Archive for March, 2014

Around the world in 80 diets

Photojournalist Peter Menzel and writer Faith D’Aluisio have satiated our curiosity in a new way, breaking down what individuals from all over the world eat in one day. In “What I Eat: Around The World In 80 Diets,” Menzel and D’Aluisio document a stunning array of individuals’ daily sustenance. The subjects of ‘What I Eat’ run the gamut from a coal miner and a call center operator to a sumo wrestler.

What I eat – link to article and pictures

Skeletons in the Closet

It all started when I happened to catch a glimpse through a basement window of the museum of natural history one night: an office with a desk, a computer, shelves and a stuffed antelope. This experience left me wondering: what does a museum look like behind the scenes? How are exhibits stored when they are not on display? I was intrigued by these questions when I started to work on this project after being granted permission to take photographs on museum premises. Due to the sheer size of the museum (it covers an area of 45.000 square metres!), this series soon turned out to be a long term project. I started to focus on the less well known departments of the museum and their contents. Therefore, the focus of this study is not on the exhibition spaces of the museum of natural history, but on the space behind the scenes, particularly depots, cellars, and storage rooms assigned to individual departments which are generally not accessible to the public. These spaces are used for the storage of countless exhibits belonging to various collections, sorted following a rigidly scientific classification system, but also taking into account the limited storage space available. As a photographer with limited knowledge of scientific research methods, the museum’s back rooms presented to me a huge array of still lives. Their creation is determined by the need to find space saving storage solutions for the preservation of objects but also the fact that work on and with the exhibits is an ongoing process. Full of life, but dead nonetheless.

Link to images

3D Photographs of Life on Mars, Taken by Robots

A 360 degree view of Mount Sharp on the southern horizon, taken by Curiosity on Jan. 23, 25, and 26, 2013 (via Navigation Camera, NASA/JPL-Caltech) (all images courtesy NASA)

In terms of space exploration, nothing was more on the public mind in 2013 than Mars. When Mars One asked people to register to potentially take a one-way trip millions of miles away from home, over 200,000 people signed up. Even moonwalker Buzz Aldrin published a whole book in May on why we should get there by 2035. So, now more than ever, it’s fascinating to look at the images we have from the Red Planet, and it just so happens that NASA has a whole collection in 3D.

Article and printable 3D glasses

Tigers Forever: Can Nature Photography Inspire Conservation?

A tiger peers at a camera trap it triggered while night hunting in the  forests of northern Sumatra, Indonesia. (Photo by Steve Winter/National Geographic)

“If I win, the tiger wins,” photographer Steve Winter said at his talk earlier this week at the Explorers Club in New York. For two decades he’s traced tigers through the forests of Indonesia, Myanmar, Thailand, and India, on a quest for images that would stop people in their tracks, to spend more than a passing second with, and hopefully inspire passion about conservation.


Victorian Photo Tricks, From Hidden Mothers to Eyes on the Dead

Hidden Mothers (courtesy  Mackbooks)

While spirit photography is pretty well-known (thanks in large part to Lincoln’s “ghost”), here are a few other tricks that you might not know about. Recently, Linda Fregni Nagler published a book called The Hidden Mother where she compiled over a thousand photographs of a parent masquerading as a chair beneath a cloak. As the exposure could take a good part of a minute, and children aren’t exactly thrilled to sit still for their portraits, parents  would hide and hold them still. But the results were kind of creepy — like specters looming up behind the uneasy kids. There was always this sense of a high mortality, too, especially for children, making the ghostly presences especially ominous.

HyperAllergic Full Article & Pictures

A Brutal and Beautiful Planet: The 2014 World Press Photo Winners

The 2014 World Press Photo of the Year John Stanmeyer/VII Photo Agency for National Geographic

The 2014 World Press Photo contest awardees were announced today, with the winners for the major photojournalism prize showing both the wonder and violence of the past year.

World Press Photo winners are viewable online at the World Press Photo site.