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Category archive: Photography

Sunday April 26 2015

Three exclamation marks in the title there, because this is the third time I’ve had cause to mention this strange habit, of writing about newly designed houses (in this case a newly adapted house) where there are lots of Wires in all the outside pictures, but The Wires never get a mention.

Here:

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But at least, what with this house being yellow instead of white, we see an architect thinking in colour.  Soon, soon I tell you, the floodgates of architectural colour will open.

Saturday April 25 2015

Brians plural?  Yes, it looks like both the driver and his mate are Brians.

Incoming from Goddaughter 2:

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Reproduced here with the permission of Goddaughter 2’s glamorous friend.

I like the extra three front headlights.

I don’t like all the creepy stuffed animals in the window.

Sunday April 12 2015

Here is a piece I did here about how Modernism got associated with whiteness.  And for most would-be Modernists, Modernism still is white.  But, here is another piece I did about coloured Modernism, in the form of Renzo Piano’s very colourful buildings near Centre Point.  (Renzo Piano also designed the Shard.)

Here is another photo I took of these, I think, delightful edifices:

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And here is a faked-up picture I came across not long ago, which suggests that Piano’s colourfulness may have struck a chord with other architects:

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That picture adorns a report about the footbridge that you can see on the right of the picture, the very same one that I saw being installed last August.  But I think you will agree that the towers on the Island there are a definite echo of that Pianistic colour.

The great thing about coloured architecture is that you can build the most severely functional lumps, and only worry about brightening them up afterwards.  Form can colour function, and then colour can cover up the form and make it fun.

But it need not stop at just having one plain colour.  Soon the artists will join in, and there will be giant murals.

If I had to place a bet about how different London will look from now in thirty year’s time, this would be the change I would bet on.  Both new buildings and dull old ones will be much more brightly coloured.

I’m guessing that outdoor paint is a technology that has had a lot of work done on it in recent years, and that such work continues.

I will be interested to see if those Piano office blocks become faded, or if the colour stays bright for a decent time.

Interestingly Le Corbusier was a great one for colour being slapped on Modern buildings, but the notion never really caught on.  Or rather, it is only now catching on.

As is illustrated in this posting at Material Girls.  Where the point is also made that another huge influence on the monochrome association with Modernism was early and black-and-white photography.  Even colourfully painted buildings didn’t look coloured in the photos.  (One might add that newspapers and magazines only burst into colour after WW2, in the case of newspapers only in the 1960s.  Until then, all newspaper and magazine photos were printed in black and white.  So even if Modernism was done in colour, its influence spread in black and white.)

Now, colourful buildings tend to look colourful, both for real, and in the photos.

Saturday April 11 2015

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again (hence the second exclamation mark in the title), now.

Yes it’s another Immaculately Modernistical Japanese House Posting at Dezeen, where the pictures are full of The Wires …:

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… but where the text never mentions The Wires.

They don’t see the anarchy.  They see only the Order.

Friday April 10 2015

After photoing the old London Model, which was the original reason (excuse?) I had visited the Building Centre, I took a look around the place to see what else was on view.

Look what I found:

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Yes, it’s a CATableHere (at Deezen) are some prettier pictures of it, less chaotically lit.

Nut I took another picture of the Building Centre CATable which included a rather cool looking chair.  All I was thinking about when I took it was including the chair.  I liked the chair.  (I also liked how it was lit.) But this snap, quite fortuitously, turned out to make the CATable look particularly like a cat:

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It looks like it’s got eyes, because of the accidental aignment of two of the holes, and because of the way that there is light behind.  We humans are programmed to find faces where we can, and if they can’t be human faces, maybe they can be cat faces.

The way that the CATable’s legs are done already shows that the cat resemblance is deliberate.

The CATable is not a one-off creation.  They are now being mass produced and you can buy one, if you want to.  A snip at $4,799.

Further evidence of highbrow types climbing aboard the catwagon in this Colossal report on Intimate Portraits of 50 Artists and Their Cats Compiled by Alison Nastasi.  Artists eh?  They’ll do anything to get noticed.

Sunday April 05 2015

Indeed:

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One of these.  Brought to my attention by this posting.  Which begins with a puzzle:

Towards the end of last year, Vodacom upgraded the internet service in Suiderstrand from EDGE to HSDPA. That was great, although quite why they didn’t go all the way and make put an LTE connection in, I don’t know.

Me neither.  Can’t help you there mate.  If you think you know the answer put it there please, rather than here.

As for 6k’s Ships on a Roof picture, I bet he saw my horizontalisation of it coming, even as he was taking the shot.

