“Portraits of Time” is a series of photographs showing the oldest and most majestic trees on the face of the Earth. Photographer Beth Moon traveled to the far corners of the world over a period of 14 years in the process of shooting the shots, traveling to remote regions where the trees have largely remained undisturbed by mankind.
Many of the trees have “survived because they are out of reach of civilization,” Moon writes. They were found on mountainsides, private estates, and protected lands. Some of the trees only exist in a very specific area (e.g. baobab‘s on the island of Madagascar).
Moon’s project has taken her to locations in the United States, Europe, Asia, Middle East, and Africa. She selects her trees based on three criteria: age, size, and/or notable history. After identifying a tree that would be suitable for her series, she will travel out to the location to capture a portrait of it.
The images are intended to “celebrate the wonders of nature that have survived throughout the centuries,” Moon states. “I cannot imagine a better way to commemorate the lives of the world’s most dramatic trees, many which are in danger of destruction, than by exhibiting their portraits.”
On her website, Moon writes that she uses platinum printing as a “noble process in the digital age”:
With platinum printing, noted for its beautiful luminosity and wide tonal scale, the absence of a binder layer allows very fine crystals of platinum to be embedded into the paper giving it a 3 dimensional appearance. Unrivaled by any other printing process, platinum, like gold, is a stable metal. A print can last for thousands of years. This process gives tones that range from cool blacks, neutral grays, to rich sepia browns.
Here are some of the photographs in the series (some of the trees are thousands of years old):
Image credits: Photographs by Beth Moon and used with permission
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ajude a manter as tiras
Family portraits are usually meant to be idealized representation of families, with nice clothes, pleasant smiles, and beautiful backdrops. The portraits in “Best Case Scenario” are different. In each of the images in the project, lifestyle photographer Danielle Guenther attempts to capture the reality of being a parent of young children. Things aren’t perfect and peaceful — life is often chaos.
Guenther regularly visits families to shoot portraits in their homes. The traditional type of family portrait. However, during one home visit to a family with small kids, the photo shoot “spiraled out of control” and descended into chaos. Guenther then decided that she would start a series of “real” portraits showing what parents actually go through on a day to day basis.
After sharing some of her “Best Case Scenario” photographs online, Guenther began receiving requests from families who wanted their own “chaotic portraits” taken, and the series has been an ongoing project ever since.
Guenther’s images capture sibling rivalries, shopping disasters, messy meals, the fear of waking a sleeping baby, being late out the door, and more. Here are the images in the series so far:
(H/T SLR Lounge)
Image credits: Photographs by Danielle Guenther and used with permission
The 32-year old Tao Liu knows the city of Hefei like his backyard. Since 2005 he’s traveled up, down and across the city in Eastern China on his motorbike reading water meters for a local utilities company. The job was tedious, exhausting and unrewarding, until he picked up a camera.
For the past 3 years Liu has used his spare time to capture intimate, witty and humorous street photos of Hefei. “I like taking photos because I can hang around on the streets and capture an image when something interested me but was neglected by others,” Liu told the Global Times. “I want to remind people of the touching moments in life.” He was interviewed after his photos went viral on China’s social network Weibo.
Liu has no formal training in photography but cites Daido Moriyama – often referred to as “the father of street photography” – as a primary influence. “I found him [to be] a very focused photographer,” says Liu in an interview with TIME. “I chose my camera based on what he uses.” Liu’s photos, intentionally or not, seem to poke fun at things like commercialization and urbanization. Liu clearly has a knack, not only for being in the right place at the right time, but for a keen eye that spots charming, serendipitous scenes amongst the hustle and bustle of everyday life. You can keep up with him and his work on Lofter. All photos courtesy the photographer. (via Time)
There are now a number of smartphone tripods out there that are designed to fit inside your wallet when not in use. Before you buy one, though, here’s a random little tip: if your wallet is thick and sturdy enough, you don’t even need a separate accessory — your wallet itself can do just fine.
