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Toy Plane Takes Off In A Photo Series Posted: 22/04/14

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Toy Plane Takes Off In A Photo Series

Web designer Varun Thota's great photo series ‘#mytoyplane’ shows the creator's hand holding a toy plane over urban and rural areas of Macau.

Thota says he was inspired by the ‘#putaplaneonit’ hashtag and created the series of images using a toy Airbus A330 found by his father in a chocolate Kinder egg. "A lot of the photos using that hashtag are quite amazing and it was interesting to see how people even blended in photos of planes with insane backgrounds,” he told Instagram in a blog post. “I wanted to do something similar, and the idea of using the perfectly sized Kinder Egg planes with someone holding it to add perspective was what I decided to try.” 

“The thing I enjoy most about the series is how fun it is to include other people in it,” he added. “It’s always fun to show people the plane, tell them the story and then ask them for a helping hand in taking the shot.” 

You can find more photos on the series in Thota’s Instagram

 

Source: designtaxi.com

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Photographing pitbulls in a positive light Posted: 17/04/14

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Photographing pitbulls in a positive light

When it comes to choosing a favourite breed of dog, a pitbull rarely makes the shortlist.

 

Douglas Sonders - Washington DC photographer and proud Pitbull owner - has created a campaign called Notabully.org, in order to dispel the negative impression of pitbulls.   Through touching pet portraits and local school visits, he has already gathered a lot of positive support from fellow pitbull owners, including celebrity dog trainer Cesar Millan.

 

Sonders hopes to raise awareness that pitbulls are not violent animals and that ‘bully breeds’ are worth adopting.

 

Via Fstoppers

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Nostalgia through photo-sharing Posted: 15/04/14

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Nostalgia through photo-sharing

As we live in an age of on-line photo sharing, it is easy to forget that memories and a common feeling of nostalgia remained at the heart of photography before the digital age. 

 

The theme of nostalgia is a common feeling and photographs tend to bring back fond memories of times long forgotten.  While people are now sharing photos instantly through the internet, it is easy to forget that there are pictures taken at a time when digital technology was nothing but a far-fetched dream.

 

Various social media channels and websites, such as @HistoryInPix have been introduced to share historical photographs with modern audiences, bringing in a wealth of nostalgia that may have remained undiscovered.  Images such as Piccadilly Circus in 1949 and a 1890s portrait of Cornelia Sorabji, the first woman to study law at Oxford University, are amongst the gems shared by history enthusiasts.

 

As well as the capturing key moments in time, the photographs also highlight different tones and techniques, showing how image taking has evolved throughout the ages.

 

Via The Guardian

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Drawings ‘come to life’ in photo series Posted: 10/04/14

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Drawings ‘come to life’ in photo series

It is rare to see a figment of your imagination come to life but Canada-based photographer Shawn Van Daele has turned his creative talents towards a heart-warming cause – bringing the dreams of ill children to life.

 

The Drawing Hope Project’ is a non-profit organisation created by Van Daele, which aims to show children with serious health issues that ‘anything is possible’.  Using drawings from children as inspiration, he uses his photography and Photoshop skills to create ‘real’ photographs starring the artists themselves with magical results. 

 

From fairies to superheroes, the children shine in the images and Van Daele’s charitable efforts brings a smile to his ‘subjects’ and their families, not to mention raise awareness to his venture.

 

Via Viralnova

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Famous music covers hit the streets Posted: 08/04/14

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Famous music covers hit the streets

Music album covers are the latest artworks to get the Google Street View treatment, as iconic covers featuring streets and buildings are meshed with their actual locations through online maps.

 

The selection of covers, which include ‘(What’s the Story) Morning Glory’ by Oasis and the ‘Abbey Road’ cover by the Beatles featuring a now famous pelican crossing, span over 50 years yet they blend perfectly into their surroundings.  Even though some of the locations made famous on the covers have changed completely, it is fascinating to see the inspiration behind some of the world’s well-known albums.

