The experience that transforms an astronaut’s perspective of our planet Earth and mankind’s purpose and place upon it is referred to as the overview effect. The term was first used by Frank White in 1987. Astronauts, who were lucky enough to make this incredible experience, mentioned a shift of perspective related to our planet Earth and the importance of the actions of human-beings. They spoke about the emergence of a profound understanding of how valuable life and our planet really are and they mentioned a deep sense of connection and a newly discovered responsibility towards Earth and everything it offers.
As I already mentioned wildlife photography in my opinion counts among the key disciplines in photography. Animals hardly ever stand still, they don’t care about how you’d like them to pose, they’re unpredictable and mostly don’t want to cooperate. That’s particularly true with wild animals as, besides the above mentioned facts, they also tend to escape from photographers or even attack them.
Photographers specializing in wildlife photography fascinate me for this reason. You often read interviews about photographers using their own tricks and techniques to get very close to the animals without disturbing them in order to take pictures in really natural scenarios and behaviors. Wildlife photographers often say that it doesn’t matter how often they track an animal in the wilderness as the moment when they take the picture and face the animal is always something exceptional and awesome.
A recent and much-discussed video by National Geographic makes us understand the special and magical experience of a wildlife photographer in a better way. The video is about Michel d’Oultremont, a Belgian photographer who explains the pursuit of the perfect photo of a wild animal. The video makes clear that excelling as a wildlife photographer means hard work and a lot of patience in particular. Solitary hiking at daytime and at night and waiting for hours in the cold or in the heat, not knowing whether, at the end of the day, you’ll be rewarded with a great photo or not…
In any case this video has increased my respect for all those who dedicate themselves to wildlife photography!
You can find more pictures taken by Michel d’Oultremont here.
Surveillance, big data and the Transparent Man – keywords that have been popping up very often in the media in recent years.
They are often accompanied by articles on Facebook, Google & co who keep observing all our moves and collecting data in order to make profits in the best possible way. Names like NSA and Edward Snowden are also known to most of us and do not really make us feel that good.
I still remember it as if it had been yesterday. Even though I’ve never been affected myself as somebody who grew up in Austria and who had the privilege of going to the sea twice a year. To the sea in Yugoslavia. Even I feel strange writing this name although I never really came to know Yugoslavia and the war there happened at a time I can hardly remember. I was young and didn’t really have much interest in news and in wars. Yet I remember clearly how I was having breakfast with my parents and my sister in Rovinj and my parents kept discussing a bit nervously to consider returning to Austria earlier from our holiday.
“[we] come from nature.…There is an importance to [having] a certain reverence for what nature is because we are connected to it… If we destroy nature, we destroy ourselves.” – Edward Burtynsky
Photo credit: Edward Burtynsky
When you think about how little a human-being is compared to the size of our planet it’s only hard to imagine what great impact we still have. For millennia human-beings have exploited the resources of nature. In the course of time mankind has developed more and more modern methods to reach even more resources. To achieve this new technologies and machines have been created. The number of the natural resources people need for their constantly changing lifestyle is also increasing. We keep changing our planet and leaving traces every day, even if we may not really be aware of it.
Architecture and desserts aren’t really two topics relating to each other at first sight. At least that’s what I’ve thought till I saw Dinara Kasko’s incredible desserts. The photos of her creations are shared all around the world, her Instagram account is booming. Some of her works may not look very appetizing in the beginning but rather nice to look at. But in her videos the artist shows you what the contents of her masterpieces actually is, making you quite hungry for some chocolate and other desserts.
There’s no doubt that drone photography and a bird’s eye view which is becoming more and more popular have been a clear trend in the world of photography for quite some time.
No wonder because they allow you a perspective that human-beings aren’t likely to experience otherwise.
It’s these new perspectives that form the work created by Johnny Miller. In his last projects the photographer has dedicated himself to drone photography and what he shoots isn’t breathtaking sceneries or spectacular images in cities. With his photos he rather highlights the striking contrasts between rich and poor.
They claim that it was him who invented top models. That may be a bit exaggerated. However, nobody can deny that the photo taken by Peter Lindbergh showing a group of stunningly beautiful young ladies strolling through the streets of New York changed the fashion world and started a new era of top models. Because these ladies weren’t any ordinary women but Linda Evangelista, Tatjana Patitz, Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell and Christy Turlington. In the early 1990s this very image appeared on the cover of the British “Vogue”. Until today it’s maintained its cult status, with Peter Lindbergh ranging among the most popular photographers of our time. For decades you can find his photos in every important fashion magazine. He’s been working for a number of famous fashion houses and his pictures have become an essential part of the fashion universe.
I Fink U Freeky – is probably the most popular video sample by US photographer Roger Ballen, who has been focusing on the remote villages of the white people since he moved to Africa in the 1970s. The dorps consist of poor houses of which he – being motivated by his studies in geology – first took pictures from the outside and from the inside. His probably best known double portrait is called Dresie and Casie.
For most of us, the thought of spending time in a place, so extremely cold and inhospitable as an ice cave is not a very pleasant one. Nevertheless, there is no denying it, eternal ice and those parts of the world where you can find it, are incredible fascinating and stunning to look at.
Photos of ice caves, icebergs and ice formations of all kinds, with their countless shades of white, grey and above all blue, are somehow magical and surreal.
One that has been especially fascinated by the wonder of eternal ice is Bernd Nicolaisen.