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Andreas Bernhard Lyonel Feininger was a prolific American photographer. He was also a writer that delved on photography techniques. He is best known for his dramatic black-and-white images of Manhattan and for studies on structures of natural objects. Feininger was born in Paris to France Julia Berg and Lyonel Feininger who was a painter from New York City. His father’s family emigrated from Germany thru his great-grandfather to the United States. Feininger consequently grew up in Germany where he took up architecture. In 1936 however, he moved to Sweden, gave up architecture and began to be engrossed with the camera. Shortly before the outbreak of World War II, he immigrated to the United Sates where he started his career as a freelance photographer in 1939. His tenure with Life magazine began in 1943, and he was part of the staff until 1962. Feininger rose to prominence with his photographs of the Big Apple and other subjects involving nature and science. He hardly delved into portraiture or human interest themes.
This 1949 series of helicopter images is an example of his genius. He captured these incredible photos of U.S. Navy helicopters as they took off from the ground into the night sky in Anacostia, Maryland.
The Pantone Matching System or PMS, is a widely used color matching system of the printing industry to identify colors. Most color printing applications simplify the specification of colors by plainly indicating the Pantone name or number. This assures a consistency and universality in getting the right shade. By this standardization of colors, different manufacturers from all over the world can be on the same page when they use the Pantone system to make sure colors match without having to compare in person. The Pantone Matching System classifies color by name and number, and has a swatch to visually identify it.
Photographer Paul Octavious’ new photo series, however, attempts to do a sort of reverse on the Pantone Matching System. His new portfolio called The Pantone Project attempts to match several swatches from the Pantone palate with the real, organic world.
They say dog owners that endear themselves totally to their canine pets eventually look like them, and vice versa. The theme of humanizing the physical appearance of dogs has been a long time subject that always has many fans adoring these images. Sebastian Magnani has a slightly different approach on this theme. He adorns different dog breeds with elaborate outfits that complement the dog’s appearance and personality. He playfully created this whimsical portrait series entitled Underdogs that will likely raise the bar on dog photo shoots.
The modern train as transportation spans almost the last two centuries where it drastically altered industry and the way we travel across vast distances. From the first steam locomotive to come out of England in the 1800s, or the swift bullet trains of Japan, to the historic and opulent Orient Express, the train has no doubt played an important role in the development of modern human civilization. Trains of today are very much in operation just like in the pioneering days, but many new uses have also evolved through the decades.
Copyright laws protect the authors of original pieces including dramatic, literary, artistic, musical, and other intellectual works from the unauthorized use of their creations. What this means is that you alone have the right to do anything with the work you created. Other people, without your express consent are prohibited from copying, distributing, performing (in case it is a song for example), displaying, or using your creation to make other works (referred to as ‘derivative works’). Copyright and other intellectual property rights have become even more significant in this day and age of information and access made possible through the internet.
There are however, some voices of dissent that feel copyright defeats the purpose of creating works in the first place. This movement also known as anti-copyright, “refers to the complete or partial opposition to prevalent copyright laws.
Photographer James D Morgan documented the yearly migration of red crabs across Christmas Island for Australian Geographic. It is an annual event of these tiny critters as they make for the sea to reproduce. The mass exodus is headed by the males, with the females following their lead. These crabs will be spending many weeks scampering to the ocean which at times can be as distant as 9km. Along the way to their destination, it is quite perilous. Nearly half a million crabs do not make it back according to ranger Max Orchar, even though locals try their best to allow the crabs to do their thing unhampered. Most of the casualties are from uncaring motorists that run over the critters as they cross main roads.