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‘Note Drawings’ Photo Series Turns City Skylines Into Musical Notation

Japanese artist Koshi Kawachi has created a interesting series of work that combines photography and music to create an experience, rather than only an aesthetic. Titled Note Drawing the series transposes the silhouettes of city skylines into musical notation. It’s with these notations Kawachi then turns these cityscapes into actual music, which then accompanies the individual pieces.

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Four Years Later: Browse Through the First Photos Ever Posted to Instagram

Four years (and one day) ago, Kevin Systrom posted the first ever photo to Instagram, then a new social network with an uncertain future and exactly one photo of a cute dog in its archives. Read more…

Fans Taking Selfies in the Road are the New ‘Pain in the A**’ for Tour de France Cyclists

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We have another location/situation to add to society’s collective “places/times I shouldn’t take a selfie” list (there’s one of those right?): in the middle of the road as hundreds of Tour de France cyclists barrel down towards you.

This might seem like common sense, but hard as it might be to believe, Tour de France cyclists are complaining that fans standing in the middle of the road to take a selfie as the group approaches are “the new pain in the arse” for riders this year. Read more…

Relive the 2014 World Cup in 99 Seconds of Stop-Motion Awesomeness

The World Cup is over. Germany came out victorious over Argentina, with a final that managed to bring in an estimated 26.5 million in the US, alone. But after 64 games, 171 goals and 1,917 fouls, there are far more highlights than the bang the World Cup ended on.

The above video, put together by The Guardian photographer Jonny Weeks, takes a frame-by-frame look at the moments that defined the world’s largest gathering of soccer talent and fans. At only 99 seconds long, it’s a quick, but brilliant piece whether you’re a soccer fan or not.

(via The Guardian)

I Was Hidden on This Guy’s Hard Drive for Over 6 Years

This post was originally published on the Joey L. Blog and is being republished here with permission


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It’s been estimated that as many as 880 billion photos will be taken by the close of this year. I’m not quite sure how that statistic could ever be properly calculated, but I think it’s safe to say that with the rise of the digital medium, human beings are taking a s**tload more pictures than ever before.

With all those photos being taken, chances are you and I have at one point accidentally wandered into someone else’s frame. It’s likely, however, that you’ll never really know you’ve photo-bombed someones shot. That’s why I was surprised by a Twitter message that I received out of the blue from a photographer I’ve never met. Read more…

What Flickr Looks Like On a 25-Year-Old Macintosh

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What was it like to browse Flickr back in 1989? We don’t know, because Flickr didn’t exist then. However, thanks to a clever setup from Flickr user Jeff Jackson, we get a little glimpse at what it would be like.

By tweaking a 25-year-old Macintosh SE/30, Jackson decided to browse around the web to see what websites looked like and how they functioned. He ended up giving Flickr a go and the above screenshot is what he was presented with. According to Jackson, it took a full five minutes to load just one Flickr page; just a bit slower than the second or two it takes now.

(via TUAW)


Image credits: Macintosh SE/30 on the 68k MLA Flickr Page by Jeff Jackson

How One Photographer Trolled the Nazis With ‘Ideal Aryan Child’ Who Was Jewish

At the young age of six-months-old, Hessy Taft became the poster-child for the Nazis. Chosen as the image most resembling the ideal Aryan baby, the Nazis plastered it across propaganda. What the Nazis didn’t know is that this child was Jewish.

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‘Cities at Night’ as Captured by Astronauts Aboard the International Space Station

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Since 2003 astronauts have been snapping up photographs of our beautiful planet from the International Space Station. All of these photographs have been archived together into a resource called The Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth. It’s through the utilization of this resource, as well as a database compiled by Spanish Astrophysicists that a little project called Cities at Night exists.

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Restaurant Finds that Smartphone Photos Have Doubled Table Times Since 2004

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Not exactly a reliable scientific study, a recent Craigslist rant by one “Busy NYC Restaurant” that describes itself as “a popular restaurant for both locals and tourists” has gotten a lot of press time for drawing attention to a troubling intersection of food service and photography.

Posted in the rants and raves section of the online classifieds site, the restaurant supposedly compared security footage from 2004 with that from 2014 and found that taking cell phone photos and other smartphone shenanigans have added nearly an hour to the average table time at the restaurant. Read more…

Singer Colbie Caillat Rejects Photoshopped Perfection in New Music Video and Album

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Receiving a lot of praise today is musician Colbie Caillat, who is using her newest EP and music video to speak out against the undue pressure that Photoshopped and make-up-made perfection puts on all women. Read more…