Thursday April 02 2015

I recently decided to keep an eye open for newspaper front pages.  Yesterday, I snapped, among others, this one:

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It was the airplane nearly crashing, or seeming to, that got my attention.

I tried to chase up the story, and eventually found it, not in the Times, behind its paywall, but at the Manchester Evening News, and I found a slightly better version of the picture at the Daily Mirror, in a piece about the generally windy weather we’ve been having lately:

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The Manchester Evening News quoted a spokesman for Monarch, the airline whose plane was featured in this picture.  He had some interesting things to say about how the camera had, on this particular occasion, told somewhat of a lie:

A spokesman said: “Over the last few days the country has experienced extremely high crosswinds.

“The image depicts a completely normal landing given the weather conditions on the day.

“The image was taken at long range and therefore is deceptive.

“The foreground in this picture is higher than the touchdown zone on the runway - proven in this case by the lower wheel appearing to be in the ground, which was not the case.

“As seen in this image, it is common practice for pilots to perform a crosswind landing in these conditions.”

After I had had a closer look at this photo myself, I was going to say half of this myself.  The foreground is higher, and makes the plane look lower.  What I had not realised was that the plane was actually in the air.

I notice, however, that the subheading of the Manchester Evening News report quotes the bit about how this was a “completely normal landing”, above the photo that, as explained, makes it look anything but, thus deliberately suggesting Monarchical complacency.  But the spokesman didn’t just say it was normal.  He explained why it looked abnormal, without actually being abnormal.

