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leftovers

08/31/13 2 Comments

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often times in portraits, faces are the center of attention.  this photo series however takes away that center literally and pushes your attention elsewhere.  details via nytimes:

Visiting the town of Gulu in northern Uganda, the Italian photographer Martina Bacigalupo happened upon discarded portraits with the subjects’ faces removed. They led her to the Gulu Real Art Studio, where Obal Denis sold ID photos by cutting rectangles out of larger prints. Bacigalupo gathered Denis’s scraps and interviewed his customers. Many had been affected by the war in northern Uganda, which lasted some two decades. Taken for driver’s licenses, new job and loan applications, the photos were the means for Ugandans to start new chapters in their lives. The “leftovers,” as Bacigalupo calls the images — showing at the Walther Collection Project Space in New York next month — evoke in her mind both the “agony of an entire community” and its resilience.

you can check out some of the series in the gallery below.  as you do, see if you can glean each subject’s backstory from details like clothing & body language.  also, try to imagine the face that belongs in the blank space.   for more, be on the lookout for bacigalupo’s upcoming book “gulu real art studio”.

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peacock showdown

08/25/13

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2 reasons to love this pic:

  • peacocks are mainly known for their pristine beauty so seeing two of them fight takes your mind in a different place (here’s a video of two other ones going at it)
  • perfect timing.  great photos inspire a story and this one forces you to think about what happened before and what happens next (notice how the peacock on the ground is looking up at the white one like he’s wondering what’s next as well)

if somebody knows who took this photo, tell me so i can give credit where credit is more than due (spotted @ lit reactor).  

related: see a lioness square off with a fawn (leave your assumptions at the door) | can you find these “invisible” animals?

surreal images by erik johansson

07/24/13 3 Comments

"Self-actualization" - "It was shot in mid October 2011 just before the winter arrived. In short he was shot in front of a white canvas in all natural light with Swedish Värnen as a backdrop. I could have done the painting in Photoshop but wanted to keep it as realistic as possible so I did it by hand and shot the canvas from the same angle about a week later. See video below:" http://youtu.be/5mZjz5U-7tY

photographer/retouch artist erik johansson says that he uses photography as “a way of collecting material to realize the ideas in my mind.”  see how he brings some of those ideas to life in the gallery below (click for a closer look).  spotted on soul pancake.

related: it was all a dream | dali in wonderland

pictures of perfection

03/30/13 1 Comment

Photograph by Florian Schüppel

Photograph by Florian Schüppel

twisted sifter picked out the 50 “most perfectly timed” photos ever:

“By Internet standards, a perfectly timed photo occurs when two of the following three conditions are met:

1. Perfect Place
2. Perfect Time
3. Perfect Angle

Sometimes the holy trinity of perfectness is achieved and you get an Internet classic like so many of the photographs below.”

you can check out the full list here & my favorites below (click for a closer look):

related: life rewind 2012: photos

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