Inside the Ghost Ships of the Mothball Fleet | Beyond the Photos

Inside the Ghost Ships of the Mothball Fleet | Beyond the Photos

For decades, dozens of forgotten Navy and merchant ships have been corroding in Suisun Bay, 30 miles northeast of San Francisco. These historic vessels—the Mothball Fleet—served their country in four wars: WWII, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and Desert Storm. After a decade of impasse, the ghost fleet is slowly dwindling as the ships are towed out one-by-one for scrapping. About 15 retired ships are already gone; by 2017, the entire fleet will be just a memory.

Latest Japanese Schoolgirl Trend: Fake Dragon Ball Attacks

Latest Japanese Schoolgirl Trend: Fake Dragon Ball Attacks

Very important update: The trend is spreading from schoolgirls to bikers!

Rainy Sunday

Rainy Sunday

I walked around a bit this morning. It was rainy and dreary.

We Never Look Up

Париж 1914 года на цветных фото

Париж 1914 года на цветных фото

Color photos from Paris in 1914. Awesome. [via]

State Of The Art Photography (Part Deux)

Some of you might have wondered, what this here was about.

What did the artiste want to say?

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I went to see the State Of The Art Photography exhibition at the NRW Forum with a few friends yesterday, enticed by this pretty good photo on the poster:

All things considered, it was pretty disappointing.

There were a few gems – the poster photo by Alex Prager and his other pictures were pretty and the “Pissing Nazis” by Andreas Mühe worked both as good photography and as amusement – but besides that, the whole thing felt extremely mediocre. Give me a week or two and I could find a better selection of photographers that represent contemporary and “state of the art” photography just in my Tumblr feed and on Flickr.

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In fact, that is pretty much how the whole exhibition seemed to me: someone who followed a few good and a lot of hipstery-mediocre people on Tumblr took the first couple of them, checked their work, printed some of it big and put it in an exhibition.

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Now, I’m not necessarily dissing1 the NRW Forum or even the exhibition. Sad as it may seem, what is presented there might actually be the current State of the Art.

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Just to make sure I’m not only bitching, here are some contemporary photographers whose works I enjoy, in no particular order and with just one quick look into my Tumblr and Flickr favorites:

And there are many more.

If you want to be all artsy2, there is one with pictures “taken in Google Street View”: 9 eyes

And hey, if you have iPads in an exhibition, you can always include Cinemagraphs.

To make the thing more contemporary and show the actual current state of photography, one could just as well grab a bunch of pictures with the Hipstamatic or Instagram tag from Flickr. Blown up to A1 size, most of them could at least fake to have some artistic value.3


  1. To say it in the parlance of our times. 
  2. And of course you want that. 
  3. Which is all that matters, right? 

Bookmarks for October 10th through October 11th

Mixtape of the Lost Decade – Boing Boing
This is so beautiful.
Eye blog » Pan Am’s Helvetica dreamtime. How I unearthed a forgotten chapter in corporate design history
Listen: Massive Attack and Burial Collaborate: "4 Walls" | News | Pitchfork
The Wub Machine
@yasmina sounds like someone just put random beeps into the wubmachine…
You’re going to love or hate Nokia’s new dubstep ringtone
RT @yasmina: Ugh, proof that everything shouldn't be crowdsourced – "Love or hate Nokia's new dubstep ringtone"

Focused

Five fully manual 35mm cameras will be pre-loaded with a single roll of film and packed into five separate camera bags. The bags will be shipped across the world from one photojournalist to the next – one in a small town in the middle of the U.S., another among relief efforts in a natural disaster zone, or working the White House press pool. Each photojournalist will get only one click of the shutter.

This is pretty awesome. [via]

Bookmarks for September 4th through September 6th

Bookmarks for August 28th through August 29th

Hurricane Irene – Alan Taylor – In Focus – The Atlantic
Alternative title: "Fucking press photographer, get out of the way."
Kia Soul Hamster Commercial [HD]: Share Some Soul 2012
– YouTube
Fucking Shuffling Hamsters.
Videos mentioned by LostFocus
– YouTube
Oh:
Untitled (http://lists.canonical.org/pipermail/kragen-tol/2011-August/000938.html)
RT @ioerror: This is one of the best things I've ever read by @kragen on "Why I do not want to work at Google" -
Ha Ha Ha Ha
– YouTube
"hahaha"
Untitled (http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_iBAEdlB5QhE/TT10InA6vFI/AAAAAAAAFrY/tpPRJOkTlYM/s400/5128.jpg)
Is it just me or does David Guetta look an awful lot like Otto Waalkes?
Untitled (http://www.deejaycee.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/David-Guetta1.jpg)
Is it just me or does David Guetta look an awful lot like Otto Waalkes?
Dodgson, We’ve Got Dodgson Here! (Remix)
– YouTube
Dodgson! We've got Dodgson here!
Повседневные хроники агента Ли

Bookmarks for August 27th through August 28th

Rickard Sund

Who says that webpages of photographers need to be flash-heavy behemoths of ugliness? Rickard Sund proves that it is possible to do otherwise. [via]

Bookmarks for July 13th through July 14th

Fools & Luxury
Anyone?
‪Milla – Gentleman Who Fell (1994)‬‏
– YouTube
@poolie außerdem finde ich "Gentleman Who Fell" super:
A Q&A With Benni Cinkle, “That Girl in Pink” | The Hairpin
A Q&A With Benni Cinkle, "That Girl in Pink" /cc @klicktrend
So very pretty | pixi.li
So very pretty
Flare for Mac
Duck Week! – LostFocus
LostFocus: Duck Week!
You Are Not a Visionary by Brendan Baker – Quora
RT @rands: Beta is the antidouchery constant:
Ten Principles To Live By In Fiercely Complex Times | Fast Company
Untitled (http://asofterworld.com/index.php?id=695)
Sometimes I have nothing but pure love for "A Softer World"
Die Japaner wissen ihren Sieg zu feiern. Tanzen wild auf den Tischen. | pixi.li
Die Japaner wissen ihren Sieg zu feiern. Tanzen wild auf den Tischen.

Bookmarks for July 6th through July 11th

Mark Laita

This is pretty awesome:

Photographer Mark Laita’s “Created Equal” is a series of portraits of Americans juxtaposed in rather provocative diptychs.

There is an interview with him on Turnstile and there are some more of the “Created Equal” photos on his webpage. [via]

Update: Visual News has some more photos.