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Yesterday … all our troubles seemed so far away. And by “yesterday” we mean “in 1991.”
Jog memories of childhood bliss with the game “Young-Me-Now-Me.”
To play, just find an old picture of yourself, and then snap a modern-day recreation.
The challenge, of course, is matching yesteryear’s settings, costumes, and props: good luck finding that laser backdrop, plaid vest, and lawnmower-sized cellphone.
And who’d have guessed that fanny packs and jorts still look as cool as ever?
Photo Credits: Ryan Terry, Hanna, Kevin/Consumatron, John Williams
Admit it: You desperately want to post photos of yourself, but you’re afraid to look vain.
Fear not, friend.
Four years ago, Noah showed the world that self-portraits can be profound.
Today, Tumblr users rock the self-portrait with Gratuitous Picture of Yourself Wednesday (GPOYW).
It’s simple. Stand and flail your arms by yourself — you’re loco. Do it with 1000 others in a crowded stadium — it’s the wave. GPOYW is an internet-wide wave for self-portraits.
Add a quick caption (about a pickle <3, your dad, your doo) — and you’ve preserved this moment in your life.
It’s okay to post a picture of yourself. On Wednesdays.
How GPOYW Got Started
Our Top 10 Favorite GPOYWs
p.s. Help? Amit’s speaking at PMA on Saturday, and he’d love your help with this 60-Second photography survey. Satisfaction guaranteed!
Photo Credit: Nicole_Writes
Some people want to travel the world before they die.
Some want to be rich and famous.
And others just want to knit themselves a bodystocking out of albino poodle fur.
What do you want to do before you shuffle off this mortal coil?
Wait, wait, don’t answer yet.
Get a pal to snap a Polaroid as you tell them your dream. Then write your answer on the photo and send it off to the kids who thought up this crazy project.
New pictures go up each month from people all the planet, people just like you who appreciate travel, riches, and the comfort of discarded poodle hair.
The “Before I Die I Want To…” Polaroid Project
p.s. They’re only accepting Polaroids, so what if you’re outta film? Start your own project! with Instax or digital prints. ‘Cause nobody puts you in the corner, pally.
p.p.s. Still plenty of time for Photojojo Goodies for Christmas! Order by Mon, Dec 14 by First class (or FREE SHIPPING) and Wed, Dec 16 by Priority Mail (other methods available for later).
You already roped them into wearing the “Be Fri” bracelet that matches your “st ends.” Now it’s time to convince your bestie to do a collaborative photoblog!
Here’s the big idea: You and a buddy each post a photo a day side-by-side. It’s a simple concept but the results are often brilliant.
Two of our all-time favorite collaborative photoblogs: Minty Forest, the work of good friends Nina and Josh, and Don’t Wiggle, featuring BFFs Ranjit and Spatialk’s daily photos inspired by Webster’s word of the day.
Grab a pal, grab a camera, and get snapping.
the Minty Forest and Don’t Wiggle
via reader Matt Nuzzaco
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One frame to frame them all!
Quick! Reach between the couch cusions, empty out the change jar, run down to the thrift store, and splurge on one fabulous frame to fancy up all your photos.
We were inspired to hit the streets, frame in hand, by the work of Geo Geller, who shoots with a frame in each of his shots.
So get into the right frame of mind and read our tips!
Our Off-the-Wall Guide for Fantastic Framing
(via reader Michael Galpert)
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Ya know somethin’? We love camera tossing. We love light painting.
But we’ve got a brand new favorite: refractographs!
They look super high-tech, but you just need a flashlight and a piece of clear glass or plastic to make ’em happen.
Shine the light through the glass and take pictures of the patterns that come through!
Try it with marbles, Lite Brite pegs, hyperradial lighthouse-grade fresnel lenses or anything else you have lying around!
How to Make Refractographs
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Three years ago, we set out on a mission: to inspire your digital photos to be more than mere megapixels.
So we started a website, and sent out a newsletter. And then we sent out more newsletters. Then the Photojojo Shop was born (while we kept sending newsletters).
And now … WE HAVE A BOOK! You know — paper, ink, a table of contents. The whole shebang.
Complete with 192 full-color pages of our most popular photo projects (all souped up) plus tons of new ones, and some great ideas from the most talented folks we know.
It’s been a year in the works, and we can. not. wait. for you to see it.
Photojojo! The Book Twitter It!
$21.99 at the Photojojo Shop & bookstores near you!
Look! Below the jump! A sneak peek for you, darling reader: one of the projects from our super fantastic master work of literature (plus 3 more crafty tidbits). Enjoy.
Inside the Book: CD Jewel Case Mural
Sveinn Birkir has been collecting images from 1976 to make a visual anthology of the year he was born.
Wanna make your own Project 1976? Search Flickr or Google Image Search for your birth year and see what comes up.
Look for events that happened and things that came out that year (cars, products, albums, movies). Who was on the cover of Time or Rolling Stone? Who died or was born that year?
Sprinkle in some family photos and show off your time capsule! Start a photoblog, or print the photos and stick ’em on the wall.
Better yet, do this for a pal (or your kid, if you’ve got one of those) and make it into a book for their birthday. Better even than cupcakes, amigo.
p.s. We really wish our name was Sveinn.
Does your mom want jewelry for Mother’s Day? Nah. Bath salts? Nope. A pet tarantula? Probably not.
What she really wants is time with you! (Also possibly lunch.)
Your mom sounds nice. So we’ve got 11 different ways to make her happy on Mother’s Day!
We’ve got ideas for photos to take, things to make, and things you can do together.
You’re a good kid.
11 Ways to Make Your Mom Really Really Happy This Mother’s Day
p.s. Mother’s Day is May 10th this year. Get crackin’!
Photo credit: kjsydney
Got big plans for Earth Day?
Gonna build a windmill out of recycled soda cans? Or modify your car to run on potato peelings and hope?
Yeah, sure you are. How about something that’s simple enough to actually DO?
Something like taking a day-in-the-life portrait of the whole entire planet!
It’s easy, just take some photos of the world around you on Wednesday April 22nd. Send your best snap to the good folks at Earth Mosaic, and they’ll use it to create a giant photo mosaic of the Earth!
Then you can totally brag to your greener-than-thou friends about how you participated in a global art project on Earth Day and all they did was buy organic yams. Wusses.
Join The Earth Mosaic Project!
p.s. Been meaning to get your hands on a super fantastic Photojojo Gorillapod? Our friends at MCP Actions might be able to help you.