiful Degradation

This Is What Happens When You Repost an Instagram Photo 90 Times is actually a lovely little demonstration of how JPEG artifacts, edge detection, automatic sharpening, and whatever else Instagram does by default to photos stacks up to quickly make an image decay and deteriorate via processing. The video demonstrates the effects in a nice quick time-lapse way as well.
posted by mathowie on Feb 12, 2015 - 36 comments

Memory and Identity

Some are kept in shoe boxes in a forgotten closet corner. Others are glued carefully into albums and kept on the family bookshelf. Many have been lost forever, destroyed out of panic or indifference. In Ukraine, whose tumultuous 20th-century history has spilled over into a bloody battle for its 21st-century identity, every picture tells a story. RFE/RL's Daisy Sindelar traveled to six Ukrainian cities to talk to people about what their old family photographs say to them about who they, and their country, are today. [more inside]
posted by Kabanos on Feb 3, 2015 - 1 comment

The Rescued Film Project

The Rescued Film Project found 31 rolls of undeveloped film shot by a soldier during WWII. The WWII photos
posted by COD on Jan 27, 2015 - 21 comments

Photos- The 1940s, Detroit

Detroit in the '40s, thriving industry (note: some photos of racial conflict)
posted by HuronBob on Jan 16, 2015 - 23 comments

Will your grandkids being able to view a .jpg file?

We all know printed photos, properly stored, have an extended shelf life; as many of us likely have at least a handful of family photos that are 75+ years old. Will our grandkids be able to read the DVDs they find in the attic, or the thumb drive full of jpg files that had been sitting in a box for 50 years? Will the media even be readable that far in the future? Maybe we should all be printing to paper the photos we really care about.
posted by COD on Jan 9, 2015 - 99 comments

Follow That Dog!

The adventures of Maya, an English bulldog with a flair for the dramatic.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero on Dec 22, 2014 - 7 comments

A Different View of Iran (18 Photos)

"20 years of news and photos from Iran have been fairly uniform: a woman in a burqa, public executions, demonstrations with burning flags and rumors of nuclear weapons. However, the reality of everyday life in this ancient country is more complex and diverse." A Different View of Iran: photos from award winning photographer Hossein Fatemi.
posted by DarlingBri on Dec 20, 2014 - 35 comments

Honey, let's us preserve the moment in pictures!

Put the little nipper next to.... [more inside]
posted by ecorrocio on Nov 27, 2014 - 23 comments

Unpublished Coffee Table Books

Over the years I have taken countless photos perhaps under the deluded belief that if I don’t visually document everything then those very things won’t exist because I have a magic camera and enchanted iPhone. Or maybe because I just like to take pictures. Either way, it has resulted in me having an untold number of images that I have time and time again organized into coffee table books that remain unpublished because of The Man (or because my own publisher wishes to remain profitable).
[more inside] posted by Lexica on Nov 23, 2014 - 23 comments

Photos of Veterans of the Napoleonic Wars, c. 1858

Photos of Veterans of the Napoleonic Wars, c. 1858
posted by Nevin on Oct 28, 2014 - 43 comments

We have no sense of scale for this...is it some kind of pipe?

Mystery photos from CERN's history
posted by Confess, Fletch on Oct 21, 2014 - 20 comments

how the rich fly

what it's like to fly the $23,000 Singapore Airlines Suites Class (includes lots of photos) [more inside]
posted by flex on Sep 30, 2014 - 175 comments

Life in Timbuktu

Life in Timbuktu: how the ancient city of gold is slowly turning to dust
(a long-form article from the Guardian with an accompanying photo gallery)

posted by tykky on Sep 25, 2014 - 14 comments

Infringers really bug Alex Wild

Insect photographer Alex Wild explains the effect of copyright infringement on his business; he has decided to give up commercial photography, partly due to the time he spends going after infringers. Alex Wild previously on MetaFilter.
posted by DevilsAdvocate on Sep 25, 2014 - 46 comments

honoring the men and women whose photographs helped shape his career

MALKOVICH, MALKOVICH, MALKOVICH: HOMAGE TO PHOTOGRAPHIC MASTERS by Sandro
posted by davidstandaford on Sep 21, 2014 - 9 comments

Jennifer Lawrence Nude Photo Leak Isn't A 'Scandal.'

