If you happen to live in the United States, all you’ve heard about lately is the elections. (Chances are you’ve heard a lot about it even if you don’t live here.)
But when you get right down to it, the actual act of voting is so mundane, so taken-for granted, that more than a third of Americans didn’t even bother in 2004.
That’s why we like the New York Times’ Polling Place Photo Project. It elevates the ordinary, bland places where history is made.
Photographing your polling place is a great challenge: it makes you rethink the importance of what goes on there.
We challenge you to cast that church basement or high-school auditorium in heroic light, to raise the sleepy, coffee-deprived people lining up before work onto their proper civic pedestal.
And why stop there? Why not get out and document the process leading up to the election? Photograph the rallies, the clever posters, your friends arguing politics. If there was ever a year for political photography, this is it.
If you’re not in the United States, we’re dying to see how politics work in your country. What do the campaign posters look like? Do you have voter registration cards? Where do you vote? Post your pictures on the Photojojo Forum and tell us all about it!
p.s. New to the neighborhood? Don’t know where your polling place is? Google can tell you where to go.
p.p.p.s. Some cities/counties/states allow photography in the polling place and some don’t. If yours doesn’t, please respect the rules, and be nice to your polling officer!
Published on October 23, 2008 — See more Photo Projects
It’s no secret we love Project 365. We’re a curious bunch, and often it’s the best way to get to know someone (including yourself).
What happens when the logic’s applied to your town? Your neighbors?
Larry Strung knows. He’s taken Project 365 to the streets of his humble hamlet, Hamilton, Ontario. And we love his town.
Each day he photographs (and posts online) a different citizen. It’s like finally getting to meet all your neighbors, one day and one neighbor at a time. The biker who rides at 6 am, the doctor, the farmer, the mayor. Talk about a complete picture of a place.
Take a cue from Strung and hit the pavement while it’s still warm enough to do so. Meet your neighbors from behind your lens.
Published on September 1, 2008 — See more Photo Projects
We love Josh Poehlein’s photography portfolios, “Unstill Lives,” and “Ghosts” because they don’t show us everything.
Wait, what? Sure, photography’s all about revelation. But sometimes the best photographs are of the things you can’t see.
Poehlein takes this one step further by taking one step back. Let us explain: he scratches off the emulsion from his prints in order to add another image, often of what you’d imagine would be in the photo but isn’t. A stream of water from a dry showerhead, birds in an empty nest, a giant boat in the distance of a still lake.
The results are even more awesome if you can draw. Which we can’t. Still, we had fun making our own scratch-n-see works of art. And they turned out pretty great, if a little amateur next to Poehlein’s genius. (That’s our monster on Coit Tower, in case you couldn’t tell by the, ahem, difference in skill.)
(via Taylor McKnight)
Remember chain letters? They promised riches, luck, love, avoidance of certain death.
Well, we never got those envelopes stuffed with cash or cookies, but hey we’re still alive!
Take that simple idea, add photography, and you’ve got the Photo Chain, a picture of a picture of a picture, all across the world. See where your friends take a piece of you!
Step 1: Start the chain by taking a picture. Easily recognizable objects work best–think bright colors, big shapes, like a giant statue in the woods, neon yellow daffodils, or your stuffed monkey. Aim for a neutral background in this first photo.
Step 2: Send it to a friend. Email your shot to a pal in Honduras, your grouchpa in Sweden, anybody who’s handy with a camera and printer.
Step 3: Instruct grouchpa to download and print a high quality 4×6.
Step 4: Ask him to take a picture of that 4×6 in front of something in his world (rocking chair? chartreuse refrigerator?). Hands in the photo are cool, just be sure the 4×6 takes front and center so it’s still clear as the chain gets longer.
Step 5: Get grouchpa to send his photo-of-your-photo along to a friend to keep the chain going.
p.s. Want your photo in the Photojojo Book? It’s easy! We’re looking for dozens of photos. Click here to see what kinds of pictures we need.
Published on July 10, 2008 — See more Photo Projects
Ahhh, your friendly local park bench.
You’ve always suspected it’s up to no good.
Want proof? Tie a disposable camera to it, leave it there for a day, then come back and develop the pictures.
