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Photography, Still & Moving Pictures, Visual Languages/Analyses
Curated by Monica Mirza
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Art Everywhere - A Very Very Big Art Show

Art Everywhere - A Very Very Big Art Show | Looks - Photography - Images & Visual Languages | Scoop.it

"Showcasing great British art across the UK, Art Everywhere is the largest exhibition of its kind in the world. From the 12–25 August 2013 some of the nation's greatest art is on display across 22,000 poster sites and billboards up and down the country. Artists, curators, media owners and entrepreneurs joined by a love of art have fuelled this massive charitable celebration, and the general public crowd-funded over £30,000 to help make it happen.This summer the UK will be transformed into the world's largest exhibition. Join us in a massive-scale celebration of British art."

Monica Mirza's insight:

Art in the street... Street art...

Nowadays art makes its home in open spaces :-)

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Photos of the Day | The Washington Post

Photos of the Day | The Washington Post | Looks - Photography - Images & Visual Languages | Scoop.it

"A young boy looks inside a rusted car body in a square near the remaining walls of buildings in the French village of Oradour-sur-Glane. [...]"

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Rusted cars, astounding moustache, children's headed-radiant circle... and many more surprising shots : they're all worth a glance ;-)

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Illustrations libres de droits - vecteurs gratuits, photos HD & PSD, jpg | FREEPIK , moteur de recherche

Illustrations libres de droits  - vecteurs gratuits, photos HD & PSD, jpg | FREEPIK , moteur de recherche | Looks - Photography - Images & Visual Languages | Scoop.it

Téléchargez des milliers de vecteurs GRATUITS, photos HD et PSD

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Monica Mirza's curator insight, July 9, 2013 4:56 PM

Moteur de recherche qui permet de trouver des illustrations, photos, images gratuites et libres de droit au format PSD, AI ou encore JPG (images, dessins vectoriels et fichiers PSD), FREEPIK est plutôt efficace. Toutefois  les premiers résultats (résultats des sponsors) affichés sont issus de sites payants... modèle économique oblige !

Freepik reste néanmoins un moteur de recherche fort utile pour illustrer ses cours, sites web : clair dans sa présentation, et facile à prendre en main.

fabrice's curator insight, April 14, 2014 4:51 PM

je suis parti à" la chasse aux images" aujourd'hui ! Mais bien sûr que l'on peut faire des parties de chasse sur la Toile. En fait tout dépend du gibier. Et celui-là, si on respecte les droits d'auteur, il n'en souffrira pas. En fait j'avais complètement oublié que je l'avais déjà accroché à mon tableau de chasse ; il faudra que je vous montre les "autres...."

Bientôt .

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Underwater PHOTOS | weirdworm.com

Underwater PHOTOS | weirdworm.com | Looks - Photography - Images & Visual Languages | Scoop.it
Few people are concerned about fish they don’t find delicious. However, fish can be very unique creatures with bizarre attributes that make them fascinating.
Monica Mirza's insight:

Go and have a look at these pics  -the blobfish might well play the lead in an animated film ;-)

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The picture illustrating the post is not part of this 10-shot series & comes from :

--->  http://www.weirdworm.com/7-amazing-photos-taken-underwater/

 

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Les Macchiaioli au Musée de l'Orangerie

Les Macchiaioli au Musée de l'Orangerie | Looks - Photography - Images & Visual Languages | Scoop.it

"Majoritairement originaires de Toscane, les Macchiaioli constituent à Florence dès les années 1850 un groupe d'artistes révoltés.
Qui sont ces Macchiaioli au surnom intraduisible ?
Littéralement des "tachistes", cette désignation péjorative est apparue dans la presse en 1862 à l’occasion d’une exposition, et le terme fut adopté par eux-mêmes. En rupture avec la tradition picturale néoclassique et romantique dominante, ils donnent un souffle nouveau à la peinture italienne" [Exposition en cours - Orangerie]

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Un certain impressionisme... italien. :o)

---> Au Musée de l'Orangerie jusqu'au 22 juillet.

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Le droit d'auteur et le droit à l'image - Le droit à l'image

Le droit d'auteur et le droit à l'image - Le droit à l'image | Looks - Photography - Images & Visual Languages | Scoop.it
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Dura lex sed lex... fort heureusement, me semble-t-il :o)

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NASA's Most Mind-Blowing Photos of the Earth at Night

NASA's Most Mind-Blowing Photos of the Earth at Night | Looks - Photography - Images & Visual Languages | Scoop.it
Perhaps this feeling–of being overcome by the vastness of space as well as the triumph of human civilization–is what awes us about satellite images of cities at night.
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The above picture shows "the newer American cities love their neat grids. Los Angeles, the city of highways, has a startlingly organized grid."

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The power of photography : time, mortality & memory

The power of photography : time, mortality & memory | Looks - Photography - Images & Visual Languages | Scoop.it
We take thousands of pictures nowadays, but do we still cherish them?
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"We asked writers and artists, including Grayson Perry and Mary McCartney, to pick a shot they treasure – and tell us the role photography has played in their lives."

