This has been making its way around the internet for a while, but I thought I'd share it with those who haven't see it yet. To create these pictures Corinne Vionnet compiled thousands of photos of tourist destinations into single images. It's interesting to see how most of the photos have such strongly defined structures. It suggests that most people are taking a very similar picture of the same structure. Overall, a very cool and interesting project.
These photos are from mostly from different projects, but they all have one thing in common, great use of light. Dan Holdsworth has found a way to compose interesting photographs by using different light sources as an emphasis. He's used everything from the beam shining out of a mountain, to the aurora borealis to a solitary lampost. I'm not sure whether this has been done on purpose, but it is quite effective.
Scintillation is a very impressive short film from Xavier Chassaing, especially considering it was made about two years ago. The experimental film is made up of over 35,000 photographs and combines an innovative mix of stop motion and live projection mapping techniques.
When someone says Las Vegas, you more than likely think of the glitz and the glamour: bright lights, shows and over the top displays. This series by Jean-François Thériault avoids those clichés and shows you an entirely different side of Sin City, which is exactly what makes it beautiful. He makes Vegas feel more like an abandoned town than a tourist attraction through his use of desaturated colors and select subject matter.
Kevin Cooley's series "Light's Edge" features some great shots of light being captured. The majority of them are beams of light shooting into or out of the sky. Others show how lighting can affect the atmosphere. Either way, they are a great way of showing off light's magical properties in photographs.
Matt Mawson does a fantastic job capturing Coney Island, New York CIty's perfect escape for children and families. I love the choice of color and saturation in these photos. It's not quite the bright and shiny colorful escape you would use to higlight a place, but it works well in this series.
Matt on this project:
"I really don't know what to say in that time was quite tight when I went there on a really hot day last summer and the method of picture taking is generally the same whatever I do. I come from a photo-journalist background so I shoot quite rapidly darting from one place to another shooting whenever an opportunity presents itself which sometimes means shooting from the hip as it were. I am always on the lookout for a person wandering into a scene that may catch my eye and sometimes hoping for an unexpected moment or a happy accident and I sometimes place myself somewhere graphically pleasing expecting something to happen. The images taken of Coney Island funfair from the subway were shot from the hip at speed as I saw the scene flash passed and was lucky they worked, But I suppose long experience working in some dangerous places means you have to kind of see things out the corner of your eye and react. So many images have been shot at Coney Island so you have to try and do something different otherwise why bother.
Coney Island, to me, suggests a kind of down at heal location and colourless but fascinating all the same as it has been alluded to in so many songs and images so in post production I de-saturated the images a bit and added a fair amount of contrast an added a slight sepia tone to the shadows until I got what you see. I used there a Canon 5d2 and a bit of fill-flash from a small Canon speedlight, forgotten the name but the smallest they do."
This series by Daryl Banks is beautiful in both its style and simplicity. Each photo is simply a shot of a woman wearing a crinoline dress made to look like a flower in bloom. The photos are both sharp in contrast and detail and have great lighting. The black background helps to keep your focus on the subject. Each shot a truly a thing of beauty.
Epic. That is the one word I would use to describe this series by Damien Vassart. The combination of the crisp edges of the towering glass buildings with the fluid and organic movement of the clouds is an epic photo combination. The use of black and white creates a stark contrast between the buildings and sky, and also amplifies the amazing reflections in the glass.