Please note: Our format changed as of 10/18/07 – see the front page and full archives for more recent listings. Thanks.
Muros hablados (Spoken walls) 9/28/07 Description:
a photoblog devoted to words, symbols, and drawings found on walls
"When nobody listens to you, you look for another means." Walls, often intended to restrict our freedom of movement or to "protect" us, sometimes become canvasses for those having no other way to "express ideas, thoughts, emotions..." And though the words and images left on walls are bound to eventually be erased, the person behind the site documents the found expressions through photos, hoping "those words that were written can be read..."
Tokyo Polaroids 9/25/07 Description:
Five polaroids are better than four.
Since 1888, the country of Japan has been comprised of 47 prefectures, or "sub-national jurisdictions," Tokyo being one of them. On its about page, today's pick makes reference to that fact, stating that the site "begins temporarily with 5 people of Tokyo," each documenting everyday life through Polaroid photographs. From the list on that page, it appears they plan to eventually enlist more participants from beyond Tokyo. And if I might borrow an idea from the site's tagline, five Polaroid galleries are better than one, so enjoy...;~))
Maria Hinze 9/24/07 Description:
paintings and installation art
Mysterious. The single-page website presents 17 images, some of huge, colorful paintings, some of Maria's studio, and some of elaborately painted walls in the studio or, perhaps, another unknown, private space. There's no other information provided, but one comes away feeling the works are downright inspiring, both to the viewer and to the smiling artist in the last image on the page......
hskupin.info 9/18/07 Description:
photos by Henrik Skupin
Henrik started the photoblog a little over a month ago as "a better and more comfortable way of publishing" his photos, so there's only about 40 shots in the archives so far. Among them are a shot of Berlin's new railway station (I love it) and a luscious New Zealand landscape. And there's a lot more in his gallery, online long before he started the photoblog...
otomi.info: fotoblog 9/15/07 Description:
photos from the Czech Republic
A friend recently sent me something said by Romanian photographer Serban Mestecaneanu (consider him today's bonus link): "It took me 50 years to realise the queen of all colours is black and white." It's not surprising that a friend also pointed me to today's pick, where two recent black & white shots, don't talk to me and jump, just blew me away. Tomáš certainly has a magical way with color as well – lots of tasty walls...;~))
Propaganda-Foto 9/12/07 Description:
architecture, still, and portrait photography from Berlin (automatically spawns new content window)
Tim's compact photo presentation opens in a second window and since it's in German only, here's a navigation clue – look for "Serie auswählen ⇑" on the right to select a series. I'll let his brilliant photography speak for itself, but I've got to say his People > Contemporary series takes post-processing to a strange new level...;~))
Dragons, Between Science and Fiction 9/10/07 Description:
an exhibition exploring the common roots and symbolic functions of the dragon (Flash)
"The dragon is a universal source of fascination. The flying, crawling, fire-breathing creature that lurks beneath wave and rock and rules the skies overhead is a symbol of power and chaos that has enthralled humans since the dawn of time." Today's pick is the online version of an exhibition presented at the Musée de la civilisation in Québec, which explores "what makes dragons different from other imaginary monsters" and the creature's "fundamental role as an intermediary between nature and civilization and between humans and the divine." Fascinating indeed!
Light & Dark Photoblog 9/8/07 Description:
photography by Kevin Crafts
"Now he's out there in a big world and probably really scared." That was the beginning of the story, which fortunately, had a happy ending. Birds appear to be one of Kevin's favorite things. They're also the subject of my absolute favorite – a magnificent shot!
Tobias Battenberg 9/2/07 Description:
experimental typography and design projects
Tobias' Akzidenz Grotesk project is what I consider to be the main attraction here, though his other design and typography-related works are cool too. Projecting characters of an old typeface onto urban surfaces is what it's about and the series of images is also downloadable as PDF file – unique...