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IMAGES du CINEMA - Filmography 2012 | 2012 en 300 films

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"Après 270 films en 2010 (vidéo hors-ligne pour des soucis de droits toujours aussi ridicules), 230 en 2011, il revient avec une rétrospective 2012 avec plus de 300 films.

Comme toujours, Genrocks ne se contente pas de mettre des extraits bout à bout, mais il s’amuse à raconter une histoire. Et même si les films choisis sont presque uniquement américains, le résultat est fascinant." - Ecrans Libé

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Aulde de Barbuat's comment, May 23, 2013 11:07 AM
List of films and music: http://filmographile.tumblr.com/ List of films on IMDb: http://tinyurl.com/cgmrwuo
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Visually playing with words :o)

Visually playing with words  :o) | Looks - Photography - Images & Visual Languages | Scoop.it
Monica Mirza's insight:

I've just stumbled upon this picture while reading on the 'free VS gratis' debate : not that much related to the actual topic, but I like the resulting "double" game/pun  -comes from Wikipedia's article 'Gratis VS libre'  :o)

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Fruit heartbeat | picsnprints.wordpress.com

Fruit heartbeat  |  picsnprints.wordpress.com | Looks - Photography - Images & Visual Languages | Scoop.it

                                © Monica MIRZA

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Hell                  heart                    blood

               heat                       life

                              Love red !

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... quite a different kind of strawberries  :o)

 

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96 Of The Coolest Toilet Signs Around The World

96 Of The Coolest Toilet Signs Around The World | Looks - Photography - Images & Visual Languages | Scoop.it

"A showcase of how gender is captured in just a few strokes."

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Some are really great :-)

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The Magnifying Glass - Roy LICHTENSTEIN | US painting

The Magnifying Glass - Roy LICHTENSTEIN | US painting | Looks - Photography - Images & Visual Languages | Scoop.it

"[...] Magnifying glass. Une loupe. Une loupe qui agrandit une trame, laquelle est représentée en fond, puis agrandie dans le verre de la loupe. Une toile de petit format. C’est assez malin, drôle même, de l’humour de lithographe ou d’imprimeur. Le genre de petit bijou qu’un professeur dans une école d’art trouve parfois dans les travaux de ses étudiants et a ensuite toutes les peines du monde à lui montrer que c’est dans cette voie prometteuse qu’il pourrait persévérer, extrapoler. On regrettera cependant que Roy Lichtenstein ait suivi un peu trop à la lettre les conseils que l’on n’a pas manqué de lui donner alors, persévérer. [...]"

Monica Mirza's insight:

 

Globalement, un article lapidaire. Force nous est de reconnatître que c'est très justement que l'aspect itératif de l'oeuvre de Roy Lichtenstein est relevé ici avec férocité... Sans doute est-ce un manque de diversification (poussé à l'extrême) dans ses procédés picturaux qui en a fait la cible du blog  'Le Bloc-Notes du Désordre'...  ne pourrait-on toutefois en dire autant pour bon nombre d'artistes ?

 

 

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Mon maçon était illustrateur.

Mon maçon était illustrateur. | Looks - Photography - Images & Visual Languages | Scoop.it
Et il a gardé de bonnes habitudes.
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"Mon maçon était illustrateur", Tumblr d'un internaute anonyme, dénonce avec humour et clairvoyance les alea inhérents aux métiers de création.

Transposant avec lucidité et finesse au métier de maçon les situations abusives rencontrées par les graphistes indépendants, il nous offre des vignettes d'une absurdité criante.

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Ces situations rappellent également les abus subis par d'autres professions indépendantes.

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Celebrate color | 50 years in color

Celebrate color | 50 years in color | Looks - Photography - Images & Visual Languages | Scoop.it
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Monica Mirza's curator insight, July 9, 2013 8:57 AM

Colours are naturally part of any picture we contemplate, either we've created it ourselves, or we merely view it... Their world is full with symbols and echoes our imagination -that may be why it looks so enthralling to me.

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This infographic also makes a good resource for ELteaching in many domains : graphics & art, marketing, advertising, poetry/literature (-- symbolic language), and so on : language activities (especially for lexis building) may be developed for ESL-EFL learners.

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Graphistes en colère : pourquoi ils ne veulent plus “fermer leur gueule”

Graphistes en colère : pourquoi ils ne veulent plus “fermer leur gueule” | Looks - Photography - Images & Visual Languages | Scoop.it
Les graphistes français n'en peuvent plus du manque de considération à leur égard. Ils expriment ici les raisons de leur mécontentement.
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"Un manque de culture", "une dégradation de la commande publique", "des conditions de travail indignes", "le poids de la publicité", "pas de lieu d'expression", "des interlocuteurs fantômes" : entre autres, le vécu ordinaire de graphistes parfois (et plus souvent même) extraordinaires...

