This Artist Will Squeeze Your Heart With These Images

We’re big believers here at Mylio in the concept of photograph as time machine. And so is fine art photographer Chino Otsuka. In the video below, she describes the concepts behind her project Imagine Finding Me, in which she digitally composites her present-day, adult self into childhood photos from the family album. Such is Otsuka’s artistry that if you didn’t know what you were looking at, you’d think these were a series of non-descript snapshots, very much like those sitting sandwiched in their billions in binders and shoeboxes everywhere. But they’re so not. Otsuka clearly understands the complex set of emotions old photos – especially old family photos – can trigger; she describes how such pictures show layers of time, and are vehicles for taking us on memory journeys. “I think that’s exactly what you do when you look at the family album; that’s what you do in your mind. There’s so many different layers, so many mental time travels that go on inside your head. To a certain extent I was able to show that in an image, in a very simplistic form.” –Chino Otsuka The results are at once quiet, unpretentious, poetic verging on mystical, and it-just-slowly-seeps-in powerful.… Continue reading This Artist Will Squeeze Your Heart With These Images

Man Proposes to Woman 148 Times. She Notices Once.

Ray Smith of Grimsby, UK knew he wanted to marry his longtime girlfriend, Claire Bramley. He also knew he wanted the marriage proposal to make an impression. “Originally the plan was to get engaged…in a hot air balloon. But then we found out the news that the little baby was coming along, so that put a spanner in the works.” –Ray Smith So instead of renting a balloon, Smith made a laminated card that read Will You Marry Me X-heart-X, carried it with him everywhere, and under the pretense of documenting the pregnancy, used it to clandestinely photo bomb his own selfies. For five months. He also loaned the card to family and friends and asked them to do the same. The plan wasn’t without its risks: like, who doesn’t want to see the picture after it’s taken? Claire did. So Ray would take a couple, then show her a redacted version. So fun. The long windup started in June, with Ray proposing Christmas Day. Here’s to a redemption of the selfie, and Congratulations to both! See the lovely tribute video that Ray put together (including all 148 photos) at the bottom of the page here, as well as an interview… Continue reading Man Proposes to Woman 148 Times. She Notices Once.

How Mylio Helps Keep This Photographer’s Work and Life Balanced

Our Story: My wife Caroline and I run Quiver Tree Photography, based in Washington, North Carolina. We weren’t always in the photography business – we were doing missionary work in Scotland when we got married, then moved back to my native South Africa to start a non-profit. That’s when taking pictures  started being more than just documenting our growing family: when you run a non-profit, you’re the CEO, you’re the Secretary, and unless someone else steps up to do it, you’re the photographer, too. By the time we moved back to North Carolina, we were, to be brutally honest, struggling financially. I needed to make something work to put food on the table for my family. Fortunately, a professional photographer invited me to second shoot a wedding, and on the strength of that experience, my wife and I decided to start Quiver Tree. We jumped in with both feet, opening a gallery, and offering lifestyle sessions — basically chasing two- and three-year-olds around in the humidity, trying to capture something. (Being from South Africa, I’ve had plenty of practice shooting wildlife in the heat. This was a lot like that). Things were tight at first. If you’d asked me then… Continue reading How Mylio Helps Keep This Photographer’s Work and Life Balanced

How to Download and Backup Facebook Photos

I post a lot of pictures to Facebook because it’s the quickest way to share with my friends and family. But now that I am getting older, I’m realizing a few things. First, Facebook changes things up all the time, and I’m starting to get a sinking feeling that I have no idea what that means for the future of all the photos I’ve entrusted them. And second, now that I’m a new father I’m realizing just how important those photos are to me. I want access to them on my own devices so I can tell my personal story to friends, family and baby boy as he grows up. So I’ve come to the conclusion that I can’t trust Facebook to preserve these memories for me — I need to back them up for myself. And I bet I’m not the only person who wants to backup Facebook photos. In the past, I’d grab photos from Facebook by browsing through my albums, then downloading each one individually. But those days are over. A cross-platform app called Mylio can import and backup Facebook photos, maintaining the same album structure and tagging, and do it all in minutes. And best of all, Mylio is FREE! What is Mylio? Mylio… Continue reading How to Download and Backup Facebook Photos

Back On Great Daddy’s Beach

My great-grandfather — Great Daddy to me — was the owner of the general store in Louisville, Alabama, and spent his weekends at the fishing cabin he built with his brother a couple hours east in Grayton Beach, Florida. That area’s called the ‘Redneck Riviera’ now, but in spite of (or maybe because of) the unfavorable nickname, this quiet little beach town made for the perfect family refuge. This is where Great Daddy taught his daughter — my grandmother — how to swim, water ski, and catch blue crabs. This is where my grandmother relaxed with her own children. This is where my parents fell in love; it’s where my husband and I recently got married. That’s me on the beach with Great Daddy, though I surely don’t have an actual memory of the day. Still, I’ve looked at the photo so many times that I’ve recreated it in my mind: That summer, the shoreline was so flat you could walk out for yards without having to swim. I’d just learned to run, and was chasing the beach ball towards the water. Smitten by my excitement, Great Daddy followed me into the water, still wearing his dress shoes and slacks.… Continue reading Back On Great Daddy’s Beach

