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Photography

Haunting Portraits of the Homeless by Lee Jeffries

December 21, 2011

Christopher Jobson

Manchester-based photographer Lee Jeffries is an accountant by profession but for the past few years he’s traveled around the world photographing people he encounters on the streets, particularly the homeless. He spends time getting to know each of his subjects before shooting them, which I think is completely evident in his work, as the stark portraits seem to suggest details of each individuals life, taking a hard unflinching look at their personal condition. Jeffries was just announced as the Digital Camera Photographer of the Year and you can read more about him at the Independent. (via impose)

 

 



Amazing

The Beauty of One Second

November 27, 2011

Christopher Jobson

A wonderful collection of one second video clips from the first round of the Beauty of a Second short film competition run by Leo Burnett Milan to promote the Montblanc luxury chronograph. Every once in a while viral marketers get things right, and this is one of those times. (via vimeo)

 

 



Animation

Address is Approximate: A Google Street View Stop Motion Animation

November 21, 2011

Christopher Jobson

Address is Approximate is a fun animated short using stop motion animation and stills from Google Street View by UK filmmaker Tom Jenkins. Music by one of my favorites, Cinematic Orchestra. (via vimeo)

 

 



Photography

Money Faces

October 24, 2011

Christopher Jobson

Too. Much. Fun. While not particularly a new idea, Reddit user MadSon11 recently photographed a great mashup self-portrait using the lower half of Alexander Hamilton’s head from a U.S. $10 bill (top photo). An instant meme was born, and soon dozens of money faces were pouring in from all over the world. The hilarity continues on Visual News.

 

 



Photography

The Balloon Hat Experience

September 21, 2011

Christopher Jobson

Since 2008 balloon artist Addi Somekh and photographer Charlie Eckert have traveled to 34 countries and shot over 10,000 photographs of people wearing balloon hats. After focusing more on balloon twisting than homework in college Somekh began working professionally as a balloon artist, charging wealthy executives up to $150 an hour to make elaborate balloon hats. He also donated the same skill to shelters for battered women and their children where he realized something: both groups, the rich and the poor, were laughing and enjoying his work in the same way. He had struck upon a democratic, neutralizing and powerful force of entertainment and enrichment, and he hatched a plan with his friend Charles to bring that gift to thousands of people across the world. Learn more on their website (flash). Thanks Stephanie for your submission to the Colossal curatorial contest!

 

 



Amazing

50 People, One Question: Chicago. What is your favorite memory?

September 19, 2011

Christopher Jobson

A great short film by social media firm Brand Nua where fifty Chicagoans are asked what their favorite memory is. Some wonderfully spontaneous answers from lots of people, and Nick’s mom Andrea is probably my new favorite person. (via gaper’s block)

 

 



History Photography

Lisbon Streets by Magdalena Szurek

September 2, 2011

Christopher Jobson

A photo by Magdalenda Szurek. I’d PayPal a nickel to know what’s going on here. (via lustik)