Flip it, Baby!

Cool song – with a cool photo-based idea from a Dutch band called Kraak&Smaak. Thanks Reece for recommending them to me.

 

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Old Me – Now Me

This is the name of a brilliant and sometimes quite touching photo project I came across the other day. The name pretty much explains what it is about. Dig up an old childhood photo of you from AAAAAGES ago and then take one that is brand new.

It is most powerful when you do it in the same style, with the same pose and face expression. Here some examples that I liked:

Check out this link here for some more great compilations:

www.zefrank.com/youngmenowme/

 

The Longest Photographic Exposures in History

A friend sent me a link to this photo here today. I have seen it a few times before and it was always (WRONGLY) claimed as being the longest exposure in photographic history. It was taken with a pinhole camera over a period of 6 months by a photographer called Justin Quinnell. It shows the traces of the sun over Bristol’s suspension bridge during that half year period. Which is impressive and beautiful. BUT IT IS NOT THE LONGEST EXPOSURE.

The German photography artist Michael Wesely has created even longer exposures. Using large format cameras (4×5 inches) he captured the light of his objects for up to 3 years in monochrome or colour.

In 2001 he was invited by the Museum of Modern Art in New York to use his unique technique to record the re-development of their building. He set up eight cameras in four different corners and photographed the destruction and re-building of the MoMa until 2004 – leaving the shutter open for up to 34 months!

 

The sun traces in the sky give the images a beautiful, painting-like feeling. To me it is very surreal to see the movement of the sun – or more precisely the movement of the earth around the sun in such a way.

The photo below was taken over almost 14 months at the Leipziger Platz in Berlin – which at the time together with the Potsdamer Platz formed one of the biggest construction sites in the world.

I find incredible that you can actually see the passing of time. The older parts of the building that were exposed the longest appear darker and clearer. While the newer parts seem more ghost like. More than 2 years took it Michael to create this incredible time incapsulation at the Potsdamer Platz in Berlin (below).

Wesely claims that he could do exposures almost indefinitely – up to 40 years! Now that’s something I would love to see one day.

Here is another image he created. It is a one-year exposure of an office which he took from 29 July 1996 to 29 July 1997.

Here is another one of his mesmerising creations. I don’t know exactly how long he exposed it, but I think it is totally beautiful too. The life and death of a bunch of flowers.

 If you are interested in his photographs you can buy his book he published a while ago.

OPEN SHUTTER by Michael Wesely

 

Lens Glances of the Day.

These are actually from yesterday. Direct hits of the visual kind. This little selection reminds me again how much I love living in London with such an interesting varsity of people.

(taken with my iPhone and the Hipstamatic app)

Lending Two Eyes

Not only as a photographer the idea of not being able to see is unbearable. I wouldn’t know what to do without my two working eyes.

Yesterday morning I saw a tube worker helping a blind man down the stairs. I thought “How nice of him!”

A few hundred metres down the road at my bus stop I saw the two again. The tube worker made that extra effort to bring the blind man to his next travel point. It really touched my heart. And re-freshed my hope in mankind a little.

Thank you tube worker! ūüôā