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)
ripcordjerry (circa 1964)
When I was about eight years old my dad was working as a design director at a textbook publishing firm in Austin. One day he came home with a huge binder of photography under his arm, a collection of images from a photo shoot. He sat the binder on a table and I opened it to discover hundreds of photos featuring a trio of goofy circus clowns. I couldn’t understand why they needed to print the same photograph, over and over and over, 12 images per sheet. When I asked my dad about it he gave me a red grease pencil and told me the pictures weren’t identical and that I needed to identify where they were different and circle it. Sure enough in one picture a hand was posed differently, a balloon was moved slightly, a myriad of infinitesimal variations. We spent an hour going through a hundred photos until we decided on an image we both felt was the best and circled it in blue. It was a far cry from throwing a baseball around in the backyard or kicking his ass in Mario Bros. (though I did that too), but it was probably my first curatorial lesson, and one of the only times I got to help dad with his homework.
For those who have followed Colossal for the past year or so, you’ll know that I’ve started (and unceremoniously stopped) a number of regular themed posts after a few attempts. Flickr Finds has been different and I’ve received tons of feedback regarding each post from both visitors and photographers. It’s a task I look forward to every two weeks, and I hope you enjoy the 10th installment.
It’s that time again, a roundup of my favorite photos found on Flickr the last two weeks. See previous Flickr Finds.
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)
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)
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.
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!