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Living in an Upside-Down World

How is it that the world is so full of beauty and evil—all at once? Even the understanding one gets from religion doesn’t smooth the discrepancy one feels when such extremes commingle. All the world is a blending of these.

It’s rare that something so perfectly captures this complexity in such a simple way. Maybe it’s even more than rare…but the experience is high art, even when depicting rubbish, refuse, and rubber tires swimming in open sky and water. Lights reflect off discarded bags, cigarette butts and wavy tree limbs. It’s just beautiful. To cap it all off (more than just the co-mingling) everything is upside down, posing the reflected world as real.

I haven’t seen inside his other galleries (they weren’t working for me), but Robin Soulier’s Ephemerals gallery (#1) still has me awestruck. Enjoy!

Little Planet Photos

If you’ve never stopped in at the Web Urbanist blog, and you like seeing compilations of visually cool things, I don’t know how you’ve survived until now. It’s probably not been a very good existence…makes me shed a tear just thinking about it.

Okay! Over that burst of emotion, and on to another: I’ve played with 360 panoramic lenses before, and was pretty stoked to build a virtual world of them for an online tour of Hume Lake back in the day. Anyway, the images come back in these “little globe” circles that one has to use filters to untangle and flatten into “normal” horizontal photos. Still, it always began with a circled image that looks like an island or globe.

There are a few photographers now taking 360 panoramic images and leaving them that way, just for the art of the island/globe images. Truly, they’re stunning and really fun to view in this way. My eye keeps trying to unravel the horizontal panoramic from these, but I actually love them more as-is. See what you think!

More photos from Gadl

More photos from heiwa

More photos by Seb Przd

More cool photos and photographers via.

One in 8 Million – New York Characters in Sound and Images

I am totally blown away by this photo essay! It captures the very thing I love most about photography: life. Capturing a moment, and in one still frame, telling a notable story.

This kind of photo (video) and sound documentary is exactly what we used to do for fund raising at Hume Lake—and while I sometimes had a small hand in the process, I was still always amazed by the impact of each video at final project viewing. I would expect the NYT to rock this, and they have. Each intro sound byte is the perfect (okay, I had one change suggestion) intro into each character. Have you ever considered how to summarize a story as complex as a person in 20 photographs? Like syllables in a haiku, every pixel counts. Now reduce from color to black and white—even more focus. Now, add back in sound: their own voices summarizing some aspect of their lives. So stunning.

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Thanks Caitlin for posting on this today.

Wedding Style Encyclopedia

I have a lot of friends who are wedding photographers. They know how to take great photos, how to edit amazing shots, how to build incredible books, videos, websites. They know how to network, market, schmoooze biz style. They do it all.

Now, to help them (and every bride out there), a sweet new blog has appeared. No, not overnight; I mean appeared on my radar. Those of you who take wedding photos for a living (or design invitations) need to be cued in to style too (you know this). Ride the wave of trends. Follow them here, at Style Me Pretty Blog. Enjoy!

The Artist’s Struggle

Zack Arias is a photographer I’ve been watching for about 4, maybe 5 years. I think I first came across him in the forums on OpenSourcePhoto.net in the days when I was there nightly, asking questions and gathering up ideas and tips like Hansel & Gretel in the forest. His Onelight Workshop was my top choice for what I wanted to do for self-improvement. Of course, that was years ago when photography was a part of my job description.

But even now I follow him. For the learning, and for the connection. He doesn’t offer much pretense; just himself.

I’ve moved past wanting to host a workshop for him. I let go of scribbling ideas to help brand him. We’ve conversed, but only just. He’s busy and I’m a fan from afar. It’s totally cool.

And while in the past I’ve connected with his photography, what I’ve identified with is his person. It comes thru in one’s art if you know how and where to look. People I’m close with (and trust that they’re not just yanking my chain) say there’s something definable in my photos. Yep, that’s a Josh photo—you can definitely see it. I don’t even know what that means, or what they refer to. But it encourages me to think there is something there to define me. That I come thru in my art.

Much of that voice of mine contains struggle, contrast, moodiness. I wrestle with the artist in me. Fangs bang against claws, sometimes.

Into this foray steps Zack again. It’s encouraging to hear he shares some of these struggles. It’s interesting to hear his voice in words, overlayed to moving photos. I’ve followed him (via his blog) through some tough times, especially this year. I can’t even appreciate how difficult it’s been for him—but he brings it all into the discussion. He doesn’t hide it, like so many other artists I know who feel a need to project a continuously sterile smile. They’ve adopted the plastic surgery philosophy for life, but they’ve lost their elasticity. Following them on Twitter and blog leaves me feeling like they’ve really convinced themselves everything is always okay; every tweet and micro blog ends in four exclamations points and begins with “I met <insert famous name>” or “Just ate at <insert famous restaurant> with <insert famous name>” or “My new blog entry Roxxors <or insert your own newer, better adjective>”.