The idea is stupidly simple — many of you may have already done this before — but the trick can be helpful when you need to snap a picture and can’t find anything stable to rest your phone on/against.
Singaporean smartphone snapper Bang Ong shows us how he does this in this short video tutorial:
You’ll need the smartphone to snap shots by itself, but timers are built into many camera apps these days. You can also use this trick with your compact camera if it’s small and thin enough.
(via Laughing Squid)
Neil deGrasse Tyson on Christmas
Michel Rajkovic is a fine art photographer based in Asnieres, France. He travels the world and captures photos of time passing through landscapes by shooting long exposure photographs on medium format black and white film.
His images show locations in countries that include France, Scotland, Switzerland, Iceland, Norway, and the United Kingdom. Each shot is a demonstration of Rajkovic’s careful framing and keen eye for beauty.
Here’s a selection of his photographs:
You can find more of Rajkovic’s work through his online portfolio.
And here’s more festive cheer!
Christian Richter is a fine art architecture photographer based in the small town of Jeßnitz, Germany. A fan of exploring old, abandoned buildings, Richter has often come across tall spiral staircases that look both beautiful and disorienting when viewed from the very top looking down. These staircases form a photo series of his that is aptly titled, “Abandoned Staircases.”
Richter tells us that he grew up in East Germany. After the reunification of Germany, many large buildings ended up being abandoned in Richter’s part of the country. He began exploring these structures for fun and then began to focus on them years later when he entered the world of photography.
“You must visit many, many buildings to find a great staircase,” Richter says. He now travels across Europe in search of them. Once he locates one, he sets up his Canon 5D mark II, 16-35mm f/2.8 L lens, and tripod, and then composes a photograph to focus on the patterns and textures “of impermanence.”
Many of the shots are 5 frame HDR photos that have been lightly processed in Lightroom and Photoshop. Here’s a selection of the photos so far:
You can check out more of Richter’s work by visiting his website.
Image credit: Photographs by Christian Richter and used with permission
Not to critique teachers or anything (after all, I am one). It’s just that these Gifs are astoundingly elegant.
(There are curves of constant width besides circles and spheres. It’s a convex planar shape whose width is the same regardless of the orientation of the curve)
(Animation shows the act of unrolling a circle’s circumference [or trying to], illustrating the ratio π)
(These are used in algebra and probability, where it can be used to find Combinations. )
(It’s a method of folding a flat surface into a smaller volume. It consists of tessellated parallelograms and is used in the solar panels of satellites)
(If you kick a soccer ball (or shoot an arrow, fire a missile or throw a stone) it will arc up into the air and come down again…following the path of a parabola!)
(The radian is the standard unit of angular measure, used in many areas of mathematics)
(A matrix which is formed by turning all the rows of a given matrix into columns and vice-versa. The transpose of matrix A is written AT )
(a kind of fractal, a mathematically generated pattern that can be reproducible at any magnification or reduction)
(they add up to 360 degrees)
(in the video, a white blood cell chases and engulfs this bacteria–watch until the end!)
(it’s not just nothingness, obviously)
(A superconductor levitates over a magnetic track)
(watch a slinky fall to the Earth; this is how slinkies always fall)
(Sulphur hexaflouride is much denser than air)
21) BONUS! And remember, all those amazing astronomy images are much more than 2D images…
(the Elephant’s Trunk nebula in 3D)
Los Angeles-based photographer Zachary Scott of Sharpe & Associates was recently commissioned by New York Times Magazine to shoot a quirky series of portraits for a feature titled, “What if Age Is Nothing but a Mind-Set?” The piece was about the area of reverse aging research, so Scott’s task was to make a group of kids look like they had instantly aged 70 years or so.
Scott and his team used props, prosthetic makeup, and digital trickery to create their “believable time warp effect.”
Scott definitely has a knack for this type of work, but unfortunately for him, most people wish to look younger in portraits rather than older.
You can find more of his work over in his online portfolio.
