A British fire service is developing an app that will let callers send live video of an incident to give emergency staff more information before they arrive on the scene.
West Midlands Fire Service (WMFS) wants other services from around the country such as police and ambulance to get involved in the tech behind the app. It’s named 999eye after the emergency phone number in the UK (the equivalent of 911.) WMFS wants to develop the system and share it with other services free of charge. It says the majority of emergency service calls now come from people using a cellphone.
The idea behind the system will be for smartphone users who’ve made an emergency call to use their camera to shoot the scene (in a safe manner of course.) That would give emergency staff a clearer picture of what is going on, allowing them to prepare better while on their way to the incident. In particular it could reduce the need to rely on eyewitnesses having to describe the scope or nature of a problem such as a fire, something that’s often hard to do for people who don’t see fires regularly and thus have few points of comparison.
WMFS says it wants the app to use point-to-point streaming for the video, rather than route it through servers. It says the app should be set up so that anyone with the basic ability to operate their smartphone can operate the app. It won’t require any recording on the phone itself, though the emergency service will record the footage for use in any investigation.
The app will also be configured to transmit location information using a combination of Wi-Fi points, GPS info and cellular tower location. That could reduce problems where a caller is away from home and can’t accurately describe their location.
WMFS is also considering the possibility for using the app to help medical staff talk callers through giving first aid before ambulance staff arrive and be able to check they are following the instructions correctly.
(Hat tip: Us vs Them)
Photographer Gregg Segal wanted to put a human face on the trash problem in the US. Cold numbers and statistics can only have so much of an impact, pictures of real families and individuals lying in 7 days-worth of their own trash… now that would get some attention.
Thus was born the 7 Days of Garbage series, a set of photographs featuring people from varied socioeconomic backgrounds literally wallowing in a week’s worth of their waste.
In the Artist’s Statement on the series, Segal explains what it is we’re looking at:
7 Days of Garbage is a series of portraits of friends, neighbors, and other acquaintances with the garbage they accumulate in the course of a week. Subjects are photographed surrounded by their trash in a setting that is part nest, part archeological record. We’ve made our bed and in it we lie.
Of course, not every photograph you see is 100% honest. In a recent interview with Slate about the series, Segal reveals that some people “edited” their trash to take out “the really foul stuff.” Many, however, showed up with the full contents of their week’s waste.
It’s those images, maintains Segal, that turned out the strongest. Here’s a selection of photographs from 7 Days of Garbage that Segal was kind enough to share with us:
The point of the series was to draw attention to the sheer amount of garbage we produce, and perhaps encourage people to do their part to help the situation.
“We’re just cogs in a machine and you’re not culpable really but at the same time you are because you’re not doing anything, you’re not making any effort,” he told Slate. “There are some little steps you can take to lessen the amount of waste you produce.”
To find out more about the series or if you’d like to keep up with Segal as he continues to add to it — he hopes to expand the series to include more environments, so that people will realize no environment is left untouched by trash — head over to Segal’s website or give him a follow on Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram.
Image credits: Photographs by Gregg Segal and used with permission
The New York City subway can be a cold place, metaphorically speaking. Headphones, cell phones, that one Seamless ad they’ve no doubt already read 600 times, whatever their approach, people go to great lengths to avoid communicating with the other people in the car.
So what happens when one of those people breaks, not only the unwritten rule against talking, but touching! How do people react on the subway when a complete stranger falls asleep on their shoulder?
With the help of Angela Gilland, the duo took to the NYC Subway armed with an iPhone and the goal of capturing some potentially very awkward interactions. Here’s how Ferrandi contextualizes the images:
I ride the NYC subway trains, usually in the evening when the seats are full. I focus on the shape of the space between the person sitting next to me and myself. I attempt to mentally and emotionally re-sculpt that space. In my mind, I reshape it — from the stiff and guarded space between strangers to the soft and yielding space between friends. I direct all my energy to this space between us. When the space palpably changes, and I completely feel like the stranger sitting next to me is my friend, I rest my head on that person’s shoulder… and see what happens.
