One of my favorite recent discoveries is Pixiq.com. It’s a group photo blog.
I first went there from Rebekka Guðleifsdóttir’s website. Yes, I finally tracked her down months after seeing her on the Evening Magazine Iceland special. Oh my goodness, her photos are AMAZING! Unlike anything I’ve ever seen before. Some are completely unreal looking, but “why fake what you can make?” she asks. Indeed! She’s an amazing photographer. I can’t say enough about her work.
Another pixiq contributor had a fun link recently – to a website about snowflakes…! did you know people take pictures of snowflakes?
And more than just exquisitely beautiful photos, this website seems to have anything anyone could possibly want to know about snow crystals and frost, from structure and physics to growing your own… I’m not all that curious about snowflakes, but it’s great to know if I ever did want to know about the plates, prisms and dendrites of snow crystals that there’s a wealth of information here!
Gosh, it just makes me happy to know that there are people out there curious enough to spend their lives studying snowflakes!
While I’m here I guess I might as well mention fstoppers.com as well, another find from pixiq. The iPhone photo shoot video caught my attention – partly because I have an obsession with the potential of the iPhone as an all-in-one solution to everything (ha ha), and partly because I’m really trying to convince myself that, in photography, it’s not about the camera! Nope. It really isn’t. (No more than cooking is about the pots.) It’s about the light! or lighting. This video proves it. And it’s bloody hilarious too.
Offering these links up for your enjoyment. I hope there’s something in there you like.
Or maybe they will lead you elsewhere – let me know if you find something fun!
P.S. I don’t know if this link will work, but maybe, just maybe, you can watch the Evening Magazine interview with Rebekka here on flickr. Her photostream is here.
I have recently become very aware of snoflakes, snow crystals and the magic of the transformations water undergoes when reduced to very low temperatures. There’s a fragile beauty there just waiting to be seen. I am inclined to agree with you that it IS all about lighting. I have come to a point where I cannot look at the perfect advertising kind of stock photo images. That sharpness, that artifice that leaps at us from billboards, magazines and website which draw on stock images. Give me the amateur on the fly wondrous not-quite-sure-how-that-happened-but-isn’t-it-beautiful kind of photography any day. And I am a sentimental old fool these days but I am so good that I have been an amateur photographer of my life – I have marvellous images to look back on. And they tell me about the different stages of my life. At one time I took a lot of pics people and of course Lionheart repeatedly. Now it is all landscapes and solitude.