Thursday, September 29, 2011

What Is It Like To Live On Mars?

What's it like to live on the planet Mars? The number of books and movies about the red planet are in the hundreds, but most of those are in the realm of fiction. The idea, too, of colonizing Mars isn't novel, but that endeavor might not happen for another few dozen or even hundred years. Thankfully, a group of forward-thinking people are preparing for that momentous enterprise, and one of those people, Angeliki Kapoglou, has captured in images that group's first steps.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

The Face Of Mars

On July 25, 1976Viking Orbiter 1 captured an image that would spark the imagination of millions around the world and reignite the debate of life on Mars and in other worlds outside of earth. The image, dubbed F035A72, showed the Cydonia region of Mars, but it would be infamously known as the image of the face on Mars.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Michael Wolf: A Series Of Unfortunate Events As Presented By Google Street View

What defines street photography from other forms of visual documentary? At its purest, street photography is just that: objectively photographing what happens on the streets. That definition might be stretched to include works that have been digitally manipulated, but what about images that have been photographed by someone, or more accurately, something else? Michael Wolf asks that question through his unique street photography as presented through the eyes of Google Street View cameras in a project entitled "A Series Of Unfortunate Events".

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Peter Funch: A Series Of Coincidental Coincidences

Even with the advent of digital photography, good modern street photography is surprisingly hard to come by. There are a handful of photographers today that keep the scene fresh and exciting, with some of them bridging the gap between photography and art to create something new and affecting. Peter Funch belongs to that second group with his photographs of weird and curious coincidental coincidences.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Matt Stuart: Modern Street Photography

Last week's post centered heavily on street photography from the age of black-and-white film, so this week will see some more contemporary works in the same field, more or less. One of the reasons why good modern street photography is hard to come by is because most amateurs make the process more about themselves than about the photographs. Others just rehash the works of the old masters. Photographer Matt Stuart breathes fresh air into modern street photography through his whimsical and stimulating images.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Jacques Henri Lartigue: In The Blink Of An Eye

Real street photography can only be successful when there is something poignant or whimsical that is captured in the blink of an eye. Some modern attempts can be rather intrusive and insincere because the process is more about the photographer rather than the subject, but legends such as Henri Cartier-Bresson and Helen Levitt instinctively knew what needed to be recorded in the frame. Almost a hundred years ago, a little boy had what Cartier-Bresson and Levitt had, and started photographing his family, his city and his life in general. Photographer JacquesHenri Lartigue fascinated the photography world when his boyhood photographs discovered, giving ordinary people a glimpse into high society French life.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Helen Levitt: New York's Unassuming Street Photographer

Henri Cartier-Bresson's reputation as the master of street photography is rightly earned. Decades after his pioneering work in the field, many have walked the same path with varying results. Other masters of street photography have come and gone, but some unassuming photographers have unfortunately been neglected for decades. Street photographer Helen Levitt, who documented New York's street life beginning in the 1930s, is one of those neglected artists.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Henri Cartier-Bresson: Looking Back

The first post on this blog was more of a rant that a real post, which is sad considering that it was about the legendary master of street photography, Henri Cartier-Bresson,. Looking back, what's even sadder is that it had only one image, a bit underwhelming for a photography blog.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

The Soul Of The City by Jasper James

This week began with a silhouette of one of the most iconic landmarks in the world, so it's only fitting that the week should end on a related note. This time, people play a more prominently role, or at least their reflections do, giving character and soul to the city that surrounds them. These are the photographs of Jasper James.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Liu Bolin: Hiding In Plain Sight

Traveling can be a great way to get some culture, bring home some souvenirs and generally get lost in a new place. For some people, traveling is literally a way to get lost in the crowd of buildings, monuments and posters. Artist Liu Bolin, a.k.a. the invisible man, has mastered the art of hiding in plain sight in order to produce his peculiar artworks.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

In The Shadow Of Giants: In Remembrance Of 9/11

This weekend will see the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. With this in mind, allow me to post my own short tribute to this occasion.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Isa Leshko: Old But Still Adorable Animals

This week has seen a humongous bull calmly posing with his human handler and a tiny Dr. Dolittle girl in the embrace of elephants. These are pictures you wouldn't normally see on the Internet because of the rarity of the subject or occurrence, but there are even more images that most people wouldn't bother to take, even if they were right in front of them. Old animals don't get the attention that cute and adorable puppies and kittens get, so it's nice to so have photographer Isa Leshko devote her time to documenting these elderly creatures.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Robin Schwartz: Amelia's World Of Wonderful Animals

The variety of breeds shown in the previous post might make you wonder just how far reaching man's relationship is with animals. Only a handful of species have been successfully domesticated by humans, leading to the generalization that these animals possess certain characteristics that allow for them being tamed and utilized by people. On the other hand, it takes a certain quality of a person to be able to have the empathy necessary to communicate with these animals. Photographer Robin Schwartz explores that idea by documenting her daughter Amelia in the company of weird and wonderful animals.