(H/T Visual News)
How do you capture ‘routine’ on camera? That was the question that talented cinemagraph creator Julien Douvier (featured before here and here) was asking himself late last year. The answer, when it struck him, was simple: nothing is perhaps more routine than our early morning walk to work.
So he set about capturing that in the only way he knew how: photography with a touch of motion — or videography with a touch of stillness — in order words, cinemagraphs.
“One day, I realized that I was making the same trip every day for almost four years,” he writes on Behance. “Waking up at the same time, taking the same routes through the same streets, walking on the same sidewalks in front of the same buildings…”
That’s how the project was born.
“This is a work about repetition, present in many forms in these images, not only with people walking by in cadence but also with the buildings facades full of geometric, rhythmic and repetitive elements.” he continues.
“Because life is all about rhythm.”
To see more of Douvier’s work, be sure to check out our previous coverage of his beautiful cinemagraphs, and then head over to his website, Tumblr and/or Behance to dive deeper down the that rabbit hole.
Image credits: Cinemagraphs by Julien Douvier
Life and Donuts by Pablo Stanley
I need to say this is one of the most uplifting things I’ve seen.
well that’s my existential crisis sorted out
seriously though its nice to have that kind of comfort written out like that
"What connects us to life?"
"Right now? I’m going with donuts"
Attics were scoured, basements searched and hard drives dusted off for a very exciting print sale from the storied Magnum Photos agency. Dubbed the Square Print Sale [Note: Some images are NSFW], Magnum is giving you a chance to own signed prints of previously un-published and un-seen photographs by some of the best photographers to ever use a camera.
The sale is an exercise in rescuing images that often never made it to the cutting room floor. 37 Magnum photographers were asked to rescue a single, orphaned photograph from deep within their archives to offer as a signed 6×6-inch print for $100.
And you have the chance to see and purchase these prints from today through Friday, November 14th at 5pm Eastern.
Photo by Richard Kalvar
But Magnum took this sale one step beyond just uncovering some lost photos and offering them for sale. Each of the participating photographers also gives some history behind the photo they offered, and the stories range from funny, to poignant, to just plain awesome.
One of our absolute favorites is this story, by photographer Richard Kalvar, about the image above:
At a car wash in the suburbs of Paris, I saw this poor woman locked in a car, just as the giant rollers were about to swallow the vehicle. She looked familiar; she was, in fact, my wife. I could never put this picture with my personal work, because there was a certain complicity between me and the subject. To maintain my credibility, my photos must be “found”, which wasn’t quite the case here, so the picture has remained lonely and neglected. But I like it anyway; would you care to give it a home?
On the picture’s sales page he also offers a photo of his wife that “passes the test” of authenticity that the photo above does not. That, too, is well worth checking out.
Below are 9 more images being offered for sale by iconic photographers — from David Alan Harvey to Thomas Hoepker:
Photo by Michael Christopher Brown
Photo by Bieke Depoorter
Photo by Stuart Franklin
Photo by David Alan Harvey
Photo by Thomas Hoepker
Photo by Micha Bar-Am
Photo by Constantine Manos
Photo by Jacob Aue Sobol
Photo by Chris Steele-Perkins
To read the stories behind all of these images, see what else is up for sale, or pick up your own signed 6×6-inch Magnum print, head over to the Square Print Sale page by clicking here (Reminder: Some Images NSFW). You can also pick up a box set with all 37 signed prints for $2,850.
(via NYTimes | Lens)
Image credits: Photographs credited individually, used courtesy of Magnum Photos
If my heart trembles
it’s for the slow step of summer noons,
siestas in my father’s house which,
heavy with mid-day sleep,
still weighs on my ribs…
It’s for the hawker’s cry
of the vegetable seller doing his rounds,
lost in my neighbours’ troubled dreams,
that my heart’s trembling.
– Shakila Azizzda
Yet even at their most turbulent, the Afghans have tended to impress
travellers with their dignity and hospitality as much as their fierce independence.