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A Photographer’s Nod to Matisse

A Photographer’s Nod to Matisse | Looks - Photography - Images & Visual Languages | Scoop.it

 

 

"For Daniel Gordon’s latest series “The Green Line”, the artist used photography and collage as tools to create works referenced from Matisse’s well-known 1905 portrait of his wife titled “The Green Stripe” (La Raie Verte).

Monica Mirza's insight:

"“I’m interested in taking ideas that were radical in Matisse’s day (collapsing space through the blending of foreground and background, multiple angles viewed at the same time, and Fauvist color and expression, among others) and moving them into a contemporary photographic space,” Gordon wrote via email"

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Alive | picsnprints

Alive | picsnprints | Looks - Photography - Images & Visual Languages | Scoop.it

                                                                                                     © Monica MIRZA

 

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The MOMA - Faking It | Manipulated PHOTOGRAPHY before Photoshop

The MOMA - Faking It | Manipulated PHOTOGRAPHY before Photoshop | Looks - Photography - Images & Visual Languages | Scoop.it
daguerrotype, print, photo
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"The urge to modify camera images is as old as photography itself—only the methods have changed. Nearly every type of manipulation we now associate with digital photography was also part of the medium's pre-digital repertoire: smoothing away wrinkles, slimming waistlines, adding people to a scene (or removing them)—even fabricating events that never took place."

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PICTURE composition : Positioning HORIZONS | PHOTOGRAPHY

PICTURE composition : Positioning HORIZONS | PHOTOGRAPHY | Looks - Photography - Images & Visual Languages | Scoop.it

"Horizons can be quite divisive, both in terms of composition and opinion.  If used correctly, a horizon will either add to a composition or go unnoticed, however, if positioned poorly, it can become a competing element, distracting attention away from the main areas of interest.

One of the main ‘rules’ you often see written regarding horizons is that they should never be placed in the centre of the frame, but positioned closer to a ‘third’.  As with most rules, there are plenty of times when this can be completely disregarded, so here are a few guidelines to help you to decide where to position the horizon when composing your shot. [...]"

Monica Mirza's insight:

So many times have I heard about rules to obey as for locating horizon lines on a picture (never in the middle, so 'they' say...) that most of these times, their uttering made me feel like disobeying ;)

Awesome effects may definitely result from catching the line either low [as I've done here : https://picsnprints.wordpress.com/2012/09/08/electrique/ ] or high...

Yet capturing it right in the middle of a picture may help the photographer achieve his goal as well.

It'll be your choice : as long as  he keeps on materialising his own look -targeting the aim he's chosen- the horizon line rule is one that a photographer may do without :o)

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Annular eclipse

Annular eclipse | Looks - Photography - Images & Visual Languages | Scoop.it
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"Sun spots are seen as the moon moves into a partial eclipse position after reaching annularity during the first annular eclipse seen in the U.S. since 1994, May 20, 2012 in Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona. Differing from a total solar eclipse, the moon in an annular eclipse appears too small to cover the sun completely, leaving a ring of fire effect around the moon." (David McNew/Getty Images)

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HowStuffWorks "10 Important Photography Terms"

HowStuffWorks "10 Important Photography Terms" | Looks - Photography - Images & Visual Languages | Scoop.it
There are many important photography terms that will help you understand the art. Visit HowStuffWorks to learn 10 important photography terms.
Monica Mirza's insight:

All the more useful than these terms are explained in plain English ;o)

Check this one :

"White balance

reveals an interesting difference between a camera and a human eye : a human eye has a human brain attached. When you look at a white object, your brain is actually interpreting the lighting cues around you and calculating that the object is white on the fly. If the object is under a blue light, it will really look blue, but your brain compensates for the color difference, so you'll see it as white.

The camera does no such compensating unless you force it to do so, so if a white object is under a bluish light, the camera will record bluish pixels.

Adjusting white balance helps force the camera to compensate for the fact that most lighting conditions aren't perfectly white.

Many indoor lights have a yellowish tinge to them, while fluorescent lights have a bluish tint. Even natural light is a little bluer than you might think."

Also on howstuffworks :

10 Tips for Getting the Most From Your Digital Camera

10 Fall Photography Tips

5 Black-and-white Photography Tips

5 Portrait Photography Tips

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The History of Photography | ANIMATION

The History of Photography | ANIMATION | Looks - Photography - Images & Visual Languages | Scoop.it

"[...] It’s estimated that roughly 380 billion photographs are taken in the world each year [...] In this lovely short animation, Bulgarian-born Boston-based photographer Eva Koleva Timothy |...] traces the evolution of photography through innovations in science, technology, and policy [...]"

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Aulde de Barbuat's curator insight, April 23, 2013 5:43 AM

Quite interesting.


ed.ted original lesson  here:
http://ed.ted.com/lessons/illuminating-photography-eva-timothy


It has the following  features

watch, think, dig deeper with additional resources, discuss.


Monica Mirza's comment, April 29, 2013 6:36 AM
Thanks a million for suggesting, Aulde ;o)