 

This musically-themed mash-up is the most recent creative project by ‘Street View’ specialist Halley Docherty, whose previous works include 18th Century London paintings and artworks of world cities.

 

Via The Guardian

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Around the World in 80 Diets Posted: 03/04/14

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Around the World in 80 Diets

Photographer Peter Menzel has captured dietary differences around the world in his latest documentary “What I Eat: Around the World in 80 Diets”.

Lifestyle and cultural differences are reflected through the meals people consume on a daily basis and they range from 'liquid lunches' and the nutritious to the carb and snack-heavy.

 

Looking at the different diets, it does make you think twice about having that extra chocolate bar after lunch!

 

Via Lost at E Minor

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Don’t Photoshop, go Natural Posted: 01/04/14

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Don’t Photoshop, go Natural

The recent no make-up selfie trend took the world by storm, raising over £8m for Breast Cancer Awareness.  It celebrated the all-natural look, with millions of women braving the camera without their makeup but do women still want a perfect portrait given the choice?

 

Two volunteers were asked to take a natural selfie with their mobile phone, before having their portrait taken by a professional photographer and then having it enhanced by Photoshop.  After looking at the results, even though both women commented on how good they look in their professional portraits, they didn't feel the images reflected them as ‘real women’.

 

The fight for real beauty has come in many forms, from magazine boycotts and social experiments, but this small yet simple test only proves that women are no longer hiding their personality behind Photoshop.

 

Via DIY Photography

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Selfie addiction now a recognised mental illness Posted: 27/03/14

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Selfie addiction now a recognised mental illness

The selfie phenomenon started as a bit of fun and it was nothing more than a harmless craze to begin with but that’s now changing. Selfie addiction is now being considered a serious mental health issue.

 

British teenager Danny Bowman started taking selfies when he was 15 but his problems really started when a modelling agency criticised his appearance. He became obsessed with his looks and started spending up to ten hours a day taking 200 snaps. His anxiety grew, he dropped out of school, he began starving himself and finally he attempted to take his own life. All because he couldn’t take the ‘perfect’ selfie.

 

Danny has since recovered after being treated in hospital for his selfie addiction and has not taken a selfie for seven months, but the extent of his condition shows how social networking and technology can drastically affect young people.

 

Via Time

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Combatting ageing through photography Posted: 25/03/14

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Combatting ageing through photography

A fear of ageing results in millions being spent every year by people trying to iron out wrinkles, blemishes and age spots in the hope of staying young.  Now a senior lecturer from Sheffield University has created a project to challenge the social perceptions of ageing, particularly amongst older women.

 

Dr Lorna Warren has put together an art and photography series, entitled ‘Look at Me!’, created by older women where the subjects - older citizens within the Sheffield community - are seen in a variety of different poses, mocking society’s perception of looking young.  

 

The photographs are only one part of Warren’s project in confronting this ‘fear of ageing’ instilled in media, but several of the women captured the project have visited schools to raise awareness among younger people, proving that being old doesn’t mean you’re ‘past it’.

 

Via The Telegraph

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Student breaks statue for a ‘selfie’ Posted: 20/03/14

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Student breaks statue for a ‘selfie’

There is one clear rule when it comes to museum exhibitions – no touching of the paintings or sculptures.  But a student in Italy disregarded this rule when he decided he wanted a memorable ‘selfie’ from the lap of an ancient statue. 

 

The student, who has not been named, climbed onto the 19th Century Greco-Roman sculpture depicting ‘The Drunken Satyr’ at the Academy of Fine Arts of Brera, breaking the statue’s left leg.  Fortunately, the statue was only a copy housed by the Academy – the original is stored at the Glyptothek in Munich, Germany.

 

It has been said that people suffer for their art – but in this case, it looks like the art was the innocent victim. The pursuit of ridiculous 'selfies' continues.

 

Source: Time

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