All of the images below are frames pulled from iPhone videos shot by Gilland, and show each interaction from start to finish:
To see more of Ferrandi’s work, or if you’d like to keep up with this ongoing project, head over to her website by clicking here.
(via Lost at E Minor)
Image credits: Stills from iPhone video shot by Angela Gilland for George Ferrandi, and used with permission
Through the years, photography has touched every one of our lives on many personal levels, from old black and white snapshots to camera-phone selfies. To celebrate National Camera Day, we have highlighted some of the most influential cameras from photography’s history and the lasting moments they continue to help us capture.
(Stamatovic & Son Co. 12×8 Camera Obscura)
The first photographic device invented was the Camera Obscura (also known as the pinhole camera). The term “camera obscura” means “darkened room” in Latin. Originally, these darkened rooms were sealed off from light, except for a tiny hole. On the opposite wall, an image of the outside world was projected up-side down. As the camera evolved, it became smaller in size, until it was simply a portable box with a tiny pinhole, that allowed light to enter the device and expose either a piece of photographic paper or film. A 45-degree mirror was later added to the inside, in order to flip the image right-side up.
(Handmade Innova 6×9 Pinhole Camera)
Pinhole cameras can be made out of just about anything from cereal and oatmeal boxes, to old film cameras (done by removing the lens and replacing it with a lens cap that has a tiny pinhole drilled in the center). Photographers have also experimented with building their own camera obscuras, or pinhole cameras, to accommodate specific types of film formats.
Photographer Darius Kuzmickas, takes the concept of the camera obscura back to the basic optics of light, as he transforms entire interior spaces into huge camera obscuras.
Have you ever tried your hand at pinhole photography? If so, you can share your photographs with the Pinhole Photography Flickr Group.
(Graflex Pacemaker Speed Graphic Camera)
Remember seeing photographs of photographers using big old-fashioned cameras with a black cloth covering their heads? Those cameras are called large-format cameras (or view cameras), and they are still used to this day. These photographic beasts are made to use film formats that are 4×5 inches or larger in size. This means your film negatives are a lot bigger than the usual 35mm roll film, and you can enlarge these images to mural-like sizes without losing detail or sharpness. With large-format cameras, photographers are able to utilize an impressive range of depth of field, allowing tack sharp focus, as well as beautiful bokeh. For every exposure made on a large-format camera, the photographer must change the film sheet, focus on the subject of the photograph, and then cock and release the shutter. They are very slow to work with and require immense patience. The images created with large-format cameras are among the highest quality a photographer can get, making them perfect cameras for photographers who enjoy taking their time photographing, or are working on serious projects.
To see more stunning images taken with large-format cameras, or share your own, join Flickr’s Large Format group.
Kodak Brownie Camera
(Kodak Six-20 Brownie Junior Camera)
(Kodak Brownie Hawkeye Flash Model Camera)
The Kodak Brownie camera came out in 1900 and became the first mass-produced camera to hit the market. What these cameras did was make photography available to the general population. They were both inexpensive and easy to use, so that anybody and everybody could photograph with them. This was Kodak’s slogan and selling point – “You push the button, we do the rest,” and with that, the snapshot was born.
The graininess and low-quality feel of the images produced with the Kodak Brownie holds a certain nostalgia in today’s digital world. Many Flickr members still use these vintage box cameras, and share their photographs with groups like Vintage Kodak and Box Camera Beauties.
Polaroid Instant-film Camera
(Polaroid Land Camera Model 95)
When the Polaroid instant-film cameras were introduced, it was the first time people could snap a photo and then see the end result in less than a minute, without the hassle of getting the film developed in a lab.
(Polaroid SX-70 Land Camera)
The Polaroid SX-70 model came out in 1972, and became a huge success because the images were automatically developed and ejected from the camera. This instant development lowered the chances of messing up the photograph. Instant film was used for a variety of reasons, ranging from family vacation snapshots, to test photos that allowed professional photographers to immediately get an idea of what they were photographing before using up film on their other cameras (especially helpful with lighting for studio shoots).