It's a sex crime. "It is not on the (usually, but not always, female) victim to take 'enough' measures to protect herself but rather on the (usually, but not always, male) victimizer to choose not to commit said sex crime. That notion was lost on the Disney Channel back in 2007. They treated Vanessa Hudgens like a sinful child after personal nudes were leaked and stated that 'Vanessa has apologized for what was obviously a lapse in judgment. We hope she’s learned a valuable lesson.' "
posted by Librarypt on Sep 1, 2014 - 615 comments

Perfectly Timed Dog Pictures

Perfectly Timed Dog Pictures. Does what it says on the tin.
posted by hippybear on Aug 21, 2014 - 29 comments

How UCLA flooded on a sunny day

Last Tuesday afternoon, a 30-inch water main burst beneath Sunset Boulevard on the northern edge of the UCLA campus, creating a geyser dozens of feet high. It took more than three hours to shut off the flow of water; by then, eight to ten million gallons of water had been released. The water flooded the UCLA campus, damaging the newly renovated Pauley Pavilion and trapping hundreds of cars in underground parking structures. [more inside]
posted by heisenberg on Aug 4, 2014 - 51 comments

i think my photos feel more like paintings to me

Hobbes Ginsberg is a 20-year-old photographer from Los Angeles who takes gorgeous, color saturated, studio composed photographs of herself and others, most often her girlfriend Chloe (NSFW). Buy her photozine, see photos from an exhibition, or read her text blog. [more inside]
posted by Juliet Banana on Jul 31, 2014 - 12 comments

World War I in photos

A 10-Part Series By Alan Taylor. "One hundred years ago, in the summer of 1914, a series of events set off an unprecedented global conflict that ultimately claimed the lives of more than 16 million people, dramatically redrew the maps of Europe, and set the stage for the 20th Century."
posted by Librarypt on Jul 30, 2014 - 11 comments

traditional urbanism

A Traditional City Primer [more inside]
posted by flex on Jul 30, 2014 - 23 comments

Pierdom, Simon Roberts' photographic survey of England's pleasure piers

The first British pier opened 200 years ago this month in Ryde, on the Isle of Wight. Photographer Simon Roberts spent three years documenting the country's remaining piers. (The Guardian) Roberts describes his collection of photographs, Pierdom, as "a comprehensive survey of Britain’s Pleasure Piers," and he captures the current state of powerful reminder of the achievements of Victorian engineers and entrepreneurs. The Telegraph has a bit more on how he set up his process. The Photographers' Gallery has a slideshow of some of Simon's photos, and Lens Scratch has a still series of his photos.
posted by filthy light thief on Jul 28, 2014 - 8 comments

Basement shows, kittens, pink hair, zines, flowers and pizza.

Ellen Rumel plays in the band The Nunnery and takes 35mm photographs of the underground music scene in Boise, Idaho.

Alexander Miranda plays in the band Underpass and takes 35mm photographs of the DIY punk scene in Vancouver, British Columbia.
posted by Juliet Banana on Jul 22, 2014 - 21 comments

*Screams Forever*

This Makes Me Uncomfortable - A Pinterest Board for innocently disturbing things (Slightly Not Safe For Work, Certainly Not Safe For Sanity)
posted by The Whelk on Jul 16, 2014 - 81 comments

trashy photos

7 Days of Garbage is a photo portrait series by Gregg Segal. His subjects are surrounded by the garbage they accumulate in a week. (More of his work: Gregg Segal. )
posted by madamjujujive on Jul 11, 2014 - 12 comments

Horrible Band Photos with helpful hints

Your terrible gig photographs – and how they could be improved
posted by josher71 on Jul 9, 2014 - 19 comments

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