Five For Friday #112

The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing. – Walt Disney

Raymond Liu

Every year I look forward to seeing the contributions for the National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest and this year is no exception. You can still enter the contest – the deadline is June 30th. [via HuffPo]

Alex MacLean

Photographer and pilot Alex S. MacLean spends a lot of time photographing the landscape from the air showing the relationship between patterns that occur naturally and the ones that were built by man. His latest project, called Played, explores the concept of leisure in America and how it has almost garishly inserted itself into the environment. The photographs look almost more surreal from the sky than they do from the ground.[via Fast Co Design]

Marieke van der Velden

Marieke van der Velden is a photojournalist and gets assigned to posts all over the world. In 2009 she decided to start a personal project – photographing swimming pools in every country she visits. She’ll find out about the pools by asking her driver or a translator. “Whenever I’m in the neighbourhood of a pool it always feels a bit like a holiday,” she says. “They have a quiet, positive atmosphere. They give me a rest from the reportages – the subjects aren’t always easy.” [via The Guardian]

Christopher Testani

This is not your typical food photography. With so many communities being overrun with certain creatures, scientists have said one way to solve the problem is for us to eat them, which is not a very appealing option for most of us. Food stylist Michelle Gatton, along with photographer Christopher Testani and art director Mason Adams, decided to try to make these animals look as good to eat as gourmet food in their series Invasive Species: Envisioning the Future of American Food. Although they are pretty, I’m not sure I’m ready to try them. [via NPR]

To celebrate the World Cup – which starts on June 12th – a short film by Guillaume Blanchet who traveled over two years “with a ball as a faithful companion”.

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