- William Dalrymple, author of Return of a King: The Battle for Afghanistan 1839–42
In Afghanistan, you don’t understand yourself solely as an individual.
You understand yourself as a son, a brother, a cousin to somebody,
an uncle to somebody.
You are part of something bigger than yourself.
- Khaled Hosseini
Every street of Kabul is enthralling to the eye
Through the bazaars, caravans of Egypt pass
One could not count the moons that shimmer on her roofs
And the thousand splendid suns that hide behind her walls.
Translation by Josephine Davis
God must have loved Afghans because he made them so beautiful.
Steve McCurry Retrospective
Villa Reale di Monza
October 30, 2014 – April 6, 2015
Finding the Sublime
112, rue Saint-François
December 16, 2014 – February 8, 2015
Ukrainian photographer Yurko Dyachyshyn has spent the past two years capturing the intriguing outfits of Slavik, a local 55-year-old homeless man who changes his clothes at least once a day, using a wardrobe made up of items collected on the streets through assistance programs.
The two first met when Slavik approached Dyachyshyn for some change while he was working on a project in the city of Lviv, and it wasn’t long before Dyachyshyn took out his camera and began snapping images of Slavik in exchange for roughly a dollar per photo.
The time between images ranges from days to months, as it was somewhat of a guessing game as to where Slavik would be. But, over the course of two years, the two have developed a friendship, with Slavik often reaching out to Dyachyshyn in hopes of showing off his new outfit.
Below are a few of the outfits Slavik has modeled for Dyachyshyn:
Unfortunately, Slavik’s story has an uncertain end: the last time Dyachyshyn saw him was in January of 2013. It’s not unlike Slavik to disappear for long periods of time though, so Dyachyshyn still holds out hope that he will stumble across Slavik again — beer in hand, cigarette in his mouth, and another eclectic outfit in tow.
(via Feature Shoot)
Image credits: Photographs by Yurko Dyachyshyn and used with permission
It was during a trip to the National Gallery of Denmark that Olivia Muus came up with a fun idea: she decided to use painted portraits as the centerpiece for a small collection of forced perspective ‘selfies.’
By simply holding her hand up in front of the portraits in the galleries and snapping a picture, Muus gives the classic paintings and their stoic subjects a much more… modern feel:
The ongoing series has drawn quite the crowd across social media since Muus put it online, leading her to create Museum of Selfies, a Tumblr dedicated to sharing similar images captured by people across the world.
You can see many more images like this by heading over to the Museum of Selfies. Otherwise, give Muus a follow on Instagram to keep up with her humorous antics.
(via Lost at Minor)
Image credits: Photographs by Olivia Muus and used with permission
Bahamas-based underwater photographer Elena Kalis and her daughter Sacha Kalis have a deep connection with the water. Elena has been an underwater photographer for many years, and Sacha, thanks in part to her mother’s encouragement and in part to her own natural affinity to the water, says she “learned to swim before she could walk.”
Together, they create dream-like, peaceful portraits that capture Sacha’s world beneath the waves and her connection to all the creatures that make the waters of the Bahamas their home.
For Elena, the underwater realm is alive in a way that the land above just can’t match. “The underwater world is dreamlike and lucid and just a different world overall,” she told RagMag in an interview. “I feel a fusion of respect, awe, sensuality, and mystery when shooting underwater and in the ocean in particular.”
Her daughter Sacha mirrors this opinion when she describes her relationship with the “world below the waves.” She talks about, “an environment where light, movement, and weightlessness create an amazing, dreamlike quality to images.”
Mother and daughter, connected to the water as they are, make for a wonderful team. Photographer and model, the images they create together have us aching for the warm waters of the Bahamas and the solid feel of an underwater housing in our hands:
To see more of Elena’s work, be sure to visit her website, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. And if you’d like to follow Sacha specifically, she has her own website where you’ll find links to all her social accounts and blog as well.
(via My Modern Met)
Image credits: Photographs by Elena Kalis and used with permission
Eyes are more accurate witnesses than ears.
