5 Photos I Like

Here’s a selection of 5 photos on Flickr that tickled my fancy in one way or another.

Barrack discoteque II.
Barrack discoteque II., by *BZd*

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.

Hola! by c.l.i.c.k.r

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…

Giant Tetris blocks fall from the sky!
Giant Tetris blocks fall from the sky! by abrinsky

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.

Boiler, by Zero1o1

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.

Epidemia de Pánico / Panic Epidemy
Epidemia de Pánico / Panic Epidemy, by Eneas

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.


5 thoughts on “5 Photos I Like

  1. @bryan

    The last photograph could have also been called “Panic Epitome.” (Merriam-Webster, Epitome: A typical or ideal example; a brief presentation of something. Or maybe I just missed the cleverness of the English title?)

    The critique that “photos of the entire building don’t necessarily have the same impact as this small detail does” is golden and a key to shooting all subjects, not just visually boring ones. Sometimes it’s hard to make an architectural shot look interesting, but if you find some details then you can make some really great photographs. The photographer arms us with lots of needed information — the shape and relation of the patterns on the side of the building, the name of the photograph — so that we don’t have to see the entire square box of a building to get what it all looks like.

    I also like the photo entitled, “Boiler.” I love textures and this is the type of shot that I like to take. It’s very simple and it evokes a face, which is something we can all relate to easily. That graphic symbol gives it a very strong presence. Notice, also, all of the compositional elements that lead you straight to the open door: The railing on the right, the removed piece at the bottom that is pointing up to the open space, the contrast of the dark inside and light hitting right at the point of the door. All of these things work together to send the viewer’s eye straight to the interesting part of the photograph. Very cleverly made.

    I like this type of post because the best way for us to become better photographers is to look at one another’s work. Having people critique our photos is a great way to learn and critiquing other photographers’ work is a great way to learn. I like it.

    1. The direct translation from Google reads “Panic Epidemic,” which may have been what Eneas meant, but Epidemy could be a very clever pun combining the words Epidemic and Epitome. Unlikely, but amusing to think about.

      Thanks for the comments. I agree that spending time looking at photos is almost as valuable as taking them.

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