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Photography and Photographers

Your Brain on Mescaline

In the early 1950s, German photographer Leif Geiges created a series of abstract images in order to try to portray "exactly what the mescaline subject sees and hears during the course of his artificial psychosis" — as Newsweek put it, which ran his images in its Feb 23, 1953 issue. This was before mescaline was made illegal, back when psychiatrists still believed that the experience of taking mescaline approximated the mental state of a schizophrenic and therefore could be of great experimental value.

As for the mescaline imagery itself, Newsweek explained:

On taking mescaline, first there is nausea, but this is soon followed by a derangement of the brain centers of sight and sound, which causes a constant stream of scenes of incredible beauty, color, grandeur, and variety. The contents of the hallucinations always jibe with past experiences; they are wish-fulfilling fantasies (an air pilot sees mechanical dream cities; an ex-archeologist, mythological people and monsters). The form most frequently perceived is a tapestry, such as a wall-paper pattern that breaks into grotesque shapes. Other familiar forms are (1) lattice work of checkerboards, (2) spirals, (3) tunnels, funnels, alleys, and cones. The mescaline action begins 30 minutes after taking and lasts from ten to twelve hours.



"Wallpaper patterns come to life, change to demoniac caricatures, threaten immediate destruction"


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Posted By: Alex - Tue Sep 18, 2012 - Comments (12)
Category: Dreams and Nightmares, Drugs, Psychedelic, Photography and Photographers, Science, 1950s, Brain, Mental Health and Insanity

Blind Photographers

Back in June 2010, Chuck posted about a blind photographer, Rosita McKenzie, who was having her work shown at the Edinburgh Art Festival. But apparently Rosita is not unique. There's quite a few blind photographers. Enough for there to be a website devoted to the community of blind photographers, blindphotographers.org. Although the site expands its coverage to include visually-impaired photographers.

There's also an accompanying flickr group: blind photographers. I suspect most of the photos were taken by people who are merely visually impaired. That is, maybe they wear glasses. Because the photos are simply too well composed to have been taken by people who can't see at all what they're doing.

Posted By: Alex - Fri May 04, 2012 - Comments (5)
Category: Disabilities, Photography and Photographers

Moving A Dinosaur

Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a brontosaurus?


(via pour15minutesdamour)

Posted By: Alex - Wed Apr 11, 2012 - Comments (13)
Category: Photography and Photographers

The Toilet Art of Adrian Rodriguez

His art involves spending a lot of time staring into toilet bowls. He calls his creations "toilygraphs."

Posted By: Alex - Sat Mar 31, 2012 - Comments (3)
Category: Art, Bathrooms, Photography and Photographers

Men Posing With A Chicken

Back in the Civil War era, going to a photographer's studio and getting your portrait taken wasn't cheap. People made sure they were dressed in their finest clothes and looked their best. So why did these men choose to pose with a chicken? It appears to be the same chicken in both shots. Was it a prize chicken? Or just a favorite pet? Unfortunately the backstory to these photos has been lost to time. (via Photo_History on Flickr)

Posted By: Alex - Mon Mar 05, 2012 - Comments (8)
Category: Animals, Photography and Photographers

Camera as Gun

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"Smile for the camera, Officer-- Argh! Why'd you shoot me?!?"

Original article here.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Feb 04, 2012 - Comments (4)
Category: Disguises, Impersonations, Mimics and Forgeries, Guns, Photography and Photographers, 1950s

Guess What’s Going on!



What's the deal with these two? Are they:
  • A married couple?
  • Circus performers?
  • A police officer and prisoner?
  • Mother and son?




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Posted By: Alex - Fri Jan 27, 2012 - Comments (9)
Category: Photography and Photographers, Quizzes

Things trapped in drops of water

Photographer Markus Reugels likes to capture images in drops of water: superheroes, planets, evil clowns...






(via Dangerous Minds)

Posted By: Alex - Thu Jan 26, 2012 - Comments (8)
Category: Photography and Photographers

Will Connell

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I've just discovered the photography of Will Connell, who had quite a humorous streak and eye for the bizarre, as seen to the right.

Someone has constructed a Facebook page dedicated to him, which features more great shots like the one here.

Fifteen thousand of his photos are archived here. You have to click thru a couple of links (COLLECTIONS to PERMANENT COLLECTIONS to WILL CONNELL COLLECTION), but then you can search to your heart's content.

Posted By: Paul - Thu May 12, 2011 - Comments (2)
Category: Animals, Movies, Photography and Photographers, Avant Garde, Sex Symbols, 1940s

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