Stones in My Pathway
- in the tradition of Alan Lomax, Bill Steber is a photojournalist who is documenting Mississippi blues culture. His work includes an array of photos, music clips and interviews capturing the environment that spawned the music, spanning "juke joints, cotton farming, sacred music, rural church services, river baptisms, folk religion and superstition, life on Parchman penitentiary, hill country African fife and drum music, and diverse regional blues styles."
A beautiful site and jewel of a find for blues buffs. via Portage
posted by madamjujujive
on Feb 7, 2003 -
is a freelance photographer based in Beijing, China, and on occasion in his hometown, Boston. Steven looks for the essence
of a place, the spirit
of a people, and the heart
of a complex story. Incredible pictures from China, Mongolia, Gaudi and elsewhere. Enjoy...
posted by Shike
on Jan 28, 2003 -
Some of them look like the spawn
; others, however, resemble fruit
fridge magnets or a beautiful jewel
from Ancient Egypt, and some are so bizarre they simply defy any description
. You can also think of them as natural Rorschach inkblots (consider this
) or even Moore/Gibbons' Rorschach
Those are some of Poul Beckmann's 128 hi-res, magnified, close-up studio pics of beetles
, complete with binomial nomenclature and the critters' origins.
via Clifford Pickover's weirdlog, RealityCarnival
posted by 111
on Jan 26, 2003 -
In these photographs, the body language of the subjects becomes the basic syntax for a series of Web-based animations. Many sequences document a person's reaction to being photographed by a stranger. Some smile, others snarl, still others perform.
posted by dydecker
on Jan 24, 2003 -
After being grounded off the west coast of Fuerteventura in January of 1994, the SS American Star has slowly deteriorated over time creating quite a surreal landmark.
[More info here!
posted by bhell13
on Jan 21, 2003 -
is perhaps the only photo-blogger now in Iraqi kurdistan. He is one of the latest well-known Iranian journalists who has turned to blogging. (In Persian)
posted by hoder
on Jan 20, 2003 -
Channel your inner Ansel Adams.
Going off of the theory that everyone has at least one great photo in them (as opposed to professional photographers, who should have hundreds), missiouri webizen & amateur photographer Troy DeArmitt has hosted (for the past two years) an annual web based photo contest open to other amateurs only, sponsored out of his own wallet. If the results of this year's contest are any indication, he's right, there are some beautiful photos here.
posted by jonson
on Jan 19, 2003 -
takes some incredible pictures
and India. Her still images convey so much raw emotion and context. Case in point, a picture from the Gujrat communal violence shows undiluted fear in the eyes of the man being dragged away by the police.
posted by tboz
on Jan 14, 2003 -
An article at robgalbraith.com
, a digital photography site, has sparked a fascinating discussion
of the merits of Macs vs. those of PC's, as they apply to digital photography. Actually, the article and discussion aren't terribly interesting, but the fact that the discussion is a mutually beneficial exchange of ideas and opinions and not a take-no-prisoners flamewar, is.
posted by Mr_Spook
on Jan 13, 2003 -
is nothing new
. 300 years before there was film people were using the idea of the Camera Obscura
to project images onto nearby surfaces. Using the process to capture the images onto film was a simple progression. But camera cases break, and leak light exposing the film to early.
Enter Thomas Hudson Reeve
who folds his own one time only cameras with the very photo-paper he presents as his finished work
. Only a simple brass plate pinhole shutter is reused and developing is done in the camera by pouring the chemicals directly in.
Go check out PaperCams
posted by KnitWit
on Jan 3, 2003 -
2002: The Year in Pictures - as collected by Reuters
, Yahoo [Flash]
, MSNBC [Flash]
, Time Asia
, BET [Flash]
, BBC UK
, BBC World
, Guardian UK
, Corbis News
, Corbis Features
, Corbis Entertainment
, and Corbis sports
. You didn't have anything else to do today, now did you?
posted by kokogiak
on Dec 23, 2002 -
, the photography of Lauren Greenfield explores the relationship that women and girls have with their bodies. Sometimes to positive effects, and sometimes to negative effects, but always intensely self-aware, as a guy I found myself often wondering how much of this was contrived for cheap effect. There is an underlying current of honesty in it though that makes it very effective.
posted by willnot
on Dec 20, 2002 -
"You are now clear to engage the vehicles."
