There isn’t much in the world that can capture the feeling of being happily lost in the world of books. The journey to worlds we may never see is one that can start at any age. Simply picking up a book opens us up to new ideas and makes us a part of stories more grand than the universe we know. It’s hard to capture the years of wonder lining our bookshelves. That, however, hasn’t stopped a brilliant Canada-based photographer from trying, and making parts of that sensation wonderful and real.
Joel Robison, also known as boywonder (a user name we’re pretty fond of), creates some wonder of his own with photos based around the world of books. He explores both the comfort of reading and the worlds books open up for their readers. Paper dragons, whales that travel through pages, and worlds imbued with the magic created by books are only a few of the sights to see in the boy wonder’s photography. His self-portraits are at once cozy and mystifying. Tea cups and books welcome the viewer into a world just ever so slightly different for our own. In some pictures, Robison is tiny and the world is big. They capture how vast and engulfing some story worlds are--how small we are when peeking into worlds that are not our own, worlds that may not exist.
Digital cameras have changed the way we look at photography entirely. We can afford mistakes and different tries for the same picture. No one is limited by a roll of film anymore. Online, thousands upon thousands of great photos are posted every single day. While that may not seem like a big deal in print, it’s staggering in real life. Erik Kessels brought a fraction of it to life by printing out a single day’s worth of photos uploaded to Flickr.
These beautifully bedazzled maps are part of Eric Fischer's latest creative endeavor in geodata visualization See something or say something. The maps were rendered using a program that sorts the chronological order of Twitter tweets and Flickr uploads nationwide and correlates them to pixel brightness. The red dots show the locations of geotagged Flickr uploads while the blue dots show geotagged Twitter tweets. Anyone else feeling Big Brother's presence more than usual?
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Veik, a 29-year-old from Beijing, doesn't consider himself a doll designer, but a doll player. He's created quite a buzz lately with his Lady Gaga dolls, which, although you'd never guess it by looking, he creates at home with ordinary materials. Perez Hilton caught wind of Veik's work and blogged about it, but fans of his Flickr page were on the bandwagon long before. Veik, an avid DIY-er, earnestly insists that he doesn't post photos of his amazing dolls for bragging rights, but to inspire others and tell the world that "your hand make everything."