Flickr, a year in review

Thursday, 10 December, 2015

I hope it’s still cool to be a member of Flickr – the photo sharing and hosting service that was established in 2004 – because I’m among those ranks. If photography is your thing though, then Flickr’s year in review article may interest you. And if Flickr happens to be new to you, this will make for a fun introduction to the site.

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Have you ever seen the whole of Jupiter’s south pole?

Thursday, 10 December, 2015

Jupiter, southern hemisphere, photo by ESA

The familiar object that is Jupiter, the largest planet in the solar system, as seen from an unfamiliar angle. In this instance, we are seeing a complete view of Jupiter’s southern hemisphere, as opposed to the more usual north pole at top, to south pole at bottom, image.

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Paris’ “Grand Ensembles”, photographed by Laurent Kronental

Wednesday, 9 December, 2015

Photo by Laurent Kronental

French photographer Laurent Kronental has spent the last four years taking photos of the “Grand Ensembles”, high rise apartment blocks in the Paris suburbs, and their residents. An aspect of Paris that not everyone might be familiar with.

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This is what happens when you apply tilt-shift on a cosmic scale

Monday, 7 December, 2015

Image by St. Tesla

Berlin based artist St. Tesla has applied the tilt-shift technique to existing photos of galaxies and nebulae, with stellar results.

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Porto, Portugal, photographed by Pete Heck

Monday, 30 November, 2015

Porto, photo by Pete Heck

I once spent two months in Portugal, and I’d go back tomorrow if I had the choice/chance. This incredible collection of photos of Porto, the country’s second largest city, taken by Pete Heck, meanwhile does little to quell my wanderlust.

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Fragmented photographs that form one picture

Wednesday, 25 November, 2015

Artwork by j.frede

Los Angeles based artist j.frede trawls flea markets looking for old photos, typically of landscapes featuring hills or mountains, and later matches up the disparate images to produce what appears to be a single panorama, based on the ridges of the hills and mountains, that form a collection he has titled The Fiction Landscapes.

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Peking, China, as seen by British photographer Thomas Child

Tuesday, 17 November, 2015

Imperial City, Peking/Beijing photo by Thomas Child

A selection of photos of late nineteenth century Beijing, then Peking, taken by Thomas Child, a British gas engineer, who worked in China from 1870 to 1889, for the Imperial Maritime Customs. The images were part of an exhibition that took place in London’s Chinatown last week.

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May your path always be guided by the light of the stars

Tuesday, 10 November, 2015

Artwork by Thierry Cohen

A collection of photos by Thierry Cohen that imagines the appearance of the some of the world’s biggest cities were they plunged into total darkness. A tad spooky at first, but if were somehow a compulsory lights-out period overnight, it’s a sight I could used to.

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Tinder In, the love child of Tinder and LinkedIn?

Friday, 6 November, 2015

Artwork by Dries Depoorter

Tinder, in case you’ve not heard of it, is an online dating or hook-up app. LinkedIn, which is possibly a little more widely known, is a professional network, that is sometimes referred to as a serious version of Facebook.

So what happens when you take someone’s profile photo from Tinder, and match it with their LinkedIn picture? The result is Tinder In, a somewhat controversial project by Belgium artist Dries Depoorter. Say what you will about his work, but when it comes to privacy online, it is in all too short supply, something that many people still don’t fully appreciate.

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What price for even a small piece of the Titanic?

Friday, 30 October, 2015

Photo by M Linoenewald

A photo of the iceberg that the ill-fated ocean liner Titanic is reputed to have struck, was sold at an auction in England last week for US$32,000. The picture was taken by the chief steward of a German liner, the Prinz Adalbert, the day after the Titanic sunk, after he noticed red paint marks on the iceberg, although at the time he was unaware of the tragedy.

Also up for sale at the same auction was a cracker biscuit, that a passenger aboard the Carpathia, a ship that assisted in the rescue of many of the Titanic’s survivors, picked up from a rations kit from one of the Titanic’s lifeboats. The cracker went on to fetch about US$23,000.

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