By Michael van Vliet | May 17, 2013
Photographer Todd McLellan disassembles various household gadgets to discover how they’re put together.
The accelerating speed of technology has produced a nearly non-stop stream of “must-have” gadgets, which are replaced just as quickly as they come out. Todd McLellan calls into question our fast-paced disposable culture by training his camera on torn-apart design of classic household items. He’s especially drawn to older pieces of technology, whose simple constructions makes them easier to fix when broken.
His pictures can be found in his new book, Things Come Apart: A Teardown Manual for Modern Living.
[ via Fast Co Design]
By Michael van Vliet | May 6, 2013
Like shooting stars in the night sky, we are all just streaks of light. Photographer Terence Chang captures the essence of air travel with these beautifully shot long exposures of planes taking off and landing at San Francisco International Airport.
You can check out the rest of the set on Flickr.
[ via This Is Colossal]
By Michael van Vliet | April 15, 2013
David Orias is a Santa Barbara photographer with a particular fondness for early morning light. As the sun rises, the light catches the waves at just the right angle to unlock a brillant spectrum of color. These Pacific Ocean Rainbows can be just as elusive as the real ones and disappear as soon the light shifts.
To see more of David Orias stunning photography, we encourage you to visit him on Facebook. Or check out his work on 1x.com.
[via 123 Inspiration via 1x.com]
By Michael van Vliet | March 27, 2013
Skywalking is one of the latest trends to come out of Russia, a country known for wild freeway melees, DIY bungie jumps, and guys sitting on top of explosive barrels. Participants of skywalking climb to the highest point they can find and take pictures of themselves standing as close to the edge as possible. The images from these stunts are completely vertigo-inducing.
Now a Ukrainian daredevil is taking the concept one step further by actually hanging himself over the side, which is being described as skyhanging. Known only as Mustang Wanted, the 26-year old thrill-seeker has a series of photographs of him dangling off the side of skyscrapers, scaffolding, and radio antennas. For those who suspect these images must be photoshopped, we invite you to watch a couple of his videos.
To find out more about this high-flying individual, check out his website: mustang-wanted.com
By Michael van Vliet | March 7, 2013
Photography by Mikko Lagerstedt
The cold stillness of winter is captured beautifully here in this photo series by Mikko Lagerstedt. Taken in Finland during 2012 and 2013, the Spirit of Winter is an ode to the pristine frozen snowscape of Scandinavia.
To see more of Mikko Lagerstedt’s breathe-taking work, visit his website mikkolagerstedt.com or check him out on Facebook or Twitter.
[ via Behance via Mikko Lagerstedt]
By Michael van Vliet | January 2, 2013
A postcard might be worth a thousand words, but the guys from Humanity.tv took it a step further. Over the course of a 8 month journey through 12 different countries, they clipped together dozens of postcards and turned them into a kinetic free flowing travelog video.
Postcards showcase the destination, but “Talk a Walk” puts the spotlight on the journey.
[ Via iGNANT]
By Michael van Vliet | December 17, 2012
With the successful landing on the Curiosity Rover on Mars, 2012 has by all accounts been a pretty banner year for NASA.
Now, as the year comes to a close, they’ve released a couple spectacular high-definition images of our own planet from space. The images are composites of over 2.5 terabytes, which have been cleaned up to remove all natural light sources like atmospheric flares and auroras.
What’s left are the twinkling lights of our cities and towns, clustered together like stars in the night sky.
[ Via Huh]
By Michael van Vliet | December 11, 2012
Are these single frame micro-movies? Or did somebody just shake a camera during a long exposure? We’re not sure what to call them, but they are some of the most dynamic photography we’ve seen.
Shot by Montreal-born Nicolas Ruel, these images are part of his signature 8 Seconds series. To achieve this layered chaotic effect, Ruel crunches his camera’s aperture down to a miniscule F-512. He then moves the camera slightly over the course of a single 8 second long exposure, creating a visually dense one frame story.
The 8 Seconds series started in 2007 when Ruel was traveling as a international relations student. He has now captured over 50 cities and plans to continue the project through 2015. His next exhibition will be at Thompson Landry Gallery in Toronto, Ontario from March 21 to April 15, 2013.
If you enjoy this photography, please visit Ruel’s website for more spectacular images:
[ Via My Modern Met, via Nicolas Ruel]
By Michael van Vliet | November 30, 2012
As fall passes over New York, the deciduous trees in Central Park make a spectacular and brilliantly colored shift. This is normally observed at a very slow pace, day after day, morning after morning. However, photographer Jamie Scott has compressed this seasonal majesty down to an express three minute short film.
As far as timelapses goes, this one starts off familiar enough, but about thirty seconds in, things start to get really interesting. Here, Scott’s skill as a visual innovator really starts to come to light. The film was shot in 15 locations over a period of six months. Each shot was recorded with the exact same camera setting, lens, and tripod setup. So sit back and watch the fall foliage wash over you all over again.
To check out more of Jamie Scott’s rather noteworthy work, check out his website: invisiblejam.com
By Michael van Vliet | November 28, 2012
What looks like a stunning best-of highlight reel is actually the trailer for a full 52 minute documentary about the work and philosophy of photographer Alexander Deschaumes. Deschaumes started taking photos back in 2003 and has been drawn to the rawness of the wild outdoors. He braves extreme weather and hazardous terrain with boundless enthusiasm in search of spectacular landscapes.
The documentary is titled “La Quête d’Inspiration” (The Quest for Inspiration) and was created by filmmaker Mathieu Le Lay. It is set to be released at the end of this year.
La Quête d’Inspiration was shot entirely with the Canon EOS 5D Mark II & III from autumn 2011 to autumn 2012 in the Alps, Patagonia, Iceland and Brittany.
To see more of Alexander Deschaumes’ awe-inspiring work check out his website.
[ via Infinity List]