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languagesarerad: when everyone around you is speaking a language you don’t know and you are like I...
when everyone around you is speaking a language you don’t know and you are like I WANT TO PLAY TOO
Source: @BahnAnsagen Twitter account.
Portraits reveal a desire for human connection;
a desire so strong that people who know they will never see me again
open themselves to the camera, all in the hope that at the other end
someone will be watching, someone who will laugh or suffer with them.
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Last Week Tonight s02e19
Visit our Flickr gallery featuring photos of active and dormant volcanoes throughout the world, as well as lava formations and crater lakes. Be sure to leave your comments! Here is a preview. Enjoy!
When you look at the mundane patterns in the world, are you able to extract a dynamic view or do you look the other way? For Wouter Rietberg, even the most quotidian aspect of a gray city turns into a vivid pastiche of angles and photographic elements.
Wouter is a software engineer and photographer from Amsterdam, the Netherlands. He says he didn’t get interested in photography until a few years ago, when he bought a camera with manual settings for a trip to the United States. Later on, he bought a DSLR and a few lenses and started trying out different kinds of shots: flowers, macros, landscapes…
“The walks to and from work grew longer and longer because of all the photographic detours, and I started to do proper photo walks in and around the city,” he said. “My focus started to move towards geometry and minimalism. And now, I don’t leave the house without my camera.”
When it comes to taking photos, Wouter doesn’t follow any particular processes: “I found that when looking for a specific shot, I’m far less likely to find something good than when I just go with it.”
He selects an urban area and tries to find interesting aspects to shoot: “I regularly get stares or questions from people: ‘Why are you shooting those ugly buildings?’ or ‘There’s a beautiful old church around the corner, why are you looking at this garage door?’ I guess I enjoy trying to find something interesting in mundane or downright ugly objects more than shooting beautiful stuff.”
Whenever he wants to discover a new place, he just opens Google Street View to get an idea of the location, grabs a bike and wanders around the spot trying to find more interesting subjects. “I also revisit places to improve already-taken shots, or to visit on a different time of the day to get different lighting conditions.”
Wouter uses a 70-200 f4 lens, which allows him to get close enough to the objects he wants to shoot. “I like details on the pixel level, and I want to keep the end result image as large as possible, so I try to crop as little as possible,” he said. In the composition side of photography, Wouter declares himself a big fan of the rule of thirds. “I’m a bit of a pedant, so I use a nice script in Photoshop, called Golden Crop. It draws an overlay with the lines, diagonals and golden ratio spirals,” he said.
The patterns in his photostream mix and match in a very particular way, but Wouter says this is because his shots have all a similar theme: lines. “Most of the time I upload an image that has some link to the previous one, or at least don’t clash with each other. Unless it’s one of those awful ‘eye hurters.’”
In addition to patterns, Wouter enjoys photos of landscapes, minimalism and “urban ugliness”, as he calls it. Anything that is geometric and doesn’t involve people. “I don’t like portraits, or street photography. I can admire the quality or craftsmanship, but I can’t connect with the image.”
Wouter has been on Flickr since 2007, and he is a member of a few groups, like Cream me! “Most of the members know each other in real life, and all are long-time Flickr members, so the critiques can be long and painful, or just short and blunt, but always helpful and sincere.” He also mentions Bitches Brew as a source of inspiration: “It’s filled with strange abstracts, beautiful minimalism, and downright strange stuff. And most importantly: No people!”
Aside from these Flickr groups, Wouter finds inspiration in a few other things, like the work of graphic artist M. C. Escher, or the architecture of “normal buildings,” he said. “Not the high-end buildings by the big names, but the day-to-day stuff designed by nameless people. From a distance, those buildings might look uninteresting and often ugly, but if you look more closely there are often interesting symmetries or geometrical discrepancies.”
Be sure to check out Wouter’s Flickr photostream for more patterns and figures.
Singapore-based artist Izziyana Suhaimi introduces embroidered accents to her carefully rendered pencil and watercolor illustrations. Patterns of flowers unfold much like a tapestry across the paper canvas creating pieces she refers to as “evidence of the hand and of time.” For her series The Looms in Our Bones Suhaimi focuses mostly on fashion acessories where scarves, hats, and other clothing is depicted in thread, while she also uses the same techniques for more abstract shapes and designs. From her artist statement:
Embroidery for me is a quiet and still act, where each stitch represents a moment passed. The building of stitches then becomes a representation of time passing and the final work is like a physical manifestation of time – a time object. Each stitch is also a recording of the maker’s thoughts and emotions. I enjoy the duality of embroidery, in its movements of stabbing, cutting, covering, building, repairing, taking apart. Every stitch made seems to unfold a story and withhold it at the same time.
These are pictures of different dried human tears. Grief, laughter, onion and change. Each type has a different chemical makeup which makes them appear different.
i would like to view my dried tears then so maybe ill know why tf im always crying
The four basic human emotions: grief, laughter, onion and change
I am George, George is me.
And If I want to find the song “Landslide” by Fleetwood Mac I have to remember that I bought it for someone in the fall of 1983 pile, but didn’t give it to them for personal reasons.
Algún día... Algún día...
"During the year I spent following the monsoon in a dozen countries, I learned to see it as a critically important event, and not the disaster it had first seemed to my Western eyes."
I was eleven years old when I saw a photo essay on the monsoon in India in Life Magazine by Brian Brake, the New Zealand-born Magnum photographer. His work established his reputation as a master color photo essayist. Twenty years later, I proposed a story to National Geographic to photograph the monsoon.
by Shirley Geok-lin Lim
The air is wet, soaks
into mattresses, and curls
In apparitions of smoke,
Like fat white slugs furled
Among the timber
Or silver fish tunnelling
The damp linen covers
Of schoolbooks, or walking
Quietly like centipedes,
The air walking everywhere
On its hundred feet
Is filled with the glare
Of tropical water.
Again we are taken over
By clouds and rolling darkness.
Small snails appear
Clashing their timid horns
Among the morning glory
Only He shakes the heavens and from its treasures takes out the winds.
He joins the waters and the clouds and produces the rain.
He does all those things.
– Michael Servetus (1511-1553)
Spanish theologian, physician, cartographer
For months there is no rain, and then there is too much.
Half the world’s people survive at the whim of the monsoon.
From These Hands, published by Phaidon Press, will be released on
May 6. From the foothills of the Andes to the slopes of Kilimanjaro, images document the realities of life for the people working at the source of this familiar commodity - coffee.
See our other blog on the monsoon:
Episode 3: When Knowledge Conquered Fear, Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey
I usually said something like: "when you grow up you'll find out there are worst thing in life to cry about" :P (moms usually don't like it)
(tweet via dyldonot)
"When I was young, I invented an invisible friend called Mr Ravioli. My psychiatrist says I don’t need him anymore, so he just sits in the corner and reads."
Mary and Max (2009)
Reservoir Dogs + Soundtrack
"Puerto Rico has more American citizens than 21 U.S. states, but less voting rights than any of them."
Secretary (Steven Shainberg, 2002)
"Who’s to say that love needs to be soft and gentle?"
TDS, March 5, 2015