Hidden Exposures
August 3, 2006 3:03 PM   Subscribe

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posted by shoepal at 3:08 PM on August 3, 2006

Is this a lomo thing?
posted by illovich at 3:11 PM on August 3, 2006

I'm impressed by the sheer quantity of pictures there.

Unfortunately, less impressed by the quality.
posted by reklaw at 3:12 PM on August 3, 2006

I don't think they're lomo. Just someone with an eye for a particular type of visual minutiae. True, the quality isn't always amazing, but there's something about them that I find appealing.
posted by shoepal at 3:15 PM on August 3, 2006

Well, to be fair, I didn't notice at first that you can pick a city. It's better once you look at somewhere you're at least moderately familiar with (or somewhere you've wondered about), I reckon. It's just a matter of the interface making it a little difficult to sort out the interesting from the ho-hum.
posted by reklaw at 3:19 PM on August 3, 2006

What's up with the layout?
posted by taursir at 3:28 PM on August 3, 2006

yeah, I was hesitant to put the "view all" and had chosen a few cities to highlight, but thought folks might prefer to see them all.

I really liked the Salton Sea series. And Golden, CO.
posted by shoepal at 3:29 PM on August 3, 2006

It's weird, I really like the subjects being shot, but didn't enjoy the shots themselves, if that makes any sense.
posted by jonson at 3:50 PM on August 3, 2006

It's better once you look at somewhere you're at least moderately familiar with (or somewhere you've wondered about), I reckon.

I dunno, I thought the interesting thing was the fact that everywhere looks the same through this person's eyes. I found myself hoping she'd taken other kinds of photographs on her travels too.
posted by jack_mo at 3:51 PM on August 3, 2006

shoepal, I love those photos! Thanks! Just my kind of texture, in the small details of daily life in a city, the wear and tear in ordinary public spaces. Wonderful.
posted by nickyskye at 4:00 PM on August 3, 2006

Okay. The interface on this is a huge pain in the ass.
posted by delmoi at 4:06 PM on August 3, 2006

nickyskye, I thought you might like them.

jack_mo: Interesting take on the collection. I didn't really see it that way, but now that you mention it...

I rather like that certain places have a specific palette, whether as a result of the light/sun/sky or simply the subjects photographed.
posted by shoepal at 4:12 PM on August 3, 2006

It's easy to get trapped into one specific tiny niche of photography, as this photographer points out to a ridiculous degree. Still, some of them are very nice, and I bet they'd look great, hung up on the wall of a minimalist loft space, 4 feet by 8 feet tall.
posted by crunchland at 4:21 PM on August 3, 2006

Can we maybe start using the "description" field in FPPs? I feel like I'm on Let's Make A Deal when picking links to click.
posted by chef_boyardee at 4:46 PM on August 3, 2006

crunchland, like, say, pencam photos? ;)

Apologies, chef_boyardee. The front page was making me cross-eyed with all the matteo* style 300 word posts and I thought it could use a little less text. I apologise for making you feel like you're on a bad game show.

* I like matteo and his posting style.
posted by shoepal at 4:54 PM on August 3, 2006

1. "Let's Make a Deal" was a good game show, if there can be such a thing.

2. The quality of the photos is hit-and-miss, but enough are hits that I'm really enjoying the site. A lot of them are similar to things I've shot myself, which (perhaps in a fit of delusion) I find encouraging.
posted by diddlegnome at 5:09 PM on August 3, 2006

Reminds me of fish in a pond .
Well , you cant beat a good wall photo - bright tal on flickr does much the same thing - i like the same thing over and over again , so it suits me fine.
Need more triangles though.
posted by sgt.serenity at 6:17 PM on August 3, 2006

like, say, pencam photos? ;)

Well, maybe yes. I was talking more about subject matter instead of technique. There's a woman on my flickr friends list who takes nothing but photos of exterior walls of buildings. They can be beautiful and very minimalist. I know that after doing a semester project of taking photos of churches when I was in art school ended up turning into a decade long obsession on the subject.

It's easy to be fixated on one subject, and sometimes, if it's a very specific niche subject, it's even easier to do it to the exclusion of all other subjects. It's as if you train your eye to see one particular thing and end up seeing only that thing.
posted by crunchland at 7:41 PM on August 3, 2006

well put, crunchland. I wholly concur.
posted by shoepal at 8:43 PM on August 3, 2006

OMG pictures of stuff being old!
posted by Eideteker at 11:37 PM on August 3, 2006

Good textures for photoshop/3d work.
posted by IronLizard at 12:04 AM on August 4, 2006

so i finally got around to checking my referrer log and found this...people with opinions! i like reading all this.

to the people who have complained about the interface - i'd love to get feedback on what problems there are. i used pixelpost and hacked it up to do something different than what it is generally used for, and perhaps i went too far with it.

about the quality - all of these images have been taken with a minolta srt-202 and have had the prints scanned in. they were taken with agfa ultra 50 and ultra 100. since both of these films are no longer made, once my stash in the fridge runs out i'll have to look @ doing digital.

so yes, i scan them in. is that the quality issue you see, or is it the quality of composition?

the general theme of this site is the hidden art in your everyday life - i would hope it would make people find the beautiful details in everything around them. and yes, at some point i am trapped in a niche (which has been pointed out), but if anyone has that minimalist loft to hang one of these on, super! :)

posted by hiddenexposures at 6:33 PM on August 16, 2006

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