German photographer Tanja Deuss, uses her Polaroid SX-70 to create one-of-a-kind images for her series, “Abheben.” For this project, Tanja creates unique Polaroid emulsion lifts by allowing her Polaroid photographs of simple landscapes or cityscapes to develop, then peeling apart the paper and placing the emulsion layer onto separate handmade papers. The results? Amazingly unpredictable imagery that gives viewers two different ways to experience one single moment.
(Positive scan before emulsion lift)
(Emulsion lift onto Noble Vat paper)
When Polaroid announced that they would stop their production of instant film back in 2008, a huge movement that started out as the “Impossible Project” was born. Its purpose was to save and promote the dying art of using Polaroid instant film. Now, the Impossible Project is a rapidly growing company that produces and sells their own instant film, designs their own analog instant film cameras, as well as refurbishes old Polaroid cameras.
Photographers who actively shoot with instant film can share their photographs with The Impossible Project’s Flickr Group. Also, if you are interested in seeing more wonderful examples of emulsion lifts or other ways to manipulate instant film, check out The Impossible Project Film Manipulation Group.
(Rolleiflex 2.8E Camera & Hasselblad 500C Camera)
For photographers who love the idea of a film negative that is larger than the standard 24×36 mm film found in 35mm cameras, but do not want to deal with the slow process of shooting with large-format 4×5 cameras, a medium-format camera is an outstanding alternative. Because of the larger negative size (some of the popular sizes being 6×6 cm, 6×7 cm, and 6×9 cm), medium-format film cameras were a must-have in the professional photography world. Many wedding, fashion, portraiture, and editorial photographers chose to work with this type of film cameras before the digital age took over the photo industry. Still today, even with digital photography reigning supreme, many professionals prefer to use medium-format film for their serious work.
The twin-lens reflex cameras (TLRs) are great introductory cameras if you want to start learning how to shoot with medium format. TLRs use two lenses: the top lens is used for focusing and composing a shot, and the bottom lens is used to actually take the photograph. Because of their small size, TLR cameras were extremely portable, fast, and could be used easily without the use of a tripod. A lot of news photographers used these cameras in the 1960s and 1970s because of this convenience. Rolleiflex produced some of the highest quality TLR systems on the market, which also meant they were the most expensive. However, the top quality lenses, plus the sharpness, clarity and detail that photographers could get by shooting with these cameras, made the expensive price tag worth their investment.
Another-medium format camera of choice for serious photographers, was the Hasselblad 500 series. This SLR (single-lens reflex) powerhouse became popular because of its compact size, reliability, excellent optics, and sturdiness. For generations, the Hasselblad 500C (later replaced with the Hasselblad 500C/M) was the go-to camera for studio work, portraiture, and fashion photographers. Its reputation remains at the top of the photography game to this day, and a well cared for Hasselblad will last a photographer over 40 years. Another plus side to these cameras is the interchangeable lenses and film backs. Unlike most TLR systems that can only utilize one lens, Hasselblads have a wide range and variety of interchangeable parts that will suit any photographer’s needs.
(Leica M6 & M3 Series Cameras)
The 35mm rangefinder Leica M series cameras are a street photographer’s dream. They are made specifically to focus on one thing, the image. Because of this, the Leica M series cameras have a very simple, no-frills interface to help photographers quickly set their camera up for a shot. They are extremely small and quiet, allowing the photographer to discreetly capture photographs, which is why they are the perfect camera for street photographers and photojournalists alike.
Flickr members that own Leica M cameras can share their photographs with the Leica M Photography group.
Canon Full Frame DSLR Camera
(Canon 5D Mark III Camera)
Once digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) cameras hit the market, the photography industry quickly shifted from analog to digital. The advantages of using digital cameras could simply not be ignored. Now, photographers were able to see the results of their images immediately after shooting, they could download the images from their cameras and start editing them to perfection, all in the same day. Photographers did not have to wait for their film to be developed, scanned, and returned to them anymore. As digital photography advanced, it became more and more important to work quickly and efficiently, delivering final images with the fastest turn-around time possible. Film photography was left to the ones who refused to conform to the digital era, the hobbyists, and the photographers who still had the patience to wait for their photographs.
