A great photo is one that makes you see something in a way you’ve never seen it before, especially one that makes you pull a brain muscle trying to figure it out. Exhibit A: Roy‘s image of the platform at Takoma Metro station. When I first saw the image in thumbnail format, it looked like a modern sculpture of an eagle, or something related to Batman. When I opened up the full image, it took me a while to comprehend exactly what I was seeing.
This week we have cat photos from a true animal photography master, electric blue volcano images from Java, the photo inspiration behind a Grammy winning song, and a tiny Batman roaming across Texas.
- Everyone with an Instagram account thinks they’re an expert, but here are lessons from Walter Chandoha, an actual cat photography master. This man has been photographing cats for 60 years, and even Grumpy Cat would be pleased with his work.
- Air & Space Magazine announced the winners of their first annual photo contest.
- Narciso Contreras, the photographer cut by the AP last week, spoke with PDN about what he saw as an unfair process.
- Seniors in a German retirement community recreated famous movie scenes. Jack and Rose look as in love as ever.
- They’re not tigers, but the newest lion cubs at the National Zoo are still pretty adorable.
- Grammy winner Lorde gathered inspiration for her song “Royals” from a picture of from Kansas City Royals star George Brett. The photo originally appeared in a 1976 issue of National Geographic.
- Johnson Press, a UK newspaper chain, let go of all of their photographers.
- In Focus shared images of the snow storm that shut down the South this week.
- The snow also reached the Outer Banks, and the two environments colliding is pretty fantastic.
- Photographer Oliver Grunewalld has been capturing pictures of volcanoes that are straight out of a sci-fi flick. The fantastic blue glow comes from the combustion of sulfuric gases.
- Hold the Alamo, a tiny batman is making his way across Texas. Photos by Remi Noel.
- The New York Public Library held a #shelfie day on twitter, where readers shared photos of their favorite book shelves. #YOLO
- Photographer Roger May photographed people in West Virginia dealing with the chemical spill that has destroyed their drinking water.
- Head down the photographic rabbit hole with this selection of 22 online photo magazines.
- Benjamin Moser is going through the Susan Sontag archives at UCLA, and writing a book about the her life.
- In tiger news, a Phoenix man found a young tiger on his neighbors patio. The local news footage and tiger sounds are glorious.