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Street artists are an elusive group; put a can of paint in their hand, and they’ll mural-ize a wall without making a peep or leaving a trace.
Not so with French photobooth street artist Fabian David.
He ditched the dark alleyways and cleverly misspelled monikers for a more open approach: he decorated the streets of Lyon, France with a live street art photobooth!
Using a digital camera and printer, he captured over 100 lucky people who happened to walk by, from kids to hip French youth and old folks (who we must say have some pretty slick sunglasses).
He promptly printed and slapped their photos onto a brick wall, resulting in an epic get-to-know-your-neighbor photo mural. It’s kind of like a facebook for the town, which = undeniably awesome.
Get your street art vibe on by inviting friends over to make a photobooth collage in your room or organize one with your local cafe. (Bonus: you won’t even have to run from the cops.)
Some street artists think they’re sooo hot just because their work is billboard-size big.
Tiny is where it’s at.
Our new fave Slinkachu’s street art is tiny. How tiny? Put it this way: the guy graffiti tags snails.
After making a teeny tableaux of itty-bitty model people, he leaves them on the street for anybody to find. But first he takes rad macro photos so the wee little scene is never really lost.
If you prefer staying indoors, photograph tiny people in clever food-scapes, like Mini Miam did. Now all you need is a tag name!
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We had always pictured ghosts as levitating hole-punched bed sheets, but apparently, we were wrong. Ghosts come in all shapes and sizes!
Some are transparent and grumpy, some jolly and made of marshmallow. Others float and induce sadistic sneezing sessions.
…Like the spooky figures in Ujin Lee and Tom Edward’s “Dust” series. Their powdery explosions take the form of ghostly figures photographed in eerie locations, like abandoned playgrounds and empty museum halls.
Another photographer, Marie Hanhnhon Nguyen, experiments with flour, creating images of floating clouds and phantom-like human figures.
The flour envelops her subjects in a white transparent glow, giving the photos a deliciously haunting mood.
If you’re inspired to try your own powdery phantom photos, we rounded up a few more projects to whet your appetite!:
- Use smoke drops, which are perfect for spooky-fying your photos (example: The scariest photo you’ll ever see).
- Use mystifying color smoke balls, like those in Ólafur Arnalds’ music video.
- Take a look at The Flour Hour Flickr pool, which is packed with flour photo play.
- Check out Wizard Smoke by Salazar, a short video featuring phantom-esque skateboarders dressed in flour and tempera powder paint. Their movements leave ghostly trails of human-shaped clouds behind them.
Frolicking about the garden chasing butterflies and bubbles with camera in hand…
An outsider might call this a case of fallen-and-bumped-your-head, but we call it a great time!
Richard Heeks, better known as The Bubble Master (and who we posted about on our Tumblr recently!), introduced us to these three sure fire ways to capture incredible photos of bubbles.
1) Make your bubble look like a planet
Quicktips: Use a macro lens or settings, close-up where the sun reflects off the surface, capture the bubble against a shadow (this will make it look like a planet floating in space!)
2) Capture the pop
Quicktips: Use a fast shutter speed (around 1/500). Use rapid fire shoot settings. Take lots of photos (it took Richard a month to capture his series).
3) Shoot your self portrait in a bubble (and other reflections!)
Quicktips: Shoot on a non windy day. Try these settings: f/5, 1/400, ISO 400 (this is what Richard used in his bubble reflection self portrait). Use a telephoto lens (you can use zoom, also). For example, Richard usually shot at 70mm.
More Bubble Photo Tips:
1) Photograph when the air is still.
2) Shoot at sunrise or sunset.
3) Use manual focus if possible (since auto focus doesn’t always focus correctly with transparent subjects).
4) Try different brands of bubble formula since the thickness of a bubble affects color change and how long it lasts.
Bubbles. Who’da thought? They’ve only been floating in front of our noses all these years.
Extra photos for bloggers: 1, 2, 3
Lately we’ve been seeing lots of cheap (and free!) books around town.
Sure, some of those books might be filled with boring old words, but after some careful investigation, we’ve also discovered that many of these books are full of fantastic photos!
So we wondered: How often do super great photos go unnoticed just because they’re tucked away inside of books?
If there’s photo injustice anywhere, we’re hot on the case.
