Category Archives: Photography

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Dust

The following is a project by Thomas Edwards and Ujin Lee, on Photography Served, which I have since observed to be kind of irregular. But once in a while something will really catch my eye, which is constantly being trained into having “photo-guy criticism” similar to when “film-guy critics” watch movies and find a boom mic shadow in an outdoor shot and throw a tantrum in your living room.

This project though is not only visually incredible and psychologically stimulating, but it’s technique baffles me, despite all my photo behind the scenes magic knowledge I’ve been trying to collect over the past few months. Message me if you have any idea how they did it. Or don’t. Maybe I’d rather not know. Maybe I’d prefer believing that they blackmailed a ghost. P.S. Ujin Lee’s portfolio is quite the portfolio.

Less is more

This guy has decided to accomplish substantial levels of trippy with as little resources as possible. Forget .gif generating capabilities on a repeating Rorschach pattern, or strategically alternating color values. How about just a razorblade and two photos.

Also, I happened to be listening to Radiohead’s “Feral” from The King of Limbs while looking at this guy’s work which quadrupled the experience. Interesting to see how even one mutation throws off everything.

 

National Geographic’s Genius Detector

Some shots from National Geographic’s 2010 photo contest are up on Boston.com. The full contest on the official page with all the entries is here. But I advise caution, because time goes twice as fast on that site.

Only In Los Angeles…

…would people be this pessimistic about road treatment.

Dreamers

By an artist named Kennett Mohrman

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See the rest of the gallery here: http://www.photographyserved.com/Gallery/Dreamers/518544

hipstamatic mainstream eye radio

“…Lots of photograhy that is part of the “hip” “art world” has come to have a very formulaic aesthetic. a lot of it portrays young, hip individuals who either live on the edge or are trying to look “natural” in front of a magical looking landscape. lots of portraits. lots of odd lighting. lots of “abstact”. lots of “wow, this is so simple, it’s either really good or horrible”. lots of irony. lots of flash, parties, white girls with long hair with their backs to the camera. nakedness. social circles. everyone who has a camera seems ” be a photographer”.

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however, if one happens to subconciously follow these photographic aestheics, their authenticity should not necissarily be seen as inferior. you see, it’s hard to tell what “good art” is. as an artist, i think good art should be based on the honesty and purity of the artistic process. so, if someone is intentially taking a certain type of picture because they know that it will be “accepted” by the artistic community, then it is not good art. bu if it comes from a true need to create or to capture a moment of beauty, then it is fine.

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unfortunately, flickr does not come with a lie detector app. then again, this is all just a product of the age we live in: technology, quick communication, accessability. the vast amount of photographers is due to our collective obession with documenting things….and it’s so easy to do these days. who knows, if there was some piece of technology that could automatically make gorgeous paintings, then i’m sure everyone would be a painter too.”

-A user called ‘polly’ on the internet, in a response post.