Since time immemorial, man has been drawing inspiration from what the future may bring. This fascination has been the subject of both art and science, as we can see in this interesting set of postcards of the year 2000 from 1900!
If our Midweek Movies post earlier tickled your imagination on time travel, we have more interesting stuff for you. Retronaut lets us go back in time to see how people from the 1900s envisioned the world 100 years into the future. Take a look at the gallery of postcards by German chocolate company Hilderbrands to see ships running on rails, undersea tourist boats, personal airships, and other amazing futuristic scenarios:
But, come to think of it, some of the creative futuristic visions aren’t so far-fetched when placed against the present-day point of view. Personal airships are just like private choppers, we watch live broadcasts and shows via television, houses can/are being moved on wheels, and who knows, maybe we can make ships run on rails at the turn of the next century.
What do you think of these postcards by Hilderbrands? Share your thoughts with us with a comment below!
With many of the pioneering and successful explorations in space happening during the '60s and '70s, this period has popularly been dubbed as the golden age of space exploration. Missions to the Moon have in particular excited and captured the attention of mankind, who has been fascinated by its mystery since time immemorial.
Geoffrey Berliner is the Executive Director of the Penumbra Foundation and the Center for Alternative Photography in New York. As the head of an organization whose goals are 'to be a comprehensive resource for photographers at any level' and 'to continue to publicize the impact photography has had and continues to have on culture, history and the arts,' his exposure to photographic materials -from 19th century gems to modern equipment- is so extensive, one cannot even begin to fathom just how much knowledge and experience this man has acquired. His collection of over 2000 vintage Petzval lenses is unparalleled, and the object of envy of both traditional and contemporary photographers. Although such lenses are reputed to require a certain level of skill to be used, Berliner seems to manage them with so much ease, producing splendid results.
A talented multi-faceted artist, Argus Paul Estabrook draws inspiration from many different things and creates art by bridging his interest in poetry with other forms of media. In this interview, we pick his brain to discover what makes him tick, his inspirations, and artistic insights, among others.
Joan Manel Cedó is an avid fan of extreme sports. He has been a rock climber for two decades and has also gained interest in kitesurfing over the years. In both sports, he tries to incorporate his passion for photography. In this instalment of My First Lomo Affair, he talks about how he chance upon the carefree style of shooting with the LC-A+ and all the adventures that followed this discovery.
It's only been a few months since the lovely Lomo'instant camera was officially launched online and in the Lomography stores. Since then this Instant compact camera has been flying off the shelves. You've all been busy experimenting and uploading your amazing shots so we've decided show you some of the best shots out there to inspire you to get creative!
I backed the Kickstarter project for the Lomo’Instant earlier this year and was thrilled to receive it last week. I love how the camera naturally encourages you to experiment with its different features, whether it’s through flashing your multiple exposures with different colors or trying different creative techniques after your shots has been ejected. Here are a few tips from what I’ve discovered from playing with the camera so far (and a couple of tips I want to try out in future)!
Jack Lowe has set himself a challenge to document every RNLI post around the UK coastline using a Victorian method of photography called Wet Plate Collodion Photography. He has been driving around in an old ambulance converted into a mobile darkroom. Jack talked to us about this fascinating project and the challenges he faces along the way.
You want your subject be the center of attention? Petzval lens photos are recognizable for sharpness and crispness in the centre, strong color saturation, wonderful swirly bokeh effect, artful vignettes and narrow depth of field that will make your subjects stand out!
In photography, we notice the surface first. The color and texture of things help us imagine what’s beneath. Doors, part of a building’s skin, have this appeal. They suggest how long a structure has been around and what sort of fellows live inside. They are details that fascinate Lomographers, judging from the many LC-A 120 snaps of intriguing entrances.
Chris Goodacre has been shooting on film since the late 1970s. At the same time, he also took interest in building an artillery of analog weapons. In this interview, he shares an extensive list of his collection and the fantastic story that come with each of his cameras.
Not long after Alex Timmermans purchased his first digital camera at the turn of the century, he quickly realized the trappings of digital photography couldn't fulfill his personal photographic desires. He then began searching for a more challenging process — one that wasn't so predictable. His journey eventually landed him back at the roots of analogue photography, specifically employing the wet plate collodion process using original Petzval lenses. This antique photographic process found in him a renewed inspiration and has since become his passion, which is evident in both his words and his images.