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31 Aug 21:01

Portraits reveal a desire for human connection;a desire so...







United States


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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27 Aug 20:23

sandandglass: Last Week Tonight s02e19


Last Week Tonight s02e19

27 Aug 05:10


by Leticia Roncero
Sofía Henao

@David Peláez

27 Aug 05:07

Star Wars vs WWII Print Set

by Dobis
25 Aug 07:05

Extracting beauty from the mundane: Wouter Rietberg

by Leticia Roncero

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.

25 Aug 07:03

Fashion Illustrations with Embroidered Accents and Accessories by Izziyana Suhaimi

by Christopher Jobson


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.

You can see much more of Suhaimi’s work here. (via Fubiz)












23 Aug 05:59

teacupthesauceror: inferrance: blazepress: These are pictures...




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

18 Jul 10:20

nickmillerturtleface: I am George, George is me.


I am George, George is me.

14 Jul 06:42


07 Jul 20:20


29 Jun 05:17

montt en dosis diarias - #19

by (montt)

26 Jun 10:08

And If I want to find the song “Landslide” by Fleetwood Mac I...

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.

26 Jun 05:29

by rkn
07 Jun 17:05

ErgoCloud Deluxe Beach Lounger

Sofía Henao

Algún día... Algún día...

15 May 09:41


by Blog Import
Sofía Henao

"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."

Rajasthan, IndiaFor months there is no rain, and then there is too much.
Half the world’s people survive at the whim of the monsoon.

Bihar, India
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.

Worli, India

Bombay/Mumbai, India


Monsoon History
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

Porbandar, India

Porbandar, India
The rains fall on one horn of the buffalo, and not on the other.
-Indian Proverb

Rajasthan, IndiaLast Night the Rain Spoke to Me
by Mary Oliver 
Last night
the rain
spoke to me
slowly, saying,
what joy
to come falling
out of the brisk cloud,
to be happy again
in a new way
on the earth!

Bojonegoro, Java, Indonesia

Bagmati River, Kathmandu, NepalDuring 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. 

Bagmati River, Kathmandu, Nepal
Rain is grace;
Rain is the sky descending to the earth …
– John Updike



Sulawesi, Indonesia
Farmers experience the monsoon as an almost religious experience as they watch their fields come back to life after being parched for half the year. 


Varanasi, India
For half the world’s people, good monsoons, those rain-bearing winds of
Asia and the Subcontinent,  mean life and prosperity.
Poor ones are marked by famine and death.

Porbandar, India

Porbandar, India

Kathmandu Valley, Nepal
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

Kathmandu Valley, Nepal

Rajasthan, India

13 May 05:27

MONSOONFor months there is no rain, and then there is too...









Sri Lanka


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:

02 Apr 13:14

Episode 3: When Knowledge Conquered Fear, Cosmos: A SpaceTime...

Episode 3: When Knowledge Conquered Fear, Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey
24 Mar 03:14

(tweet via dyldonot)

Sofía Henao

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)

21 Mar 22:28

Pavlov’s Tongue

by The Awkward Yeti
Sofía Henao


Pavlov's Tongue

21 Mar 18:43

otfilms:"When I was young, I invented an invisible friend called...


"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)

19 Mar 11:09


17 Mar 11:10

Reservoir Dogs + Soundtrack

Reservoir Dogs + Soundtrack
12 Mar 11:12


12 Mar 11:11

-teesa-:"Puerto Rico has more American citizens than 21 U.S....


"Puerto Rico has more American citizens than 21 U.S. states, but less voting rights than any of them."

11 Mar 21:42

Daft Punk LEGO Minifigs

08 Mar 14:01

blushm: Secretary (Steven Shainberg, 2002)"Who’s to say that...


Secretary (Steven Shainberg, 2002)

"Who’s to say that love needs to be soft and gentle?"

07 Mar 12:04

sandandglass:TDS, March 5, 2015


TDS, March 5, 2015

26 Feb 11:20

brillhart house in miami references florida’s vernacular architecture

by philip stevens I designboom

two porches at the front and rear of the dwelling not only provide additional floor space, but also enhanced protection against the region's elements.

The post brillhart house in miami references florida’s vernacular architecture appeared first on designboom | architecture & design magazine.

24 Feb 01:59

Highlights from the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards Shortlist

by Christopher Jobson

© Ramil Gilvanov/Rimma Gilvanova, Russia, Shortlist, Lifestyle, Professional Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards

Old Shepherd
© Saeed Barikani, Iran, Shortlist, Smile, Open, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards

Ukraine.Kiev. Euromaidan
Ukrainian protester plays piano on a barricade in front of the riot police line during the continuing protest in Kiev, Ukraine on October 2, 2014. © Vladyslav Musiienko / UNIAN, Ukraine, Shortlist, Current Affairs, Professional Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards

On the Tundra....
© Simon Morris, United Kingdom, Shortlist, Smile, Open, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards

Pelican Feeding
© Melissa Little, Australia, Shortlist, Nature & Wildlife, Open, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards

Blue Fields
The images were shot from a light aircraft flying at between 4,000 & 5,000ft. The height was crucial in order to flatten perspective by using long focal lengths. Time of day and cloud cover were also critical, the abstract effect being heightened by complete lack of signifying shadow. © Simon Butterworth, United Kingdom, Shortlist, Landscape, Professional Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Award

Underwater Grace
© Jonathan Yeap Chin Tiong, Singapore, Shortlist, Sport, Professional Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards

© Alexander Klebe, Germany, Shortlist, Panormaic, Open, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards

First Sight
West Bengal, India. October 21, 2013. Blind girls Sonia, 12, and Anita Singh, 5, are born into poverty with congenital cataract blindness. They must accompany their parents everywhere as they cannot be left alone without risk. The surgery to cure this is simple and takes 15 minutes but because of the level of poverty in this family they have been unable to pursue the necessary operation. India has more than 12 million blind, the majority of which suffer from cataract blindness. Poverty is the main reason these millions of people are trapped in this condition. Donor funding has recently enabled both sisters to finally go for this operation. This essay is an attempt to tell the story of their lives before surgery, during the operation to regain their sight and after as they begin to discover light. © Brent Stirton, South Africa, Shortlist, Contemporary Issues, Professional, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards

The World Photography Organization just announced the shortlist for the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards. Creating a shortlist was no small feat. This year submissions swelled to a record 173,444 photographs from 171 countries. Shortlisted images will be on view at Somerset House in London from April 24th through May 10th, and Winners are announced April 23rd. You can see all shortlisted photos online in three categories: Professional, Open, and Youth.

11 Feb 00:16

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