Friday March 27 2015
Big cat scan
From a cat cushion to Bill Murray and a nude to a demon horse sculpture that killed its creator
My favourie partial eclipse photos
Aerobots
The Bayeux Tapestry small enough to fit in this blog
Photo-drones fighting in the Ukraine and a photo-drone above the new Apple headquarters building
Miniature photographic fakery
Anish Kapoor photoed next to his big shiny balls
Anthrozoology
Quota soap foam
Two pictures of the Shard behind some railings
Hand done photos
Another place to look out over London from
Golden Gate being built – Severn Road Bridge ditto – C20 photography – Hitler’s paintings
The wrong kind of cranes
Old Quimper Cathedral
Don’t mention The Wires!
I’m an adjective!
Photo-drone wars to come
My digital photos on his TV
I finally did something for Samizdata
To Tower Bridge: Shadow selfie – Peace memorial – Big Things old and new
Photographed flatness that doesn’t look flat
Why I am a point-and-shoot photographer rather than a Real Photographer
And now a photo-drone in a London shop window
MDL and DPD delivered what they promised but were wrong about me having to be there to sign for it
Skycam
Another facade being carefully preserved
Not about cats
65x zoom!!!
Tate cat
Bright buildings in front of dark sky
Parisian roof clutter gets the Real Photographer treatment
A swimming pool in a skyscraper
Umbrellas!
My favourite Tour de France in London photo
Colossal fun
More Big Things from the Oval
Big Things from high up at the Oval
Big Things in the sunset
Cashing a cheque by photoing it
Why aren’t people happier about amazing new stuff?
Hartley waterlily
GARBAGE SHED AND JUMP INTO THE SEA IS PROHIBITED
I need a new passport but just now passports are a problem
Another London vista
Tower Bridge before it got covered in stone
A Real Photographer does a shadow selfie
Organised water
Moving picture
Homer Simpson on Thames
Pictures of soon-to-be-built London Big Things
Jiaozhou Bay Bridge (aka Spaghetti Junction on Sea)
Mark Littlewood photoed by me and by this other guy
Spot the owl
Lego bridge in Germany
Green screen blue screen
A selfie taken in 1955 - another taken in 2014 - another being taken in 2014
Feline ephemera
A Bitcoin vending machine and a Lego photographer (and a Lego Hawking)
Colour photography
Omaha dead
Vladivostock from above
Temporary art made of brightly dressed people
London’s Big Things from Alexandra Palace
6k quota photo of sea
Good question
Photoing the A380 from above – from the ground
Please help me buy a new computer screen
Sandcastles that will live for ever
Dencity
The Tate Modern extension nears completion
The text of my talk for Christian Michel last night
Making sense of digital photography
Digital photography as telepathy
Nowadays a picture is no longer worth a thousand words
I’m not the only one who suffers from rightward lean
Michael Jennings photoes Cape Bojador
The Kelpies of Falkirk
Polish girls in Moscow doing a selfie
Sidwell (and me) on selfies
Michael Jennings photos the bridges of Porto
Crows nest made of coat hangers
A photo of a photograph
Relocating the Porto bridge
Rob Fisher on old things not looking old
Wedding photography - old and new
Hampers can be annoying
A Strutton Ground shop and a Strutton Ground pub
TIL
The Heron Tower restaurant
Two favourite photos from September 5th
Morgan – Abbey reflected in Morgan – Abbey reflected in other cars
Huge semi-submersible ships
Edwin is a bad person
Photoing each other - and photoing stuff in the canal
Baltimore: cranes - a bridge - scaffolding
London Gateway from above
Chicago sunset
Bridges for animals
A fake feline photo and a faltering feline enumerator
Wedding photography (7): Evening
I love it that the parents are called Susan and Freddie
There are cranes and there are cranes
Spot the Samsung connection
Wedding photography (6): The Wedding and the Reception
Wedding photography (5): Photography!
Phablet news
Pictures from Georgia and Warsaw
Bookshops as Amazon showrooms
Rothko Toast
Wedding photography (3): Technology as sculpture
Google Nexus 4 photos
A Fleet Street lunch
So painters also used to “take” pictures
Hong Kong housing that looks like abstract art
Art without Artists
Panoramic view of London from the top of the BT Tower
Alastair James on Blythe Hill Fields and smartphones
Michael Jennings - pictures of globalisation
Photoing people who are photoing food
Doing libertarian business at the Libertarian Home social
Talking architecture at the Libertarian Home social
New crane up
Is Samizdata in danger of becoming a photo-blog?
Christmas Eve feast
Multilingual botanical gardens in Cyprus
Crusader latrines
An earlier tablet photographer
Michael Jennings on why iPad photoing is not ridiculous
Here are (a lot) more photos that I took on March 27th
Photographing Kreod
A memorable scoreboard surrounded by empty seats
“I just came across this fascinating photo …”
Usain Bolt takes photos of photographers!
Another excellent spot to photo London from
Dream and reality in Mumbai
What’s up with that?
Flat cat
Birds
This is transport
Viaduct from above
University of California chickens coming home to roost?
Kazakhstan landscape
Rainbow Bridge
Today I’m in a “How very odd!” mood
Street social services management integrated command sub-centres
Ancient and modern (but mostly ancient) cars in Regent Street yesterday
Or maybe this will be my final camera
Another reason to like Colorado
