Do too many set photos spoil, literally, the broth?

Tuesday, 8 April, 2014

Set photos are images taken while a film is being made. Recently British actor Peter Mayhew, who played Chewbacca in the original “Star Wars” films, released dozens of such images, that he snapped during the saga’s production.

While these doubtless proved to be a treasure trove for fans of the films, can an abundance of these behind the scenes type photos somehow spoil, or deprive the story of a certain mystique?

Yet put the words “set photo” in a tweet or a headline and people will click by the thousands to eagerly spoil a movie’s big surprise images. And by and large these are spoilers without the fun; the visuals are typically devoid of atmosphere, and they’re often poorly framed, awkwardly staged, and sometimes slightly out of focus.

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Here’s hoping Tokyo’s fashion rebels will start something

Monday, 7 April, 2014

Photo by Thomas C. Card

The world could probably do with a few more fashion rebels, especially if they are attired as vibrantly as those photographed by Thomas C. Card in Tokyo recently.

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For every grain of sand there could be a castle for each

Friday, 4 April, 2014

Sandcastle by Vik Muniz and Marcelo Coelho

Brazilian artist Vik Muniz, working with MIT researcher Marcelo Coelho, take a slightly different approach to creating sandcastles. Rather than employing the more traditional bucket and spade approach, the pair etch minute images of castles onto single grains of sand.

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London’s painted past, right here in the present

Thursday, 3 April, 2014

London past and present, by shystone

Here’s another way to compare the present with the past… superimpose a painting – preferably one that is a couple of hundred years old – of a given place, over a current photo of same place, as Reddit member shystone has.

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The first evidence of selfies taken off the Earth discovered

Wednesday, 2 April, 2014

Buzz Aldrin selfie 1966, photo via NASA

Despite their current popularity, selfies, or self-portrait photos, are nothing new. And while the above NASA image of US astronaut Buzz Aldrin was taken in 1966, it must be one of the first, if not the first, selfie taken off, or beyond, the Earth.

For greater clarity, see an enhanced version of the photo here.

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In perspective, familiar landmarks seen from unfamiliar angles

Thursday, 27 March, 2014

The Taj Mahal

Stonehenge, the Pyramids at Giza, the Brandenburg Gate, the Forbidden City, and the Taj Mahal… we’re used to seeing these landmarks presented in a certain context, usually the most appealing photographic angle, but step back, way back, and you’ll see them in a considerably different light. Such are the perspectives travel will afford though.

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Subtract the landscape from satellite photos and what do get? Art

Friday, 14 March, 2014

San Francisco based artist Jenny Odell takes images of airports, ship-yards, factories, and the like, that she finds on Google Earth, and after removing the surrounding landscape, or background, creates artworks that feature only the structures of these complexes.

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Half the fun of visiting Pitcairn Island is getting there

Tuesday, 11 March, 2014

It may be a challenge to reach, being located about halfway between Australia and South America in the South Pacific Ocean, but a stay on Pitcairn Island, population forty-eight, would doubtless be an unforgettable experience.

Although the Pitcairn economy relies partly on tourism, usually the island can only be reached about four times a year, by way of a supply ship that visits every three months. One person who is clearly not deterred by the difficulty in reaching the remote British overseas territory is Tony Probst, who has been to the island four times in the last three years.

He also takes photos, pretty good photos, while in town, which is a good thing, as it offers a glimpse of the island, and some of its inhabitants, to those of us who may not ever have the opportunity to travel there.

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Alone with myself again, naturally

Monday, 10 March, 2014

alone time, photo by JJ Levine

There’s not quite as much to Montreal based photographer JJ Levine’s alone time photo collection, of young couples, as meets the eye, but then again there is so much more… the images are in fact of the same person, dressed as both a man and a woman.

Via Lost At E Minor.

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Spot the sniper, but not if the sniper spots you first though…

Thursday, 27 February, 2014

While it’s all in the name of art, these photos of a sniper, by Berlin based photographer Simon Menner, hiding out, somewhere, in dense bush, potentially waiting to take you out, are unsettling nonetheless.

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