(Warning: 5.5 meg Windows Media video.) This video purports to be the gunsight view of an American AC-130 gunship targetting a compound, and its inhabitants and vehicles, in Afghanistan. Complete with battlefield audio. While I can't guarantee its provenance, it does appear to show what it says. Leaving that aside: How do you react to this footage? Does it change your view of the engagement in Afghanistan? Should more people see this footage? What has the lack of this sort of footage -- didn't we see much more of this sort of battlefield view during the Gulf War? -- meant to the war effort, and the war at home?
posted by lupus_yonderboy
on Dec 17, 2002 -
® are NOT double exposures. Nor are they the result of computer montage. These unique landscapes are created by photographing toys and miniature "people" directly on the human body.
posted by ashbury
on Dec 11, 2002 -
Bullets Frozen in Mid-Impact.
This may have been posted before, but I couldn't find it; it's a series of photographs of bullets hitting objects, taken with a VERY high speed camera, frozen in mid-impact. This is NOT, for the record, an invitation to discuss your POV on gun control.
posted by jonson
on Dec 9, 2002 -
The Patriot Act Abuse Begins An amateur photographer named Mike Maginnis was arrested on Tuesday in his home city of Denver - for simply taking pictures of buildings in an area where Vice President Cheney was residing.
I reported, you decide.
posted by nofundy
on Dec 6, 2002 -
explores city streets and urban life through all kinds of signs: street graphics, architecture, street sounds. Put simply, a fantastic resource for urban photography.
posted by chill
on Nov 28, 2002 -
"Twexus does contain 15800 images today". Twexus
is an enigmatic, engaging little database-driven photoart site that rewards you with new site features as your page views increase. I can't seem to tear free from the hypnotic effect of the "symmetry
" page that concerns itself with my opinion on each proffered image. sorry, gotta go... must... return... to... twexus...
posted by taz
on Nov 21, 2002 -
. Neat old cityscene photographs dissolve part by part into modern shots of the same location. Slide the slider and trollies morph into cars, stoop tragedy is supplanted by stoop dalliance. This site has been my white whale: I spent many months tracking it down after losing the link, asking here
, asking there
, and finally getting an Answer
. SPOILER: In the saddest one, going left to right, you're delighted that the grand hotel survives, until in the last 10% it yields to a parking lot. *sob* (Shockwave required)
posted by luser
on Nov 11, 2002 -
Is this naturism, photography or soft-core child pornography?
If you search for photographers like Sally Mann or Jock Sturges you'll come across this entirely legitimate purveyor of naturist books and videos. In the Fifties and Sixties nudist magazines, like Health and Efficiency
, were an excuse for looking at naked bodies. Now that porn is legal, have nudist publications made a comeback as an excuse for looking at photographs of naked children? Their website is itself well concealed - the front page
looks innocent enough but, the further
you click into it
, the more unsettling
it becomes. Or are we all becoming to paranoid for our own good? (I'd say NSFW
posted by Carlos Quevedo
on Nov 9, 2002 -
andy goldsworthy's current project
over the course of a month, artist andy goldsworthy will create works each day in the countryside surrounding his home in scotland, photograph
them, and email the photographs to a gallery
in san francisco where they will be printed out, and hung on a wall.
in a time when much conceptual art seems increasingly abstract and difficult, goldsworthy's work feels -- at least to me -- accessible, comforting, and wonderful.
what are some other artists that elicit that response in mefi readers? who's work do you like and want to share?
posted by dolface
on Oct 31, 2002 -
Light, Secret Places And Books:
Photographer Sean Kernan
's startling and beautifully literary interpretation of Jorge Luís Borges is based on his The Secret Books
album and was reviewed
on The Garden of Forking Paths
, that definitive, ever-fascinating Borges website. It's a small consolation for those, like me, who would have have liked to be in Barcelona today for the opening of the Cosmopolis
exhibition, which celebrates the stormy, but enduring identification of Borges with Buenos Aires. The relationship between writers and places is always interesting whenever they grow into each other to the point of almost becoming
each other. Joyce is Dublin; Kafka is Prague; Pessoa is Lisbon. What other, less obvious identifications are there? Is the relationship more like mutual cannibalism, mythical reinforcement, a touristy marketing scheme or the peaceful symbiosis it's generally made out to be?
posted by MiguelCardoso
on Oct 30, 2002 -