Although many fashion photographers strive for lifelike images, or at least a fantasy that looks real, photographer Jamie Beck and motion graphic artist Kevin Burg have teamed up and are truly helping breath new life into fashion photography. Using video clips taken by Beck’s well trained eye, Burg then stitches together a few select frames into a looping animated GIF — creating a scene caught in one beautiful instant. Be sure to swing by Jamie Beck’s excellent photography blog (and so much more) at fromme-toyou.tumblr.com and also Kevin Burg’s blog kevin.tumblr.com which is full of clever animation.
Two flat years of advertising sales has been the key factor behind New York City Transit stepping up its efforts to sell advertising in the subway. Ads have been inside the trains and stations but for only the second time ever a full-length ten-car subway train will be completely covered in advertising.
Vahram Muratyan lives in Paris and is obsessed with New York. His bold posters playfully compare, bagels to baggetts, Amelie to Carrie, the Big Apple with the City of Lights, drawing out many of the small but iconic attributes that make these famous cities shine. His side by side comparisons beg the question: where would you rather call home?
Jonas Bendiksen, photographer for Magnum and creator of The Places We Live.
There are all kinds of places we as humans live. We live in three bedroom homes, apartments and studios, closets in New York, caves in Turkey, sailboats and even teepees. At times, we also live on streets, cardboard mats and in scrapmetal sheds. The list can go on.
As we continue to grow as a community, more and more individuals are moving into cities for work opportunities. This makes these urban dwellings absolutely massive and many find themselves living in slums, high rise cement apartments or another form of alternative housing. Worldwide there are one billion people who live in urban slums, and that number will double in twenty five years according to the United Nations.
Jonas Bendiksen is a Norwegian photographer who shoots for the co-operative, Magnum Photo in New York City. In partnership with the Nobel Peace Center, Jonas shot photos of some of the largest urban and slum dwellings in our world today and made it interactive. Here are a few snapshots of what Jonas saw while he was traveling around the world.
Wearing styles that would get them in deep trouble today, this classic documentary 80 Blocks From Tiffany’s covers the bad ass street gangs of late 70′s New York. Although there are many interviews, the film mainly focuses on two groups, the Savage Skulls and the Savage Nomads of the South Bronx. Is it just us or have gangs gotten a little more savage?
Filmed without permission or permits, Steve Duncan goes urban spelunking to find the hidden treasures under New York City. Followed by his brave cameraman, Duncan explores beautiful closed off subway tunnels from bygone era’s, the first underground sewer for the city and interviews the people that inhabit the dark place. See the beautiful photos he’s taken of his many adventures at undercity.org. [Read more...]
This smart little visualization might be the perfect distraction for long subway rides through the city. Using lines that resemble a New York subway map, complete with departing train times, this HTML5 visualization plays the different train lines like a relaxing, random stringed instrument. As each train line crosses another, the string is plucked, playing a gentle note. The longer lines play lower tones while short lines play higher tones. Viewers can also conduct the music themselves by clicking and dragging their mouse across lines.
If New York City was suddenly turned into a musical, it would look a lot like Jordan Matters photo series, The Dancers Among Us. Using flexible, high jumping people from the dance world, he photographed them in famous locations all over the city, leaving observers enthralled and wondering. The juxtoposition of these dancers in such extreme positions of flight and extension, combined with everyday street life makes for a magical world where we expect something wonderful and hopeful around each corner.
Bryce Wymer, a visual artist based in Brooklyn, New York, creates visual journals that pop from the page with bold color and composition. Making both detailed drawings and layered paintings in his small Molskine sketchbooks, he has recently started documenting the process in time laps video. He says his personal works “address human social progression and the driving relation between the powerful and the powerless.” He currently works as a freelance creative director, a title which he says includes live action, graphic design, illustration, fine art, 2D animation and post production work. To see more of his intimate works, see his website brycewymer.com.
Looking for a locals bar in a popular city? Look no further than these maps, which plot the places locals and tourists frequent. Taking the images submitted to the Geotaggers World Atlas and placing them on the map colored based on the length that person has been in the city, these images give a good idea of where locals and tourists visit. It’s also a handy travel reference to see what quiet spots still exist in these popular places. [Read more...]