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

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

26 Vintage Creepy Clown Pictures That Will Either Freak You Out, Or Get You in the Spirit

The Great Creepy Clown Hysteria of 2016 started in August in Green Bay, Wisconsin with reports of a clown wandering the streets late at night – or sometimes just standing by the side of the road – holding a bouquet of black balloons. The clown, it turned out, has a name – Gags the Clown – and was part of a guerilla marketing campaign for a short horror movie. But the evil clown meme, which is actually older than this country, had taken hold again, starting in South Carolina, where police started getting reports of sinister clowns trying to lure children into the woods with promises of cash. It spread from there. (One thing that’s new this time: Google Maps. The Mercury News put together a Creepy Clown Sighting Map – check it out at the bottom of the page). Behind those map pins: school closures, arrests, and plenty of fear. The New York Times ran a fascinating piece on the history of Creepy Clowns, noting that such hysterias and urban legends “spread in times of anxiety, when there are low levels of trust in official institutions and sources of information.” ‘Nuff said, right? Almost. Here are some vintage photos of… Continue reading 26 Vintage Creepy Clown Pictures That Will Either Freak You Out, Or Get You in the Spirit

13 Stock Photos from the 70s That Are Trying to Tell You Something

A stock photo is an interesting creature. Its job is to tell a story as simply and as quickly – yet as blandly — as possible. A stock photo should be equal parts image and blank canvas: non-challenging to the viewer, allowing them to fill in the blanks for themselves according to what they expect to see. We see stock images everywhere — because if there’s anything the internet has done, it’s opened a giant, sucking hole that needs to be fed photos. The internet has responded — to itself — by producing even more stock photos. The stock 1970s images below are from the company founded by the Godfather of stock photography, H. Armstrong Roberts. Roberts is thought to have taken one of the first stock photos ever, circa 1920, when he asked a group of people he’d just shot to sign model releases, thus ensuring the image could be re-licensed, and saving publishers the cost of hiring photographers for one-off projects. Roberts founded the agency Retrofile that same year; Retrofile would go on to be acquired by Getty Images 85 years later, though Roberts’ legacy lives on today through the agency RobertStock. It’s tempting, from our vantage of… Continue reading 13 Stock Photos from the 70s That Are Trying to Tell You Something

26 Ways Google Tracks “The Things That Make You ‘You'”

By now, it shouldn’t shock you to learn that everything you do in this Internet-connected world leaves a trail of breadcrumbs. You can reasonably expect that if a web-enabled service is involved, and an activity can be tracked, it will be. Now I’m not talking about Edward Snowden-level revelations, or hacking (whether celebrity– or politically-driven). I’m talking about the personal data collected from us each day, with our consent, by the companies that make the products we use. Let’s call it the part of the personal data iceberg that’s underwater, but visible if you just take the trouble of looking down. The stuff you can take at face value. Do you know what you’re agreeing to when you click one of those Terms of Service announcements that pop up when you first use or update a product? Me either. So I decided to find out, starting with the Biggest Brother of them all: Google. What does Google know about me? How do they find out? And what steps can I take to protect myself and my personal data? Do you think it was easy digging up this stuff? Well, in a word: yes. Much has been made of Google’s early “don’t be evil” resolution,… Continue reading 26 Ways Google Tracks “The Things That Make You ‘You'”

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

Bringing Papy Back to Life

This shot was taken in May 1967, four months after I was born. The big guy is Auguste, my grandfather. I called him Papy. I’m the little guy in his arms with the big smile. My Papy was an amazing role model, and lived a fascinating life; he survived two wars while simultaneously managing to be an electrician, a beekeeper, a hardware store owner, a father of two, a musician, and, for good measure, a camera and rare stamp collector. Most of my summers growing up were spent at my grandparents’ house in the south of France. Papy would take us for drives around the back country, and on rare occasions, to the ocean. The inside of his car smelled like Provence. His last car was my first. This photo lets loose memories which, once started, keep coming: fuzzy and crisp alike, vibrant with the voices of conversations recalled. Sometimes, a grainy black-and-white image is all you need to bring someone back to life. I can hear him now. Nearly fifty years after that baby smiled I remember my Grandfather, and the smile comes back. Along with a heavy heart. Fabien Royer, Mylio Bug Hunter Who knew? 1. I make things, usually involving electronics. 2.… Continue reading Bringing Papy Back to Life

Because Nobody Wants to End Up in Pieces in a Box

IMAGINE YOUR MOST PRECIOUS FAMILY PHOTOS PERMANENTLY IN THE HANDS OF A COMPLETE STRANGER. — Teju Cole, New York Times Magazine Wait — another iCloud hack?  No, Cole is describing something way more analogue: the yellowed photo flotsam – snapshots at once mysterious, mundane, and intimate — that washes up in flea markets and garage sales, to be picked over by collectors. One such collector is Cole’s friend, artist Zun Lee. Over the years, Lee has rescued thousands of “orphaned Polaroids” from oblivion – pictures whose subjects had only two things in common: all were of strangers, and all were African-American. These pictures became the photo archival project Fade Resistance, Lee’s way of showing an authentic slice of everyman Black self-representation in an era fraught with black hoodie mainstream distortion. Back to the question of family photos in the hands of strangers. How do they end up there? And what is it about this that creeps us out? Our personal photos are our memories made physical; if they end up on a card table at a swap meet, clearly something bad has happened. Something has fallen apart. Some part of ourselves has come apart. And that’s not something any of us… Continue reading Because Nobody Wants to End Up in Pieces in a Box