As far as I am concerned, if you have an Instagram account and you don’t have a single picture of a cat on there, you’re doing it wrong. And so in celebration of both my hardline beliefs and today being Wednesday, I bring to you a collection of a few Westside feline friends. Hope you enjoy.
Looking to get a fresh start on the new year, George Simhoni felt it was time for a change of appearances. Deciding to scrap the entire design of his previous website, George has successfully launched his new site and what better way to spend your Wednesday than by checking out all the pleasures now offered at SIMHONI.com.
As we approach the end of the working year and enter the joyous time of holiday vacation we would like to use this final TGIW of 2012 to remind you all to have a happy and safe time away from the workplace. For instance, should you find yourself dealing with electrical wiring outdoors in the cold and wet snow – use caution – you could get electrocuted, as implied by this latest image from Jean Malek for Hydro-Québec.
Sometime last week I noticed a change on Google’s image search engine bar – an Android-ish camera icon now sat next to the search button. I clicked it. This happened.
And there it was. The ability to reverse search any one of the millions of uncredited photographs out there in the vast belly of The Internet. I’ll leave the instructions on how to use this lovely new feature to its creators* and just give 2 cents on why this is such wicked awesome news for photo people.
For the Photographer who wants to know where their images have ended up due to the “i LuV tHiS!” nature of social media sites like Pinterest and Tumblr, there is now an easily accessed database to reference at his or her leisure. Take for example, this portrait of me shot by Thomas Dagg. Wildly spred amongst the Tumblr community, Thomas can now track down where his image is appearing (possibly not represented as his own).
For sake of showcasing the ability to show an images reach, I scrolled down for the above screenshot. What appears in the first results of the search are links to both Thomas’ blog, and the actual post where the image was originally shared. So now when someone comes across an image they like, whether they be an Art Director or just a fan of photo, a quick hop over to Google can** provide ready access to the images’ creator. Which is pretty damn cool and just another reason why photo-makers everywhere should TGIW!
*TinEye has been successfully providing this service for quite some time – it’s possible they feel cheated by this feature launch.
**It’s still not perfect, unlike you.
End of Day Update! As it turns out this is actually really old news, and because I rarely go to the proper Google Images site, I was ignorant to think the camera was new… still cool though.
Two weeks ago we did a little feature on a man named Paul and his upcoming birding documentary PUNK ROCK, BIG YEAR. Today he’s back on the Blog with a first look at the film in form of a teaser trailer, which was shot and directed by Westsider Chris Gordaneer and Industry Films’ Jonathan Bensimon.
For the past few months Ryan has been putting together his directors’ reel, a short piece encompassing the entire body of his motion and .gif portfolio’s, with an additional splash of Ryan’s personality. Even if you are familiar with his work, hit that play button because you’ve never seen Mr. Hughes quite like this. Enjoy.
Almost as sweet as the launch of his Reel is this other bit of Hughes News from a few weeks back. Alongside Toronto artists Vanessa Maltese and Alex McLeod, Ryan met with Toronto Star writer Chantaie Allick to discuss the changing face of artist promotion in the upswing of social media outlets. Here’s a snippet of the article with some words from Ryan.
“I’m not interested in waiting in line for an opportunity; I want to make my own opportunity,” says the bespectacled Hughes, his voice soft.
But he doesn’t discount the value of face-to-face encounters.
“You develop all these relationships online with some people, but to put a face to a name is extremely valuable.” He makes an effort to meet people he has interacted with online. “I don’t think you can replace that with just an online relationship, but the online allows you to reach a lot of people that you normally would never (reach).”
Give the image above a click to check out the rest of The Star article, otherwise have yourself a lovely Wednesday. TGIW!
It’s no secret that the boys over at Castor Design manufacture some amazing furnishings. Nor is it a secret that said boys are good buds with Mr. Derek Shapton, and given the opportunity to collaborate on a project, both sides dive in head first.
For their latest endeavor, Castor was commissioned to create a custom lighting installation for the Bell Blue Room at Toronto’s TIFF Lightbox. They came up with the idea of growing copper sulphate crystals on a set of chandeliers, at which point they approached Derek to collaborate on a short film to accompany the installation. More details from Derek himself after the 1080p optimized film (so if you got the speed, full screen that sucker in glorious HD).
Working with the Advanced Optical Microscopy Facility at the University Health Network, I shot a time-lapse of copper sulphate crystals growing in solution with an Olympus BX51 microscope using polarized light illumination and Olympus uPlan FL 4x and 10x objectives. Post production was handled by Mark and Mike from Spot Cinema, with sound design by D. Burke Mahoney.
The installation and film will have their public début this Thursday night in the Blue Room, where it will be running for a year on a big monitor behind the bar. ~ DS
If you’re interested in taking a more detailed look at one of the stills from Derek’s video, give the following still a click, then scroll on down to get a closer peek at Castor Design‘s copper sulphate crystal covered chandeliers.
Back in June while most people were drooling over Apple Marketing VP Phil Shiller’s announcement of a Retina Display (RD) on the new MacBook Pro, one person in Switzerland was getting angry. When Shiller got to showing off the updated RD-ready version of Photoshop, photographer Sabine Liewald‘s vibrant image – Eye Close-up – was prominantly showcased for several minutes.
As we got closer to the MBP release date, Liewald’s image moved to Apple’s website as part of the ‘Design and Layout’ features page, and could be seen in a number of Retina Display related advertisements. It was at this point (I assume) that the words of the great philosopher RZA rang through Sabine’s head.
Why might this beautiful phrase have passed through her head you ask? Well, there’s a little thing in the professional photography world called “licensing”, and in this case Apple had none.
As reported first by Patently Apple, the world’s most valuable company had acquired license to use the image from Liewald’s agent, but solely for layout/ mock-up purposes. According to the paperwork submitted to the District Court for New York,
At this point there’s probably some people feeling like the whole situation is probably an oversight by the legal department regarding what kind of licensing was purchased, but what if I told you this isn’t the first time Apple has used an image without first obtaining proper license?
Way back in 2010 durring the keynote for the first gen iPad, the background image on the tablet – Pyramid Lake (at Night) by Richard Misrach – was used without proper licensing from the San Francisco based artist. Times must have been simpler back then because Misrach kept his cool and waited on Apple to throw him the bone he deserved; and by the time the product hit shelves he had a proper deal cut with his image shipping as the default background on every unit. No such luck has come by Miss Liewald’s way.
For now we will have to wait and see what comes from the case of Liewald v. Apple Inc., but until the gavel falls I only have one question for Apple Inc. As a company caught up on both sides of a number of copyright infringement cases, and one that knows it has a stronghold on the computing side of the photography industry, why show such a lack of respect to an artist?
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness…
Lesser known fact about Dickens’, A Tale of Two Cities, is that the novel is actually a story about the distant future, yet set in the mundane realm of the past. While terms like “blog” and “lolz” remain ahead of his time, Ol’ Charles’ opening lines to the great text are in direct reference to the current state of our beloved internet and the ease in which either a smarty pants or simpleton can help reduce workplace productivity.
A personal favorite (thanks to George‘s daughter Laura) are the daily updates of This Advertising Life. The brainchild of Atlanta based Copywriter Tim Turnquist, the site is a perfect example of what a .gif based “When I’m…” tumblr should be: funny, relatable, and time well spent. Here’s a few of our favorites.
A big thanks to Tim Turnquist for being hilarious and making the darker days brighter, and a holla at Laura Simhoni for the introduction (and for getting a ‘TAL fist bump’ with the following submission).