Naturally, we found a way to flip photo injustice around on itself.
Ready? Get your (so called) “junky” books out (and put away your most treasured texts), we’re gonna teach ya…
A game!: Inception or Not Inception?
Mad man constructs faux reality by assembling deceivingly realistic structures that are maze-like when observed too closely.
Surprisingly, not Inception! Jean Francois Rauzier’s Hyperphotos are photographic reconstructions of real places often created from between 600-3,400 individual photos.
A bit like Hockney, Jean photographs a single place for one to two hours. He uses a telephoto lens to collect close-up shots of his scene.
The compilation is where his vision or dream, if you will, takes over and the thousands of photos translate into Babylones, Voyages Extraordinaries, and Cités Idéales. We can take a gander at what most of these French titles mean!
Looking at a single image will have you lost in its architecture for hours! (Kind of hoping we’ll find a Leo or Juno if we stare long enough.)
p.s. We’ll be at Photokina in Cologne this week! If you’re going, too, and want to meet up, send us a message at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We sign in, and within 10 minutes, we’ve seen photo albums of our our Art History professor’s gem collection and our crush’s trip to the Kennedy Space Center (swoon!).
Facebook hands us a magnifying glass, showing us see each others’ lives in an astoundingly close-up view.
Phillip Maisel got to thinking about that – about technology, photographs, and how memories are stored and shared.
He grabbed his digital camera, and setting it on a long exposure, took a photo of his computer screen while he clicked through a Facebook photo album.
The result? Gorgeously layered photographs that resemble double or triple exposures.
A day, a trip, or even a month’s worth of photos all relived in one photo! There’s something pretty magical there.
So, the next time you find yourself flipping through Facebook albums, see what happens when you set your camera in front of your screen! (’causewebetit’llbeamaaazing!)
Relationships, fragile packages, our feet. Long distance is hard on all of ‘em.
Life would be grander if we could just teleport. Well now we can, in a way!
Boltron (aka Nate Bolt), in collaboration with Paul Octavius, Steph Goralnick, and Laura Miner, created The Shutter Exchange.
It’s a simple yet ingenious method of photographing your friends from states away (and even further!). It gives you control of their camera via the internet!
1) Connect DSLR to computer via USB cable
2) Use Remote DSLR Pro software to view what your camera sees on your computer screen
3) Give control of your screen to your friends by using Skype or Adobe Connect’s screen-sharing features
4) With the combination of Remote DSLR Pro and screen-sharing, your friends can adjust your camera’s settings and release your camera’s shutter from afar!
Yes. Much easier than breaking our body into a million pieces and putting them back together again.
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Ah, the sun! The big, bright strobe-light in the sky!
We love our reliable ‘ol pal, but with so many new gadgets popping up, we’d be fools not to take advantage of their photo-gramming capabilities!
We’re talkin’ laptopograms.
Aditya Mandayam developed this exciting new way of making prints: press photo-paper against your laptop screen, flash the screen, and dip the paper in developer, stop, and fix.
If you don’t have a laptop, TVs, iPhones, iPads, and other illuminating gadgets work, too! What we love the most about laptopography is that it’s wide open for experimentation.
Curate a show of Facebook profiles, hold a photo-shoot of your friends via Skype, make prints of your camera-phone photos, or create photos from a paused Youtube vid!
Yup, it’s official. Digital asked analog to marry it, and they’re running off to Vegas.
p.s. Our pals at CanvasPop turn your most kick-ass photos into canvas art! PJ readers get a $25 gift card! Use code PJJlove to redeem.
Photo Credit: Madmolecule for black and white girl; Aditya for all others
The scene: 9 am, you wake up. Your room is eerily silent. You sense something’s off, but you can’t quite put your finger on it.
You run to your computer. Photoshop is gone! All that’s left is your scanner, camera, and film. WHAT DO YOU DO?
Create art IN your camera!
Martin Wilson did, and the results are incredible: each contact sheet is a self-contained work of art, made of cleverly-composed patterns and words.
It’s not easy — every time he picks up his camera, he has to know precisely what each frame should look like before he shoots it — a single roll can take months to shoot. But the product: a Contact Sheet Masterpiece, with nary a cursor in sight.
With a little patience and a pint of planning, may we all aspire to the Martinistic school of contact!
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