An early selfie

This must be one of the earliest examples of the phenomenon!

Taking risks

Some brilliant architectural photos taken from a very unusual, and somewhat dangerous, angle.

To combine the prosaic interiors with the cyberpunk-like vertigo-inducing exteriors is a stroke of genius.


The Earth and Moon 45 years ago

Forty-five years ago the best known photo of our little planet was taken by Apollo astronauts orbiting the Moon. Merry Christmas 1968!


A kind of you.

Burning Man 2013 preview

So. I’m back from Burning Man 2013, with thousands of photos to process. A very difficult and challenging year, but some decent photos turned up.

Here’s a sneak preview of 8 shots! Including a photograph taken inside a burning building, using a homemade enclosure.


Ingenious light painting video

Very nicely done. http://lightspin.ca/dance

And if the dubstep-like soundtrack doesn’t work for you, the making-of documentary is a bit calmer.

Nigh unliftable!

The super-luxurious mondo giant sized edition of Sebastião Salgado’s new book, Genesis. On display at the Taschen store, London, for his book signing. In case it’s not obvious how huge this book is, those are power sockets down on the floor. It’s 18×27 inches in size.

Gorgeous photos, but I went for the standard merely large edition. More practical, you see.

The first animated movie

The British Museum has a fascinating exhibition on right now of Ice Age art - sculptures and artefacts created by our ancient ancestors tens of thousands of years ago. There’s tons of amazing stuff on show, but one of the most fascinating things to me was a simple bone disc.

The disc is carved with a picture of a bovine animal on each side. And there’s a hole in the middle. But the two images on each side line up perfectly.

So the theory is that this was essentially a really incredibly early thaumatrope. You know the simple trick of drawing a bird on one side of a card and a cage on the other? You then attach the card to two cords and spin it around its axis, and persistence of vision causes the two images to superimpose in our mind, creating the illusion of a caged bird. These were “invented” in the early 1800s.

Apparently not. It seems that persistence of vision was actually being exploited by ancient humans thousands upon thousands of years ago. Amazing.

(note: this isn’t an April Fools Day post - I just happened to visit the museum today!)

Those waterproof plastic shells work pretty well after all

Apparently an an ordinary consumer camera, encased in a waterproof diving shell, has survived a 5 year journey across the oceans!

Burning Man 2012

My photos from the Burning Man 2012 festival are now online!