Five For Friday #29
“Art does not solve problems but makes us aware of their existence. It opens our eyes to see and our brain to imagine.” – Magdalena Abakanowicz
We have been posting quite a few wildlife photographs lately, but I couldn’t resist just one more. The Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition winners were just announced and the images are just incredible. I can’t imagine the skill and patience it takes to be a wildlife photographer, but the reward of capturing that one-of-a-kind photograph must make all of that time and effort worth it. [via In Focus]
We are loving the recent video series, Capture with Mark Seliger, on YouTube. Each episode has Seliger sitting down in his studio with a fellow photographer and celebrity photography-buff to talk about the stories behind their images and their common love of photography. This latest episode features Bob Gruen and Kevin Bacon talking music photography, cameras, John Lennon and more.
I’m always a sucker for dog portraits and these are some of the cutest I’ve seen. Ron Schmidt has made a career creating these absolutely adorable images which he sells as prints. He builds a lot of the props himself and spends hours sketching ideas, casting and shooting each one (sometimes 500-1000 images per shoot). To give the photographs an extra dimension of life to them, he and his wife even take the time to name and come up with a backstory for each dog. [via My Modern Met]
When you think of Montblanc, you probably think of pens, not watches. That being said, they are introducing a new app for both iPhone and Android, Montblanc Worldsecond, which has people all over the world take a photo at exactly the same time, then posts them to an online gallery for everyone to see and share. The app will feature a countdown function to ensure everyone shoots simultaneously. It reminds me of the project turned documentary from a couple of years ago called, Life in a Day, where thousands of people around the world submitted video all taken on the same day. Sometimes, technology really can bring the world together. [via Pixiq]
There is something about Wouter Stelwagen’s architectural photography that speaks to me. They don’t feel like photographs of buildings, they are more like works of art, along the lines of Mondrian. Although the colors are not as bright, there is still the blocks of color, the patterns, and the lines. They are so abstract that you don’t see individual apartments. They are cold and unfeeling and yet every window contains the life of some individual. I would love to see them as huge prints. [via Flavorwire]