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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

Found: National Geographic on Tumblr


National Geographic’s Tumblr, Found, boasts an eclectic collection of images that most often highlight the mundane rather than the monumental. Photographers skillfully capture and crystallize the wonder one might feel from observing simple moments in unassuming places. The collection’s reach is nearly limitless from kittens walking upon giant lily pads in the Philippines in the 1930s to women in Texas sun bathing alongside an oil rig in 1980. One should explore Found to get lost in the whimsy of conventional moments.

Source: National Geographic

Interactive Before-and-Afters of NYC Architecture

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NYC Grid is a photo blog created by Paul Sahner with the goal of documenting and exploring New York neighborhoods. He has paired his images with historical photographs and an interactive element allows one to reveal more or less of the before or after image by sliding it back and forth. Sahner’s comparison between the past and present highlights the ephemeral nature of New York.

Image Source: NYC Grid


Turn your Smartphone into an Enlarger


Enfojer is a portable smartphone photographic enlarger capable of taking your digital images and turning them into real black-and-white prints. It can also print from negatives, using the LCD as the light source. Enfojer is an Indiegogo project currently in the funding phase. If they reach their goal, the kits are expected to ship early next year.

Image Source: Visual News

New additions to ICFA’s Nicholas V. Artamonoff Collection

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The Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives (ICFA) of Dumbarton Oaks recently announced a new addition to its online exhibit: The Nicholas V. Artamonoff Collection. The Collection features images from 1930’s and 1940’s Istanbul, showing Ottoman monuments, cityscapes and daily life of the era. Nearly 500 photographs have been shared by The Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives at the Smithsonian Institute. For more on the collection and Artamonoff himself, see the ICFA blog post, “Following in the footsteps of Nicholas Artamonoff.”

Image source: ICFA

The ArchDaily Flickr Pool

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The ArchDaily Round Up has been featuring their Flickr pool for some time now, and for good reason. With over 100,000 images, the ArchDaily Flickr showcases striking architectural photography submissions from readers, capturing iconic and lesser known gems the world over. Keep an eye on their “Best from Flickr” posts on Round Up, which highlights the real standouts in the group.

Image source: ArchDaily, photo by Ben Lepley

But Does It Float: Architecture


The But Does It Float blog features an architecture category that explores architecture as both medium and purveyor of human history and culture. Its photo essays cover a variety of architecture topics, creating a unique archive that blends the image with quotes from the architect or a representative architect. By providing an authoritative snapshot of a given movement or personality in the history of architecture, the blog offers a limited but exacting perspective on these events as they occur outside of their time.

Image source: But Does It Float

Rust Belt Focus Series: Cleveland Chic

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“The Rust Belt landscape shoves you,” claims the authors of Rust Belt Chic, a blog that examines life and culture in the shrinking city of Cleveland, Ohio. This dynamic tone epitomizes the character of materials presented on this sometimes-daily blog where painting, poetry, photography, architecture, landscape and public art combine to redefine the ruins of industrialization recognizing an inherent vitality in the process of decline and renewal.

Image Source: Rust Belt Chic