3 Artists Who Straddle Time with Old and New Photos

We’ve explored examples of photography as time travel — time slipping, time collapsing, time-telescoping, and more. With one small (but fun!) variation, the images from the three photographers below share a theme of time straddling: using a photo, in the place it was originally taken, as a picture-window into the past. (How long before VR goggles help us not only see through time in still imagery, but allow us to walk around in the past?) Notice how each artist approaches the same concept differently, and with different effect. Julien Knez’s windows into historical Paris remind us of how well-preserved the city is (and, subtly, why that is); in contrast, Babak Fakhamzadeh’s work in Freetown shows us the decay that’s set in in many post-colonial African cities. Far afield from both is Francois Dourien’s ongoing project: more whimsical, yet with a sly nod to how popular culture – as delivered by our smartphones – can become the goggles through which we view our physical environment. Links will jump you down the page: Julien Knez: Paris then and now. Babak Fakhamzadeh: Freetown, Sierra Leon then and now. Francois Dourien: Pop culture images superimposed over IRL. Julien Knez Taking advantage of living in what’s possibly the… Continue reading 3 Artists Who Straddle Time with Old and New Photos

Compare Your Stuff to These Amateurs from International Photographer of the Year

Sunday is the deadline for 2016’s International Photographer of the Year Contest. As the organization describes it: POTY creates new opportunities to showcase the best photographic work and introduce leading talents to the world of contemporary photography. We celebrate creativity, ambition and support artists to develop and present their work through competition. Our annual competition is open to everyone, amateurs and professionals alike. The overall winners, category winners and those that are commended will have their work showcased to a global audience by our media partners. Below are a selection of amateur images from the 2015 competition. You can see the full amateur gallery from all categories here, and the full professional gallery here. Think you’ve got the chops for this year? Better hustle.

Here’s What the Best of 50,000 Photos from 130 Countries Look Like

Winners of the Siena International Photo Awards (SIPA) were recently announced, chosen from a pool of 50,000 entrants from 130 countries, in the categories Storyboard (photo essay), Wine, Sport, Architecture, Wildlife, Nature, People & Portrait, Travel, Open Monochrome, Open Color, and Student. You can see galleries of top entrants in each category here, with a spotlight on the Grand Prize winner and Open Color category below. The competition is produced by the non-profit Art Photo Travel, and is part of the month-long Siena Art Photo Travel Festival. In their own words: Art Photo Travel creates cultural initiatives aimed at spreading, promoting and enhancing art, monuments, traditions, cultures and natural beauty from all around the world. Initiatives and projects address not only at those who love art and culture, but also to those interested in the most unknown and less touristy spots of various worldwide locations. An approach focus to mature awareness towards a culture mainly orientated to support the understanding of places, of populations and of people. Art Photo Travel holds every year an international photography contest, the Siena International Photo Awards, in order to set up a new opportunity to favor the gathering among people, photography lovers, art and culture… Continue reading Here’s What the Best of 50,000 Photos from 130 Countries Look Like

If You Organized Everything You Touched in a Day, It Would Look Like This

There’s something really…clarifying about objects organized in a single view. It brings a sense of peace that can elude us in our fast, over-thingified lives. We can see an appetite for this peace of mind in the decluttering movement popularized by Marie Kondo, and in the success of Austin Radcliffe’s Tumblr. Paula Zuccotti, an ethnographer, trends forecaster and designer with the creative consultancy the Overworld, has tapped into this impulse through her book Everything We Touch: A 24-hour Inventory of Our Lives. The project captures, in a single frame, every object a person has touched – chronologically — within a day. Zuccotti’s intent, in part, was to play archaeologist for future generations, documenting our relationship to objects (including those she started to notice were becoming extinct, like calendars, alarm clocks, and cash money). She writes: “from a toddler in Tokyo to a cowboy in Arizona, from a cleaner in London to a cloister nun in Madrid, Every Thing We Touch is their story told through the objects they own, consume, need, choose, treasure and can’t let go.” “I was amazed at the honest X-rays from our everyday lives that emerged from the photos. As a result, the participants find the exercise very… Continue reading If You Organized Everything You Touched in a Day, It Would Look Like This

How Mylio Helps Natural Exposures Manage a Million (!) Images

Our Story: I’m an outdoor photographer who heads up a small business called Natural Exposures. We take small groups of people on photo tours in some of the most spectacular places on earth – from the Arctic to Antarctica, South Africa to South America, Croatia, to Madagascar, to New Zealand. Up to 18 trips per year. As you can see from some of my own pictures, we’re known for bringing our guests up close to amazing landscapes and wildlife; along the way we also help them learn more about conservation, how to take great photographs, and maybe even something about themselves. We promise memories you’ll never forget – and the pictures to prove it. (We must be doing something right – in 2014 the World Travel Awards, an organization that acknowledges excellence in global travel and tourism, named us the World’s Leading Specialist Holiday Company. We were pretty proud). Why Mylio? I use Mylio for finding images quickly via the rocket-fast search tool, and the super simple calendar tool. I recommend it to any small business for three reasons: volume, speed, and support. Volume. Our heavy travel schedule gives us a lot of stamps in our passports — it gives us… Continue reading How Mylio Helps Natural Exposures Manage a Million (!) Images

Who Will Win NatGeo’s Nature Photographer of the Year Contest?