I grow tired of reading what feels like falseness to me. If this is something you identify with, then you’ll love Zack’s recent video. Watch it here.

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more about “Depressed Insights“, posted with vodpod

The Making of a Blizzard

Dale & Michelle from the Rothandrambergblog left this amazing entry on creating a blizzard for a photo shoot. Since faking this kind of thing used to be in my job description, I immediately love it. (Oh, the memories…). Anyway, loved this.

In their own words, they wrote:

Anna Goodson gave us a call and asked if we could create the look of Antarctica for an ad Sid Lee was working on for Pratt & Whitney.  The concept was a severe snowstorm with two lonely figures attempting to cross the frozen ground.  Of course we said no problem, then went about trying to figure out how..

For the rest of the story (and to see the making of), check them out here.

The Year 2008 in Photos

Boston.com’s The Big Picture blog has been getting nods from all over the place. Mine, is just one inconsequential nod to add to the ranks. If you’re looking for stunning journalism, stop and grab a latte. Pour over the photos. Enjoy the art. This was the world’s last year (there are three sets).

Set 1.
Set 2.
Set 3.

And it was amazing.

(Who knew Isola was world famous?)

Google Does Life

I’m pretty amazed by Google’s hosting of Life’s historical photo archives (going all the way back to the 1860s). If you haven’t seen this, check it out. A-Freakin-Mazing.

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Antelope Canyon


Last weekend dad and I drove to Arizona to get some photos of Upper and Lower Antelope Canyon. I’ve seen photos from these slot canyons for years and have always coveted their beauty. Finally!

I’m only semi-pleased with these. November is the wrong month of the year to go to get good lighting, but still I am so impressed with how gorgeous the canyons are! Great trip!!

Check them out here: JoshuaCreative Flickr.

Visuals from Insomnio

Just recently came across another compendium website for graphic visuals called Insomnio.org. Loads of cool stuff tucked into the crevases between normal and junky stuff (my opinion) but I’ve collected some of my favs for you. Enjoy!


Speaking of Art is useless if one doesn’t feel anything. Simple and beautiful piece by jmonzani
Glitch, 3d abstract illustration by another talented artist at deviantart: Jesar
the wretched, awesome photo by nuzz
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Awesome, sad, great illustration by Asak Hanuka, for an article entitled “The Other Global Economy”
My dirt, a very cool sketch of a girl with a bear attitude by btrah

Living in an Upside-Down World

How is it that the world is so full of beauty and evil—all at once? Even the understanding one gets from religion doesn’t smooth the discrepancy one feels when such extremes commingle. All the world is a blending of these.

It’s rare that something so perfectly captures this complexity in such a simple way. Maybe it’s even more than rare…but the experience is high art, even when depicting rubbish, refuse, and rubber tires swimming in open sky and water. Lights reflect off discarded bags, cigarette butts and wavy tree limbs. It’s just beautiful. To cap it all off (more than just the commingling) everything is upside down, posing the reflected world as real.

I haven’t seen inside his other galleries (they weren’t working for me), but Robin Soulier’s Ephemerals gallery (#1) still has me awestruck.

Color Me (freaking) Amazed

You’d think after the movie Pleasantville, the world would have embraced color as the new Jesus. It has (it’s got nothin’ on Jesus, fyi).

Resources like iStockphoto.com have worked hard to provide support for designers needing to match a specific color palette (even a specific hex color), for advertising and/or branding considerations. Their color space recognition in the advanced search is pretty sophisticated (read more here).

MultiColr Search Lab from Idee Labs has come up with a way to search Flickr based on color. Totally freaking awesome, they’ve compiled Flickr’s database and sorted by color so you can find photos for yourself.

One can only imagine Flickr becoming the new web 2.0 stock photo repository. Tools like this make it that much more usable.

Moody Photography

Back in the day, when I wanted to buy a website to publish all my photos, I wanted the domain moodyphoto.com. I’ve gone thru hundreds of iterations in simlar veins…none have quite fit me or my photos and the task is still unfinished.

I saw the portfolio of Glenn Traver today. Loved his photos. They’re simple and unpretentiously moody because they’re all low light. Still saturated, just long exposures. See what I mean? More here.