„Removed“ von Eric Pickersgill: Menschen ohne Smartphones

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Eric Pickersgill hat für seine Foto-Serie „Removed“ Menschen ohne ihre Smartphones und Tablets porträtiert. Ein bisschen kulturpessimistisch, fühle mich aber gleichzeitig auch etwas ertappt.

The joining of people to devices has been rapid and unalterable. The application of the personal device in daily life has made tasks take less time. Far away places and people feel closer than ever before. Despite the obvious benefits that these advances in technology have contributed to society, the social and physical implications are slowly revealing themselves. In similar ways that photography transformed the lived experience into the photographable, performable, and reproducible experience, personal devices are shifting behaviors while simultaneously blending into the landscape by taking form as being one with the body. This phantom limb is used as a way of signaling busyness and unapproachability to strangers while existing as an addictive force that promotes the splitting of attention between those who are physically with you and those who are not…

The large format portraits are of individuals who appear to be holding personal devices although the devices have been physically removed from the sitter’s hand. They are asked to hold their stare and posture as I remove their device and then I make the exposure. The photographs represent reenactments of scenes that I experience daily. We have learned to read the expression of the body while someone is consuming a device and when those signifiers are activated it is as if the device can be seen taking physical form without the object being present.

(via René)

Der Hitzewelle im Brooklyn-Style trotzen

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Zum aktuellen Wetter passend ein Import aus dem alten Blog: Kids in New York, die der großen Hitzewelle von 1953 im typischen Brooklyn-Style trotzen. Die Fotos sind von Peter Stackpole und stammen aus dem Life-Archiv (für den einzelnen Bildnachweis war ich damals zu faul, sind aber relativ einfach und großformatiger über per Suche zu finden)… 

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Family Portrait von Sacha Goldberger – Follow-up zu Superhelden im Stil niederländischer Maler des 17. Jahrhunderts

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Der Fotograf Sacha Goldberger hat mit „Family Portrait ein Follow-up zu seiner Serie „Super Flemish“ mit Superhelden im Stil der niederländischen Maler des 17. Jahrhundert rausgebracht. Ist zwar „nur“ Recycling einer schönen (und viral gegangen) Idee, aber ich hab mir seine Super-Familien trotzdem gerne angeschaut.

Sacha wants to confront these icons of American culture with contemporary painters of the Flemish school. The collection demonstrates the use of 17 century techniques counterpointing light and shadow to illustrate nobility and fragility of the super powerful of all times. It also invites you to celebrate the heroes of your childhood. These characters have become icons to reveal their humanity: tired of having to save the world without respite, promised to a destiny of endless immortality, forever trapped in their character.
The superheroes often live their lives cloaked in anonymity. These portraits give them a chance to « fix » their narcissism denied. By the temporal disturbance they produce, these images allow us to discover, under the patina of time, an unexpected melancholy of those who are to be invincible.

(via Designboom)

Timelapse Mining from Internet Photos

An der University of Washington haben sie eine Software gebastelt, die Fotosammlungen im Netz scannt und daraus automatisch Timelapse-Videos von Orten generiert. Macht das langweilig gewordene Zeitraffergedöhns auch nicht spannender, aber tolles Projekt:

YT: Time-lapse Mining from Internet Photos (via Quartz)

We introduce an approach for synthesizing time-lapse videos of popular landmarks from large community photo collections. The approach is completely automated and leverages the vast quantity of photos available online. First, we cluster 86 million photos into landmarks and popular viewpoints. Then, we sort the photos by date and warp each photo onto a common viewpoint. Finally, we stabilize the appearance of the sequence to compensate for lighting effects and minimize flicker. Our resulting time-lapses show diverse changes in the world’s most popular sites, like glaciers shrinking, skyscrapers being constructed, and waterfalls changing course.

Mit dem Selfie-Arm einen Freund vortäuschen

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Der Selfie Arm von Aric Anee und Justin Crowe, ein schöner Kommentar auf unsere Zeit und das Selfie-Stick-Phänomen:

Fascinated by the idea of technology and its illusionary ‘connectedness’ and ‘sociableness’, snee and crowe created the ‘selfie arm’. the sarcastic solution to a quintessential problem — nobody wants to look alone while they mindlessly snap pictures of themselves — the product conveniently provides you a welcoming arm. and better yet, it doesn’t talk or have emotions of any sort. you can even create fake accounts and use its finger to like all your images; its not you its the hand!

(via DesignboomNerdcore)

„Realistische“ Marihuana-User Stock-Fotografie

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Foto: Darrin Harris Frisby/Drug Policy Alliance | (CC BY-NC 4.0)
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Foto: Darrin Harris Frisby/Drug Policy Alliance | (CC BY-NC 4.0)

Um Kiffer-Klischees in den Medien zu durchbrechen, hat die Drug Policy Alliance eine Serie mit „Realistic Marijuana User Stock Images“ unter freier Lizenz veröffentlicht. Löbliche Absicht – ob die Fotos realistisch wirken steht auf einem anderen (Hanf-)Blatt…

Media outlets continue to use stereotypical „stoner“ images for otherwise serious news stories about marijuana. The Drug Policy Alliance is offering an alternative: stock photos of real, everyday people who use marijuana. These photos are open license and free to use for non-commercial editorial purposes, and we hope they will help make the jobs of editors easier and the content more relevant.

(via reddit)