I think I may have found my final camera
Camera-equipped sunglasses
Quimper cat on Harley-Davidson
Choosing a Clean Food Outlet in Lawas is as easy as ABC
Health and safety on a mountain in Borneo
Five pictures of me
Lion steals camera
A photo taken of a taken photo of the photo being taken
Multilingual signage
Signs from the Frenchosphere
Sexy beasts
Collision photo
Big crane
BrianMicklethwaitDotCom not threatened by the end of the Big Thing Boom
Paris signage
Another Assembly of Men
Shostakovich with cat
Gormley’s South Bank Men
Kyrgyzstan cemetery and awesome frogs
Mmmmm … scaffolding!
Quota photo by someone else
Raptor not being very stealthy
Sportsmanship by us – bullying by them
Stunning aerial photo of Shanghai
More signage
Giant bull held up by scaffolding
Fishermen photo
On pictures that don’t get any bigger when clicked and on the power of the tangential
Wagga Wagga has been flooded by the Murrumbidgee River
Shard in the clouds
From pop to purrfume
Digger and chain
The Brusio spiral viaduct also looks like a toy train layout
Another ephemeron for David Thompson?
Arecibo Radio Telescope
Superb Shard pictures
Those cameras are getting cheaper
Giant Jesuses
Thirteen swans
“There is electricity and water, but there’s no phone line …”
Wedding photography blogging
Mmmmmm … Asian skyscrapers!
Abandoned Bangkok tower
The curse of interchangeable lenses and how I want my category killer
Rockets are a great improvement on balloons
Beyond the Dome with Goddaughter One
More bridge magic
Cathedral photo
Advertising aimed entirely at me
Christianity defined
Mmmmm … bookshelves!
Tiny Cardboard Box People Appear All Over Singapore
Big Singapore Thing
Super Galaxy
Bay Bridge plus a new bridge next to it
Farnborough (3): On the photographic appeal of the Red Arrows
Everyone?
Lynxes and an A380
Another world cup photo of photographers
Photoing the World Cup
Sneezing chat
Pink railway clutter
I do love a steam train on a viaduct
Eye shadow
Everyone who shows this picture needs to add that it is not Photoshopped
Soviet space leftovers
One man’s intellectual theft is another man’s marketing
Alex Singleton on Photoshop CS5
The bottom half of the Tokyo Sky Tree
Car in in front of sloping houses
The US Navy photos itself
Airplanes converted into architecture
Goddaughter One is now a photoblogger
Unphotographable sign threatening to photo us
“I can’t respond to any e-mails today …”
A horizon(tal) sunset slice
Separating the men from the toys - the future of warfare and of sport?
I never knew Marmite came in tanker lorries
Biker shadow
Me taking pictures in a funny way while it’s still allowed
Scaffolding ball
Thin rings
Nasa and Gordon Brown both have their uses
Fitness Superstore
Chained cat in Vietnam
SAY NO TO GOVERNMENT MOTORS
The right to photograph
Awesome shot of Dubai
Blur
Quota bridge
Reds against Blues in Munich
Two New York stadiums temporarily next to each other
Abstract satellite expressionism
Hasselblad hit by custom-built headquarters disease!
Free Skullcandy on a bus in snowy Edinburgh
Burj Dubai looking semi-sane
Three airplane photos
Osprey pictures
London cricket roof clutter
Giant Bean covered in mirror
Short posting (with short photo) about SpaceShipTwo
Picture of an aftershock of the credit crunch rippling around the world
Strange purple cat with four eyes
Gaddafi looking rather like Alan Rickman
Am I interested in dredgers?
Luxembourg church in hill and Luxembourg footbridge
Wuhan railway station under construction - with sunset behind
David Farrer photos
Shadows on rings
Of lists and distant totally photorealistic skyscrapers
A little archaeology
Green eyed monster devouring cat food
Great photo of David Blunkett
Back lit by the sun
Snapping the police
Small photos that look like something else
Photographers in bother
What The State looks like
Edinburgh’s skyline doesn’t suck
Bloke in posh suit holding Real Photographer camera like it’s a Billion Monkey camera!
The latest Canon DSLR comes without a twiddly screen
Saturnic majesty
Billion Monkeys in New York and London!
Globalisation Guido – and other Bright Young Things
There weren’t a billion of them then
Instapundit turns into Idiot Toys
Nikon D5000?
Signs of the times in Belfast
Another view over London
Unamazing photo of amazing road
Olympus E-620
Work photos
SwivelCam
Photoing the Police
Parliament photoed by a bus!
Rock faces
Flat train picture and regular train picture
Sailing photos – and another bridge for the collection
Billion Monkeys liked photoing the nastiest poster!
Star Wars mosque and rockets mosque
Seto Ohashi Bridge
SDXC
Making the new look and feel like the old
My parents and my uncle and two aunts
Colonial Governor’s Mansion dwarfed by modernity
The exact same photos I would have taken
Sheep under wolf’s clothing
New addition to blogroll
Redirect to a piece on Samizdata about a camera
Brisbane church dwarfed by modernity and this posting behaving very strangely
This and that on the Graham Norton Show
Wingtipping a V1
A thin bridge in Wales
Edinburgh’s Billion Monkeys must be chivalrous!
Wonderwoman picked by Unsuperman
Big Pictures
Another great viaduct
London after dark from above
Craziness done with austerity
Towers above the Dubai fog
Heroic Billion Monkey falsely arrested by cop whom he photoed breaking law to get to chip shop!
More at Jonathan Gewirtz
Narrow bridge
Tumor
What a lot of circles
It’s blue!
Portable copiers and copying jokes
