Here’s a selection of 5 photos on Flickr that tickled my fancy in one way or another.
The above photo was taken in Hungary at an abandoned military barrack used by the invading Soviet army. It was made by combining multiple exposures using flashes and colored gels to illuminate the inside while the outside was illuminated by the moon. The technical execution of this photo was very clever, but I think it stands on it’s own too. The thumbnail size picture makes it look like a Christmas scene, but after embiggening it and reading the description you see that it’s anything but a cheery holiday snap. I love the eerie, surreal feeling that the photo gives off in it’s full-size form.
This is a great high-key portrait of everybody’s best friend: the jumping spider. Everything about this photo draws the viewer right into the spidey’s eyeballs: the gradient from top right to lower left, the limited color palette, the bright background with dark subject, and the placement of the eyes right at a rule-of-thirds point. This photo is a good example of knowing the rules well enough to know when to break them. The rule of thirds is followed literally, but the exposure allows the background to be completely blown out. That blown out background probably gives HDR fans more nightmares than the spider does…
What a great example of trying different angles to capture a subject. The Cube building that this photo depicts is incredibly cool, but photos of the entire building don’t necessarily have the same impact as this small detail does.
I love this photo and not just because it conjures up memories of this famous photo. “Boiler” works on it’s own, but viewers who have seen Lewis Hine’s historic photo will appreciate it even more. This modern color photo contains a collection of many different textures and shapes for our eyes to feast on. Mmmmm, rust.
I enjoy photos that depict our world as the strange and surreal place that it often is. In a case of truth is stranger than fiction, this photo captures an image during the height of the H1N1 or “swine flu” epidemic. The photo works both as journalism and art. Another photo with a limited color palette, I like how the only color you notice other than brownish-gray is blue. I also like that the subject is paying no attention to the photographer, but the three men standing in the background are looking right at the camera. Nice and unsettling. I think it should have been made clear to the public that “epidemic” refers to how fast the virus spreads rather than the severity of the virus. Those in charge of spreading information don’t seem to think the public is capable of taking anything seriously unless they cause a panic.
Well, there you go, 5 pictures to remind you that we live in a strange, complex, little world. Be sure to check out the full-size versions at the photographers’ Flickr pages.