Category Archives: images

Extraterrestrial on Earth

Image Credit: Reuben Wu

Photographer Reuben Wu has been using adapted drones to light-paint in natural environments, creating beautiful and otherworldly landscapes. His image series “Lux Noctis” transform natural landscapes into images that evoke ideas of extraterrestrial exploration and science fiction. Wu’s photos endeavor to explore unknown and hidden places and present them as if they were a memory of a foreign place.

Wu uses drones to create light trails around rock formations and to provide supplementary light from above. The long exposure images are ethereal, colorful, and otherworldly. His other work similarly blends landscape, futurism and architecture.

Source: Colossal and Rueben Wu

Documenting Glass

Founded in 1951 by Corning Glass Works, the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, New York has donated 2,784 images documenting its unique glass collection to the Artstor Digital Library. The non-profit museum is dedicated to telling the story of glass, from its ancient origins to today, spanning 3,500 years of glass history. With support from the Rakow Research Museum, the museum is a center for glass scholarship, housing the world’s foremost archive and reference collection on the history of glass making.

Source: The Artstor Blog

Aerial Photographs of Cities in the 1930s by Walter Mittelhozer

Photo Credit: Walter Mittelhozer

Walter Mittelhozer was a pioneering aviator and the co-founder of Swissair. He photographed many cities in the Middle East and Africa. Mittelholzer always flew with a co-pilot so that he could photograph from the air. A new book, published by Scheidegger & Spiecss documents his ariel shots.

Source: Guardian

SFMOMA Sends Images of Art to Match your Mood

Photo Credit: Observer

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art will send you an image of a work in its collection based on your desire by texting one’s request to 572-51. Only 5 percent of SFMOMA’s collection is exhibited at any given time, but the message service pulls from the entire collection of 34,678 works of art, allowing one to view works based on individual taste. The message service has a few kinks, and it cannot evaluate complex sentences, but the range of artwork and efficiency of the service is phenomenal.

Source: Observer

Google Arts & Culture

Photo Credit: Google Arts & Culture

Google Arts & Culture, created in 2011, is an exploratory tool for arts and culture. The website has access to 45,000 images of artwork from over 1,200 museums and archives. Google Arts & Culture recently released a new section on the page called “Experiments.” The “Experiments” page offers four methods of discovering and drawing connections between images of art, artists, and other cultural artifacts. The amount of data in this section causes the pages to load slowly but the tools available are unique. For example, the T-SNE map is a 3D network that groups artist together in proximity based on a specific commonalities.

Google Arts & Culture has a bright, clean interface and some of the other pages include categories like, artists, historical events, movements, and mediums. One of the most enticing features of the website is the interactive vignettes. One can scroll through a series of images and videos accompanied with text to explore topics ranging from Audrey Hepburn and the shoe designer Salvatore Ferragamo to cats in Korean paintings. Because of copyright laws, some of the more famous artists are not well represented, but the breadth of the website is substantial and one could spend hours following the stories of a variety of art and artists. 

Source: Google Arts & Culture

Drawing Post-Digitally

In an article for Metropolis, Sam Jacob explains that the proliferation of photo-realistic renderings has brought about a resurgence in drawing. He argues that today’s architects who have been raised in a digital world are fascinated with “the super-collage possibilities of Photoshop and the extreme flatness of Illustrator that established a different kind of image discourse: one that considered other types of digital space, other forms of graphic quality, and simultaneously a set of alternative architectural propositions.” It seems that the envisioned all-digital future of architecture may appear the way we foresaw.

Source: Metropolis

Scenic Springfield

Image credit: Scenic Simpsons

Image credit: Scenic Simpsons

While some may cite “The Simpsons” as one of America’s most well-loved cultural exports, few would recognize the series as something that could be considered visually beautiful. The Instagram account Scenic Simpsons proves that striking composition is something that we can add to our list of reasons to love the show. Scenic Simpsons is dedicated to “showcasing the most beautiful scenes, colors, sets and abstract compositions from Springfield.” View some of the stills captured by Scenic Simpsons here.

Source: ArchDaily

Put a Bird on It

A Portland police officer looked out his window one evening to the sight of thousands of black starlings settled on the tops of snow-covered trees. Walker Berg, the C.S.I. who noticed the birds, quickly grabbed his DSLR to photograph the stunning site. The police department named the image Crows on Snow and posted it to social media.

Source: This is Colossal

Color Swatches from Your Favorite Films

Image Credit: Movies in Color

Image Credit: Movies in Color

Roxy Radulescu, creator of the Movies in Color blog, discusses her project with Visual News by explaining, “[T]he blog has not only been an aesthetic pursuit but also an educational pursuit.” Movies in Color presents select stills from famous films with adjacent color swatches in order to enlighten viewers about the tones included in the composition. This approach helps us understand the role that color plays in evoking emotion, a sensibility that is necessary for those in highly-visual disciplines.

Source: Visual News

Converting Analog Photos to Digital Images

Image Credit: Wall Street Journal

Image Credit: Wall Street Journal

Google has released a new Android and iOS application called PhotoScan that works as an extension to Google Photos’ capabilities. PhotoScan allows you to digitize old printed photographs without the glare or shadows that were so difficult to avoid when attempting to photograph a photo. The app combines four exposures of the photograph into a single, clean image. Then, you can bring the image into Google Photos and store and edit it to your liking.

Source: Wired

Instagramming Stacks Around the World


Image Credit: Olivier Martel Savoie

Image Credit: Olivier Martel Savoie

A new Instagram series, #olive_libraries, celebrates the unique architecture of libraries. Using only his iPhone, photographer Olivier Martel Savoie has travelled to document libraries all over the world. From the glass-walled stacks of sleek modern libraries to the intricately carved reading rooms of historic libraries, Savoie’s photographs reflect the importance of libraries as community spaces. Follow him on Instagram at @une_olive.

Source: Archdaily