Billion Monkeys close up and London from far above!
To Greenwich by train and back by bus
Birds
Modern above ancient
More Beijing smog-blogging
Horizons
Star and stripe
The new Lowe look
Bird’s Nest in smog
Tea with CDs
I’d be cheering
The original Burtynsky Nanpu bridge picture
Edward Burtynsky photos the towers of Shanghai
3D!
Photos are better
Wired bridges
A sculptural suggestion
Fred joins in with the pilates demonstration
Flat Red Arrows
Perkins photos
San Francisco from Sausalito
Self-guided photo-tour of the streets of San Francisco
Slow day here
Outstanding and numerous aerial photos of St Petersburg
Billion Monkey Alan Little?
Celebrating a victory
Pillocks
The Gatwick Beehive
Signs of civilisation
The moving bridges of Chicago
I love the internet
David Farrer in the Jedburgh mist
Making the Mississippi Delta make more land
Picture of Taipei 101 that came with Jesus
Flat horse pictures
Dot matrix printing in the sky
Flat viaduct and spiral bridge
Photo that hits the mark
More horizontal thinness
Thin picture redirection
Go to America and get a Dell Laptop
Not obviously but maybe …
Guess the city (2)
Guess the city
Winter wonderland
Thin camera picture
Spherical trouser sculpture
Billion Monkey murderers!?!
Michael Jennings photos Disney Hall
Billion Monkey madness and a proper picture
Billion Monkeys on Table Mountain!
Pictures of the year
Bristol footbridge photo
A Real Photographer comments
It’ll never catch on
Great but not great
Billion Monkeys and a Real Photographer at the Golden Umbrellas
Photography is not dead
Millau Viaduct with goats
More St Pancras snaps
Cats etc.
Billion Monkey lady does … “Heinrich Photography”?
The qualitative difference made by quantity
Digital Camera Review error
Fourteen British viaducts
The Eee PC is too big
Architecture talk
Cameraphone with 3x optical zoom
Russian weirdness for the Anglos
Wildlife news
Short posting with short photograph
American war memorial by the sea at St Nazaire
Berlin Billion Monkeys photo rat and cheese sand sculpture!
Billion Monkey in shiny robot head!
A squinting cat and a master ephemerist
Another angle on pylons
Smile
Fly-pasts - air displays - crashes
Renaissance Man
Feral Real Photographers and naughty Billion Monkey!
Further pictorial shallowness
Big Solar System things
At the dogs
Publogging
Adriana and Ivan in Addis
Dave Gorman sees faces!
Old cranes - new cranes
Short picture of a long distance
Billion Monkeys photo spaceship launch!
A new tower in Manchester
Real Photographers worship the Logo
Photo-ing the weather
Pictures with words
Back lit Billion Monkey lady and back lit Saturn!
Bicycling Billion Monkeys!
PG tips
Toy train to Darjeeling
Wedding photo tips anybody?
The Big Things of London
More Magic Andy sand sculpture
Billion Monkeys photo their own demo!
Shadow and light near Tower Bridge
Zong
Camera chat
The Mainstream Media finally get around to noticing Andy and his sand sculptures
Gatito
New Moscow road bridge
Pylons
Taipei with skyscraper
Church dwarfed by modernity
Tall chess men and tall buildings in the evening
Will twentieth century aerial warfare be repeated by toys?
Not much of a mystery detail
New footbridge in Edinburgh
Me on a bridge by Goddaughter One
Norman interested – Harry has some wildness in his genealogy
The Nanpu bridge approaches
Friday cat-blogging
Robot car park in New York
Printer in your pocket
Other people’s photos (6): More bridges
Other people’s photos (5): Red balloons on a monochrome bridge in Paris
Other people’s photos (4): Kitten on man’s head
Other people’s photos (3): Ice storm
But what about the iBattery?
Pictures of the world for the world
London photos by Fabio
Big ships
Alice in Fortnum and Mason
“Publish it in your Blog!”
Deceiving the eyes of Paris
More ways to use the best pictures
Top tips from Viz
Everyone likes Magic Andy
Man may not sit on Art bed and be photoed by Billion Monkey lady friend!
Billion Monkeys get instant feedback!
Sssssssss!!!! White man!  Take my photo!!
Samizdata cranks it out
What’s this?
A digital SLR that a Billion Monkey could lift!
Classical music Natalie
Shaftesbury Avenue over half a century ago
Patrick and Brian talk about the War on Terror - thoughts about podcasting
Bruce Nicoll (Real Photographer) - some photographs and an mp3
Adriana’s Thing mp3
Something to bore everyone
One click
Billion Monkeys and a flock of sheep!
Ethereal India photo
Never so much fun again
Billion Monkeys at black and white wedding!
Cricket with landmark
Also no relation
Fame at last
Old media
Phone glitch
Fish eye photos
Billion Monkey photos baby birds!
Billion Monkey photos flats in Bombay
Computer transparency
Billion Monkey takes photos of Mexico City from helicopter!
The Falkirk Wheel
Flickr blog in and Flickrzen out
The Billion Monkeys of Australia will continue to photograph oil refineries
Sun behind the clouds at Bognor
TV.com
Sexy photo
Cloudscape
Fishing rods in Istambul
Antlered lady in Lewisham
Inflight entertainment and information
Is Africa about to look boring?
Speeding up the mess
Just jumping would have been quite sufficient
Car bomb in Bogota
Ordinary photos
Daniel Cuthbert - wrongly convicted “hacker” - and photographer
Digital preservation
Katrina as art – and Katrina as proof of What I’ve Always Said
Celebrating or violating?
Photography in public places (and it all depends what you mean by public places)
Lady photographer doing it in the road
The joy of blogrolling