The Canon 5D Mark III is one of today’s top full-frame DSLR cameras on the market, and one of the most popular cameras used by professionals and serious amateur photographers around the world. It is built to create beautiful, clean, smooth images and videos in any sort of lighting condition. With perks like a very elaborate auto-focusing system, ridiculously wide ISO range, dual SD/CF memory card slots, and unbeatable image and video quality, the 5D Mark III has become one of the go-to cameras for professional photographers shooting in many different types of photography styles. Landscape, wedding, fashion, news, sports, and even still life photographers all enjoy working with this superb camera.
Canon 5D Mark III shooters share their photographs daily with Flickr’s Canon EOS 5D Mark III group.
Finally, a camera list would not be complete without the one device that has redefined modern day photography, the Apple iPhone. Ever since the first iPhone came out in 2007, photography has become even more accessible and immediate. Now, anyone with an iPhone can take a photograph, edit it with one of the hundreds of popular photography iPhone applications, and share their images on social media like Flickr, Tumblr, Instagram, and Facebook, all in an instant with one small cell phone. We can thank the iPhone for making the visual documentation of daily-life activities the norm. The introduction of iPhone photography has shown everyone, amateurs and professionals alike, the importance of a visually appealing image, even if that image is just your daily cup of coffee. The iPhone has revolutionized not only how we take photographs, but also how we view the world, instantaneously.
To see and share photographs taken with iPhones, head over to the iPhonography Flickr group.
Happy Camera Day everyone!!
Have a look at my daily camera bag!
In your bag 890, Nuno Cruz
Nuno returns to us after a long sojourn. Check out his fancy film bag.
My name is Nuno Cruz and I am still a computer geek from Portugal, working and living in Amsterdam. Last time I sent you a travel bag, so today I changed to my everyday bag, and also what I shoot nowadays has changed.
Although it’s still a hobby, photography has been occupying a lot of time of my life and I’ve been enjoying it a lot, part of the reason is because I’ve started to shoot 100% film (lies, I still have my phone), and it has been fun.
The whole film experience has been very different for me The first thing is the drop of all of those buttons and options, there’s just aperture, shutter and focus, the rest has to come from me, and not from the other features that digital cameras have, this leaves a lot of room for creativity and as most say, with film you shoot less and try to make every shot count! This has been a good train to my eye to predict and pay more attention, so much that ideas for project finally start to sprung.
Being an owner of an OMD led me to acquire an OM-1 and last Christmas I got a Polaroid SX-70, and because it broke I got another one, the ALPHA version, this easter. So from time to time, when I see a something really eye candy, I take it out and shoot with it.
Both of these camera are also awesome conversation starters, a lot of people are still surprised by the fact that there are people out there shooting film, so they come and ask about the camera. Also it’s a funny thing to see how people react when they don’t see as chimping, but rather cocking the shutter. I also have Rollei 35 S, that I load with B&W film, but unfortunately the shutter stopped working so I took to repair.
In my bag (Visconti messenger bag):
- Abus folding lock Bordo 6000
- Yellow musguard bike fender
- Poquito wood wallet
- Keychain with a Devotec Fuel Micro Charger
- Bike lights, back and front
- Pilot Hi-Tecpoint V5 pen
- Custom made notebook
- Ray ban aviator sunglasses
- Marshall major headphones
- Google Nexus 4
- Phone lens fish-eye
- 2 in 1 phone lens, wide-angle and macro
- Polaroid SX-70 Alpha 1,
- Minolta IV F light meter
- Olympus OM G.Zuiko 50mm f/1.4
- Olympus OM-1 + Olympus OM G.Zuiko 35mm f/2.0
- Japan Camera Hunter black film case with Amsterdam streets sticker on it. Inside it has Kodak Gold 200, Kodak Portra 400 and Cinestill 800.
Thanks for all the content that you post, film specially, it has been a great source of information that helped me get started with it.
