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Living in an Upside-Down World

How is it that the world is so full of beauty and evil—all at once? Even the understanding one gets from religion doesn’t smooth the discrepancy one feels when such extremes commingle. All the world is a blending of these.

It’s rare that something so perfectly captures this complexity in such a simple way. Maybe it’s even more than rare…but the experience is high art, even when depicting rubbish, refuse, and rubber tires swimming in open sky and water. Lights reflect off discarded bags, cigarette butts and wavy tree limbs. It’s just beautiful. To cap it all off (more than just the co-mingling) everything is upside down, posing the reflected world as real.

I haven’t seen inside his other galleries (they weren’t working for me), but Robin Soulier’s Ephemerals gallery (#1) still has me awestruck. Enjoy!

Little Planet Photos

If you’ve never stopped in at the Web Urbanist blog, and you like seeing compilations of visually cool things, I don’t know how you’ve survived until now. It’s probably not been a very good existence…makes me shed a tear just thinking about it.

Okay! Over that burst of emotion, and on to another: I’ve played with 360 panoramic lenses before, and was pretty stoked to build a virtual world of them for an online tour of Hume Lake back in the day. Anyway, the images come back in these “little globe” circles that one has to use filters to untangle and flatten into “normal” horizontal photos. Still, it always began with a circled image that looks like an island or globe.

There are a few photographers now taking 360 panoramic images and leaving them that way, just for the art of the island/globe images. Truly, they’re stunning and really fun to view in this way. My eye keeps trying to unravel the horizontal panoramic from these, but I actually love them more as-is. See what you think!

More photos from Gadl

More photos from heiwa

More photos by Seb Przd

More cool photos and photographers via.

The Making of a Blizzard

Dale & Michelle from the Rothandrambergblog left this amazing entry on creating a blizzard for a photo shoot. Since faking this kind of thing used to be in my job description, I immediately love it. (Oh, the memories…). Anyway, loved this.

In their own words, they wrote:

Anna Goodson gave us a call and asked if we could create the look of Antarctica for an ad Sid Lee was working on for Pratt & Whitney.  The concept was a severe snowstorm with two lonely figures attempting to cross the frozen ground.  Of course we said no problem, then went about trying to figure out how..

For the rest of the story (and to see the making of), check them out here.

The Year 2008 in Photos

Boston.com’s The Big Picture blog has been getting nods from all over the place. Mine, is just one inconsequential nod to add to the ranks. If you’re looking for stunning journalism, stop and grab a latte. Pour over the photos. Enjoy the art. This was the world’s last year (there are three sets).

Set 1.
Set 2.
Set 3.

And it was amazing.

(Who knew Isola was world famous?)

Living in an Upside-Down World

How is it that the world is so full of beauty and evil—all at once? Even the understanding one gets from religion doesn’t smooth the discrepancy one feels when such extremes commingle. All the world is a blending of these.

It’s rare that something so perfectly captures this complexity in such a simple way. Maybe it’s even more than rare…but the experience is high art, even when depicting rubbish, refuse, and rubber tires swimming in open sky and water. Lights reflect off discarded bags, cigarette butts and wavy tree limbs. It’s just beautiful. To cap it all off (more than just the commingling) everything is upside down, posing the reflected world as real.

I haven’t seen inside his other galleries (they weren’t working for me), but Robin Soulier’s Ephemerals gallery (#1) still has me awestruck.