From Kitchen to California: How Mylio Keeps My Family Connected

My Story: I’m a Microsoft software engineer who uses Mylio to keep my family connected via photo sharing. I’ve been tracking Mylio from the start because a good friend of mine, JP Duplessis, is part of the company. So I’ve been using the product from its first Beta up until today – giving lots of feedback, and loving it all along. At first, it was just me using Mylio on a single PC, mainly because I was tired of the old, boring, feature-limited Windows photo apps. The family connection came because I desperately needed Mylio to solve a problem common among tech-savvy households: syncing information across multiple devices with multiple platforms. My wife uses Apple products, my son is on Android, and I’m on Windows, Android, and Linux. So you can see our challenge. For the longest time, I couldn’t get photos from my wife. Sharing from iCloud was out since she doesn’t believe in using the cloud, and doesn’t use Facebook either. Then, she lost the photos on her MacBook – twice!  — once when her laptop crashed, the second time when it was stolen. That was a wakeup call!  Oh man, I thought, I gotta get our photos… Continue reading From Kitchen to California: How Mylio Keeps My Family Connected

Did You Know You’re Leaking Memories? Here’s How, and What to Do About It

The New ‘Lost Generation’ Photojournalist and memory evangelist Kevin Gilbert says we’re losing millions of photos a year due to our increasing reliance on mobile technology – and human error. He’s on a mission to help preserve and protect those photo memories before they’re lost forever. Q: In addition to photojournalist, you call yourself a memory evangelist. What’s a memory evangelist? I’m someone who is constantly talking about memories. Capturing memories, finding memories and saving memories. I’m focused on photographs, because that’s my background. Photographs are great memory triggers. When you’re talking about photographs, you’re really talking about important memories. Q: You spoke at TEDxBeaconStreet in Boston last year about the “Lost Generation” – what do you mean by that term? I use the term “Lost Generation” because in many ways, our photo memories are lost to us. They’re lost because we can’t find them: they’re scattered across computers, cameras, smartphones and the web. We’re taking more photos and capturing more memories than any time in recorded history – we’ll take 880 billion photos this year alone. We take photos with cameras, phones or tablets, or wearables like Google Glass. Technology is a wonderful thing. It allows us to take more… Continue reading Did You Know You’re Leaking Memories? Here’s How, and What to Do About It

Q&A with Ana V. Ramirez, Winner of the 2016 Mylio Grant

Our relationship with The Luminous Endowment for Photographers is one of the ways in which Mylio works to support the preservation of digital memories. The $2,500 grant is awarded twice annually to artists dedicated to preserving images and memories important to a life, or to telling the true stories of that life in pictures. “Mylio is proud to support developing photographers preserving important memories.” David Vaskevitch, Founder and CEO of Mylio Today, we’re excited to announce and congratulate our most recent grant winner, Ana V. Ramirez. Her body of work, pictured below, is entitled The Things We Leave Behind, a series of still-life photographs of items left to Ana by her mother when she died. I spoke with Ana about her work and her process. Click to enlarge. What can you tell us about yourself? I can’t put myself in one category… I am a photographer, artist, and writer, but not always in that order. I’ve  been an entrepreneur since I was a kid — I see the business possibilities in what I love to do. I’m also a dogaholic, specifically for  the Siberian Huskies I’ve had in my life. What does a typical working day look like for you? I have a lot of projects going at the same time. Besides being an photographer and… Continue reading Q&A with Ana V. Ramirez, Winner of the 2016 Mylio Grant

Pro Tips from a Past Master: Josef Scaylea

These days, taking pictures is as common as eating (never mind taking pictures of what we’re eating). But some of us remember a time when making an image was a more intentional exercise, and sharing it involved chemicals, fumes, and a certain amount of technical know-how. I’m not getting all misty-eyed about the film days, but I do wonder: what can we learn today from these craft masters of yesterday? One such past master is award-winning photographer Josef Scaylea, who served as Chief Photographer to The Seattle Times for 35 years, as well as head photographer for Pacific Magazine. From War to Washington State Josef Scaylea learned his trade the way many of the World War II generation did —  in the military. As an Air Corpsman, he’d photograph missions over Okinawa, the Philippines, and Japan. Postings to Washington State introduced Scalea to a region that enthralled him; he settled there after leaving the military, staying until his death in 2004 at the age of 91. Scaylea’s camera skills — particularly in black and white — landed him a job with the State’s leading daily newspaper, where he soon became Chief Photographer, winning awards from Look, Life, Graflex, and the National Press Photographers Association along the way. After retiring from the Seattle Times, Scaylea taught and mentored… Continue reading Pro Tips from a Past Master: Josef Scaylea

15 Whimsical Before And After Photos of Mothers-to-Be

Our time lapse series, inspired by the wormhole-like possibilities of our Life Calendar, explores the magical intersection between time and photography. Pregnancy is a particularly, well, fruitful kind of time-magic; a point these images, brought to you by the folks at Bored Panda, plainly deliver.