The deadline for National Geographic’s Nature Photographer of the Year Contest for 2016 is this Friday – have you entered yet? Thousands of submissions have poured in since the competition started on August 15, and here’s a sampling from the four categories in play: Animal Portraits, Landscape, Action, and Environmental Issues. The Grand Prize winner will enjoy a 10-day trip for two to the Galápagos, with cash awards to each of the three category winners. Be sure and click through to NatGeo for more wonderfulness, as well as downloadable wallpapers of these images for desktop, tablet, and phone.  

Spanning the Globe (And Saving the Polar Bears) with Mylio

Churchill, Manitoba, population 813, sits hard by the shores of Hudson Bay in Canada’s Great White North. It’s a subarctic zone of permafrost and ice-pruned trees, with the Bay freezing in winter. It’s also polar bear country. The bears spend the winter out on the ice hunting, are forced to shore to live off their fat reserves when the ice breaks up in the summer, then start their migration back out in the fall when the ice forms again. Churchill is the naturally-occurring meetup spot for this migration, making it the undisputed Polar Bear Capital of the World. Our Story: In the early 80s, a group of outdoor photography (and polar bear) enthusiasts started making an annual pilgrimage to Churchill; we called ourselves Polar Bears Alive. Over the years, we started noticing the fall ice freeze-up was coming later, and we were no longer seeing really big bears. We didn’t know it yet, but we were experiencing climate change before it was on anyone’s radar, seeing first-hand how it was effecting the ecosystem. Feeling the bears needed a voice, we transformed into Polar Bears International, a science-based conservation group still active today. Almost half our staff are polar bear scientists. Our mission:… Continue reading Spanning the Globe (And Saving the Polar Bears) with Mylio

How The Traveling School Uses Mylio To Tell Its Stories

Our Story: I’m the Development Director for The Traveling School, a small non-profit that challenges and empowers teenage girls academically, physically, and culturally through an experiential high school semester overseas. Twice a year, we send sixteen motivated young women, along with four teachers, to a unique region of the globe for 15 weeks. The teens earn full school credit, immerse themselves in new cultures, develop outdoor skills, and most importantly build confidence and a personal toolkit they’ll use for the rest of their lives. We just kicked off the Fall Semester, which is based in the Southern African nations of Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, and South Africa. Spring Semester students travel to Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia. We’ve been doing this for 15 years, and have 300 alumnae. And yes! It’s as cool as it sounds. Why Mylio? The photos captured overseas by teachers and students are the best way to tell our story. Prospective students find us online or through word of mouth, so having strong, compelling images for our web site and social media is how we grab attention from teenage girls who want to explore the world. We have a lot of photos — 36,000 of them, with a couple thousand more coming… Continue reading How The Traveling School Uses Mylio To Tell Its Stories

Winners of National Geographic’s Travel Photographer of the Year Contest

With vacation season dissipating as quickly as a layer of extra-crispy chicken-scented sunscreen, you may already be editing your travel photos. If so, the folks at National Geographic are a step ahead of you, having recently wrapped their 2016 Travel Photographer of the Year Contest. Entries were accepted in three categories: People, Nature, and Cities. Here’s a sampling below. And be sure and click through to the site — if not to compare your trip to others’, or to marvel at the challenge faced by Nat Geo’s photo editors, then to download some spectacular photo wallpapers for desktop or mobile. Grand Prize Winner: Winter Horseman by Anthony Lau. The winter in Inner Mongolia is very unforgiving. At a freezing temperature of minus twenty and lower, with a constant breeze of snow from all direction, it was pretty hard to convince myself to get out of the car and take photos. When I saw Inner Mongolia horsemen showing off their skills and commanding the steed from a distance. I quickly grabbed my telephoto lens and captured the moment when one of the horseman charged out from morning mist. Third Place Winner, People Category: Remote Life by Mattia Passarini. An old woman… Continue reading Winners of National Geographic’s Travel Photographer of the Year Contest

Launching It.

In 2014, I was offered a summer internship testing software for the company where my father had been a programmer for almost two years. The people were fantastic, and the product was an interesting solution to a problem I myself had: How should I organize my photos? For the next two months, I found and filed bugs, wrote and ran test cases, and joked with the affable people around me. On October 30th, we launched the product in New York City. We were based near Seattle, but all the employees at this small company of less than 50 were invited. In New York, after the launch and several other celebratory events, we convened for a large dinner in a similarly-sized tent on the terrace of a building where one of the parties had just occurred. I sat at a table with my family, along with Deon, my manager Bernice, and photographer Reed Hoffmann. JP worked the room, stopping at each table to talk before moving on to the next one. Deon told me that I’d found the last bug he’d fixed before the launch. A product I’d worked on was being released (can you guess what it was?), and I was there to see it! That’s me, on the left, on… Continue reading Launching It.