Thanks for sharing your bag with us Nuno. I love to hear how you have become passionate about film.
Check out the links and make sure you come and comment.
Keep them coming folks, we need more submissions, so get your bag on Japancamerahunter.com. Send me a hi resolution image of the bag (please make sure it is horizontal) and its contents, with some details about yourself and what you shoot. Oh and don’t forget your contact details (twitter, flickr, tumbler et al). Send the bag shots here. Please understand that there is a long wait now as there is a backlog of submissions. Not all make the cut, so make sure yours is funny/interesting/quirky. And please make sure the shot is of good quality, as the ones that are not do not go up.
This guys sometimes make too much sense!
Doctors in the Netherlands at University Medical Center Utrecht say they have successfully implanted a 3D-printed skull into a young woman.
The 23-hour surgery occurred three months ago, according to NBC News, but details are just being released, as the woman, 22, is recovering extremely well.
While her name has not been released, she apparently suffered “from severe headaches due to a thickening of her skull.” Over time, she lost both her vision and her motor coordination and “it was only a matter of time before other essential brain functions would have atrophied.”
The woman’s pain is gone, her vision restored, and she is even back at work.
Skulls used to be created by hand using a medical ‘cement,’ but they never fit quite right, one of the doctors said. The technology of 3D printing now allows for an “exact fit.”
The plastic skull was ”manufactured with the help of Anatomics, an Australian medical device company that specializes in 3D printing.”
Dipper shield kid wins!
With the upcoming exhibit of Awkward Family Photos at the California Heritage Museum in Santa Monica, it's clear that taking awkward family photos is not just a cringeworthy memory, but a form of art. The exhibit, open from March 28 to July 27, will display the best of the worst family photos that are all incredibly awkward in their own special way, whether it's because of questionable fashion choices, hilarious facial expressions, uncomfortable posing, or just plain regrettable decisions.
According to childhood friends Mike Bender and Doug Chernack, the creators of the website Awkward Family Photos, "[The exhibit is] about celebrating the family experience and shining a light on all of those deliciously awkward moments that come with the price of family membership." The exhibit invites viewers to commemorate life's less than picture-perfect moments through ten themes: Family Portrait, Siblings, Vacation, Kids, Holidays, Weddings, Dad, Mom, Grandparents, Birthdays, and Family Pet. Visitors can also have their photo taken and displayed as part of the exhibit.
To find a good job these days, handing over a paper resume just isn't enough. It's important to make yourself—and your resume—as memorable as possible. Taking this into account, a young woman named Leah decided to go all out and she developed this impressive presentation.
She designed a LEGO model of herself and sent out a number of internship applications to a variety of advertising agencies. Alongside the LEGO model, Leah included a cover letter that described her skills and qualifications. The creative job application has been a big hit on Reddit and has gained a ton of attention. Though she hasn't yet heard back from the companies, the project is certainly a reminder that it is important to distinguish yourself from the rest when applying for jobs.
On Imgur, Leah said, "I wanted a fun way to stand out to agencies and get my resume out of the trash can—I've always loved LEGO and I created this set to highlight my creativity, skills and initiative! It's something I hope to be able to send out along with a job application."
Using just her body and a piece of charcoal, New Orleans-based performance artist Heather Hansen bends and twists in fluid motions across the surface of paper to create beautifully rough symmetrical shapes and patterns. Her captivating performances involve dance-like movements that are just as much the main focus as the final, large-scale drawings.
Watching her process is a mesmerizing experience where lines emerge from her many natural, physical gestures. Without hesitation, she repeats her movements and smears the lines together into the final, unpredictable works. She then lifts her body off of the page to reveal the one-of-a-kind pieces.
Hansen quotes Joseph Campbell as part of her inspiration behind her work: "The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe. To match your nature with Nature.” Currently, Hansen's work is being shown in a group exhibition, The Value of a Line, at The Ochi Gallery in Ketchum, Idaho, through March 31, 2014.
Clay seems to come alive in these detailed sculptures by Hong-Kong based artist Johnson Tsang. Each one of his hand-crafted scenes is filled with energetic movements that seem to be frozen in time, many of which are created in the artist's signature style where human faces are blended into splashing, flowing liquids.