- Heraclitus of Ephesus, 535 – c. 475 BCE
The countenance is the portrait of the soul,
and the eyes mark its intentions.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero, 106 – 43 BCE
The eyes indicate the antiquity of the soul.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
The face is the mirror of the mind,
and eyes without speaking confess the secrets of the heart.
- St. Jerome
The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes,
but in having new eyes.
- Marcel Proust
There is a road from the eye to heart that does not go through the intellect.
- G. K. Chesterton
From women’s eyes this doctrine I derive:
They sparkle still the right Promethean fire;
They are the books, the arts, the academes,
That show, contain and nourish all the world.
- William Shakespeare, Love’s Labour’s Lost
For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others.
- Audrey Hepburn
May 16 - August 31, 2014
La Gacilly, France
May 31 - September 30, 2014
June 27 - September 28, 2014
Assim é o clipe de “Mayokero”, do vocalista Roy Kafri, que coloca vários clássicos da história do rock para cantar uma música tocada apenas no vocal. O clipe acontece de trás pra frente, foi dirigido pelo mesmo Vania Heymann que fez aquela versão interativa para “Like a Rolling Stone” do Dylan no ano passado e é uma crítica à forma como a digitalização da música acabou matando o romantismo de outrora. Assista até o fim:
Sculptor Ben Young (previously) just unveiled a collection of new glass sculptures prior to the Sculpture Objects Functional Art + Design (SOFA) Fair in Chicago next month. Young works with laminated clear float glass atop cast concrete bases to create cross-section views of ocean waves that look somewhat like patterns in topographical charts. The self-taught artist is currently based in Sydney but was raised in Waihi Beach, New Zealand, where the local landscape and surroundings greatly inspired his art. You can learn more about his sculptures over on Kirra Galleries, and follow him on Facebook.
Furniture-maker-turned-sculptor James McNabb (previously) just opened a new exhibition of work titled Metros at Robert Fontaine Gallery in Miami. McNabb continues his exploration of architectural shapes using an improvised form of woodworking frequently described as “sketching with a bandsaw.” Without regard to the design or stability a true architect might utilize, he instead works with more abstract shapes cut from repurposed and exotic woods which in turn become component pieces for larger sculptures resembling wheels or tables. McNabb shares via email:
I compare hyperrealistic painting to fine woodworking. Both are slow, tedious, detail oriented process that require great care and consideration through every stage of making. In contrast, I compare my style of rapid bandsaw mark making to the fast paced nature of spray can art. It’s my attempt at “urban woodworking”.
Metros will be on view through October 28, 2014 and you can see more of McNabb’s recent work right here.
Before heading out for a night on the town, guys might want to make sure they have their dance moves down. A recent study showed women rated these particular dance moves higher than others.
The study—conducted by Northumbria University in Newcastle, UK, and published in Biology Letters—found that women rated male dancers higher when they performed large, variable movements of their head, neck, and torso. Male dancers were also considered "good" dancers if they displayed fast bending and twisting of the right knee. Study lead Nick Neave, from the School of Life Sciences at Northumbria University, used motion-capture technology to record different males dancing in different ways. To avoid bias, when the females were asked to identify which dancers showed strong dancing ability, they only saw the plain grey avatars you can see in the above video from Business Insider's YouTube channel. Neave explains:
In humans, dance is a set of intentional, rhythmic, culturally influenced, non-verbal body movements that are considered to be an important aspect of sexuality and courtship attraction... Dancing ability, particularly that of men, may serve as a signal of male mate quality in terms of physical strength, prenatal androgenization and symmetry, and thus affect women's perceptions of men's attractiveness.
Case in point: Patrick Swayze in "Dirty Dancing." Of course, there's absolutely no guarantee that a guy swinging his head around and twisting his right knee will make him more attractive, but the rhythmic use of these types of moves could help a guy with two left feet seem much more skilled. So guys, if you plan on cutting up a rug this weekend, consider adding a few of these moves into your repertoire.