Here is a fairly large gallery of images from found film, taken during WWII. They were developed by The Rescued Film Project. Now, normally when you see these galleries, they are images of things happening in Europe, where the fighting was taking place; pictures of destroyed street corners, blown-up equipment, etc. These, however, show what was taking place on the homefront, a perspective that can go unnoticed. That is why these images are interesting to me.
A fantastic series of photos showing various offices around the world, shot in places such as Texas, Russia, Yemen, and Liberia among others. It’s incredibly interesting to see the environment that people spend their time in. These photos show such a difference from one country to another and among different levels of bureaucracy. When viewing these images, be sure to let your eyes take in every corner of each office and imagine yourself working in that room, coping with the mounds of papers stuffed in every corner, or dealing with the lack of technology, or starting each day off by writing the date and a Bible verse on a blackboard. It’s surely fascinating to see how people all over the world deal with such a common thing.
There is a certain age at which everyone must have some sort of adventure. Michael Huniewicz had one in the country of Mauritania, where he rode on top of an iron ore train across the Sahara Desert, capturing incredible images along the way. His entire gallery is widely diverse, having traveled just about eveywhere from the looks of it. It is easy to get lost in the exhaustive amount of photos he has presented on his website. Spend a few minutes on a journey-by-proxy across the desert.
Jerome Delay is a photographer for Associated Press who uses a 50mm F1.4 lens exlusively. He works in Africa, covering conflicts in various areas there, and captures amazing photos with his self imposed limitation. Here is a gallery of his work and a short article explaining his reasoning behind the choice of lens.
Sean F. White is a photographer who has created an amazing time lapse video of various locations around the world. It’s about six minutes long and features locations such as the pyramids in Egypt, penguins in Antarctica, ancient trees in Africa and shots of the Milky Way out in the desert. There are many timelapse videos out there, especially on vimeo, but this one is just a cut above the rest.
Now here is something truly amazing. The Boston Globe reports on a set of color photos of the Russian empire from around 1910. How did this happen, you ask? Well…
Back in the early 20th century, between 1905 and 1910, Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii, a scientist and a photographer, had the idea of educating school children about the current state of Russia – it’s cultural diversity and progression into modern times – using photographs. His technique was interesting; he would take three black and white shots, one with a red filter, one with a blue and one with a green. He would then use a projector with the appropriate filters to project each image, perfectly aligned, to composite back into a color image.
Sergei had the support of Tsar Nicholas II as well. The Tsar provided him with a mobile darkroom on a railroad car. This allowed him to cover a vast area in his project, capturing a snapshot of the Russian Empire as it existed at the time.
Russia in color, a century ago (Boston Globe)
Lunatic Magazine is a photojournalism magazine online that presents images that are striking in their grittiness, breathtaking in beauty and stark in their presentation of reality. There are currently five issues with topics ranging from illegal Chinese coal mines to the Dominican Republic’s fascination with baseball – you will be sure to find images that grab your attention, wake you up a bit and hopefully cause you to think.