September 17th, 2010

look at the size of that sensor…!

The Phantom HD GOLD High Speed Digital Cinema Camera from Tom Guilmette on Vimeo.

Camera porn: Tom Guilmette explores the features of one of the most powerful (and expensive, at $2,500 to rent for a single day) digital movie cameras, the Phantom HD. (via petapixel)

September 8th, 2010

basket and broom

This vendor doesn’t only sell baskets and brooms (箒), but also brushes, sieves (笊), ladles (杓) and more, all piled up high on his cart, called a daihachiguruma (大八車). To protect himself from the elements, he is wearing a broad bamboo hat, known as a bachoukasa (バッチョウ笠). Vendors like him used special calls to make potential customers aware of their arrival.

Photo of a basket and broom seller, Japan 1890s (via Old Photos of Japan).

August 16th, 2010

oat harvest

An arresting scene photographed in the late nineteenth century by Norwegian photographer Axel Theodor Lindahl (wiki).

Unlike many of his contemporary photographers who emphasized the dramatic nature of Norwegian landscapes, Lindahl sought in his composition the harmonious aesthetic of his subject matter.

I found the photo at wikipedia. It’s in the public domain.

August 11th, 2010

Daytona Beach 1904

A Floridian beach view from 1904, thanks to Shorpy. Click the image to enlarge for glorious details.

August 10th, 2010


A poster by the city of Muenster in Germany presenting a visual argument for more efficient transport solutions (i.e. bus or bike vs. car). Click image to enlarge.

Via John Lunney‘s blog.

August 5th, 2010

plants are the strangest people

Image: Leaf of Stromanthe sanguinea, ‘Triostar.’

Mr. Subjunctive, of Plants Are The Strangest People blog, is amassing a nice collection of photos of illuminated leaves. His description of the above example:

This reminds me of something non-plant-related, but I can’t think of what. I want to say either fabric or ice cream, but I’m not a big noticer of fabric, and I’m pretty sure I’ve never seen ice cream that looked like this, so I have not idea where that feeling is coming from.

See the archive to date here.

July 22nd, 2010

intimate cucumber photography

Inside Insides blog has a collection of fruit and veg porn: MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) photos of fresh produce, animated in sequence to reveal a kaleidoscopic beauty.

Above is a cucumber from top to bottom. More at Inside Insides (via kottke).

April 21st, 2010

mother HUBBARD

A Golden Hubbard squash (species Cucurbita maxima, a large variety of winter squash).
Photo by wikipedia user badagnani.

April 19th, 2010

neither eruption was unusually powerful


Astronomy (vulcanology?) Photo of the Day :

Why did the recent volcanic eruption in Iceland create so much ash? Although the large ash plume was not unparalleled in its abundance, its location was particularly noticeable because it drifted across such well populated areas. The Eyjafjallajökull volcano in southern Iceland began erupting on March 20, with a second eruption starting under the center of small glacier on April 14. Neither eruption was unusually powerful. The second eruption, however, melted a large amount of glacial ice which then cooled and fragmented lava into gritty glass particles that were carried up with the rising volcanic plume. Pictured above two days ago, lightning bolts illuminate ash pouring out of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano.

(via APOD)

March 17th, 2010


GALWAY, Ireland—Two girls on a ledge, 1988. © Harry Gruyaert / Magnum Photos

Slate has a nice selection of photographs — by various photographers — of Irish life between the 50s and 80s. I like the less typical images like the one above. See here.

March 5th, 2010

science + photography + curiosity =

“Wooden Box with Horseshoe Magnet”, Caleb Charland.

From Petapixel photography blog:

Caleb Charland is a Maine-based photographer who combines a love of scientific experiments and photographs into wonderful and amazing photographs.

Fun stuff. More here.

March 5th, 2010

what the world eats


China: The Dong family of Beijing

Food expenditure for one week: 1,233.76 Yuan or $155.06
Favorite foods: fried shredded pork with sweet and sour sauce

Seeing the weekly diet of families all around the world gives an insight into how much we and our diet are affected by economic, social, and political factors. Reasonpad blog:

Come see What The World Eats. A few years ago photographer Peter Menzel and his wife Faith D’Aluisio started to photograph what family’s around the globe eat and wrote down what their weekly expenditure is. In 2005 they published an award winning book called Hungry Planet: What The World Eats.

This project turned out to be so educational that he’s currently still giving lectures at universities about this very subject. A current exhibition is held until May 9, 2010 is hosted by the Bell Museum of Natural History at the University of Minnesota.

As you look at the photographs and see what they spend per week, you can draw a lot of different conclusions about their dietm their surroundings, their personal/economic circumstance and how globalization has influenced what people eat.

Reasonpad have put all the images from this Time article on one page, and provided the info for how much was spent, where the families are from, etc.

March 2nd, 2010

physically absent

Photo: Luca Galuzzi (click for original size)

Abandoned former quarters of the Dalai Lama at the Potala. The empty vestment placed on the throne symbolises his absence


February 28th, 2010

how genetics works


Photographer unknown. (9GAG via kottke)

February 7th, 2010

meet those responsible for the sea air


The BBC website has a beautiful audiovisual slideshow with fantastically detailed photos of plankton, and a commentary to go with it.

January 30th, 2010

photographic interlude

Photo by David Fisher

Photo by Sebastian Lewis

(photos via light boner)

January 17th, 2010

atlantic city (1904)


Just a small section of another great Shorpy image that caught my attention. See the full image.

January 5th, 2010

Martine Franck

Martine Franck. “Torry Island” 1995.

Martine Franck (born 1938) is a Belgian photographer, and a member of the Magnum Photos agency. She was the second wife of photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson after his divorce with Ratna Mohini, and is president and co-founder of the Henri Cartier-Bresson Foundation, which administrates his estate. (from wiki)

(via 3qd)

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