A photographer’s miscellany

Waves and pebbles, Sandwich Bay, KentPebbles and waves, Sandwich Bay, Kent

Every so often I like to post a collection of links to interesting/curious/quirky/useful stuff I’ve come across on the internet.  A lot of it isn’t directly about photography, although I think photography is about life and therefore most things relate to it in some way.  I’m using that as an excuse, anyway, to introduce a few interesting things that are normally outside the scope of what I write about.

Taking pictures without judgement – nice article by Kimberley Poppe.

The Granny Graffiti Gang – love this one! – an initiative set up in Lisbon, Portugal, is providing street art workshops for the elderly, in an attempt to bridge the gap between the generations.  These senior citizens are now busy with their spray cans, brightening up rundown and neglected parts of town.

Perpetual whirlpool of black water – set into a gallery floor by sculptor Anish Kapoor , this apparently bottomless hole contains a vortex of black water, churning and frothing as it swirls.  Quite ominous, but somehow mesmerising.

What is your purpose? – David Brooks, of the New York Times, asked readers to write to him about how they found their purpose in life.  A selection of the letters are published here and make interesting reading.

Water Colours – Toshio Shibata’s gorgeous pictures of water interacting with man-made structures.

Empathy cards – Emily McDowell, an ex-cancer patient, has designed the kind of cards she’d like to have received when was having treatment.  She says:

“The most difficult part of my illness wasn’t losing my hair, or being erroneously called ‘sir’ by Starbucks baristas, or sickness from chemo, it was the loneliness and isolation I felt when many of my close friends and family members disappeared because they didn’t know what to say, or said the absolute wrong thing without realizing it.”

The Souls of Dolls – I’ve always found something very eerie and quite disturbing about dolls.  I never liked them, even as a child – I think probably because they look so human in some ways but at the same time obviously aren’t.  This collection of photos of old and battered dolls from Fabienne Rolland offers a very disturbing take on this feeling.  I was both repelled and fascinated.

Colour Blindness Simulator – have you ever wondered what your photos would look like to someone with colour blindness?  This simulator lets you upload your own photos and select a colour blindness condition.  It will then show you how your photos would appear to someone suffering from it.

Weird and wonderful bookshops worldwide – I’d love to visit some of these!  I have a little fantasy myself of turning a narrowboat into a bookshop and cruising the canals selling books.

Forest Landscapes with stars and smoke – Ellie Davies creates magical forest shots by combining straight photos with galaxies of stars and curls of smoke.  I think you’ll love these – they look like something from a fairytale.

60 tiny love stories to make you smile – I think I may have posted this link before, but it’s worth doing it again.  Small, true, heartwarming stories that make you feel the world’s a good place to be.

The Magic Button – click and it makes everything OK.