Tabloid Revelations

I saw these brilliant stickers by artist imbue the the other day near Brick Lane, East London. He altered the name of two aweful British papers The Sun and Hello! Magazine. l  I actually didnt know him until now. He is BRILLIANT! Check out his many other works on imbueUK.com

The Past was not Black and White

Believe it or not there are people who believe that the past actually looked black and white – and I mean not just on photographs but the actual world at the olden days itself. A fact that shows how strong the perception of our past is made from looking at old black and white photos and films. 

I have just discovered these stunning colorisations of iconic photographs. Whoever did these well crafted manipulations here has done such a great job that I find it very easy to believe that they could have been the real deal.

However the idea of turning black and white photos into coloured ones is not new and started way before the magic of Photoshop was discovered. Infact I remember an old coloured-in portrait from the 1920s hanging on my grandma’s wall showing a beautiful blonde woman that had slightly amateurish yellow painted hair and hand drawn red lips.

For quite some time I wondered if there would ever be a software “clever” enough to automatically turn a black and white image into a coloured one – just by analysing the grey-values of the photos. Or would it be impossible because there would be way too much room for interpretation and guessing and it would probably always require the artistic and historic interpretaion of a human manipulator?

The Little House

There are quite a few new buildings mushrooming in my neighbourhood around Old Street in East London. And every time I pass by this little house I feel a bit sorry for it.

It reminds me of a children’s book I once read where a little house during its lifetime sees the whole environment evolving from countryside to big city.

In the book the house then feels sad and lonely being surrounded by all these new high concrete blocks. But luckily the old owner comes to the rescue and takes it back to the country side.

I somehow doubt that the same will happen to this building here. But I am really curious what will happen to it. Will it have a chance to surive? I will keep you posted.

Super creative use of long-exposure Photography

 

itchy i reader Bob sent me a link to this video. It shows a totally different take on long exposure photography.

In the film they show you a screen that plays a video of seemingly mad pixels making nothing else than a visual noise similar to an un-tuned TV set. But if you take a still camera and take a long exposure of that video you will see that those pixels only SEEMED chaotic. The photograph taken during the length of the whole video reveals that every pixel that appeared – even if it only showed up for a few brackets of a second at a time – was actually part of an image. An image that only became visible to us when the camera “collected” every single pixel of it.

If that doesn’t make sense to you – then just watch the video – it’s a brilliant new way of showing you the mostly unpredictable marvels of long exposure photography.

Thanks, Bob, for sending me such a great video. Keep ’em coming! ūüôā

More London Bus Photos

I spent a few hours on the bus today to take photos similar to the ones from yesterday. It is actually really tough to get good photos from there as the bus most of the time is way to fast to see something interesting and then to catch it in time or it turns out too motion-blurred. But I’ll keep trying.

Happy 100th Birthday, Robert Doisneau!

I think no other photographer has quite touched me with his work like Robert Doisneau. The French street photographer who would have turned a century old today has captured an almost infinite amount of beautiful photos picturing mostly urban life in his beloved Paris.  If I could have only taken one of that quality I could put my mind at peace forever.

Strangely enough he became most famous for his staged photo of a kissing couple (“The Kiss by the Town Hall”) despite all (or most) of his other images a true candid photographs.

He had an amazing eye for composition, a great sense of humour, a lot of patience and even more luck and managed to combine all in his often hillarious juxtaposing black and white images.

 

Sometimes they are so perfect that I assume that he might have composed a few of them (not just the famous kiss-photo) – but as you can see in the videos below he called himself a picture fisher rather than a picture hunter. He spent quite often a long time at one location feeling or hoping that there would somehow be a good photo to take, but he had to be patient and wait for the right ballance of story and composition to get a photo that satisfied him.

It made me really happy that Google today featured his 100th birthday by turning their famous logo into a collage of his images, because I feel that these days not enough people know about his incredible work. And I really believe everyone should know who Robert Doisneau was – and not only because of his kissing couple image.

So here a few of my favourite of his images

 

And here are two short videos that give you a glimpse into the way he thought while “fishing” his pictures.