That’s what Jay did, and he got a bunch of pictures of all the friendly people who hung out at his bench that day. Here’s the note he tied to the camera:
Try it for yourself! Get a cheap disposable camera, tie it to a bench with a friendly note, and collect it at the end of the day. Pick a bench in an interesting place that gets a lot of foot traffic, like outside a cafe on a sunny weekend. If you’re shy about taking portraits of strangers, here’s your solution!
Go on, you know you’re curious about that bench now.
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Published on April 10, 2008 — See more Photo Projects
Our old pal Isaac Newton spent his whole life trying to prove that Up was Up, and Up pressed Down on things that were Down.
Well we’re bucking that now-established wisdom and making Sideways where it’s at.
Jan von Holleben’s photo series, “Dreams of Flying,” cleverly switches Up with Sideways by having neighborhood kids lie on their sides amid props on the ground around them.
We guess von Holleben figured that kids spend most of their time crawling around in the dirt anyway, so why not make the best of it?
Bucking gravity, his photographs recreate wondrous scenes from our childhood dreams â€“ taking us back to a time when our grandest ambitions were to explore jungles, walk the moon, and blaze across the Sahara on doggie-back.
The results are imaginative and brilliant. And, taking a page from von Holleben’s book, we’re now off try this for ourselves! All we need is a ladder, some kids, and a camera… Viva la Sideways!
p.s. Try this out along with us! Post your results in this post in the Photojojo Forum, and you may be randomly chosen to win a special prize.
p.p.s. Keen readers may note that Karina blogged this over a year ago. We just loved the idea so much we had to write about it twice!
Linus is sure somebody to sympathize with.
Brimming with childlike faith and optimism, his belief in the Great Pumpkin never falters — Every year Linus waits to catch a glimpse of the Great Pumpkin on Halloween, but every year he just misses it.
Man, we feel for him.
If pumpkin cheer is a bit elusive in your life right now, too, we’ve found the perfect something to make up for it — DIY Pumpkin Photo Holders. Putting ‘em together couldn’t be simpler:
Step 1: Get a pumpkin
Step 2: Pound some nails all around
Step 3: Thread string in-between
Step 4: Insert photos, show off!
Thanks to reader Camille for this great tip. That’s her photo up above too!
* Disclaimer: Will only appear in the most Sincere of Pumpkin Patches.
Photography being the ultimate populist art form, we’re extra super special keen on people who come up with ways to bring photo fun to everyone.
Here’s two we’ve come across recently that we really like:
Snap-Shot-City, September 29th
Run from the U.K., they hit 35 cities last year and the adventure begins again this weekend!
A Million Little Pictures, October 10th
The twist: They haven’t decided which city the exhibition will be in, and every camera counts as a vote for your city. Get friends to join in the fun to increase your city’s odds! (This one’s only open to people in the USA)
Published on September 25, 2007 — See more Photo Projects
As more and more of the world starts to skip breakfast, we figured this was a good time to focus on that most important meal of the day.
So here’s one more reason to enjoy some hearty oats or a breakfast burrito* tomorrow: Jon Huck’s Breakfast series.
Pairing portraits with porridge, his project shows people alongside their morning sustenance. We find it surprisingly addictive to flip through and draw fanciful conclusions on the connections. (Warning: It’s hard to do so without making your mouth water.)
Fun Photo Project: Take your camera with you to the breakfast table tomorrow morning and bring us back a portrait and a plate. Then post the results here.
Need more enticement? Follow that link to learn all sorts of fun breakfast factoids… like 308 ways to enjoy toast, all about breakfast in space or the amazing banana, and the history of breakfast cereal.
* Speaking of which, did you know Tony the Tiger goes by “El tigre ToÃ±o” in Mexico? We kid you not. Mr. Breakfast.com has the scoop.
Published on September 18, 2007 — See more Photo Projects
They say you can learn a lot about a person by looking at their hands, but what about their feet?
Ellen Ugelstad’s The Shoe Project is a decidedly unusual series of portraits. Focusing first on her subjects’ feet, then comparing them with their face and shoulders, she’s found new perspective on the oft-tired portrait.
It turns out feet are surprisingly expressive. Who knew?
Page through her gallery of children, fashionistas, and grandparent feet for inspiration, then get down low and give this a try next weekend!
Published on August 20, 2007 — See more Photo Projects
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