I’ve been a fan of Photojojo’s off-beat photo DIYs for a while now, but their recent tutorial for making scented photographs might be the most obscure way of getting shutterbugs to interact with their shots that I’ve ever seen. But hey, if photography is meant to capture a moment in time, then why not also include the other sensory elements of that moment?
The three techniques given by Photojojo for making aromatic shots are: Print A Whiff—in which you pay a service to make your photo scratch-and-sniff (okay, not so “DIY,” but still rad); Just Sniff, No Scratch—in which you marinate your print in a homemade scent (bonus points if the scent corresponds to the subject of the photo, like, say, a flower or a wet dog); Essential Oil Scenting—which isn’t so very different from the second process except that it seems easier. Check out the full tutorial here.
So, what do you think? Will you make scratch-and-sniff photos? Do you even print your shots after you take them?
Rineke Dijkstra: Decades of the Dutch Photographer’s Striking Portraits by Elizabeth Inglese
This week the Guggenheim Museum unveiled its mid-career retrospective of the work of Dutch photographer Rineke Dijkstra. Being a longtime fan of Dijkstra’s photography, I immediately made my way to the museum to check out the exhibition, which commands four floors and showcases photographs from the past 20 years as well as installations of video work.
Dijkstra’s work is at once arresting and inviting. The large-scale color prints from Beach Portraits, which were photographed over a decade from 1992-2002, feature adolescents positioned squarely in front of the camera on an empty stretch of sand, the horizon line behind them. The soft focus of the scenery trains the viewers’ attention on the details of the subject, young beach-goers in their swimwear. Their vulnerability and bravery as they pose engage the viewer in an intimate relationship.
The inspiration for Beach Portraits came during a lengthy rehabilitation Dijkstra underwent following a broken hip. Still wet from the pool in which she exercised, Dijkstra photographed herself and found her exhaustion had enabled her capture a rawness difficult to access.
She sought to recreate this candidness by photographing subjects in states of exertion: bullfighters with blood spattered across their faces and mothers following the birth of their babies. These states, in which the barrier of self-presentation dissolves, allow Dijkstra and the viewer glimpses of authenticity.
Dijkstra’s video installations utilize movement and dialogue to explore her interest in the empathetic relationship between viewer and subject. In one collection, young club-goers dance alone against a white backdrop, their timidity and their confidence both on display. In another, school children discuss their reactions to an abstract Picasso, revealing much of their own preoccupations and concerns.
While physically and emotionally exposed, Dijkstra’s subjects confront their viewers with directness. Their frankness invites us to gaze upon them, but in their bare humanity we see reflections of ourselves.
Rineke Dijkstra: A Retropective is on display at the Guggenheim Museum until October 8, 2012.
Were you among the hoards of eager space-enthusiasts (this writer included) who watched the historic Transit of Venus yesterday evening? My favorite livestream to watch was the view from the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, but the above compilation shot, captured by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO), is the still image that I will forever return to for a dose of inspiration. See the rest of NASA’s Venus Transit images here, including one captured by Astronaut Don Pettit from aboard the International Space Station.
(images: NASA/SDO, AIA)
Don’t miss this stunning time lapse video of SDO shots either:
Wanting to take his fluid suspension/high speed photography to the next level, photographer Jack Long created his new Vessels and Blooms series. Though at first glance the subjects of these shots look like ornate glass sculptures (which would be impressive enough), they are actually single exposure, unedited captures of paint splashes taken at high speed. (What speed, he’s not disclosing.) I’ll allow you a moment now to pull your jaw off the floor.
Each shot is the result of months of preparation, while Long worked on creating the floral forms and leaves. As you can imagine, there’s a lot of trial and error in capturing these incredible, perfectly timed shots. Not to mention a lot of paint spilled. Hats off to Jack Long for conceiving and creating this stunning photo series. Check out the entire series on Flickr.
If, every so often, you get the itch to actually see one of your photographs—I mean see it as a tangible object rather than a digital apparition—you might consider sharing that beautiful, bendy work of art with someone else as well.
Enter Polaposts. With Poloposts, you can turn a printed snapshot into a mailable Polaroid Postcard. Sharing your digital images on Flickr, Tumblr, Facebook, Twitter, over email, etc., etc., is awesome, but imagine how cool it would be to send a friend one of your shots through the old-timey mail!