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Toaster Selfie

Taking the selfie phenomenon to a new level of absurdity, the Toaster Selfie allows you to print images of your own face on pieces of toast. Just send the company a hi-rez photo of your face and they'll create a custom-made toaster selfie for you. []
Posted By: Alex | Date: Sat Jul 19, 2014 | Comments (4)
Category: Food, Photography and Photographers

Provide the Photo Context


This is the complete image as it was printed, no cropping. Can you provide the context?

1) Homeless person at encampment

2) Migrant laborer at rest

3) Hippie at festival

4) Redneck sentry at site of still

Go here for the answer.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Jun 25, 2014 | Comments (11)
Category: Photography and Photographers

The Century Camera

Here's the latest project from artist Jonathon Keats, whose work has been posted about on WU quite a few times before (such as here and here). He writes:

launching next Friday: a camera I've designed to take a hundred-year-long exposure, capturing gradual change in cities (and thereby holding developers accountable to the next generation). Next week a hundred of the cameras will be hidden throughout Berlin, to be retrieved in 2114.

Some more details:
The cameras use sheets of black paper in place of ordinary film. The pinhole focuses light on the black paper sheet, such that the paper fades most where the light is brightest, very slowly creating a unique positive image of the scene in front of the camera. "The photograph not only shows a location, but also shows how the place changes over time," Mr. Keats explains. "For instance an old apartment building torn down after a quarter century will show up only faintly, as if it were a ghost haunting the skyscraper that replaces it." ...

Participants will be free to hide their cameras anywhere in Berlin that they deem worthy of long-term clandestine observation, and they'll be expected to keep the location secret into old age. At that stage, the participant will reveal the location to a child, who in turn will be responsible for keeping the secret into adulthood, so that 100 years from now one person in the world will know where to retrieve each camera. Whoever brings a camera back to Team Titanic in 100 years will collect the 10-euro deposit, and the 100-year photo will be extracted from the sealed pinhole canister for inclusion in a special Team Titanic exhibition. The exhibit is scheduled to open on 16 May 2114.

Full details at

Posted By: Alex | Date: Mon May 12, 2014 | Comments (6)
Category: Photography and Photographers

S.E.L.F.I.E. Mirror

If holding a camera in front of your face and snapping a picture is too much trouble, then you might be interested in the S.E.L.F.I.E. Mirror (which stands for Self Enhancing Live Feed Image Engine).

When you stand in front of it, it automatically takes a picture of you and uploads it to Twitter.

Although, if it's taking the picture, then is it still a selfie? Or is it a mirrorie? [via slashgear]

Posted By: Alex | Date: Fri Apr 11, 2014 | Comments (6)
Category: Inventions, Photography and Photographers

Slideshow, 1957-style

The camera: $26.75 in 1957 = $222.68 in 2014

The projector: $64.50 in 1957 = $536.92 in 2014

Total costs to take pictures and display them for others to admire: $759.60

16GB iPhone, no contract: $649.00
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Mar 09, 2014 | Comments (17)
Category: Photography and Photographers, Technology, 1950's

What Is It?

A collectible "carte de visite" from the 1880s. See below in extended to find out exactly what "it" was!

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Posted By: Alex | Date: Sat Feb 15, 2014 | Comments (6)
Category: Photography and Photographers, Nineteenth Century

Polaroid Cheese Slicer

You can no longer buy Polaroid cameras, but for $10 you can get a Polaroid look-alike cheese slicer. Available at

Posted By: Alex | Date: Mon Feb 03, 2014 | Comments (9)
Category: Photography and Photographers

Group Photo Mystery


Why are these lads all assembled for this photo opportunity?

Answer after the jump.

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Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Jan 03, 2014 | Comments (7)
Category: Photography and Photographers, Teenagers, 1960's

Tiny People

The Johansens are a father-son team of photographers who specialize in using the figurines from a model railroad set to create bizarre scenes. Their website is

Posted By: Alex | Date: Fri Nov 29, 2013 | Comments (7)
Category: Photography and Photographers

Alien Spaceship?

Here's a Google Earth photo of something at Fort Huachuca, Arizona. That might be a good enough hint.


There's another hint in the categories listing.

Click on the link to learn the fascinating truth.

Posted By: gdanea | Date: Fri Aug 02, 2013 | Comments (2)
Category: Photography and Photographers
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