Starting a global movement using a photography app is no small task, but that’s what Jeff Kirschner has done this last year. Using the hashtag #litterati, he’s managed to start a world-wide Instagram campaign that is helping to stop pollution and clean up the environment one piece of trash at a time. Read more…
This portrait is of a little boy named Lucas who lives in Sydney, Australia. Like many children around the world, Lucas enjoys playing with toys, particularly his set of miniature trains and wooden railroad tracks.
Like many photographers around the world, Gabriele Galimberti enjoys traveling. During an 18 month span of travels, Galimberti visited and photographed children in a long list of countries around the world with each child posing with his or her favorite toys. Lucas was one of the kids Galimberti visited for his project, which is titled “Toy Stories.”
It has been nearly a year since Lytro announced the world’s first consumer light-field camera that lets users focus photographs after they’re shot. Throughout this time, the camera has only been available direct from the company when ordered through the website. That’ll soon change, as the company announced today that it will be partnering with major retailers around the world to have the camera appear on a store shelf (and website) near you.
On July 24th, 2010 tens of thousands of people captured a video snipped of their life that day and uploaded it to YouTube where director Kevin Macdonald and executive producer Ridley Scott edited the lot of them together into a 95min feature film — which you can now watch for free. On May 15th, it’s the photographer’s turn. Read more…
Having cameras passed from person to person around the world isn’t a new idea, but FOCUSED is a project that takes it a step further by using entire SLR camera kits. Five of the kits will be sent out in early November to photojournalists, with each kit containing a vintage 35mm SLR preloaded with ISO 200 film, a manual focus lens (24mm, 35mm, or 50mm), a small notebook, an emergency roll of film, and a camera strap.
The bags will be shipped across the world from one photojournalist to the next – one in a small town in the middle of the U.S., another among relief efforts in a natural disaster zone, or working the White House press pool. Each photojournalist will get only one click of the shutter. [#]
The photographers will also be asked to document their photos by adding journal entries to the notebooks. The kits will be sent home once the film is finished, and the resulting photographs will be published online, along with their notes.
FOCUSED (via Wired)
tokyo camera style by John Sypal (see our interview with him) is a popular website documenting the analog camera culture in Tokyo, Japan by sharing photographs of cameras being used on the streets — it’s like The Sartorialist except for cameras instead of fashion. If you’re a fan of the site and love browsing photos of old school cameras people use, you’ll be happy to know that there’s a number of similar websites for other cities and places around the world.
The New York Times’ Lens blog is attempting a project similar to the worldwide 4am project we covered recently.
A Moment in Time is an attempt to capture a slice in the history of the world by allowing readers to submit photographs taken at Sunday, May 2, at 15:00 hours (U.T.C.).
While the photographs don’t have to be taken exactly at the specified time, they ask that you try to stay within minutes of the target. Once you’ve taken a photo, submit it through submit.nytimes.com/moment.
The submitted photographs will then appear on both the Lens blog and on NYTimes.com, and notable photographs will selected and featured more prominently on the blog.
If you’re interested in participating, mark your calendar and be ready with your camera on May 2!
4am Project is an ambitious project with a simple concept: have everyone take photographs at a particular time on a particular date, and pool them together on the Internet to share our unique perspectives on the world.
Here’s the description on the website:
The aim of the 4amproject is to gather a collection of photos from around the world at the magical time of 4am. Everyone can take part and join in! All you need is a camera.
The time was chosen because 4 to 5 in the morning is a time of the day when streets are usually deserted, and photographers can have the city to themselves.
The project started in 2008 as a personal project of Karen Strunks, a resident of Birmingham in the UK. Though small at first, it has slowly gained a following, and the tag “4amproject” now has over 2,000 photographs on Flickr.
On April 4th, 2010 (tomorrow), photographers around the world will be organizing photo walks and various gatherings at 4am to photograph together. One lucky participant in the project will be receiving a Nikon D90 DSLR with a 18-105mm lens, and there are additional prizes as well.
If you’d like to participate, shoot something between 4 and 5 in the morning tomorrow, and upload it to Flickr with the tag “4amproject”. Happy shooting!
Thanks for the tip, @me_vareen!