Thursday, February 28, 2013
Posted by Jay at 12:00 PM
The concept of the Facebook profile pic began with the earliest popular social networking sites like Friendster and Myspace. Although these websites like these have come and gone, the concept of the profile picture has stayed the same: an image that users imagine represents them best to other people. Usually, these profile photos are snapshots taken by friends, or self portraits done with a pocket camera. A few years ago, this concept was formalized into this parody video on how to take a professional profile pic.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Posted by Jay at 10:09 PM
Two years ago, it was a haunting picture of an Afghan teenager who had had her ears and nose cut off. Last year it was a portrait of a Yemeni mother clutching her son in the style of La Pieta. This year, it's a dramatic burial march of two Palestinian toddlers. These are the 2013 World Press Photo Winners.
Monday, February 18, 2013
Posted by Jay at 8:00 AM
This black-and-white image might not look like much, but it represent the first step towards the creation of a new field of photography. What looks like random patches of black, grey and white are actually the earth's horizon as seen from above the planet's atmosphere. This is actually the first photograph ever taken from outer space.
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Posted by Jay at 9:27 PM
Images of spacemen floating in the middle of nowhere can be quite awe-inspiring, but even barren outer landscapes can illicit the same response. Outer space offers hundred of thousands of great photo possibilities, but it's actually finding great images that's the tricky part. Fortunately, Michael Benson has saved everyone else plenty of time and trouble by going through the best photographs currently available on the edge of space, and collecting them in his book, Planetfall.
Thursday, February 7, 2013
Posted by Jay at 2:50 PM
NASA has had a great knack for producing awe-inspiring images. In its history of space exploration, the most jaw-dropping photographs are usually those that involve stars and galaxies thousands of light-years away. A few other great images, however, are much closer to home. In this iconic image of a lonely spaceman stuck between earth and nothingness, NASA was able to successfully perform a free spacewalk for the very first time. This is the story of Bruce McCandless and the photograph of the floating astronaut in space.
Sunday, February 3, 2013
Posted by Jay at 5:39 PM
Sometimes, the best subjects are those that are most often ignored. Landscapes have often been a great source of inspiration for artists and photographers alike, but the urban jungle also offers plenty of great scenes. Streets, buildings and shadows can all combine to make for great compositions when taken with the right light and at the right angle. Dragan Markovic proves this with his Stones & Skies cityscapes.