Some photo-related blogs I like, with a few words about why I like them, and in no particular order:
- Express Train -- as Travis says, "This is what I see every day commuting to and from work." He's had the courage to do what I always wanted to do on the Tube in London a decade or two ago, but never got around to doing: beautiful day-to-day candid "street" shots on the New York subway, full of movement, of tired or interesting or normal people, unposed, and surprisingly full of colour. Again, I wish I'd had his courage in London...
- vitrine en illumina -- some astonishingly-beautiful images, all colour, texture, abstraction; sometimes a little too mannered if you ask me, but it can grow on you after a while...
- Worksongs -- "Abandoned things, urban exploration, factories, trespassing, the ocassional person, perpendicular angles, the past, boring things, the suburbs" -- i.e., all the right things. I don't typically like sites that set out to worship these things, or to evangelise an often dated and cliched Art School mission to aestheticise the decrepit or the ordinary (I can talk...), but this one really works consistently for me in an understated way.
- The Narrative -- matt o'sullivan just "walking around toronto and elsewhere, taking pictures of whatever catches my eye, and keeping busy as a photographer"... a good example of what an everyday photoblog can be if you've got a good eye for the little oddnesses in everyday life.
- Still Memory -- I can't always articulate what I like about Irina Souiki's site, but its mixture of subjects and perspectives brings me back every few days. Understated, sometimes off-kilter, and another good example of an everyday photoblog that works and that isn't just some twee collection of cliches...
- Dead Time -- a nicely atmospheric collection of images using cross-processed film, lomography, infrared, etc., with a lot of odd and beautiful colour effects.
- Pink Apricot -- sometimes looks too much like a very slick magazine ad, or a little too contrived for my tastes, but the results are usually worth it. Some subtle surrealism, especially with images like this that don't tug too strongly on your sleeves shouting "look at me!! look at me!!".
- Pix Populi -- Pix Populi's Neil Baylis (another Australian) has a great eye for the surreal, the unreal, and the just plain interesting around LA. Along with Express Train, one of my all-time favourite "street" or candid sites. An endless source of nicely-juxtaposed images and well-observed moments....
- Brian Milo's Easy Read -- currently my all-time fave fun obscure Arty Photoblog. Brian's stuff is an addiction for me -- is "lomoesque" a word yet? -- astonishing faces, textures, colours, sites... every damn thing I like. I usually distrust obscurity (especially when it's obscurity for obscurity's sake), but Easy Read's obscurity (there's no explanation, no comments, nothing) works for me...
- Photographs of Places and Things -- Simon Proffitt's quiet, eovcative, and thoughtfully-shot images from around-and-about. Another good example of a photoblog that doesn't shout or draw attention to itself and away from the images.
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