Colour of Music

George Benson is just finishing an exhibit as part of the West Midlands Open 2010 at the Birmingham Art Gallery & Museum.  The series shown was called Colour of Music.  The photographs in the series feature collections of records arranged by colour instead of genre.  The effect is quite beautiful.  In the words of the photographic artist:

"The photographs create a rhythm of colour, light and shade that resonates with its musical content."

Fred Lebain

Fred Lebain's photographic series A Springtime in New York features his own photos, inside his own photos. He took a bunch of beautiful, but mundane photos of New York and had them printed on large, glossy posters. He then returned to the setting of each photo and took them again, but this time with the print out of the original photo inside a wider shot. Each photo has its own unique imperfection to hint at the photo within the photo.

I like this concept a lot. There is a stupidly simple brilliance that makes it captivating.

Found Functions

The thing about math is that, beyond the basics, I always found it hard to see real, everyday applications. Nikki Graziano's Found Functions has broadened my perspective on the natural beauty of math. She superimposes math functions on top of photos of nature.

Note to self: get to know more photographer/mathematicians. They have a uniquely beautifully calculated view of the world.


The thought of taking photos from inside my mouth has absolutely never occurred to me. Maybe it should have, as the results are actually pretty amusing. Justin Quinnell has created a gallery of perspectives from inside the mouth. He calls the series Mouthpiece. The photos were taken using a pinhole camera.

My imagination is filled with the logistics of taking photos from inside a mouth...

Fallen Princesses

Is there such a thing as happily ever after? According to photographer, Dina Goldstein, the Disney notion of happily ever after needs a little reality check. Her series, Fallen Pricesses, shows fairy tale pricesses in real situations that women are faced with. Repunzel is dealing with cancer, an elderly prince is waiting for Sleeping Beauty to awaken, and Belle has self-image issues.

I think this series was intended to put me off of the idea of Disney pricesses, but in a lot of ways it made me see the need for them even more. Thoughts?

Keith Loutit Tilt Shift Videos

My friend Jason (obviously an avid One Floor Up reader) is feeding by miniature obsession with these tilt shift videos by Keith Loutit. Tilt shift is a photography technique used to make real life photos appear like scaled models, or miniatures. The technique distorts the depth of field through blurring, making the image appear as though it was taken using a macro lens.

Keith Loutit is one of the best at applying tilt shift to video. He actually combines tilt shift with time lapse photography to tell miniature stories. He has his own dedicated Vimeo channel. Most of the videos are part of a series called Little Sydney which features a new video each month, all shot in Sydney Australia. (Thanks Jason!)


Ari Versluis and Ellie Uyttenbroek are a German photographer and profiler, who have spent the last 15 years studying the dress codes of social groups.  They have published a book and website featuring their photographs and findings, called Exactitudes (Exact + Attitude).

Members of the same social group are photographed in similar poses.  Juxtaposing their similarity with their desire for individuality.  Providing "an almost scientific, anthropological record of people's attempts to distinguish themselves from others by assuming a group identity".

Is This Your Luggage

Is This Your Luggage is a website which documents lost luggage, and its contents, through photographs.  The luggage is bought through auction (after the airline diligently tries to find its rightful owner - of course), the contents are photographed, and the posted on the website.  My favorite part of the site is this justification for collecting lost luggage - "It's a little odd, but not as odd as stamp collecting, just a little harder to find storage space." - Ha.

I wish I had thought of this idea.