World Press Photo 2010

I’m always proud of the fact that World Press Photo is a Dutch institute located in Amsterdam. Today they have announced the World Press Photo 2010 winners, you can view the amazing, winning images in the gallery here. The World Press Photo of The Year is of an 18 year old Afghan girl who was disfigured as punishment, shot by photographer Jodi Bieber. This shot comes out of the category ‘Portraits’ but easily could have come from the category ‘Spot News’, which impacted me the most.

Three of my favourites are…

Riccardo Venturi, Italy, Contrasto. Old Iron Market burns, Port-au-Prince, Haiti,

Old Iron Market burns, Port-au-Prince, Haiti (c) Riccardo Venturi

Martin Roemers, the Netherlands, Panos

Metropolis (c) Martin Roemers

Stefano Unterthiner, Italy, for National Geographic magazine.

Whooper Swan (c) Stefano Unterthiner

What is your favourite?

 

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Life on Sundays – blog

Earlier this week I discovered a new blog through twitter, called Life on Sundays. It’s a wonderful collection of pictures posted daily, all in this hazy, blurry and romantic style which I happen to love. It found out @ferryv, someone I talk to on Twitter sometimes, is behind it and he just started it two weeks ago. IF you like some of the pictures below, make sure you check out more on the blog.

http://www.timwalkerphotography.com/

http://sheenajibson.blogspot.com/2010/07/blog-post.html

http://bearnnakkedd.tumblr.com/post/2633993045

http://emmacooper.tumblr.com/post/2578998630

The beauty of decay

United Artists Theather (c) Yves Marchand & Romain Meffre

United Artists Theather (c) Yves Marchand & Romain Meffre

Most people think ruins are ugly, but somehow I have always been intrigued and attracted to the beauty of decay. As a child I always looked up the empty places, the old abandoned school across the street, a little cabin in the woods next to our house etc. More recently I went to Doel, a little almost abandoned village next to Antwerpen. Yesterday I came across some awesome pictures showing ruins in Detroit. The photographers Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre explain how they see their photograph series:

At the beginning of the 20th Century, the city of Detroit developed rapidly thanks to the automobile industry. Until the 50’s, its population rose to almost 2 million people.
Detroit was the 4th most important city in the United States. It was the dazzling symbol of the American Dream City with its monumental skyscrapers and fancy neighborhoods.
Increasing segregation and deindustrialization caused violent riots in 1967. The white middle-class exodus from the city accelerated and the suburbs grew.Firms and factories began to close or move to lower-wage states. Slowly, but inexorably downtown high-rise buildings emptied. Since the 50’s, “Motor City” lost more than half of its population. Nowadays, its splendid decaying monuments are, no less than the Pyramids of Egypt, the Coliseum of Rome, or the Acropolis in Athens, remnants of the passing of a great civilization.

Bank Vault (c) Yves Marchand & Romain Meffre

Bank Vault (c) Yves Marchand & Romain Meffre

Ballroom, Lee Plaza Hotel (c) Yves Marchand & Romain Meffre

Ballroom, Lee Plaza Hotel (c) Yves Marchand & Romain Meffre

Ballroom, Lee Plaza Hotel (c) Yves Marchand & Romain Meffre

Ballroom, Fort Wayne Hotel (c) Yves Marchand & Romain Meffre

These and more amazing pictures will be published in the book  The Ruins of Detroit, get your copy here.

Recession art

Recession / Recessione, a nonexcisting exhibition

Recession / Recessione - A Nonexistent Exhibition

Although probably no artist likes to admit this, one needs money to be able to create art. Recession is therefore bad news for art. A design studio in Italy came up with a creative way of showcasing art when money is low with “Recession / Recessione – A Nonexistent Exhibition“.
According to the creators, this book (or actually more a catalogue) is a great example of an exhibition that will never take place due to budget limitations. It’s a nonexistent exhibition, you can create one yourself in your own space with the art provided.

Recession / Recessione - A Nonexistent Exhibition

Recession / Recessione - A Nonexistent Exhibition

Between September and November 2009, 35 artists worldwide were asked to interpret the R word through texts, images, artwork or music. Their work is combined in a 1 kg book and an audio CD, which you can amazingly buy for free (you only pay shipping costs). Best idea ever! I ordered mine last week and thanks the lovely people at the studio I received it within days. The ones I liked best were Maxime Buechi and Slavs & Tartars’ “The Hustle”, Camille Vivier’s “Candle II”, Mark Borthwick’s romantic picture “If were pioneer’s”, the design of Paul Bouden’s “Bring it on” and the imaginary mixtape full of miserable songs (“The light at the end of a tunnel…is a train”) by Dirty Sound System. Go order one yourself here, there are only 800 copies available and I have the feeling they are going fast!

Feeling violet

One peak in my closet and you know what my favourite colours are. However, I was checking my Google Reader starred items from the past week and I noticed that I starred two wonderful photographs from Stil in Berlin.

Stil in Berlin - Girl in Forrest - Blue - Violet

(c) Stil in Berlin

Stil in Berlin - Stefan - Violet

(c) Stil in Berlin

See the similarity of the beautiful colour? Yesterday I bought a Pantone ® Mug. Pantone ® 2745 C, or also described as ” Going Gothic? Ultra Violet, Pansy Petals, Witches Hat, Sprouting Broccoli.” Guess 2010 started out violet for me, wonder it will last throughout the year :-)

Pantone® 2745c

Pantone® 2745c

A story behind every picture

Cliche, but so true! This idea has inspired Justin McMurray to start pixtories: a website where people can submit their own picture with that special story behind it. There’s only one restriction, the one-liner that accompanies the picture shouldn’t be longer than 140 characters. This is what Justin has to say about it on his weblog:

“It’s based on the idea that everyone has their favourite photos but often the context of a photo – why it’s important or significant – is hidden. It might be a special moment, bring back a certain memory, have personal meaning or just be something you love for some reason. Pixtories is about revealing these stories which are limited to 140 characters to help sharpen your storytelling focus.”

"Ibiza. I was looking for a broom and I found a wedding dress. I couldn't stop laughing. It was a perfect day." Submitted by @saradotdub

"Ibiza. I was looking for a broom and I found a wedding dress. I couldn't stop laughing. It was a perfect day." Submitted by @saradotdub

The picture above is my favourite entry so far. Since I love the project I gave it a go myself. Want to add yours too? You can check the instructions here or send the photo + short story to pixtories@gmail.com.