Living Clay is a recent show currently on exhibit at the Yingge Ceramics Museum in Taiwan. The series merges human elements together with objects to create surreal forms that spark the viewer's imagination. All of Tsang's ceramic works are humorous at first glance, but they also invite viewers to discover a deeper message beyond the surface of the material.
According to Yingge Ceramics Museum, the pieces are an exploration of social and environmental issues, and "they are also reflections and satires of the human condition. Realized through his extraordinary sense of imagination and creativity, Tsang exemplifies the perfect marriage between ceramic form and meaning."
In English, the title of husband and wife photographer team Kurt and Edwige Moses‘ photo series Un Petit Monde translates into “A Small World,” but there’s nothing small about the world the duo have created for the series, only its inhabitants.
The series began all the way back in 2010 “as a way to relax and explore a more creative side of my photography,” explains Kurt. “It has grown into a passion of ours and we now focus 75% of our time creating, processing, planning and building a library of fine art photographs.”
Kurt and Edwige travel all over the United States in their vintage RV (you can read about that here) setting up miniature scenes that depict everything from the daily grind of a 9-5 lifestyle, to adventures like skiing or battling a giant squid, to more relaxing endeavors like gardening — although gardening takes on a whole new meaning when the flowers are bigger than you are.
It’s a playful series that is meant to make you smile and, perhaps, inspire a bit of wanderlust at times:
“Un Petit Monde combines the challenges of capturing an evocative, aesthetically pleasing image while documenting a scene in the real world environment using only available light and existing conditions,” writes Kurt on the project’s About page. “Ultimately, it is our mission to share some of the fun and joy for life with you through our project.”
To see the rest of the series (and there is A LOT more) or learn more about the husband and wife behind it, head over to the Un Petit Monde website or follow their adventures on their Life in a Travco blog.
Image credits: Photographs by Kurt Moses and used with permission
Polish artist Pawel Kuczynski creates thought-provoking illustrations that comment on social, economic, and political issues through satire. The illustrator's portfolio ranges from criticizing military practices and the incentives behind war, to themes of mortality and reinterpreting the uses of social media as elusive spying platforms. Each image reflects its fair share of serious issues balanced with whimsical illustrations.
Taking a recurring interest in the power of the dollar and its connection to war, Kuczynski tends to reintroduce the image of artillery, protective military gear, and money as codependent objects. On a more domestic level, the artist also produces images of society's ironic treatment of cats versus farm animals. In one image, the house cat is treated like a king, sitting patiently and waiting to feast on any number of animals from the butcher's farm.
In another, Kuczynski creates a brilliant rendering of alcoholism. The visual is of an individual chugging a beer bottle with a floating fishing line in it. One can foresee the future: as he drinks the ale, the snare gets closer to hooking him in. Overall, the illustrator's satirical work is all-encompassing, touching on universal subjects of global problems as well as personal demons.
Nuance is a spectacular video by multidisciplinary artist Marc-Antoine Locatelli that features dancer Lucas Boirat combining his gift of movement with captivating beams of light. The interpretative performance presents a push and pull between the human silhouette and a shape-shifting abstract energy. The stark contrast in the dark shadows and the radiant flashes of light make for an especially eye-catching performance accompanied by the experimental music of edIT.
The video begins with Boirat casually stepping out of the shadows and onto his dimly lit stage. With the swift wave of his hand, he conjures up a ball of light that he seemingly manipulates in shape and motion across the screen. Eventually, the light seems to take on a life of its own and is as much a character with a driving force in the dance as Boirat.
Make sure to take two-and-a-half minutes out of your day to watch the visually captivating video, below.
Want to watch a non-fiction film about photography? Here’s a list of documentaries (and some other stuff) concerning photography that I’ve collected over the years.
Feel free to suggest any films we’ve left off the list in the comments below.
About the author: Wirjo Hardjono is a photography enthusiast who enjoys finding and watching films about photography. This article originally appeared here.