The head mounted pinhole camera for taking selfies back in the day

Tuesday, 3 March, 2015

Pinhole selfie camera, by Ignas Kutavicius

People who take selfies, especially those who do so often, have much to be thankful for. Consider digital and smartphone cameras, for starters. And where, it must be asked, would we be without selfie sticks?

But what if you had a hankering for taking photos of yourself in the early days of photography, when the photographic process was far slower, and more cumbersome, than it is today? How could you possibly obtain an image of yourself, to post on an early twentieth century version of Instagram, for example?

Lithuanian photographer Ignas Kutavicius gave the problem some thought, and devised a pinhole camera that is attached to a mount that the selfie photo taker fits on their head, as if they were wearing a hat, and as you can see, the resulting images aren’t half bad either.

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Goodness me, goodness me, it’s industrial decay

Wednesday, 25 February, 2015

Industrial decay indeed, a great collection of photos of factories, laboratories, warehouses, and offices, curated from the work of Flickr members, that have all seen far better days.

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There are millions of pigeons, and each of them has a story

Thursday, 19 February, 2015

There are about a bajillion pigeons in cities across the world, and they each, it would seem, have a story to tell. At least that’s the case for columbidae residing in London it seems…

Via Hypnophant.

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Ice Henge, here’s what you build when you have no stones

Tuesday, 17 February, 2015

Photo by Eli Wedel

What else is there do when you possess ice cutters, have access to a frozen lake, and an accompanying supply of ice? Build a replica of Stone Henge of course:

Drew McHenry, Kevin Lehner, Quinn Williams, Alec Niedringhaus and Patrick Shields constructed the massive display by cutting out sections of the lake’s ice as the pillars, weighing about 300 pounds each, with a large ice cutting saw. Then they cut sections of the ice weighing around 200 pounds and lifted them on top of the pillars. A mix of snow and water was used as mortar to keep the pieces together. With almost perfect weather this year, the five were able to put it all together in just two weekends!

(Photo by Eli Wedel)

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Artificial Intelligence, nothing to worry about, just yet anyway…

Friday, 13 February, 2015

A bird? An avalanche?

Much is being said about artificial intelligence, or AI, and how AI powered entities stand ready to take over the world.

That may be a concern in the future, but right now, if INTERESTING.JPG, “a smart computer looking at popular human images”, and the commentary it offers of the photos it sees, is anything to go by, there’s not too much to worry about. For now, at least.

According to INTERESTING.JPG, the above photo is of “a number of birds flying through the sky in front of a cliff”. Mind you, INTERESTING.JPG can sometimes be on the mark, but not too often by the looks of it.

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We’re laying in the foundations for something big, really big, here

Wednesday, 4 February, 2015

Photo by Pierre Petit

This is a photo of the foundations of what well known structure? Full marks if you answered the Eiffel Tower. See more photos of the tower’s construction, during the late 1880s, here.

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The world as seen in the macro

Tuesday, 3 February, 2015

Extreme close up photos of day-to-day objects, taken by Pyanek, how many can you identify? Some are pretty straightforward, others not quite so.

Via Colossal.

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The Rescued Film Project, recovering photos once lost in time

Monday, 26 January, 2015

In earlier days I used to take photos on film. As opposed to digitally, in case, somehow, you weren’t aware there was once another way to do so. You’d buy a roll of film that usually permitted to you shoot thirty-six photos, though if your camera film winding skills were top-notch, you might’ve been able to squeeze in one or two more.

There have been occasions when I’ve used a full roll of film, and then somehow misplaced said roll. Never to be seen again. Or so I’ve always thought. I’ve often wondered though what might happen if someone, years later, chanced upon one of these lost film rolls, and went ahead and had it developed.

I’ve taken my share of goofy party type pictures in my time, plus any number of plain bad photos. What if some of these long forgotten images ever surfaced, and were put on show for all to see? I like to believe that camera film deteriorates over a relatively short period of time, but that isn’t always the case.

Here then is the story of some rolls of film dating back to the World War II, that were recently found, and developed, through the efforts of the Rescued Film Project. The photographer in question need not have any of the qualms I would though, these photos are incredible.

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Andromeda, our clearest view to date

Friday, 23 January, 2015

Andromeda galaxy section, by NASA, Hubble

A copy, assembled from photos taken by the Hubble Space Telescope, of the sharpest large composite image of a section of the Andromeda galaxy. Enjoy the view while you can, eventually, as in four billion years time, Andromeda will merge with our galaxy, the Milky Way.

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Learning how to load the dishwasher, many illustrated guides

Monday, 19 January, 2015

Back in the day I used to read the writing of Toronto based Web accessibility consultant Joe Clark whenever he posted something. Pertinent reading for a web designer it was. Times have changed, and like myself, Joe has moved onto other things.

His latest project has involved collecting as many instruction manuals for dishwashers as he could find, and posting scans or screen-grabs of them on Flickr. It’s a good thing too, because up until now I’ve no idea how to properly load a dishwasher, nor had I really tried to find out either.

Via MetaFilter.

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