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On Pingelap, a small island in the Pacific, a very high percentage of the native population sees in only black and white. The condition? Achromatopsia, meaning: total color-blindness with increased sensitivity to light. Artist and photographer Sanne De Wilde visited the island in order to conduct research using infrared technology (with red being the color that the Pingelapese people are mostly likely to see). In De Wilde’s newest series and book, Island of the Colorblind, her unique perspective using this technology reflects the visual experiences of Pingelap’s population. Head over to Creators to see the photographric results of her journey!

Are you passionate about analogue film and photography? Lucky you! Indie Street Film Festival and Lomography are teaming up to offer an amazing opportunity for you to not only show off your passion and skills but to also give you the chance to win 2 ALL ACCESS PASSES to the Indie Street Film Festival (happening this July 26-30 in Red Bank, NJ) AND a pretty sweet lil' Lomography LomoKino, too. We know those two prizes alone are enough to blow your film lovin' mind  - but that's all: you'll also win the opportunity to serve as a guest LomoReporter for the festival, putting your new LomoKino to the test! Seriously, what could be a cooler setup?! "[Lomography and ISFF are] looking for some of the most unique photographers who are able to find a balance between cinema and still photographic styles, by using elements of classic and contemporary cinema such as wide angles, shallow depth of field or vivid colors. The opportunities and visual styles that qualify are endless as cinema varies to each interpretation, and has had many prevailing trends throughout history. Use your favorite films as inspiration, or study the techniques and be inspired by cinematic photographers like Gregory Crewdson. Remember, above all, what filmmakers are trying to do with their pictures is tell a compelling story." Sound like something up your alley? Read up on more of the contest rules here and remember the most important rule of them all: you gotta show us totally analogue and totally NOT digitally enhanced entries to be eligible! Act fast and get snappin' - the contest ends MONDAY JULY 10! 

Photographer Michael Farrell and Cliff Haynes have developed quite the unique way of capturing still images using a household object you probably wouldn’t expect. Hint: thirsty? Well, Farrell and Haynes’ camera utilizes about 32,000 drinking straws inside of a wooden box to take photos! The “Straw Camera”, as it has been dubbed, works by processing light collected through each straw, and due to the different perspectives of the straws, the resulting photos look like a pointillist painting composed of thousands of tiny dots! The texture on the final images is unlike anything you’ve seen before. #more-96075" target="_blank">Check out Booooooom’s gallery of Straw Camera images now!

Valentine’s Day is only 2 days away and photographer Vincent Moschetti of One Year of Film Only has created a fun little online dating-like tool to help beginning photographers find their perfect 35mm soulmates! Film Dating is a 5-step questionnaire that helps you discover the qualities you like or might like in a film stock. From there, it will suggest the best option out there for you to shoot on. While there’s no such thing as the perfect type of film and it’s good to remember to always get out there, get hands on and experiment with different types, Film Dating is still a fun way to help you start identitying your own personal shooting style. Interested? Find a new type of love this year and learn more about the questionnaire via PetaPixel.

Sometimes it’s dark. Really dark. But you know the saying: there is no light without darkness. Artist Rafael Herman has, in a way, found the hidden light in the dark with his new exhibition, The Night Illuminates the Night. His photographs, shot between 2010-2015, were taken in total darkness and yet seem illuminated by some unseen source. And no, they contain no digital manipulation either. The photographs, a strange bluish-green set of images, depict Herman’s homeland of Israel. “I use a long exposure following the results of the calculation and I manipulate the cameras in order to achieve exactly what I need.” Yea, Herman’s got some patience as well as a unique relationship with light. After having an eye destroyed and then reconstructed after a car wreck, one of his pupils is larger and higher, making it so more light passes through his eye. This gives him the ability to see more in the dark! To explore more of Herman’s ethereal photographs and learn more about the concept behind the exhibition, head over to The Creators Project.

Canadian artist Ed Spence doesn’t want the world to see his photographs. At least, as they are meant to be seen. The artist cuts up photos taken on his smartphone and then meticulously reassembles them so they resemble alternative visions. The results are abstract colorful eye-candy configurations, gradients, and visually hypnotizing mosaic squares of randomness. Check out more images from his latest collection of hand-pixelation, Soft Error, over at Booooooom!

Photographer Shane Griffin has discovered how to create a rainbow-hued, dreamy type of art out of a seemingly simple concept that has a big scientific foundation. Inspired by that chroma shift you see in cheap lenses within a new pair of glasses, Griffin began to experiment with the way light bends and passes through certain surfaces. His new series, Chromatic, is artistic physics involving light, glass and lens aberrations. The series looks at what happens after light passes through glass, as colors converge at different points. Where the color spectrum splits depends directly on how defective the glass is. What results is an unexpected explosion of colors in a way you have to see to believe. To read more about Griffin’s work, head on over to The Creators Project. To see even more of his series, check out his Instagram page.

In 2008, as the Polaroid Company was slowly closing shop (the way the world once knew it), instant (analog) photography was about to gain a whole new kinda life. The Impossible Project was founded as a means to manufacture the materials it took to make and operate Polaroid cameras and keep the tradition alive. Florian Kaps, one of the original members that created the project, has since stepped away from his involvement with the operation but has just come out with a new book, “Polaroid: The Magic Material”. It’s a 256-page book featuring 250 color and B&W Polaroid images, showcasing a visually striking collection of images that cover fine art, erotic, abstract, culture, fashion and other subjects. The book also captures the evolution and history of Polaroid over the years. Fall back in love with this “magic material” and read more about Kaps' book over on The Creators Project.

Heather Ackroyd and Dan Harvey do more than just make art. They making living art. Their brand of photography involves actually growing a photo on a wall of grass. Literally. Each print is made by projecting a negative image onto a wall of live grass. Depending on the amount of light that shines through different parts of the negative and onto the grass determines which part of the print grows to be green and which parts will be yellow and "undeveloped". The result is a living portrait! Read here for more info on how the artists developed their process and what’s in store for their digital future.

Nashville-based artist Giles Clement is not your average, modern day photographer. In fact, he creates his portraits using both vintage tintype (positive image on a thin tin plate) and ambrotype (glass negative used against a dark background) techniques. Both of these techniques were actually used in the 1850s and 1860s. Having his subjects then pose with the final product adds another layer of complexity to the feeling of time travel that the method produces. Clement describes his style: “My tintype images are created using equipment made more than 160 years ago . . . From an era when cameras were made by craftsmen in small shops and lenses were designed using slide rules, experience, and feel. The inherent flaws of these instruments lend themselves perfectly to my view of a beautifully imperfect world.” Check out Clement's mysterious and nostalgia-evoking work here.

As they say: out with the old, in with the new. Well…sorta. Lomography has turned the saying on its head by turning the old into the new! Their new Daguerreotype Achromat lens, a f/2.9 64mm replica of the very first ever camera lens circa 1839, is now available for you photography buffs to purchase. The lens was originally designed for the first daguerreotypes back in the early 19th century but this modern version will work on three different DSLR mounts for Canon, Nikon, and Pentax. Adapters are available for other brands. Offering a softer edge and glow to your image, the new lens gives your photos a vintage look without a single use of a filter. With a highly successful Kickstarter campaign, it seems people are willing to trade in some modern convenience for a bit of the old ways. Want instagram worthy photos you can digitally back up yet still want to fulfill a bit of the nostalgia factor? Well, you can pre-order your lens for $499.00 here! Read more about the lens here.

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