Katerina Plotnikova's portraits with wild animals
are surreal. The photographer recently posted a behind-the-scenes shot
along with an album
of other shots showing how they stage each photograph.
A gallery of professional bike racers taken just moments after they crossed the line after a brutal long stage of 2006's Giro d'Italia
. After a hundred miles of racing, the rider dumps their bike on a team soigner and enters a makeshift tent for a quick photo among the finish line chaos. The photos showcase the pain and suffering well, but some photos also capture a bike racer's most damaging feeling: doubt
The Big Picture
The Boston Globe launches a new blog focusing on a large single image from the day's news. It's kind of surprising how rare it is to see a really big photo on newspaper sites these days and this blog makes the simple concept work. [via mefi projects]
The Shoe Project:
people and their shoes. Simple and sweet, I don't know why this makes me smile so much but it does. (via swissmiss)
Burned: a photoset on Flickr
"In 2001 I met a burn survivor who allowed me to photograph her. She told me that she wanted to be photographed so that people could stare at her without feeling embarrassed. It was such an extraordinary experience that a few months later I flew to a burn conference and set up a makeshift studio in a hotel room, and asked people to let me know if they would like their portraits made. I was astonished at how many people did. What I learned from this extraordinary experience was that every burn survivor has a tale of courage to tell, and that the burns have their own eerie beauty." Amazing, unsettling, inspiring.
has been creating daily portraits
of New Yorkers for almost three years straight. While in the past they've tended towards the whimsical
, after September 11th, they took on a different tone
. [via media nugget
A digital camera that plays mp3s?
Convergence is a steam train that can't be stopped. In the future, will every piece of electronics priced over $100 include a mp3 player in it? Stuff like this makes me think the mp3 format will definitely surpass CDs and tapes as a delivery medium. Too bad the record companies still want to stop it, they're losing money everyday by not offering mp3 albums.
This is one for discussion. Last week, I read an article debating whether or not photography was a true art form like painting or drawing, or if instead it was merely a reflection of reality and not artistic. With that in mind, when we see photos like this one
, this one
, and this one
, why do we assume that any part of what was captured was the truth? Is the camera an impartial observer, or is the photographer staging these images as a painter would? Do you think a photograph has enough reality to be considered the truth, or is a photograph a miniaturized view of reality, depending on what you point a camera at? I'm curious to hear people's thoughts, as I see groups on every side of the issue spinning these photos to support their cause.
Here's something interesting,
some real-world user interface guidelines for the web, without the pompousness of that other guy
Jim Clark, former head of Netscape is launching Shutterfly.com
today. They're specializing in printing photos and shipping them to you for $2-$5 each, depending on size. What I don't see is an explanation of how they're going to take my 72dpi digital photo jpegs and turn those into high quality 300dpi+ photo prints. Good luck guys.
Another unfortunate fashion choice, combined with flash photography, capturing an embarrasing moment.
This one's a bit more discreet than the other 'beaver shot' from the limbo contest
, so much so that I didn't even notice it until the closeup at the end.
Wow, I want a Kodak Digital Camera now!
Porting arcade emulation to a digital camera is one of the coolest programming projects I've seen in quite a while.