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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Photos of Ani, and other travel tales from the far east of Turkey

Thursday, 20 February, 2014

I once spent a month in Turkey. A month, however, was way too short a time for a country as diverse as Turkey though.

And while I like to think I saw a fair amount of the nation that links Asia and Europe, I remember feeling the trip could have been better planned, after seeing photos a friend of a friend had posted on Facebook, of their own journey there some years ago.

It seems they’d spent a pretty full month there as well, yet I only recognised a handful of the places they’d visited. If two people can go somewhere for a month, and travel on itineraries that result in neither staying in any of the same places, what does that say about how varied a country must be?

Ani, an abandoned town in the east of Turkey, is another place I missed, though I did come close, we stopped in Kars, the capital of the Kars province, where Ani is located, while visiting the Ishak Pasha Palace, among other locations.

Fortunately then for me, and others who may have missed out, the people at In Focus however have put together a collection of photos taken in and around Ani. Not as good as actually being there, but definitely the next best thing.

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It was ten years ago when we began to photo-share at Flickr

Wednesday, 19 February, 2014

Photo-sharing website Flickr has just turned ten, and was launched only days after the first form of Facebook went live.

Back in 2004, the sort of rich online environment for social interaction that Flickr and other newcomers were inventing was so new that people started talking about “Web 2.0,” a term that started out sounding futuristic but soon became redundant, since its influence was everywhere. No Web 2.0 site was more important than Flickr; it debuted just six days after Mark Zuckerberg launched Facebook from his Harvard dorm room, and at first, it wasn’t clear that Butterfield and Fake’s photo-sharing site wasn’t the bigger deal. Even its name, with the missing final vowel, provided inspiration to countless other startups.

I joined Flickr in March 2006, but somehow didn’t post my first photo until May 2007.

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