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Complete Strangers Pose Together for Portraits

Thursday 07.18.2013 , Posted by

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In America, one of the early warnings children receive from their parents is the saying “don’t talk to strangers.” It is for good reason and serves to protect them from the potential child predator. Yet, somehow this propaganda which gets etched in these young minds can evolve to a mental state where fully grown adults are always hesitant to trust anyone they don’t personally know. The reality though, is that most people on this planet are in fact friendly and nice, and share similarities with everyone; similarities such as loving family, working for a better life and being loved. Photographer Richard Renaldi created a photographic project in 2007 called “Touching Strangers.” In this series, Renaldi sought to create unpredictable variables into traditional photography, and to create spontaneous relationships between complete strangers. [Read more...]

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London, Swallowed by Flooding Waves

Sunday 07.14.2013 , Posted by

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Sometimes the very best illusions are those that are the most obvious. English photographer Rupert Jordan is taking that thinking seriously, producing a series of images along London’s Thames river that feature the iconic landmarks lining its shores. What makes Jordan’s images so interesting? All his landmarks appear as if they are sinking into a massive flood. [Read more...]

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Captivating: The UK’s Homeless in Black & White

Tuesday 07.09.2013 , Posted by

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Lee Jeffries is a 41 year old accountant from Manchester. Throughout most of his life, he never did anything remotely arts related, but a camera and a conversation changed all of that one day. While he was walking around London he noticed a young girl that seemed homeless. As she lay in her sleeping bag curled up, he inconspicuously took a shot of her and began to walk away. It was then that something inside him was moved and he decided to go back to the sleeping girl and talk to her. After their conversation, Jeffries’ perception of the homeless had shifted significantly and he was inspired to engage in their lives. [Read more...]

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Wookiees in Real-Life

Saturday 07.06.2013 , Posted by

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When you’re a Wookiee and not off defeating the Empire or shooting down Tie-Fighters, what’s there to do but feast with the family or go rollerskating? Then again, if those aren’t thrilling enough pastimes, you could always practice Karate on the beach or stick up a convenience store. Ahh… such is the life of the Wookiee here on Earth… always looking for the next place to show off your ferocious skills. [Read more...]

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Visual Bits #460>Now You See Me:Portrait Photography

Wednesday 07.03.2013 , Posted by

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Not Photoshop: Trippy Melting Inkjet Prints

Tuesday 07.02.2013 , Posted by

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These bizarre melting portraits from Portland, Maine-based artist Ben DeHaan are created with a surprisingly clever technique using just a conventional inkjet printer and gravity. His project, called Uncured, features two side-by-side images of the portrait before and after it has melted away leaving drips of watercolor-like paths down the page. [Read more...]

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Visual Bits #459 > Home Is Where The Photos Are

Tuesday 07.02.2013 , Posted by

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Long Exposure Vietnam War Photos Released

Monday 07.01.2013 , Posted by

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There are many photos of the Vietnam War, but a veteran who took photos one fateful evening decided to keep them secret. He has now released them 40 years later. They are a set of night-time photos that documented a short battle between a US army camp and one lone Viet Cong sniper. For a few days, the sniper had been firing down on the camp at night from a nearby hill. After the US soldiers were frazzled enough, they decided the next time he shot at the camp, they would open up full force on him. This was when James Speed Hensinger got out his camera and positioned himself for the fireworks that were about to take place. [Read more...]

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Feeling Too Relaxed? Anxiety Inducing Photographs

Monday 07.01.2013 , Posted by

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Maybe you know someone outside the boundaries of what general society considers normal… someone who checks if the lights are off 10 times, or has to arrange everything “just so”… maybe that person is even you. Photographer John William Keedy was diagnosed with an anxiety disorder nine years ago, one which left him unable to interact with society, but one which inspired him to create a series titled “It’s Hardly Noticeable.” It’s dedicated to those who don’t quite fit into the standard definition of normal. [Read more...]

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Beautiful Plane Wrecks Where Everyone Walked Away

Monday 07.01.2013 , Posted by

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Plane wrecks aren’t often the first subject that comes to mind with nature photography, nor the subject of a series titled “Happy Ends,” but that’s what we have here. Dietmar Eckell has travelled the world in search of crash landings where, despite the appearance of the planes and their rugged surroundings, all aboard survived. Each image is a story of beating the odds and getting out alive, set against a backdrop of intimidatingly remote natural beauty. [Read more...]

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