Posts Tagged ‘Culture’

Minecraft Founder ‘Notch’ is Likely the New Owner of That $1 Million Giant Leica Sculpture

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Here’s a super random piece of photographic trivia: that $1 million giant Leica sculpture in Los Angeles is likely now in the possession of Minecraft founder Markus Persson (AKA “Notch”).
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Megatron is Not a Fan of Selfies

Universal Studios in Hollywood recently offered guests a photo op with a performer dressed very impressively as Megatron, one of the main baddies in Transformers. It turns out Megatron is not a fan of selfies.

When Alexandra Trew walked up and tried to snap one, she ended up capturing this video of the villain ranting about selfies and arguing how people need to learn to live in the moment.
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Viral Video of Girl Snapping a Selfie Combined with Narration from a Nature Documentary

Earlier this year, a woman shot a video of a girl at a swimming pool who spent a considerable amount of time trying to snap the perfect selfie (presumably to share). That (somewhat mean-hearted) video quickly went viral after it was shared online.

Someone then decided to combine that video with the narration from a documentary on self recognition and personhood — a clip showing a chimp recognizing herself in a mirror. The resulting video is a humorous commentary on what our selfie culture has become.

(via Reddit)

Concealed: Portraits of Women Who Arm Themselves

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Photographer Shelley Calton grew up in Houston, Texas and was raised by a father who owned guns for both hunting and self-defense. She and her two sisters all learned to shoot firearms from a young age.

This background is something Calton shares with the subjects of her project “Concealed“. It’s a series of portraits that looks into the lives of women who arm themselves.
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Dubai Photographer Promotes His Photo Course with Wonderful Special Effects

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Dubai-based photographer Muhammad Hassan is coming out with a tutorial series that teaches basic to advanced photography techniques. To promote the course, he has created a very… interesting teaser video that uses special effects to dazzle the eyes and minds of prospective students.
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The Guardian: Photos Don’t Belong in Art Galleries

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Does photography deserve a place in art galleries? Jonathan Jones doesn’t think so. The Guardian art columnist has caused quite a stir after writing a piece titled, “Flat, soulless and stupid: why photographs don’t work in art galleries.”

While Jones acknowledges that photographs can be “powerful, beautiful, and capture the immediacy of a moment like nothing else,” he argues that they are, “poor art when hung on a wall like paintings.”
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Street Photographs that Show How the Rise of Smartphones Means the Death of Conversation

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Reminiscent of the Tumblr Blog We Never Look Up, London street photographer Babycakes Romero‘s series The Death of Conversation focuses on our obsession connection with our smartphones.

But where the anonymous photographer behind We Never Look Up focused on anyone and everyone with their eyes glued to that little screen, Romero’s series is all about highlighting the digital wall that smartphones have created between people often sitting so close to each other they’re touching. Read more…

Miss World Philippines Portraits: Is This Poor Beauty Retouching or a Cultural Preference?

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We received a tip today from a reader who asked us to take a look at the official portraits for the Miss World Philippines 2014 candidates. The tipster had harsh things to say about the images, saying the creator, “must’ve been bored or high when he post-processed these photos.”
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Cringeworthy Short Film Provides Sharp Commentary On Our Selfie Culture

Photographer and filmmaker Matthew Frost recently teamed up with actress Kirsten Dunst to create a short film commenting on today’s selfie-obsessed culture.

In the film, Kirsten Dunsts plays herself meeting two selfie-obsessed fans who don’t care to talk to her, ask her any questions, or really interact with her in any way other than to take selfies and ask her to tag them so they can get more likes and followers. Check it out for yourself above. It makes for a good Saturday morning chuckle… and perhaps a sigh.

(via Laughing Squid)

The Washington Post Unveils Its New ‘In Sight’ Photo Blog

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Following in the footsteps of the New York Times’ Lens Blog, The Washington Post has launched something called In Sight: a photoblog focused on presenting the world through visual narratives. Read more…